Aurora’s First Fridays in October is witchy, fall fun

Something witchy will be in the air at First Fridays on October 4. Stop by the night of art, music, and more in downtown Aurora and enjoy tarot card readings, jazz, and a sneak peek of Amy Morton’s new restaurant, Stolp Island Social. 

Enjoy food trucks at the First Fridays Food Truck Food Court from 5 to 9 p.m. at Water Street Square across from City Hall. Vendors include Harvey’s Fire Box, Burritoville, Red Hot Chicago, and Z’s Sandwiches.

Visit several venues open to the public. Free trolley rides from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Arcana Studios, 5 1/2 W. Downer Pl., will be open with “Something Witchy,” a pop up art show and tarot readings from your favorite witches: Roz Anomaly, Kittens of Industry, Queen of Marigold. Tarot readings cost $20. 7 to 10 p.m.

Stolp Island Social, 5 E. Galena Blvd., will open its doors for the first time for “With a little help from our friends,” a sneak peek and hiring fair. Guests are invited in for a glimpse of Amy Morton’s new restaurant, get some snacks, and maybe a job. Starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m.

Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St., will host “Late Night Arts and Jazz,” an evening of student art, ceramics, silk-screen printing, music, and refreshments. 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave., will host “And The World Will Know,” a trivia game focused on social media for students over age 11 and parents. The school will also have a pop-up shop featuring ElleJae Designs painting pumpkins, as well as guided tours of the school every 20 minutes. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Gary Brown Art Gallery and Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will be open with a grand opening celebration featuring raffle prizes and live music by Joe Eddy Brown, Ron Gurka, and Robert Walker. Gary Brown’s mixed-media, drawings, and photography art creations will be on display. 4:30 to 10 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.

Balderas Salon, 25 N. Broadway, will host “The Superhero Show,” featuring artist Ana Vonzee. Live body painting by Jose, free face painting for kids, free food and drinks, DJ Music, raffles, and free shirts for the first 10 people to arrive. 6 to 10 p.m.

Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, will host “It Came From ArtBar: The B-Horror Show,” a creeping nightmare from the depths of local artists. 7 to midnight

David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., will be open with shows on all three floors. Aurora Public Art will host “100th Anniversary of the Aurora Art League” on the Third Floor. Aurora Historical Society will host “Quilts: Art, History, Community” and “Aurora in 1969” on the first and second floors. 6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl., will host “Goetic: It’s October! Let’s do Witchy stuff!” featuring Lucky Eye Ink. 7 to 10 p.m.

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave., will host Yellow House Artists with original oil pastels. 7 to 10 p.m.

Santori Library: Aurora Public Library, 101 S. River St., will be open with “Culinary Curiosity and Global Celebration,” an exhibit share experience featuring cooking and food preparation artifacts from around the world. The library will also celebrate the life of Justice Sonia Sotomayor as author of the Aurora: United We Read selection, “My Beloved World.” Music by Chicago Latin Groove. 6 to 9 p.m.

The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, will once again be open with a brew and view Movie Night. Movie starts at 8 p.m. 6 to 10 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will be open with live music from Daniel and The Sparrows and new art in the Brick Gallery from Chris Hodge. Enjoy new fall drinks. 6 to 9 p.m.

Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., will feature a corn roast and music by Soul Karma. Enjoy an outdoor, fall experience. 6 to 10 p.m.

Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 18, will be open with a night of music with J. Higgins and a new art display by local artist Keri Borkowicz. Stop in for fall drink specials. 5 to 9 p.m.

Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl., will host an open mic in their live room and they will be recording it. Come to play or just to listen, take tours of the studios, meet their engineers, and learn about the studio. 6 to 9 p.m.

G.A.R. Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl., will be open with “Aurora in the Civil War.”6 to 9 p.m.

Fonda mi Pueblito, 31 N. Broadway, will be open with $1 tacos and live music. Until 9 p.m.

Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St., will continue their grand opening celebration. 5 to 9 p.m.

Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave., will host “Follow the Footsteps to Fun,” a photo op and crafts for kids. 6 to 9 p.m.

I of the Angeles, 217 E. Galena Blvd., will feature a $10 special on tarot readings. Stop in and enjoy a relaxing ambiance and hear what message tarot has for you. 6 to 10 p.m.

PreMil, 46 W. New York St., will host “Latin Night.” $3 entrance fee. 7 to 10 p.m.

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, will host “Spectacular Spellbound Soirée.” Come by The Cotton Seed to kick off the Halloween month with free make and take wizard wands, music, and light desserts. Enjoy 15% off fall and Halloween decor. 5 to 9 p.m.

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16, will open with live music by sister duo Julie Elzerman and Rachel Santillian, fall cocktail tastings, and a live mural. WatchJessica Grabowski as she finishes the Wyckwood Wings mural live. 5 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will be open with its kick-off to Fire Prevention Week. Explore the museum at no cost. 5 to 9 p.m.

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will host “Kwaktoberfest and Taco Partaay.” Pauwel Kwak, a popular Belgian beer company who serves their drafts in very distinct barware, will be in-house for draft specials and fun giveaways starting at 5 p.m.. Since October 4 is National Taco Day, Gillerson’s will be celebrating with tacos after 8 p.m. Enjoy $5 taco flights, a $5 taco burger, and $5 taco-seasoned wings. 

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will be open with performances, dancing, vendors, massages and more. Come watch tribal bellydance, shop vendors, and check out the yoga studio. $1/min massages. 6 to 9 p.m.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 12, will be open with “Boos and Baubles Fall Market.” Pricked Finger Felt teams up with Offbeat Thrift and Vintage to bring you kitschy fall decor and a curated selection of pre-loved clothing & accessories. 6 to 9 p.m.

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery, 6 E. Downer Pl., will be open with Charlie’s special fall flavors. 5 to 10 p.m.

PopCulture Gourmet Popcorn, 9 S. Stolp Ave., celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. Store will offer door prizes and discounts until 8 p.m.

SciTech, 18 W. Benton St., will be open with a Science Show at 6:30 p.m. EA Preschool is visiting. Learn about enrollment. 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo by Amy Nelson/Courtesy of Aurora Downtown