Outdoor events are the focus this summer in Aurora

AURORA, IL – From music to movies to food and fun, Aurora Downtown’s summer event schedule this year is packed with family activities.

This year’s lineup has been expanded to include new events, but popular staples will also be on the agenda for the next few months.

The Aurora Arts Weekend starts on June 4th and 5th. The meeting is in conjunction with First Fridays on June 4th and the Fox River Arts Ramble on June 5th. On both dates, art shows by local artists will be staged in eight locations in the city center.

It starts again next month on Wednesdays in the Plaza. The free summer concert series returns to the pavilion at Millennium Plaza from July 14th to August 11th. The weekly concerts feature a variety of genres and local bands playing from 7pm to 9pm

New this year is Movies at a Museum, a pilot in an outdoor film series that premieres on July 8th at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. The event takes place on Thursdays in July. Socially distant seating areas open at 7:00 p.m. and movies start at 8:00 p.m. The dates are July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

“We worked with the Aurora Film Society on the series and we are excited to have outdoor films this year. If all goes well, we hope to add outdoor films to our list of events,” said Marissa Amoni, manager of Aurora Downtown .

In August, the Alley Art Festival will likely be back in its home along Water Street Mall. On August 28, from 12 noon to 5 pm, local and regional artists will settle down along the pedestrian zone and the nearby river. Live music is played throughout the day in Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue. The final details are still being worked out, Amoni said.

This summer, the festival will also coincide with live wall planning across downtown, coordinated by Aurora Public Art.

“The Alley Art Festival has been an integral part of the art scene for a decade now. The festival is growing and evolving, but it’s always focused on the local artist,” said Amoni. “It’s a great thing for everyone to showcase local talent again,” said Amoni.

With the exception of July, the first Fridays continue through the summer. On the first Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a food truck court with a handful of food trucks in Water Street Square on the northwest corner of Benton Street and Water Street. The next first Fridays are on June 4th.
All events are free.
For more information on summer events, visit downtown Aurora.

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