Downtown Auburn will host An Indian SummerNight Downtown Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9. The art walk will feature the works of local and regional artists, live music, street performances, children’s activities, a barbecue sauce and cornbread contest, and downtown merchants open late and offering specials to customers. The event is hosted by the Auburn Arts Association and is sponsored by Prewett Insurance.
This will be the ninth year of the SummerNight event, but it has historically taken place in the summer.
Due to the construction at Toomer’s Corner over this past summer, the event was forced to take place later this year in October.The event is put on by the Auburn Arts Association, in support of local artists and encouraging residents to engage more with Auburn’s art community.
In past years, patrons have enjoyed various forms of art, including watercolor paintings, handcrafted jewelry, sculptures and live music.
- There will be a cornbread and a barbecue sauce contest. Each contestant may enter up to three sauces and/or two varieties of cornbread for an entry fee of $10 for each contest.
- All proceeds for the competitions will benefit the Auburn Arts Association and their educational programs.
- The event will showcase the works of over 30 local and regional artists to an expected crowd of 3,000 to 5,000 people.
- Live music will be provided by southern-rock band the Bama Gamblers.
- Community and business sponsors who are participating in the event include the following: Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau, Cake-A-Potamus, Kate 99.9, Mountain High Outfitters, Opelika-Auburn News, STAMP, State Farm, Blue Turtle Creative, Chick-Fil-A, Little Italy and Verge Pipe Media.
- College Street, from Thach Avenue to Tichenor Avenue, and Magnolia Avenue, from Wright Street to Gay Street, will be closed to traffic from 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. for the event. Parking is available on the first floor of the Auburn Municipal Parking Deck, Regions Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, Auburn United Methodist Church, Four Seasons Cleaners, Auburn Wesley Foundation, and Tiger Rags.
“We create an environment where the arts are available to everyone! This also includes culinary arts. We hope everyone can attend this free event as it promotes everything we love about our art community!” –Sarah Custer, co-coordinator of An Indian SummerNight Downtown Art Walk
“Our decision to support An Indian SummerNight art walk was easy. We loved the event last year and got great response from the community for our involvement. This year, we’ll bring back our cookie decorating station for kids of all ages and look forward to seeing everyone’s creations before they eat them!” – Don Crow, founder and managing partner of Verge Pipe Media
Photo Sources: Auburn SummerNight website
Sarah Hand Custer, cultural arts director at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and co-coordinator of An Indian SummerNight Downtown Art Walk