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First Fridays’ WOMAN UP! Celebrates Women on March 6th

First Fridays celebrate women during Women’s History Month in March. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement, and Aurora Downtown is honoring the milestone with a Woman Up! theme on March 6th which includes more than two dozen participating venues throughout downtown Aurora. 

Visit several venues open to the public for a night of art, music, and more in downtown Aurora. Free trolley rides run throughout downtown from 6 to 9 p.m.

Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River St., will kick off its Aurora League of Women Voters and Kane County Audubon Society exhibits. Aurora League of Women Voters celebrates 100 years of suffrage with a historical display, and Kane County Audubon Society welcomes spring with the Birds of Illinois photo exhibit.  All woman horn ensemble, Alloy Horn Quartet, performs. Stop by for a photo at the First Fridays Woman Up! photo booth. 6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl., will celebrate women with a ShePunk Fest that includes a punk show lineup along with poetry, zines, art, flowers, and more. $5 suggested donation to benefit Mutual Ground. 6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl., will be open with “Happy Little Drawings,” a solo show featuring Larry Law and his collection of happy little drawings, see them here before they find their way into a book in an independent shop somewhere in the Midwest. 6 to 9 p.m.

Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Broadway, will host “The Woman Show” featuring photography by TotyPix, DJ music, face painting, and live body painting by Jose Art. 6 to 9 p.m.

Charlie's Silver Spoon Creamery, 6 W. Downer Pl., will feature women in the arts with a student art showcase featuring Rosary High School. 6 to 9 p.m.

Gary Brown Gallery and Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will feature artist Andrew Zabela-Zabelin, a master oil painter. All are welcome to sign the large Women Up! artboard drawn by Gary Brown in honor of the centennial year of women's suffrage in America and the 19th Amendment. 6 to 10 p.m.

Crystal House, 59 S. LaSalle St., will be open with paintings of Chaz Nieponski. The engraving shop will offer free engraving on Aurora memorabilia. Open until 9 p.m.

The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, will be open with “The Pink Show.” 7 p.m. to midnight

Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., will feature “Woman Up Irish Bound” with music by Cindy Chase and Jim O'Connell. 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl., will host an all-woman showcase of musicians featuring Olivia Ports, Michelle Curiel, Charmaine Makeda, and Mayor's Kids. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will host live music performed by Jake Mack and new art presented by the Aurora Art League. Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation (AWE) will also be in attendance. 6 to 9 p.m.

Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 18, will feature the music styles of Demi Clara and art by Rich. 5 to 9 p.m.

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will host American Tribal Style Sisterhood Cooperation featuring Camelia Danza Tribal. Come see the art of a group-improvisational style of belly dance which fosters sisterhood, cooperation, and unity. Starts at 7 p.m.

The Hope Chest, 34 N. Lincoln Ave., will be open with "The Fruit of Her Hands Prov. 31:16.” Half-off all merchandise. Free coffee pour overs and gift basket giveaways. Shop arts and crafts by local women. 6 to 9 p.m.

Bureau Gravity, 56 S. LaSalle St., will be open for a chance to see the new Smart Aurora Opportunity Gallery, tangible possibilities for creating a safer, better-connected and more prosperous Aurora. 6 to 9 p.m.

Fonda mi Pueblito, 31 N. Broadway, will host Fonda Modelos Show featuring woman business models. Buy one taco, get one free. 4 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will host “Be a Part of History: Photo Station,” a chance to put yourself in firefighting history at their photo station. Visitors can make use of props and dress-up uniforms to create their own firefighting photo with the museum’s brick building backdrop. 5 to 8 p.m.

Society 57, 100 S. River St., will be open late. 6 to 9 p.m.

Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St., will be open for the Vintage Shop Hop with 15 percent off the entire shop. Open until 9 p.m.

SciTech Hands-On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will debut its 22-foot-tall aluminum rocket starting at 6 p.m. Children are invited to explore how women have had an impact in STEAM through hands-on activities. Girl Scout Troop 4785 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies all evening plus student art form Rosary High School and Marmion Academy. 5 to 8 p.m.

Yetee Station, 102 E Galena Blvd., will be open with a special offer. All $10 admission purchases get a bonus Day Pass to take home for another free visit to the arcade. Open until midnight.

I of the Angeles, 217 E. Galena Blvd., will be open with “Reiki and Tarot Night,” featuring Taroista and Reiki practitioner Maria De Los Angeles. Try both in 20 mins for $20. 5 to 9 p.m.

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl., Suite 16, will be open with special pop-ups by The Borough Bookstore featuring woman-themed selections and House 423 with a line of curated boutique styles for women. Local singer Julie Elzerman will be in the house from 6-9. Woman Up themed t-shirts and mugs from Send Me a Dream Shop will be available for purchase. 5 to 9 p.m.

Gillerson's Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will be open with Firestone Walker Brewing Draft Night and $5 pours. 5 to 10 p.m.

Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave., will feature “Self-Care Practices for Moms” from The Perch. Whether you work inside or outside of the home, you deserve to make time for you. 5 to 9 p.m.

Stolp Island Social, 5 E. Galena Blvd., will celebrate their woman-owned company with a meet and greet with Amy Morton and company executive chef Debbie Gould. 5 to 9 p.m.

Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., will be open with “Tropical Relaxation.” Relax with soothing sounds of the ukulele, chair massages, and create a sandy air plant container. 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Victoria's Vintage Flair (formerly L & L Vintage), 30 N. Broadway, will be open with Ladies Night Open Mic. Come express yourself. 6 to 9 p.m.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 12, will feature All Out Records with a selection from empowered women artists and bands. 6 to 9 p.m.

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, will host “Women Business Owners and Women Empowerment.” The owners of Tendaji Body Oils, The Unruly Artist and Allure Candle Company will be on hand with demos, samples, and giveaways. Safe Passage will have a mini-workshop where the community can come by and make “woman up” empowering and encouraging cards for residences and their families at Safe Passage in DeKalb. 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St., will host student organization Latinos Unidos’  "Know Your Rights" information and discussion on voter rights, immigration issues, and family planning will be available free of charge to the community. 6 to 8 p.m. 

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

About Aurora Downtown

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Photo by Amy Nelson of Balderas Salon courtesy of Aurora Downtown