Alley Art Fest celebrates 10 years by taking over downtown Aurora

Alley Art Festival is happening on the last Saturday of August with one big change. The popular, grassroots art festival will be downtown-wide.

Celebrating its 10th year, the festival thrown by the Aurora Downtown nonprofit group will be held at more than a handful of venues throughout downtown including Society 57, The Yetee, Wyckwood House, 1 E. Benton St., The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, Warehouse 55, and SciTech Hands On Museum.

The festival will feature artists and artisans from noon to 5 p.m. at each location. Live musicians will be performing outdoors in public spaces downtown during the event. 

Compared to typical years, the festival will be scaled down to about half the participating artists, and there will be no artists set up along Water Street Mall. 

Phase 4 state guidelines will be enforced, and all vendors will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Patrons will be required to wear masks indoors.

The spread out event will allow venues to adhere to current guidelines regarding reduced occupancy, and it’s an opportunity to lend additional support to downtown businesses.

Alley Art Festival will bring about 30 artists to downtown Aurora from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 29. Artist booths will be set up both indoors and outdoors at venues. Virtual options to support the artists will also be available on the Facebook invite. 

Also on August 29, some of the same shops will be open for Compendium: 001, a curated collection of shops and makers across Batavia, Geneva, and Aurora hosted by Hearth and Hammer General in Batavia. 

Maps for Alley Art Festival will be available online at auroradowntown.org. A full artist and venue lineup is available at alleyartaurora.com.