Swedish American State Street Mile When: Saturday, August 6, 2016, Times start between 5:00PM-6:20PM
Known as “The Fastest Mile in the Midwest,” the State Street Mile is one of my favorite races of the year. This downhill course is great for all ages and they even offer a free 1/4 mile race for young children. Be sure to register in advance here and bring those downhill sprints!
Bark in the Park-Rockford Rivets Game When: Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:35PM
If I know one thing about dog owners (myself included), it’s that we love to take our dogs with us whenever we can. So, if you love baseball, dogs, and a night out, be sure to join The Puppy Mill Project at the Rockford Rivets game. Visit here and enter promo code TPMP16 to get your ticket for this special game. $5 from each ticket sold with this promotion code will benefit The Puppy Mill Project.
Rockford Day-All over the 815 When: Monday, August 15, 2016, All Day
Check out this new celebration, Rockford Day (8.15), brought to the area by Rockford Community Partners. Over 35 local businesses throughout the city will offer specials for the day. For many, it’s the last day off before school activities start back up, so what better way to spend it than getting some great deals and supporting local businesses? Check back next week for our guide on how we plan to spend the day!
40th Annual Rockford ProAm at Rockford Country Club When: Monday, August 15, 2016
Any golfers out there? If you are, I am sure that you know Rockford has some of the most incredible golf courses. In fact, it is nicknamed the “holiest” city in Illinois. If you are a fan of watching golf (I know you are out there!) the 40th Annual Rockford ProAm will be held at Rockford Country Club. The primary goal of the ProAm is to bring an entertaining day of high level, professional golf to Rockford and raise dollars for various Northern Illinois health and human service organizations. While you are out and about supporting Rockford Day, swing (see what I did there?) by RCC to check out the ProAm.
Boone County Fair & Winnebago County Fair When: Boone-August 9-14, 2016, Winnebago-August 16-21, 2016
It’s hard to grow up in the Midwest without going to the county fair every year. I mean, who doesn’t love checking out all of the animals, enjoying the fair fare such as elephant ears, corn dogs, and lemonade shake-ups, and riding some rides? Now that I have a toddler, I will say the county fair is even more fun when she realizes she actually gets to touch some of the animals. We are fortunate to have two great county fairs this month and if you can’t make one, check out the other. The Boone County Fair is up first, followed by the Winnebago County Fair. You will see me there with a funnel cake and one hand and a lemonade in the other.
Paranormal Tour at Tinker Swiss Cottage When: Thursday, August 19, 2016, 7:00PM-10:00PM
Don’t want to wait ’til Halloween to get your scare on? Visit Tinker Swiss Cottage for tales from paranormal experts, listen to audio clips found in the Tinker Cottage, and enjoy a tour of the cottage. Who knows, maybe you will have your own paranormal encounter. For more information, visit here.
Anything that Floats Race-Downtown on the Rock River When: Saturday, August 21, 2016, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Large rafts and individual kayaks and canoes take to the Rock River to benefit the Rockford Fourth of July and Holiday Lighting Efforts, as well as the Rock River Trail Initiative and Ski Broncs. Entry fees for rafts are $100 and $15 for kayak and canoes. The course is 1.65 miles starting at the Coast Guard Station and ends at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. If you think you have something would float, enter it! Not participating in the race? Don’t worry. You can bring a picnic or purchase food and beverage to cheer on the floaters! For more information or to register, visit here.
Ski Broncs Waterski Shows at Shorewood Park When: Recurring Wednesdays & Fridays throughout August, 7:00PM-8:30PM
I am SO ashamed to admit that I have never been to a Ski Broncs show. However, that changes this month. I have no doubt the stunts, routines, and full production show will be incredible. Shorewood park has plenty of room for all to enjoy, bleacher seating, free parking, and concessions. With shows twice a week, it will be hard to miss.
Hope to see you out and about this month, soaking up the last days of summer!