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December 2020

2020 Festival of Lights

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sinnissippi Park,
1401 N. Second Street, Rockford, 61107

The original socially distanced event! The Festival of Lights started in 1989 with only 11 light displays, now the whole entire park is lit up for the holiday season with over 80 light displays! This event is free but in order to make it bigger and brighter every year, your donations are appreciated!

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November 2020

2020 Festival of Lights

November 29 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Sinnissippi Park,
1401 N. Second Street, Rockford, 61107

The original socially distanced event! The Festival of Lights started in 1989 with only 11 light displays, now the whole entire park is lit up for the holiday season with over 80 light displays! This event is free but in order to make it bigger and brighter every year, your donations are appreciated!

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Artists Sunday

November 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Artists Sunday unites individual artists and support organizations across the country, creating a voice of 1,000’s, all promoting the purchase of art during the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

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To-Go Tuesdays

November 29 @ 8:00 am - December 4 @ 5:00 pm

As part of the campaign, RACVB will award a $25 gift card to one lucky winner per week from a local restaurant located within 11 municipalities across Winnebago County. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD, participants must share a photo of their recent to-go order from any local restaurant on social including the hashtags #ToGoRockford and #GoRockford.

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Holiday Parade in Beloit 2020

November 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Beloit,
500 Pleasant Street 53511

For 28 years, the Downtown Beloit Association has organized the Grand Lighted Holiday Parade. Normally, the floats would come down downtown, and all of the spectators would view the beautiful displays from the sidewalk. This year, the 28th annual Holiday Parade will run in reverse. Drive through the Third Street parking lot and view the fabulous holiday floats!

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Avalon String Quartet – November

November 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center,
406 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103

Ten years ago, MPAC collaborated with the Avalon String Quartet in a mini-series consisting of all sixteen of Beethoven’s String Quartets. During the intervening years, the Quartet has continuously been a part of the MPAC Mainstage Series. In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Avalon reprises the playing of all the Master’s Quartets through the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Mainstage seasons.

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3rd Annual Fred VanVleet Turkey Drive

November 20 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
BMO Harris Bank Center,
300 Elm Street 61101

If you or someone you know are in need of food for Thanksgiving, Fred VanVleet and his family ask that you join them on Nov 20th, 2020 for their 3rd Annual Fred Vanvleet Turkey Drive! They are providing 700 Turkey Dinners to families of the Rockford Community on a first come first serve basis. From our table to yours the VanVleet family wishes you a blessed and safe holiday.

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The Legacy of Steven Larsen Zoom Series

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Join the ZOOM series highlighting the 30-year career of Maestro Steven Larsen as RSO Music Director.
The legacy of Steven Larsen will be explored by Host Phil Davidson in a 4-part free Zoom series on November 20th.

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Stroll on State Decoration Days

November 20 @ 8:00 am - November 21 @ 5:00 pm
Downtown Rockford,
Walter & Market Street 61107

Come out and help decorate downtown Rockford for the Christmas and Holiday season! Now more than ever we all need some joy, hope, smiles, and laughter. 

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Free Drive-Thru Food Distribution – City First Spring Creek

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
City First Church,
5950 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, Illinois 61114

If you or anyone you know is in need of groceries, drive-thru on Thursday, November 19th, and receive protein, dairy, and produce boxes! City First Church in Rockford is hosting a FREE drive-thru food distribution. 

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