Bikes, Dreams, and Survivors at April Fool’s First Fridays

Allen and Pepa Architects hosts Wayne Art League during First Fridays on April 1. Over a dozen venues will be open throughout the evening. Free trolley runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

Allen and Pepa Architects hosts Wayne Art League during First Fridays on April 1. Over a dozen venues will be open throughout the evening. Free trolley runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

Mutual Ground hosts Survivors’ Art Show at the Santori Public Library as part of First Fridays in downtown Aurora. The show also kicks off of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


In addition to art, the event features musical performances, poetry readings, and a short theatrical piece. Art pieces are by Mutual Ground’s clients as part of their healing journey and by community members interested in supporting the non profit organization and raising awareness of sexual assault and abuse issues.


The art exhibit includes a silent art auction of work by local artists. The art auction is denim-themed and focuses on the topics of healing, growth, strength, recovery, and survival. All proceeds from the auction will go to directly benefit Mutual Ground.


First Fridays, a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora, also features an open mic, three open museums, and several art openings.


Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any venue for a full map of participating venues. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gifts from downtown businesses.


In April, the following venues are open for First Fridays.


All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 8, is open for The Bike Show curated by The ArtBar. 6 to 9 p.m.


Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., features live music by Elissa Sophia on the deck. 6 to 9 p.m.


Emergent at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl., hosts Collective, a group of artists from Chicago. 6 to 10 p.m.


David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of exhibits. Aurora Historical Society presents “Flavors of Aurora: Stirred, Not Shaken – Jewish,” an exhibit honoring Jewish history and culture in Aurora, and  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts an art exhibit curated by Fawn Clarke-Peterson on the third floor. 6 to 9 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens photography by Nolan McCants. 7 to 11 p.m.


AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, is open with a free dance class at 6:30 p.m. and open studio until 8:30 p.m.


Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts open mic on First Fridays. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features “The Dream Show,” a pop-up art show featuring local artists. Live music in the tavern. 6 p.m. to midnight.


HealthMarkets, 40 W. Downer Pl., features the Mike Smith. 5 to 8 p.m.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., and Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, are open with free admission. 6 to 8 p.m.


Santori Library, 101 S. River St., hosts Mutual Ground’s Survivors’ Art Show. 6 to 9 p.m.


Allen and Pepa Architects, 121 W. Benton St., hosts the Wayne Art League. 5 to 9 p.m.


Perroud Images, 31 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 101, opens for a photography show. 6 to 9 p.m.


Leland Tower, 7 S. Stolp Ave., features the photography of Doug Nilles. 6 to 10 p.m.

April 1 map

Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 6 to 10 p.m.


First Fridays in Downtown Aurora invites the community to enjoy art, music, food, theater, and more on the first Friday of the month.
All events are free and art is for sale.