Alley Art Festival on Aug. 30

Alley Art Festival


Art, music, and spectacle will return once again to downtown Aurora’s Water Street Mall as Alley Art Festival celebrates its fifth year on Saturday, August 30.


Over 60 local artists, a full lineup of musical acts, and other performances will be part of the annual event that runs from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Aurora near City Hall.


“This year really tips the scales as far as local talent is concerned,” said Marissa Amoni, who organizes the grassroots festival. “It’s the one day that artists – some of whom got their start at Alley Art Festival – can all get together and show the community what they’re up to,” she said.


Local artists include Don Picton, Chris Evans, Chris Hodge, Raul Rodea, Solange Henson, Leslie Sabella, Roz Anomaly, Valerie William, Alice DuBois, Cassidy Alexander, Charles Huff, and dozens more.


Featured on the lawn are the local talents of Town Band at noon, Eastern Fire Belly Dance at 1 p.m., Miles Nielsen at 2 p.m., Noah Gabriel at 3 p.m., and Michael Heaton at 4 p.m.


There will also be a full lineup of musicians throughout the day on the stage inside Riverfront Playhouse including Eric Peter Schwartz, Katie Lentz and Chris Contreras, Barrelhouse Blend, and The Heels. In addition, Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., will be open with a $5 bag sale on clearance books.


Alley Art Festival continues to be artist-run, and stays true to its original vision of a local, grassroots art festival on Water Street Mall. The event is free and all art is available for sale. Food vendors will be on hand with hot dogs, ice cream, and more.


Alley Art Festival is sponsored by participating artists, Downtown Auroran Magazine, Aurora Downtown, and the City of Aurora’s Neighborhood Festival Funding.


The day-long festival is family-friendly and welcomes patrons of all ages. Water Street Mall is a pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined, and car-less area between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard, adjacent to Culture Stock bookstore.
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