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Screw City Beer Festival one 15 things to do in Rockford this weekend

ROCKFORD — The second weekend in September offers a variety of events and activities in the Rock River Valley for children and adults alike.

There are festivals, a block party, a bike tour and plenty of music.

Cheers at Prairie Street: An Oktoberfest Celebration

What: Cheers on Prairie Street is a brand new addition to the Dinner on the Dock lineup to help close out the summer season.

When: 5 to 9 pm Thursday

Where: Prairie Street Brewing Company, 200 Prairie St., Rockford

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Four Fridays in the 14th Ward

What: Live music featuring the Vince Chiarelli Band plus an outdoor showing of “The Majestic.”

When: 5:30 to 10:30 pm Friday

Where: Lino’s, 5611 E. State St., Rockford

Cost: Free admittance

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Roscoe Lions Club Fall Festival

What: The Roscoe Lions Club hosts the village’s annual Fall Festival, featuring amusement rides, live music, parades, vendors, a raffle and food.

When: 5 to 10 pm Friday; 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 12 to 7 pm Sunday

Where: Leland Park, 5727 Broad St., Roscoe

Cost: Free admittance

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Good Vibrations: Songs of the 60s

What: Rockford University Performing Arts presents a musical tour through the groovy 1960s. Celebrating the folk/rock music of the decade, “Good Vibrations” features songs by The Supremes, The Beatles, Leslie Gore, Jefferson Airplane and more. Broadway selections from Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and Hair are also in the line-up.

When: 7:30pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday; 2 pm Sunday

Where: Rockford University Maddox Theater, 5050 E. State St., Rockford

Cost: $12 for adults, $9 for students

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Keyboard Magic featuring Margaret Dean and Bob Rub

What: Keyboard Magic features two of Rockford’s foremost keyboard professionals. Their piano and organ music features exciting duets and fun music for the entire family. The concert will also feature the St. Mark Ringers handbell ensemble.The music covers all styles, from Gershwin to Disney, and will thrill concert goers of all ages.

When: 7 pm Friday

Where: St. Mark Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 675 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford

Cost: Free admittance

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Legends, Myths and Mayhem Along the Rock River

What: Haunted Rockford’s own Kathi Kresol and Sara Bowker have been researching ghost stories, true crimes, and odd tales of the local area for almost two decades. Their latest project will feature legends and myths Kathi has collected about the spooky side of the Rock River Valley. The tales will feature stories of phantom hitch-hikers, haunted cemeteries, and vengeful spirits.

When: 7 to 10 pm Friday

Where: Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent St., Rockford

Cost: $25 per person, tickets must be purchased in advance

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Midtown Block Party

What: Inscape Collective hosts the Midtown Block Party featuring live music, children’s activities, food trucks and baseball trivia. Many Inscape artisans will have their work available for sale.

When: 12 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: 201 7th St., Rockford

Cost: Free admittance

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Tamale Festival

What: The festival features music, vendors, a tamale competition, a lowrider show and a Latina model contest.

When: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: 3923 E. State St., Rockford, next to Don Carter Lanes.

Cost: $10 each. Proceeds from the festival go to Mexican Americans Saliendo Adelante and Miracle Mile Business District Association.

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‘The Outsider’, presented by Artists Ensemble Theater

What: Ned Newley never wanted to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking; his polls are sinking almost. His Chief of Staff is convinced that his boss is doomed to lose the election. But political consultant Arthur Vance has a plan. Don’t miss this satire that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

When: Sept. 8 through Sept. 25: 7:30 pm Thursdays and Fridays; 4 pm and 7:30 pm Saturdays (Sept. 24, 4 pm only); 2 pm Sundays

Where: Rockford University Clark Arts Center, Cheek Theater, 5050 E. State St., Rockford

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Music on the Mall

What: Performance by Swingbilly RFD

When: 6:30 to 8:30 pm Friday

Where: Edgebrook Center Court, 1641 N Alpine Road, Rockford

Cost: Free admittance

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Rockford City Market

What: Local makers, growers, artists, and bakers will feature their wares underneath the Rockford City Market Pavilion. There are two local breweries on site pouring beer, a Main Stage area with a local band, and an Acoustic Stage area with a local performer. The pavilion and two of the surrounding streets are lined with vendors and food trucks, and City Market partners with local nonprofits and organizations to host kids’ activities.

When: 4 to 7:30 pm Fridays through September

Where: Water Street at East State Street

Cost: Free admittance

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Screw City Beer Festival

What: An outdoor beer festival featuring regional breweries and local food along the banks of the Rock River.

When: 12 to 4 pm, Saturday

Where: Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford

Cost: $55 per ticket. This event is limited to 1,500 people and is sold out.

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Light Your Fire 5K Run/Walk

What: The 5K event begins near the main pavilion of Spencer Park and goes through Belvidere Park before winding its way back to Spencer Park. Proceeds from this event benefiting OSF St. Anthony Medical Center’s burn unit, Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and Boone County Fire Protection District #2.

When: 9 am Sunday

Where: Spencer Park, 899 Appleton Road, Belvidere

Cost: $30 for ages 16 and older; $15 for ages 6-15; Free for children 5 and under.

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Lifescape Senior Expo

What: The Lifescape Senior Expo is a community resource for older adults, caregivers, and families featuring local exhibitors and health screenings including businesses in areas such as healthcare, financial planning, retirement, home improvement and more. The keynote speaker at 12:30 pm will be former Chicago Bull and three time NBA champion Bill Wennington.

When: 9 am to 3 pm Saturday

Where: Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, 3301 N Mulford Road, Rockford

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Cycle on 2nd

What: The annual Cycle on 2nd event is Rockford’s own version of Chicago’s Bike the Drive event.

When: 8 to 10 am Sunday

Where: The southbound portion of N. 2nd St. from the Auburn interchange to State St. will be closed to cars and open only to cyclists from 8-10 am Enter the route any time between 8-9:45 am Grab your bike and your family and friends and enjoy some traffic-free cycling.

Cost: Free of charge, no registration is necessary

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Ken DeCoster covers business news and features. Contact him at 815-987-1391, [email protected] or @DeCosterKen.

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