Real. Original. Lovely
There are a multitude of real. original. LOVELY places and events in our Rockford region! Looking for an idea for that special date night? Maybe you want to find a way to enjoy the outdoors in the springtime! Grab your friends, family or sweetie and get ready to fall in love with Rockford!
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Get your sweetie something special for Valentine's Day! Download our set of Rockford Valentines here! What better way to show your love than a Beefaroo cheddar fries-themed valentine?
Satisfy your sweet tooth at any one of these Rockford region shops!
Chocolat by Daniel
All of the European-style truffles and gourmet chocolates are made fresh to order from the highest quality chocolate.
An old-fashioned candy store, Sugar Britches offers a mixture of gourmet, handmade candy plus your childhood favorites.
Delicious cupcakes made fresh daily with classic flavors served every day and unique flavors introduced weekly.
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Colors start to pop in springtime as flowers start to bloom! Visit these local gardens to celebrate the coming of Spring!
La Paloma Gardens
This award-winning garden is full of different "garden pictures" with every turn of the path.
Midway Village Museum
Midway Village has recreated historic gardens in the Victorian Village using 19th century garden designs and heirloom plants.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
The historic home is surrounded by 27 acres of trees, vines, flowerbeds and gardens.
Womanspace Labyrinth and Gardens
The grounds contain several gardens featuring different kinds of flowers and shrubs, many native to Illinois.
In Full Bloom: The Orchid Exhibit
January 28 - March 5 @ Nicholas Conservatory
The annual orchid exhibit is sure to impress with hundreds of tropical orchids creatively displayed in the warm tropical exhibition area.
AE Romance Theater
February 10 - 11 @ Rockford University
Classic romance, recreated as a vintage radio broadcast.
Chocolate Sundae Sunday
February 12 @ Discovery Center Museum
Enjoy a sundae of your own design, express yourself at the Valentine-creation station, and enjoy the sounds of the Auburn Jazz Band.
February 16 @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
Performing his biggest hits, the Grand Ole Opry member will bring award-winning songs to life during the concert also filled with his personal stories.
Victorian Light Party Murder Mystery
February 18 @ Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
Interact with others as Rose hosts her first Victorian Light party! Unfortunately, no one knows there is a killer in their midst.
FVV All-Star Party with Fred VanVleet
February 19 @ District Bar & Grill
The party includes music by Ashleye Armelin and RAJU, a showing of the NBA All-Star game, and a VIP meet and greet with Toronto Raptors rookie and Rockford native Fred VanVleet.
Rockford Wind Ensemble Concert
February 26 @ Nordlof Center
Rockford Wind Ensemble performs a remarkable range of musical styles from historically significant works to popular favorites.
An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra
March 1 @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, will join the RSO for an unforgettable musical evening.
March 4 - 5 @ Burpee Museum
Dino enthusiasts flock to the museum to listen to and interact with famous paleontologists and explore hands-on paleo stations in the museum.
Sock Monkey Madness Festival
March 4 - 5 @ Midway Village Museum
"Candyland" is the theme at this annual event where you can make your own sock monkey, purchase sock monkey accessories and more!
Avalon String Quartet
March 5 @ Mendelssohn Hall
The quartet returns and performs Schubert's "Death and the Maiden," Beethoven and more.
St. Patrick's Day Parade and PaddyFest
March 11 @ Downtown Rockford
The annual parade celebrating Irish culture makes its way downtown and ends at Prairie Street Brewhouse with a party including Irish food and live entertainment.
Miranda Lambert: Highway Vagabond Tour
March 18 @ BMO Harris Bank Center
Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert touts five studio albums to her repertoire. The tour also includes singers Aubrie Sellers and Old Dominion.
March 25 @ Prairie Street Brewhouse
Celebrate the melting away of winter and the melting together of the community! There will be live music, a 5K walk/run, group bike ride, vendors and more.
Alton Brown: Eat Your Science Tour
April 5 @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
The meal-cooking madman promised to have you drooling over tasty confections and dazzled by stunning displays.
April 21 - 22 @ Various locations
Spring ArtScene showcases original works of art at different venues across the Rockford region. Meet the artists and be inspired to purchase pieces of art.
Celtic Woman "Voices of Angels" Tour
April 28 @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
The unique musical ensemble combines traditional Irish music with spectacular production and staging.