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Events coordinated by entities other than the City of Auburn may require a Special Event Permit Application.

Interested in Event Sponsorship? Contact us at: events@auburnwa.gov

1:00PM - 5:00PM

Halloween Harvest Festival and Les Gove Park Trunk-or-Treat

The REC, 910 Ninth Street SE, Auburn, WA

Halloween Festival

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Les Gove Park, The REC and Auburn Community & Event Center

910 Ninth Street SE 

Join us at our Halloween Harvest Festival and Les Gove Park Truck-or-Treat for kids ages 2-10 and their families. There will be games, crafts, a photo booth, Trunk-or-Treating around Les Gove Park's trail and lots more for your lil' goblin to enjoy!  Lots of fun for Auburn's Trick-or-Treaters!

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned & boxed food to support the Auburn Food Bank.

Looking to participate with a truck from your organization?
Participating trunks pay a small vendor fee and must provide giveaways and/or treats for the youth participants visiting the event. Participants may also provide informational materials about their programs. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative (fun, not scary) trunk. Participating organizations are also encouraged to dress up in costumes appropriate for a 2-10 year-old audience. The youth attending the event will  Trunk-or-Treat around the path in Les Gove Park and enjoy outdoor music and fun.

To become a participant, simply complete either the
online Trunk-or-Treat Vendor application
or download and return a Trunk-or-Treat Participating Organization Application (PDF).

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information email klange@auburnwa.gov or call 253-931-3043.

11:00AM - 2:00PM

Auburn's 56th annual Veterans Parade & Observance

Main Street

Auburn, Washington is typically designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day. The City of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and considers it an honor and privilege to host this annual event. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Parade since 1965. Now in its 56th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest parades of its kind in the United States of America.

The purpose of Auburn's Veterans Parade & Observance is to positively focus on honoring our country's veterans and active military personnel. Through our parade, we focus recognition on congressionally-recognized Veteran Service Organizations and their auxiliaries, the military and military reserve, National Guard and ROTC. The goals and purposes of Auburn's Veterans Parade & Observance are to give honor to our country's veterans and to their military missions of defending freedom around the world. 

We are currently planning for the 56th annual Veterans Parade to be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 6, starting at 11:00 AM. The parade typically boasts over 200 units and nearly 6,000 parade participants, including 25+ marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units, honor guards and more.

The parade route travels along Main Street from E Street to A Street NW/SW. To participate in Auburn's Veterans Parade, complete and return the official Parade Application Form or complete the on-line registration

The Veterans Parade will follow all current mandates from King County Public Health that may be in place on November 6, 2021. As of the most recent King County Public Health order (effective September 7, 2021), we will be require all spectators age 5 and older to wear a mask while attending the parade, regardless of vaccination status. Parade participants are required to wear a mask in the parade line-up area. Parade participants may remove their masks if inside a vehicle with only their direct household members. All employees are also required to wear a mask. The only exceptions are for people with medical conditions and when guests are eating and drinking. 

Check back as the event approaches, if we have any COVID-19 changes or restrictions.

Other related activities include: 

Saturday, November 6
Auburn American Legion Auburn Post #78 Community Breakfast
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE
This component of the Observance is a partnership between the City of Auburn and Auburn American Legion Post #78. The breakfast is $9 per person and includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. Pay at the door or order tickets in advance.  

Saturday, November 6
Downtown Auburn Cooperative's Beer Garden
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
B Street Plaza, adjacent to 144 E Main St.

NEW this year! A partnership between the Downtown Auburn Cooperative and the Auburn VFW Post 1741 will fill the B Street Plaza with a Beer Garden and Poppy Sales. B Street Plaza sits along the parade route, just East of the Grandstand. The Beer Garden will be featuring a beer called 'Uncommon Valor' by Rail Hop'n Brewery that was made as a fundraiser for the Auburn VFW. It's a single malt, single hop, citrus IPA brewed by Vets for Vets. Other beers and a hard seltzer also available. 12 oz pours will be $5.00 each, with 50 cents for every beverage sold being donated to the Auburn VFW Post 1741.  Cheers! 

Saturday, November 6
Auburn Noon Lions Veterans Luncheon 
1:30 PM
Merrill Gardens at Auburn, 18 1st Street SE
This is always a popular component of our Observance, selling out the past several years. Doors open at 1:00 PM. Advance reservations are required. This location is just two blocks East of the end of the parade route. The Luncheon is co-sponsored by the City of Auburn and the Auburn Noon Lions. The lunch program honors our Veterans, with special recognition to our Dignitaries in attendance. The Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee's Outstanding Veterans Award winners will be recognized at the lunch and presented with their award, along with other special presentations. 

"Our Heroes | Our Parade" Banner Tribute Program
This program was created to recognize and pay tribute to the brave men and women in Auburn who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in the United States Armed Forces. It also provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses and Veteran Service Organizations to support those who served by sponsoring a banner in downtown Auburn. Banner sales begin in July 2021. Application deadline is Friday, August 13, 2021. Please complete and return the application (PDF) with applicable banner fee and supporting documents .

Take some time to thank a Veteran for their service and sacrifice.


Official Forms and Helpful Information:

There is absolutely no parade parking in local business' parking lots. Please be courteous when parking in the areas surrounding the procession route. 

For dining and lodging information, please visit www.exploreauburn.com.

Contact Information:
Kristy Pachciarz, Special Events Coordinator
253-931-3043


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

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Veterans Parade 1

Veterans Parade 2

Veterans Parade 4

8:00AM - 7:00PM

Gingerbread Contest

Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth ST SE, Auburn, WA

Gingerbread houseFREE - Gingerbread is back at the Auburn Community & Events Center! Gingerbread masterpieces will be on display from December 1 – 17. Everyone is welcome to view the displays at no cost. Vote on your favorite by December 17. We have space for 8 adult entries and 8 youth entries. 

Entries must register in advance. Space is limited to 16 entries

Register Online

A winner will be announced on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

4:30PM - 6:00PM

Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Les Gove Park, 12th ST SE

Auburn's Lighted Santa Parade & Tree Lighting event returns! 
From Auburn High School to City Hall, lighted entries will fill Main Street with holiday joy! Beginning at 4:30 PM the parade will feature lighted vehicles, floats, cars, and walking entries. All community, families, non-profits, and businesses are welcome to participate. All entries wishing to participate in the parade must register in advance by Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. 

Santa Parade

All entries must have a lighted element.
Registration link coming soon...

Join us for live music before and after the parade at City Hall. Then watch as the community brings out their lighted holiday parade entries! We'll wrap up the event with the annual tree lighting at City hall plus a visit from Santa. 

We anticipate this event being very crowded, please mask-up when in crowded areas to protect yourself and others. 

Flip the switchSanta is looking for a special helper to light the tree in front of City Hall.  Nominate a child between the ages of 5 and 9 for their chance to visit with Santa and make holiday memories. Nominations are due by Monday, November 29th at 5 PM. 

Tree lighter nomination form 

Santa Parade & Tree Lighting Schedule of Events:

  • 3:30 PM.........Parade line up begins
  • 4:00 PM........Live music at City Hall 
  • 4:30 PM.........Parade begins
  • 6:00 PM.........Parade ends
  • 6:15 PM...........Tree Lighting & Visit from Santa
  • 6:30 PM.........Live music at City Hall


For questions contact
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
253-931-3043
Amanda Valdez, Special Events and Farmers Market Coordinator

8:00AM - 7:00PM

Gingerbread Contest

Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth ST SE, Auburn, WA

Gingerbread houseFREE - Gingerbread is back at the Auburn Community & Events Center! Gingerbread masterpieces will be on display from December 1 – 17. Everyone is welcome to view the displays at no cost. Vote on your favorite by December 17. We have space for 8 adult entries and 8 youth entries. 

Entries must register in advance. Space is limited to 16 entries

Register Online

A winner will be announced on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

8:30AM - 1:00PM

Santa Breakfast

Auburn Community and Event Center, 910 9th ST SE, Auburn, WA

Image of child dressed as elf sitting on Santa's lapSaturday, December 11, 2021
Two separate seating's: 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM

A chance for your little one to tell Santa exactly what's on his/her list! You'll enjoy a yummy pancake breakfast and great entertainment.

Preregistration required.
Space is limited.

Fee:
Adults: $8 (Auburn resident)/$10 (non-resident)
Child: $7 (Auburn resident)/$9 (non-resident)

Tickets by calling: 
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
253-931-3043

8:00AM - 7:00PM

Gingerbread Contest

Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth ST SE, Auburn, WA

Gingerbread houseFREE - Gingerbread is back at the Auburn Community & Events Center! Gingerbread masterpieces will be on display from December 1 – 17. Everyone is welcome to view the displays at no cost. Vote on your favorite by December 17. We have space for 8 adult entries and 8 youth entries. 

Entries must register in advance. Space is limited to 16 entries

Register Online

A winner will be announced on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Questions? Contact Amanda Valdez or call 253-931-3043. 

8:00AM - 8:00PM

Peter Cotton Trail

various parks and trails - see below

Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18, 2022

Hop around Auburn's parks and trails in search of the elusive bunny, who'll be hidden in various locations around Auburn. Find the bunny, have a chance to win prizes and have a blast doing it! This will be a fun and safe event for families, Seniors, our Specialized Recreation Community or anyone looking for an opportunity to get outside and get active in an outdoor setting.

Here's how it works:

  1. Print the Bunny Scorecard (PDF), if you wish, or bring something on your search to track your bunnies such as a notepad and pen, smartphone or tablet. Note: you do NOT need to email scorecards. Submit details on the On-line Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15 at 8:00 AM). Printed scorecards (for tracking purposes only) will also be available at: 
    • Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE, in a pamphlet holder on April 14 - 18.

  2. At 8:00 PM on April 14, we will announce the list of parks and trails where bunnies are hiding.  Note: for those of you with special needs two of the parks will have more accessible bunnies which are in view from the trail/path to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and wagons. 

  3. ExampleAll bunnies will look like this example bunny image. Bunnies are approximately 12" tall. Each bunny has a unique number. Please don't take the bunnies so everyone can enjoy this activity. Please don't move the bunnies so we can keep them safe from mowers and other maintenance equipment.

  4. Search for bunnies during park hours, April 15 - 18. You will need to find a minimum of ten bunnies. In most cases, you may need to visit two or more parks to complete your scorecard. Print our scorecard (PDF), or bring something to track your bunnies.

  5. Complete the On-line Bunny Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15). The on-line scorecard will contain contact information and 10 spaces to indicate the bunnies that you found. There will also be the opportunity to share photos or comments with us. We enjoy hearing from you! The on-line scorecard will be available until 11:59 PM on Monday, April 18. Sorry, no late entries. 

  6. Each person who participates must submit their own scorecard. Adults welcome to play too! Duplicate entries will be deleted. 

  7. Winners selected at random and emailed by April 22.

Prizes include the following items:

  • Eight (8) Make & Take Kits
  • Ten (10) Plush Animals
  • Ten (10) Chocolate Bunnies
  • Check back for more prizes added to this list!

***Prizes must be picked up at the Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE.


Peter Cotton Trail Sponsorship Commitment Form
Peter Cotton Trail Partnership Commitment Form 
Peter Cotton Trail Event Support Commitment Form

Contact Information:
Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
events@auburnwa.gov
253-931-3043

8:00AM - 8:00PM

Peter Cotton Trail

various parks and trails - see below

Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18, 2022

Hop around Auburn's parks and trails in search of the elusive bunny, who'll be hidden in various locations around Auburn. Find the bunny, have a chance to win prizes and have a blast doing it! This will be a fun and safe event for families, Seniors, our Specialized Recreation Community or anyone looking for an opportunity to get outside and get active in an outdoor setting.

Here's how it works:

  1. Print the Bunny Scorecard (PDF), if you wish, or bring something on your search to track your bunnies such as a notepad and pen, smartphone or tablet. Note: you do NOT need to email scorecards. Submit details on the On-line Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15 at 8:00 AM). Printed scorecards (for tracking purposes only) will also be available at: 
    • Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE, in a pamphlet holder on April 14 - 18.

  2. At 8:00 PM on April 14, we will announce the list of parks and trails where bunnies are hiding.  Note: for those of you with special needs two of the parks will have more accessible bunnies which are in view from the trail/path to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and wagons. 

  3. ExampleAll bunnies will look like this example bunny image. Bunnies are approximately 12" tall. Each bunny has a unique number. Please don't take the bunnies so everyone can enjoy this activity. Please don't move the bunnies so we can keep them safe from mowers and other maintenance equipment.

  4. Search for bunnies during park hours, April 15 - 18. You will need to find a minimum of ten bunnies. In most cases, you may need to visit two or more parks to complete your scorecard. Print our scorecard (PDF), or bring something to track your bunnies.

  5. Complete the On-line Bunny Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15). The on-line scorecard will contain contact information and 10 spaces to indicate the bunnies that you found. There will also be the opportunity to share photos or comments with us. We enjoy hearing from you! The on-line scorecard will be available until 11:59 PM on Monday, April 18. Sorry, no late entries. 

  6. Each person who participates must submit their own scorecard. Adults welcome to play too! Duplicate entries will be deleted. 

  7. Winners selected at random and emailed by April 22.

Prizes include the following items:

  • Eight (8) Make & Take Kits
  • Ten (10) Plush Animals
  • Ten (10) Chocolate Bunnies
  • Check back for more prizes added to this list!

***Prizes must be picked up at the Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE.


Peter Cotton Trail Sponsorship Commitment Form
Peter Cotton Trail Partnership Commitment Form 
Peter Cotton Trail Event Support Commitment Form

Contact Information:
Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
events@auburnwa.gov
253-931-3043

8:00AM - 8:00PM

Peter Cotton Trail

various parks and trails - see below

Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18, 2022

Hop around Auburn's parks and trails in search of the elusive bunny, who'll be hidden in various locations around Auburn. Find the bunny, have a chance to win prizes and have a blast doing it! This will be a fun and safe event for families, Seniors, our Specialized Recreation Community or anyone looking for an opportunity to get outside and get active in an outdoor setting.

Here's how it works:

  1. Print the Bunny Scorecard (PDF), if you wish, or bring something on your search to track your bunnies such as a notepad and pen, smartphone or tablet. Note: you do NOT need to email scorecards. Submit details on the On-line Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15 at 8:00 AM). Printed scorecards (for tracking purposes only) will also be available at: 
    • Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE, in a pamphlet holder on April 14 - 18.

  2. At 8:00 PM on April 14, we will announce the list of parks and trails where bunnies are hiding.  Note: for those of you with special needs two of the parks will have more accessible bunnies which are in view from the trail/path to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and wagons. 

  3. ExampleAll bunnies will look like this example bunny image. Bunnies are approximately 12" tall. Each bunny has a unique number. Please don't take the bunnies so everyone can enjoy this activity. Please don't move the bunnies so we can keep them safe from mowers and other maintenance equipment.

  4. Search for bunnies during park hours, April 15 - 18. You will need to find a minimum of ten bunnies. In most cases, you may need to visit two or more parks to complete your scorecard. Print our scorecard (PDF), or bring something to track your bunnies.

  5. Complete the On-line Bunny Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15). The on-line scorecard will contain contact information and 10 spaces to indicate the bunnies that you found. There will also be the opportunity to share photos or comments with us. We enjoy hearing from you! The on-line scorecard will be available until 11:59 PM on Monday, April 18. Sorry, no late entries. 

  6. Each person who participates must submit their own scorecard. Adults welcome to play too! Duplicate entries will be deleted. 

  7. Winners selected at random and emailed by April 22.

Prizes include the following items:

  • Eight (8) Make & Take Kits
  • Ten (10) Plush Animals
  • Ten (10) Chocolate Bunnies
  • Check back for more prizes added to this list!

***Prizes must be picked up at the Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE.


Peter Cotton Trail Sponsorship Commitment Form
Peter Cotton Trail Partnership Commitment Form 
Peter Cotton Trail Event Support Commitment Form

Contact Information:
Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
events@auburnwa.gov
253-931-3043

8:00AM - 8:00PM

Peter Cotton Trail

various parks and trails - see below

Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18, 2022

Hop around Auburn's parks and trails in search of the elusive bunny, who'll be hidden in various locations around Auburn. Find the bunny, have a chance to win prizes and have a blast doing it! This will be a fun and safe event for families, Seniors, our Specialized Recreation Community or anyone looking for an opportunity to get outside and get active in an outdoor setting.

Here's how it works:

  1. Print the Bunny Scorecard (PDF), if you wish, or bring something on your search to track your bunnies such as a notepad and pen, smartphone or tablet. Note: you do NOT need to email scorecards. Submit details on the On-line Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15 at 8:00 AM). Printed scorecards (for tracking purposes only) will also be available at: 
    • Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE, in a pamphlet holder on April 14 - 18.

  2. At 8:00 PM on April 14, we will announce the list of parks and trails where bunnies are hiding.  Note: for those of you with special needs two of the parks will have more accessible bunnies which are in view from the trail/path to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and wagons. 

  3. ExampleAll bunnies will look like this example bunny image. Bunnies are approximately 12" tall. Each bunny has a unique number. Please don't take the bunnies so everyone can enjoy this activity. Please don't move the bunnies so we can keep them safe from mowers and other maintenance equipment.

  4. Search for bunnies during park hours, April 15 - 18. You will need to find a minimum of ten bunnies. In most cases, you may need to visit two or more parks to complete your scorecard. Print our scorecard (PDF), or bring something to track your bunnies.

  5. Complete the On-line Bunny Scorecard Submission Form (available April 15). The on-line scorecard will contain contact information and 10 spaces to indicate the bunnies that you found. There will also be the opportunity to share photos or comments with us. We enjoy hearing from you! The on-line scorecard will be available until 11:59 PM on Monday, April 18. Sorry, no late entries. 

  6. Each person who participates must submit their own scorecard. Adults welcome to play too! Duplicate entries will be deleted. 

  7. Winners selected at random and emailed by April 22.

Prizes include the following items:

  • Eight (8) Make & Take Kits
  • Ten (10) Plush Animals
  • Ten (10) Chocolate Bunnies
  • Check back for more prizes added to this list!

***Prizes must be picked up at the Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth Street SE.


Peter Cotton Trail Sponsorship Commitment Form
Peter Cotton Trail Partnership Commitment Form 
Peter Cotton Trail Event Support Commitment Form

Contact Information:
Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
events@auburnwa.gov
253-931-3043