Rick Diamond

Annual Events & Festivals

Our community is alive with annual events that celebrate the unique culture and spirit of Auburn-Opelika. From the Opelika Songwriters Festival to Auburn’s beloved Cheers on the Corner, there’s always something happening that brings the community together. These events are perfect opportunities to experience local traditions and meet new friends.

Mardi Gras Parade & Krewe Krawl

March 1, 2025 | Get ready to let the good times roll as The Krewe De Tigris bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to the heart of downtown Auburn! Join us for a festive experience that captures the essence of this beloved tradition. 

War Eagle Run Fest

February 23, 2025 | Get ready to lace up your running shoes for the thrill of a lifetime at the third annual War Eagle Run Fest on February 18! Feel the rush as you kick off this spectacular event right from the iconic Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Opelika On Tap

May 2025 | On Tap will feature over 30 craft breweries from across the country. All tickets include up to 50 beer tastings and a souvenir Opelika Main Street On Tap beer glass. Proceeds from the event will go to support Opelika Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing Historic Downtown Opelika.

Spring Boogie

April 2025 | See what all the hype is about at the 11th annual Spring Boogie on April 19 & 20! Hundreds flock to the small town of Waverly, Alabama (located just outside of Auburn) for this funky music festival that takes place twice a year.  

Opelika Songwriters Festival

May 2025 | Over the past four years, the Opelika Songwriters Festival has attracted die-hard live music fans from around the Southeast to hear original songwriters spanning many genres of music perform their songs. 

Burger Wars & Touch-A-Truck

June 2025 | Burger Wars returns to downtown Opelika for its 10th annual grilling competition, welcoming all levels of grillers to showcase their skills. The event supports the Opelika Rotary Charitable Foundation, aiding the Food Bank of East Alabama Backpack program.

SummerNight Downtown Art Walk

June 2025 | The SummerNight Downtown Art Walk is an arts festival that transforms downtown Auburn into its very own art district, featuring the work of local and regional artists, live musicians, street performers, great food, and children's activities.

Cheers on the Corner

July 26, 2024 | Cool off this summer at Cheers on the Corner, an annual taste of downtown Auburn on Friday, July 26 from 6 - 10 p.m. During this sips and bites trail, guests will be provided a small pour of wine or bubbles paired with a savory bite from restaurants like The Hound, Acre, Draft House, and more. 


October 19, 2024 | AU Oktoberfest began in 2008 and has grown to be one of the largest beer festivals in the Southeast. There is live music, contests, educational presentations, stein hoisting, and food trucks, along with a multitude of breweries and beer. 

On the Tracks

September 27, 2024 | The annual "On the Tracks" wine trail event is in downtown Opelika. The streets of downtown Opelika will be filled with live music, a photo booth, caricature drawings, and wine trail stops featuring a diverse array of wine samples. 

Hey Day Holiday

Nov-Dec | It's time to gather your loved ones, bundle up, and immerse yourselves in all things merry and bright! Join on the Greenspace outside of Hey Day Market for a fun and festive winter season every day from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from November 15th to January 11th. 

Opelika's Very Merry Christmas

Nov-Dec | Our downtown turns into a magical Christmas destination each year. With beautiful decorations, tons of twinkling lights and unlimited events, you can find something for everyone in your family.