Sat, 07/13/2024 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Immerse yourself in enchanting wonder, vibrant magic and joyous celebration when Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl presents its 41st Anniversary Concert Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.

Take part in this magnificent celebration of Mexico’s rich culture, an amazing pageant of dazzling costumes, infectious music and high-energy traditional folklore dance numbers still performed in the villages of Mexico’s different regions.

Experience the charming, diverse folkloric dance styles of Mexican culture, still cultivated right here in the Fox Valley. Tickets are $25-$30. For tickets and information, visit, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and until show time on show days. Children two and under are admitted free.

Based in Aurora, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl is an internationally celebrated Mexican folk dance troupe that has delighted audiences for over 40 years around Illinois and as far as Mexico with its colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying choreography. The group originally formed to meet the need to preserve one of the most important aspects of Mexican culture, the folkloric dance. Juan Manuel “Nery” Cruz, originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, is the group’s director and choreographer. Guest vocalist on July 13 is Goyo (“Goyito”) Cruz, Nery’s brother, direct from San Luis Potosi. For more, visit

Photos courtesy Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl

Also coming soon to Paramount Theatre

Celebrate the greatest pop rock music from the ‘60s and ‘70s when The Happy Together Tour 2024 makes its annual Chicago-area summer stop Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. at Paramount Theatre. Imagine me and you, and you and me, singing along, live, with The Turtles, Jay and the Americans, The Association, Badfinger, The Vogues and The Cowsills. Tickets are $59.50. 

Paramount has revealed a blockbuster, four-show line-up for its 13th Broadway Series, launching this fall with The Full Monty (August 21-October 6, 2024), followed by two highly anticipated Regional Premieres – Disney’s Frozen (October 30, 2024-January 19, 2025) and Waitress (February 12-March 30, 2025) – climaxing with a revival of Cats (April 30-June 15, 2025). Broadway packages start as low as $56.

Paramount’s third BOLD Series – right across the street in Paramount’s intimate Copley Theatre – will present three fresh, exciting works in 2024-25: Peter and the Starcatcher (July 24-September 1, 2024), An Act of God (October 2-November 10, 2024) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (March 12-April 27, 2025). BOLD packages start at just $75.

Also debuting this summer is Paramount’s third live theater venue in downtown Aurora, Stolp Island Theatre. This intimate, new, 98-seat immersive theater space, now under construction at 5 E. Downer Place, opens July 10 with a rockin’ new production of Million Dollar Quartet. Single tickets are $65, and are on sale now

For tickets, subscriptions and information, visit, call (630) 896-6666, or visit the Paramount box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until show time on show days. 

About Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., is the center for performing arts in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. The beautiful, 1,843-seat theater, graced with a strong 1930s Art Deco influence and original Venetian décor, nationally known for its high-quality productions, superb acoustics and historic grandeur, has been downtown Aurora’s anchor attraction since 1931.

Since launching its own Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount has amassed more than 37,000 subscribers, making it the largest subscription house in the U.S. 

For over 50 years, the Joseph Jefferson Awards has recognized excellence in Chicago area theater. Paramount has been honored to earn 115 Jeff nominations and 29 wins over the last eight years of eligibility, including six Jeff Awards in 2022 for Kinky Boots, including Best Musical-Large, Paramount’s fourth win in that category following Sweeney Todd (2017), West Side Story (2016) and Les Misérables (2015). 

Paramount Theatre is one of four live performance venues programmed and managed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA). Paramount’s newly-renovated “sister stage” is the 165-seat Copley Theatre, home to Paramount’s BOLD Series, across the street in North Island Center. ACCA also programs and manages Stolp Island Theatre, an immersive theater experience opening on the Fox River in July 2024, the Paramount School of the Arts, and RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora’s 6,000-seat outdoor summer concert venue.

Paramount Theatre continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Tim Rater, President and CEO, Aurora Civic Center Authority; Jim Corti, Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre; a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater and music professionals.

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