Downtown Saturdays Invites Businesses to Get Creative

Downtown Saturdays, Aurora


Downtown Saturdays is anything and everything that businesses can dream up. It might be an acoustic musician at a cafe, a bicycle demonstration, a Kayak 101 class, food trucks, sidewalk sales, theater workshops, book clubs, an architectural tour, face painting, scientific displays, fire truck tours, or plein air painting.

This spring and summer, businesses in downtown Aurora are being invited to open their doors from noon to 4 p.m. and be creative with their offerings.

“We want a downtown that is active and alive. I’m excited about the success rate of the newly opened businesses in downtown and we’re looking forward to building on some of the momentum we have thanks to our dedicated business owners,” said Kim Granholm, president of the Aurora Downtown Board.

Granholm said that Downtown Saturdays, an Aurora Downtown initiative, invites the community to spend some time in downtown Aurora and enjoy all it has to offer.

On any given Saturday, Granholm said that families can enjoy lunch, shopping, kayaking, biking, touring downtown, and visiting three different museums.

“We are very lucky to have SciTech Hands On Museum, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and the David L. Pierce Art and History Center in downtown,” she said.

Granholm added that she hopes to see overflow from the Saturday morning Farmers Market when it starts up again at the Aurora Transportation Center on Broadway.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Pete Cleary, manager at All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. in downtown. “We need more foot traffic in the downtown, and this will help,” he said.

Downtown Saturdays officially kicks off in early March and although the campaign will be ongoing, a special push will be given in the spring and summer months.

“It’ll be nice to see people walking around downtown and enjoying it in a variety of ways. I’m excited,” Granholm said.