It’s the Food! Events, Variety Bring People to Downtown Aurora

Downer Place, Aurora

Downer Place held its first block party last fall with a few local food vendors. It has now grown into a Food Truck Festival with over a dozen food vendors from 5 to 10 p.m. on May 6.


Foodies are going to want to head downtown this May and beyond. With over a dozen locally-owned restaurants, downtown Aurora is a great place to eat. A couple of community events this spring and summer are helping to highlight Aurora’s core as a food destination.


Picnic at the Plaza kicked off in mid-April and returns on April 30, June 18, and July 23. The event is part of the Aurora Downtown organization’s Downtown Saturdays efforts to draw people to downtown on Saturday afternoons.


The first Picnic at the Plaza welcomed Grumpy Gaucho, a food truck featuring freshly baked empanadas, to Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue. Gorgeous weather assisted in bringing families with strollers, dog walkers, residents, and bicyclists to the plaza. Grumpy Gaucho is back at the plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30. Nate’z Dogz comes to the plaza on June 18 and July 23.


Picnic at the Plaza is a community picnic in downtown with chalk and bubbles, too. Picnic goers can order from the food truck or patronize nearby restaurants; River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, is offering a picnic lunch to go for the afternoon.


If you want to stay inside, Gillerson’s Grubbery offers a kids eat free special from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Downtown Saturdays.


On May 6, First Fridays presents the first Food Truck Festival as part of the annual Downer Place Block Party on Downer Place just west of Stolp Avenue. The street will be blocked off for more than a dozen food vendors. Live music featuring The Ron Porter Trio and Bones Jugs is around the corner at Millennium Plaza.


Food trucks range from grilled cheese to empanadas to tacos. There will also be dessert and juice trucks. The event coincides with First Fridays in Downtown Aurora and runs from 5 to 10 p.m. A free trolley circles downtown from 7 to 10 p.m.


On May 10, the popular Downtown Aurora Taste is back for its 14th year. Hosted by the Exchange Club of Aurora, nearly 10 restaurants are stops throughout the evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Aurora Downtown sponsors a free trolley. Ticket books are available for $25 and can be purchased during the week at 5 E. Downer Pl. For more information, call (630) 415-1263.
Downtown is becoming a haven for authentic, locally-owned restaurants from American to Brazilian to Irish to Mexican. Events such as these encourage residents and visitors to experience the variety of tastes that are available in downtown Aurora.