First Fridays in Downtown Aurora

 

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WELCOME! CLICK HERE FOR THIS MONTH’S MAP OF VENUES.

What is First Fridays in downtown Aurora? It’s a night of art, fun, music, dance, and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora on the first Friday evening of the month. First Fridays in Downtown Aurora invites the community to enjoy art, music, food, theater, and more on the first Friday of the month. For more information and for a map of participating venues, click HERE!

When is First Fridays? First Fridays are the first Friday of most months. First Friday venues have staggered times ranging from 5 p.m. to Midnight. In 2016, there is no First Friday in January or July.

First Fridays Aurora 2016

What is the cost? First Friday events are FREE! (Theater performances not included.)

Who runs First Fridays?  The business, art gallery, or venue runs their own art opening for the evening. Aurora Downtown assists in organizing and promoting the events.

Why First Fridays? Since the Aurora ArtWalk discontinued in the fall of 2012, there has been a need for art in the community. When The ArtBar started at Two Brothers Roundhouse in 2012, it gave momentum to other newly opened art galleries to band together and hold art openings on the first Friday of the month. The first collective First Fridays in Downtown Aurora was held in September 2013. Many cities hold First Friday art walks, so it is a recognizable brand and helps businesses welcome new patrons, and it encourages art in the community.

How do the businesses/venues get the artists? Artists are selected independently by each business or venue, but if assistance is needed, then please email marissa@auroradowntown.org. In the future, a database of artists could be offered.

Who promotes First Fridays? The business or venue is responsible for promoting their own event, however, Aurora Downtown, an organization of downtown business owners and property owners, assists in promoting the night in its entirety by sending out press releases and promoting the evening on its website and on social media.

What materials are available for First Fridays? Aurora Downtown provides a laminated sign to hang on a door or window and a plastic, weighted A-frame sign for the sidewalk out front. Aurora Downtown also provides a logo to be used on any promotional materials and a map of the First Friday locations that can be downloaded.

How do I become a First Friday location? If you run a business or venue in downtown Aurora, then email marissa@auroradowntown.org with the First Fridays dates that you are interested in. Since each location is independently run, only communication of dates, times, and artist details are requested.

Anything else I should know about First Fridays? Most locations are open from 6 to 10 p.m., but the times vary and each venue decides their own times. Most venues provide snacks and beverages and they are responsible for those costs. Some venues kindly ask for donations to support their event.

I’m an artist. How do I get involved in First Fridays? We first encourage you to attend First Fridays and establish a relationship with venue owners, then it is best to contact the business owners where you would like to display your art.

Is the Pop Up Shop part of First Fridays? Aurora Downtown partners with Invest Aurora and the city of Aurora to bring a quarterly pop up shop to First Fridays. Click here for the Pop Up website. Please email Justin Root at jroot@aurora-il.org for more information.

 

Join us for First Fridays in Downtown Aurora. Everyone is welcome!