Fall is off to a busy start this year, and our day-to-day work and life activities are no exception. Excuse our tardiness with this month’s 8 Things to do in the Eight (one five) post this month!
Fall ArtScene @ Various Rockford Venues When: Friday, October 7, 5:00-9:00PM & Saturday, October 8, 4:00-9:00PM
The Rockford Area Arts Council is back at it with the Fall ArtScene. This is one of our favorite Rockford events. Extremely talented local artists displaying their work at various local studios, churches, restaurants and businesses all around town. Grab a group of friends and make a night of hopping around to check out different artists.
Scarecrow Harvest Festival @ Midway Village Museum When: Saturday, October 8, 11:00AM-4:00PM
For some fall fun with your whole family, check out the Scarecrow Harvest Festival at Midway Village. There is something about Midway Village that screams fall and is the perfect place for a scarecrow fest. With general admission, you can enjoy scarecrow making, wagon rides, apple and pumpkin games, craft projects, scavenger hunts, dancing, and cooking demonstrations. What fall yard is complete without a homemade scarecrow?
Head of the Rock Regatta @ Rock River near YMCA log lodge When: Sunday, October 9, 8:00AM-4:00PM
Being former rowers (Liz much more serious than Emily), we LOVE the regatta. Teams from across the country take over the banks of the Rock River, and we get the privilege of watching them row. This decades-old race draws more than 2,000 rowers from across the country and more than 5,000 spectators annual. On a nice day, this is a free event you won’t want to miss.
Hot Diggity Dog Festival @ Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden When: Sunday, October 16, 10:00AM-3:00PM
If you are a dog lover, you won’t want to miss this year’s dog event at Klehm! They have added a lot of new features to the usual line-up of vendors and dog adoption groups, including; live music, demonstrations by dog trainers, kids craft activities, best trick contest and more. For every dog adopted at the festival you will receive a free family membership to Klehm. To quote the event’s Facebook page, “Come…Sit…Stay…all day!”
On Tap in the Garden @ Anderson Japanese Gardens
When: Saturday, October 22, 1:00PM-4:00PM
You know we love a good beer festival. And a festival among the changing leaves at Anderson Japanese Gardens makes for a delicious afternoon with an Instagram-worthy back drop. On Tap in the Garden will feature over 40 craft beers from local and regional breweries, as well as food from local food vendors.
Spook-tacular Haunts @ Anderson Japanese Gardens When: Saturday, October 29, 3:00-5:00PM
Check out this inaugural spooky event put on by Anderson Japanese Gardens, Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center and Haunted Rockford, that will again, be a great family activity. Children are invited to come in costume and explore the Garden in a new and spooky way!
Inaugural Roscoe & Rockton BOOtique Trick or Treat @ Roscoe and Rockton
When: Saturday, October 29, 9:00AM-9:00PM
Another first-time event on this weekend is the Inaugural Roscoe & Rockton Boutique Trick or Treat where shoppers can trick-or-treat for great deals at local Roscoe and Rockton small businesses. With over 25 stores and restaurants participating, there will be something fun for kids and adults alike.
Trip to the Apple Orchard
We are fortunate to live in a climate where we get to experience all four seasons. For us, fall=apple orchard. With many locations to choose from, you should have no problem getting your apple orchard fix. Check back next week for our full breakdown of our favorite apple orchards in the area and what makes each of them unique!