What to do for New Year’s Eve in Downtown Aurora Dec29

What to do for New Year’s Eve in Downtown Aurora...

It’s time to kiss 2016 goodbye. Here is what’s going on in downtown to keep you a part of the celebration. Welcome 2017! Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Grill, 28 W. New York St. 7:30 p.m. NYE w/ Dabylon is reggae meet ska meet a great freakin’ band to ring in the New Year! $10 Admission includes Champagne toast and party favors. Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 Broadway 7 p.m. Ring in the New Year at Two Brothers Roundhouse for their New Year’s Eve bash and ring in 2017 with a Two Brothers’ beer in hand. This year’s party starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 with DJ Jayrock spinning favorites from the 70’s through today. With video and vinyl mixing skills- DJ Jayrock keeps you dancing all night long. Tickets are currently on sale for $60.00 plus tax. La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St. 8 p.m. Stop by La Quinta along the Fox River in downtown Aurora for a balloon drop, free champagne, party favors, live countdown on the screens, and more. Enjoy live mariachi playing all night in the restaurant. All ages. Upstairs starting at 9 p.m., DJs include: DJ Infinity, DJ Retro, DJ Bobby, and DJ Kaboom. 21 plus only. Dress to impress. SciTech Hands On Museum 10 a.m. Bring the whole family and celebrate New Year’s with the kids at SciTech’s annual Noon Year’s Eve Party. $12 admission (children 3 and under are free) includes snacks, sparking cider, party favors, hands-on activity, dance party and a balloon drop at noon. Science show at 12:30 p.m. Museum is open from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Hollywood Casino, 1 W. New York St. 5 p.m. If you’re not a night owl, then consider starting your party early with Shout Section performing...

Wayne’s World Poster Contest...

Artists! Are you most excellent? Aurora is kicking off its six-month celebration of “Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World” with a poster contest. The winning design will be used to promote the event. Live in the now and enter! Here are the details: Posters will measure 11” x 17” inches with a ½” bleed. The original artwork should include the text: Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World. Optional text: Feb. 3 to July 4, 2017; Aurora, Ill.; and movie quotes. Any two-dimensional media may be used. Posters are due at If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., by Jan. 31, 2017. Cash prize $250. Winner will be announced at the First Fridays opening on Feb....

25th anniversary celebration of Wayne’s World planned for Aurora...

It’s a most excellent movie and it might not have been filmed in Aurora, but for a quarter of a century Aurorans have (mostly) embraced references to the movie that made Wayne and Garth a part of pop culture. Wayne’s World was released in theaters in February 1992 after a popular run on Saturday Night Live. After almost 25 years, Aurora is getting ready to celebrate the movie that put Aurora, Ill. on the map. Aurora Downtown, along with the city of Aurora and the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is assisting in organizing a six-month-long celebration of the movie. The idea came from If These Walls Could Talk owner Jen Rauch, who is a fan of the movies. Rauch said the anniversary is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the city. She is looking forward to hosting the first Wayne’s World-themed event at her shop during February’s First Fridays events. The February 3 event officially kicks off Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World with a poster contest from 7 to 11 p.m. at If These Walls Could Talk. Those in attendance are invited to wear their best flannels. The celebration in its entirety will feature about a dozen events from February 3 through July 4. Events include a look-alike contest, an air guitar competition, movie screenings at Two Brothers Brew N View and Paramount Theatre’s Classic Movie Monday, a doughnut tasting, and more. Cardboard cutouts of Wayne and Garth will visit various locations in downtown Aurora. Selfies with the cutouts are encouraged and fans are asked to use the hashtag #partyonaurora when posting them to social media. A grassroots group of about 10 locals that includes a mix of business owners, volunteers, and community members started planning the celebration last summer....

“Winter Garden of Youth Art” Showcases Young Artists...

The Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery will host the 19th annual Winter Garden of Youth Art, an exhibit of art by Aurora students from K~12th grade. Thirty-three schools will participate in this exhibit, totaling 165 art works. Winter Garden will be on display from December 2, 2016 through January 21, 2017. All of the art works are chosen by art teachers or other faculty members from each school. A variety of mediums will be on exhibit, including paintings in acrylic, watercolor, tempera and oil, drawings in charcoal, pastel and pencil, printmaking, photography, sculpture, 2D and 3D collage, computer arts, jewelry, and ceramics. Participating schools are: Allen Ele. Annunciation Ele. Aurora Christian High C. M. Bardwell Ele. Beaupre Ele. Brady Ele. Benavides Kindergarten Center Dieterich Ele. East Aurora High Fred Rodgers Academy Freeman Ele. Gates Ele. Granger Middle Greenman Ele. Hall Ele. Hermes Ele. Hill Ele. Hope D. Wall Johnson Ele. Krug Ele. Marmion Academy McCleery Ele. Nicholson Ele. Oak Park Ele. Rollins Ele. Rosary High School St Peter St Rita of Cascia Schneider Ele. Simmons Middle School Studio Nafisa K.D. Waldo Middle West Aurora...

Dean Is Coming to Downtown...

WGN Radio’s Dean Richards Holiday Extravaganza Live Broadcast at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora on Sunday, December 11 is free and open to the public. Come downtown and get into the holiday spirit with Dean, the cast of “The Little Mermaid,” carolers, and more. Doors to public open at 8 a.m. Broadcast goes from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Broadcast takes place in the Paramount Grand Gallery Lobby Free Event and public can come and go as they please.   Performances by:   Little Mermaid Cast Members – 10:35 a.m. Under The Sea Part of your World The Sebastian the crab puppet from the show will be making an appearance as well.   Carolers Misty River Music Makers – all female acapella group sing Holiday songs beginning at 9:05 a.m.   Interviews Tim Rater, Paramount President/CEO at 9:45 a.m. Jonathan Butler-Duplessis/Sebastian, Kari Yancy/Ariel, Devin DeSantis/Price Eric from Little Mermaid in the 10:30 a.m. hour Former Mayor Tom Weisner at 11:15 a.m.   Also highlights from local restaurants that WGN has reached out to, giveaways and...