First Fridays’ Summer Party Part Deux Brings Art, Music & Food to Downtown Aurora

rocktown kayaks aurora

Paddle for free on First Fridays. Visit Rocktown Adventures from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on First Fridays and get a quick ride out on the Fox.

It’s another summer party at First Fridays on August 5. This one involves a pop up shop, food trucks, Pokemon Go, and a beer garden plus art, music, and more.


Food trucks including Gobble Doggs, Grumpy Gaucho, and Cheesies will add to the art-centric, monthly event. The trucks will be parked on Downer Place just west of Stolp Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m.


The Beer Garden on the lower level behind Ballydoyle Irish Pub makes its debut at First Fridays. The outdoor area will feature street festival food and a limited beer and wine menu. Soulful guitarist Joey J. Saye performs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the outdoor stage. 5 to 10 p.m.


Join the fire museum for a Pokémon Go evening. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will have lures to attract Pokémon — hopefully some fire and water ones will be around. Check out the museum and participate in a virtual and physical scavenger hunt for Pokémon, post your pictures using #ARFMPokemon and be entered to win prizes. You can also dress up as your favorite Pokémon and be entered into a drawing for an exclusive Pokémon prize. They will have Pokémon-related activities for the whole family to enjoy. 6 to 8 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., open “Vintage,” a photography show featuring Laura Towle & Jean Hess. 7 to 11 p.m.


Country duo The Moonlight Pickers perform a free concert at 6 p.m. at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue. Singer songwriter Jim Green performs at 8 p.m.


Art therapist Liz Gardner opens “What’s Love Got to Do with It” at The Light of the Heart, 52 W. Downer Pl. 6 to 8 p.m.


David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., is open with two exhibits courtesy of the Aurora Historical Society. 6 to 9 p.m.


Artists Allison Brooke and Nikki Marshall are featured inside Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St. 6 to 9 p.m.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open with music until 9 p.m.


The quarterly Pop Up Shop returns in August to a new venue. About a dozen local artisans and vendors will set up in the old Waubonsee Community College, 5 E. Galena Blvd. Shoppers can enter the historic Block and Kuhl building from Stolp Avenue. 6 to 9 p.m.

Vendors include Biscocho’s, Bettina’s Tea, NostalChic by Rebecca, Kittens of Industry, AromaRoots, Sir’ly Machinist, Thrifty Upenyu, Laura Lynne Art, Short Bench Woodworks
For You by Yani, and Artenimai – Artisan Jewelry.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., is open at no cost to visitors. Explore a number of new exhibits and the newest exhibit, an interactive kiosk developed by Fox Metro featuring hands-on learning of the water treatment process, from the moment it enters the plant until it returns into the Fox River.  Through pictures, videos, and audio, people of all ages will be able to direct their learning experience at their own pace.  Fox Metro has also partnered with local unions in order to help provide some cosmetic upgrades to the restrooms.  Art by Victor Von Ehr is on display in the gallery. 6 to 8 p.m.


AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl., hosts a dance party at suite 210. 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St. provides free canoe and kayak rides. 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Detox Protocol, 59 S. Stolp Ave., celebrates their grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Learn about their juices and seven-day detox health routine. 6 p.m.


G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl., is only open on Saturdays and during First Fridays. Take a look at the recently restored Civil War museum. 6 to 9 p.m.


Pick up a free passport with First Fridays map at any venue.

Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 6 to 9 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.

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 ***

Free gift & raffle for 2 pairs of eyeglasses at Oxie Affordable Optical from 5 to 8 p.m.
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