Day of the Dead celebrations throughout downtown at First Fridays on Nov. 1

First Fridays is art, music, and Day of the Dead on November 1. Visit several venues open to the public for a night of art, food, and culture in downtown Aurora. Free!

First Fridays Food Truck Food Court is open! Stop by Water Street Square across from City Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. See you at First Fridays!


Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl.
Dia de los Muertos Prayer Celebration/Exhibit Reception
3pm Day of the Dead prayer ceremony
4pm Introductions
4:30 Aztec Dancers
5-8 Reception

Waubonsee Community College Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 S. River St.
Dia de los Muertos 2019
The MEChA and Latinos Unidos student clubs invite everyone, as a community, to place pictures of passed loved ones on the altar to honor their lives. Join us for a night of celebration, art, and comedy stand up by local Aurora comedian, Too Skinny.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway
Behold: The Eye Show
Behold: The Eye Show! Spectaculate the panopticon with the peculiarity of ocularity at the ArtBar.
7 p.m. to midnight. See you there!

Gary Brown Art Gallery / Studio, 7 S. Broadway
Giving Thanks Party
A display of creative photography by our three featured guests for the month of November, professional digital photographers, John Cornelissen, Gary Bahnick and Randy Benzie. Bluegrass, country, and oldies performed by “Pick’n Downhill” David Dolce and six other musicians and songwriters.
6 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.
Inaccurate Dissections
Over the years, Taylor Wilkes is translating a gut feeling with help from anatomy books and daydreams, with her “Inaccurate Dissections” she’s trying to make sense of a very finicky stomach with a lot of gut feelings and wordless chains of emotions.
7 to 10 p.m.

Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Broadway
Tributo a la Catrina
Live Art body painting by Jose Art, free face painting, free food and refreshments. Featuring art by Gerardo “Fósil” Rivera
5 to 10 p.m.

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave.
Sacred Spaces: Tania Blanco
A collection of original works by artist Tania Blanco. These works all have a spiritual connection and are crafted in both acrylic and mixed media.
7 to 10 p.m.

Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave.
Day of the Dead coloring + tours
Stop by Paramount School of the Arts for tours of the school, as well as a coloring activity for kids. Tours will be given every 20 minutes, and students can color their own Day of the Dead pictures that we will hang around the school.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Fonda mi Pueblito, 31 N. Broadway
Pictures with mariachi sombrero; $1 taco and tamale special
4 to 9 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.
Live music w/ Emma Lee and new art in the Brick Gallery
6 to 9 p.m.

Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18
A time to #GiveWell
We will have the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry here with their donation truck to kickoff our month of giving. We will be featuring a special turkey sandwich that we will donate $3 of each sale to the Food Pantry. We will have a fun night of Music featuring Adam Linder from 6:30 to 8:30 and new art display by Anton and Preston.
5 to 9 p.m.

The Venue, 21 S. Broadway (enter on Water Street Mall)
Salsa Fusion with Mora
Salsa music and dance lessons on the hour! DJ and food by Mora!
6 to 10 p.m.

L & L Vintage, 30 N. Broadway
Toys for Tots Drive/Open Mic night
We are collecting toys for The 42nd Chicago Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. We will also have an open mic night for anyone that wants to participate.
6 to 9 p.m.


Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.
El Día de los Muertos and Ofrendas Competition
Performances by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl; Play loteria; Music by Unplugged Sin Fronteras; Fernando Quintero & Luis Andre
5 to 8:30 p.m.

G.A.R. Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.
Aurora in the Civil War
6 to 9 p.m.

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16
Come enjoy live music from local husband and wife duo, Ancient Dan from 6 to 8 p.m. Sculpted Image will be in the house offering free chair massage and skin consultations.
5 to 9 p.m.

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery, 6 E. Downer Pl.
Taste new fall flavors
5 to 10 p.m.

Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St.
Holiday Open House
We will have all of our holiday decorations up on November 1st. We will also serve light refreshments.
5 to 9 p.m.

Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway
Harvest Party at The Cotton Seed
Harvest Party at The Cotton Seed featuring Music, Apple Cider, Harvest Treats and a Raffle.
5 to 9 p.m.

Society 57, 100 S. River St.
Fall Open House
6 to 10 p.m.

Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave.
Music & more: Music of joy & praise, crafts & treats!
6 to 8 p.m.

I of the Angeles, 217 E. Galena Blvd.
$10 Tarot and $5 Paint a Skull while you wait
5 to 10 p.m.

PreMil, 46 W. New York St
Nightmare on New York St
$5 entry for no costume
7 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway
$5 Aurora Strong Shirts & Annual Fundraiser Baskets
Stop by and learn about our annual Sound the Alarm Fundraiser on Sunday, November 3. We will have tickets for sale for the event and our raffle baskets. Additionally, stop in to purchase an Aurora Strong shirt for $5.
5 to 8 p.m.

Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Pl.
Shop the gift shop for the holidays.
6 to 9 p.m.

The Hope Chest, 34 N. Lincoln Ave.
Pre-grand opening
Stop by for a huge sale plus refreshments and giveaways. Come and see the transformation.
6 to 9 p.m.

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl.
Performances, Dancing, Vendors, Massages & More! Come watch tribal belly dance, show our vendors, and check out our yoga studio!
$1/min massages
6 to 9 p.m.

SciTech, 18 W. Benton St.
SciTech’s first floor will be open for hands on exploration with a science show at 6:00
5 to 8 p.m.

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St.
We’ll be featuring a Day of the Dead cocktail ($8) and will have Cherry Berry Blast Face Painting Co here painting half-faced sugar skulls on guests!
5 p.m. to close

Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St.
Book of Witches launch party
Comics, snacks, and fun.
6 to 9 p.m.

La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St.
Catrinas Showcase & Contest
Starts at 7 p.m.

P O P – U P

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12
Offbeat Thrift & Vintage
New to you vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories for the “slow fashion” enthusiast!
6 to 9 p.m.

5 to 9 p.m. at Water Street Square

Harvey’s Fire Box
Don Pez’s Fish Tacos
My Funnel
Grumpy Gaucho

*Lineup is subject to change.

***First Fridays welcomes all! No cost unless noted.***


1) GAR Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.

2) Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway (rear lot)

3) Restaurant Row on New York St. @ River St.

4) Santori Library (on Benton St.)

5) SciTech Museum (on Benton St.)

Trolley rides are compliments of Aurora Downtown and stop approx. every 15 to 20 minutes at stops. 6 to 10 p.m.

Cover Photo by Jason Arthur