Winnebago County Calendar of Events Aug. 8 – Aug. 12

The 62nd Sycamore Steam and Threshing Show will be held on Aug. 9-12 at the The Taylor Marshall Farm, 27707 Lukens Road, Sycamore


Rockton River Market, Old Settlers Park,  200 E. Hawick St., Rockton, weekly on Wednesday 4-8 p.m., free admission. Information: 815-624-7625


A Mysterious & Deadly World – Temporary Exhibit, Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sundays, $10 ages 13 and up, $9 ages 4-12. Museum members free.  Meet over 30 different species of reptiles and amphibians. Examine, explore, and touch these living critters in Burpee Museum’s newest temporary exhibit.


The Rockford Park District offers free walking tours of public art along the Rock River on select Thursdays starting from the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Tours will run on July 12, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13 beginning at 11 a.m. and feature 16 unique sculptures, some of which are works by local artists, and many of which were donated to the Park District. Information: 815-987-8858.


Music on the Mall, Edgebrook – Outside Mary’s Market, 1639 N. Alpine Rd.,Rockford 6:30-8:30 p.m., free. In the event of inclement weather, Music on the Mall may be cancelled or moved. Information: 815 226-0212.


Rockford City Market, 100 N. Water St., Rockford,  weekly on Fridays starting at 3:30 p.m., free admission. The market features local growers and vendors who sell handmade products, including vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine and prepared food, as well as artisans and vendors with unique offerings. Most vendors originate within 150 miles of Rockford. Information: 815-977-5124


The Rockford Midwestern Biennial 2018, Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, $7 adults, $3 seniors and students. he 75th presentation of Rockford Art Museum’s juried exhibition, which began in 1913 as an annual showcase of local artists, then expanded eligibility and was known as the Stateline Vicinity Show through 1998. Now a biennial show that surveys new work by contemporary artists across the Midwest, the competition is open to original artwork in any medium created since the last biennial by residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, or Wisconsin. Information: 815-968-2787


HCC/Colonial Village Farmers Market, corner of Newburg Road and Alpine Road, Newburg Road Entrance, Rockford, weekly on Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 815-398-8109.

AUG. 9-12

Sycamore Steam Show and  Threshing Bee, The Taylor Marshall Farm, 27707 Lukens Road, Sycamore, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., $7; free for children; $4 for senior citizens on Aug. 9. This 62nd annual event will feature antique farm equipment displays, steam-powered sawmill demonstrations, flea market, food, live music, daily parade of antique steam engines and threshing bee.

AUG. 11

DeKalb County Barn Tour, Rollo Town Hall, 2266 Suydam Road, Earlville, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $25.  The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day self-guided driving tour of eight barn sites. Participants will receive a map guide book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn as well as the barn’s history, style and use. For an additional price, five-year anniversary books will be available. Participants drive to each location in any order to see the barns, including many interiors. Get information, tickets and directions at Rollo Town Hall, the starting point for the tour.

AUG. 12

Sunday at Sandwich Antique Show, Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, free for children 12 and younger. This well-known monthly market offers shoppers quality antiques and collectibles, crafts and garden items. Parking is free. Many vendors will sell food. For more information, go to



–Winnebago County Calendar of Events Aug. 8 – Aug. 12–