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Swedish Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society celebrates their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing both Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy. Free will offering.
Brian Regan at Coronado Performing Arts Center
The spring 2015 leg of Brian Regan's 10-year non-stop tour will visit 39 cities bringing him and his fans to some of the most beautiful theaters in North America. Since 2005, Regan's tour has visited close to 100 cities each year. Regan will be seen in the upcoming Chris Rock movie, Top Five, and he was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic.
Little Big Town at BMO Harris Bank Center
GRAMMY award-winning country group Little Big Town-consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman-will be launching THE PAIN KILLER TOUR on November 8, 2014 in Youngstown, OH. The foursome's upcoming sixth studio release, Pain Killer, is set for release October 21st and features current hit single, "Day Drinking." THE PAIN KILLER TOUR will feature special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne
35th Annual Rockford Home Show
The first sign of spring for thousands of home owners and families is the 35th Annual Home Show at the Indoor Sports Center where they see what’s new for the home and garden. The Home Show is the ideal place to shop for new products, services, ideas, concepts and expertise on interior and exterior design. This exciting event provides the perfect atmosphere to attend free seminars of interest to the home owners at no additional cost plus fun entertainment for the kids.
CITY: Loves Park
Harlem Globetrotters - BMO Harris Bank Center
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to BMO Harris Bank Center during the Harlem Globetrotters "Washington Generals' Revenge" Tour. The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise's historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.
Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour
Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star Alton Brown's show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of "extreme" food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course...puppets. Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.
Nicholas Conservatory - All Aglow Holiday Display
The All Aglow Holiday Display features holiday light and floral displays, live holiday music and family fun activities, all in the warmth of the tropics. Open Tuesdays-Sundays.
Holiday Happenings Event at Three Rockford Museums
Step back in time to enjoy cultural holiday decorations and entertainment. Take a free wagon ride between sites. Participating museums are Ethnic Heritage Museum, Erlander Home Museum and Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.
Light Up the Parks Holiday Parade
The annual "Light up the Parks Holiday Parade" in Loves Park and Machesney Park begins at 4:45pm, leaving from Schneider Electric at 1354 Clifford Avenue, traveling north on Elm Avenue and ending at the intersection of Elm Avenue and Roosevelt Road. An awards ceremony will be held during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Road.
CITY: Loves Park
44th Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show
The 2015 Boat, Vacation, & Fishing Show at the Indoor Sports Center will continue be your one stop shop. Whether you are interested in buying a boat or pontoon, looking for the perfect charters, guides, or lodging, or just needing to buy the right fishing tackle, the show will have exactly what you are looking for. We have some of the most experienced Illinois and Wisconsin anglers and guides giving seminars. They will talk to you about what baits and lures to use, teach you different fishing techniques, and much more.
CITY: Loves Park
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.
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!
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State, a new Rockford tradition, returns for a second year on Nov. 29 from 4-9 p.m. with a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including a candlelight stroll to the tree lighting, ice sculptor Randy Finch and his team from Ice Brigades, horse and carriage/wagon rides, a visit with Santa and some of his reindeer, a fireworks show, “Frosytland” with local artist Lisa Frost, live entertainment, music, and food vendors. There will be shopping opportunities at downtown stores and pop-up shops special to the evening. Shuttles are available from remote parking areas. Visit the website for more details.
Howard Johnson Hotel - Rockford
Experience a winning combination of friendly service, newly renovated accommodations, and spacious, comfortable guest rooms with luxury touches. The hotel includes a heated indoor pool, fitness center and 24-hour game room. Home office rooms are available for business clientele. There is a restaurant and lounge on site.
Prairie Street Brewhouse
The Prairie Brewhouse is the best location in Rockford for hosting your event. With over 7500 square feet of flexible space available, we can host your event of up to 500 people. Perfect for hosting banquets, wedding receptions, parties, weddings, meetings, fundraisers, art shows, craft shows and more. Indoor and outdoor space available, including a deck area right on the river. Available for anything from a luncheon to a week-long conference. Overhead doors allow for easy unloading and setup. During the summer, Dinner on the Dock and listen to live music on Thursdays.
Victory Golf Range
Victory Golf Range is the Rockford area's only indoor golf facility that offers golf entertainment in a controlled environment. Amenities include a large driving area to see true path of golf ball, hitting bays with air-cushioned driving mats, a state-of-the-art putting green, fully netted ceiling, walls and perimeter to ensure a safe hitting environment, a full service restaurant and bar, large screen TVs with latest golf and sports programming, and free WiFi.
CITY: Loves Park
Veterans Memorial Hall
Dedicated in 1903 in ceremonies that included a speech by Teddy Roosevelt, Memorial Hall is a tribute to Rockford citizens who have served in the Armed Forces. Large wall plaques list names of fallen veterans, and cases in the main lobby, side rooms and the lower level display Armed Services artifacts including memories of the Civil War, the World Wars and Camp Grant. The renovated second floor auditorium is used by cultural groups for shows and presentations and is accessible via the elevator.
Tour de Frost
Team Fur Bandit presents the 5th Annual Tour de Frost, a 25-mile bicycle ride for charity, Join the race to raise money and gather warm clothes for the Rockford Rescue Mission.
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.
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.
Village Green Home and Garden East
A fascinatingly large garden center with outdoor furniture supplying customers from all over the Midwest. The center also takes care of all holiday needs with trees, trims and gifts. There's a Village Green West, too.
Beef-A-Roo - Northwoods Lodge
Not a chain, but a Rockford Original cooking it just for you. Sandwiches are made to order and the sides, including baked potatoes, are delicious. Each area location has its own, distinct personality.
CITY: Machesney Park
Quality Suites - Rockford
Quality Suites of Rockford is one of the metro's all suite hotels located conveniently at East State Street off I-90. Hotel offers 95 elegant newly remodled spacious suites, including 10 whirlpool suites at prices you would expect to pay for a standard room in Chicago hotels; indoor pool, 24 hour fitness center and guest passes to Bally Total Fitness! Our full hot breakfast buffet features everything from biscuits and gravy to eggs, meat, waffles and more. Complimentary snacks and soda at Manager's Reception 5-7pm Monday-Saturday. Pets under 30 lbs. are allowed with no extra fee; 24-hour guest laundry and 2 business centers, Free Wireless Internet.
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"