First Fridays on September 6: Roots Aurora, Chinese music, food trucks

First Fridays is art, music, and more on September 6. Stop by Roots Aurora 2019 plus 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 back! Stop by Water Street Square across from City Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. See you at First Fridays!


Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St.
VizoArts Photography Exhibition featuring John Cornelissen, Randy Benzie, Gary Bahnick, Bill Peterson, Victoria Lunacek, Latrice Gray Murphy, Gary Brown, Joshua Schultz, Susan May Romano, Chary Padilla, Eva Dorman, Soterios Gardiakos and Jason DeLancey
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.
Art by Nikki O’Hara and Music by Isaac Simeon Wieser
6 to 9 p.m.

Arcana Studios, 5 1/2 W. Downer Pl.
The Environmental Justice Show
Come to our radical art show for catharsis as we express the pains of living in post trump America with the impending doom of climate change. We will have a storm of drag performance, improv poetry as noise pollution, music with heart, and interactive upcycled art. We will explore visions of hope, resilience, and justice that come from horror and hopelessness. We will have organic herbal tea & fresh snacks along with cool merch for sale in this intimate living room-esque setting. Kylah Eason performs. Featuring artists: Annie Baldwin, Jessica Rue, Jamie Neely, & More
8 to 11 p.m.

Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.
Aurora Art League Artist Reception and Members Show
View the Aurora Art League best of the best! Also enjoy music by John Papadolius and refreshments throughout the evening.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Gary Brown Art Gallery, 7 S. Broadway
“End of Summer Party at Gary Brown Art”
Explore the newest mixed media art creations by artist Gary Brown.
Experience “the essence of a counterbalance to the chaos of everyday life” through the original oil paintings created by our featured artist Kirk Kerndl.
Enjoy an eclectic blend of live folk and ethnic music performed by Daniel
and the Sparrows.
6 to 10 p.m.

If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery, 32 S. Stolp Ave.
“Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” (Art Lasts, Life is Short): Solo show featuring the talents of local artist, Sara Gauthier. See her beautiful portraits crafted in both pencil and paint.
7 to 10 p.m.

The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway
ArtBar: Keanu
7 to midnight

Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Broadway
The Dream Show: Alma Dominguez, José Art plus Skarlata with organic jewelry
Face painting for kids
Live DJ
Live body paint by José Art
Raffle for shirts
6 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.
Analog Street Photography
Globe trotting street photographer and film advocate Manuel Gurrola is sharing some of his best work shot on film.
7 to 10 p.m.

Muebleria Sergio, 36 W. Downer Pl.
Calaveras of Chicago by LooseArrow
Come meet the local artist Christopher Lucero who creates photograph portraits of his family, friends, and inspiring people he’s met during his travels. His photographs pay homage to Dia de los Muertos, with each participant’s face painting inspired by Mexican sugar skulls.
4 to 9 p.m.


The Venue, 21 S. Broadway
Music-themed movies starts at 8 p.m.
6 to 10 p.m.

Waubonsee Community College Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 S. River St.
Chinese Traditional Music and Demonstration
Understand the history and meaning of Chinese traditional music and gain knowledge of the instruments and performance styles of traditional Chinese classical music. Menghua Guan, professional Chinese zither; Kerry Leung, Pipa lute, Erhu fiddles, Bamboo flutist; and Allier Liu, young soprano, share their knowledge and skills to help one appreciate and enjoy the music.
Presented with the City of Aurora and the United Chinese American Illinois Chapter
6 to 7 p.m.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 12
All Out Records will be selling a fine selection of vinyl and spinning tunes!
6 to 9 p.m.

Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl.
Studio Tours, Mini Sessions and Open Mic
Join us as we open all the doors to each of the three studios for family friendly open mic, mini recording sessions and tours! Fully participate or just come for the snacks! Meet our engineers and , if you’d like, you can even book your next session with OR WITHOUT an engineer! Get all the details at this First Friday event! Unfortunately, we are not handicap accessible.
6 to 9 p.m.

Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St.
Plant Party
Soul Karma will be performing at 7:30 also Wesley Kilmer will be our featured artist.
6 to 10 p.m.


Roots Aurora, Water Street Mall
A cultural celebration featuring live music, a talent show & more.
5 to 9 p.m.

First Fridays Food Truck Food Court, Water Street Square
Brother George’s BBQ, Red Hot Chicago, Wurst Kitchen, Grumpy Gaucho, Burritoville
5 to 9 p.m.

Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave.
Book Sale
6 to 8 p.m.

G.A.R. Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl.
Aurora’s Involvement in the American Civil War
5 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Pl. 2nd floor
A walk-through history of Aurora, plus mini-exhibits on “Aurora in 1969” and “Aurora Then an Now”
6 to 9 p.m.

Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway
Grand opening
5 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway
Check out the museum for free!
5 to 9 p.m.

Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl.
Yoga, Performances, Demos, Vendors, & More!
A Holistic Sampler of Yoga Flows, Belly Dancing, Chair Massage, Reiki, Hammock Meditation, and Vendors!
6 to 9 p.m.

Premil, 46 W. New York St.
Original Juice Pop Up
7 to 10 p.m.

AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 10
50% off Hip Hop trial classes (regularly $14.00) Visit for times
4 to 7 p.m.

SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St.
Come imagine, explore, and discover SciTech’s main level!
5 to 8 p.m.

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Suite 16
Join us as we prepare for fall with custom hand lettered pumpkins from ElleJae Calligraphy, live music from Nick Gutierrez, Sculpted Image pop up, and a festive cocktail!
5 to 9 p.m.

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St.
Charlie’s Creamery Collab & Half Acre Brewery Tapping
Come try the special green sherbet Charlie’s Creamery is making for yours truly!
We will also be tapping Half Acre Brewery kegs since they are our September’s “Brewery of the Month.”
5 to 10 p.m.

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery, 6 E. Downer Pl.
Charlie’s Scoops A hoy
5 to 10 p.m.

First Fridays welcomes all! No cost unless noted.

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