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Paddock Hills Equestrian Center
Imagine a golden ball of Midwestern sun breaking on the horizon. As the night dew still clings to the vines and the grass in the pastures, a farm comes to life with the sights and sounds of morning. Hot coffee steeps in the pot. Hard-working farm-hands begin the daily chores. Horses whinny as the cool rush of morning air fills their lungs. The gently rolling hills are aglow with another new day. This is the beauty of horses and the magic of a vineyard. Paddock Hills Equestrian Center is located with Prairie Orchard Farm vineyard in the majestic countryside of Union, IL, and is minutes from the I-90 expressway, but miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs. Whether, attending one of our many horse shows, riding lessons, clinics, or programs, we are sure that your time with us will be well spent.
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms and Copperstone Inn are a unique venue for an unforgettable wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. An Orchard Ridge Farms/Copperstone Inn wedding offers the combination of rustic charm and sophisticated elegance that will create extraordinary memories that will last a lifetime. Our one hundred and thirty acres creates a majestic stage for your special event, a refreshing change from the average banquet facility.
Burpee Museum Traveling Exhibit - Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep!
Take the plunge into the deep, dark, Savage Ancient Seas! It is the world of the late Cretaceous period-over 70 million years ago! Filled with huge carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws and teeth in the middle of their palates, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls, and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived! Exhibit opens to the public January 17, 2015, and is here until September 7, 2015.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
Rockford City Market
The Rockford City Market features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kid's activities. Enjoy the fun Fridays from 3:30-8:30 p.m. May 22-October 02 (3:30-7:30 p.m. after Labor Day). Located on Water Street in Downtown Rockford.
Turkey Testicle Festival
It’s a great night as you don’t have to bring a dish to pass or talk to relatives. If you have never tried a turkey testicle, this is your chance! No need to worry about the weather the festival is held under one huge heated tent, with plenty of portable potties available. The bar is open but the number of people allowed inside at any one time is limited, as it can become pretty packed. There will also be hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale to remember the night. “So grab a friend that's never been, enjoy a cold brew, great music, and hot nuts!" This is a 21 and older event only so bring your ID. Hope to see you there.
Rockford Airfest 2015
Rockford AirFest 2015 at Chicago Rockford International Airport will include a performance by the United States Navy Blue Angels. Preformers will be added as they are confirmed.
For one very special weekend each year, everyone who passes through the gates is an "Honorary Italian." Bring your family for great Italian food and pastries, continuous entertainment, Italian cultural exhibit, souvenirs, Bocce tournaments, carnival rides, children's crafts and much more. The festival is held on the grounds at Boylan High School.
Cider n' Cinnamon Arts and Crafts Fair - Edgebrook
Cider n' Cinnamon has been a Rockford art & craft tradition for over 40 years! Join us for this free art and craft event held at Edgebrook annually. More than 70 exhibitors will be displaying a variety of art, jewelry, crafts, clothing, vintage décor, and so much more! Enjoy delicious food and live music both days! Get a head start on your holiday shopping with unique and local finds for the gift giving season. In addition to the vendors, all Edgebrook merchants will have normal business hours and our eateries will be ready to serve you.
Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival
Rockford Midtown District's second 2nd Annual Day of Celebration of all the diverse cultures in Rockford includes a parade of colors and customs and a festival with international foods, performances, information, genealogy, a children's area, a beer garden, and much more.
Come experience the 80th annual Genoa Days June 10-13, 2015. There will be a carnival all weekend long as well as bands and other live entertainment throughout the four days. And the parade on Saturday is not to be missed. We hope you’ll join us!
Old Settlers Days
Old Settlers Days is a quality fun filled family festival that raises money for the Rockton Lion's Club to promote sight and sound charities. Come to Settlers Park for great bands, food and a carnival. New things are being added every year. Visit the website for a schedule of events. Settlers Park is on E. Harwich St. behind First National Bank at 300 E. Main St.
Garden Fair - Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Don't miss Rockford's premier outdoor living marketplace, the first stop for nature enthusiasts, conscientious consumers, and gardeners of all stripes. More than 50 vendors will showcase everything from flowers, yard art and gardening tools to vintage furniture, reclaimed wood products and handmade organic soaps. There's a little something for everyone - stay tuned for more information!
Polish Fest 2015
The annual Polish Fest at the St. Stanislaus Parish grounds, has fun for everyone--Polish ethnic foods, kids games, bingo, beer and lots more!
Art on the Lawn - Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Art on the Lawn, a Rockford tradition since 2000, is moving to a new home at Klehm Arboretum in 2015. The juried fine art show will feature a wide variety of fine art in many media available to purchase: photograph, ceramics, fiber/paper, glass, mixed media, painting, sculpture, wearable art and more. Admission includes both entrance to the garden for the day and that evening's Woodsong, Klehm's outdoor concert series, starting at 6:00pm.
Genoa Farmers Market
The Genoa Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Last Saturday of the month (May 30th - Sept. 26th: 9am - 2pm) Located on the corner of Genoa & Main Street. For more information call 815-784-2212 or visit http://genoaareachamber.com/
BMO Harris Bank Center - Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times Best Selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. His fourth hour special, "Obsessed," premiered at #1 on iTunes which gave Gaffigan five albums in the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year' at the 2015 Grammy's.
Anderson Japanese Gardens - Japanese Summer Festival
Join in the fun at our two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. All Festival activities are included with Garden admission. The Japanese Summer Festival weekend begins with an Opening Ceremony at 10:00 Saturday morning on the lawn near the Pavilion in the Garden of Reflection and will be immediately followed by the first Taiko drum performance.
Starlight Theatre 2015 Season
The area's oldest outdoor summer theatre with four musical productions in June and July. Starlight's home, the Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, features more than a thousand seats and a stunningly artistic and creative retractable roof. 2015 Season: Mary Poppins - June 3-6, July 8-12; The Last Five Years - June 10-13, July 15-19; Memphis - June 17-20, July 22-26; Young Frankenstein - June 24-27, July 29-August 2
Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist at the Coronado
The phenomenal touring Owenhouse show breaks new ground across the nation with a brand new, elaborate stage show. A mind boggling, spell-binding experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Jay’s new show is a theatrical event where audiences not only witness the magic, they experience it! You’ll see audience members: Float in mid Air! Get Sawed in Half! And Predict the Future! The show also features Jay’s New Bengal tigers Shekinah, a stunning royal white tiger, and her sister Sheena a beautiful orange Bengal.
BMO Harris Bank Center - WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour
WWE comes to Rockford for the only time this year for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match - Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins - plus all your favorite WWE superstars including Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, The Big Show, King Barrett, Ryback, The Miz, Kane, The Divas, and many more. (Card subject to change.)
BMO Harris Bank Center - Breaking Benjamin
Six years have passed since Breaking Benjamin released their last album-2009's Dear Agony-but one listen to their new album, Dark Before Dawn, and it becomes clear that time away from the music world hasn't caused them to lose a step. If anything, the sound is more invigorated, energetic, and purposeful than ever. Appearing on the album with Burnley are guitarists Jasen Rauch (RED) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken.) The result is simultaneously vintage Breaking Benjamin and yet decisively more cohesive.
Erlander Home Museum - Midsommar Fest and Midsommar Natt
Join Swedish Historical Society for it´s annual Midsommar Fest (rain or shine) on the Erlander Home Museum grounds. Dance around the Maypole/Majstång at noon. "Midsommar Natt", the evening program, will feature live music performed by Rockford's very own Miles Nielsen and his band. Enjoy the magic of summer by stepping into a quaint Nordic village featuring Mormor's Attic, Blackhawk Wood Carvers, blacksmithing, and an abundance of artisans' shops in the "Marknad." Stockholm Inn will be serving Swedish pancakes, meatballs, herring open faced sandwiches, hot dogs, strawberries and ice cream. The Prairie Street Brewhouse will be serving BBQ and Lingonberry beer among other things. Baked goods and other treats from several local vendors will also be available. As always, there will be music and dancing with the Swedish Folk dancers, Nordic Dancers of Chicago, and entertainment by DJ Dain. The Erlander Home Museum will be open for tours throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to enter the raffles which promise wonderful prizes. There will also be contests and fun games for children of all ages. The festival also features a children's area with crafts, story-telling and games, including the Viking yard game, KUBB. Throughout the day, visitors will be able to meet Pippi Longstocking and mingle with residents in Swedish costumes adding to the flavor of Midsommarafton. Admission is free for the daytime event and $10 starting at 4:30pm.
Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps - Show of Shows
Experience the art of musical pageantry as the Show of Shows features some of the best drum and bugle corps in the world. This event has won People's Choice for Special Event at the RAMI Awards (Rockford Area Music Industry) in 2013 and 2014. Come see why this event has become so special in the Rockford area. Location: Boylan High School Stadium. This year's lineup is one of the largest in the Midwest! Along with Rockford's own Phantom Regiment, the lineup includes 2014 fan favorite Bluecoats along with our Midwest rivals The Cavaliers!