Now that the holidays are over, you’re probably looking at that long stretch of time between now and Spring wondering how to stay active. Whether you’re looking for a cute date idea or a night out with friends, we’ve curated a list of fun activities to do while staying in this winter.

Pub Trivia

Pub Trivia

Looking for a chill night out with friends? Test your knowledge with pub trivia every week at various locations across the Rockford area.
Rock Valley Pub Trivia
Various Locations and Times
The Olympic Tavern
Pig Minds Brewing Co.

Comedy Nights

Hope & Anchor Pub
Every Saturday
Once you step foot into this traditional English pub, you will be transported across the pond. Get a taste of authentic British cuisine while attending one of their comedy nights. You can catch a show every Saturday at 8pm.


Downtown Rockford’s destination for great food, drinks, and live music. Sing your heart out at karaoke, every Thursday at 9pm.

Coffee shop dining room

Coffee Shop & Fireside Music Pop-Up

Anderson Japanese Gardens
January 10 – March 12
The Coffee Shop & Fireside Music pop-up utilizes the warm atmosphere and garden views from the dining room inside the Anderson Gardens Visitor Center as a space for the community to gather and engage during the gardens’ off season. Listen to some beautiful music by members of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra while sipping on a warm beverage provided by Meg’s Daily Grind.

Olympic Tavern Board Game

Board Game Night

The Olympic Tavern
Cozy up near the fireplace on Thursday for board game night, hosted by the Rockford Pegheads. Games provided or bring your own.

Hidden Creek Igloo

Book an Igloo

Alchemy at Aldeen
Hidden Creek Estates
Two very fun and cozy igloo experiences to reserve for your next date or group hang out this winter. The igloo's are by reservation only so be sure to call ahead to ensure your spot!


Retro Roller Skating

Adult Retro Night, Thursday, 7-9:30pm
Dust off your old roller blades and embrace your inner child at this classic Rockford roller rink. Jam out to the biggest hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s at their adult retro night every Thursday 7-9:30pm.
Come for an afternoon of fun with friends (or family) while skating to your favorite tunes played by a live DJ. 

Carlson Ice Arena

Frosty Fridays

Carlson Ice Arena
Fridays 7-9pm
Open skating every Friday including concession specials and music from a live DJ.

Cosmic Bowling

Cosmic Bowling

Cherry Bowl
Forest Hills Lanes
Park Lanes
Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30pm - Midnight
These bowling alleys transform into a rave during their cosmic bowling nights. Experience a game under black lights and lasers complete with loud pumping music to get the ball rolling.


All You Can Eat Korean BBQ

Tuesday – Thursday
Gather round the grill with your best buds and indulge in some Seoul food. Rockford’s very first Korean BBQ has quickly become one of the community’s favorite dining experiences. Tuesday through Thursday, bring your stretchy pants for their all you can eat special.

Big Timber Axe

Axe Throwing

Big Timber Axe Throwing
Maximum Axe Throwing
Train for the next zombie apocalypse at any one of our local axe throwing facilities, by reservation only.

Ice Hogs

Ice Hogs

BMO Center
Cheer on our hometown hockey team at the BMO center. Check their calendar for themed games, food specials, and giveaways.


Live Entertainment

Coronado Performing Arts Center
The Coronado Performing Arts Center is Rockford’s premier auditorium for live entertainment. Host to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Broadway plays, and comedy shows. There are plenty of upcoming performances to keep you entertained this winter.

West Side Show Room
This eclectic theater is currently in its 5th season and showcases both local and international artistic voices. Experience performances that are up-close, immersive, risky, confrontational, and challenge the audience to expand their worldview.