First Fridays lineup on Sept 4 includes pay-what-you-can menu, virtual art shows

First Fridays is once again back in downtown on September 4 with art, music, and more at a dozen plus venues.

The evening will provide a variety of experiences for all to participate including virtual and crowd-free options.

Goldfinch Cafe (pictured) will pop up with a mobile cafe from 5 to 9 p.m. at Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16. The pay-what-you-can cafe will offer take away salads and mint lemonade with proceeds going towards the purchase of a food truck.

Wyckwood House will also host musician Matthew Ripsch from 6 to 8 p.m.

The ArtBar kicks off their ninth season with “Art as Protest,” a virtual show available at artbaraurora.com. Live conversation will happen with artists on their Facebook page at 7 p.m.

Aurora Public Library will host Aurora Art League Member Show, a virtual gallery exhibit from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

VizoArts celebrates their 2nd Annual Photography Exhibition from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gallery 1904 at 1 E. Benton St. Stop by to see local photography and get a snapshot taken by official First Fridays photo booth photographer Jason Arthur.

Artesan Lofts, 2 S. Stolp Ave., will host a group show from 6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 132 W. Downer Pl., will feature Shelley Monahan Designs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Gary Brown Art Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will debut acrylic artist Karen Dolce from 6 to 9 p.m.

Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 S. Stolp Ave., will showcase Damian Rivero with live Spanish rock from 6 to 9 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will present live music by Demi Proutsos along with new art from Aurora Art League and drink specials from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Riverfront Playhouse will feature live music from 6 to 10 p.m. in front of their doors along Water Street Mall. Music duo The Heels will be joined by musical friends.

Aurora Historical Society will have their windows on display throughout the evening with “A Look Back,” a special Roots Aurora window display at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. Roots Aurora was unable to hold their annual event as part of September’s First Fridays, and will instead plan activities downtown-wide for October’s First Fridays.

SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will again host a downtown scavenger hunt and sidewalk sale from 5 to 7 p.m.

Simply Destinee, 122 W. Downer Pl., will feature Dis-Dancing at their location from 5 to 8 p.m.

Legacy Fitness, 77 S. River St., will offer “Outdoor Fitness for All” from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to their building.

Mod-tage Tiki Party at Offbeat Thrift and Vintage, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16 (downstairs), will be open with a Mod-tage Tiki Party from 5 to 9 p.m.

Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St., will celebrate their first anniversary from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop by and get a grab and go bouquet from Blissful Blooms.

Society 57, 100 S. River St., will premier a new specialty drink from 6 to 9 p.m.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 10, will celebrate their grand re-opening from 6 to 10 p.m. They recently moved next door to their former location.

Camelia Danza Belly Dance at Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will dance outdoors at 7:30 p.m.

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will be open with brinner specials from 8 to 9:30 p.m. A rescheduled movie night for The Breakfast Club will start at 9:30 p.m. To reserve your table ($) for the movie, call Amy-Sue at (630) 340-3719. 

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. with free Bamenda Coffee and the release of photographer Ivan Cormona’s “Closer to the Lung” coffee table book.

Also during First Fridays, the 3rd annual Business and Entrepreneur Unity Expo will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Water Street Mall. Enjoy barbecue, free masks, free socks, and entertainment.

All participating venues will adhere to current Phase 4 guidelines. Masks are required indoors, and outdoors when six-feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

Photo courtesy of Goldfinch Cafe by Jenneh Fatorma.

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