Aurora Pride Weekend, June 7-9 filled with art, events & parade

Aurora Pride is celebrating its second year with the Aurora Pride Parade on Sunday, June 9 at noon in downtown Aurora. New this year, pride activities will occur throughout the weekend, and will kick off with First Fridays on June 7.

Friday, June 7

First Fridays, a monthly evening of art, music, and more in downtown Aurora, offers a variety of open venues to explore starting at 5 p.m. Pride-themed activities or art events will be at Santori Public Library, The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Arcana Studios, Wyckwood House, Christian Science Reading Room, SciTech Hands on Museum, and Aurora Fastprint. Also on June 7, a new First Fridays Food Truck Food Court will feature a handful of food vendors in Lot B across from City Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit www.auroradowntown.org for a full lineup.

First Fridays pride event listings:

Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.

The library will host “Proud Visions: Images from June 17, 2018 Aurora’s Inaugural Pride Parade,” which feature pieces by photographers Nathan Villotti, Robb Winder, and Indivisible Aurora, as well as several snapshots submitted by members of the community.

6 to 9 p.m.

The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway

Fiery dragons and fierce queens alike will adore ArtBar: Drag Queens and Dragons. The LGBT Portraits show will recognize cool folks in the community.

7 p.m. to midnight

Arcana Studios, 5 1/2 W. Downer Pl.

Unapologetically Me: A night of music, poetry, and comedy

A pride variety show featuring music from touring artist Kevin Kaufman of the band Real Movement and Indie Acoustic Artist Aly Jayne, provocative queer poetry from Ferris James, and comedy from fiber artist, writer, and overall clown Renée Millette. A wall of free queer love letters and poems curated by Annie Baldwin will be on display for attendees to take and enjoy .

8 to 11 p.m.

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16

Aurora Downtown pride photo booth with photographer Jason Arthur.

6 to 8 p.m.

Aurora Fastprint, 54 E. Galena Blvd.

Print, Pride, and Pints: Customer appreciation and Aurora Pride open house with photo booth and Wheatley Design pop up shop.

3:30 to 8 p.m.

Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave.

Celebrate Love

6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 8

Riverfront Playhouse. 11 S Water St.

Teen Writers and Artist Project (T-WAAP)

Riverfront Playhouse. Hip Hop, poetry, spoken word, storytelling.

Free admission and open to the public.

2 to 4 p.m.

Waubonsee Community College. 18 S River St.

Stonewall: The First and Next 50 – A moderated panel discussion on the LGBTQ+ movement in the 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising and hopes for the next 50 year. Free admission and open to the public.

5 to 7 p.m.

Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 E. New York St.

OUTspoken – The award winning LGBTQ+ storytelling group out of Chicago comes to the suburbs for the first time with stories, musings and comedy. Free admission and open to the adult public.

8 to 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 9:

Aurora Pride Parade, step off at Broadway and Benton Street in downtown Aurora.

12 p.m.

The Venue, Mundy Park

Killer Queens: Triple Female Tribute to Queen

Free, outdoor concert featuring three dangerous women who will reprise the greatest hits of Queen. Indoors in case of rain. www.themusicvenue.org

After the parade, approx. 3 p.m.

For more information on the parade, visit, www.aurorapride.org.For more information on First Fridays, visit www.auroradowntown.org.

Photo courtesy of Aurora Pride Parade