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Aurora’s First Fridays Has Big Plans August 6

First Fridays will feature more than thirty venues open with art, music, and more on August 6.

Food trucks will return to Water Street Square across from City Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Joining the lineup will be Grumpy Gaucho, Home Run Hot Dogs and Lemonade, Holy Pierogi, and Culinary Gangster. Food vendors are subject to change. Please check Aurora Downtown’s Facebook page for updates.

On August 6, a variety of venues will offer sidewalk activities and sales along with the following mix of activities:

  • Aurora Public Art at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl.
    “Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab” showcasing the work of photographer Georgia Schwender, textile artist Lindsay Olson, and sculptor Jim Jenkins.
    6 to 9 p.m.
  • Superjumbo, 102 E. Galena Blvd.
    Flat File Art Sale. Opening of Superjumbo. Gallery of Mike’s Collected screenprints.
    5 to 10 p.m.
  • McCarty Mills Taproom, 140 S. River St. Unit 108
    DJ Pryme, Corinne’s Kitchen + Featured Artist Stephanie Wheatley
    5 p.m. until close
  • If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave.
    Peace of My Mind: Mandala art by Eric Goetzinger
    7 to 10 p.m.
  • Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.
    Artist Mike Drost, a Chicago-based artist who uses mixed media to create abstract paintings and sculptures. DJ Alfred at 9 p.m.
    5 to 9 p.m.
  • Seven Setting Suns Art Gallery, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12
    Open studio featuring photography by Vincenzo Valenziano
    2 to 10 p.m.
  • The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway
    The Return Of The Living ArtBar: ArtBar returns to in person shows for their 10th season.
    7 p.m. to midnight
  • Gary Brown Art Gallery, 7 S. Broadway
    “In Light of Shadow,” mixed media art creations by Cherylyn Gnadt. Music by Peter Cholewinski.
    5 to 9 p.m.
  • Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St.
    George Turner Donation Exhibition and Tribute: Attendees that like a piece can take it home to honor him and enjoy. Artists can take pieces, frames, and art supplies.
    5 to 9 p.m.
    Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 E. Stolp Ave.
    Live Spanish rock music with Damián Rivera
    6 to 8 p.m.
  • Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.
    Live music featuring Daniel and the Sparrows
    7 to 9 p.m.
  • Aurora Uke Fest at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave.
    Catch a preview of Aurora Uke Fest on August 22 at the gazebo, SciTech, and Tredwell Coffee.
    6 to 8 p.m.
  • La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St.
    Elvis Show by Michael St Angelo | House Margaritas on the rocks $8
    7 to 9 p.m.
  • Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl.
    Open Mic featuring Angels of Duality. Studio tours throughout the night.
    6:30 to 11 p.m.
  • Tavern on Broadway, 24 N. Broadway
    Live Music by Ryan Worthy Duo + free koozies to first 50 guests.
    8 to 11 p.m.
  • G.A.R. Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.
    Service and Sacrifice: 100 Years of Aurora Excellence
    5 to 9 p.m.
  • Aurora Historical Society at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl.
    Our Favorite Things: New exhibit of old and new artifacts from the collection.
    6 to 9 p.m.
  • Yetee Station, 11 N. Broadway
    Arcade opening.
    5 to 11 p.m.
  • Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway
    Museum Store Sale: Everything in the store will be 10% off
    5 to 8 p.m.
  • Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave.
    Back to School with PSA: Decorate your own VSCO stickers for all of your school supplies. Donate school supplies for local Back to School Events.
    6 to 9 p.m.
  • Hope Chest Aurora, 34 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Live music by Kurt Sommerville and a STOREWIDE SALE.
    6 to 9 p.m.
  • The Perch, 31 W. Downer Pl. Ste 301 (pictured by Joseph Weber)
    Calming Strategies for Kids
    5 to 8 p.m.
  • SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St.
    Giveaways and reopening previews.
    5 to 8 p.m.
  • Legacy Nutrition & Fitness, 77 S. River St. Apt. A
    Outdoor group fitness classes ($5) for the whole family + Live DJ
    5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16
    Live music by Matthew Ripsch. Shop summer styles at a sidewalk sale. Pop up with NJ Jewels’ charm bar.
    5 to 9 p.m.
  • Society 57, 100 S. River St.
    6 to 9 p.m.
  • Sheena & Sheena Baker Group, 105 E Galena Blvd,Suite 807 Aurora
    Homebuying process: Learn how to buy a home.
    5 to 9 p.m.
  • Business Unity Expo, Water Street Mall
    Vendor tables, Kids Corner, Talent Exposure
    5 to 10 p.m.
  • Waubonsee Community College Faculty Council, 18 S. River St.
    Welcome back students + voter registration
    5 to 9 p.m.


  • All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10
    DZHELASI pop-up! Stickers, pins, creepy cute merch.
    6 to 9 p.m.
  • The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway
    Sidewalk Sale: Plant sale by Nide Jardin, Roy & Jason’s Popcorn Bar, Tendaji Body Oils Skincare
    6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Simply Destinee Youth Center, 122 W. Downer Pl. Ste 124
    Back to School Pop Up
    5 to 8 p.m.


  • Water Street Square at Water & Benton streets
    Grumpy Gaucho | Culinary Gangster | Home Run Hot Dogs + Lemonade | Holy Pierogi
    5 to 9 p.m.

*Food vendors are subject to change. Please check Facebook for updates.

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