First Fridays on Sept 2 feat. Art, Food Trucks, Roots Festival

Lines and Spaces opens at Allen and Pepa Architects on Sept. 2. The show features encaustics and mixed media work by Aurora artist and musician Patricia Lagger.

Lines and Spaces opens at Allen and Pepa Architects on Sept. 2. The show features encaustics and mixed media work by Aurora artist and musician Patricia Lagger.

First Fridays on September 2 is perhaps the biggest yet. Roots Aurora, an annual celebration of cultures, joins the lineup along with art openings, food trucks, and live music.

First Fridays brings art, music, dancing, and more to downtown Aurora on the first Friday of the month. Join your friends and neighbors in downtown.

Food trucks: Grumpy Gaucho; Gobble Doggs; Taco Grill from 6 to 10 p.m.

Live music feat. Summer Monkeys and Noah’s Arcade at Millennium Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sept 2 Venues:

– Art –

Paramount Theatre Art Gallery (7-9 p.m.)

Allen + Pepa Architects* (“Lines & Spaces” ~ 5-9 p.m.)

Lines and Spaces, the basic drawings for written music, inspire this exhibit of oil, ink and encaustic paintings.  Until recently and for the past thirty years, I was a piano teacher, helping students to read and play music from the lines and spaces of the grand staff.  Together, my students and I have explored how composers picture the sounds that we love to play.

Positive and negative spaces, natural and musical patterns that imitate nature have always inspired my art. I believe in a master design; we who create music and art participate in it.  

For this exhibit I use the familiar medium of oil and ink on canvas and panels.  I also use encaustic, which consists of melted beeswax, damar resin and pigment on panels and on paper.

Pat Lagger is an artist and musician. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has had her artwork chosen for a magazine cover and for set decoration on a nationally syndicated reality television series.  Pat lives in Aurora, Illinois.

If These Walls Could Talk* (“Eyes of the Beholder” ~ 7-11 p.m.)

Join us for our opening “Gallery Night” and enjoy free drinks, apps and good times. Come view a unique beauty through the eyes of painter Jacqueline Jayne Fowler.

If you can’t make it for the opening night you can still stop by and check out the art anytime through October 5th during regular business hours.

David L. Pierce Art & History Center* (“Collective Muse” ~ 6-9 p.m.)

Collective Muse, Midwest Collage Society

The ArtBar (The Fresh Blood Show ~ 6-midnight)

The ArtBar returns on Sept. 2 to Two Brothers Roundhouse.

The ArtBar returns on Sept. 2 to Two Brothers Roundhouse.

Welcome to the new season of The Artbar! We’re kicking off next month with The Fresh Blood Show, featuring new artists to The ArtBar. New Season, new artists…and new location! The ArtBar will be utilizing both the Two Brothers Cafe and The Archive Bar to showcase art. Come on out and check out our new digs!



Repertoire Reservoir Studios* (“An Exploration of the Senses:
Photography & Paints” ~ 7-10 p.m.)

Ballydoyle (Artists: Katie Lentz & Damon Rowley ~ 6-9 p.m.)




Mission Possible (Artist Molly Haupt; Graffiti artist Milton Coronado; Musician Steve VanDenend ~ 6-9 p.m.)

Mission Possible will once again have artists outdoors on Broadway.

sept 2 mp

Mission Possible features multiple artists on Sept. 2.

Molly Haupt – artist (inside)
Milton Coronado – graffiti artist (live art outside)
Steve VanDenend – music (live music outside)

Santori Library* (Aurora Art League ~ 5:30-9 p.m.)

58th Annual Aurora Art League Members Show featuring recent works from over 25 local artists, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as photography. Many original works for sale in addition to cards and browse bins. Live music by acoustic guitarist, John Papadolias. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Emergent* (Jeff Del Nero ~ 6-9 p.m.)

Jeff Del Nero – Phoenix AZ

– Music –

Culture Stock (Open Mic ~ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Millennium Plaza (Summer Monkeys ~ 6 to 8 p.m. and Noah’s Arcade ~ 8 to 10 p.m.)

The Beer Garden behind Ballydoyle Irish Pub (Blues musician: Joey Saye Jr. ~ 7 to 9 p.m.)

– More –

Roots Aurora Festival (5-9 p.m.)

Roots Aurora joins the First Fridays lineup.

Roots Aurora joins the First Fridays lineup.

Community Christian (Open House ~ 6-9 p.m.)

SciTech Hands On Museum (6-8 p.m.)

AKA Dance (Dance Carnival ~ 6-7 p.m.)

Come dance with AKA Dance Company, get your fresh popcorn and play games from 6:00-7:00!

Aurora Regional Fire Museum (“Testing our Strength: From the Great Chicago Fire to 9/11” ~ 6-8 p.m.)

Rocktown Adventures (FREE canoe/kayak ride ~ 6-8 p.m.)

Zen Loft Wellness (Open House ~ 6 p.m.)

Open House and Chair Massage

G.A.R. Museum (6 to 8 p.m.)

Gillerson’s Grubbery (Revolution Brewery Night ~ 6-9 p.m.)

Kicking off September’s brewery of the month with Revolution Brewery! We’ll have our new fall menu and beer specials! Come out and meet some of the Rev team!

Oxie Affordable Optical (5-8 p.m.)

Makeup Artist Silvia Heimann provides complimentary makeovers!  Dr. Hina  Lodhia is on hand for free eye exam screenings.


Trolley 6 to 9 p.m.

Live music at Millennium Park on Stolp Avenue (between Downer & Galena) from 6 to 10 p.m.

Food trucks are parked on the north side of Downer just west of Stolp Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m.

*denotes art opening

Pick up a free First Fridays map at any of the venues. Punch your passport and turn in at your last venue!

*** First Fridays SPECIALS ***

15% off at All Spoked Up from 6 to 9 p.m.
Discounted services at Sophisticated You from 7 to 9 p.m.
15% off at YM Boutique from 6 to 9 p.m.
25% off of sunglasses and eyeglasses at Eyeland Optical on the first Friday of the month. Open until 6 p.m.
Culture Stock is $1 books!
20% off at PME Cake Supplies