First Fridays Welcomes Fall with Pop Up Shop, Wood Fire Conference, Tours of The Mayan, Gallery 1904 Opening
First Fridays on Oct. 7 welcomes fall with a Pop Up Shop at the old Waubonsee College building, a new art gallery on the lower level of the old library, Waubonsee’s Wood Fire Conference at three venues, and more.
First Fridays brings art, music, and more to downtown Aurora on the first Friday of the month. Free trolley rides run from 6 to 10 p.m.
Oct. 7 venues include:
Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., celebrates its grand opening with “A Celebration of Old and New” on the lower level of the old library, now owned by SupportTechs. 7 to 10 p.m.
If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Dark and Lovely: Angel E. Perez and Jorge Alvarez” in their storefront gallery for the month of October. 7 to 11 p.m.
The Yetee, 110 Cross St. hosts “Art of the Derby,” the last gallery show at the space until Public Access, a coffee shop and arcade, opens at 1 W. Downer Pl. Stop by for a preview of the new shop and visit Gobble Doggs food truck in the parking lot. 7 to 11 p.m.
Waubonsee Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 S. River St., presents the International Wood Fired Exhibition for ceramic arts in the campus library. The college is hosting three Waubonsee Community College ceramic artists: Doug Jeppesen, Dan Merkel, and Jon Pacheco. 6 to 9 p.m.
David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., is open with exhibits on the second and third floors. In collaboration with Waubonsee Community College, Aurora Public Art Commission hosts “Train Kiln Invitational” from 5 to 8 p.m. Aurora Historical Society’s “Aurora Story” and the Museum Store are open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Emergent Gallery at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, hosts the Waubonsee Invitational as part of the Wood Fire Conference. 6 to 10 p.m.
The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, pops up for one night with “The Creep Show.” 6 p.m. to midnight.
Repertoire Reservoir Studios, the freshly minted personal art studio of Vincenzo Valenziano (and Robert Salerno III), upstairs at 14 W. Downer Place, is open with an up close and personal photographic look at humanity in “Life’s Rich Pageant.” 7 to 10 p.m.
Oxie Affordable Optical, 131 W. Galena Blvd., features original silkscreen art prints by artist Justin Lirot. 5 to 8 p.m.
River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, hosts musical group ToneDeft starting at 7 p.m. Photography by Tim Perroud is featured on the cafe’s gallery wall. 5 to 9 p.m.
Ballydoyle, 28 W. New York St., music by Joey Fernandez is on the main stage from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Artist Christopher Lucero and others are featured in the restaurant. 5 to 10 p.m.
Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave., hosts karaoke every Friday. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Pop Up Shop, 5 E. Galena Blvd., is open with a dozen local vendors and artisans. 6 to 9 p.m.
The Mayan, 77 S. Stolp Ave., offers tours of the former Elks Building. 5 to 8 p.m.
Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts spoken word open mic. 8 to 9:30 p.m.
SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., is open with the West Aurora School District Art Show from 5 to 7 p.m. plus free admission and exhibits on three floors until 8 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, celebrates Fire Prevention Week with hands-on fire prevention and safety activities. Great Chicago Fire Interactive, and Hidden in Collection Display. 6 to 8 p.m.
G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl., hosts an open house. 6 to 8 p.m.
Friends of the Fox invite all ages to learn how to be a Watershed Watchdog to help monitor the health of the Fox River. Meet at the Waubonsee boat launch and get down to the river bank, take water samples, and learn about the amazing hidden world living just under the surface. 4 to 6 p.m.
Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any of the venues. Punch your passport and turn in at your last venue for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gift certificates and more.
All events are free and art is for sale.
Trolley 7 to 10 p.m. Stops: Downer/Stolp; Fire Museum; New York/River; The Yetee; SciTech.
*** First Fridays SPECIALS ***
15% off at All Spoked Up from 6 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