Friday, April 1, 2016
April Fool's Day First Fridays - a night of art, music, and culture at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora -  features an open mic, three open museums and several art openings.


Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any venue for a full map of participating venues. 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.


The following venues are open for First Fridays tonight:


  •  AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, is open with a free dance class at 6:30 p.m. and open studio until 8:30 p.m.
  • All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 8, is open for The Bike Show curated by The ArtBar. 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Allen and Pepa Architects, 121 W. Benton St., hosts the Wayne Art League. 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., features live music by Elissa Sophia on the deck. 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts open mic on First Fridays. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • DLP 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 an art exhibit curated by Fawn Clarke-Peterson on the third floor. 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Emergent at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl., hosts Collective, a group of artists from Chicago. 6 to 10 p.m.
  • HealthMarkets, 40 W. Downer Pl., features the Mike Smith. 5 to 8 p.m.
  • If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens photography by Nolan McCants. 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Leland Tower, 7 S. Stolp Ave., features the photography of Doug Nilles. 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Perroud Images, 31 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 101, opens for a photography show. 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Santori Library, 101 S. River St., hosts Mutual Ground's Survivors' Art Show. 6 to 9 p.m.
  • SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., and Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, are open with free admission. 6 to 8 p.m.
  • The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, features "The Dream Show," a pop-up art show featuring local artists. Live music in the tavern. 6 p.m. to midnight.

Free trolley service runs throughout downtown from 6 to 10 p.m.

All events are free and art is for sale. 

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