Head bang to Bohemian Rhapsody at RiverEdge Park on July 4...

Aurora’s July 4th Celebration Tuesday, July 4 Park Opens: 3 p.m. American Legion Band: 6:15 p.m. Fox Valley Orchestra: 7:45 p.m. City of Aurora Fireworks: approximately 9:35 p.m. Admission: Free   RiverEdge Park always boasts one of the biggest celebrations in all of Chicagoland. Bring your friends and family to celebrate with Aurora’s patriotic American Legion Band playing incredible American standards, followed by the Fox Valley Orchestra playing from Top 40 hits to classics to your favorite movie scores. Before the fireworks, Aurora’s 25th anniversary Wayne’s World celebration ends with a Guinness world record attempt for the most people head banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Finally, the evening ends in a breathtaking, jaw-dropping fireworks extravaganza that will make you realize Aurora isn’t named the City of Lights for nothing. NOTE: The City of Aurora will provide free park and ride shuttle services from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., providing round trip transportation to 13 convenient locations throughout the city. Shuttle service resumes after the fireworks display until 11...

US Air Guitar Competition joins the Wayne’s World celebration on May 11...

US Air Guitar, the official governing body of competitive air guitar in America, just announced the US Air Guitar Championships 2017 Tour, which kicks off April 20 in Queens, NY and stops at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora on May 11.   Traveling to over 20 cities coast-to-coast, US Air Guitar hosts live competitions where amateurs transform into rock stars while taking a shot at going pro and becoming the next US Air Guitar Champion.   The Aurora date is part of Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World, a six-month local celebration of the movie’s anniversary. Competitors are encouraged, but not required to dress as Wayne, Garth, or Cassandra and perform their best air guitar.   Wayne’s World themed prizes will also be awarded to competitors courtesy of Aurora Downtown and If These Walls Could Talk, a downtown frame shop and art gallery.   Competitions are part rock concert and part comedy show. The Aurora competition features former Chicago Regional Air Guitar Champion Adrianna “The White Flame” Lombardo, comedian Matt Drufke, and local radio celebrity Scott Mackay from The River as judges. Matt “Romeo Dance Cheetah” Cornelison, former National Air Guitar Champion, will emcee the event. US Air Guitar will tour two dozen cities before crowning the US Air Guitar Champion in Washington, DC on August 5. Competitors are encouraged to sign-up early at usairguitar.com. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free for spectators. To sign up as a contestant,...

First Fridays fills downtown with art, food trucks, live music on May 5...

First Fridays is art, music, dancing, theater, and more! On May 5, visitors to First Fridays in downtown Aurora can visit numerous venues, explore downtown’s vibrant art scene, and fill up on food trucks. The second annual Food Truck Festival happens from 5 to 10 p.m. on Benton Street. The street will be closed to traffic from River Street to just west of Broadway. More than a dozen food vendors will be available with a variety of menu items for sale. The event is free and no tickets are required. Live music at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave., celebrates Cinco de Mayo and kicks off the summer season with Sones de México Ensemble at 6 p.m. and James Sanders’ Conjunto at 8 p.m. Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World continues at First Fridays on May 5 with on-street trivia with prizes, and the last chance to see the replica of Wayne’s Basement at 5 E. Galena Blvd. from 6 to 9 p.m. Art openings are featured at several locations throughout downtown including the fourth annual Jazz Occurrence presented by Rena Church and Lewis Achenbach on the third floor of David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. It is Church’s last show as director of the Aurora Public Art Commission; Achenbach brings musicians Tim Daisy, Jim Baker, Brian Sandstrom, and Cameron Pfiffner and adds his live painting to the evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Emergent, a pop up art gallery at Metropolitan Coworking at 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, welcomes Darren Jones and his “Abstraction of Colour” from 6 to 9 p.m. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Mosaic: Works by Frank Mascenic.” 7 to 11 p.m. Gallery 1904 in the lower level...

Aurora’s Summer Second Saturdays are free, family-friendly fun at downtown plaza...

Summer Second Saturdays are brought to you by Aurora Downtown, a non-profit group of business and property owners located in SSA # One in downtown Aurora. Enjoy an afternoon of free, family-friendly fun along the Fox River at the gazebo at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave. Bring lunch! Events are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13: School of Rock Plainfield School of Rock Plainfield, where students learn to rock on stage and in life. School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love of music. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Plainfield full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork and achieving excellence through a unique teaching method. Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more. June 10: The Aviators The Aviators are student rock band from the Fox River Academy of Music and Art in Oswego, IL. Led by local musician Zach Goforth, the group performs a blend of modern rock and pop songs by Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, and more. July 8: Two DJs and a Food Truck Aurora DJ’s United Entertainment’s DJ Pena and DJ Alfred bring their Chicago house-style mixes to the plaza this summer for one date only. Don’t miss it! A food truck will be joining us on Stolp Avenue. Gobble Doggs offers yummy turkey dogs and veggie dogs. Aug 12: Dabylon Aurora’s Premier Reggae Rockers… Dabylon is a work in progress that has matured over the past ten years. Made up of a...

Live summer music series at Millennium Plaza announced...

Millennium Plaza, the green space along Stolp Avenue next to Leland Tower in downtown Aurora, hosts 18 free concerts this summer. The concerts are part of Wednesdays at the Plaza, a free summer concert series, First Fridays, and Summer Second Saturdays, a free afternoon with family-friendly entertainment and activities. The concrete auditorium seating is the perfect setting for a summer evening with live music. May 5: Cinco de Mayo Concert: Sones de México Ensemble/James Sanders’ Conjunto May 13: Summer Second Saturdays: School of Rock Plainfield June 2: Eric Chesser and Blue Sky Blind with School of Rock Mokena June 10: Second Summer Saturdays: The Aviators June 14: Jake Mack and the Lesser Stags June 21: Empty Can Band June 28: Wayne’s World special concert feat. Noah’s Arcade with The Kevin Trudo and Friends July 5: Greg Boerner July 8: Second Summer Saturdays: Two DJs and a Food Truck July 12: Devil in a Woodpile July 19: Etha & Friends July 26: Town Band Aug 2: Anderlik, Otto & Church  Aug 4: Scott Tipping Trio with Ron Porter Trio Aug 9: Feed the Birds Aug 12: Summer Second Saturdays: Dabylon Aug 16: Big Sadie Aug 23: Rain Date TBD Aug 30: Rain Date TBD Sept 1: Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts with The Desperate Bastards Wednesdays at the Plaza concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m. First Fridays concerts are from 6 to 10 p.m. and Summer Second Saturdays are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coolers (no alcohol) are welcome. Blankets and/or cushions are recommended. Chairs can be set up in the small lawn area. All concerts are sponsored by Aurora Downtown, a non-profit group of downtown business and property owners within SSA #One. Certain dates are also sponsored by City of Aurora and Wednesdays at the Plaza sponsors. Find...