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The 4th Annual Food Truck Festival in Aurora is May 3

Apr 29, 2019 01:18PM

Aurora - Save your appetite for the Food Truck Festival on May 3, 5-10pm. First Fridays will bring more than 30 food trucks to its night of art, music and more in downtown Aurora.

The fourth annual Food Truck Festival fills Benton Street from 5-10pm with food vendors ranging from Auntie Vee’s cupcakes to Yum Dum’s dumplings.

Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave., will feature its first concerts of the season with Joybird at 6pm and Todd Kessler at 7:30pm

Enjoy several venues open to the public. Ride a free trolley and stop by Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays’ Photo Booth at Downer Place and Stolp Avenue with photographer Jason Arthur.

Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St., will host an arts and music showcase. Purchase one-of-a-kind pottery; print a free, silkscreen t-shirt; and pick up a copy of the student-published "Horizons" magazine. Music will be provided by Waubonsee's Big Band, Jazz Combo, Steel Drum Band, and Chamber Choir. Art exhibits will be open for viewing in the library and cafe areas. Free refreshments provided. 5-8:30pm

HealthMarkets, 41 W. New York St., will host “Nate Velasquez - Digital Media,” from 4-6pm

Golden Fox Studios, 52 W. Downer Pl. will feature the open studios of resident artists Gerardo Madrigal, Joan Paco, and Lisa Gloria. Experience live art demonstration and new works on display. 6-9pm

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl., will host “Jason DeLancey - Rusted and Reused,” a pop-up art show featuring local artist and curator Jason DeLancey who will be exhibiting works of original photography, collage, and digital artwork. 6pm-12am

ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 Broadway, will feature “Let's Be Bad Guys,” a plethora of vile depictions of villainy on display. Art and prints for sale. 7pm-12am

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave., will open “Imagined Realities: Chris Hodge.” Explore the intricate world of local artist Chris Hodge. 7-10pm

Gary Brown Art Gallery and Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will host “Welcoming Spring - Honoring Nurses.” Multi-media and scratch board created by artists Gary Brown and Christina Snider; live music by Karla Howard; a special honorary recognition gift will be given to any nurse who comes in. 6-10pm

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will open with “The Art of Emergency Care.” Explore the museum’s newest exhibit from the National EMS Museum. The museum will be open with free admission. 5-9pm

Good News Barbershop + Media Studio, 14 W. Downer Pl. upstairs, will be open with art and music featuring Lokam Films. 6-9pm

Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Broadway, will host artist Cassandra Baez plus face painting and live painting by Jose Art. Enjoy music and food. 5-8.30pm

Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl., will continue “Reanimation through Painting and Sculpture: Stephen Signa-Aviles and Jamiah Calvin” on the third floor. The first floor Flexspace will host Discardables: Creations made from recycled materials.. 6-9pm

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will host live music from Dan Becker from 6-9pm

Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, will celebrate their first anniversary with a One Year Birthday Celebration featuring a full menu offered with great music, drink specials, raffles and more. Mirabelle Skipworth performs. Open until 9pm

Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl., will be open with Mini Sessions and Studio Tours. Get a taste of what goes into an actual recording session at a professional studio. 6-9pm

Payton's Photography, 14 W. Downer Place (entrance on Stolp), will feature photographer CeCe Nedrow and a May flowers backdrop at her studio. Stop in for one free digital photo. 5-9pm

Aurora Historical Society at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., will be open with Aurora Story on the second floor: A walk-through history of Aurora; May 4 is the closing day of the Memorial Crosses exhibit commemorating the victims of the Pratt Co. shooting. 6-9pm

Sergio Furniture, 36 W. Downer Pl., will open its doors to the public with Catrinas of Aurora, a display of traditional Mexican folk art. 5-9pm

Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave., will welcome visitors with a free small plant. 6-8pm

Arcana Studios, 5 1/2 W. Downer Pl., will host Poetry Reading and Storytelling in an intimate, living room setting. Performances by featured readers will begin at 9pm and an open mic will follow. 8-11pm

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will open with demos of yoga, belly dance, hoop dance, massages, vendors, and more. Hang out in an aerial yoga hammock or get a chair massage for $1 per minute. 6-9pm

PreMil, 46 W. New York St., will celebrate their grand opening with music, art (feat. Yesenia Del Toro, Deltizzle, Adriana Vongkorad), comedy, and more. Noon-9pm

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl., Ste. 16, will host Eye Candy Bake Shop featuring a variety of gluten free and vegan treats to purchase. Live music from Olivia Ports, 6-8:30pm and cocktails from Amy Song Ceramics. 5-9pm

Legacy Nutrition & Fitness, 77 S. River St., will open with a night of art and fitness co-hosted by Them Bad Apples. Music by Funk and Soul Collection. Featuring artist Erin Jones Joseph Jone's work is miniature in size but bold in color and design. 6-9pm

SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will open with SPARK Play Learn Connect. Visitors will have limited access to the museum at no cost. 5-8pm

Do or Dye Designs, 24 S. Stolp Ave., will open with karaoke, raffles, a Pure Skin Solutions pop up, and refreshments. 5-9pm

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12, will host a pop up with Leslie Jenner featuring handmade decorations, jewelry, and pottery. 6-9pm

Collier Community Center, 36 S. Stolp Ave., will be open with its Save Our Youth Fundraiser CatFish Fry and more. Catfish Dinner $10. Other menu items available. 5-9pm

First Fridays maps are available at all venues. For more information, visit www.auroradowntown.org.

 

About Aurora Downtown: Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit group of business and property owners within Special Service Area (SSA) #One that is dedicated to making downtown Aurora a premier destination for arts, culture, entertainment, dining, living and working. Learn more at auroradowntown.org

 

Source: Marissa Amoni 630-256-3363 marissa@auroradowntown.org