Winnebago County Calendar of Events Aug. 29 – Sept. 30

Judge K. Patrick Yarbrough’s Sports Memorabilia Exhibit is on display through Nov. 11 at the Ethnic Heritage Museum.


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


Annual Vintage Art Sale, presented By Rockford Urban Ministries,  JustGoods Gallery, 201 7th St.
Rockford,  10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, free admission.  Art has been donated by many members of the community and includes oils, prints and framed airtwork and is available for purchase at reasonable prices. All proceeds from the Vintage Art Sale benefit Rockford Urban Ministries, an outreach of 25 area congregations active in community development, neighborhood volunteers, and social justice issues. Information: 815-964-7111.


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. It is now a biennial show that surveys new work by contemporary artists across the Midwest.


Judge K. Patrick Yarbrough’s Sports Memorabilia Exhibit, Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., Rockford, Sundays 2-4 p.m., $7 individual, $15 family, free for members. Yarbrough is a life-long Chicago Cubs fan and this display will include memorabilia he has collected for decades. Other highlights in this exhibit are Chicago Bears, Blackhawks and Negro Leagues memorabillia.

AUG. 29

Foraging: Eat Local, Drink Local, presented By Natural Land Institute,  Prairie Street Brewing Co.,200 Prairie St., Rockford, 6-7 p.m., $6. Join us as food expert Josh Tourville discusses his experiences foraging and teaches how to identify desirable plants and fungi, as well as how to forage safely and responsibly. Information: 815-964-6666.

AUG. 30

Burning Bacon – A Comedy Roast, presented By Winnebago County CASA, Giovanni’s Restaurant & Conference Center 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford, $50. Join in for a night of laughs as Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea and Illinois State Representative John Cabello face off against Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana and Illinois State Representative Brian Stewart at an all new “roast” of law enforcement by local law enforcement.



–Winnebago County Calendar of Events Aug. 29 – Sept. 30–