AURORA - Tonight is the monthly First Fridays - a night of art, music, culture, and food in downtown Aurora. Downtown will be abuzz and filled with energy as people come from miles around to experience the City of Lights.
Venues throughout downtown will be open with special attractions. Live music featuring The Ron Porter Trio and Bones Jugs will be at Millennium Plaza on Stolp. The quarterly Pop Up Shop is right next door at Leland Tower. Just down on the street there will be more than a dozen food trucks at the first Food Truck Festival.
FOOD TRUCKS ON DOWNER
The following food trucks will be parked on Downer Place west of Stolp Avenue: Alfie's BBQ, Alice's Corner, Andre's Restaurant, Auntie Vee's Cupcakes, Cajun Connoisseur, Cheesie's, Gandi the Juice Guro, Gobble Doggs, Grumpy Gaucho, Happy Lobster Truck, Kona Ice, Mobile Coco's Tacos, Nate'z Dogz, River's Edge Café, and Taco Grill.
VENUES OPEN THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN
This month's First Fridays also features two student art shows, three open museums, several art openings ... and so much more. The following venues are open:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Emergent at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl., opens "Past Matter," a solo show by artist Stephen Signa-Aviles. 6 to 9 p.m.
- Fox Valley Homebrew, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, is open with a free brewing class.
- If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens "Unveiled," photography by Richard Sperry. 7 to 11 p.m.
- Leland Tower, 7 S. Stolp Ave., hosts the Pop Up Shop with approximately 15 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.
- Oxie Affordable Optical, 131 W. Galena Blvd., celebrates their grand opening with an open house. 5 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.
- 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.
- Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., is back with free paddle rides. 6 to 8 p.m.
- 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.
PASSPORT AND FREE TROLLEY
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.
Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 7 to 10 p.m. Five trolley stops are conveniently located near free city parking lots.
All events are free and art is for sale.