The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help the community interact while we continue to stay home. Here are some RACVB-curated programs, as well as some highlighted partner productions to help us all stay virtually connected, engaged and mentally and physically fit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us!

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Demos & Recipes from Our Local Chefs

Check out great home-cooking tips from regional chefs and restaurants. Please contact us at if you're a local restaurant and would like to share an at-home recipe or go live with a virtual cooking class!

What's Cooking at Home?, Episode 1: Chef Patrick Alberto from Octane in downtown Rockford dishes up a favorite recipe of Cumin Pork Noodles. Watch the inaugural episode below!

What's Cooking at Home?, Episode 2: Rockton-based Sugar Britches Old Fashioned Candy helped us satisfy our sweet tooth by teaching us how to make delicious caramels. Watch the episode HERE!

What's Cooking at Home?, Episode 3: The Beefaroo team services the Rockford region with seven different locations. Thanks to their team for creating one of their staple items - a healthy, kid-friendly turkey wrap. Watch the episode HERE!

What's Cooking at Home?, Episode 4: Ronit Golan, owner of Ronit's Kitchen, explains how to make a traditional Israeli pancake dish called Malawach in our latest edition. The dish is versatile and can be made either sweet or savory. Watch the episode HERE!

"Up, Up, Up" is Stay Home Songs Winner!

Up. That is the direction of our community, and, as such, RACVB is thrilled to continue celebrating our upward journey together by announcing “Up, Up, Up” by Rockford native Clark Kelly as the winner of Stay Home Songs, RACVB’s community songwriting contest. One of 25 entrants, “Up, Up, Up” stood out to our five expert judges and was selected as the song that best embodies the resiliency of our community. To listen to the winning song, click HERE! For a contest recap, visit

Alone Together: A Youth Short Film Showcase

The Rockford Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Transform Rockford, Alignment Rockford, and the Rockford Public Schools, developed a Youth Short Film Showcase for our elementary, junior high, and high school students! 
Young film makers are encouraged to create a short video, not to exceed 3-minutes, focused on an area of study in school. It’s time to get creative, students. These short films should be wildly creative and unique in their approach to everyday school assignments. We encourage youth to let their artistic side shine. For complete contest details, CLICK HERE!

Rockford Coloring Book

Take out those crayons or colored pencils and color some of these downloadable pages from our Rockford Coloring Book!

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Forest City Beautiful 
Rockford Symbol
Cheap Trick
Rockford Art Museum (15 different coloring pages)

Virtual Fitness

In search of a virtual community with physical fitness in mind? Check out some of these area businesses offering live and recorded online workouts you can do from home!

Movement Fitness
Namaste Studios
Nspired Yoga

Virtual Tours

While attractions are closed to the public, you can catch a glimpse of some of our region’s most beautiful activities and events spaces by taking a virtual tour today. If you represent a site or attraction and would like to be included on our virtual tours list, please send an email to and we’ll add you to this page!

Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House
Mercyhealth Sportscore Two
Rockford Art Museum (Sonic Disruptions exhibit)
UW Health Sports Factory

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Use #StayHomeRKFD to show us how you are sheltering in place!