Can you believe it is already August?! As we mentioned in the latest post, we have had a summer packed with fun, and we are ready to keep the momentum going.
Festa Italiana @ Boylan Catholic High Catholic High School Ground
When: Thursday, August 3-Sunday, August 6
If you love Italian food, bocce, music, and spending summer evenings outdoors, Festa Italiana is a fun family event. The event started as a big annual Italian “family” reunion where all Rockford Italian families could gather and party every year, and expanded to include the whole community. Put on your stretchy pants and head on over for some wine and pasta.
Rockvinia @ Rockford Country Club
When: Friday, August 4 @ 5:00 PM
Sometimes we get that feeling of envy when our Chicago friends can so easily go to Ravinia shows in the city. Northern Illinois Hospice came up with a brilliant fundraiser to put our FOMO at bay with Rockvinia. Rockford Country Club will host Rockvinia this year featuring Kelly Steward and Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts. Get there nice and early for open seating.
Boone & Winnebago Counties Fair @ Boone & Winnebago County Fairgrounds
When: Boone-August 8-13 & Winnebago-August 16-20
If you were born and raised in the 815, it’s probably safe to say that the mention of a county fair triggers a radio jingle in your head with the voice of a female country singer proclaiming that she can’t wait for the Winnebago County Fair. The Winnebago and Boone County Fairs are a fun option for some traditional fairground eats (we love us some funnel cakes and elephant ears), unique agriculture accomplishments (have you seen the size of some of those squash?!) and people watching (make sure you go to a demolition derby at a local fair at least once in your life).
When: Tuesday, August 15
Rocktown Brewdown @ Rural On Tap
When: Saturday, August 19 @ 4:00 PM
Rockford’s newest craft beer event is the Rocktown Brewdown featuring over 25 brewers and over 100 brews and ciders. If you are like us and didn’t get a ticket to the Screw City Beer Festival in the 35 minutes that they were available, check out this new event!
Glow in the Garden 5K @ Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
When: Saturday, August 19 at 8:00 PM
An initial reaction to the title of this 5K run triggers the fear of a rolled ankle, but the Glow in the Garden 5K actually takes place on a flat, scenic route along the Rock River illuminated by the Bruce Munro light exhibit. Dress yourself from head to toe in glow in the dark for this fun run and the post-race Moonlight Mixer.
Rock River Anything That Floats Race
When: Sunday, August 20 at 10:00 AM
The Rock River Anything That Floats Race is a fun 1.65 mile race on the Rock River that triggers your creative, competitive and survival skills. The day starts with kayak, canoe and stand-up paddle board races down the river, followed by the raft race, a rubber duck drop race and a post-part at Prairie Street Brewhouse. This event is not just for participants – community members are encourage to set up along the river to cheer on the contestants!
The Local: Burpee Summer Festival @ Burpee Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, August 26 @ 6:00 PM
Enjoy a summer evening on the riverfront at The Local, an event that provides a taste of Rockford’s finest local restaurants, pizzerias, craft breweries, vineyards and local bands. The Local is the Burpee Museum’s largest fundraising event and proceeds go toward educational programs, new exhibits, operational costs and upgrades to the museum.