Back to School Time at Rockford City Market
Students and Parents Can Enjoy More Summer Fun at the Market

August 15, 2017

ROCKFORD, IL – Getting ready for school? The market has all of your back to school needs covered! Market vendors have great, healthy options for school lunches and snacks, and others will be selling clothing and accessories for that perfect back to school outfit. There are also going to be plenty of special events and activities at the market to enjoy more fun, summer nights before fall! Stop by to see Rockford native and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet at this week’s market as he signs autographs and sells t-shirts before heading back to training camp. There will also be another cooking demo where chefs will demonstrate how to use local produce in a fun, delicious way at home. Finally, WREX will be handing out Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses in preparation for the Solar Eclipse occurring next Monday, August 21. Even with school starting, there is still plenty of summer fun at Rockford City Market this season!

Rockford City Market on August 18

Main Stage: Minimal (4:30 – 8 p.m.)
Acoustic Stage: Steve McClanahan (5:30 – 8 p.m.)

Shire of Blackhawk will be hosting a free craft that teaches about life in medieval time as well as an educational display. Alpine Academy of Rockford will also be offering a free, fun educational activity.

Entrance Gate Staff
BMO Harris Bank Center will be greeting at the gates and promoting their upcoming events.

Have you ever wondered if weight loss surgery is right for you? Come on down to Rockford City Market on Friday night and talk to members of our bariatric team. We’ll be at the Mercyhealth booth, located at Market and Water Street. Igal Breitman, MD, a bariatric surgeon from Mercyhealth, will be at the booth from 4 – 6 p.m. to answer your questions about the procedures. Stop by to learn more about our upcoming free information sessions.Mercyhealth is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Rockford City Market.

Rockford City Market takes place every Friday from May 19 through September 29 along Water Street between State and Jefferson Streets in downtown Rockford. The market runs from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. before Labor Day and 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. after Labor Day. Rockford City Market was founded and is managed by the Rock River Development Partnership and operates with infrastructure support from the City of Rockford and marketing from the Rockford Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau.


Cathy McDermott, Rock River Development Partnership, 815.977.5124 or