Winnebago County Calendar of Events

Chronicle Media Staff

Rockford City Market returns for another season at Water Street at East State Street. The market runs weekly on Fridays from 3:30-8:30 p.m. and features locally grown and made items including vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, flowers, herbs, baked goods, artisans, prepared food, local beer and wine.



Simply Spring: The Butterfly Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

1354 N. 2nd St. Rockford

Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Monday

Resident/Non-resident: $6/$8 adults plus other discounts available

Experience the magical world of butterflies by vis-iting a special butterfly house where you will be surrounded by live butterflies exploring a tropical envi-ronment. Information: (815) 987-8858



Spring Fling Used Book Sale

Cherry Valley Public Library

755 E. State St., Cherry Valley

daily. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. 

Free ad-mission.

The Friends of the Library’s sale features books, magazines, and DVDs. The book sale is open during regular library hours. Half Price sale runs from May 15-19 and the $2/bag sale is on May 20-21. Information: (815) 332-5161 or visit



10th Annual Vintage Art Sale

JustGoods Gallery

201 7th St., Rockford

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment

free admission

The sale includes a wide variety of premium artwork, including prints, oils, water colors, posters, knickknacks, and sculpture. All proceeds from the Vintage Art Sale benefit Rockford Urban Ministries, an outreach of 25 area congregations working in the city. Infor-mation: (815) 964-7111.




RAM Exhibition: The Others

Rockford Art Museum

711 N. Main St., Rockford

10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily

$7 adults, $3 students/seniors, free for members and children under 12

The Others explores 50 iconic selections by 44 seminal artists from the 200-piece Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Rockford Art Museum, critically acclaimed as the most significant collection of Chicago art that exists today. The Spiezers also amassed a brilliant grouping of studio glass from around the world. Information: (815) 968-2787.


MAY 12-28

Whistling in the Dark – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Artists’ Ensemble Theater

5050 E. State St., Rock-ford University, Clark Arts Center, Rockford

7:30 pm. Thursdays, 8 pm. Fridays, 4 and 8 pm. Saturdays, 2 pm. Sundays

$30 full price, $28 for seniors, $10 for students, discount Thursday $19

Dr. Watson relates the tale of Holmes’ most baffling case in this world premiere comedy/mystery about the world’s great-est consulting detective. Information: (815) 394-5004.



MAY 13-OCT. 28

North End City Market

Intersection of North Main and Auburn Streets, Rockford

weekly on Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

free admission

The market is full of fresh, local products and food and will be a nice place for the community to gather to shop, eat, and socialize. Information: (815) 977-5124.



MAY 18

Broadway at the Coronado – RENT

Coronado Performing Arts Center

314 N. Main St., Rockford

7:30 p.m.


Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across gen-erations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning masterpiece re-turns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Information: (815) 968-0595.


MAY 19-21

Spotlight Youth Theater Presents Bye Bye Birdie

Hononegah Performing Arts Center

307 Salem St., Rockton

7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday


It’s the late 1950s, and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Information: (847) 516-2298.



MAY 19-SEPT. 29

Rockford City Market

Water Street at East State Street, Rockford

weekly on Fridays, 3:30-8:30 p.m.

free admission

The market is an open air public market featuring locally grown and made items includ-ing vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, flowers, herbs, baked goods, artisans, prepared food, local beer and wine. There is weekly live entertainment in two areas, kids’ activities, and cooking demos. Information: (815) 988-2825.