Food Trucks, Live Music, A Pop Up Shop. All on May 6 at First Fridays in Downtown Aurora

An annual outdoor block party on Downer is now part of First Fridays.

An annual outdoor block party on Downer is now part of First Fridays.

Before summer officially kicks off, First Fridays is throwing a party that is going to set the bar high.

On May 6, the monthly celebration of downtown culture adds a block party with food trucks and live music, and the Pop Up Shop returns.


The Downer Place Block Party features a Food Truck Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. with a dozen food trucks parked just west of Stolp Avenue. Live music featuring The Ron Porter Trio and Bones Jugs is around the corner at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue.


The quarterly Pop Up Shop is back from 6 to 9 p.m. at Leland Tower, 7 S. Stolp Ave. About 15 local artisans will sell their wares in the historic building.


First Fridays, a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora, also features two student art shows, three open museums, and several art openings.


Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any venue for a full map of participating venues or visit the welcome table at the block party. Return the punched passport at the last venue visited for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gifts from downtown businesses.


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


Oxie Affordable Optical, 131 W. Galena Blvd., celebrates their grand opening with an open house. 5 to 9 p.m.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, celebrates their second anniversary with cake, photography by Tim Perroud, and live music out front with Dan Becker from 5 to 7 p.m. and The Simple Teller from 7 to 9 p.m.


Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., features art by Jennifer Toshack, terrariums by Zach Toshack, and live music by Elissa Sophia Metropolis on the deck. 6 to 8 p.m.


Emergent at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl., opens “Past Matter,” a solo show by artist Stephen Signa-Aviles. 6 to 9 p.m.


David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., offers three floors of exhibits. Aurora Historical Society presents “Flavors of Aurora: Stirred, Not Shaken – Jewish,” an exhibit honoring Jewish history and culture in Aurora, and  “Aurora Story” on the second floor. Aurora Public Art Commission hosts the third annual Jazz Occurrences on the third floor. 6 to 9 p.m.


PME Cake Supplies and School of Cake Decorating, 35 N. Broadway, is teaching patrons how to make their cakes, cupcakes, and cookies pretty. 5 to 6:30 p.m.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Unveiled,” photography by Richard Sperry. 7 to 11 p.m.


Fox Valley Homebrew, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, is open with a free brewing class. Visit


Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts an art show with students from Washington Middle School. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Swing dancing lessons on Water Street Mall at 7:30 p.m.


Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., is back with free paddle rides. 6 to 8 p.m.


The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features “The Urban Show,” a pop-up art show featuring local artists. Vibes N Stuff, hip hop music featuring a handful of performers, is in the tavern. 6 p.m. to midnight.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., and Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, are open with free admission. SciTech hosts a postal carrier exhibit and a STEAM exhibit is at the fire museum. 6 to 8 p.m.


Leland Tower, 7 S. Stolp Ave., hosts the Pop Up Shop with local artisans selling handmade wares. 6 to 9 p.m. West Aurora High School’s first annual National Art Honor Society art show begins at 7 p.m.

May 6 map


Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 7 to 10 p.m. Five trolley stops are conveniently located near free city parking lots. 


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.