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Events bring summer fun to downtown Aurora

Come have fun downtown Aurora this summer. Get your summer bucket list ready, and check off these fun adventures right in downtown Aurora.

First Fridays | June 3, Aug 5, Sept 2

First Fridays will continue with about two dozen businesses open with art, music, and more. There’s always something for everybody at First Fridays. All ages and abilities are welcome. Also, a smaller lineup of food trucks will join Aurora Downtown’s Food Truck Food Court at Water Street Square through December with the exception of July. There is no First Fridays event in July. August’s First Fridays will host a First Fridays Block Party on Stolp Avenue. The first weekend of August also celebrates sidewalk sales at participating businesses.

Aurora Farmers Market | June 4 – Oct 8

Enjoy the city’s outdoor farmers market every Saturday morning from the first week of June to the the first week of October. The market located at Water Street Square has a great selection of vendors. Free to enter.

Aurora Museum Week | June 5 – 11

Aurora Museum Week will be celebrated from June 5 through June 11. Enjoy museum tours, specials, and activities. Tanner House Museum will be back open on Sunday afternoons for tours starting on May 29. On June 8, Blackberry Farm will host a free day, and Aurora Regional Fire Museum will feature a BBQ fundraiser. Aurora Historical Society will open a new exhibit called “Head to Toe” at First Fridays on June 3. GAR Museum will host a fun day on June 10.

Blues & Brews Fest | June 10, 11 & 12

The second weekend of June will bring The Venue’s Blues and Brews Fest to Mundy Park adjacent to Water Street Mall.

Fox Valley Arts Ramble | June 11

Northern Illinois Pottery Tour | June 11 & 12

Aurora Pride Parade & CommUNITY Market | June 12

Aurora Pride Parade will return to downtown Aurora on Sunday, June 12 along with the CommUNITY Market at Water Street Mall. 

Blues on the Fox | June 17 & 18

Blues on the Fox will make a comeback on June 17 and 18 at RiverEdge Park. Across the river, Wilder Park’s new promenade will open with a city celebration at noon on Saturday, June 18.

Outdoor Movies | Second & Third Thursdays

Movies at a Museum will be back at Aurora Regional Fire Museum. View a popular film outdoors at dusk on second Thursdays this summer. Dates are June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11. Free. All ages.

Movies at Mundy Park will be a new offering this summer. Aurora Downtown and The Venue will host the brew and view series at Mundy Park. Movies will be outdoors on third Thursdays this summer. Dates are June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. Bring your own chair. Movies begin at dusk. Free.

Wednesdays at the Plaza | July 13 – Aug 10

Wednesdays at the Plaza will return to Millennium Plaza from July 13 through Aug. 10. The free summer concert series starts at 7 p.m. and features popular local and regional musicians of different genres in an open air setting along the Fox River. Millennium Plaza is located at 21 S. Stolp Ave. Aurora.

July 13 | Raices Latin Jazz feat. vibraphonist Joe Sonnefeldt

July 20 | Downtown Charlie Brown

July 27 | The Clams

Aug 3 | The Frizz

Aug 10 | A Light Sleeper

Jazz Festival | July 8, 9 & 10

The Venue will host a jazz festival at Mundy Park on the second weekend of July. 

Frida Kahlo Birthday | July 10

Visit Water Street Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 to celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday with vendors and entertainment.

Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival | July 31

The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council is hosting an Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival on Sunday, July 31 in Water Street Square from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Stolp Block Party | Aug 5

Aurora Downtown’s Block Party will return to Stolp Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. The night is a favorite among locals who frequent First Fridays. Enjoy music, food, and fun. Walk around downtown for sidewalk sales and First Fridays fun.

Aurora Uke Fest | Aug 20 & 21

Alley Art Festival | Aug 27

Alley Art Festival (pictured by Joseph Weber) will be held on Water Street Mall and will expand to Downer Place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. The grassroots art festival will celebrate its twelfth year.

With a full summer ahead, get these dates on your calendar, and come have fun.