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Get ready to experience the brand new, state-of-the-art, Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, home to the Laurel Hotel and Spa. The center brings a brand-new array of experiences, revolutionizing the hospitality management program at Auburn. From the luxury spa to the Hey Day Market, this new facility is the only one of its kind in the world.
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.
Graham Hage is the owner and executive chef of Zazu Gastropub, located in historic downtown Opelika. Diners will be hard-pressed to decide which is better: the elevated, farm-fresh cuisine or the converted industrial space. Chef Graham is responsible for both.
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!
Counting down the days until Auburn football returns to the Plains? Head coach Brian Harsin isn't the only new addition to the Auburn Family in 2021. Check out this top 10 list of new things to do and see this football season! War Eagle and welcome back to the Loveliest Village.
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.

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!
When you’re ready, we look forward to welcoming you back to Auburn-Opelika. As Auburn University re-opens and students return to campus, our businesses are open and ready to serve you. Nothing is more important than your safety and comfort, which is why Auburn-Opelika Tourism supports our businesses' efforts to follow recommended safety guidelines such as the Alabama Restaurant Promise...
Food trucks are easily accessible and fun! Lower operating costs mean they have the ability to provide high-quality service and food at a much lower cost which means they can feed your family while they sustain their business in a more manageable way. Check out the local trucks currently operating in our area:

If Pilot Pete Got Our Advice

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Who else loved watching Madi and Peter explore our great city for their Hometown Date? It got us thinking about what we'd like to see on our perfect Auburn Bachelor date. Check out our ideas below!

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.

Be our Guest: Lucy's Premieres Guest Chef Series

by M.A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Known for its modern vibe, culinary wonders and extensive cocktail list, Lucy’s neighborhood eatery is debuting an exciting new guest chef series. Each guest chef will collaborate with Lucy’s executive chef Brian Paolina to bring a different experience and exciting dishes for guests to enjoy.

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.
1st Avenue in Opelika is quickly becoming the hippest block in town. North of the railroad tracks in historic downtown Opelika you'll find Mama Mochas Coffee Bodega, Griff Goods, Resting Pulse Brewery and more!

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.
Auburn, Alabama was put on the map after this year's basketball success took the team to the Final Four. With the sudden national attention, Auburn University took to social media to educate the vast amount of new followers. Enjoy this mini-lesson on the coolest college town in the South as told by Instagram

Auburn-Opelika's "Achievement Center" is here to help

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Easter Seals Achievement Center in Opelika is a service unmatched in the Auburn-Opelika area. The Achievement Center provides industrial services to the community and employment and vocational services to individuals with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities.
Grab a buddy and head to the Twin Pines Dual Slalom at Chewacla State Park. This exciting mountain biking trail where friends can compete in a head-to-head race was built in the summer of 2018 by Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers, or CAMP. This slalom is the only one of its kind in the Southeast, making it a mountain biker's must-see!
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

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.