The event will begin with a starting line party at the Caroline Marshal Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at 5 p.m. before the Honey Walk Parade starts at Pebble Hill and follows Magnolia Avenue to Toomer’s Corner.
This year’s SummerNight celebration will focus on bees to bring attention to Bee Auburn, a week-long celebration of pollinators and their impact on human society hosted by Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and the City of Auburn that will last from June 19-25.
SummerNight co-coordinator Sara Hand Custer said there will be a culinary contest on Friday that will encourage community members to display their culinary talents while using recipes made with honey.
“We are encouraging downtown restaurants, their employees or anyone who is interested, to participate in the culinary contest by submitting their favorite dish that has honey as an ingredient,” Custer said. “In addition to awards, all entries are displayed and taste-tested by SummerNight attendees. Art Walk patrons will pay $1 to taste-test dishes and all proceeds from this venture support local art programs, so this is also a great way to give back to your community.”
Along with the bee-themed parade and culinary contest, activities for children will be held in front of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, which will include bee-themed arts and crafts, face painting and a sidewalk chalk drawing area.
Live music will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Toomer’s Corner and will be played by the Electric Rangers. Local artists will have stands to sell their works while many downtown businesses will stay open late. As SummerNight is an Entertainment District Event, open containers of alcohol will be allowed in the downtown area for the duration of the event.
“SummerNight brings the community together in a creative downtown atmosphere. Downtown Auburn is an exciting place to visit and the added attraction of events like the SummerNight Downtown Art Walk only enhance its reputation as a city that is growing,” Custer said.
Custer said partnerships with the City of Auburn, Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Caroline