2018 Events List for Downtown Aurora

Aurora Downtown’s Food Truck Festival returns on First Fridays in May. About 20 food trucks will set up along the Benton Street bridges in downtown Aurora on May 4, 2018.  “May the 4th be with you.” Aurora Downtown’s Events Committee brings more than a dozen events to downtown.

2017 was a year full of festive events in downtown Aurora, and 2018 looks to be continuing the trend of an ongoing community party in the heart of the state’s second largest city.

Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit group of business and property owners within downtown Aurora’s Special Service Area (SSA) #One, will continue to sponsor and host several events in downtown including First Fridays, a night of art and culture, and Second Saturdays, a summertime event with family-friendly activities. The group is also teaming with Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival for a two-day festival, and will partner with Family Focus for Roots Aurora, as well as the City of Aurora for Winter Lights.

Take a look at the full list of exciting events in the New Year brought to you by Aurora Downtown, City of Aurora, and other local groups.

Please note that there is no First Fridays in January or July. First Fridays returns on Feb. 2 with art, music, and more plus free trolley rides. Second Saturdays runs from May through September with the exception of June. 


2. First Fridays


2. First Fridays

24. Egg Hunt on the Island

29. Museums After Dark


6. First Fridays

21. Fox River Arts Ramble


4. First Fridays/Food Truck Festival

12. Second Saturdays

19. Aurora Kite Festival

28. Memorial Day Parade


1. First Fridays “Illinois Bicentennial”

9 & 10. Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival

20. Wednesdays at the Plaza

21. Museums After Dark


*No First Fridays*

4. 4th of July Parade

14. Second Saturdays

15. On the Wall Hip Hop Festival

18. Wednesdays at the Plaza


3. First Fridays/Stolp Island Block Party/Roots Aurora

11. Second Saturdays

15. Wednesdays at the Plaza

25. Alley Art Festival

TBA. LaSalle Street Auto Row Car Show


7. First Fridays “Happy 30th Birthday SciTech!”

8. Second Saturdays

20. Museums After Dark


5. First Fridays “Happy 50th Birthday Fire Museum!”

6. Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest

13. Octo Street Fest

27. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Aurora


2. First Fridays/Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Celebrations

16. Winter Lights Festival


7. First Fridays “Cocoa Crawl”

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