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Springtime events in Rockford

Rockford Spring Events

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!

Jump to Category:  Date Night Dining   |   Fun with Four-Legged Friends   |   Lovely Local Events

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Date Night Dining

Josef's food

Treat your sweetie to a night on the town and dine at one of these swanky, local spots.

Josef Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
6860 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford
Josef's casual-upscale dining focuses on fresh seafood, aged Angus steaks and innovative preparations of classic dishes.

GreenFire Restaurant, Bar & Bakery
6795 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford
GreenFire is a bustling American contemporary farm restaurant where all dishes are cooked in wood burning and state of the art brick fire Woodstone ovens.

Social Urban Bar & Restaurant
509 E. State St., Rockford
Social has designed a menu that showcases local meats and produce and features a premium spirits and absinthe bar, offering carefully selected wines, micro-brews and crafted cocktails.

Click here for more restaurant options in the Rockford region!

Fun with Four-Legged Friends


Spend some time outside with the whole family (including Fido) at these dog-friendly locations and paths in the region!

Canine Corners Dog Park - Olson Park
7901 Harlem Rd., Loves Park
Canine Corners Dog Park is fenced so dogs are safely contained off-leash, with brush and paths for a great field experience.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2715 S. Main St., Rockford
Klehm is dog-friendly, and leashed dogs can explore the 1.8-mile paved path that winds through the arboretum plus many secondary, chipped trails.

Rock River Recreation Path
Davis Park to Mercyhealth Sportscore One
This 10-mile paved path winds behind the YMCA, through Sinnissippi Gardens, past Symbol, to meander through Shorewood and Martin Parks in Loves Park.

Stone Bridge Bike Trail
Along Stone Bridge and Roland Olson Forest Preserves
Built on a former rail bed dating back to the 1850s, the Stone Bridge Trail provides a crushed limestone pathway through rural countryside.

Lovely Local Events

Arbor Dash 5K

In Full Bloom: The Orchid Exhibit
February 3 - March 11 @ 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 9 - 10 @ Rockford University Clark Arts Center
Artists’ Ensemble Theater presents this faux radio show where a showgirl runs from the law and hides out in a cottage with seven unworldly professors.

Chocolate Sundae Sunday
February 11 @ Discovery Center Museum
Assemble a sundae and raise your spoon while delighting in the tunes of Auburn’s Jazz Band.

Justin Moore - Hell on a Highway Tour
February 15 @ BMO Harris Bank Center
"Hell on A Highway Tour” is Moore’s fourth headlining tour, taking the Arkansas native from coast to coast.

Chocoholic Frolic
February 22 @ Giovanni's Restaurant & Conference Center
This sweet mix of chocolate and charity boasts over thirty different vendors with chocolate inspired creations.

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big
February 22 - 25 @ BMO Harris Bank Center
Witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics.

38th Annual Rockford Home Show
February 23 - 25 @ Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two
See what’s new for the home and garden at this ideal place to shop for new products, services, ideas and concepts.

Avalon String Quartet
February 25 @ Mendelssohn Hall
The Avalon String Quartet, described as “deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous,” returns to Rockford for a seventh season.

PaleoFest 2018
March 3 - 4 @ Burpee Museum of Natural History
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 3 - 4 @ Midway Village Museum
"Under the Sea" is the theme at this annual event where you can make your own sock monkey, purchase sock monkey accessories and more!

Country Legends
March 10 @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
Rockford Symphony Orchestra performs music by famed singer/songwriters like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill.

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Paddyfest
March 17 @ 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.

Meltfest 2018
March 24 @ Prairie Street Brewhouse
Celebrate the melting away of winter at the 5th annual Meltfest, a free, family-friendly festival with a little bit of something for everyone.

Cirque du Soleil: CORTEO
April 5 - 8 @ BMO Harris Bank Center
This show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity.

Spring ArtScene
April 13 - 14 @ Various locations
ArtScene brings out thousands of art lovers to galleries and studios all over town to enjoy new exhibits of original works. It’s fun for both the browser and the buyer!

Rockford Wind Ensemble Concert
April 15 @ Nordlof Center
Rockford Wind Ensemble performs a remarkable range of musical styles from historically significant works to popular favorites.

Broadway at the Coronado - Jersey Boys
April 21 @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
Jersey Boys is a true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

Arbor Dash 5K Fun Run
April 27 @ Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Lace up your sneakers and come to Klehm on Arbor Day for a 5K family fun run through the woods and gardens of their 155-acre property.

Classics and Chrome Car Show
May 5 - 6 @ Machesney Park Mall
This is the Midwest’s premier indoor car show, featuring more than 120 unique vehicles that span over 100 years.

2018 Screw City Kubb Klassic
May 5 @ Ingersol Centennial Park
Kubb is an old Nordic lawn game, which is rumored to have its roots with the Vikings! The game is simple, yet capable of being played with strategy by people of all ages.

Annual Plant Sale
May 11 - 12 @ Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
The Spring Plant Sale includes hundreds of native plants from local yards up for sale.