May 4 Food Truck Festival Event Info
Planning on joining us on May 4 for Aurora Downtown’s annual Food Truck Festival on Benton Street? We hope so! Here is the info you might want to know ahead of time, and please visit our Facebook invite for lots more details.
Free to enter! Pick up a map at a welcome station at each entry point: Benton/River Street, Benton/Broadway & Downer/Stolp
“May the 4th” Food Truck Festival Vendors*
First Fridays in Downtown Aurora May 4
8 p.m. Nashon HollowayFirst Fridays also brings art, music, & more to more than 20 venues throughout downtown Aurora from 5 p.m. to midnight.Two trolleys running from parking lots to the festival.Trolley stops (6-10 p.m.):
1) GAR Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.
Serving street parking in the downtown core/Stolp Island Parking Deck/Lot Q
2) Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway (rear lot)
Serving LaSalle Street/Fire Museum Lot/ATC Lot
3) Restaurant Row on New York St. @ River St.
Serving Lots W, Y & X (behind Hollywood Casino)
4) The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl.
Serving street parking west of the core/Old Second Lots
5) Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.
Serving Library Lot
There will be two trolleys available. Trolley rides are compliments of Aurora Downtown and stop approx. every 15 minutes at stops. 6 to 10 p.m.
See parking map here. There are several free city lots. Each trolley stop is located near a city lot. There are also 3 parking garages (free for the first hour/up to $5/day). Street parking is available for 90 minutes on up. Best bet parking: Santori Library lot at Benton & Rt. 31; Lot W (behind Hollywood Casino). There is also free parking courtesy of Smith Towers at the SE corner of Galena/Broadway behind the bank building.
Dogs are allowed outside at First Fridays, but they must be leashed at all times. Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs and must clean up after their dogs. Please note the crowd and noise may be uncomfortable to some dogs. We ask that dog owners use their best judgement for the comfort and safety of everyone. If there is an incident, police will be called.
There is no alcohol served at the Food Truck Festival. Please visit a nearby estabishment to enjoy alcoholic beverages. No alcoholic beverages are allowed outside of any venue or at the festival.
Q: Will this event happen again?
A: This is our 3rd annual Food Truck Festival. We love it!
Q: Do we need to bring chairs?
A: Chairs are welcome! But not needed. We’ll have a designated area for chairs in the parking lot east of SciTech. There will be some picnic tables and benches, but due to the festival layout, sitting is limited. Sittling is also available at Millennium Plaza and in pocket parks throughout downtown.
Q: Cash or credit?
A: Both! It depends on the truck. Be prepared with both just in case. There is an ATM located at Old Second nearby on Downer Place and River Street. There are also banks along Broadway, Lake Street, and LaSalle Street.
Q: I’ve never been to First Fridays? What can I expect?
A: First Fridays is a whole downtown coming together to bring you art, music, dancing, shopping, kayak trips, and more. Check out the First Fridays map and see what appeals to you.
Q: Is this family-friendly?
A: It is! You can bring the kids or make it an adult night out. It’s up to you! There are several venues that are family-friendly and others that are best for adults. You can create an evening that is tailored to your needs by checking out the map and seeing what works best for your family or night out. The kids area is located by the Swimming Stones on Benton Street near Stolp Avenue.
Q: When is the next First Fridays?
A: The next First Fridays is June 1 (there isn’t one in July), then back again on August 3. First Fridays runs from Feb. to Dec. (no July).
Q: When do you have Food Trucks in downtown?
A: We kick off our season of food trucks with our annual Food Truck Festival in May. We invite a smaller number of food trucks to join us at First Fridays in the summer months in June, August & September. If you visit First Fridays during the summer, there will likely be 2-4 food trucks parked along Downer or Stolp. This year, we’ll have food trucks at free concerts at Wednesdays At The Plaza at Millennium Plaza on June 20, July 18 and August 15. We only have one Food Truck Festival a year.
Q: Are any trucks vegan/vegetarian?
A: We are unable to share each menu with you, but we hope that you find a nice selection for any diet. Please visit food vendors online to check their menus so that you can plan ahead.
Q: How can I become a food vendor?
A: We are full for this year. Thanks!
We hope that everyone enjoys First Fridays and the Food Truck Festival in Downtown Aurora!
Downtown Dining Options
Subway, 5 E. Downer Pl.
Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave.
Jimmy John’s, 160 S. River St.
New China Hut #3, 140 S. River St.
Taquería El Tío, 81 S. River St.
Tortas Guadalajara, 5 S. Lake St.
Jalisco Tacos Autentico, 110 N. Lake St.
Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St.
U Samba? Cafe, 37 W. New York St.
Fairbanks Steakhouse, 1 W. New York St. (Hollywood Casino)
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 28 W. New York St.
La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St.
La Mina, 50 N. Lincoln Ave.
Torresmania, 3 S. Lincoln Ave.
Taqueria Durango, 101 S. LaSalle St.
Tecalitlan Mexican Restaurant, 35 S. Broadway
Taco Grill, 31 N. Broadway
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway
Doughballs, 40 W. New York St.
Spizzico To-Go, 33 N. Lake St.
Miss Lee’s Tavern, 215 E. Galena Blvd.
The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl.
La France Bakery, 118 E. Galena Blvd.
La Central Bakery, 110 E. Galena Blvd.
Amigos, 222 W. Galena Blvd.
Dairy Queen, 126 N. Lake St.
Tredwell Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18
Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.