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First Fridays - Art, Music, Food and Shopping in Downtown Rockford
December 04, 2015 - December 04, 2015
Times: Friday 5:00pm-Midnight
Each month downtown art galleries, shops, music and theater venues work together to stay open late providing great new art, music and goods. Visit the website for a complete schedule.


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RADIO: It's a Great Day in Rockford

It's a Great Day in Rockford!

Every Thursday, listen in as Andrea Mandala and Liz Wood fill you with all the great things happening in Rockford! Plan your weekend as they highlight the week's top events! Get an in-depth look at the area's best sites and attractions. You don't want to miss this great show! Every Thursday at 12 Noon on the Rockford College Radio!

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6/26/14 - State of the Art Gallery, Field of Blues Festival 

6/12/14 - Spring Cook's Tour of Downtown, Edgebrook ARTSY, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District "Get Outside" Program 

6/5/14 - Klehm Arboretum Garden Fair, Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team 



5/29/14 - Rockford City Market, Rockford Starfires

5/22/14 - Memorial Day activities, Best in Paradise fundraiser  

5/15/14 - U of I Extension "Plant for a Promise", Rockford Art Museum Midwestern Biennial Exhibit

5/1/14 - Anderson Japanese Gardens opening celebration, Children's Theater Project, Rockford Operetta Party



4/24/14 - 2nd City Chorus, Charlotte's Web Troubadour series at Mendelssohn 

4/17/14 - Burpee Museum Megalodon Exhibit closing, Rockford Hip Hop Congress "All Elements Series 2014" 

4/10/14 - Classics & Chrome Car Show, Record Store Day at Toad Hall, Spring ArtScene 



3/27/14 - Spring ArtScene, Rockford Dance Company 

3/20/14 - Ethnic Heritage Museum, Volcano Falls, Secret Rockford 

3/13/14 - Annual Model Train Show, Swedish Historical Society, Severson Dells Spring Awakening 

3/6/14 - IKWF wrestling tournament, The Daylight Hours (Our City Our Story) 



2/27/14 - Burpee Museum, Melt Fest 2014, Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show 

2/20/14 - YWCA Luncheon, Nicholas Conservatory, Mendelssohn PAC 

2/13/14 - U of I Extension, Midway Village Museum, Chocoholic Frolic 



1/30/14 - Ethnic Heritage Museum, Mendelssohn PAC

1/16/14 - Wander at the Wetlands, Hip Hop Congress "Chess & Beats" Event

1/9/14 - Megalodon Exhibit at Burpee Museum, Tinker Swiss Cottage "Traveling Tinkers" Exhibit




12/19/13 - Rockford Art Museum No Boundaries event, Kantorei Singing Boys of Rockford



11/21/13 - Nordlof Center, Infinitely Sweet, Bushnell Wheeler Home



10/31/13 - Downtown Artisan Market, Veterans Drop-In Center 5K Run/Walk, Bacon Fest 

10/17/13 - Booker Washington Annual Dinner, XFO 'Rocktown Showdown 18', Wonderland Books & Toys, PC Tech 2U, Haunted Rockford 

10/10/13 - Rock Con, LUNAFEST, Ethnic Heritage Museum African American exhibit, Victory Indoor Golf Range 

10/3/13 - I Love Gospel Music Convention (ILGMC), Edgebrook Cider N' Cinnamon, Twisted Crypt Haunted House



9/26/13 - Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, Rockford Coronado Concert Association (RCCA), YMCA Camp Winnebago Corn Maze, Charlotte's Web/Menelssohn PAC

9/5/13 - Durand Biker Bash & Chili Shootout, Artists' Ensemble Theater, Roscoe Lions Fall Festival



8/29/13 - Screw City Beer Fest, Rockford Art Museum, BART - Bike for the Arts

8/8/13 - Nels Akerlund, The Ski Broncs, Arts Place, Black Family Reunion

8/1/13 - New Milford Corn Boil, "Raise the Roof" Downtown Rockford Rooftops Soiree, Festa Italiana, State Street Mile



7/25/13 - Pecatonica Cars on Main, Lucha Cantina, Ethnic Heritage Museum, Midway Village Museum

7/18/13 - Rockin 4 Rockton, Klehm Arboretum, Beyer Stadium, Rockford Starfires

7/11/13 - Bookerfest, Wonderland Books & Toys



6/28/13 - Anderson Japanese Gardens, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

6/20/13 - Burpee Museum, 317 Studio & Gallery, Best in Paradise fundraiser 

6/13/13 - Franchesco's, Swedish Historical Society, Tebala Shrine/Blackhawk Farms Raceway

6/6/13 - Edgebrook, Paddle and Trail, Black Music Month Concert



5/30/13 - Openfields Farm Tour, IL Jets Youth Track and Field event, Mendelssohn PAC, Magic Waters

5/23/13 - Discovery Center Museum, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Veterans Memorial Hall

5/9/13 - Severson Dells, Natural Land Institute, Edgebrook, Womanspace

5/2/13 - Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, Swedish Historical Society/Erlander Home Museum, Rockford Lutheran/RAAC



4/25/13 - Coronado Concert Association, Rockton Township Historical Society, Rockford Art Museum

4/18/13 - Artists' Ensemble Theatre, Tinker Swiss Cottage

4/11/13 - Midway Village Museum, Natural Land Institute, Rockford Speedway, Bath & Body Fusion

4/4/13 - Klehm Arboretum, Franchesco's, Womanspace



3/28/13 - The Postal Shoppe, Anderson Gardens, Lydia Urban Academy, Spring ArtScene

3/14/13 - Stumpy's Pub, U of I Extension Openfields, and Mike Williamson

3/7/13 - Discovery Center, Rockford Aviators, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Fur Company 



2/14/13 - Charlotte's Web, Bella Luna, RVC Studio/Starlight Theatre, Mary Kay Morrisson, Illinois Twins Convention



1/31/13 - Gift It! Rockford, Rockford Public Library 

1/24/13 - Rockford College Forum Series & Natural Land Institute 

1/17/13 - Exhilarate Rockford & MELD 




12/20/12 - Zammuto's, John Groh/RACVB, JR Kortman's Center for Design, Octane, Vintage 501 

12/13/12 - Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford Rage Roller Derby, and Rockford Art Museum 



11/29/12 - Rockford IceHogs, Swedish Historical Society, Midtown District Holiday Windows

11/15/12 - Downtown Shopping: Salvaged by Sonya, Phoenix Traders, Rockford Art Deli, Tom Littrell Design

11/1/12 - Run for the Steel Race, Wine Women & Purses, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, Rockford Coronado Concert Association 



10/25/12 - Keith Country Day School, Pec Playhouse, Midway Village

10/18/12 - NAACP, Natural Land Institute, Lonna Ewing Creations, Curran's Orchard

10/11/12 - LaPaloma Gardens, GrooveWalk, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Pec Playhouse


9/27/12 - Popcorn Parlor, Pumpkin Festival, & Rose's Birthday Club 

9/20/12 - Mrs. Fishers Potato Chips, Worland Guitars, & Midway Village Museum WWII Days 

9/13/12 - Irish Fest, Greenwich Village Art Fair, & Discovery Center Museum

9/7/12 - Rockford Peaches, Bella Luna, & Clodius & Company Jewlers



8/30/12 - Screw City Beer Festival, Rick's Picks, Roscoe Fall Festival & B.A.R.T.

8/16/12 - Black Family Reunion, Di Tulio's, & South Beliot Corn Boil 

8/9/12 - Infinitely Sweet, Rockford Marlins Swim Club, Polish Fest 



7/26/12 - Rockford Area Arts Council/ArtsPlace, Womanspace, Two Rivers Bluegrass Jam

7/12/12 - Alchemy, Rockin' 4 Rockton, Ski Broncs, & Midtown Festival



6/28/12 - Franchesco's, Discovery Center Museum, & PC Tech 2U

6/21/12 - Colorlab Cosmetics, Nickleworld, & Kate's Piehole Records

6/14/12 - Veterans Memorial Hall, Durand Days, & Tinker Swiss Cottage 

6/7/12 - Mendelssohn PAC, Rockford Riverhawks, & Ethnic Heritage Museum



5/24/12 - Meld & First Rockford Group (Big Cat Takle Program & Write a Hero)

5/17/12 - Rockford Art Museum & Chicago Rockford International Airport(Midwestern and AirFest) 

5/3/12 - Anderson Japanese Gardens & Rockford Public Library (May 5th Opening Event and Paranormal Tours) 



4/26/12 - Mendelssohn & Ethnic Heritage Museum (Songs of the World and Celebrate Our Musical Heritage)

4/19/12 - Rockford Lutheran School's "Hometown History" & Rockford Coronado Concert Association (Rockford Lutheran History Play and RCCA Step Crew) 

4/12/12 - Co-hosted by RAAC's Anne O'Keefe: Keith Country Day's "Classics & Chrome" & Community Foundation of Northern Illinois(ArtScene)

4/5/12 - Red Mango & Zumba Fitness (Red Mango Grand Opening)



3/29/12 - Anderson Japanese Gardens & Franchesco's Ristorante (AJG Opening Day Event & Summer Concerts)

3/22/12 - Rockford Dance Company (RDC-Cinderella)

3/15/12 - Discovery Center & Paddle and Trail (DC-Robots Exhibit)

3/1/12 - Bistro 108 & Tinker Swiss Cottage (Tinker-Paranormal Events)








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