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April is set to be quite a month for Auburn. Along with spring athletics and arguably the best weather of the year, Auburn CityFest is scheduled for April 30 at Kiesel Park.

The event coined as Auburn’s largest free outdoor festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place “rain or shine.” CityFest will continue its usual traditions this year, having numerous live music acts, an imagination station for children, an art exhibit and more.

Music acts this year include acts similar to those attendees look forward to annually, but the event will also host a new act in the Zuzu African Acrobats.

The six-person team originates from Mombassa, Kenya and has performed over the last decade in 25 countries, including Australia, China, Korea, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The Zuzu African Acrobats have performed in America since February 1999 and have been critically acclaimed from critics and fans alike.

Three musical acts are also on the bill for CityFest. Opelika native Trace Pridgen, Lee County’s B.B. Palmer & Kudzu and Jive Mother Mary will perform.

Jive Mother Mary have played hundreds of shows over the last nine years and released an EP in 2007 and LP in 2009. They’ve played shows throughout the eastern U.S. B.B. Palmer & Kudzu stay true to the country music genre and perform modern and classic songs. Pridgen has performed around the Auburn-Opelika area since 2009 and has made it as big as playing The Masquerade in Atlanta and also in Birmingham.

Children will have a number of fun activities available at the imagination station, including a large sandbox, stilt walker and comedic juggler acts, activities presented by the Boy Scouts of America Saugahatchee District and interaction with a number of their favorite movie characters.

All activities in the imagination station are free.

The 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibit Preview and Reception presented by the Auburn Arts Association will be first held April 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the historic Nunn-Winston House. Art will be displayed at CityFest. Those interested in participating can sign up online or at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center on East Drake Avenue.

For more information on Auburn CityFest, visit


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