First Fridays lineup on April 7 brings spring fun to downtown Aurora

First Fridays features more than 30 venues on April 7. Celebrate spring and National Poetry Month in downtown Aurora. Enjoy art, live music, family-friendly activities, discounts, specials, and more. Free!

April is National Poetry Month. Look for poetry in storefront windows. Food trucks return in May at Aurora Downtown’s Food Truck Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 5 on Benton Street.


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

1st floor: Aurora’s Own Ruth Van Sickle Ford: Exhibit feat. her life story + paintings

3rd floor: Aurora Art League Show

6 to 9 p.m.

The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway

Art and artists set up in the cafe for art viewing, discussion, and purchasing

7 to 11 p.m.

Superjumbo Records and Collectibles, 102 E. Galena Blvd.

New Superjumbo Poster Release: A new screen-printed poster by artist Chris Hodge 

Noon to 9 p.m.

If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave.

Two Sisters, Paint and Print: A collection that highlights the diversity in the art of Anne Von Ehr and Mary Shoemaker. 

7 to 10 p.m.

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

Featured artist Geli Inks + a Special Menu by RKN TCO

5 to 10 p.m.

Gary Brown Art Gallery and Studio, 7 S. Broadway

Poetry in Art: Original art creations including retro and antiques available for purchase

6 to 9 p.m.

Artesan Lofts Art Gallery, 2 S. Stolp Ave.

Ruth L. Poor, mixed media

6 to 9 p.m.

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl. upstairs

The Sandbox Collection: Experimental pieces, odds and ends, bits and bobs, medium and smaller pieces of the artists’ work

5 to 9 p.m.

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

New Works by David Hettinger + a special First Fridays craft cocktail 

4 p.m. to midnight

Sergio Furniture | Catarinas Aurora, 36 W. Downer Pl.

Handmade Mexican Art

Open until 9 p.m.


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

Bar + Shopping + Live Music with singer, songwriter Grant Milliren 

5 to 9 p.m.

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

Pete Jive: $5 Suggested Donation Show 

8 to 11 p.m.

Tavern on Broadway, 24 N. Broadway

Live music by Nick Scarpinato

8 to 10 p.m.

Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 S. Stolp Ave.

Live Spanish Rock by Damian Rivero

6 to 8 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.

Come party with Retrospect, playing songs from Motown to today’s hits

9 p.m. to midnight

Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St.

Dance Night

Open until 1 p.m.


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

Spring 10% off sale | Coffee Sampling with Brewpoint Coffee | Art Pop Up by Teresa’s Art

5 to 9 p.m.

The Polished Peach Spa, 5 ½ W. Downer Pl. 2nd FLR

Pretty Peaches: Special peachy waxing deals

6 to 10 p.m.

Unveiled Studio, 5 ½ W. Downer Pl. 2nd FLR

Pay Your Age Boudoir Micro Session: 15 min Boudoir micro sessions with 1 digital image for the price of your age. 21+ only

6 to 9 p.m.

Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.

Poetry Fest + Open Mic: Enjoy live poetry readings by the A-Town Poetics | Poetry activities, crafts, and more for all ages

6 to 8 p.m.

The Perch, 31 W. Downer Pl. 3rd FLR (inside Aurora Business Center)

Celebrate spring, new life, and transformation with butterfly crafts for all ages

5 to 8 p.m.

Alice’s Corner, 37 W. New York St.

Buy 3 empanadas, get one free

4 to 9 p.m. 

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

Share your poetry, story, or tale. Come with a tale to share and/or listen and support others as they share their unique view starting at 7 p.m.

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

Debut of Cocktail of the Month named after a literary giant + interactive poetry engagement

5 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway

Explore the museum + purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Meat Raffle on May 2

5 to 8 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.

Open for First Fridays

5 to 9 p.m.

The Cornucopia Tea & Gift Shop, 63 S. Broadway

Sip n Shop: Special purchase A Tea Lover’s Devotional package + rewards card

Open until 9 p.m.

Society 57, 100 S. River St.

Cocktails & Bites 

6 to 10 p.m.

Huge Witch, 31 W. Downer Pl. 2nd FLR (inside Aurora Business Center)

Tarot, Oracle, and Astrology Readings: Have your “fortune” told + shopping

5 to 9 p.m. 

Premil, 46 W. New York St. 

Premil deals: 15% entire store

Noon to 8 p.m.

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

A Salute to Service: Poems by Aurora’s Deputy Poet Laureate Quentin Johnson

Activities (ages 12+): Poem contest – For the Month of April a prize will be awarded weekly for the best poem submitted for that week!

5 to 9 p.m.


Chupacabra Puerto Rican Kitchen, 31 N. Broadway

Aroma Roots Spring Show: Handcrafted bath & body, soaps, wax melts

5 to 9 p.m.

FNBO, 140 S. River St. STE 112

Photos with Easter Bunny + crafts | Sabino Creek pop up

5 to 9 p.m.