First Fridays kicks off Aurora’s Pride Weekend with pride-themed events and a new food truck food court on June 7 at the night of art, music, and more in downtown Aurora.
Enjoy pride-themed photo booths, rainbow balloons, sidewalk chalk, art, poetry, and more.
Also at June’s First Fridays, get a sneak peek at The Venue. The Fox Valley Music Foundation headquarters will be one of three venues featuring vinyl records before a ticketed show that evening.
First Fridays’ Food Truck Food Court will feature a rotating handful of vendors parked in Lot B across from City Hall on Water Street between Downer Place and Benton Street. On June 7, Harvey’s Fire Box, Don Pez Fish Tacos, Grumpy Gaucho, and Burritoville join the food court from 5 to 9 p.m. Lineup is subject to change.
Indivisible Aurora will be selling pride t-shirts at the Food Truck Food Court as well.
Enjoy several venues open to the public. Free trolley rides from 6 to 10 p.m.
Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St., will host “Proud Visions: Images from June 17, 2018 Aurora’s Inaugural Pride Parade,” featuring pieces by photographers Nathan Villotti, Robb Winder, and Indivisible Aurora, as well as several snapshots submitted by members of the community. The Fox Valley Orchestra Jazz Ensemble performs. 6 to 9 p.m.
Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl. Third Floor, will open “What Does Empathy Look Like?” Local artists were asked what empathy looks like, and paintings, photography, sculpture and poetry will address this idea in both literal and abstract ways, according to Aurora Public Art director Jen Evans. Spoken word performance will occur throughout the evening and many of the artists will be in attendance. 6 to 9 p.m.
Gary Brown Art Gallery and Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will be open with “An Evening of Fine Art and Music Expressions.” Featured artists include Ariel Rodriguez, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who specializes in oil paintings and acrylic pouring, and Christina Snider, whose oil paintings and scratchboard art pieces will continue to be displayed thru June. Live performances by Music Expressions in Naperville. 6 to 10 p.m.
Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl., will host “Through My Lens,” a pop-up art show featuring photography by Nicholas Alvarez. 6 p.m. to midnight
If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Art Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave., will open its June show “Iron Horses,” a solo exhibit featuring images of vintage locomotives by photographer Mike Smith. 7 to 10 p.m.
Legacy Fitness, 77 S. River St., will feature an art show curated by Them Bad Apples, along with beats by DJ Maker, and a vinyl record swap. Sample the newest health drinks. 6 to 9 p.m.
Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Broadway, will host a watercolor show with artist Mynor Paredes. 5 to 8 p.m.
The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, will host “Drag Queens and Dragons,” a pop-up art show in the Tavern as well as LGBT Portraits show to recognize cool folks in the community. A new special batch of Two Brothers beer, ArtBrew 26, brewed for the ArtBar will be tapped. 7 p.m. to midnight
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will continue “The Art of Emergency Care,” a traveling exhibit from the National EMS Museum. 5 to 9 p.m.
Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., will host sculptor Bill Fiest and his Space Rocks. Stop by and enjoy the garden setting. 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will host live music by Dezirae Schalice and an art show in the downstairs Brick Gallery featuring art celebrating the anniversary of the novel “1984” by Aurora Christian High School students. 6 to 9 p.m.
All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12, will welcome All Out Records for a vinyl spinning and selling party. 6 to 9 p.m.
The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, will open for a pre-show sneak peek featuring a rare music poster exhibition and records spinning party. Join them to celebrate their grand opening week. 5 to 8 p.m.
Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, will be open with tunes by Olivia Ports and “Survivor’s Art Show” by Mutual Ground guests. 5 to 9 p.m.
Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Pl., will host “Signs of the Times,” a collection of vintage business and wayfinding signs from Aurora’s past. 6 to 9 p.m.
Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave., will open with an evening of celebrating love. Stop in for a rainbow balloon. 6 to 8 p.m.
Arcana Studios (pictured), 5 1/2 W. Downer Pl., will host “Unapologetically Me: a night of music, poetry, and comedy.” The pride variety show will feature music from touring artist Kevin Kaufman of the band Real Movement and Indie Acoustic Artist Aly Jayne, provocative queer poetry from Ferris James, and comedy from fiber artist, writer, and overall clown Renée Millette. A wall of free queer love letters and poems curated by Annie Baldwin will be on display for attendees to take and enjoy. 8 to 11 p.m.
Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will open for everyone to try yoga, dance, and massage ($1/min.). Vendors and artist Bob Long will be setup. 6 to 9 p.m.
SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will host “Barbeque, Art and Icees,” a Cosmopolitan Club and SciTech fundraiser. Enjoy burgers, brats, and Kona Ice for sale to benefit the museum. Enjoy works by artist Lisa Dzuricsko. The museum’s main floor and the Fox Motion Park will be open for free. To celebrate pride, enjoy sidewalk chalk and bubbles outside. 5 to 8 p.m.
Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, will host the popular Eye Candy Bake Shop with their gluten-free pastries. Live music from Dan Becker in the store. A pride-themed photo booth from 6 to 8 p.m. 5 to 9 p.m.
Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will host Oswego Brewing Company’s Anniversary Beer Tapping. 5:30 p.m. to close
Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave., will open with “Let Your Pride Flag Fly,” an evening of family-friendly activities as well as a dance-fitness class. 5 to 9 p.m.
Community Christian Church, East Downer Place Bridge, will offer “Can I take your Picture?,” a fun photo booth with accessories so that you and your friends can take a picture to remember your time there. Instant photos can be taken home. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Perch, 31 W. Downer Pl., will setup outside with a display of assorted gift cards, soul care guides, reflection card decks, and more. 5 to 8 p.m.
Aurora Fastprint, 54 E. Galena Blvd., will host “Print, Pride, and Pints,” a customer appreciation and pride open house featuring a photo booth and Wheatley Design pop up shop. 3:30 to 8 p.m.
First Fridays maps are available at all venues.
Photo by Jason Arthur/courtesy of Aurora Downtown