The area's climate and geography contribute to its quality of life. Recreation opportunities abound. The North and South Forks of the American River offer white water rafting , fishing, water skiing, and boating. Nearby mountains offer downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-mobiling, ice-skating, and sledding in the winter. Fly your private plane out of Auburn airport. Mountain hiking and biking, running, and horseback riding on the many trails, golfing, camping, and exploring - you don't have to travel far from home to find all these activities!
Community actvities and events are scheduled year-round. Enjoy local wine tasting and the Wine Festival in October, visit museums rich in Gold Rush history, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts or antiques. The Fairgrounds offer The Gold Country Fair in September, the Wild West Stampede PRCA Rodeo in April, Auburn Home Shows in May and September, and Fast Friday's Speedway Motorcycle Racing every Friday during the racing season. In historic Old Town -- enjoy the Antiques and Collectibles Street fairs in May and October, summertime blues festival and country Christmas weekends. Other popular events are Art Walks and Family Night Out. Our Festival of Lights Parade holiday parade attracts 10,000 people in early December.
Cruise Nights are held the 2nd Friday from May to September to bring out the old time cars and old tyme fun . The Farmers Market happens every Saturday in the Court House parking lot, and the Auburn Community Festival celebrates the Fall with giant pumpkins and the Auburn Mandarin Festival with mandarins grown in the area. Auburn's Family 4th celebrates our nation's birthday with an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration starting with a parade downtown and ending with free fireworks at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Thunder In The Sky at the Auburn Airport features military and civilian aircraft flybys, static aircraft displays, helicopter rides, and food and fun for the entire family.
Known as "The Endurance Capital of the World," Auburn has world famous runs and rides including the legendary Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and the Tevis Cup 100 Mile Horseback Ride (both from Squaw Valley to Auburn), the Cool Mountain Bike Race, and the Cool Canyon Crawl, giving even the most energetic a good workout.
The Auburn State Recreation Area is a wonderful place to get away from it all. Hiking, biking, and riding trails crisscross the area. Two forks of the American River come together a short distance from downtown Auburn and the area has become a favorite place to soak up the sun on hot summer days. There is a boat launching ramp for Folsom Lake just down Auburn-Folsom road at Rattlesnake Bar, lots of river rafting opportunities, and of course, the fishing is great. You can be snow skiing in less than two hours or over the hill to Reno, which is only about 100 miles away, for a show in about the same time.