Winnebago County Calendar of Events Jan. 3 – Jan. 17


Comets, Asteroids, Meteors: Great Balls of Fire!, Discovery Center Museum ,711 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $10 (includes museum admission), free for members. There’s more in outer space than stars and planets. Come explore the mysteries of other celestial objects at Discovery Center’s new temporary exhibition. Information: (815) 963-6769.

Sinnissippi Station Model Garden Railroad Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens,  1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, Price $6 adults ($8 non-resident), $5 youth age 5-17, seniors age 65-plus, veterans ($6 non-resident), $2 Tots age 3-4, daily. 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 ambiance. Information: (815) 987-8858.


“Misfits” – Art Exhibition and Related Programming, Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-5 a.m., $7 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for members and children under 12.  Information:  (815) 968-2787.


Exhibition – 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.

JAN. 5-6

First Fridays – Art, Music, Food and Shopping in Downtown Rockford. Each month downtown art galleries, shops, music and theater venues work together to stay open late providing great new art, music and goods.. Information: (779) 537-5319.

Public Skating Family Fun Days, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Rd. Loves Park, $10 per person, 1-3 p.m.  The package is $10 per person, and includes public skate admission, skate rental, and a meal. The meal includes the choice of a hot dog and chips or personal pan pizza (one topping), plus a medium fountain drink.

JAN. 9

Ready, Set, Sing. Free Singing Lessons for Men presented By 2nd City Chorus, Christ United Methodist Church 4509 Highcrest Rd., Rockford, every Tuesday 7-8 p.m., free. Five one-hour free singing lessons for men, young and old, who have always wanted to sing, or would like to hone their singing skills. No prior musical experience necessary. No RSVP needed – just show up or send an email to for more information. Information: (815) 262-2831.

JAN. 12

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular,  Coronado Performing Arts Center,  314 N. Main St., Rockford, 8 p.m., tickets start at $19. The show begins with the early rock-a-billy years, then moves through the military years, the movie years, the ’68 comeback special in black leather and the show closes with the Las Vegas concert years. Information:  (815) 968-0595.

JAN. 13

14th annual MLK Jr. Scholarship Breakfast – The Power In Our Protest, presented By Mu Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Rockford University, Burpee Center ,5050 E. State St., Rockford, 9 a.m., $25 adults, $15 children under age 18. $5 more at the door. Young Men from Rockford and surrounding communities will engage the audience with their thoughts on this years oratorical topic; Power in Our Protest. The key note speaker is Rev. Ovester Armstrong. Proceeds from ticket and advertisement sales go towards individual scholarships that will be awarded to these young men during their first year in college. Information: (779) 221-6336.

Snowshoe Hike, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, 2 p.m., $30 adults, $15 for kids 12 and under. Includes snowshoes, poles and $5 Rocktown gift certificate. Snowshoeing is a great low impact aerobic activity and the fastest growing winter sports activity. Plus it gets you outdoors in the beautiful scenery. Come experience the pleasure of snowshoeing during our KlehmArboretum Snowshoe Hike. Can’t wait to see what this area is like in winter. Information: (815) 636-9066.

JAN. 14

Hector Olivera, organist in concert, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford,  7 p.m., free admission (freewill offering accepted). A virtuoso organist with extensive improvisational skills. Olivera has performed all over the world in the most famous venues. The night prior to his performance at Our Savior’s, Hector will appear with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.  Information: (815) 399-0531.

JAN. 17-20

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition, Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. 2nd St., Rockford,  free admission, donations welcome. As many as 40,000 visitors view these massive works of snow art each year. Teams from around the state will compete in Rockford for the right to represent Illinois in the 2019 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, and high school teams from the Rockford area will compete in the high school division the same week.  Information: (815) 987-8800.


–Winnebago County Calendar of Events Jan. 3 – Jan. 17–