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We believe that Rockford is an amazing community. With all of the cool businesses, rich history, and amazing events, there’s a lot to love!

That’s why we put together this site. A one stop shop to find out about cool events in the Rockford IL area, great deals & specials from local businesses, videos and articles showcasing the positive in our community, and a business index to make finding a local alternative easier.

So whether you’re looking for things to do in Rockford, wanna find a new place to grab a bite or a drink, or even to just discover our amazing region, you’re sure to find it on Rockford Buzz.

Todays Events

  1. A Christmas Walk
    9:00AM - 6:00PM @ The Landscape Connection
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    Grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a stroll through our glass greenhouse and learn about the traditions of Christmas.  Our walk will also reveal the real reason for the season.

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  2. 17th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
    9:00AM - 5:00PM @ UW Health Sports Factory
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    The 17th annual Holiday Basketball Tournament is a National Wheelchair Basketball Assocation (NWBA) sanctioned tournament, involving middle and high school aged players. There will be approximately 22 teams in attendance.

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  3. Christmas in the Trenches
    10:00AM - 12:00PM @ Midway Village Museum
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    One hundred two years ago, the soldiers in the Western Front of the Great War called unofficial ceasefires during the week of Christmas.  Enemies came together to decorate, exchange gifts, sing carols, and even play football.  Re-enactors will decorate the replica 150 yard-long trench on the museum grounds. Visitors will receive a special holiday trench…

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  4. Deconstructing the American Landscape – Art Exhibition
    10:00AM - 5:00PM @ Rockford Art Museum
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    Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens a new feature exhibition, “Deconstructing the American Landscape,” on Friday, Oct. 7, with a preview for museum members that includes a gallery walk and reception with artists Sarah Krepp and Joel Ross from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a public opening with free admission and cash bar from 7 to 9 p.m….

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  5. Womanspace Holiday Art & Craft Sale Opening Reception
    10:00AM - 2:00PM @ Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois
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    Get the first look at all the great handmade items in this year’s Holiday Art & Craft Sale while enjoying wine, appetizers and holiday treats! Come find gifts for everyone on your list and enjoy refreshments! You will find unique, handmade items for that hard-to-shop-for person…and it’s all made by local artists. Show runs from…

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  6. The LOCAL Holiday Market by Winnebago Buy Local
    10:00AM - 4:00PM @ A Local Holiday Market
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    A Holiday Shopping Market FILLED with completely LOCAL businesses! Support and shop at your local businesses this holiday, all in one spot! Winnebago Buy Local is putting a bunch of LOCAL businesses into ONE place and let the folks in our community support their local businesses in a big way, in one single shopping day!…

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  7. 75th Anniversary Exhibit – “Rediscover Burpee”
    10:00AM - 5:00PM @ Burpee Museum of Natural History
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    Burpee Museum of Natural History will host the grand opening of the Rediscover Burpee exhibit on Friday, November 11, 2016. The exhibit will run through mid-April 2017. Rediscover Burpee, a new exhibit celebrating the 75 year history of Burpee Museum, is an opportunity for the community to rediscover the treasure trove of artifacts, specimens, and memorabilia…

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  8. Christmas Sweater Sales Event
    10:00AM - 5:00PM @ Rocktown Adventures
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    We can sit here and be lazy and just offer a percentage off, or some kind of 2 for, but where is the fun in that? Plus we love any excuse to have a party. So turning up the ridiculousness as we break out the once a year wool for our Christmas Sweater Sales Event….

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  9. Snowshoeing 101 – Rockford
    10:00AM - 11:30AM @ Rocktown Adventures
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    Come learn the ins and outs of the fastest growing winter sport at our Snowshoeing 101 class. This 90 minute class will have 30 minutes of instruction where we will cover how to put on and take off your snowshoes, select the proper snowshoe, and dress for the outdoors in winter. After that we head…

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  10. Mom & Me Yoga
    10:15AM - 11:15AM @ Luna Studio
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    This class is open to babies and kids of any age. It’s a chance for you to come enjoy yoga without needing to find a babysitter! There’s a play area in the back for kids or they can join poses with you or babies can lay on a blanket at your side. Mom & Me…

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  11. Mom & Me Yoga
    10:15AM - 11:15AM @ Luna Studio
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    SATURDAY Mom & Me Yoga! 10:15am, $10/adult, no experience necessary – all ages welcome This class is open to babies and kids of any age. It’s a chance for you to come enjoy yoga without needing to find a babysitter! There’s a play area in the back for kids or they can join poses with…

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  12. Victorian Holiday Celebration
    11:00AM - 4:00PM @ Midway Village Museum
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    Victorian Holiday Celebration – New in 2016 Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 11 am – 4 pm Both Days Midway Village Museum invites families of all ages to add a new tradition to their holiday season as we celebrate in the Victorian Village! Enjoy the sights of 1800s decorations on several of the…

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  13. Sweeney Todd the Musical auditions
    11:00AM - 1:00PM @ Gateway Performing Arts Studio
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    Auditions for ages 14-114 Please prepare 16 bars from any Musical Theater genre Also prepare 16 bars from a vocal selection from Sweeney Todd NO DANCE AUDITIONS You may us a CD accompaniment or iphone. There will be a pianist provided Audition times are 11-6pm Saturday December 10 Callbacks will be Sunday December 11 from…

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  14. Magic the Gathering Kaladesh Standard Showdown
    12:00PM - 5:00PM @ Top Cut Comics (Loves Park)
  15. A Cottage Christmas
    1:00PM - 2:30PM @ Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens
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    Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will be alive with the sights and sounds of “Christmas Past”! The historic Tinker Swiss Cottage will remain decorated for the holidays until January 15, 2017. Please come and enjoy the Cottage in all of its splendor during our guided tours Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Guests must be…

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  16. Angel Tree Event At Salvaged by Sonya
    1:00PM - 4:00PM @ Salvaged by Sonya
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    Angel Tree tags are now available at Salvaged by Sonya located in downtown Rockford. Each tag offers a local childs age, gender and wants for this holiday season. Make a childs christmas a happier one. It’s easy! Just stop by, pick a tag off the tree, purchase your gift and return it back to Salvaged…

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  17. Burpee Explorers – Gift Making
    1:00PM - 2:30PM @ Burpee Museum of Natural History
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    Explore the grounds of Burpee Museum to collect from the wild. Visit three habitats to note their differences. Return to a workshop full of natural materials to make a variety of gifts. The gift making includes leaf printing on fabric, making candles from shells, crating games from different pieces of leather, and constructing your very…

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  18. Dairyhäus Holiday Reopening 2016
    3:00PM - 9:00PM @ Dairyhäus
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    Dairyhäus reopens December 2nd with plenty of your favorite ice creams, and some new holiday varieties! Santa arrives Saturday for free pictures. See you soon!

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  19. A Cottage Christmas
    3:00PM - 4:30PM @ Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens
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    Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will be alive with the sights and sounds of “Christmas Past”! The historic Tinker Swiss Cottage will remain decorated for the holidays until January 15, 2017. Please come and enjoy the Cottage in all of its splendor during our guided tours Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Guests must be…

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  20. J.R. Sullivan’s Hometown Holiday!
    4:00PM - 6:00PM @ Nordlof Center
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    J.R. Sullivan’s Hometown Holiday is just around the corner! Come join us for Rockford’s most beloved variety show featuring holiday-inspired storytelling, comedy and seasonal and popular songs. This year marks the 21st production of Hometown Holiday. Performers include Linda Abronski, Jeff Christian, Miles Nielsen Randy Sabien, Marcella Rose, Sciotto Daniel, Patrick Sullivan, J. R.Sullivan, Stephen…

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  21. Talley’s Folly
    4:00PM - 5:30PM @ Cheek Theatre at Rockford University
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    Artists’ Ensemble Theater presents Talley’s Folly, a love story, December 2–18. It is 1944 and Matt is desperately in love with Sally. He’s written to her every day for the past year. She’s been far from encouraging. She’s certain it would never work. They’re just too different… he’s older, he’s Jewish, he is an immigrant from Eastern Europe,…

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  22. Annual Holiday Festival of Lights
    5:00PM - 10:00PM @ Sinnissippi Park
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    The annual Holiday Festival of Lights has become a Stateline family tradition, with over 50 holiday-themed lighted displays. Santa will be spending time each weekend night (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) by the donation box from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, so you can hand deliver your letters to him through Monday, December 19, 2016. When Santa is not present at this…

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  23. Rockford’s River Lights
    5:30PM - 8:30PM @ Go Rockford
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    Rockford River Lights is back for the second year in downtown Rockford. Located on the banks of the Rock River between State Street and Jefferson Street bridges. River Lights will have featured holiday shows of dancing and synchronized lights to music on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the month of December. On non-show nights, Rockford’s…

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  24. Jazz at Lino’s
    6:00PM - 9:00PM @ Lino’s Restaurant
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    Come down to Lino’s and enjoy some great food and smooth Jazz. Every Tuesday and Thursday features Jazz music in our new dining room. Hope to see you there!

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  25. Magic the Gathering Kaladesh Standard Showdown
    6:00PM - 10:00PM @ Top Cut Comics – South Rockford