Downtown Rockford

Rockford Day Events

In addition to the many specials throughout the Rockford region, there will be several events happening on Rockford Day throughout the community!

8:15 a.m. Paint the Town Calendar Kick Off Celebration

Where: RACVB Patio (102 N. Main Street)
When: 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Join the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and our community partners as we unveil the brand new 2018 Paint the Town calendar created by international artist, Malika Moine. In all, Malika created some two dozen paintings during her two-week stay in Rockford this summer. She will be visiting all the way from Marseille, France to personally sign calendars that are purchased during the event. City of Rockford's Mayor McNamara, representatives from the RACVB and other guests will share plans for the calendar along with how sales will continue to benefit beautification efforts taking place throughout the region for the Forest City Beautiful initiative. Additional announcements will highlight other locations Malika Moine will be signing calendars during Rockford Day as well as local spots to purchase the calendar in the coming months. Refreshments will be served.

SwedishAmerican 815 Marchesano Drive Clinic Groundbreaking

Where: 815 Marchesano Drive, Rockford
When: 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is celebrating 815 Day with the groundbreaking of its new $4.1 million clinic located in southwest Rockford, 815 Marchesano Drive. Join us for a short program, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony with local residents, community leaders, elected officials and SwedishAmerican leadership and board members.

The Rockford Story Reading

Where: Rockford Public Library East Branch
When: 9:15 a.m.

Special guest Mayor Tom McNamara will read "The Rockford Story and Coloring Book"

815 on the Mile

Where: Bygone Brand (3600 E. State St.) and Lallygag Boutique (4616 E. State St.)
When: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Bygone Brand) and Noon - 5 p.m. (Lallygag Boutique)

Stop by Bygone Brand (inside the mall) to get a limited edition Rockford Day T-shirt printed LIVE by Yackle Tees from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.. Many other Rockford brand t-shirts available for purchase, 15% off all Rockford apparel, plus Made in Rockford mugs for $8.15. Join the Let's Chill Ice Cream Party with Coley's Cooler from Noon - 2 p.m. at Lallygag Boutique. Lallygag will have Signature 815 t-shirts from Bygone Brand for $18.50 while supplies last; Lace top extenders for $15; all summer clearance items for $8 - $15. 

Rockford Day Job Fair

Where: Mt. Zion MB Church (404 North Avon)
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rockford Ministers' Fellowship will be hosting a Rockford Day Job Fair on Tuesday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion MB Church. The Workforce Connection is one of the participating agencies.

Rockford's "Crown Jewel" will Announce a Roaring Celebration

Where: Coronado Corner (North of the box office)
When: 11:30 a.m. 

The Friends of the Coronado Foundation and Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society will host a news conference with Rockford Mayor McNamara to announce plans and details for a two-day long celebration of the Coronado Theatre’s 90th anniversary embracing the mission, “Advocating for and preserving the Coronado Theatre for all to use and share.” This exciting event will be free of charge and will take place September 29th and 30th, 2017. This announcement will detail the largest free-of-charge public event to take place at the Coronado since the re-opening in 2001. With refreshments, endless live entertainment, tours, and activities for all ages, the late-September event expects to bring community residents and tourism to the nationally recognized historic landmark in downtown Rockford, Illinois as the Friends of the Coronado Foundation prepare and excite our city for the next century of preservation.

815 on the Bridge

Where: State Street Bridge in downtown Rockford
When: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hosted by The Element and Rockford Community Partners
Designed as an event to unite the entire community at its most significant point, 815 on the Bridge will run from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.. Scheduled events include the "Break the Chain" Peace Dance, sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Council at 12:08:15 p.m., right on the bridge. This flash dance is a community event and everyone, especially in downtown, is encouraged to join in to focus Rockford on peace. In addition, Rockford's 815 Choose Civility Movement will have their Choose Civility Pledge available for signing. Always an important part of any celebration, food options will include Bamboo's Wok & Roll food truckJavamania, Kroozin' Kooler Frozen Treats ice cream truck, and Taco Betty's food tent in the alley right next to their building. Tables and chairs provided at the corner of East State and Water Streets will provide plenty of opportunities to lunch outdoors. Music features local Indie/Americana musicians at the central location of Water and State Streets. Along the bridge, 100FM Rockford's Greatest Hits radio will have a live remote. Enjoy massage chairs to ease the stresses of the day, provided by AMR Medical Center, tables for open dining, and more. 815 on the Bridge is sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC and is produced by The Element and Rockford Community Partners.

Rockford Day at Edgebrook

Where: Edgebrook (1639 N. Alpine Rd.)
When: All day on August 15

Join us on August 15 to celebrate everything Rockford at your favorite Edgebrook shops, restaurants, and businesses with 815 events and specials! Featuring an exclusive live print event from Yackle Tees. Visit Edgebrook's website for more details.

815 Dock Party

Where: Prairie Street Brewing Co. (200 Prairie Street)
When: 5:18 p.m.

Celebrate Rockford's 815 Day at Prairie Street Brewing Co. on the dock. Live music from The Stevee Nix on the main stage, a brief address from City of Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, and B103 live on the spot. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and admission is free for all ages.

Figure Skating Exhibition

Where: Carlson Ice Arena
When: 7:30 p.m.

Looking for a great way to celebrate Rockford Day on August 15? Check out the end-of-summer figure skating exhibition at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlson Ice Arena. No admission charge, but please bring school supplies to donate.

What's Your Story?

Where: Nordlof Center (118 N. Main Street)
When: 8:15 p.m.

The Rockford Area Arts Council wants you to tell YOUR 815 story during a special open mic night on August 15. 8 storyteller names will be pulled from a hat to tell their Rockford story in 8 minutes and 15 seconds.