First Fridays lineup for Oct. 2 includes Roots Aurora

First Fridays will be complete with art, music, and culture as Roots Aurora joins the October 2 lineup. Look for in person (with masks), virtual, and crowd-free event options.


Sergio Furniture, 36 W. Downer Pl., will present Catrinas of Aurora and artist Pierre Lucero with “Dead Rainbows,” a solo art exhibit at the Muebleria Sergio furniture store (across the river from Tredwell) from 4 p.m to 10:30 p.m. The show will feature six 4 x 4 foot canvases of a skull in each color. 

Gary Brown Art Gallery / Studio, 7 S. Broadway, will be open with Brayer Artistry from 6 to 9 p.m. Meet the artist, and experience, explore and enjoy the brayer artistry of Joe Ruck, the studio’s featured artist for October.  Joe Ruck stated, “broad blocks of color to rhythmic sweeping lines the brayer allows for a wonderful spontaneity.”  Brayer art demonstration.

Artesan Lofts, 2 S. Stolp Ave., will feature resident artists Jonathan Pacheco, Kristin Jongen, and more. Pottery and prints will be on display outside. Enjoy jazz from Doug Jeppesen Combo from 6 to 8 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W Downer Pl., will host Art by Devan from 5 to 10 p.m. Stop in for a few drinks and enjoy artwork from Devan, a talented local artist. Devan is a self taught maker artist. She uses Sharpies and Prismacolor markers to create abstract creations that take the mind on an adventure. Stay for DJ Happymeal (9 PM- 1AM).

Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., will host artist Nathan Miller’s work in their basement lounge gallery.


The ArtBar will present a virtual show with online gallery and live Facebook conversation. Visit ArtBar: This Is Halloween, a virtual gallery on their website artbaraurora.com. Tune into their Facebook page at 7 p.m. for a special conversation on art in public spaces in Aurora.


Altiro Latin Fusion, 1 S. Stolp Ave., will bring live music by Damian Rivero to the outdoor seating area along Stolp Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, will present M & R Rush at an outdoor concert in Mundy Park. This exciting classic rock band with exceptional harmonies and a powerful stage show will take you back to the 70s and make you want to get up and dance. Doors open 7 p.m. and ticketed show starts at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway, will bring live music and wares to patrons from 6 to 9 p.m. @startedwithamasonjar will be on site with her amazing camper filled with her awesome handmade (and sometimes sassy) wares. Frankii Davis Solo artist will be in house with her guitarist Robert Covington to bring you some soulful tunes as you shop and welcome fall.

All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 10, will break out the Spooky Record Jam with downtown friends All Out Records. The pop up will be selling vinyl and playing some Halloween hits to get you in the mood for tricks and treats from 6 to 9 p.m.

Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, will be outside on Water Street Mall with live music featuring The Heels and other musical guests from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St., will feature Friday night regular Luis Andre Singer and Micheladas $5 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, Live music by Lydia from 6 to 8 p.m. Shop from 5 to 9 p.m.

Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., will host a special concert to celebrate their 5th anniversary. Enjoy live music on Pinney Street with headliner Shout Section Big Band and opener Invisible Cartoons from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tavern on Broadway, 24 N. Broadway, will welcome passerby to stop in to their soft opening with live music by Side Peace. Limited menu available. 


Society 57, 100 S. River St., will be open until 8 p.m. with coffee drinks and fresh treats.

Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St., will be open late with the Vintage Shop Hop and 15% off entire store (some exceptions may apply). Shop until 8 p.m. 

Camelia Danza at Zen loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., will bring the Sisterhood dancing the Art of Fat Chance Belly Dance to Downer and Stolp at 7:30 p.m. Visit Zen Loft and check out Sense of Samadhi’s yoga schedule and I of the Angeles metaphysical shop.

DeCari To Go, 33 N. Lake St., will invite families to “Make Pizza In The Park-(ing lot).” This activity will be led by Chef Carlos and will allow kids to take part in creating their own personal pizza while parents enjoy a hot cider, hot cocoa or a glass of DeCari’s own Sangria as well the pizza buffet if desired while practicing Phase 4 guidelines. Class cost is $12 and includes: Childs cloth apron, chef’s hat, lead instruction, personal pizza, and a drink.  Buffet includes choice of specialty pizzas, salads and garlic bread for only $12 per person. Classes from 4 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.

Hope Chest, 34 N. Lincoln Ave., will host a Freaky Friday Event featuring artwork by Jesse Reeder and a storewide sale from 6 to 9 p.m.

Offbeat Vintage and Thrift, 14 W Downer Place, Suite 16, Basement, will feature guest clothing collection by Nowt New, creatively curated vintage clothing and accessories with a Yorkshire flair from 5 to 9 p.m.

Stolp Island Social, 8 E. Galena Blvd., will host artist Joseph as he paints windows to stand for racial justice and BLM. They will have chalk for kids to create their own messages on the sidewalk and Joseph will coach them with creative tips.

Mora on the River, 43 E. Galena Blvd., will offer $1 hot chocolate and $1 donuts to go from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, will host the 4th annual CUPS Bra Drive from 5 to 8 p.m. 


U Samba? Cafe, 37 W. New York St., will offer traditional Brazilian Fare. They will showcase food that holds special cultural significance for Brazil until 10 p.m. 

Tecalitlan Mexican Restaurant, 35 S. Broadway, will feature a popular Mexican dish called birria, which is endemic to the state of Jalisco. Along with the festive stew, there will be a $50 raffle.

Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave., will offer a family fun activity table set up with supplies for you to take home or do right at the table with us if space allows. They will also have a table set up where you can find information on how to register to vote. 5 to 9 p.m. 

Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., will present “The Aurora Stronger Exhibit:  A community that came together.” The evening will feature the premiere of the VizoArts Films documentary “Our Streets.” See work from Gary Bahnick, Ivan Carmona, Victoria Lunacek, and Amy Nelson. Enjoy an art showcase and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Pl., will display “Roots Aurora Cultural Champions Over the Years,” a pictorial gallery of 32 previous champions in the windows. (CROWD-FREE ACTIVITY)

The Perch, 31 W Downer Pl., Suite 301, will feature documentary screenings of Black Immigrants in the U.S. from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Where do Black immigrants come from and what are their stories? Join Roots Aurora for two short documentaries on the contributions of Black immigrants in the United States as well as a group discussion led by Roots Aurora. Screenings begin at 5:00, 5:40, 6:20, 7:00, and 7:40.

Santori Public Library – Parker Garden, 101 S. River St., will open the Parker Garden from 6 to 8 p.m. for visitors to pick up Roots Aurora reading lists and check out photographs by Robb Winder of community resistance art created in Aurora after the killing of George Floyd. This exhibit will be available virtually, as well.

SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., will set up their popular Super Sidewalk Sale with STEAMart favorites on sale for 40% off. Spin the prize wheel and take a prize home. Visit a Roots Aurora table from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information visit rootsaurora.org.

All Phase 4 guidelines including masks and social distancing will be enforced.