Arts & Culture

Tradition, hospitality, and creativity: that's Auburn-Opelika. It's all here, from the bustling businesses in downtown Auburn to the cafes and shops on 8th Street in Opelika. However, it’s the passionate, dedicated, and brilliant-minded people who truly make Auburn and Opelika special.
Join the Dining Winos this summer as they 'wine and dine' through some of Auburn-Opelika's favorite dining spots! This summer series will feature their experiences at local restaurants with exceptional wine lists, delicious food pairings, and other fine things that would appeal to any level of wine lover.

The Heart of Art Haus

by Travis Harrison

The Art Haus in historic downtown Opelika turns heads with its unique design, large windows, and beautiful brick courtyard. However, not everyone knows what it is or the story behind it.
Think fast - Father's Day is coming in hot! Treat your dear ol' dad to an experience you can only find in Auburn-Opelika! Make this Father’s Day one to remember by thinking out of the box and enjoying everything from breweries and brunch to the great outdoors and special events!

Wining & Dining in Auburn-Opelika with the Dining Winos

by Merideth Davis | The Dining Winos

Join the Dining Winos this summer as they 'wine and dine' through some of Auburn-Opelika's favorite dining spots! This summer series will feature their experiences at local restaurants with exceptional wine lists, delicious food pairings, and other fine things that would appeal to any level of wine lover.
What if we told you there was a way to enjoy live music, visit multiple venues around downtown Opelika, and support local musicians and schools? The Opelika Songwriter’s Festival is back and ready to blow your socks off! This three-day weekend festival will transform downtown Opelika into an immersive experience filled with music you’ve never heard before, awesome venues, and a whole lot of fun.
Auburn-Opelika is the proud home of the Miss Alabama USA pageant coming up on January 9-10, 2021. Auburn-Opelika Tourism has the unique pleasure of introducing the 2021 contestant representing our area. Meet Bayley Albinger or as we called her, Miss Auburn-Opelika USA 2021!
Serenity beckons. Hot stones. A soothing rub. Self-care is the name of the game in 2020. The heady scent of fresh grounds brewing to your exact specifications. A decadent dessert board and a glass or two of the deepest red before you tuck into a fluffy comforter with a new book from a local purveyor and a soul that feels restored. Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready.
Is it a minivan with seats for the kids and the dog? Or a 2-seater convertible for a couple of hip empty-nesters? Grab your masks and buckle up because it doesn’t matter who you are, Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready!

Ristretto Lounge: the sweetest part of the community

by M.A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Tucked away in its own corner of Opelika, Ristretto Lounge offers the Auburn-Opelika community a unique coffee shop experience. It’s at once fresh and inviting, sleek and minimalist while somehow also warm and familiar. It’s like sitting in a friend’s living room—if their living room was effortlessly modern and tastefully decorated.

Auburn's Mardi Gras Parade & Krewe Krawl

by M. A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

The fourth annual “Krewe Krawl” and Mardi Gras parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The parade is organized by Krewe de Tigris and hosted by the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association. This year’s parade is dubbed “Mardi Gras and All that Jazz.”

War Eagle, Fly Down the Road

by Auburn-Opelika Tourism

There’s a new tradition to add to your Auburn experience, and even new visitors (also known as future fans!) will be delighted when they take a trip down North Donahue Drive near the Big Red Barn. The area’s first musical road now exists, thanks to the ingenuity and creativity of Auburn Engineering alum Tim Arnold. First there were tigers and toilet paper. Lemonade and soaring eagles.

Opelika Main Street welcomes new Executive Director

by Staff Report Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Opelika Main Street is excited to announce Ken Ward as the new executive director. Ward brings a young perspective to the historic main street community. He is a recent graduate of Auburn University with undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.

Where to hear live music in Auburn-Opelika

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn-Opelika is full of great venues and artists. Want to see for yourself, but don't know where to start? No worries! We've compiled the best places to catch some live tunes around town for you. Check out our list of where to hear live music in Auburn-Opelika!
Meet the coolest college town in the South. Auburn University might be legendary, but it's only the beginning of our authentic and compelling story. Check out this list of Auburn-Opelika's best ways and places to spend your time. You might not get to them all, and that's the best reason we can think of for you to come back.
Whether you’re the bride-to-be or a newbie maid of honor, the wedding planning process can intimidate even the most decisive among us. Save this list of lovely local vendors specializing in everything from whimsical flower arrangements to Aubie cake pops.

On The Tracks Fall 2018

by Payton Beck Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

One of our favorite events, On the Tracks, is back! On The Tracks will be held Friday, October 19, from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Opelika with a few new twists.
In honor of our annual AO Photo Contest (which you can learn more about by clicking here), we've decided to share some of our favorite bird's-eye views of this college town and railroad sister city. Check out these shots from above and be sure to tag us in your drone shots on social media!
In a world where just about anything is an Add to Cart and 2-day shipping away, it’s easy to forget the joy of supporting small businesses. Artisans pour their heart and soul into their wares, and the care and attention to detail that each maker puts into their craft shows in the quality of the product they create.

Maker Spotlight: The LocAL Market

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

This eclectic retail space houses work by numerous artists, artisans, and farmers from all over the state. Each piece of art in the store is unique, telling a story about the area or the maker.

concourse/south art & music fest

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Concourse/south is a weeklong music and arts festival taking place in downtown Opelika on August 20-26, 2017. The extravaganza will benefit local organizations, including O Grows and the BigHouse Foundation, as well as future arts programming in Opelika. Each day will highlight different artists, makers, musicians and more in Historic Downtown Opelika.
Part of what makes Auburn the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” is the community that calls it home. That’s why Auburn Art is so passionate about featuring the work of local artists in their downtown store and online. The latest artist to be featured at Auburn Art is Thomas Kaufmann, an Auburn University grad who works as an artist, educator, preservationist and architectural illustrator.

SummerNight Downtown Art Walk 2017

by Claire Gamble Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Summer time in Auburn is a special time of the year for students and locals alike! The streets stay a little quieter, but there is still plenty to do in this small town. Join us tomorrow night for SummerNight Downtown Art Walk - a free, creative evening in the downtown entertainment district.


by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Chirpwood, located in Opelika, is the areas only gallery for regional artists. The scent of southern pine fills the shop, with local artwork filling the handcrafted niches in the walls.

On The Tracks in downtown Opelika

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

On The Tracks, the biannual food and wine event in historic downtown Opelika will be hosted on April 21. On The Tracks takes you on a tasting trail of 25 stops, and offers a fun environment with live music and culinary treats.

The Sound Wall Grand Opening

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

After remaining vacant for over 15 years, the house required a lot of rehabilitation. However, The Sound Wall is now a tranquil spot for artists near and far to record. The couple seeks to attract artists to The Sound Wall as an escape from larger cities.

South's Best by Southern Living

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bueau

Auburn, AL has been selected as one of the South’s Best by Southern Living. This list celebrates the spectacular sights, inspiring destinations, and cultural institutions that define the South in 2017. To create the first ever South’s Best list, Southern Living surveyed more than 22,000 readers on the best-loved places in 13 categories: bars, breweries, cities, hotels, inns, islands, museums, resorts, restaurants, shops, small towns, tailgates, and barbecue joints.

locAL Market

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The locAL market is a non-traditional retail space that gives local makers and artists a platform to show their work in the heart of downtown Auburn! The locAL market is hosted by artist, Lauren Duncan and sponsored by J&M.

The 3rd Annual Alabama Oyster Social

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

The third annual Alabama Oyster Social is this Saturday, January 28th at 6 p.m.! The social will be hosted at the ALFA Pavillion (The Red Barn) on Auburn University’s campus with featured chefs from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Participants will enjoy an assortment of oysters, beverages and live music.