For eight years, people have been coming out in droves to support First Fridays, a monthly night of art, music and other activities in downtown Aurora. For the first time ever, First Fridays will come to everyone in the comfort of their home April 3.

Visit Aurora Downtown’s Facebook page to experience Virtual First Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an online experience with live feed from multiple downtown venues, as well as live dancing and music, a news release stated.

“The community has supported First Fridays as it has grown from a handful of venues to more than 30. Now it’s time for us to thank everyone by coming to them as they stay at home. We are excited to bring art, music and more into homes near and far for April’s First Fridays event,” Marissa Amoni, manager of Aurora Downtown, the nonprofit organization that promotes First Fridays, stated in the release.

Amoni said some of the online offerings will include live belly dancing, artisan demos, science shows, live painting and family-friendly activities, as well as samples for carry-out orders at participating restaurants.

Participating Facebook pages include AKA Dance, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, DeCari To Go, SciTech Hands On Museum, The ArtBar, The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, Zen Loft Wellness Center and others. Amoni said that the organization is also collaborating with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring more virtual content to the community.

To participate at home, viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #virtualfirstfridays. The event will include virtual scavenger hunts and ways to win gift cards from downtown businesses courtesy of a donation by VizoArts, a nonprofit that supports the local arts community.

For more information, find the Virtual First Fridays event on Facebook at shawurl.com/3cqc, or visit auroradowntown.org.

A Simply Destinee DJ at work.
A Simply Destinee DJ at work.