Things to Do in Auburn, California | Community of the Month
Whether you call Auburn your hometown or a neighboring town, there’s no denying that this community holds big things in store for residents and visitors alike. That’s why we are deeming Auburn our community of the month for March!
With an intriguing history, jampacked community events calendar, and wonderful small local businesses, Auburn is a truly exciting place to be. That’s why we put together a guide for your next visit to Auburn in order to steer you in the direction of some amazing establishments, make you aware of unique qualities of this town, and enrich your visit as a whole.
Check out this “trailer” of sorts before you move on, which provides a wonderful visual overview of this amazing community.
Auburn is bordered by the American River Canyon, and nestled in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This landscape means this mountain town is set up for success when it comes to outdoor adventures, but there is quite a lot to do within its city limits as well.
Auburn is known for its rich California gold rush history (no pun intended) and is a registered California Historical Landmark. The restored Old Town has mid-19th century buildings with walls soaked in history hosting several modern establishments worth a visit.
In the present day, Auburn is a wonderful town to call home. In fact, Livability included Auburn in their list of Top 100 Small Towns in the U.S. But more on that later…If you’re visiting Auburn any time soon, take some notes on what is worth checking out in the area — from farmer’s markets to local restaurants, and everything in between!
Stock Up on Local Produce at the Year-Round Farmer’s Market
The Foothills Farmers Market hosts several local markets throughout the year and at various locations throughout Placer County, but the one located in the heart of Old Town Auburn runs all year long! Browse and visit with local vendors and farmers offering products and seasonal produce from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the Old Town Courthouse parking lot. This is one of the best ways to support local, hard-working vendors while restocking your fridge at the same time!
Photo Courtesy of The Foothills Farmers Market.
Go On an Art Walk
If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re all about supporting local businesses and individuals. There are so many talented local artists in the community of Auburn — so many, in fact, that there is an event centered around the promotion of their work!
The Auburn Art Walk is a reception to showcase various artists in the community who display their work at participating businesses on the first Friday of April, June, August and October from 6–9 p.m. Refreshments are served at many of the venues during this time and the artists’ work remains on display for two whole months. And the best part about all of this? The Auburn Art Walk is completely free.
Through this program (and many more), PlacerArts is ensuring that local artists are noticed and celebrated for the wonderful work they’re doing. And we think you should walk alongside the community to recognize these talented artists!
Photo Courtesy of PlacerArts.
Endure and Enjoy the Great Outdoors
We say “endure” for a very specific reason, as Auburn is considered the Endurance Capital of the World.
The town is home to some of the most challenging and historic endurance events on the planet, such as the Way Too Cool 50K Endurance Run for long-distance runners, or the Tevis Cup for our four-legged horse friends and their riders. But there are more! In fact, Auburn is lauded for hosting more outdoor endurance events than any other community in the world.
If you’re feeling out of breath just reading “50K” — don’t worry. There are several everyday outdoor activities in Auburn that don’t require months of preparation and intensive training.
You can go kayaking through or hiking around Lake Clementine, river raft down The American River with Sierra Whitewater Rafting, go for a bike ride along Dry Creek Parkway, play a round of golf at The Ridge Golf Course, or ride a horse along Hidden Falls Trail.
Whatever you do, take advantage of the Endurance Capital’s natural surroundings!
Indulge at a Local Brewery or Winery
After all of this activity and adventure seeking, it’s likely that you’ve worked up an appetite — and are a bit thirsty. Replenish those lost calories with a local craft beer or delicious burger.
And if you’re more of a wine drinker, take advantage of the wonderful wineries in the area. Sip Auburn has a multi-winery tasting room and was voted the Best Place for Wine Tasting by Auburn Journal in 2015.
Carpe Vino makes for a wonderful place to grab an exceptional glass of local wine right in the heart of Old Town Auburn.
Photos of Carpe Vino by Keith Sutter.
Or go straight to the source with a visit to some of our favorite Auburn wineries, which include Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Mt. Vernon Winery, PaZa Wines, Pruett Vineyard and Vina Castellano.
Grab a Bite to Eat at a Local Restaurant
Hungry yet? Visit one of our favorite local restaurants in Auburn.
Auburn Alehouse Brewery and Restaurant is the perfect place to grab a great craft beer and a bite to eat, all inside the rustic, beer-loving atmosphere. But they don’t skimp on the food quality, so make the experience complete by grabbing a complete meal there. We have our eye on their street tacos and vegetable lasagna!
Bistro 103 is located within a historic building in the heart of Old Town Auburn. Their menu features farm-to-fork, fresh and local fare for both lunch and dinner, which you can accompany with their regional wines and beer. This is the perfect place for the healthy eater who values sustainable and quality ingredients. Visit on a weekday between 2 and 6 p.m. for their happy hour, featuring small plate specials and $1 off house wines and drinks!
Photos Courtesy of Bistro 103.
Stop by tre Pazzi Trattoria for some of the best pizza and pasta in town. Your dining experience here will feel like you’ve stepped right into a fine restaurant on the cobblestone streets of Italy. Plus, the prices on their menu aren’t unreasonable whatsoever! And in true Italian fashion, you must order from their wine list to complete the experience.
Bootleggers Old Town Tavern and Grill is a family-owned and operated restaurant located in the historic City Hall building built in 1892. With a sculptured stone wood-burning fireplace as the centerpiece of the restaurant, this place is comfortable, warm and inviting. One of our favorite places about this restaurant is their dog-friendly patio, so you can be sure to include every member of the family in your meal!
Make Yourself at Home
If you enjoy your visit to Auburn enough to linger a little longer, you might be happy to find out that this town is a wonderful place to call home. As we mentioned, Livability named Auburn as one of the Top 100 Small Towns in the U.S. — and we certainly agree!
This area hosts wonderful neighborhoods with homes ranging in style, price and size, including Auburn Valley Country Club, Deer Ridge, Vineyard, Vintage Oaks and Winchester Country Club. We love scrolling through the impressive photos of this luxury listing in the Vineyard neighborhood…
What do you love about Auburn?
Let us know what features we missed! We know there are more reasons why Auburn is so amazing.