First Fridays is August 7
A new pop-up shop event joins First Fridays in Downtown Aurora on Aug. 7. The shop is the product of the city of Aurora coming together with Seize the Future and Aurora Downtown to bring new businesses to vacant spots in downtown.
The first pop-up shop event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 59 S. LaSalle St. on Friday night and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Pop-up shop vendors include NostalChic by Rebecca, vintage clothing and collectibles; Biscocho’s, baked goods; ThriftyUpenyu, African jewelry and accessories; Gingham Turtle, handmade soaps; and Modest Coffee, locally roasted coffee and Nitro Cold Brew on tap.
Gobble Doggs, a food truck serving turkey hot dogs, will park on LaSalle Street during the event on Friday night.
On Broadway, a cavalcade of emergency vehicles will travel from North Aurora to Montgomery to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in downtown Aurora. The parade begins in North Aurora at 6:30 p.m. and will approach downtown Aurora at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Live, outdoor concerts continue at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue and feature music from Greg Boerner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Melissa Olson from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. J.D. Klatt performs at the Sculpture Garden outside of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any of the 17 venues. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Earth, Wind and Fire at RiverEdge Park on Aug. 22.
In August, the following venues are open for First Fridays.
Pop-Up Shop, 59 S. LaSalle St., featuring a handful of local pop-up shops selling coffee, baked goods, vintage clothing and collectibles, soaps, and jewelry.
David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., opens “Faces Among Found Objects,” a new show brought to you by Aurora Public Art Commission, along with “Art for the Public,” a special mural exhibit on the first floor. Aurora Historical Society presents “Aurora Story” on the second floor.
Allen and Pepa Architects, 181 W. Benton St., presents a photography exhibit by artist Doug Nilles.
SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St. is open with free fun for the whole family. Local works of art along with art stations are set up during the evening. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Künstlerhaus, 114 S. River St., features a solo exhibit with installation, conceptual, and performance art by Martin Soto. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fotohof Fine Art Photography Studios and Gallery, 201 N. Lake St. Ste. 206, features the work of photographer Jean Hess along with studio residents. Bring photos for the pin-up wall. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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.
AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 10, will be open with a free child jazz/hip hop class at 5:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m., and dance performances at 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. Open dance floor starts at 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Fresh Tee Boutique, 8 N. Broadway, is open with fun fashions, sneakers, and art. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, is open with free admission, featuring family-friendly hands-on interactive exhibits inside the fully restored 1894 fire house, along with the Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Cruise Night in the museum’s rear parking lot. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Output,” a show featuring the work of artist Anne Von Ehr and her students at Studio 202. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts open mic from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and welcomes Fox Valley Park District Improv Troupe from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Aurora ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, is back a month early with art themed to coincide with musician The Kevin Trudo’s CD release “Water Bears.” Pawnshop performs. 6 p.m. to midnight.
New Hites Studios and Gallery is open for browsing upstairs at 14 W. Downer Pl. Visit the studios of artists Jen Evans, Kit Sunderland, Toty Pix, and others from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fox Valley Homebrew, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open with art by Juan Fernandez, and free wine and beer making tutorials. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Studio at 46 West, 46 W. New York St., opens its photography studio for an evening of music by Nashville recording artist Jessica Martindale. Also performing is Zach Cannella, a local artist and musician. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open until 10 p.m. with art and music.
Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., offers free paddle rides in the Fox River. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
*Pick up a free passport with map inside at any venue. Punch the number of each venue you visit, and return the passport at the last venue you visit on Aug. 7 to enter a raffle.*
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.