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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!
Rockford ProAm Golf Tournament
The Rockford ProAm is the nation's longest-running, free-standing pro/am not associated with a professional tournament. 2014's event featured 20 amateur foursomes paired with 20 professional golfers. The foursomes play in a best-ball handicapped format, while the pros keep straight 18-hole scores. The 2015 ProAm is being held at the Rockford Country Club.
World War II Days
World War II Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and exciting pyrotechnic displays. Saturday the battle shows are featured at 1:3 pm and 3:30pm. Sunday the battle time is 2:30 pm. More than 1,200 re-enactors represent the soldiers of the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy and Japan. In addition to the action on the battlefields, enjoy the skirmishes in the Village and Woods, demonstrations and displays in the buildings, woods encampments and the ambiance of the beautiful venue. Maps of the event site will be available when visitors arrive.
Literacy on the Lawn
Join the NIU Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for Litracy on the Lawn. Author Tom Lichtenheld (Duck! Rabbit!) and award winning illustrator, Stacy Curti will be part of this family-oriented event whose goal is to “celebrate reading and books, to promote family literacy across the community, and to share free literacy resources,” said Laurie Elish-Piper, director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic.
Camping With the Stars
STEM Outreach, NIU Observatory, and DeKalb Park District are partnering to present Saturday Night Star Gazing. This free, family-friendly event offers campers the opportunity to use telescopes to view planets and constellations, talk with astronomers, and participate in educational activities throughout the night. When you wake up, get a unique view of the sun rise through special equipment.
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.
The Dirt on Dirt: Why do Madagascar's Lemurs Eat Soil?
Enjoy an afternoon learning about lemurs while the kids participate in free monkey-themed crafts! Brandon Semel, a MA in Anthropology candidate, will be discussing Madacascar's lemurs! "Madagascar is a land full of unique plants and animals, including leaping lemurs, colorful chameleons, and bulging baobab trees. This lecture presentation will last approximately 1 hour (from 12-1pm). Free monkey crafts will be available for children during the presentation. The presentation is free with museum admission.
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.
Gurler Heritage Association Folk Music Fest
Join us on the big, beautiful lawn of the Gurler House to enjoy great local music featuring Dave Balika and Friends, The Wacky Keys and A Wing & a Prayer Dixieland Jazz Band. Bring your friends, family, and lawn chair to this fun, free event. Chicago-style hot dogs, baked goods, cold drinks and buttons will be for sale, and all money raised benefits the Gurler House. This historic home is one of the oldest in DeKalb, and it is a few blocks north of downtown on the corner of 2nd and Pine. RAIN LOCATION: Tentatively at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. 4th St., DeKalb, IL. For more information, call 815-758-4897 or visit http://gurlerhouse.org/
Ride Like An Egyptian
Join us for a fun and enjoyable bike ride through DeKalb and Kane Counties and support the historic Egyptian Theatre on Satruday, August 22nd. Since the ride starts and ends at the Egyptian Theatre, you will have the opportunity to explore this historic landmark. This bike ride offers four mix-n-match 25-mile loops. All participants will be provided with route maps and all routes will be marked with signs. There will be great SAG support on all loops and a well-stocked central rest stop. Bike at your own speed, this is not a race. All ages are welcome, however, those under the age of 16 must ride with a participating parent or guardian. There will be an end-of-ride meal provided for registered riders. Meal will feature soup, sandwiches, and refreshments.
Fly-In or Drive-In and join A&M Airsports and the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce as they host PreOsh Wingfest at the Rochelle Municipal Airport. There will be live music, food, trikes, gliders and airplanes on display and activities for the whole family. The fun begins at 11am.
10th Annual "Let's Dance" Big Band Weekend
The event provides a venue and 'live' dance bands ( 10 - 17 pieces) for fans and social ballroom dancers to enjoy. Catered food - healthy, delicious, recommended by dancers. Floor - 13,000 sq. ft. smooth hardwood, well maintained. Advance package deals are available. 'At door' registration will be accepted 30 minutes prior to each scheduled dance.
17th Annual Biking with Beanzie
Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital.The ride route consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 23, 43, 63, 80, or 101 miles. All roads are well-paved, lightly traveled and posted with signs containing ride information and bits of Beanzie humor. This year also includes 3-mile, 5-mile, & 8-mile community bicycle pathway route options.
Sycamore's "Turning Back Time" Weekend
The 50’s are making a come-back in Sycamore during Turning Back Time Weekend scheduled for July 24th through July 26th. Hop into your vintage ride and cruise over to Downtown Sycamore for classic cars, live entertainment, and three days of fun.
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/
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.
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!
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!
Rockin' for Reptiles
Midwest Museum of Natural History - Admission: $6 - Starting at 12pm Rock out at the Museum’s annual outdoor event! Don’t miss out on delicious food tents, fun games, crafts, live music, and of course, live reptiles! This event is great for families! All proceeds go towards supporting the Museum’s live animal collection. http://www.mmnh.org