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Rockford Summer Events

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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.

Check out our Summer Love flyer with a complete list of the recommended Summer Love events here

Farmers Markets

fresh produce

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

Edgebrook Farmers Market
Wednesdays, May 1 - October 30 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

HCC Realty Farmers Market/Colonial Village
Fridays, May - October (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

North End City Market
Saturdays, May 18 - October 26 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Rockford City Market
Fridays, May 17 - September 27 (3:30 - 8:30 p.m. before Labor Day, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. after Labor Day)

Rockford Midtown Market
Saturdays, June 1 - September 9 (9 a.m. - Noon)

Rockton River Market
Wednesdays, June - August (4 - 8 p.m.)

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

People river-rafting at the Rock River Anything that Floats Race

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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