Janesville Irish Fest
Date(s): 10/2/2014, 10/3/2014, 10/4/2014, 10/5/2014
Janesville, WI. For complete details, see www.janesvilleirishfest.com.
History of Irish Fest
Janesville Irish Fest is a four-day celebration of the area’s Irish heritage and culture. It offers a uniquely, nontraditional festival experience through hosting events at multiple citywide locations. Local businesses, organizations and nonprofits collaborate together to present Irish-themed music, dance, food and family activities.
The year 2013 was the inaugural year of the event. The event idea evolved after booking the popular Irish band, Gaelic Storm, on October 5th and 6th in 2013 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC). The Irish festival was planned surrounding the popular band’s performance. Several community members from partnering organizations came together to expand on JPAC’s Irish band to expand the event into a citywide festival celebrating Irish culture in Janesville. It was an interesting fact to learn that Janesville has the highest percentage of population of Irish residents as compared to other larger cities in the state of Wisconsin.
The Janesville Irish Fest takes place at several locations throughout Janesville, allowing attendees to experience all that Janesville has to offer. In addition, the festival is family-friendly, setting it apart from other Irish festivals in the state.
The festival is aimed at promoting tourism in Janesville and Rock County, while providing local residents the opportunity to seek out fun, cultural entertainment.
For complete details, including a schedule of events, see www.janesvilleirishfest.com.
Rockton River Market
Date(s): 7/30/2014, 8/6/2014, 8/13/2014, 8/20/2014, 8/27/2014, 9/3/2014, 9/10/2014
Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m.
Settler's Park in Rockton, IL
The Rockton River Market provides a comfortable atmosphere to shop for handmade items, fruits and vegetables. Live local music provided for entertainment.
With plenty of food vendors, live local music to compliment the River Market, this truly makes Wednesday evenings at Settler's Park a place to bring family and friends for entertainment and relaxation. Stop on Down by the River Market!
Live Music Schedule:
June 4 - The Sensations
June 11 - Anthony Billups
July 2 - Fresh Hot Fritters
July 9 - Southern Charm
July 16- Pablo and the Rhythmix
July 23 - Flat Car Riders
July 30 - Vintage Vinyl
Aug 6 - Raised on Radio
Aug 13 - Lizzi Neal
Aug 20 - Trippin' Tarzan
Aug 27 - 3 Good Men
Sept 3 - Shades of Blue
Sept 30 - Four Wheel Drive
The Local: Burpee Summer Festival
Burpee Museum of Natural History (737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103)
Join us on August 16 from 7-11 as we present the first annual, The Local, a new and exciting Summer Festival at Burpee Museum of Natural History. The Rockford area is home to a number of amazing restaurants, breweries, and wineries and we are celebrating everything Rockford has to offer.
At The Local, area breweries and wineries will pair with area restaurants to present a unique pairing for guests to sample. Guests can vote on their favorite pairing and a prize will be awarded at the end of the night to the pair most voted for! Guests can sample for free and purchase a full glass if they choose.
In addition to local food and drink, Clutch Cargo will be out on the Terrace providing great entertainment for the whole night!
With a new and improved silent auction, local breweries, wineries, and restaurants, and Clutch Cargo, we can think of no better way to spend your Saturday night! Tickets are available from July 1, 2014 through August 8, 2014. Tickets are $55/person or 10 for $500. For ages 21 and older. ID's will be checked upon signing in. Call 815.965.3433 to register starting July 1!
This year we are excited to welcome Carlyle Brewing Company, Pig Minds Brewing Company, and Rockford Brewing Company as our featured breweries and Hailey's Winery and Famous Fossil Winery as our wineries. Be sure to check back here to keep updated on the restaurants we'll be featuring!
815.965.3433 x 1004
Hot Fest for Hospice 2014 - Salsa Cooking Contest and Music Festival
Noon - 11:00 pm
Verdi Club, 782 N Madison Street
On August 31st, Concepts for Charity will present Hot Fest for Hospice 2014 on the shores of the Rock River at the Verdi Club, 782 N Madison Street, in Rockford. The event will take place from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Concepts for Charity is a local, all volunteer, non-profit organization that raises funds for local causes through the production of events in the stateline region.
Since 2003, Hot Fest for Hospice has been a festival that raises awareness and funds for not-for-profit hospice organizations near Rockford, Illinois. Each year, hundreds of families are touched by the support and care of these providers.
At the heart of Hot Fest for Hospice is the area’s only Iron Chef style Salsa Competition. The competition features two-person teams who are challenged to make two gallons of salsa from scratch while the clock ticks and people cheer. The best part is that festival goers help by judging the teams in several categories.
This family-friendly event also features live music from the area’s best bands and fun activities for all ages! Look for future updates and details in the days ahead and be sure to check us out at the following:
Dominic Sawchuk and Dominick Squicciarini