Against all odds, Harriet Tubman was able to escape to freedom after being born a slave. This incredible woman then dedicated her life to helping others do the same. She courageously worked leading slaves along the Underground Railroad for years. After the Civil War was over, Tubman settled in Auburn, where she started a home for the elderly. It is this home that residents and visitors of Auburn can now tour. From February through October, guided tours are available for those that want to step into the shoes of Tubman and see the historical artifacts of her time.
Auburn Public Theater
Catch a Saturday night flick, discover a new local musician, and crack up at stand up. You can find it all at the Auburn Public Theater. This theater has three different performance spaces, with each one offering up the very best in local entertainment. The 199-seat main stage hosts a variety of talent, from plays and operas to improv and stand up comedy. For a more intimate setting, head over to the 65-seat cinema. The Auburn Public Theater screens a different film here each week. It also hosts a $2 open mic Tuesday for those looking to take to the stage themselves.
For over 20 years, Auburn has hosted Central New York's TomatoFest. This festival is full of fun event and activities, from carnival rides to live concerts. It was first created to collect food and canned goods to help feed the hungry, raising nearly $300,000 dollars 11,000 canned goods. Held at the end of the tomato season in September, the name TomatoFest was selected to reflect the idea of canning this year's harvest to support local food agencies. This idea has stuck and TomatoFest has grown to be Auburn's biggest festival of the year.