Live music, food trucks, perhaps a wookiee at First Fridays on May 4
The force will be strong in downtown Aurora on May 4. Live music, food trucks, and art openings are all part of the First Fridays lineup that welcomes Star Wars fans to celebrate.
Although nothing official is planned, the night gives a nod to “May the 4th be with you,” the movie’s annual day of fandom. So don’t be surprised if you see a wookiee or two at the Food Truck Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. on Benton Street.
Food Truck Festival activities begin at 5 p.m. with close to 30 food vendors parking along the Benton Street bridges. Live music is featured at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue with Sweet-T at 6 p.m. and Nashon Holloway at 8 p.m.
The night also includes almost 20 venues open with art, music, and more for First Fridays. Visit pop up shops at All Spoked Up and Wyckwood House, and ride two free trolleys from 6 to 10 p.m.
Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., hosts Congressman Bill Foster’s Congressional Art Show featuring student artwork and awards. 5 to 9 p.m.
The ArtBar, 205 N. Broadway, hosts “Live Long and Prosper” in the tavern at Two Brothers Roundhouse. 7 p.m. to midnight
Aurora Public Art continues “Rhonda Wheatley: At Your Soul’s Discretion” on the third floor at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl.
Waubonsee Community College Aurora Downtown campus library, 18 S. River St., is open with a ceramics show and sale plus a pottery throwing demonstration and Waubonsee’s Jazz Combo. The campus cafe will be open and artist Michael Wille will be present at his show “Micro-Aesthetics.” 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., opens its garden center at the northwest corner of Benton and Lake Streets for a pre-grand-opening party. 5 to 10 p.m.
Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., celebrates their one year anniversary with art and live music. 6 to 9 p.m.
AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, hosts a free dance class. 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl., offers studio tours and karaoke from 6 to 9 p.m.
Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Pl., hosts “Ethnicity and Diversity in Aurora, 1834-Present,” an exhibit featuring the contributions of immigrant groups to Aurora culture, on the first floor and “Aurora Story” on the second floor. 5 to 9 p.m.
Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St., celebrates Aurora matriarch Marie Wilkinson’s birthday. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Into the Deep: Natalie Siebel.” 7 to 10 p.m.
The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl., hosts “Paper, Scissors and Glue,” featuring artists Erin Jones Joseph, Jason DeLancey, and Bryan Danial Joseph. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., welcomes Surly Brewing Company to “Pint Night.” Starts at 6 p.m.
SciTech, 18 W. Benton St., hosts “Play, Learn, Connect” with SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration. 6 to 8 p.m.
Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., is open with $5 mini classes, demos, massage, and welcomes special guest Jennifer Minott with Young Living Wellness. 6 to 9 p.m.
Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave., is open with prizes, gifts, and free kids crafts. 6 to 9 p.m.
First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides from downtown parking areas run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m.