2017 was a year full of festive events in downtown Aurora, and 2018 looks to be continuing the trend of an ongoing community party in the heart of the state’s second largest city.
Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit group of business and property owners within downtown Aurora’s Special Service Area (SSA) #One, will continue to sponsor and host several events in downtown including First Fridays, a night of art and culture, and Second Saturdays, a summertime event with family-friendly activities. The group is also teaming with Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival for a two-day festival, and will partner with Family Focus for Roots Aurora, as well as the City of Aurora for Winter Lights.
Take a look at the full list of exciting events in the New Year brought to you by Aurora Downtown, City of Aurora, and other local groups.
Please note that there is no First Fridays in January or July. First Fridays returns on Feb. 2 with art, music, and more plus free trolley rides. Second Saturdays runs from May through September with the exception of June.
2. First Fridays
6. First Fridays
4. First Fridays/Food Truck Festival
12. Second Saturdays
28. Memorial Day Parade
1. First Fridays “Illinois Bicentennial”
9 & 10. Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival
21. Museums After Dark
*No First Fridays*
4. 4th of July Parade
14. Second Saturdays
15. On the Wall Hip Hop Festival
18. Wednesdays at the Plaza
3. First Fridays/Stolp Island Block Party/Roots Aurora
11. Second Saturdays
15. Wednesdays at the Plaza
TBA. LaSalle Street Auto Row Car Show
7. First Fridays “Happy 30th Birthday SciTech!”
8. Second Saturdays
20. Museums After Dark
5. First Fridays “Happy 50th Birthday Fire Museum!”
13. Octo Street Fest
27. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Aurora
2. First Fridays/Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Celebrations
16. Winter Lights Festival
7. First Fridays “Cocoa Crawl”
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