First Fridays Return August 7
After taking things virtually for three months, the night of art, music, and more returns under the state’s Phase 4 guidelines.
“We’ve been reimagining many of our events in downtown Aurora, and we are now seeing what events we can start bringing back in a socially responsible way. First Fridays has multiple venues as well as both indoor and outdoor activities which allows for appropriate social distancing,” said Marissa Amoni, manager of Aurora Downtown, the nonprofit group that promotes the event.
Amoni said an example of outdoor activities offered will be live music, dancing, and a scavenger hunt. All indoor activities will require masks and attendance will be limited as per current guidelines.
Simply Destinee will perform “Dis-dancing,” a dance tutorial for all ages at the Aurora Public Library parking lot at Benton and Lake streets. 5 to 8 p.m.
AKA Dance, 80 S. River St. Ste. 100, will offer a summer class pass. Pick up a coupon for one free trial class at their brand new studio. Limit one. 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Sergio Furniture, 36 W. Downer Pl., will be open with Catrinas of Aurora. Handmade art from Mexico will be on sale. 5 to 9 p.m.
Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., will present “Beyond the Walls,” an exhibition of graffiti and street art featuring artists John Cornelissen, Pierre Lucero, Jose Art, Stlthart, Fiskcreations, Fundthemental, Gary Bahnick, Devin, Donna Arnold, Shreddinkk, Josue Paiz, Carlos Deltizzle, Sam Cervantes, and Jose Torres. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St., will be open to continue its second floor grand opening. Come see the 20 vendors added to the store. 5 to 8 p.m.
Ballydoyle, 28 W. New York St., will have live music on the deck from 7 to 10 p.m.
All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12, will host All Out Records for a vinyl pop up. 6 to 9 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will be open on the first floor. Enjoy a free take-home craft and a gift shop sale. 5 to 7 p.m.
Gary Brown Art, 7 S. Broadway, will host “Abstract Sculptures” featuring Kip Pasta. 6 to 10 p.m.
SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will present “SciTech on the Island,” free scavenger hunt activity kits to explore downtown. The museum is currently closed. 5 to 7 p.m.
Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will be open with Camelia Danza Belly Dance starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, will host “Salute to Roy Orbison” Tribute with Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones broadcast to Mundy Park. This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased at themusicvenue.org. 8 p.m.
Gillerson's Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will have water balloons and craft beers outside on Pinney Street. 6 to 10 p.m.
Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will present live music with Echo and Ranson along with menu specials. 6 to 9 p.m.
The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, will celebrate its grand reopening with gift bags and coffee sampling. 6 to 9 p.m.
Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl., will host “Quarantine Creations,” an art show featuring bartender Ashley. 6 to 9 p.m.
The Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, will offer live music outside on the mall featuring The Heels and Eric Peter Schwartz. 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, will host Wild Flour - A Vegan Bakery pop-up at the shop. 5 to 9 p.m.
All venues will be adhering to Phase 4 guidelines, and masks will be required at indoor venues. The trolley will not be running. Maps will be available online at auroradowntown.org.Photo: Simply Destinee dancers will be "Dis-dancing" in the parking lot at Aurora Public Library, 101 S. River St. in downtown Aurora during First Fridays on August 7.