Woman Up! celebrates 100 years of women voters at First Fridays Aurora on March 6

First Fridays is art, music, and a celebration of women on March 6. It’s time to Woman Up! To honor the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement, First Fridays celebrates women during Women’s History Month.

Visit several venues open to the public for a night of art and culture in downtown Aurora. Free! Plus trolley rides.

* Denotes participation in Woman Up!


*Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River St.
Aurora League of Women Voters and Kane County Audubon Society Exhibits Kickoff:
The Aurora League of Women Voters celebrates 100 years of suffrage with a historical display, and the Kane County Audubon Society welcomes spring with Birds of Illinois photo exhibit. Enjoy the exhibits as you listen all woman horn ensemble, Alloy Horn Quartet! Visit the First Fridays photo booth from 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
6 to 9 p.m.

Aurora Tap House, 134 W. Downer Pl.
Happy Little Drawings:
Larry Law is showing his collection of happy little drawings, see them here before they find their way into a book in an independent shop somewhere in the Midwest.
6 to 9 p.m.

*Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Broadway
The Woman Show feat. TotyPix
DJ music, Face Painting for Kids, Live body painting. Food and drinks. FREE
6 to 9 p.m.

*Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery, 6 W. Downer Pl.
Women in the arts at Charlie’s:
Rosary High School art students showcase.
6 to 9 p.m.

*Gary Brown Gallery / Studio, 7 S. Broadway
Art & Social. Meet our featured professional artist Andrew Zabela-Zabelin, a master oil painter, an award winning International Artist of Fine Art. All are welcome to sign the large Women Up! Art Board, drawn by artist Gary Brown in honor of the centennial year of women’s suffrage in America and the 19th Amendment.
6 to 10 p.m.

*Crystal House, 59 S. LaSalle St.
Paintings of Chaz Nieponski on display
Special: Free engraving name/date on Aurora memorabilia
Until 9 p.m.

ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway
The Pink Show
7 p.m. to midnight

*Aurora Public Art, 20 E. Downer Pl. ShePunk Fest:In celebration of Women’s Herstory Month we have put together an amazing punk show lineup and beyond from some amazing womxn! (Bands/Solo Artists/Poetry/Zines/Art Prints/Ceramics/Flowers/and more!) $5 suggested donation to benefit Mutual Ground 6 to 9 p.m.


*Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St.
Woman Up Irish bound / Music by Cindy Chase and Jim O’Connell
5:30 to 9 p.m.

*Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl.
Women Up! All Female Showcase:
All female showcase featuring local women: Olivia Ports, Michelle Curiel, Charmaine Makeda and Mayor’s Kids.
6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

*Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St.
Live music performed by Jake Mack and new art presented by the Aurora Art League. Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation will be in house.
6 to 9 p.m.

*Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 18
We will have an exciting evening of music and art. Featuring The Music styles of Demi Clara and art by Rich.
5 to 9 p.m.


*Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl.
American Tribal Style® Sisterood Cooperation feat. Camelia Danza Tribal:
Come see the art of American Tribal Style® (ATS®); a group-improvisational style of belly dance which fosters sisterhood, cooperation, and unity.
Starts at 7 p.m.

*The Hope Chest, 34 N. Lincoln Ave.
“The Fruit of Her Hands” Prov. 31:16
Enjoy 50% OFF ALL Merchandise while viewing arts and crafts by local women. Complimentary Coffee pour overs will be offered (while supplies last) and gift basket giveaways.
6 to 9 p.m.

Bureau Gravity, 56 S. LaSalle St.
Smart Aurora Opportunity Gallery:
Come and experience the Smart Aurora Opportunity Gallery and see the tangible possibilities for creating a safer, better-connected and more prosperous Aurora.
6 to 9 p.m.

*Fonda mi Pueblito, 31 N. Broadway
Fonda (MODELOS Show) Woman Business models
Special: Buy one taco, get one FREE
4 to 9 p.m.

*Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway
Be a Part of History: Photo Station
Be a Part of History: For March First Fridays visitors will get the chance to put themselves in firefighting history at our photo station. Visitors can make use of props and dress up uniforms to create their own firefighting photo with our brick building backdrop and see themselves in history.
5 to 8 p.m.

*Society 57, 100 S. River St.
6 to 9 p.m.

*Warehouse 55, 55 S. Lake St.
Vintage Shop Hop
Special: 15% off the entire shop
Until 9 p.m.

*SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St.
Explore how women have had an impact in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) through hands on actives. SciTech will also have the ribbon cutting for their center piece exhibit featuring a 22 foot tall interactive rocket and, Girl Scout Troop 4785 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies all evening!
Student art form Rosary High School & Marmion Academy
5 to 8 p.m.

Yetee Station, 102 E Galena Blvd
Yetee Station 1UP Day!
All $10 admission purchases get a bonus Day Pass to take home for another free visit to the arcade!
Until midnight

*I of the Angeles, 217 E. Galena Blvd.
Reiki and Tarot Night: Taroista and Reiki Practitioner Maria De Los Angeles
Ever want to try Reiki and have your cards read. We can do both in 20 mins for $20.
5 to 9 p.m.

*Wyckwood House, 14 W. Downer Pl, Suite 16
Join us for Woman Up at Wyckwood House! Sarah from The Borough Book Store will be popping up with a special woman themed curated selection of titles to purchase. Local singer Julie Elzerman will be in the house from 6-9. Sarah Whitt with House 423 will also be popping up with a beautiful line of curated boutique styles for women. Woman Up themed t-shirts and mugs from Send Me a Dream Shop will be available for purchase.
5 to 9 p.m.

*Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St.
Firestone Walker Brewing Draft Night
Join us in celebrating our brewery of the month, Firestone Walker, with $5 pours.
5 to 10 p.m.

*Paramount School of the Arts, 20 S. Stolp Ave.
5 Self-Care Practices for Moms from The Perch
Paramount School of the Arts and The Perch will present 5 Self-Care Practices for Moms. Whether you work inside or outside of the home you deserve to make time for you.
5 to 9 p.m.

*Stolp Island Social, 5 E. Galena Blvd.
Woman Up, Boss Babes:
Come join us to celebrate our female owned company with a Meet and Greet with Amy Morton and company Executive Chef Debbie Gould.
5 to 9 p.m.

*Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St.
Tropical Relaxation:
Relax with soothing sounds of the ukulele, chair massages, and create your own sandy air plant container.
6 to 8:30 p.m.

*Victoria’s Vintage Flair (formerly L&L Vintage), 30 N. Broadway
Ladies Night Open Mic:
Ladies open mic night. Come and express yourself!
6 to 9 p.m.

P O P – U P

*All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 12
All Out Records:
All Out Records will be spinning records and have a selection from empowered women artists and bands!
6 to 9 p.m.

*The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway
Women Business Owners and Women Empowerment:
Meet Tendaji Body Oils-Founder and Owner Carla Anderson. She will be discussing her business, the benefits of natural skin care and the first 30 people will receive a free sample to take home.
The Unruly Artist and Safe Passages will have a mini workshop where the community can come by and make “woman up” empowering and encouraging cards for residence and their family at safe passages in Dekalb.
Meet the Owner and Founder of Allure Candle Company LLC Kizzie Williams as she discusses her natural candle line and raffles off a new candle scent to one lucky participant.
6 to 9:30 p.m.

Free trolley rides run from 6 to 9 p.m.

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