Experience Aurora's booming cultural arts district and more
1468 Dayton St | get directions
As friends gathered over martini’s, an idea was born. Enter Vintage Theatre stage right. Founded in 2002, the Vintage Theatre is Aurora’s go-to for local productions, classes, improv, and other performances. With three performance stages, on-site bars, creative pieces, and contemporary classics, it’s an ideal place for experiencing some of the city’s greatest local performers. With a strong community following, witty productions, and always something new to see, it’s the perfect way to spend a weekend night.
What makes it unique: Step inside Vintage Theatre, and you’ll instantly notice the performance spaces are explicitly designed for intimate performances. With less than 150 per stage, you’ll be blown away by the bold performances and personality this theatre has to offer0.
AURORA HISTORY MUSEUM
15051 E Alameda Pkwy | get directions
Did you know Aurora acted as a temporary command center and home to President Eisenhower? Spend an afternoon at the admission-free Aurora History Museum. Filled with artifacts, documents, and interesting exhibits that tell the story of our city. Aside from static exhibits that take you back in time, check out current rotating displays that show Aurora’s growth and culture (did someone say craft beer?). Check out their website before visiting.
What makes it unique: Jump aboard the fully-restored Trolley Trailer 610 situated inside the museum. Built in 1913, this historic trolley is perfect for pictures!
AURORA FOX ARTS CENTER
9900 E Colfax Ave | get directions
In its 34th season, the award-winning Aurora Fox Arts Center is host to city-wide performances for adults and children alike. Home to the Aurora Fox Theatre Company which brings five different productions to life every season, The Fox also hosts a children’s theater program, local programs, and classes. With a classic neon-sign decorating the exterior, The Fox is a staple in the Aurora Cultural Arts District and a great stop for an afternoon matinee.
What makes it unique: Built as a movie theatre in 1946, the Aurora Fox earned its status as a historical landmark in the city of Aurora. This fully-renovated 242-seat theatre draws local and regional productions.
AURORA CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT (ACAD)
1400 Dallas St. | get directions
At the center of Aurora’s art scene is the Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD). Here you’ll see a community come to light as neighborhoods, kids of all ages, and youth get involved in developing a value for the arts, culture, and diversity. ACAD hosts educational programs, offers exhibit and studio space for local artists, and plans festivals. While visiting, discover their seasonal events including Immi-fest, short for the Colorado Immigration Festival, which celebrates immigrants’ culture through dance, food, and celebrations. View their boundaries here.
What makes it unique: Aside from gallery showings, ACAD also hosts annual festivals for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss the Cinco De Mayo festival!