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June 13 – August 15
United Bank Rogue River
Blues Series
(Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Enjoy a pleasant summer evening listening to the smooth sound of the blues. See top local and nationally-knowned blues bands perform live by the Rogue River in Garden Club Park.
July 13, 14 & 15
Downtown Sidewalk Sales
(Throughout Downtown Rockford) Amazing bargains await you! Strap on your shopping bag and  nd out with every step why Rockford is famous for its sidewalk sales.
August 1
National Night Out
(6:00 to 8:00pm at city hall parking lot) Fun activities, food and exhibits for kids of all ages. This unique crime prevention event is sponsored by Rockford Department of Public Safety.
August 19
Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford
(8:30am in Downtown Rockford)
Run or walk this USAT&F-certi ed 5K race to raise funds to help  nd a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
August 23
Kelly Miller Circus
December 6 & 13
Santa at the Pavilion
(6:00 – 8:00pm at the Rotary Pavilion) (Live Reindeer on December 13)
Meet Santa and his reindeer at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion on Squires Street. Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, and tell Santa what you want for Christmas.
December 7 & 8 and 14 & 15
Christmas in Rockford
Holiday Carriage Rides
Christmas in Rockford is a special experience. See the lights. Go on free carriage rides at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Listen to carolers. Shop for gifts. Enjoy Rock- ford’s beautiful holiday decorations.
January 1
New Years Resolution Walk
Begins at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion. Start the new year off right with a 3-mile walk on the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.
February 10
23nd Annual Sweetheart Splash
(Festivies Start at 10:00am,
Jumping Starts at 1:00pm)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Make a donation... profess your love...and take a plunge in the icy waters of the Rogue River for your sweet- heart. See groups and individuals compete
in this judged competition.
March 17
Rockford Community EXPO
Join your friends and neighbors for this fun-  lled day at Rockford High School as area businesses and organizations showcase their unique foods, goods and services.
May 18 & 19
Rockford Relay for Life
(2:00pm – 2:00pm)
Event takes place at North Rockford Middle School track. Walk, run, and have fun for 24 straight hours to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society and celebrate our local cancer survivors.
June 8, 9 & 10
Start of Summer Celebration
Watch a parade. Listen to live music. Shop craft booths. Experience the carnival rides. Be dazzled by  reworks. Join the fun and see how a small town has a good time celebrating the end
of another school year and the beginning of summer vacation.
June 2
Reading Rocks in Rockford
(10:00am – 1:00pm)
Bring your young readers to the city hall parking lot and Krause Memorial Library to celebrate the joy of reading. Meet famous authors and a cast of storybook characters. Sponsored
by Rockford Public Schools and Rotary Club.
Blues Series Schedule:
June 20 June 27 July 4 July 11 July 25
Blue Soul Express Band
Out of Favor Boys
Weezil Malone Band
Harper & Midwest King
Joe Johnson & the Bluebacks
After the Blues Series Schedule:
Aug. 1 Aug. 8 Aug. 15
The Crane Wives
The Soul Syndicate
Jesse Ray & the Carolina Cat sh
June 4 – August 27
Praise in the Park
(Sundays 6:00pm, June 4 – August 27) Relax and enjoy a Sunday evening along the Rogue River in Garden Club Park listening to the sounds of Christian music provided by area praise teams and Christian Bands.
(shows at 4:30 and 7:30pm)
Witness an old-fashioned circus under the big top in downtown Rockford with amazing per- formances and fantastic feats. Good family fun.
September 9
Art in the Park 2017
(8:00am – 5:00pm)
Visit Garden Club Park to browse or purchase the work of many  ne artists from the local area and around the state as they complete in this juried art exhibition.
September 23 & 24
Harvest Fest
(Downtown Rockford)
Enjoy live entertainment and the goodness of harvest time at this old-fashioned festival. Bring the kids for contests, food, hayrides, crafts and scarecrow making. It’s fun for
the whole family.
November 17 & 18
Holiday Open Houses
(Friday 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am) Find the perfect gift as Rockford’s downtown shops extend their hours to offer you a unique candlelight shopping experience with specials, door prizes and holiday treats.
December 1
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
(5:30pm at the Rockford Dam)
Sing Christmas carols with local chiors and celebrate the of cial beginning of the holiday season as Rockford switches on its holiday lights. Carriage Rides at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion from 6:00 to 8:00pm
December 2
74rd Annual Santa Parade
(December 3, 11:00am – 2:00pm)
Witness a Rockford-style Christmas parade with more than 60  oats  lled with holiday spirit. After the parade, free pictures and goodies with Santa in the Rockford Rotary Pavilion.
Praise Performance Schedule:
June 25 July 2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 Aug. 6 Aug. 13 Aug. 20 Aug. 27
Carpenter’s Cross
Marty Miller
Resurrection Life Church Rockford Reformed Church BridgeWay Community Church Rockford Baptist Church Perfect Shelter
The Point Church
Blythe eld Hills Baptist Church The Springs Church
June 8 – August 24
Open Mic Night
(Thursday’s 6:30 – 8:30pm)
The stage in Garden Club Park welcomes local musicians to show their stuff. Bring your blankets and chairs and listen to some great local music. Musicians must sign up at the Chamber of Com- merce of ce prior to performing on stage.
June 3 – October 28
Rockford Farm Market
(Every Saturday 8:00am – 1:00pm)
Voted one of the best farm markets in America. Stock up on vegetables, fruits, fresh cut  owers, baked goods and organic foods. Located
in the South Squires Street parking lot.
July 8
Rockford 13th Annual Kids Triathlon
(8:00am – 12:30pm at Rockford High School) Witness the excitement as kids 17 and younger compete in this challenging swimming/biking/ running race to raise funds for Rockord’s D.A.R.E. and Explorers programs.

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