First Fridays is Sept. 4: Downer Block Party & More

First Fridays summer 2015

First Fridays celebrates the last of summer with a party along Downer Place, and more throughout downtown Aurora on September 4.


Downer Place businesses will be open with art, dancing, music, and a grand opening. A variety of food vendors will join them outside along the sidewalk and street.


Gobble Doggs, a food truck serving turkey hot dogs, and Keya’s Mini Donuts will be among the food vendors parked along Downer Place just west of Stolp Avenue.


Live, outdoor concerts complete the summer music series at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue and feature musicians Jake Mack 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 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any of the 15 venues. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag.


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


Santori Aurora Public Library, 101 S. River St., hosts an artist reception for the 57th Annual Aurora Art League Members Show. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Mission Possible, 61 – 63 S. Broadway, is open with a variety of activities. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 63 S. Broadway, graffiti artist, Milton Coronado, will return with a new display of aerosol paintings. Joining Coronado will be an international representation of the Gospel Graffiti Crew.


Visit Gospel Graffiti Crew across the street on Broadway for an outdoor, live painting demonstration. Wall murals and other works will be displayed in a slideshow format with discussion to follow.


Pastor Steve VanDenend from the Edge Church will lead contemporary worship on his acoustic guitar at 61 S. Broadway from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., features “Pieces of the Past,” the photography of Randy Benzie. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of continuing exhibits. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts “Faces Among Found Objects” on the third floor and a special mural exhibit, with art conservator Scott Sherwood restoring a mural in situ, on the first floor. Aurora Historical Society presents  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. Museum Store is open. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Emergent at Metropolitan Co-Working, 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 jazz/hip hop class from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a dance performance by their Junior Company at 7 p.m. Open dance floor starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Just the Five of Us” featuring figure and still life pieces from five different artists working in various mediums. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Fresh Tee Boutique, 8 N. Broadway, is open with fun fashions, sneakers, and art for $30 in The P Nut Gallery. 5 p.m. to 10 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.


The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features a pop-up art show themed “Steal this Art,” artwork inspired by anarchy and propaganda. 7 p.m. to midnight.


All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 8, celebrates its grand opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop by the bicycle shop for raffle prizes, games, and more.


Bella Rose Boutique, 112 E. Galena Blvd., is open with photography by Mary Rodriguez. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open until 10 p.m. with art and music. Jillian and Luis Johnson perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.


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


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

First Fridays Aurora Sept. 4


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.