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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House - 2015 Public Tours
Public tours of the Laurent House, Frank Lloyd Wright's "Little Gem," are held on the first full and third weekends of the month. There are five tours each day at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. All tours begin at Midway Village Museum. Reservations are required and may be made online at www.laurenthouse.com. Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent commissioned and lived in the home from 1952 until early 2012, when it was acquired by a private foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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
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.
Rockford Slide the City
Summer time is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a 1,000-foot slip-and-slide? Slide the City is coming to Rockford on September 4-5 and will be set up along the Morgan Street bridge. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and squirt guns to spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.
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!
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.
Pig Minds Brewing Co.
Pig Minds Brewing Company specializes in handcrafted ales in a variety of styles, using the finest barley, wheat, malts and hops to produce their tasty beers. Try as many as seven of their beers including American Irish Red, Blue Collar American Wheat, Hopcore American Pale Ale or anything else they may be brewing at the time. The food menu has everything from appetizers to desserts.
Beauty, innovation, and culinary perfection only begin to describe the new Franchesco's Ristorante. The Salamone family proudly invites everyone to their new home for an unforgettable experience. The beautiful patio is perfect for lunch, dinner, small private events, or ceremonies with flowers blooming in season and a beautiful fountain to enjoy!
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.
Rockford Aviators Baseball - Home Games at Aviators Stadium
The Rockford Aviators are a member of the Frontier League of Professional Baseball, the longest operating independent professional baseball league in the country. Home games are played at Aviators Stadium.
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.
Broadway at the Coronado - Beauty and the Beast
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Rockford! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song.
Rockford Brewing Company
Rockford Brewing Company offers world-class beer handcrafted locally in a range of styles. Every glass poured is consistently delicious. The food menu reflects the change of the seasons and the availability of the freshest ingredients. Check the website for the live music performance schedule.
Sleep Inn - Rockford
The Sleep Inn® hotel is conveniently located near the intersection of US Highway Business 20 and Interstate 90. This Rockford hotel provides superior amenities, including a free deluxe continental breakfast, free weekday newspaper, free local calls, fresh baked cookies in the evening and a fitness center. Business travelers will find free high-speed Internet access, oversized work desks and access to copy and fax services. There is also a meeting room available to accommodate most events and business functions. Celebration Suites feature whirlpools, fireplaces, sofa sleepers, microwaves and refrigerators. All rooms come equipped with free HBO, coffee makers and more.
Residence Inn Rockford
Enjoy all the comforts of home in our lovely and spacious suites with full kitchens and comfortable living areas. Daily full hot breakfast buffet or our Manager's Social during the week. Relax in our refreshing pool and jacuzzi or blow off steam on the outdoor sport and basketball court. Enjoy free WiFi and our business center along with complimentary pases to 24/7 Anytime Fitness Center. Conveniently located close to I-90 and Bus. 20/E. State St., Magic Waters Waterpark, Midway Village Museum, Anderson Japanese Gardens, CherryVale Mall, SportScore soccer fields and ball diamonds, Rock Cut State Park and many local and chain restaurants.
Garrett's Restaurant and Bar
Upscale, casual bar and grill specializing in salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas with specials every night. Attached to The Golf Shack, the combination of a golf superstore, driving range and full-service bar and grill is one of the first of its kind in the nation. Outdoor patio overlooks the driving range in the warmer months.
Pearl offers an experience which is "upscale, from the chic decor to the original menu featuring high-end ingredients and sophisticated preparations." -- Shelly Hendricks for Rockford Register Star: "My Last Bite: Pearls's upscale dining doesn't cost a fortune"