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Summer Events in Rockford

Summer is a perfect time to adventure outdoors, find places to chill and ways to bask under the sunshine in the Rockford region. There is always something fun to do from fairs, festivals and markets to celebrations that bring the community together. The numerous family-friendly activities and one-of-a-kind experiences at our sites, attractions, eateries and in our downtown provide a great list of reasons to love the region all season long.

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Farmers Markets

Getting local produce and hand-made goods is easy in the Rockford region!

Edgebrook Farmers Market - Local farmers market located at Edgebrook on Wednesdays (May - October) offering the highest quality vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, sweet treats, jams, and more.

HCC Realty Farmers Market/Colonial Village - Heartland Community Church sponsors a weekly farmers market in their parking lot every Friday (May - October). 

North End City Market - Located at the southeast corner of the intersection of North Main and Auburn Streets on Saturday mornings (May - October).

Pasqua Mercato - Outdoor Italian Market - Seasonal open-air Italian Market located outside Lino's on Sunday mornings (June - August).

Rockford City Market - Local growers and vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and prepared foods, as well as artisans with unique offerings (Friday nights May - September). 

Rockford Midtown Market - Encourages a community gathering for ethnic food, farm produce, coffee drinks, kids activities, music and crafts (Saturdays June - September). 

Rockton River Market - Comfortable atmosphere to shop for handmade items, fruits and vegetables every Wednesday evening from June - August.

815 Outside

Find your place to get outside in Winnebago County! (815outside.com) 

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County - 43 different preserves in Winnebago County offering unique trails, woods, recreational facilities and more

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - 155 acres of spectacular gardens and rare trees and abundant walking trails

Nature At The Confluence - 100 acres of land surrounded by the Rock River, Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek

Nygren Wetland Preserve - 721-acre wildlife sanctuary owned by the Natural Land Institute

Rockford Park District - Dozens of outdoor places to spend recreational time including the 125 neighborhood parks in the region

Severson Dells Nature Center - 369 acres of woodland, stream and dolomite cliffs

Summer Happenings in Rockford

Your summer is packed with exciting festivals, cultural events and annual celebrations! Check out all of the fun summer events below!
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