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St. Edward's 14th Annual Summer Fest

3004 11th Street, Rockford
Come join us at our Wild West Summer Fest! $1000 top prize cash raffle with 6 other cash raffles, basket raffles, kids' games, quarter poker, great food and great music! Scheduled to appear: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Revoltura Nortena, 2 pm to 3 pm Audio Rewind, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Energia Quattro, and 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm Pablo & the Rhythmix

Natealle Medina (815) 229-0282

Kishwaukee Fest

DeKalb County, IL
The week long Festival features Concerts in the Park, a Friday evening Parade, a Saturday Liners baseball game and a Sunday car show. In addition to the main events there are additional activities, entertainment and attractions to showcase DeKalb County.

For more information, visit the Kishwaukee Festival website or call call 815-756-1263.

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!

MacKenna Atteberry
815.965.3433 x 1004

Hot Fest for Hospice 2014 - Salsa Cooking Contest and Music Festival

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:


Facebook: HotFestForHospiceRockford

Twitter: @HotFest4Hospice


Dominic Sawchuk and Dominick Squicciarini