Alley Art Fest returns home on August 28

Celebrating its 11th year in downtown Aurora, Alley Art Festival will return to Water Street Mall from noon to 5 p.m. on August 28.

Alley Art Festival will return to its home on the last Saturday of August in downtown Aurora. The popular, grassroots art festival will be back on Water Street Mall and is expanding to the nearby riverwalk, Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue, and Gallery 1904 at 1 E. Benton St.

Celebrating its 11th year, the festival thrown by the Aurora Downtown nonprofit group will feature more than 65 local artists from Aurora and nearby communities. 

Artists will be in wide-open public spaces downtown to allow for social distancing, and featured entertainment at the Millennium Plaza gazebo.

The festival will feature artists and artisans from noon to 5 p.m. following the Aurora Farmers Market across the street. 

The annual festival highlights locally made art, jewelry, pottery, handmade goods, and more.

Live music kicks off at noon at Millennium Plaza with The Davenport Project, then Eastern Fire Belly Dance at 2 p.m. Kovacs and Company will perform at 3 p.m. and Cartridge B Sides at 4 p.m.

Nonprofit vendors include Fox Valley Robotics, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and Culture Stock. 

Food vendors will be located near City Hall, 44 E. Downer Pl., and include Modest Coffee, Holy Pierogi, Harvey’s Fire Box, and Home Run Hot Dogs and Lemonade. 

Also on August 28, Aurora Public Art will host Bom’ da Lot, Aurora’s first street art exhibition space featuring more than a dozen local artists painting murals along Middle Avenue south of New York Street.

The festival was started in 2010 by Aurora Downtown manager Marissa Amoni, Public Art Director Jenn Byrne Evans and artists Lisa Gloria and Nate Miller. The festival is sponsored by Aurora Downtown, Vizo Arts, and the city of Aurora. 

A full artist and venue lineup is available at alleyartaurora.com.