Weekend Roundup: August 5 - August 7

Weekend Roundup: August 5 - August 7

Rockford Buzz

Posted On: August 5, 2022

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There are a TON of events this weekend, Rockford. We couldn’t possibly contain it all in one weekend roundup. Check out these events, and then click through to the events calendar to see all the happenings this weekend!


Friday


Festa Italian is kicking off the weekend! Running Friday through Sunday, stop by the festival grounds at Boylan High School to join the annual celebration of the Italian community in Rockford. With music, food, and rides to enjoy, you could stay all weekend!


Saturday


The Dog Days of Summer Art Fair to benefit Kibble Korner Pet Food Pantry is this Saturday. Shop art from local artists (including an artistic dog!) and donate dog and cat food at this amazing event to benefit pets in our community.


The Natural Living Expo is held annually by Rockford Crunchy Ladies to raise funds for their Scholarships and learning opportunities. This expo will showcase local businesses with natural, holistic, and sustainable living. Sharing the services, products, and activities that Rockford and the surrounding area have to offer our community.


The Culture Shock Parking Lot Show is back! All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Rock & Roll Institute, who kicks off the show at 4:00pm. Come for the party, stay for the food trucks.


Sunday


The first Love Your Mental event is this Sunday. There are more options available than just the traditional therapy with a counselor, let's showcase them! A $2 entry fee at the door will be donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for the Northern Illinois Region.


Find all the details for these events and more: https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

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Weekend Roundup: August 12 - August 14

Weekend Roundup: August 12 - August 14

It’s Rockford Day weekend! The official Rockford Day isn’t until Monday, but lots of local businesses are kicking the celebration off early. Grab your family and spread your Rockford pride!FridayIn case you missed it, the Boone County Fair has been in full swing all week! This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the fair. We tested the rides, and sampled the funnel cakes for you already.  Rock River Valley Blood Center is calling all Rockford donors to celebrate our community by giving blood! Stop out at the Downtown or Perryville Donor Centers to donate blood between Friday, August 12 - Monday, August 15th and you'll be entered to win one of FIVE dinner-for-two vouchers valued at $50 from Baker Street Burgers or Salamone's North! Three RRVBC gift baskets will be given away as well! Call (815) 965-8751 or visit rrvbc.org to schedule your appointment.SaturdayJoin Lallygag Boutique as they celebrate our city! They are celebrating Rockford Day on Saturday with special sales and giveaways in store!Rockford Day is also happening on Saturday at Hidden Treasures Mall & Antiques. Stop in all day for great deals! They will also have a full display presented by Rockford Made it with vintage and more items made within Rockford. There will also be a large display of Rockford made items for sale. Then from 2-3pm Gary will be here for an informal chat about all things Rockford! Bring your items, and your questions and he’ll be there to help and answer any questions or just reminisce! Miracle Mile Rockford is celebrating local manufacturing for Rockford Day this year by hosting another outdoor movie. They will be showing the action-packed film First Man, an Apollo 11 story of the first man on the moon mission. As the Rockford area has a rich history making contributions to many space missions, they thought this would be a great way to celebrate our awesome city and highlight some local manufacturing companies at the same time! SundayJoin the dinosaurs at The Pottery Lounge for an afternoon of painting, treats, discounts, and fun. They are partnering with Hero Party Patrol, who will bring "Mama" Val, an 8' tall, 13' long Utahraptor dinosaur, along with one of her babies, for painters to meet and interact with. Don't worry - they're specially trained not to bite!Find all the details for these events and more: https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

August 12, 2022

A Well Kept Secret at Backyard Grill & Bar

A Well Kept Secret at Backyard Grill & Bar

Have you stopped into Backyard Grill & Bar for dinner yet? Just off North 2nd Street in Loves Park, Backyard has a huge menu to satisfy any appetite and a big secret…We can’t lead right in with the secret, where would the fun be in that? But, we will start with a fact you may not know! The grills at Backyard Grill & Bar are all wood burning. There is a char and a flavor that only a wood burning flame can produce. Expect the amazing hickory flavors with every meal.Let’s start with the Henhouse. We ordered the Smothered Chicken: two 6oz chicken breasts are grilled and topped with mushrooms, onions, and Swiss cheese. I always find chicken to be the true test. It is so easy to serve dry. Grilled to perfection, the chicken breasts were juicy and flavorful. You get the select two sides, which makes this a very filling meal. Looking to get your veggies in but don’t want to be bored with the flavor? Come on down to Backyard. The veggies are steamed in garlic butter. You heard that right. Garlic. Butter.  Now for the moment you have been waiting for. A well kept secret is that you can get amazing salmon at the Backyard Grill & Bar! A generous North-Atlantic filet is available grilled with classic Backyard seasoning or blackened. We highly recommend the blackened! The flavor was wonderful and the texture was spot on. If you enjoy salmon, you have to swing by Backyard Grill & Bar to try their king sized filet. Your choice of two sides makes this a feast you’ll crave.Special shout out to their kids menu. Lots of options, you can sub veggies for the fries, and each kid gets to head to the freezer and pick a novelty ice cream to end their meal with. To a kid, this little extra effort makes them feel special.Backyard Grill & Bar is perfect for your next family outing!

August 10, 2022

TCMF 9th Annual Memorial Ride to Fight Suicide

TCMF 9th Annual Memorial Ride to Fight Suicide

Womanspace Online Auction

Womanspace Online Auction

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August 6, 2022

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Candy Cane Lane

Rockford Festa Italiana 2022

Rockford Festa Italiana 2022

Dinner at Benny's

Dinner at Benny's

Franchesco’s is a popular destination for your special events and celebrations. We headed out for a celebratory dinner of our own!We started with an appetizer that is a Franchesco’s specialty, the Lamb Lollipops. Don’t let the name fool you, this savory dish is amazing opener to any meal. If you like lamb, we highly recommend this delicious dish. There are 5 mini rib chops, perfect for sharing. Tender and perfectly seasoned, lamb lovers will rejoice after enjoying this appetizer.I feel like I can’t move on from the appetizers without mentioning Franchesco’s bread. If you know, you know. If you don’t… go find out.When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When at Benny’s, you order the Steak Benny! Steak Benny is a sliced New York Strip with a dejonge crust and white wine cream sauce. Served with a vegetable and truffle potatoes. If you love butter with your steak, the Steak Benny is for you. The dejonge crust still had the crisp crunch, and the butter created a juicy, melt in your mouth steak. The truffle potatoes wreaked perfectly and seasoned perfectly. Leave the ketchup for the kiddos, you won’t need to change a thing about these potatoes. Give this namesake a try during your next dinner at Benny’s.No celebration is complete without dessert, so we ended our meal with their Almond Cake. A cousin to tiramisu, lady fingers and mascarpone cheese come together with a new twist bringing an almond and caramel dream to life. Big enough to share, this is a light and refreshing dessert sure to please the whole table.Celebrate your next milestone, or a good old fashioned Tuesday, at Franchesco’s!

August 3, 2022

Where Do You Get Your Grillin' Meat?

Where Do You Get Your Grillin' Meat?

Grilling Season is just heating up! It may be August, but us tough Midwesterners have been known to grill well into winter. So turn on the propane, or pour the coals, and tell us where you get your grilling goods.

August 2, 2022

4th Annual Superhero Center Masquerade Ball 2022

4th Annual Superhero Center Masquerade Ball 2022

Free World Explorers Summer Arts Camp

Free World Explorers Summer Arts Camp

Thanks to generous funding provided by Rockford Public School District’s “Live, Learn, Play” program, RAM is able to partner with Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Dance Company to present two, week-long camps for rising third graders in the RPS district. The ‘World Explorers Summer Arts Camp’ was created to connect students to rich and diverse musical and artistic communities. In these week-long summer camps, students will build fundamental artistic skills through creative art projects and listening, singing, and moving to songs from all over the world. Using cultural topics from Argentina, Native America, South Africa/Zulu, Columbia, and Armenia, students will gain confidence with new art forms and celebrate and create connections with these various cultures.REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!FREE, FUNDED BY RPS’ “LIVE, LEARN, PLAY” PROGRAMREGISTRATION REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITEDhttps://rockfordartmuseum.org/event/world-explorers-summer-arts-camp-2/

July 31, 2022

Weekend Roundup: July 29 - July 31

Weekend Roundup: July 29 - July 31

We are staring down back to school season, and fall festivities are on the horizon, but summer isn’t over yet! Enjoy being outside this weekend, Rockford.FridayExplore Artourage, inside the creative space of Fatherless, an award-winning local print collective. Exclusive prints will be available for donation with contributions going directly to the Art’s Council’s local artist grants and art programs. Food trucks and a cash bar available!Lino’s is kicking off the first of its new music and movies series call Four Fridays. Admission is free, and the fun kicks off at 5:30pm. This week is Rockford Peaches Night with music by Miles Nielsen and Kelly Steward.SaturdayNever been kayaking before or maybe rented a kayak but wanted to learn more? Rocktown Adventures Introduction to Kayaking is the perfect opportunity to gain some knowledge and practicable skill for your next adventure. After this class you will be more efficient, confident, and knowledgeable with your paddling.Pig Minds Brewing Co. is hosting comedy night! The show starts at 7:30pm, but arrive early for a good seat. Admission is free!SundayCome - rain or shine - for special Sunday brunch food prepared by the staff at Prairie Street Brewing Co. topped off with a Bloody Mary bar. Adding to the whole experience will be music by Espinosa and Coffey. We'll have a ticket drop auction for great baskets. All proceeds support Family Counseling Services' mission to provide affordable, professional counseling services to children and adults.Find all the details for these events and more: https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

July 29, 2022

Plant Based with Pig Minds Brewing Co.

Plant Based with Pig Minds Brewing Co.

Pig Minds Brewing Co. is well known for its craft beer and fully vegan menu. We stopped by on a beautiful summer evening for dinner and drinks!One of us loves craft beer and one of us loves margaritas, and we were both very happy at Pig Minds Brewing Co. If you are a craft fan, spend some time sampling their home brews. There is something for every palette and they offer seasonal varieties as well. The full bar will keep you satisfied if beer isn’t your jam. So belly up and order your favorite drink.We have heard nonstop chatter about the vegan Macs and vegan pizzas, so we knew there was no option but to sample both. We like things spicy around here so we excitedly ordered the Buffalo Mac & Cheesy Bowl. This house-made Mac and cheeze comes with buffalo soy curls, carrot shreds, scallions, celery, buffalo sauce, and a house ranch drizzle. This was delicious and incredibly satisfying! The textures were spot on and the flavors were delicious. I would have never known the difference if we had not been at an exclusively vegan restaurant. If you love buffalo sauce, this needs to be in your rotation. Want a little more control? Wednesdays you can build your own Mac. Go crazy, you wild thing.Next up, pizza! We went with the “I’m Old School” sausage and mushroom pizza. The sausage was vegan, full of flavor, and generously spread. The vegetables on top were fresh, which makes them incredibly delicious! Stone fired, the crust has that crave-able crisp crust that is soft and fluffy inside. Gluten-free crust is also available! If you are not familiar with vegan fare and are worried about the taste, don’t be. This pizza is definitely worth a try. They have 9 pre-mades and an option to build your favorite pie.See you on the patio during our next visit!

July 27, 2022

Mud Volleyball with KNIB

Mud Volleyball with KNIB

Fancy yourself a volleyball player? Down for a little friendly competition? Don't mind getting a little dirty? Do we have an event for you!The Infamous KNIB Mud Volleyball Tournament will be Saturday, August 6th at Riverside Park (100 River Street, Roscoe, IL 61073) starting at 8am.Grab your friends, your family, and your competitive edge and be ready to hit the court for this fundraiser that benefits our local community.Register your team here: https://www.mudvolleyballknib.org/home

July 24, 2022

Weekend Roundup: July 22 - July 24

Weekend Roundup: July 22 - July 24

Baby goats, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo… Now that we have that song stuck in your head, get ready to eat, hike, and watch the stage this weekend, Rockford!FridayIt’s time for a summer favorite, Brat Days! Drive-thru, walk-up, or dine-in for a nostalgic summertime lunch. Entertainment is scheduled for lunch and dinner service so bring the whole office and family!It's 1979, and New York's hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addition. Find out what happens when Disaster! strikes on the Starlight Theatre stage at Rock Valley College.  SaturdaySaturday is all about food trucks! Barnstormer Distillery kicks off the fun with Hector’s Cocina Food Truck at the tasting room from noon to 4:00 pm.  Next up is the Chow Down Food Truck Festival. The festival kicks off at 2:00 pm and goes until 8:00 pm, so pace yourself and sample as many trucks as you can! Come hungry, leave happy.SundayHead up to Gretta’s Goats and enjoy a peaceful 1 mile hike around the farm and through the woods with their miniature goats! This 45-60 minute hike ends at the farm store stocked with seasonal cheeses, raw honey, goat milk soap, hand salve, and more.The Battle at Levings wraps up the weekend at 5:00 pm. Listen to great music by local artists, and watch local dancers defy gravity. This will be a tough one to judge, and an amazing viewing experience.Find all the details for these events and more: https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

July 22, 2022

All the Classics at Mexico Clasico

All the Classics at Mexico Clasico

Nothing like chips and salsa to bring people together, am I right? Add some delicious margaritas, some Mexican cuisine classics, and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid evening. Check out our experience at Mexico Clasico!One does not simply visit Mexico Clasico and forget to order the guacamole. The Guacamole Abuela is not just guacamole. It’s a culinary experience! They wheel the guacamole cart right to your table, and let you select the ingredients for your large molcajete of guacamole. Topped generously with fresh cheese, the flavor will have you coming back again and again just for the guacamole!If you somehow survived the salsa and guacamole with room in your stomach… be sure to explore their huge menu! Full of classic dishes, family recipes, and unique dishes, there is something for everyone.If you are like us and can’t decided what to try, just order enough food for a small baseball team and dig in!We sampled the Enchilada Suiza, Fajita Suiza, and the classic Chimichanga.Chimichangas are deep fried burritos, filled with a shredded meat of your choice, and covered in cheese dip. Served with rice and beans, this is a hearty meal! The shredded chicken had so much flavor! It was juicy and favorable and I honestly wanted to go back the next night to order it again. No dull, dry shredded chicken here.The Enchiladas Seizes are 3 corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken and covered in a creamy red sauce, more of that cheese dip, and topped with red peppers. This was served with black beans and rice. The red sauce and cheese dip combo was so velvety and delicious! The corn tortillas had that earthy flavor, making this dish a power packed hit to your taste buds. That shredded chicken again means this dish is sure to be a favorite!If you can believe that we still had room to eat more (we aren’t quitters!), we dug into the Fajitas Suiza next. This dish hosted a trio of meats: grilled chicken, steak, and shrimp. Everything was grilled with green peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and then smothered in cheese dip, glorious cheese dip. If building your own dinner is your thing, fajitas let you do just that. Add your rice, beans, and grilled goodness to your tortillas and munch away!Make sure to put Mexico Clasico on your regular dining rotation! Work your way through their large menu, and don’t forget to order the guacamole!

July 20, 2022

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