February’s First Fridays Features Alley Art, Snowshoeing, Valentines, and the Color Red

Ariel Hodge's fanciful paper cuttings are featured at Paramount Theatre's Grand Gallery on Feb. 5 during First Fridays.

Ariel Hodge’s fanciful paper cuttings are featured at Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery on Feb. 5 during First Fridays. Hodge’s brother, Chris, shows his work at both Allen + Pepa Architects and If These Walls Could Talk in February.

It’s commonly known as a day of art, music, and spectacle in downtown Aurora, and it’ll be back on Water Street Mall this August. Alley Art Festival is giving fans an early treat with an indoor, curated show featuring just over a dozen festival artists at February’s First Fridays.


Hosted at If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., the first Alley Art Festival Show will have affordable, local art for sale and a variety of antics throughout the night. The show runs throughout February.


“It’s a chance to support local artists and to thank them for being so dedicated to the arts community in Aurora,” said show organizer Marissa Amoni.


First Fridays, a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora, also features art from talented siblings Ariel and Chris Hodge, free snowshoeing, and Valentine-making.


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.


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


Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, has vintage firefighting-themed Valentines on display. Create your own Valentines. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Allen and Pepa Architects, 121 W. Benton St., presents the intricate and fantastical works of Aurora artist Chris Hodge. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., presents the detailed paper cuttings of Ariel Hodge and aspiring artists from North Central College. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of exhibits. Aurora Historical Society presents “Bundled Up,” an exhibit of historic winter clothing on the first floor, and  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Gillerson’s Grubbery, a new place to eat and drink at 33 W. New York St., shows the works of mural artist Brian Busch. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., hosts The Alley Art Festival Show featuring a dozen local artists and a variety of spectacle throughout the evening. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, provides a free jazz and hip hop class at 6:30 and a Valentine’s Day open studio afterwards. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts open mic on First Fridays. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features “The Red Show,” a pop-up art show featuring local artists. Alexander Webb and Small Shiny Things perform in the tavern. 6 p.m. to midnight.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open until 10 p.m. with food, art, and music. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., is open with free admission plus fun craft stations. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Blue Bird Beat Cafe, 9 S. Stolp Ave., is open with live music by Jake Mack in the Leland Tower’s restored lobby. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., offers free snowshoe “tromps” in the green space by their building. Headlamps are available to borrow. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Mausoleum Gallery, 213 S. River St., is open with art, glass blowing, music, and hundreds of glass pieces on display. This month, the gallery is showcasing healing crystals from Arizona. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

First Fridays Feb 5

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. RSVP on Facebook here

*** First Fridays SPECIALS ***

15% off at All Spoked Up from 6 to 9 p.m.
20% off at Midtown Pub & Grill (mention First Fridays)
15% off at YM Boutique from 6 to 9 p.m.
Eyeland Optical offers 50% off eye examinations including contact lens exam/fitting on the first Friday of the month.
Culture Stock is 1/2 off all media