Filled with glitz, glamor, and captivating competition, the Miss Alabama USA Pageant system, under the Miss Universe Organization, “encourages every woman to challenge herself, find her unique voice, and embody the organization’s mission of being Confidently Beautiful.”
We're making spirits bright here in Auburn-Opelika with a full list of holiday festivities for you and your family to enjoy! From parades to 5Ks to one of the largest gingerbread villages in the Southeast, there's something for every crew. Matching holiday jammies accepted. Cheers to the holidays and happy New Year!
In honor of Burger Wars, Opelika's annual burger grilling contest coming up on June 4, we've expanded the burger competition! You can put your taste buds to the test and enjoy these competing burgers at their respective restaurants starting May 1 leading up to the big event. The 2nd annual Burger Battles is on!
Chef Eron Bass, executive chef at Café 123, is all about good food done right. He has been working behind the scenes of the white-tablecloth restaurant for almost 19 years. When the café opened, he began as sous chef under Chef Chris Cannon, longtime friend, executive chef and co-owner with John Robert Wood. Eventually, Cannon left Café 123, and Chef Eron took over as executive chef.
Roses are red, Violets are blue - Auburn is the perfect wedding destination for you! With summer rapidly approaching, wedding season is already here. Don't worry brides, Auburn-Opelika has every aspect of the wedding planning process covered. From historic venues to Southern catering and TV-famous bakeries, our wedding scene is ideal for those who love the Loveliest Village.
A-Day Weekend is right around the corner and that means there is a lot to do in Auburn-Opelika! Check out these AUsome events that surround the A-Day game coming up on Saturday, April 9. War Eagle!
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.
Experiencing food at the peak of freshness is a joy unlike any other, and in a world where we’re increasingly becoming more aware of the importance of understanding where our food comes from, knowing who your farmer seems like a no-brainer! In Auburn-Opelika, there are countless ways to support local farmers, connect with the community, and enjoy the benefits of feeding your family fresh food.

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021

by From your friends at Auburn-Opelika Tourism

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.
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!

Summer Adventures at the Kreher Preserve

by Emma Donaldson | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Summer is here and that means it's time to explore the outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. With numerous on-going events coming up and great camp opportunities for kids to enjoy this summer, there is something for everyone at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center.

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.

Bones & Boos is Back at the AU Arboretum

by Cat Bobo | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Come explore the natural world at the second annual Bones & Boos at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, October 12, from 12 – 4 p.m. This one-day outdoor exhibit of animal skeletons is hosted by the Davis Arboretum, the Auburn University Museum of Natural History and the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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.
Resting Pulse Brewing Company is an environment where you can come to find your “resting pulse” – to relax and spend time with friends and family while exploring new and exciting local craft beers. Our goal was to retain the rustic industrial design of the original building while providing for a relaxed atmosphere both inside the brewery and in our outdoor patio.

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!

Things to do this Valentine's Day in Auburn-Opelika

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

It's that time of year again and Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Don't have your plans together just yet? Don't sweat it! Whether you're with your special Valentine or your best Galentines, Auburn-Opelika has plenty of ways to make the holiday one to remember.
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.
Supporters of the Auburn University Hospitality Management Program donned their sequins and tuxedos Thursday evening for the 27th annual Hospitality Gala. Gala guests enjoyed a meet and taste with chefs and winemakers during the Tattinger champagne reception, where they bid on a variety of silent auction items. Visiting chefs showcased a delicious variety of small bites while guests mingled in the

Holiday Activities in Auburn Opelika

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

You might be surprised by the number of holiday activities there are in Auburn-Opelika! Get into the holiday spirit with parades, Christmas markets, and Christmas in a Railroad Town. Don't forget to visit the Gingerbread Village at the Hotel at Auburn University.

Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail 2018

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Get your tickets now for the second annual Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail on Friday, October 19. Don’t miss this chance to experience three wineries in East Alabama with a special farm-to-table lunch provided by Acre.

Bones and Boos at Davis Arboretum

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Join the Davis Arboretum for Bones and Boos, a one-day outdoor exhibit of animal skeletons! Hosted by the Auburn Museum of Natural History and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the event will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 12-4 p.m.

2018 Homecoming Week on the Plains

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

It's 2018 Homecoming Week on the Plains and that means there is a lot to do in Auburn-Opelika! Check out these AUsome events that surround the Auburn vs. Southern Miss game coming up on Saturday, September 29. War Eagle!

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.

2018 Oktoberfest Coming Oct. 6; Tickets on Sale Now

by Katy Harper Doss Here Molly Girl

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Germany are making their way to Auburn University’s Ag Heritage Park for the ninth annual Oktoberfest. The event will take place at the park on Oct. 6 from 3-7 p.m., and will feature traditional German fare, beers from breweries across the U.S., a selection of German wines, food trucks, craft tables, and live entertainment.
Want to do something worthwhile to make a difference in your community? Auburn-Opelika Tourism offers area residents wide-ranging opportunities to share their hometown hospitality and enhance both leisure and business visitors’ experiences through its newly launched volunteer program, known as Volunteer AO.

Everything you need to know about Auburn Fan Day 2018

by Kirk Sampson Auburn Athletics Department

The annual Auburn Fan Day will take place Saturday, August 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. CT behind the Auburn Athletics Complex in the Indoor Practice Facility and Watson Field House. Fan Day is presented by Golden Flake, Auburn Athletics' oldest corporate partner and the "Official Salted Snack Food of the Auburn Tigers."

The Sundilla Concert Series

by Sara Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn’s Sundilla Concert Series started in 1993, with hopes to create a space for people to enjoy music and culture without having to drive hours to find a venue. Sundilla is celebrating their 25th year of bringing music from all over to the local area. Hosting around 12-14 artists a year, the Sundilla Concert Series is jam-packed with shows for you and your friends to enjoy.

Summer Kids Activities in AO

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Summertime brings an array of seasonal activities! We hope that you and your family soak up all that Auburn-Opelika has to offer! There are plenty of free and budget-friendly happenings for the whole family to enjoy. See below for a handful of our favorites!

Fresh Air Market

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Join the local community in Chewacla State Park for the Fresh Air Market May 19th and 20th! This event will feature shopping vendors, food, and live music. This event is focused on fundraising for the Sheriffs Girls Ranch. The Ranch is home to abused, neglected and abandoned girls from local communities.

The Boogie

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Spring is one of the best times of the year in Auburn-Opelika for many reasons.... one being The Old 280 Boogie

Johnny Ray Century Ride

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Mark your calendars for the Johnny Ray Century Ride coming up on September 22, 2018. This will be the 16th annual ride benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease and is a USAC sanctioned non-competitive event.

Hoof on over to Auburn Equestrian

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Many people hear equestrian and aren’t sure exactly what that means. Auburn’s equestrian meets are not only a ton of fun, they’re also free! Hoof on over to the mane event this weekend. Saturday, March 3, No. 2 Auburn will face off with No. 5 SMU. The meet starts at 11 a.m. CST, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center.

Iron Bowl 2017

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Iron Bowl is a much-anticipated tradition for every Auburn and Alabama fan. It is one of the biggest games of the SEC every year. There is a lot on the line… your pride, office bragging rights, and this year’s winner will affect who goes to the SEC Championship game. No pressure fellas.

Auburn-Opelika Holidays

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

We made a list of our favorites sure to keep your holiday spirits high! Join in on the “Santa hunt” at Kreher Preserve, explore the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour, and do some Christmas shopping at the Holiday Art Sale!

46th Annual Pioneer Day

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Rise and shine this Saturday for Pioneer Day in Loachapoka! Formerly known as the Syrup Soppin and Historical Fair, this 9-hour festival goes from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the tiny town of Loachapoka, located just a few miles west of Auburn. Pioneer Day is a family-friendly event and is free to attend.

Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail 2017

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Get your tickets now for the first Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail coming up on Friday, October 27. Don’t miss this chance to experience three wineries in East Alabama with a special farm-to-table lunch provided by Acre.

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.

2017 Oktoberfest Slated for Oct. 21

by Katy Harper Doss Here Molly Girl

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Germany are making their way to The Hotel at Auburn University and Conference Center for the eighth annual Oktoberfest.The event will take place in the hotel’s marquee on Oct. 21 from 4-9 p.m., and will feature traditional German fare, beers from breweries across the U.S., a selection of German wines and live entertainment.

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.

Bluegrass on the Plains 2017

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Memorial Day may have come and gone, but he Bluegrass on the Plains is still pickin’ through Sunday, June 4th. Bluegrass on the Plains is a festival hosted by Mathan and Jill Holt at the University Station RV Resort located in Auburn, AL.

Downtown Auburn Restaurant Week

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Brace yourselves for an unforgettable savory experience coming to Auburn in just a few weeks! The first Auburn Downtown Restaurant Week will be June 18-24, 2017. This exciting new event will highlight the downtown culinary scene and features both fine and casual dining restaurants as well as specialty shops!

USA Softball Doubleheader Comes to Auburn

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn senior, Kasey Cooper, will be playing in a doubleheader exhibition series at Jane B. Moore on July 22, 2017, with the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Cooper is a two-time NFCA All-American from Dothan, Alabama, and was SEC player of the year in 2016.

USATH works to play in the Pan-Ams

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Opelika Mary Gary Fuller and the members of the USA Women’s National Handball Team invite you to join them for a celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National. The event aims to raise money to send the Women’s National Team to the Pam American Championships in Argentina.

Second Annual Make Music Day Alabama

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The second annual Make Music Day Alabama will be on Tuesday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the Gay Street Municipal Parking Lot in downtown Auburn. Last year hundreds of music-loving participants showed up in hopes of beating the Guinness record for the world’s largest band, almost claiming the title. Coming close to beating the record set by China with 953 people rocking out together, Auburn’s first-ever Make Music Day saw an impressive 850 musical attendees. This year Spicer’s Music is confident they will beat the record.

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 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.

Fall Events in Auburn-Opelika

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Fall is a special time of the year for the Auburn-Opelika community. Although the weather is still warm, schools are back in session and football season is just a few weeks away. For this small town, that means Fall.
From concerts and street fairs to football and feathers – eagle feathers, that is – fall is the time for special events in the Auburn-Opelika area. Check out our full calendar of events online and contact the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau to plan your visit today.

Bo Bikes Bama 2016

by Cat W. Bobo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Looking for something to do on Saturday? Grab your helmets and join hundreds for the 5thAnnual Bo Bikes Bama charity bike ride. This annual ride is led by Auburn legend, Bo Jackson, and raises money for the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, which provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for the great state of Alabama.