Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.
Saturday, April 13 – “Happy 200th Birthday” Main Street Aurora Dancing on Main - (over 21 event) $5.00, 7-10:30pm, 228 Second St. Dinner available, $7.00. Info: 812-926-1100.
Saturday, April 13 – Arbor Day “Happy 200th Birthday” Aurora - Aurora Garden Club giving away free trees 11:00am-2:00pm, 302 Second Street. FREE
Thursday, May 2 – “Meet the Holman’s” of Veraestau Hill - 4-6pm. 4696 Veraestau Lane, Tours at 5:00, Historian Awards at 6:00. Sponsored by the Dearborn County Historical Society & Indiana Landmarks. FREE
Thursday, May 16 – Celebrate Aurora Community Picnic - (Aurora 200th birthday party), 6:00pm, 400 block of Second Street. Please provide covered dish to share. FREE
May 16, 17, 18 – Indiana Historical Society History on Wheels Exhibit - Sponsored by Aurora Public Library District Foundation. Time and Location TBA. FREE
Saturday, May 18 – Ice Cream Social - Aurora First Presbyterian Church, 215 Fourth Street, 2:00-4:00. FREE
Saturday, May 18 – Bicentennial Pioneer Day - 10:00-2:00 Harris Cabin. Sponsored by Hillforest Victorian House Museum. Celebrate Aurora’s 200th birthday at this free, family friendly event. Children can explore early 1800’s history, crafts, and culture at Hillforest and the adjacent Harris Pioneer cabin. The Harris Cabin is located behind Mary Stratton Park at 201 Fifth Street. FREE
Saturday, June 8 – 1860’s Baseball - Details TBA. FREE
Sunday, June 9 – Second Sunday, Music and Food - Aurora City Park 1:00-5:00. Band - “Mudbugs”. FREE
Friday, June 28 – Gabbard Riverfront Park Ribbon Cutting - 5:00-10:00PM. FREE
Saturday, June 29 – Red White & BOOM - 11:00AM-Midnight, Opening Ceremony 4:00PM. FREE
Saturday, June 29 – Hillforest Gala “Aurora’s Blast from the Past” - Veraestau 7:00-10:30. Presented by Hillforest Victorian House Museum at Veraestau Historic Site, Aurora, IN. Celebrate a nostalgic trip back to the 1950’s and 1960’s at Veraestau, 4696 Veraestau Lane, Aurora. The evening includes a buffet dinner, beer, & wine, live entertainment provided by Bobby & Lisa, vintage cars and more. The evening ends with a bang with the viewing of Aurora’s firework display at 10pm. $50.00/Hillforest & Indiana Landmark members; $55.00/non-members. Reserve at 812-926-0087/Hillforest. www.hillforest.org
Sunday, July 14 – Second Sunday, Music and Food - Aurora City Park 1:00-5:00pm. Band - “Jessie Strassell Music”. FREE
Sunday, August 11 – Second Sunday, Music and Food - Aurora City Park 1:00-5:00, “My Brothers Keeper.” FREE
September 13, 14, 15 & 16 – LST - (Landing Ship Tank) on display on the riverfront in Aurora. Landing Ship Tanks were designed during WWII to transport and deploy troops, vehicles, and supplies onto foreign shores, without the use of dock facilities. The ships proved to be among the most successful in the history of the U.S. Navy. Open 9am-6pm daily. Small fee to board the ship for a tour. Large display of military equipment on land.
Saturday, September 14 – Celebrate Aurora - Sponsored by Aurora Public Library District, Downtown 10:00am-4:00pm. FREE
September 14-20 – Southeastern Indiana Art Guild Local Art Display - 302 Second Street. FREE
September 15 – B & B Riverboat Cruises - afternoon sightseeing and evening dinner cruises. www.bbriverboats.com/cruises
October 2-5 – 111th Aurora Farmers Fair - The Farmer’s Fair began as an agricultural show in 1908. Today the Fair has 4 stages throughout the town with live music, an exhibit hall at the Lion’s Club Building, rides, food, a King & Queen contest and a huge street parade on Saturday morning.
Saturday, October 19 – Historic Downtown Aurora Tour - 10:00am - 3:00pm. Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks.