Make Aurora Part of Your Holiday Cheer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABring your family and holiday guests to Aurora for a day they will long remember. . .

Now through December 31st.  Enjoy our historic village this holiday season!  Decorated Aurora Colony and post-colony buildings filled with antiques, vintage, quality artwork, jewelry, handmade fiber arts, artisan candy and local wines are within walking distance of each other so you can park your car for the day (for free) and leisurely make this a fun trip. Stores begin opening at 10am every day!  (Most stores closed on Christmas day and New Years Day.)

There’s plenty of good foods to partake of here, from fresh bakery goods to delicious lunches and satisfying dinners.  Wines, beers, gourmet coffees, homemade pie!  Don’t forget that the bookstore of the Old Aurora Colony Museum has a great selection of books and gifts, too.

 GroundgogRJanuary 31-Feb 1 The Great Groundhog Hunt 11-5 Fun for the whole family!  Look for Punxsuatawney Phyllis in the shops and enter to win prizes.  This is a fun (and free) event in the dead of winter — by this date you WILL be looking for something to do again!

 

 

Buy your tickets NOW for a memorable Mothers Day in Aurora.

Buy your tickets NOW for a memorable Mothers Day in Aurora.

Early Bird Savings!  Mothers Day Weekend Jewelry & Wine Walk, May 9-10, 2015.  Save by purchasing a ticket for you and Mom to stroll Aurora’s historic streets, known not only for antiques but all kinds of fabulous jewelry!  Your early bird $29 ticket for two includes wine tastings, a pair of souvenir wine glasses, $12 in Aurora Bucks to spend in town AND a pair of beautiful handmade earrings for mom!  What a deal – no wonder this is such a popular gift.

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Aurora Celebrates the Holidays!

Fresh cedar garland and red bows are a hallmark of Aurora's historic downtown.

Fresh cedar garland and red bows are a hallmark of Aurora’s historic downtown.

Bring your visiting family and friends to our charming village for a truly memorable cap to a Thanksgiving weekend.  It’s worth driving off our I-5 Exit #278 or making the short 20 minute trip from Portland or Salem.   Aurora offers 25 shops including 16 antiques shops, galleries, eateries, a candy factory gift shop as well as the exciting Old Aurora Colony Museum.   The historic downtown is decorated in fresh greenery, holiday wreaths and red bows – and that’s just on the outside.  Inside, see vintage holiday displays and a wonderland of nostalgia and chic decor for today’s homes!  If you’ve room for another bite to eat, our eateries boast delicious lunches, desserts, coffees and baked goods.  (Stop for a leisurely glass of wine or cold brew while others in your party search every nook and cranny in the shops.) Plenty of free parking, public restroom and hospitality!

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November 28-30th AURORA CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS!  Merchant Open Houses 11-5.  Our village is decorated, inside and out.  Bring your Thanksgiving weekend guests for an old fashioned day they will long remember!  Refreshments, drawings, holiday decor and gift ideas.

New release by Oregon poet, Susan Patterson available for signing, November 29, 2014 at Time After Time.

New release by Oregon poet, Susan Patterson available for signing, November 29, 2014 at Time After Time.

November 29, 2014  Booksigning at Time After Time, 21611 Main Street, 12-3pm and meet Susan Patterson, popular poet who will introduce her newest collection of poems in the book Unnoticed Moments.  A resident of Oregon City, Susan is also known as Earlene Grey in two well received tea poetry books as well as a radio program in England.

 

 

 

wineWine & Chocolate Walk!  December 6-7. 11-5.  Advance tickets are now available for this popular event.  Spend a day in holiday-decorated historic Aurora sampling local wines and handmade chocolates.  $60 for TWO Passport includes 7 wine/chocolate tastings, 2 souvenir wine glasses, $12 in Aurora Bucks to spend in the shops and a 2-for-1 admission to the Old Aurora Colony Museum.  Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and the Old Aurora Colony Museum. For TODAY’S SPECIAL PRICE ADVANCE TICKETS Click here for ticket sales.

December 6, 2014 Golden Bond Rescue Holiday Shopping Event, 10-4.  Pythian Hall, 14979 NE 2nd Street, Aurora.  (Just off Hwy 99E across from Old Aurora Colony Museum)  Find lots of gifts for dogs (and humans) at this annual fundraiser.  All dogs welcome – even non-goldens.  Pictures with Santa from 12-2pm.  “Holiday Golden Walk”  11am sharp from this location, rain or shine.

December 6 Flea Market, 9-4, American Legion Hall.  Find that perfect Christmas gift amongst the many booths that fill this hall.

Find your Way to Aurora this Fall

"Headless Horseman of Aurora"  2013 1st place residential entry in Aurora's Scarecrow Contest from the Rhoden-Feely family.

“Headless Horseman of Aurora” 2013, this winning residential entry in Aurora’s Scarecrow Contest from the Rhoden-Feely family

Enjoy an autumn day with the short drive to Aurora, Oregon, only 20 minutes from Portland or Salem!

Aurora boasts 25 shops and eateries and is a national destination for antiques and vintage goods, everything from the now-decorative industrial salvage to the finest porcelain and antique jewelry.  Mid-century modern furnishings, country primitives, shabby French flea market and 20th century collectibles round out a full variety of decorating styles.

Park your car (for free) for the day and you can easily walk to most every shop in town as well as the tiny historic “village” within the Old Aurora Colony Museum complex.  Fiber arts studios, wine tasting, a hazelnut candy factory and antiques auction house are all within town and more wineries and garden farms are located just outside the city limits.

October 3  First Friday Evening Events  4-10pm  Spend the first  Friday night of autumn exploring Aurora’s once-a-month evening happenings for wine, food, coffees & desserts, music, crafting and visiting in downtown Aurora.  Click on First Friday Events above.

Enjoy acres of blooming dahlias at Swan Island Dahlia farm, just minutes from Aurora in Canby.

Enjoy acres of blooming dahlias at Swan Island Dahlia farm, just minutes from Aurora in Canby.

Now through September 30.  Dahlia fields open daily, 8am-8pm.  Swan Island Dahlia farm, Canby.  Just 8 minutes from downtown Aurora, view acres of blooming dahlias and purchase cut flowers.  Follow Holly Street from downtown Canby north toward the Canby Ferry and watch for signs.  www.dahlias.com

 

 

October 11-12 Hazelween, 11-5.  Follow our squirrels Fil and Bert as they hide their favorite Hazelnut recipes in Aurora’s shops.  When you find the recipes you can also win prizes as well as purchase just the right nuts for the recipe.  Tour Pacific Hazelnut Farms Candy Factory and have a fun day of it! Bring your family or favorite “cooking” friend for a day of antiquing and recipe collecting!  Pick up your free map at shops.

October 11 Chili Cookoff, 12-6pm, Maplewood Grange.  $5.  Warm up for Hazelween with a lunch of a variety of chili entries presented by Maplewood Grange #662 at their hall at top of hill on Hwy 99E just north of Aurora.  Do you have a chili you wish to enter?  Contact Dan Keeley at (503)633-2838.

October 10-19  “Are We There Yet?” Annual Quilt Show, Old Aurora Colony Museum.  Daily 10-4. This 42nd annual quilt show includes Old Aurora Colony Quilts as well as contemporary quilts of this theme, quilting demonstrations, a quilt block contest and the Colony Store full of quilting and crafting materials for sale.  Admission $6 per person; $5 for groups of 10 or more. Details at www.auroracolony.org

 

Spend a “Vacation” Day in Aurora!

This vintage metal advertising sign was found in one of our shops.  The "cool" bathing beauty is wearing Janzen swimwear, originally made in Oregon.

This vintage metal advertising sign was found in one of our 16 antiques shops. The “cool” bathing beauty is wearing Jantzen swimwear, originally made in Oregon.

A visit to Aurora is like a day of vacation! Park your car (for free) for the day and you can easily walk over most of the town to find over 25 antiques/vintage and specialty shops, galleries and even a candy factory.  Find interesting eateries as you browse the shops for everything from fresh baked pastries at the bakery to luncheon entrees including pannini, gourmet burgers and salads then enjoy homemade pie and icy gelato.

Aurora is Oregon’s first national historic district and most of the businesses are located within it, offering you the chance to see structures from the mid-19th century up to the turn of the 20th century while you browse.

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Take the Free Self-guided Walk with Emma Tour while you browse this historic downtown area.  Who is Emma?  Emma Giesy was a real lady from the Old Aurora Colony who is also the heroine of three novels about Aurora’s fascinating early history by popular author Jane Kirkpatrick.  Whether or not you have read the books, now all compiled into one volume titled Emma of Aurora, you will “see” Aurora through Emma’s eyes and words in this delightful tour.  Pick up your free tour brochure in Aurora’s shops or at the Old Aurora Colony Museum.

 

 

 

Enjoy acres of blooming dahlias at Swan Island Dahlia farm, just minutes from Aurora in Canby.

Enjoy acres of blooming dahlias at Swan Island Dahlia farm, just minutes from Aurora in Canby.

DAHLIA FEST! Swan Island Dahlias, just 9 minutes away from Aurora in Canby. It’s a once-a-year color extravaganza!  Fields open daily 8am-8pm THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30. Buy gorgeous cut flowers and dahlia tubers to grow at home.   Free. Dahlias.com  (Located off Holly Street on the way to the Canby Ferry.)

 

 

 

 

Put Aurora on your Summer Calendar

Aurora has vintage goods both small and large.  Find your favorites like these letter blocks at Aurora Mills Architectural.

Aurora has vintage goods both small and large. Find your favorites like these letter blocks, bottle caps and drawer pulls at Aurora Mills Architectural.

Aurora, Where Vintage was Invented!

Most shops are Air Conditioned so don’t let the temperature interfere with your travels.

STEP INTO THE PAST with a change in your routine and a respite from urban fare with a visit to Oregon’s first national historic district and antiques-vintage heaven!

With the majority of Aurora’s shops and eateries within a five square block area, you can park your car (free) for the day and browse at your leisure.  A centrally located public restroom and small downtown park area allows for family visits and the family dog.  (Check with individual stores about policies on pets.)  Our famous Aurora Colony style blue benches are distributed around the area for your comfort and further our desire for a completely relaxing experience here.

What’s to eat?  From specially blended coffees to your favorite icy cold beer or relaxing on a terrace with a fine, local wine – Aurora provides not only good beverages but also great meals.  Award winning old fashioned hamburgers, fresh salads and homemade Marionberry pie or chilled gelato, we won;t let you go home hungry!

Pick up our color visitors guide/map brochure at any shop so that you can find all of our unique shops, then begin your day here.  Please allow enough time to explore!  Shops begin opening at 10am and close at 5pm.  Shops are open every Sunday, too, with many open 7 days a week.  Bring your overnight guests for an experience they will recall as one of their best memories of a visit to Oregon!

First Friday in Aurora!  August 1  Look and click on our new event item above for Aurora’s evening features!  Start a monthly tradition for the friendliest venues around.  Meet some new people, new drinks and new music.

1-DSC00338Reserve your own space in Aurora Colony Days Outdoor Antiques & Vintage Faire, August 9th.  Just click on Outdoor Antiques Faire above for details or email homeagain9@aol.com for direct access.  Sponsored by the City of Aurora, this annual event brings even more antiques and vintage dealers to town.  Pancake breakfast, 1k/5k Walk/Run, parade, music, food and wine, art show and living history make this a special summer tradition!

These amazing hand decorated Border Collie cookies will be part of this Saturday's fundraiser at $1 each.  Yummy!

These amazing hand decorated Border Collie cookies will be part of this Saturday’s fundraiser at $1 each. Yummy!

July 26  Christmas in July-Deck the Halls with Border Collies!  Fundraiser for North Marion Community Library and Border Collie Rescue, at Wilbur Marmalade Design Studios on Main Street, 2-5pm.  Find your creativity and contribute to two worthy causes with artist appearances and collections, face painting, professional dog portraits in painting and photography, special dog jewelry, kids activities and more.  Meet us at the Octagon Building just opposite the downtown public restroom.  $1 for most kid activities and treats.

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Living History for All Ages Weekends at the Old Aurora Colony Museum, July 26-27, August 2-3, 12-4pm.  Bring the kids for a highlight of their summer.  Watch costumed demonstrators give life to the ways that our ancestors made their way here in Oregon.  From the domestic to the forge, both boys and girls will get eye-opening opportunities to learn in a fun setting as well as having their own hand in many of the activities.  Details at auroracolony.org or (503)678-5754.

996515_10151691469293419_1900618964_nAurora Concerts in the Park, July 9-August 9, Wednesdays, 7pm rain or shine.  Free concerts sponsored by the City of Aurora and area businesses.  Bring your blanket, chairs, a picnic and enjoy music in our comfortable amphitheater area at the Aurora City Park.  Buy food, beverages, wine and beer on site.  For schedule click on Aurora Colony Days and go to Concerts in the Park.

 

1-DSC00338August 9th   Aurora Colony Days Outdoor Antiques & Vintage Faire!, 8am-4pm, Downtown Aurora.  We close off streets and fill them with antiques dealers from around the NW in addition to our 24 shops.  Furniture, vintage decor, antiques finds, music, food, wine, beer.  For a complete list of activities beginning with the Artists Reception on Friday, Aug. 8 6-8pm, click on Aurora Colony Days on our banner menu.  Sponsored by the City of Aurora.

Aurora for a Great Getaway!

Visit our 19th century historic village for the largest selection of antiques and vintage goods in Oregon.  Park your car for the day and easily walk between shops and restaurants.

Visit our 19th century historic village for the largest selection of antiques and vintage goods in Oregon. Park your car for the day and easily walk between shops and restaurants.

 

A visit to Aurora is easily a full day experience or combine a trip here with your garden and floral outings.  As a northern gateway to the Willamette Valley, you’ll find Aurora within minutes of the state’s most famous flower fields, nurseries and garden centers. Make a weekend trip or enjoy the stress-less weekdays and find Aurora’s stores open and ready to greet you.

Aurora has 26 shops, eateries, a candy factory and a nationally recognized museum complex.  Shops begin opening at 10am; most close at 5pm. (Even on a Monday, there is a full day of shop-browsing for you!)  Click on our SHOPS & SERVICES tab for details or quickly go to the side bar here for current blog postings.

SIGN UP NOW for your own booth at Aurora Colony Days Outdoor Antiques & Vintage Faire, August 9th. Go to our tabs above for details. This is a premier event in the summertime.

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Any Day of the Week, you can take the Emma Walk Pick up a free Walk with Emma self-guided tour brochure at the Old Aurora Colony Museum or at downtown shops and experience the Aurora Colony as you shop and enjoy our eateries, galleries and antiques shops. The tour takes about an hour in a five square block area (or a bit longer if you do some window shopping along the way!).  A great way to see historic Aurora at your leisure with plenty of places along the way to sit, enjoy a special coffee and do a little antiques browsing as you soak up our fascinating history.

June 27 Aurora ‘Concerts in the Park’ fundraiser, Pheasant Run Winery Tasting Room, on Main Street, 6-9pm.  Carl and Tara will be serving up Frank’s famous ribs and Michele Van Kleef will be singing.  The new backyard wine garden will be opening as well.  All proceeds from wine and food will go to Aurora’s summer Concerts in the Park series beginning next month.  Dinner for two $25 by advance reservations info@pheasantrunwine.com or message Pheasant Run Winery Tasting Room-Aurora, Oregon.

You'll feel welcome in the pleasant courtyard of the Old Aurora Colony Museum for this year's annual Strawberry Social on June 22.  Listen to old time live music while you enjoy those strawberries.

You’ll feel welcome in the pleasant courtyard of the Old Aurora Colony Museum for this year’s annual Strawberry Social on June 22. Listen to old time live music while you enjoy those strawberries.

June 22  Strawberry Social, Old Aurora Colony Museum, 11-4.  Enjoy strawberry shortcake and ice cream in the 19th century courtyard of this five-building pre-civil war complex.  Listen to old time live music, experience and learn about an authentic pioneer herb garden, view a new exhibit (see below) and take in Aurora’s famous antiques and specialty shops across the streets.

June 22-September 28  “A Summer Reunion: 1874-2014″, Old Aurora Colony Museum.  See if you can identify any of your ancestors who came over the Oregon Trail and then traveled to Aurora in the summer of 1874 for a big party here!  Some 1500 of them did and there is a photograph to prove it.  This summer the museum offers an exhibit describing this very unique event and an opportunity to try to identify those that attended.  Even if you have no Oregon Trail ancestors, this is a good peek at life in that time period.

236June 22  Dedication of a New State Heritage Tree, 2:30pm.  21514 Liberty Street (just up from the Old Aurora Colony Museum).  This 130 year old tree will be feted as the newest inductee into Oregon’s Heritage Tree hall of fame and is the oldest standing Black Walnut tree in the state.  Come “kiss a tree” and admire its spreading limbs.  It is hosted by home owner Brian Asher at the historic Christian Zimmerman house.  The award is conferred and the listings maintained by Oregon Travel Experience (OTE).  The ceremony is open to the public and is presented by OTE and the Old Aurora Colony Museum.

July 9  Concerts in the Park, Aurora City Park.  7pm.  The first of five Wednesday evening summer concerts beginning this date, get your energy going with “The Mexican Gunfight” a band whose experienced members bring you not only rock but blues, country lyricism and even a little jazz.  Pack your chairs, blankets and bring a picnic or purchase food, wine, beer at the site.  All concerts are free and take place rain or shine. For more concert listings click on tab Aurora Colony Days and find Concerts in the Park as a heading in its menu options.

Put Aurora in your Loop

Any season is right to discover Aurora!  Jan and Dick Peel of Home Again Antiques help a customer load up a recent sale.

Any season is right to discover Aurora! Jan and Dick Peel of Home Again Antiques help a customer load up a recent sale.

Combine a trip to Aurora with your garden and floral outings.  As a northern gateway to the Willamette Valley, you’ll find Aurora within minutes of the state’s most famous flower fields, nurseries and garden centers!  Make a weekend trip or enjoy the stress-less weekdays and find Aurora’s stores open and ready to greet you.

Sign up now for your own booth at Aurora Colony Days Outdoor Antiques & Vintage Faire, August 9th.  Go to our tabs above for details.  This is a premier event in the summertime.

NOW through June 1  Shreiner’s Iris Gardens.  Just 15 minutes south of Aurora off I-5, enjoy fields of fabulous iris and other blooms in specially designed gardens.  www.ShreinersGardens.com

Now through June 22  Brooks Gardens.  Spectacular peonies are blooming just 15 minutes south of Aurora off I-5, 10-6 daily.  www.brooksgardens.com

Now through June 15  Adelmans Peony Gardens, Voluptuous peonies of all types are in bloom just 15 minutes south of Aurora off I-5, Brooks exit north of Salem. Open 9-6 daily. www.peonyparadise.com.

Now through September Heirloom Roses, St. Paul.  Just 18 minutes west of Aurora, I-5 exit 278 Aurora-Donald (go west for the rose gardens, go east for Aurora), visit their beautifully laid out gardens for lovely, old fashioned roses.  Open daily 9-5.  www.heirloomroses.com

Emma Walk smJune 7  “Remembering Emma” with Jane Kirkpatrick.  This 5th annual fundraiser celebrating women of the Aurora Colony is exemplified in Emma Wagner Giesy, an Aurora Colony lady who was also the heroine of Kirkpatrick’s novel trilogy Emma of Aurora.  A full day includes book signing of any of Jane’s books including her newest, a guided Walk with Emma tour of Aurora’s downtown historic district, a seated talk by Kirkpatrick, and a visit to Emma’s grave followed by an appetizer and wine reception at Aurora Colony Vineyards.  Limited seating, $35.  Tickets at www.auroracolony.org or at (503)678-5754. Old Aurora Colony Museum

Take the Emma Walk  Pick up a free Walk with Emma self-guided tour brochure at the Old Aurora Colony Museum or downtown shops and experience the Aurora Colony as you shop and enjoy our eateries, galleries and antiques shops.  The tour takes you about an hour in a five square block area (or a bit longer if you do some window shopping along the way!).

Aurora Summer Concert in the Park series  July 9th – August 6, Wednesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Aurora City Park.  Free.  Bring a blanket/chairs, a picnic or purchase food, beverages, wine or beer at the park.  See schedule of music at tab above at Aurora Colony Days.

It’s Time to Think About Mom

Bring Mom to town May 11 or 12 with our special package described below.

May 10-11  Mothers Day Weekend, “Wine & Jewelry Weekend”  Choose your day to bring Mom to Aurora for a special package that she’ll long remember.  A ticket for two takes you for a walk around town and includes wine tastings at several stops, specially marked wine glasses, a pair of artisan made Swarovski crystal earrings and $12 to spend in the shops.  Many stores will feature special jewelry displays, collections or have jewelry artists on hand.  A ticket is $60 for two people.  TODAY’S SPECIAL $30 PER TICKET FOR TWO!  For more information call (503)939-0312.  Tickets available here online or at Aurora shops.

Event is from 11-5 both days although shops begin opening at 10am.  Park your car for the day and walk to most shops; other shops within 6 blocks of the downtown.  Public restroom, eateries and benches to rest.  Children are welcome to accompany adults.  An extra single adult ticket can be purchased  by calling (503)939-0312.

When you arrive at the event, present your ticket or paid print-out at The Aurora Artisan Gallery on Main Street and receive your Passport Map and gift bag to begin your tour. Clicking on a button below will open your shopping cart at the top of the side-bar to your right.

In addition to the wine pouring sites, you will find collections of special jewelry in almost every one of Aurora’s shops.  Antique, vintage, designer and contemporary jewelry that all the ladies will love as well as some of the artists that make it.  Don’t miss this!


The web sale of tickets for this weekend’s event is no longer available. A few tickets remain. Call (503) 939-0312 after 10 a.m. for availability.


Registration is now open for your own booth at our Aurora Colony Days Outdoor Antiques & Vintage Faire, August 9th.  Click on Aurora Colony Days tab for contract and contact information.

Aurora Brightens with Tulips

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Fifty cherry trees blooming and tulips popping out all over Aurora make this an ideal time for a visit!

Get out of the house and make your way to Aurora, Oregon where fresh air, quaint historic charm and 25 shops and a world-class museum are ready to welcome you.  Aurora is known nationally as Oregon’s center for antiques and vintage decor and is just 20 minutes from both Portland and Salem, I-5 Exit 278.  (One exit north of Woodburn Premier Outlet stores.)  Aurora is the perfect place to bring your Easter week guests, too!  Free and easy parking, no admission (!) and something of interest for every member of the family.  (Some stores will be open on Easter Sunday.)

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April 19 Easter Egg Hunt 1pm  Aurora City Park (between Liberty and Main Streets)  Free. Sponsored by the Aurora Rural Fire District.

April 20 Easter Sunday  Some stores will be open on Easter.  For church services, please go to our Shops & Services page.

March 28-May 4 Tulip Fest!  Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn.  Just 10 minutes from Aurora, this is spectacular color not to be missed.  Fields of tulips, activities for kids, gift shop, food and weekend festivities, too.  www.woodenshoe.com

2014NotableMusic-250x167April 26  An Evening of Notable Music presented by the Aurora Colony Historical Society, Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center, Canby High School.  7pm.  Professional musicians featuring piano, band and choral music made famous by the Aurora Colony from 1856-1883.  Special performances also by Music Scholarship winners of Canby, North Marion and Molalla School Districts.  Advance tickets at (503)678-5754 or online reservations at www.auroracolony.org

Bring Mom to town May 11 or 12 with our special package described below.

Bring Mom to town May 10 or 11 with our special package described here.

May 10-11  Mothers Day Weekend, “Wine & Jewelry Weekend”  Choose your day to bring Mom to Aurora for a special package that she’ll long remember.  A ticket for two takes you for a walk around town and includes wine tastings at several stops, specially marked wine glasses, a pair of artisan made Swarovski crystal earrings and $12 to spend in the shops.  Many stores will feature special jewelry displays, collections or have jewelry artists on hand.  A ticket is $60 for two people.  TODAY’S SPECIAL $30 PER TICKET FOR TWO!  For more information call (503)939-0312.  Tickets available here online or at Aurora shops.

Event is from 11-5 both days although shops begin opening at 10am.  Park your car for the day and walk to most shops; other shops within 6 blocks of the downtown.  Public restroom, eateries and benches to rest.  Children are welcome to accompany adults.  An extra single adult ticket can be purchased  by calling (503)939-0312.

When you arrive at the event, present your ticket or paid print-out at The Aurora Artisan Gallery on Main Street and receive your Passport Map and gift bag to begin your tour. Clicking on a button below will open your shopping cart at the top of the side-bar to your right.


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It’s a perfect TIME to visit Aurora!

This Art Deco clock set was found at Main Street Merchantile in Aurora.

This Art Deco clock set was found at Main Street Merchantile in Aurora.

It may be stormy outside, but Aurora’s shops are generally close together and quite cozy inside for a winter’s relaxing pastime of antiquing.  An ideal time for quiet browsing, you’ll find an enormous cache of antique and vintage decor and collectibles within a few blocks in this historic village.  Just park your car for the day (free) and load it up with your purchases as you shop.

And do plan on having a delicious lunch, dessert or dinner in Aurora.  Whether it’s a freshly baked cinnamon roll and coffee at the White Rabbit Bakery or Heirloom Revival Co., a deluxe pannini sandwich and pie at Scattercreek Junction, homemade soup at the new Christa’s Cafe on Main Street or a famous burger or steak dinner at the Colony Pub, you can be sure that reservations will not be required – just come as you are!

Welcome Expo Shoppers!  16 antiques stores!  Open all weekend, beginning at 10am-5pm.  Give yourself enough time to look in the “nooks and crannies” of Oregon’s Antiques Capital.  Wide range of vintage goods in all prices, dealers welcome too.  Many shops open on Monday, 10-5 for those traveling home from the Expo.  Just 20 minutes south of Portland,I-5 exit 278.

March 8-9 Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase, Old Aurora Colony Museum.  Presented by the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild. www.auroracolony.org

Outdoor Antiques Faire!  August 9th, 8am-4pm.  Contracts are about to go out soon for Aurora Colony Days , our biggest summer event.  Booth space reservations available by contacting Jan Peel, homeagain9@aol.com or calling (503)678-0227.  Sponsored by the City of Aurora.