First Fridays Go BOOM! in July: Art, Music, & Fireworks

First Fridays in Downtown Aurora sign

Make no mistake. There will be explosions at First Fridays in Downtown Aurora on July 3. Along with free, live music and several art openings, patrons can look up to the sky for the city’s fireworks display.


Live, outdoor concerts at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue feature music from Melissa Olson and Max Benson starting at 6 p.m.


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


The Künstlerhaus, 114 S. River St., features The Sculpture and Sustainability Show with work by Soterios Gardiakos, Gary Brown, and Martin Soto. 6 p.m. to midnight.


Soto also announces the opening of Fotohof Fine Art Photography Studios and Gallery, 201 N. Lake St. Ste. 206, featuring photographers Maritza Partida, Zaida Rodriguez, and Jason Delancey.


Emergent, a pop-up gallery at 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16, shows the works of several guest artists. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Fresh Tee Boutique, 8 N. Broadway, is open with fun fashions, sneakers, and art. Open until 9 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., displays the exciting work of Greg Zanis that expresses sci-fi fantasy narrative, underground railroad systems, and more. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


The Light of the Heart, 52 W. Downer Pl., is open with A Midsummer’s Night, works by local artists. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts open mic and previews On the Wall, their outdoor hip hop festival. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


New Hites Studios and Gallery is open for browsing upstairs at 14 W. Downer Pl. Visit the studios of artists Martín Soto, Kit Sunderland, Toty Pix, and others from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


YM Boutique, 5 W. Downer Pl., and Fox Valley Homebrew, 14 W. Downer Pl., are open late.


Mission Possible, 61 – 63 S. Broadway, is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the art of Molly Haupt, as well as music by husband and wife duo The McMakens and singer-songwriter Johannah Swank starting at 7 p.m.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open until 7 p.m. with “Red, White, and BBQ,” a dinner special for $7.50.


Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., offers free paddle rides in the Fox River. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

First Fridays July 3

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