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First Fridays on Feb 3 features 30 venues

First Fridays on Feb 3 kicks off the 10th year of the popular, monthly arts and cultural open house event in downtown Aurora. What started as a handful of art openings has grown into a downtown-wide celebration of live music, art, and activities for all ages. It’s a free night of wonderful community fun. Join us!

First Fridays on Feb 3

* (denotes) Love Local theme participating venues. We’re celebrating our love for local this month! In addition, enjoy Love Local Days specials at select locations from Feb 1-14. 

ART

*Aurora Historical Society | Aurora Public Art at The DLP, 20 E. Downer Pl.

1st floor: Pratt Exhibit feat. 5 crosses and memorabilia commemorating the workplace tragedy 

3rd floor: Black History Month: Our Mentors feat. Donnell Collins, Perry Slade + more

6 to 9 p.m.

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave.

Street Life, a solo show feat. photographer Nolan W. McCants. A street level view around the world shows the beauty hidden in plain view. Runs through March.

7 to 10 p.m.

The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway

ArtBar celebrates 2/3/23 by featuring the most famous 23 of all time, Michael Jordan

7 to 11 p.m.

*Artesan Lofts Art Gallery, 2 S. Stolp Ave.

Rick Evers and Marshall Garcia-Granados present photography and sculptures that describe the love shared for the Aurora community

6 to 9 p.m.

*Zen Loft Wellness Center | I of the Angeles, 6 W. Downer Pl. upstairs

From Aurora with Love: Local artists show their love for Aurora landmarks, local flavor + Aurora love-themed art

4 to 9 p.m.

*French 75 Gallery and Lounge, 56 E. Galena Blvd.

Special Cocktail: Aurora in Bloom

5 p.m. to midnight

Nuna Ceramics, 77 S. Lake St.

Vivid Delight: Jacey Sage Art Show and wheel throwing demos

5 to 8 p.m.

MUSIC

*Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St.

Oswego East Jazz Combo. Free, limited edition silkscreen t-shirts + pottery wheel throwing demonstrations

5 to 9 p.m.

*Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.

For the Love of Dance: West African dance and live drum experience by Ayodele Drum + performances by AKA Dance + make a ribbon wand

6 to 8 p.m.

*The Venue, 21 S. Broadway (entrance on Water Street Mall)

Local songwriter/musician Chad Watson will be playing a rare solo show for a suggested donation price of $5

8 to 10 p.m.

Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 S. Stolp Ave.

Live Spanish Rock feat. Damián Rivera

6 to 8 p.m.

Tavern on Broadway, 24 N. Broadway

Live music

8 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.

Enjoy Blues and Brews with The Hurricane Project 

9 p.m. to midnight

*Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. 

Live music by Nick Wiesner + Nide Jardin plant pop up

5 to 9 p.m. 

*Zen Loft Wellness Center | I of the Angeles, 6 W. Downer Pl. upstairs

$1/min chair massages, $10/min mini-tarot readings, hang in hammocks, open jam with Mo Pippy and live music feat. local students’ “works in progress”

4 to 10 p.m.

MORE

*McCarty Mills Taproom, 140 S. River St. Ste 108

Emo Night: Emo Classics and a Special Menu by RKN TCO

5 to 10 p.m.

*G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.

Through Calm and Tempest: 145 Years of Aurora Historic Memorial Hall

5 to 9 p.m.

*Latrice Murphy Design and Photography, 62 S. River St.

Photos with Love: Take a photo using a special studio backdrop with friends and family ($20). 

5 to 9 p.m.

*Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway

Fire Sale: Check out new items in the Museum Store + some clearance priced merchandise

5 to 8 p.m.

*Wyckwood House Boutique + Cocktail Bar, 80 S. River St.

Live music feat. Josh Goodman + permanent jewelry Pop Up with Bonded By Babes + Bros 

Open until 9 p.m.

*Zen Loft Wellness Center | I of the Angeles, 6 W. Downer Pl. upstairs

Sound Bowl Healing Tarot: Honor your heart chakra and accept guidance from Tarot ($20/ind. $25/couple) + 14% off gifts for loved ones

4 to 8 p.m.

*Amy Morton’s Stolp Island Social, 5  E. Galena Blvd.

Special cocktail: First Fridays Phenomenal Cocktail

5 p.m. to close

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.

Open for First Fridays

5 to 9 p.m.

*The Cornucopia Tea & Gift Shop, 63 S. Broadway

Valentine’s Taste and Shop: Try teas + Valentine’s Special: free Long Grove valentine chocolates with purchase of a tea set

Open until 9 p.m.

*Society 57, 100 S. River St.

Square1 Detroit Pizza + The Luxure Jazz Trio + Carly Palmer Art Exhibit

6 to 10 p.m.

*Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St.

Margarita Night: Enjoy a variety of margaritas

Open until midnight

*Huge Witch, 31 W. Downer Pl. located inside Aurora Business Center

Grand opening: Come see the Tarot Reading Room. Spend $40 on merchandise, get a free reading

1 to 9 p.m. 

*Pure Skin Solutions, 26 S. Stolp Ave.

Exfoliation, Music and Refreshments: Discounted Hand ($25) and Lip ($20) Exfoliation + acoustic melodies of Ever, a local musician.

5 to 8 p.m.

POP UP

*Premil, 46 W. New York St. 

FIFA, Friends and Food: Stop in for a 32-person FIFA tournament + some hefty prizes. Top 3 take home $1,000, $300 or $100 of merch. $50 to play

5 to 9 p.m.

*The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 64 S. River St.

Love for Art and Music: DJ GAB + Artist Teresa Marie + Fresh Gems for your teeth. 10% off selected merchandise

5 to 9 p.m.

*Chupacabra Puerto Rican Kitchen, 31 N. Broadway

Aroma Roots: Handcrafted bath & body, Valentine gift boxes, wax melts

4 to 9 p.m.

*Superjumbo Records, 102 E. Galena Blvd.

Mini Yetee Warehouse Sale: overstock Yetee products at clearance prices

2 to 9 p.m.

Food Trucks return on May 5 for Aurora Downtown’s Food Truck Festival.