Winnebago County Calendar of Events Feb. 15 – Feb. 24

The annual “Quilts and More” show at the Winnebago Public Library on Feb. 17-18 features homemade quilts, ranging from very old ones to ones newly completed.


Sinnissippi Station Model Garden Railroad Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford,  9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily (closed Monday), $6 adults ($8 non resident), $5 youths ages 5-17, seniors and veterans. $2 children ages 2-4.  Visitors are transported to a magical miniature world as six G-scale trains and trolleys run down, around, and above the lush tropical setting of Nicholas Conservatory. Miniature Rockford landmarks and willow trestle bridges add to the enchanting ambiance.

Indoor Spring Auto Show, CherryVale Mall 7200 Harrison Ave., Rockford, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission. The show, which has been held for over 30 consecutive years, will feature 120-plus new cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans in all the new models and colors. Information: (815) 332-2451 ext. 261.


Twelve Angry Men, presented By Usual Suspects , Nordlof Center 118 N. Main St., Rockford, 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, $18. Twelve jurors each reveal his or her own characters as various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men.


1960s: The Generation of Love and War, Midway Village Museum,  6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford,10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $7 adults, $5 children ages 3-17, free for children up to age 2 and museum members. The temporary exhibition invites visitors to take a journey back in time to examine some of the major topics and events that occurred during the 1960s and how it impacted the Rockford area. Information: (815) 397-9112.

Black History Month Sale and Display presented By Rockford Urban Ministries, JustGoods Fair Trade Store Gallery, 201 7th St., Rockford, free admission, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Annual Black History Month Sale and Display of books, posters and art work associated with the struggle of African Americans. The sale proceeds help RUM support civil rights programs throughout the year.  Donations of books, posters, artwork and any political items are still welcome, call 815-964-7111 for more information.


In Full Bloom: The Orchid Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens,  1354 N. 2nd St., 9 a.m.05 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $6 resident adults, $8 non-residents adults, lower entry fee for seniors, students. It may be the depths of winter, but Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is teeming with color with hundreds of tropical orchids creatively displayed in the warm tropical exhibition area.


Special Exhibit: Curious George – Let’s Get Curious!, Discovery Center Museum,  711 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, $1 members, $11 public. Based on the familiar characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories, the Curious George exhibit inspires young children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math and engineering through hands-on interactive play. Exhibit signage is in both English and Spanish. Information: (815) 963-6769.

FEB. 14

2018 Art Talks: Who, What Wear, Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., 711 N. Main St., Rockford, 11 a.m., $15 members, $20 general public, $12 students. Presented by Women’s Art Board of Rockford Art Museum, this year’s three-part series features engaging talks by Milwaukee costumer and art educator Wendy Schaller Crawford: “The Art of the Handbag” (February 14), “The Art of the Shoe” (March 14), and “Fashion in Art, Art in Fashion” (April 11).  Light lunch included. Information: (815) 968-2787.

Brews & Views: “Father of the Bride”, Prairie Street Brewing Co. 200 Prairie St., Rockford, 7:30 p.m., $5. For the month of February, Brews & Views presents three films about fathers and their kids. showing, however alcohol will be available during the show.

Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., $19-$45. Based on hit preschool series PAW Patrol, the show brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed musical adventure. When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of The Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Tickets for both performances can be purchased at or by phone (800) 745-3000 .

FEB. 15

Justin Moore – Hell on a Highway Tour, BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $27. The country performer is on his fourth headline tour. Information: (815) 968-5222.

The Surprising Effect of Stories on Sane (and Crazy) People, with author Jacquelyn Mitchard, Rockford University Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, 7 p.m., free admission, tickets required. A Chicago native and graduate of Rockford College (now Rockford University), Mitchard is a professor of creative writing in Miami University of Ohio’s low-residency Masters of Fine Arts program, and lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children. She was the first author to be featured in Oprah’s Book Club. Information: (815) 226-4100.

FEB. 16-18

Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show, Mercyhealth Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, 3-8 p.m. FRiday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $6 admission 12 and over. One-stop location for persons interested in buying a fishing boat, pontoon, runabout, personal watercraft, looking for the perfect charters, guides, lodging, or looking for right fishing tackle. Information:  (815) 997-1744.

FEB. 17

African American Veterans from World War Two and Beyond, Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum, 211 N. Main St., Rockford, noon-4 p.m., $5, free for students and seniors.  Guests  include World War II veterans from the Chicago Chapter of the Montford Point Marines along with local veterans from the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars. The program includes a special presentation honoring the contributions of African American women veterans. Information: (815) 969-1999 .

Fred VanVleet Bobblehead Night at the IceHogs, BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, 6 p.m., $9-$32. The first 2,500 people in attendance will receive their very own Fred VanVleet bobblehead, and the RACVB will have an information booth at the game to answer questions about the partnership as well as plans for a promotional campaign. VanVleet, the Toronto Raptors guard and Rockford,  has committed to represent the Rockford region as a Sports Tourism Ambassador for a second-straight year.

FEB. 17-18

58th Annual Antiques Show, presented By Northern Illinois Antiques Dealers Association,  Forest Hills Lodge , 1601 West Lane Road, Loves Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $6. Information:  (815) 761-1444

Quilts & More Annual Quilt Show, presented By Friends of the Winnebago Public Library, Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida St., Winnebago, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday. free. The annual “Quilts and More” show features homemade quilts, ranging from very old ones to ones newly completed. “Bed turning” presentations are scheduled on Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Quilting books and patterns which have been donated by a quilting group which will be available for free. Information:  (815) 335-7050.


–Winnebago County Calendar of Events Feb. 15 – Feb. 24–