Winnebago County Calendar of Events May 30 – June 3


Enchanted April, presented By Pec Playhouse Theatre,  Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St.,Pecatonica, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Running through May 6, $14. When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, they bloom again to rediscover themselves in ways that they could never have expected. Information: 815-239-1210.

Simply Spring: The Butterfly Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens and experience the magical world of butterflies.  $6 adult members, $4 senior members, veterans and youth ($2 more for non-residents. Information: 815-987-8858.


Ingrid Dohm Art Show – New Works,  Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford,  9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Entry with regular Klehm admission.  Free parking. Information: Phone (815) 987-8858.


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


Edgebrook Farmers Market, 1639 N. Alpine Road, Rockford,  every Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free admission. Sample the area’s best seasonal farmers market. At the Edgebrook Farmers Market, local farmers display their highest quality vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants as well as fresh organic goods, baked breads & sweet treats, artisan cheeses, maple syrup, honey, locally raised  meats, farm fresh eggs, jams and jellies, and more. Information: 815-226-0212.


Rockford Town Fair,  Rockford Speedway,  9572 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m., 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.  This 4-day family-friendly event has a full midway complete with rides, games and fair food and drinks, and fun and exciting entertainment for all ages.


Rockford Peaches 75th Anniversary Celebration Events, presented By International Women’s Baseball Center. The center, in partnership with the Friends of Beyer Stadium, presents a series of fun, family-friendly events to celebrate the Rockford Peaches’ 75th Anniversary and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). All events are free except May 30 at the Coronado.  Information: or call 815-298-9194.

MAY 30

Rockford Peaches 75th – “Diamonds, Denim and Stars” Fundraiser, Coronado Performing Arts Center 314 N. Main St., Rockford, 6-9 p.m., general public in advance: $25 adult, $10 children under 12, free for children under 6 ; general public at the door: $35 adult, $15 children under 12, Free for children under 6. Information: 815-298-9194

Garden Bros Circus, BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, 4:30  and 7:30 p.m. The circus has brought performers from 18 countries making up a cast of over 60 persons. Information: 815-968-5222


Kids At Heart, presented By Children’s Safe Harbor, Giovanni’s Restaurant & Conference Center, 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford, 5:30 p.m., $75 per ticket, $700 for table of 10. All proceeds from the event support safe child exchange and supervised visitation services for families affected by child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Information: 815-316-7772.

OnStage: Coronado Americana Music Series Featuring Charlie Parr, Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, $25, 8 p.m. OnStage is a unique, limited ticket series allowing visitors to be on stage with the artists and enjoy the Coronado from a different perspective. Information:
(815) 968-0595.

YWCA Free Book Day, YWCA Northwestern Illinois, 4990 E. State St., Rockford, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Parents, providers, educators, and anyone else with a love of books are invited to pick up some reading materials for free. Information:  815-484-9442 ext 204

JUNE 1-2

Route 75 Sales – Northern Illinois’ 40-Mile Garage Sale, Location: Route 75 in Northern Illinois, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sponsored by the communities of Dakota, Rock City, Davis, Lake Summerset, and Rockton, the Route 75 sales include hundreds of garages sales, small businesses, and flea markets, as well as churches  and restaurants selling food in small communities and along the highway between the towns. Lake Summerset is a private, gated community. If you are not a member you must enter through the main gate on Best Road and receive a pass from the guard house. Passes will be handed out between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm on Friday and Saturday only.

JUNE 1-3

42nd Annual Glitzy Garage Sale, Womanspace 3333 Maria Linden Dr., Rockford, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, free admission. Shop this mega-sale with seventeen departments, including an air conditioned boutique featuring designer clothing, jewelry and accessories. Over 3,000 clothing items for men, women, children and infants can be found in the spacious Anjali Pavilion. Much more is available at rock-bottom prices. Information: 815-877-0118.


–Winnebago County Calendar of Events May 30 – June 3–