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Downtown Auburn event series returns for summer with pride theme

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The Downtown Auburn Saturday Market in New York is set to launch its fifth season on June 24, accompanied by an Auburn NY Pride Rally.

The market will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., extending until Aug. 26, excluding July 1 due to the Independence Day holiday.

The market, hosted at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center, is held in collaboration with the city, the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District, the National Park Service, Taste New York, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail.

Featuring an array of local vendors, the market provides a platform for food producers, fine artists, crafters, apparel makers, and more. The market has played a significant role in fostering local businesses, with several vendors such as Moonflower Macarons and Divine Coverings having graduated to establish their own stores.

The market’s aim is to bolster existing businesses, promote new opportunities for small businesses, emphasize the benefits of local purchasing, and forge community bonds, according to a news release by the center.

Adding to the market’s appeal, several themed Saturdays will be introduced throughout the season, starting with the Auburn NY Pride Rally. Upcoming themes include children’s entertainment, live music, and featured vendors. Free programs from the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, such as talks and walking tours highlighting Tubman’s influence in Auburn, are also scheduled to take place at the center this summer.