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Special Events

Auburn's special events are often award-winning happenings! The following events have received awards from various organizations:

Digital Cities Award

Digital Cities Logoe.Republic's Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program has announced the top-ranked cities in the 2013 Digital Cities Survey.

The core of the survey was identifying the ten technology initiatives across four categories - citizen engagement, policy, operations and technology/data. Auburn ranked number 7 in the classification of cities of less than 75,000 population.

Greenroads - PromenadeGreenroads Award

The City of Auburn has achieved a Greenroads™ Bronze Certification as a result of the many environmentally friendly, low-impact development features included in the city center promenade. View more information on greenroads and other sustainable project elements.

View more photos of this project.

Hometown Hero Award

The Hometown Hero program began recognizing citizens in 1999 with the idea that the City wanted to officially recognize its citizens that contribute to our community in an above and beyond manner.
Traits of the Hometown Hero are:

  • A person whose dedication and ingenuity deserve special recognition
  • Their contribution may be beyond the call of duty or job requirement
  • May have achieved a regional, state or national recognition
  • Service to others is a priority in their life
  • Longevity of service to the community

To nominate an Auburn resident for Auburn's Hometown Hero Award, please submit a nomination form (PDF) by mail to: Community Relations & Communications Manager c/o City Hall, 25 West Main St., Auburn, WA 98001.

Past Auburn Hometown Heroes:


Ariana Kukors


Kellen Kiilsgaard


Nancy Colson


JoAnne Walters, Jeanne Barber, Jo & Dario Cugini, Lynn & Helen Norman


Bill & Delores Kyle, Jean Edberg, Gertie Sprenger, Lillian Kitchell, Roger Thordarson, George Osborn, Dick Kammeyer


Koji Norikane, Arnie Galli, Dick Brugger, Cyril & Nancy Van Selus, Duncan Bonjorni, Elaine Prenovost, Fred Helser, Virginia Cross, Chuck & Leila Booth


Don Small, Mel Sinex, Ida Mae Struve, Agnes Farr, Libby Dykstra, Sauce Shimojima, John & Nancy Nixon, Herman & Yoka Ansingh


Jim Weese, Tom Hikida, Juan Huseby

KaBOOM! Playful City USA

Auburn has been named to the KaBOOM! Playful City USA list from 2009-2015. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

StormReady City

Auburn is a StormReady City, a certification through the National Weather Service (NWS).  StormReady also helps establish a commitment to creating an infrastructure and systems that will save lives and protect property. Receiving StormReady recognition does not mean that a community is storm proof, but StormReady communities will be better prepared when severe weather strikes.


Auburn is recognized as a TREE CITY USA. The TREE CITY USA program is designed to recognize communities that effectively manage their urban forest and meet the four TREE CITY USA standards. Auburn has continually been selected for this national recognition for effectively managing its urban trees as a valuable natural resource.
The National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and Washington State Department of Natural Resources' Urban and Community Forestry Program, recognizes towns and cities across Washington and the United States that meet the standards of the TREE CITY USA program. Auburn must meet the following four standards:

  • Have an established legal tree governing body (Auburn's Tree Board),
  • Maintain a comprehensive community forestry program that spends at least $2 per capita on the urban forest,
  • Maintain a tree care ordinance, and
  • Hold an annual Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation (celebrated locally on the second Wednesday in April).

TREE CITY USA is an ongoing community improvement program, and the designation is awarded each year. Ongoing recognition not only contributes to our community's pride, but also keeps us in touch with other cities and resources, which can help to improve our program.

All-America City Award

All-America City AwardThe City of Auburn was named an All-America City by the National Civic League in July 2012 along with Seattle and six other South King County cities for participating in a regional plan to build and sustain a major commitment to improve third grade-level reading. More information.