Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens invites the community to wear anything that glows, and experience its first Glow in the Garden Festival, a fun new evening event to celebrate the end of summer.
Purchase one or more floating lanterns to personalize with your own message and release it into the Eclipse Lagoon, run a unique, glowing 5k along the Rock River, enjoy a cash bar, music on the Riverview Terrace, and enjoy fun interactive family stations throughout the gardens. There is something for everyone!
Admission to the outdoor grounds is free; fees are charged for the 5k run and Lagoon lantern purchase.
6-9 p.m. - Glow in the Garden Lagoon Lanterns - $5 per lantern; lanterns may be purchased at the event, pre-purchased at Nicholas Conservatory or by calling 815-987-8858. Pre-purchased lanterns can be picked up at the Eclipse Lagoon on the evening of the event.
6-9 p.m. - Nicholas at Night family activities throughout the gardens; included with Nicholas Conservatory admission
6:30-9 p.m. - Music on the Riverview Terrace -FREE; cash bar on site
7 p.m. - Glow in the Garden 200-meter Kids Fun Run - FREE; Start by Rock Men Guardians sculpture at south end of auxiliary parking lot
7:30 p.m. - Glow in the Garden 5k Run - Fast, flat, scenic course along the Rock River Recreation Path and Nicholas Conservatory/Sinnissippi Gardens. Wear anything that glows! There will be black lights, glowing stations, and other fun glow surprises throughout the course, which starts by the Rock Men Guardians sculpture, south end of auxiliary parking lot. This event is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports Rockford. Entry fee includes T-shirt, beverage ticket, and Conservatory admission ticket. Rockford Road Runner members receive a 10% entry discount through 9/21/18. Entry fees are:
Directions: Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL 61107 - From I-90: Exit at U.S. 20 Business (E. State St.) and follow Business 20 into Rockford. Turn right on IL 251 and follow it north to the entrance to the Conservatory on the west side of the street. --- From the south: Exit I-39 west on U.S. 20 Bypass to IL 251 (11th St.) Follow IL 251 through town to the entrance to the Conservatory on the west side of the street.