‘Burger Wars’ among three events in downtown Opelika on Saturday


OPELIKA — Opelika will host three events downtown on Saturday, June 8, with rolling starts to maximize a day full of family friendly fun.
Opelika Main Street will host Touch-A-Truck from 9 a.m. to noon, giving children the chance to honk horns, run sirens and climb on trucks, equipment and working vehicles.
At 11 a.m., the 10th Annual Burger Wars kicks off, hosted by Opelika Rotary Charitable Foundation. Participants can sample burgers from three categories: Tailgaters, Corporate and Pros. Samples will run out, so arrive early. Proceeds benefit local charities, including the Food Bank of East Alabama.
From noon until 4 p.m., Heritage House and Grandma Val’s Lemonade will host the third annual Midsummer Market. The event will feature food trucks and dessert vendors along 8th Street and retail & craft vendors set up on the Heritage House lawn.

Auburn’s SummerNight Downtown Art walk is Friday night


AUBURN — The SummerNight Downtown Art Walk will be held Friday, June 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Auburn, featuring an artist marketplace, live music, children’s activities and late-night shopping and dining.
Along with musical entertainment from The Beach Boys Tribute Band “Sail On,” the SummerNight stage will feature two shows by the Auburn University Steel Drum Band performing the traditional calypso music of Trinidad and Tobago, along with pop and Latin arrangements of contemporary tunes.
SummerNight is a free downtown entertainment district event and will be held rain or shine. The event is hosted by the city of Auburn’s Parks and Recreation Department, Auburn Arts Association, the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.
SummerNight is made possible by the following sponsors.

  • Salty Sponsors: Auburn-Opelika Tourism, Auburn Network, STAMP, Memories in Motion, I Heart Media and Graduate Hotels.
  • Community Sponsors: Leaf Filter, Auburn Productions LLC, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Auburn University, Auburn Public Library Foundation, Tailgate Guys/Pre-Events, Kate 99.9 FM, Kathy Powell State Farm and Auburn Flower and Gifts.
  • Business Partner: Little Italy, AuburnBank, East Alabama Community Ballet and Check It Out Balloons.
    Note: College Street between Thach and Tichenor avenues and Magnolia Avenue between Wright and Gay streets will be closed to traffic from 5:15-10:30 p.m. for the event (see Parking & Road Closure Map below.