- $20 for four tickets to the Fox Valley Irish Festival (up to $40 value)
- When: Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
- Where: RiverEdge Park Aurora
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 1 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the festival schedule.
Fox Valley Irish Festival
- Pipes on Fire: the local bagpiping outfit plays throughout the day
- The Bogside Zukes: the folky trio picks both Celtic and bluegrass music on their fiddle, mandolin, and guitar
- The Tossers: giving a rocking update to traditional sounds, the group combines fiddles and tin whistles with electric guitars, punk vocals, and more
- For the kiddies: freckle contests, ice cream eating contests, face painting, bounce house, and a petting zoo
- For the kiddies-at-heart: Jameson tastings, plenty of Irish beer, Guinness glass etching, speaker Conor Cunnean
- For all ages: Irish dancing, Irish cuisine, Irish eye-smiling
- Click here to view the complete list of entertainment.
A lot has changed in the century since the Paramount Theatre was founded, but the theater's crowd-pleasing entertainment wouldn't have been out of place in Aurora's turn-of-the-century theater scene. When the Venice-inspired art-deco venue was first built, it joined an already-bustling local tradition of vaudeville, silent films, concerts, and circus acts. Photographs dating back to 1931 guided a 1976 restoration, in which artisans completely retraced and repainted eight original murals, re-gilded the fluted columns, and patched up the sheets of every ghost. Concerts, comedy, and community events fill the theater when it's not occupied by the dazzling production values of a professional musical-theater company, which launched what the Chicago Tribune called a "thrilling debut season" in 2011.