Rockford Day Events

Rockford Day Events

Take a look at a Google Map of all of the event locations here!

Rockford Day Events

Rockford Day Kick-off
Friday, August 13 (8:15am)
Rathskeller Rockford

Start of Rockford Day and the whole weekend at 8:15am at Rathskeller Rockford! Each attendee will receive a ticket for a coffee and a pastry. All are welcome and invited!

Parking Lot Party
Friday, August 13 (2 - 5pm)
Willow Beauty Center

We've partnered up with multiple local vendors to create a free community event. Boho braiding tent with free braids & hair feathers. Brow threading by Anna, our esthetician, will be offered and we will also have a DJ, ice cream truck, dunk tank, food truck, and drinks provided by District Bar & Grill and True Colors

Rockford City Market
Friday, August 13 (3:30 - 8:30pm)
Rockford City Market

Free Rockford City Market koozie to the first 200 patrons who purchase a beer, wine or cocktail at the market hall bar or LaMonica Beverages tent.

Shop the Mile Scavenger Hunt
Friday, August 13 - Saturday, August 14
Miracle Mile

Celebrate Rockford Day by Hunting the Mile. Explore unique businesses along Rockford's Miracle Mile while searching for hidden objects. You're sure to find some amazing Rockford Day deals along the way, too. End the day at our Patio Party at Shooters (Saturday at 4pm) for a chance to win prizes. Visit the Facebook event page for a list of rules and Hunt locations.

Annual Rockford Day Blood Drive
Friday, August 13 - Saturday, August 14
Rock River Valley Blood Center locations

Visit one of RRVBC's donor centers in Rockford on Friday, August 13 or Saturday, August 14 to kick off your Rockford Day weekend and give blood! To schedule an appointment visit or call 815-965-8751. We've partnered with local businesses to celebrate our community's generosity. Registered donors will receive a Beefaroo coupon for a FREE cheddar fry and will be entered to win giveaways from local business including a $150 gift basket from London Avenue Designs!

Wolf Hollow Gift Shoppe Weekend Events
Friday, August 13 - Sunday, August 15 (Friday & Saturday 12 - 7pm / Sunday 12 - 4pm)
Wolf Hollow Gift Shoppe

On Friday & Saturday, Shop the Mile Scavenger Hunt. Twisted Crypt Productions Haunters will be here! Sock Monkey cookies by Halo Cupcake giveaway until gone. Friday the 13th, shop with Jason Voorhees and enjoy artistry by Alexander Hoernecke. Saturday the 14th, Ambitious Ink Tattoo Studio will be here all day slinging ink on flash deals and Sabore's Mobile Kitchen will be serving up deliciousness. There are also sales going on all weekend.

CJ's Public House Rockford Day Weekend Events
Friday, August 13 - Sunday, August 15 (various times)
CJ's Public House

Friday - Sound in the Street Series with SOUL REVIEW featuring DJ Mario Polo at 7pm. Javi's Tacos will be selling Giant Cheese Quesadillas with homemade chips and salsa from 5pm - 12:30am.
Saturday - Screwhouse Barbecue will be selling $8.15 Smoked Wings (8), and $8.15 Beef or Pork Smoked Queso Nachos.
Sunday - 815 Day Lot Party from 3 - 8pm (located in the parking lot in the rear of the Public House). The event includes lot games, local food trucks with 815 Day specials, and local entrepreneurs. Live DJs all day including DJ Jimmie Jamz spinning from 5 - 8pm. Screwhouse Barbecue will be selling $8.15 Smoked Wings (8), and $8.15 Beef or Pork Smoked Queso Nachos.

Barnstormer Distillery Grand Opening Weekend
Friday, August 13 - Sunday, August 15
Barnstormer Distillery

On Friday, Ka-Bao! Food Truck will be with us from 3 - 7pm with a Barnstormer Distillery cocktail paring with their menu items. On Saturday, there will be a featured 8.15 Cootie Killer Cocktail and a t-shirt giveaway. On Sunday, there will be a release of our Limited 40 Winks Captain's Reserve Barrel Strength Whiskey. Both Saturday & Sunday, feel free to bring a picnic lunch/dinner, enjoy a few lawn games and relax with a farm fresh cocktail.

North End City Market
Saturday, August 14 (8am - Noon)
Intersection of N. Main & Auburn Streets

Canine Crunchery will have maiden Rockford biscuits, 815 bundles, and bags of 815 biscuits. Quixotic Bakery will have "Rockford Peaches Lemonade" cake.

Rockford Art Deli Street Party
Saturday, August 14 (10am - 7pm)
Rockford Art Deli

Street party featuring food & drink vendors, tattoo artists, and Live Print t-shirt event ($18.15 on site or $8.15 if you bring your own tee). New and exclusive designs from the original creators of the (815) tee. Free gift for the first 50 people in line.

Life Decisions Community Block Party
Saturday, August 14 (3 - 7pm)
Dahlquist Park

Come out and join us during 815 Week for some free family fun. Life Decisions youth, supported by In Youth We Trust, is bringing the community together with an event for kids and families. This free fun family event will include food, carnival games, family resource vendors and a talent show of our local youth and local judges and more! Life Decisions is building a tribe of mentors who will grow into a community of life on life relationships-together-bringing restoration to Rockford.

Family Paint Night Special
Saturday, August 14 (5 - 6:30pm)
Hope and Anchor Pub

Crafty Cactus Co together with Hope and Anchor Pub are hosting a Family Paint Night Special! For each adult ticket (12x16 canvas) you will receive a FREE ticket for one child 5-17 years (8x10 canvas). Extra kids canvas is $8.15. Our awesome friends at The Hope and Anchor Pub is also offering 25% off your food order! We look forward to getting creative with you! 

Culture Shock Clothing & Records Food Truck Event
Sunday, August 15 (11am - 3pm)
Culture Shock

Sabores Mobile Food Truck will be on site with food available for purchase

Natural Living Expo
Sunday, August 15 (11am - 8pm)
3217 20th St. Rockford

Rockford Crunchy Ladies

Release the Quakin' Party
Sunday, August 15 (12 - 4pm)
Prairie Street Brewhouse
Enjoy Prairie Street Brewing Co. Dinner on the Docks food specials, delicious craft PSB beer deals, Rockford Roasting root beer floats, and fun yard games. There will be music by Dirty Fishnet Stockings beginning at 1pm.

Thank You Party for Current and Past 815 Educators
Sunday, August 15 (1 - 5pm)
Burpee Museum of Natural History

All 815 Educators are invited to join us for fun, free admission, food and live music at Burpee Museum as we celebrate and honor all 815 educators. Admission is free for both current and former 815 educators. Families are welcome! 

Ethnic Heritage Museum - Coach Lee Marks Exhibit
Sunday, August 15 (2 - 4pm)
Ethnic Heritage Museum

The African American Gallery will unveil its newest exhibit honoring the life and career of Lee Marks, former track and field coach for Guilford High School. This exhibit will be on display until the end of October. There will be a special presentation featuring Karen Marks, Lee Marks' widow at 2:15pm. Jazz saxophonist Harlan Jefferson will perform at 2:30pm. This event is free to the public but donations are greatly appreciated.


(See more events on Rockford Day weekend below!)