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Majorpalooza Downtown: Sunday, May 26, 10AM – 9PM

Event organizer Chris Major’s goal of relocating his annual fundraiser and 5K run to downtown has enjoyed huge success over the past few years. With free admission & free parking, plus live music acts and plenty of family fun, why miss out on this popular street festival?

The Catch Me if You Can 5K run/walk & the Stefanak Sprint for children will continue happening downtown as well. The 5K race will start at 8:30AM at Memorial City Hall, pass by many historic homes on South Street, the Seward House Museum, Veteran’s Memorial Park, through Downtown Auburn and back to City Hall.

On Saturday, May 25 from 9 – 11AM, race packet pick-up is at Silbert Optical & Historic Grounds Coffee.
The day of, people can register at City Hall at 7AM. Race fees are $20 through May 10 and $30 thereafter. Students 18 and under are free. On event day, the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center will be open at 7AM for touring and public restrooms.

The Stefanak Sprint will start at 9:45AM also at City Hall, with no registration required. This event is for children 10 and under, and is free of charge. The first 250 will receive a prize for participating. The event has been re-named the Stefanak Sprint in memory of Caitlyn Stefanak, a young Auburn native who lost her battle with cancer in 2011. Caitlyn is Majorpalooza family, and they’re honored to have a race in her memory.

Following the races, family entertainment will be staged on State Street. The Auburn Doubleday’s will offer fun from 10AM – 3PM, street performer Nate the Great will offer shows at 10:30AM and 1PM, and from 11AM – 2PM Jamboree Arts will do magic shows, balloon art & face painting. In addition, local art, craft & non-profit vendors will be showcasing & selling their products and services all day long.

On Genesee Street, between the William/Dill Street intersection and then down turning down State Street, is where the main event will be held. This shift was made to accommodate businesses in that corridor, that will be providing the food & beverage options for patrons this year. With more experience hosting the event downtown, Chris Major decided against farming out the vending to food trucks & outside businesses. Instead, he is partnering with downtown breweries & eateries on this piece of the event. Participating businesses located within the event boundaries will operate from or near their property premise. These include A. T. Walley & Co., Good Shepherd’s Brewing Co., Moondog’s Lounge, Parker’s Grille & Taphouse and Prison City Pub & Brewery. Others will host a satellite station on Genesee Street, including Next Chapter Brewpub and Wild’s Eats & Sweets.

More food options will be offered by mobile catering business Villano’s, selling for Majorpalooza, and also by the local Italian heritage club Ciao. Food & beverage vending begins at 10AM, and purchases can be made in cash, direct sales, with no ticketing system. As always, Majorpalooza organizers focus on safety first, and they will provide cab fare home for anyone that needs it. Emergency services will be on site as well.

Live music acts on the showmobile stage include Perform4Purpose 11AM – 1:30PM; classic & modern rock band Red Spider 2 – 5:30PM; and headliner Syracuse rock band Scars N’ Stripes 6 – 9PM. The showmobile will be located on Genesee Street positioned on an angle facing Walley’s. After the event, stay downtown for more live music by Magical Mystery Tour at Moondog’s Lounge and Petty Thieves at Next Chapter Brewpub.

Chris Major said, “Event proceeds will support the mission of Majorpalooza, Inc., which is to raise awareness & foster support for children in the CNY area who are underprivileged, disabled and/or have been afflicted by a life threatening or terminal medical condition. The corporation also provides assistance to youth programs in our community.”

BID’s Assistant Director Jesse Kline shared, “Chris Major & the Majorpalooza volunteer team are organized, hard-working and fun. We are so grateful that they continue to make downtown a prime destination for festivals & special events, while offering both adult and family-friendly activities for the whole community to enjoy for free.” For more information, please contact Chris Major at, or call the BID office at 315.252-7874.

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