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CRE8IV Music & Arts Fest May 31 - June 2

CRE8IV Music & Arts Fest will take place downtown near the intersection of First Street and E. State Street and will include live music and creative performances on two stages, mural painting, local food trucks, creative interactive activities, mural tours and more. Artists and bands from around the country, as well as local favorites, are set to create new murals and perform on stages.

New Murals: this summer local and visiting artists will create at least five new large-scale, vibrant murals. In addition to large-scale murals, planned projects include the creation of mini pop-up murals in an additional five locations.

The festival will include a variety of fun activities including free take-home art activities available for all ages and abilities. Attendees can also expect a Craft Beer & Distillery Tent, food trucks, street performers and more.

Art vendors and downtown stores will offer promotions to be announced soon. Visitors and residents can add to the community with chalk art taking place in alleyways. To cap off Saturday night’s festivities, Rockford’s first drone show will take place with 150 drones performing in sync to music.

One More Time
One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk will take to the main stage on Saturday at CRE8IV Music & Arts Fest. 

Event Schedule

  • Friday, 4 - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 12 - 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.

CRE8IV Music 2024 Lineup


Main Stage

Performance Time Performer
4:25 PM Rock & Roll Institute
5:15 PM Tom Daily Band
6:05 PM Clementine
6:55 PM Derek Luttrell
7:45 PM The Claudettes
8:50 PM Smoking Popes

1st Street Stage 

Performance Time Performer
4:55 PM 

Teien No Taiko

5:45 PM Lone Canary
7:15 PM Teien No Taiko


Main Stage

Performance Time Performer
1:00 PM The Vince Chiarelli Band
1:50 PM Cielito Lindo Family
2:40 PM  BPM5ONE
3:30 PM Noah Brooks Coalition
4:20 PM Grand Groove Hotel
5:10 PM Danielle Juhre
6:15 PM Shamarr Allen
7:20 PM Too Deep
8:35 PM One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk
9:45 PM Drone Show

1st Street Stage

Performance Time Performer
1:30 PM Jon Rozman - Violin - Piano
2:45 PM Zack Percell
4:00 PM Nanette Felix - Harp
7:15 PM Teien No Taiko


Main Stage 

Performance Time Performer
12:10 PM Jodi Beach Trio
1:00 PM Emily Hurd
1:50 PM  Cash Box Kings
2:40 PM Them Coulee Boys 
3:45 PM Kelly Steward

1st Street Stage

Performance Time Performer
1:30 PM  Hannah Rose & the Sweet Nothings 
2:45 PM Zack Percell 

Confirmed Mural Locations

  1. Jefferson St. Bridge abutment (westside): Sponsored by John D. Brubaker Family Foundation
  2. 308 E. State St.: Sponsored by Collins Aerospace
  3. 1104 Elm St.: Sponsored by Platform Group Healthy Housing Solutions
  4. 3502 E. State St.: Sponsored by United Way
  5. E. State & First St. intersection street mural: Sponsored by RACVB Foundation Board of Directors
    Additional murals will be added as funding is confirmed.

Mini Mural Locations

  1. 401 E. State St., parking lot, three sides of electrical box
  2. 111 N. 1st St. – south facing wall on Noah’s Ark
  3. 330 E. State - alley behind SRM Prints
  4. 324 E. State St - alley behind Juju Rey’s
  5. 111 W. State St. – utility shed

The mural designs and artists will be revealed in the coming weeks. The new additions are set to be completed by the end of the festival. Sculptures are also a part of the CRE8IV Initiative. Some sculptures will be leaving the region, and three new sculptures will be installed by June.

What is CRE8IV?

CRE8IV (pronounced "Creative") is a community-building, arts-infused initiative launched in 2019 as part of RACVB's placemaking and public art efforts.  Designed to enhance the region for residents and visitors, CRE8IV has grown to include more than 44 mural projects and sculptures with more to come in 2024.


CRE8IV Murals and sculptures are 100% donor funded.  If you would like to make a donation to the CRE8IV: Transformational Art efforts, download a pledge card from the link below to fill out and return to the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Click here to download the 2024 sponsor deck.

Artists | Murals | Map | Sculptures | Sponsors | Lineup |  Video 

Chase Art Alley WallGoodwill WallDustin Eckhardt - 2022
CRE8IV Mural - Rockford Peaches BlogOhYa Studios E. State MuralMural - Jenny Mathews
Fatherless muralVeterans Memorial Circle MuralOhYa Studios 2022 Rockford Mural