Aurora Downtown's First Fridays hosts Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash June 1

 
Submitted by Marissa Amoni
Updated 5/29/2018 4:34 PM
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  • First Fridays returns on June 1 with an official Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash and more than 20 venues filled with art, music and more in downtown Aurora.

    First Fridays returns on June 1 with an official Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash and more than 20 venues filled with art, music and more in downtown Aurora. Courtesy of Jason Arthur, Aurora Downtown

Aurora Downtown's First Fridays will feature an official Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash on June 1. The bash will be 6 to 7 p.m. at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave. It will include birthday cake, a strolling magician and singing, as well as food trucks.

Also joining the bash, Paramount School of the Arts and SciTech Hands On Museum offer family-friendly activities from 5 to 8 p.m. Dog and Pony Show perform in the gazebo starting at 7 p.m.

Food trucks will be parked on both Stolp Avenue and Downer Place from 5 to 10 p.m. and include Grumpy Gaucho, A-Town Hot Dogs, Wurst Kitchen, and Foxy's Ice Cream.

The night also features more than 20 venues open with art, music, and more for First Fridays.

Visit pop-up shops at Aurora Regional Fire Museum, All Spoked Up, and Wyckwood House, and ride a free trolley from 6 to 10 p.m.

• Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., hosts "All About Fathers," an art show featuring Gerardo R. Madrigal, Dr. Pencil, Grahame Wilkin, Anton Witek, and Bill Austin from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be live music performed by Jim Green. Tease Dance and Fitness will be demonstrating aerial silks, pole fitness, and more from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot.

• The ArtBar, 205 N. Broadway, hosts its season six finale, "Loteria," from 7 p.m. to midnight in the tavern at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Brad Mortenson will perform in the lounge.

• Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., is open with artist Christopher Pappas and teas from 6 to 10 p.m. in the garden. Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., features art and live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Place, Suite 18, is open with live music, art and specials from 7 to 9 p.m.

• AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Place, Suite 10, hosts a free dance class from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

• Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Place, offers studio tours and karaoke from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Place, hosts "Ethnicity and Diversity in Aurora, 1834-Present," an exhibit featuring the contributions of immigrant groups to Aurora culture, on the first floor and "Aurora Story" on the second floor from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St., welcomes Fox Valley Orchestra Small Ensemble Series: Antiqua Baroque Consort from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

• If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens "Altered States: Penelope Garcia" from 7 to 10 p.m.

• Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Place, is open with World War II artifacts from 5 to 9 p.m.

• Rocktown Adventures, 106 Spruce St., offers free paddle rides on the Fox River from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

• The Web, 134 W. Downer Place, hosts "Peace is My Weapon: Art by Miguel SZ" from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

• Gillerson's Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., welcomes brewery Tangled Roots from 6 to 9 p.m.

• SciTech, 18 W. Benton St., opens "Sustainable Choices," a traveling exhibit, from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Place, is open with $5 mini classes, demos, massage, and welcomes special guest Jennifer Minott with Young Living Wellness from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Christian Science Reading Room, 34 S. Stolp Ave., is open with prizes, gifts, and free kids crafts from 6 to 9 p.m.

First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides from downtown parking areas run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.auroradowntown.org.

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