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Rockford Day 2017 is almost here! Yippee!!!

What’s Rockford Day?

Well, funny you should ask…
Rockford Day exists to showcase the people, places, and things that make Rockford awesome with fun activities and experiences throughout the city.
It’s held annually on August 15.

(get it? …8/15…815. Sorry 779ers…it’s ok, you can still join us)

Lots of businesses and organizations will have Rockford Day themed specials, discounts and even events throughout the city and surrounding areas!
To make things a little easier for you, we’ve put together a list of the ones we feel are more family friendly. If you want a full list of events check out the Rockford Day Facebook Page, Twitter, or Website!

We will be adding more events and specials as we find them so keep checking back!

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The Rockford Story Reading

Where: Rockford Public Library East Branch
When: 9:15 a.m.
Special guest Mayor Tom McNamara will read “The Rockford Story and Coloring Book”
Rockford Public Library will also be hosting 815 Day Read-ins throughout the day at it’s various branches. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar for the most up to date information!

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815 on the Mile

Where: Bygone Brand (3600 E. State St.) and Lallygag Boutique (4616 E. State St.)
When: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Bygone Brand) and Noon – 5 p.m. (Lallygag Boutique)
Stop by Bygone Brand (inside the mall) to get a limited edition Rockford Day T-shirt printed LIVE by Yackle Tees from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.. May other Rockford brand t-shirts available for purchase, 15% off all Rockford apparel, plus Made in Rockford mugs for $8.15. Join the Let’s Chill Ice Cream Party with Coley’s Cooler from Noon – 2 p.m. at Lallygag Boutique. Lallygag will have Signature 815 t-shirts from Bygone Brand for $18.50 while supplies last; Lace top extenders for $15; all summer clearance items for $8 – $15.

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815 on the Bridge

Where: State Street Bridge in downtown Rockford
When: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by The Element and Rockford Community Partners
Designed as an event to unite the entire community at its most significant point, 815 on the Bridge will run from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. Scheduled events include the “Break the Chain” Peace Dance, sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Council at 12:08:15 p.m., right on the bridge. This flash dance is a community event and everyone, especially in downtown, is encouraged to join in to focus Rockford on peace. In addition, Rockford’s 815 Choose Civility Movement will have their Choose Civility Pledge available for signing. Always an important part of any celebration, food options will include Bamboo’s Wok & Roll food truck, Javamania, Kroozin’ Kooler Frozen Treats ice cream truck, and Taco Betty’s food tent in the alley right next to their building. Tables and chairs provided at the corner of East State and Water Streets will provide plenty of opportunities to lunch outdoors. Music features local Indie/Americana musicians at the central location of Water and State Streets. Along the bridge, 100FM Rockford’s Greatest Hits radio will have a live remote. Enjoy massage chairs to ease the stresses of the day, provided by AMR Medical Center, tables for open dining, and more. 815 on the Bridge is sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC and is produced by The Element and Rockford Community Partners.

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Rockford Day at Edgebrook

Where: Edgebrook (1639 N. Alpine Rd.)
When: All day on August 15
Join us on August 15 to celebrate everything Rockford at your favorite Edgebrook shops, restaurants, and businesses with 815 events and specials! Featuring an exclusive live print event from Yackle Tees. Visit Edgebrook’s website for more details.

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Figure Skating Exhibition

Where: Carlson Ice Arena
When: 7:30 p.m.
Looking for a great way to celebrate Rockford Day on August 15? Check out the end-of-summer figure skating exhibition at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlson Ice Arena. No admission charge, but please bring school supplies to donate.

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What’s Your Story?

Where: Nordlof Center (118 N. Main Street)
When: 8:15 p.m.
The Rockford Area Arts Council wants you to tell YOUR 815 story during a special open mic night on August 15. 8 storyteller names will be pulled from a hat to tell their Rockford story in 8 minutes and 15 seconds.

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Stories in Art

Where: Nordlof Center (118 N. Main Street)
When: 4:00 p.m.

Come to this fun storytime and be inspired by some of the great artists from past and present. Together we’ll read about art and artists from a variety of backgrounds and with all different styles. After stories and songs, we’ll have some hands-on fun and create our own artistic masterpieces. Wear comfortable clothes that you’re not afraid to get messy in.

AGES 5-9. No registration required.

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Bella Luna Bakery

815 sugar cookies for $1, ten 815 cookies for $8.15, Mrs. Fisher’s potato chip cookies for $1
All week the week of August 15

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By the Dozen Bakery

1/2 dozen doughnuts and 1/2 dozen rolls for $8.15; 1 dozen doughnuts for $7.79
All day on August 15

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Bygone Brand

$8.15 Made in Rockford mugs; 15% off all Rockford Line Apparel; NEW Limited Edition Rockford Tee LIVE PRINTED on site by Yackle Tees.
August 15 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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The Canine Crunchery, Inc.

Don’t forget to let your dog in on the fun and pick up a bag of 815 biscuits.
All day on August 15

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Cookies by Design

1 dozen glazed and sprinkled favors for $8.15 (regularly $11.11 a dozen)
August 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Crimson Ridge

Two different Rockford-themed shirts for a special price of $8.15 each.
All day on August 15

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Don Carter Lanes

Two hours of unlimited bowling with shoe and ball rental for $8.15 per person; $8.15 Food & Beverage Package (pitcher of beer and one large 2-topping pizza)
August 15 – August 20 from 8:15 a.m. – 8:15 p.m.

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Dunkin’ Donuts

A dozen donuts for $8.15, all day August 15 (All Rockford locations: 4105 Charles Street, 1601 N. Alpine Road, 3225 11th Street, and East State Street)
All day on August 15

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Fleet Feet Sports Rockford

Original design 8run5 tees for only $8.15; Custom 8run5 wood sign by 815wood designs available. Beefaroo tees & bobbleheads for $8.15.
August 15 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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The Green Rift

Offering Lip Balm Fobs + Lip Balms Combination Set for $8.15 (MSRP $12.95); Use code ROCK815
All week August 15 – 19

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Inflated Forte

Balloon centerpiece of any occasion including birthdays for $8.15. Can call and schedule for any holiday and will deliver when that holiday comes. Need to schedule the week of August 15 to receive offering.
August 15 – 19

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J.R. Kortman Center for Design / Kortman Gallery

Opening reception for French artist Malika Moine presenting her original drawings that will be featured in the Paint the Town calendar premiering on August 15. Other works by Ms. Moine will also be on exhibit in the Kortman Gallery.
August 15 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

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Kegel’s Bike Store

$8.15 “Call in Sick & Go For a Ride” Tees
August 15 – August 19

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Kroozin Kooler Frozen Treats

8 treats for $1.50
All day on August 15

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Lallygag Boutique

Bygone 815 Tees for $18.50; Lace top extenders for $15 (while supplies last)
August 15 from Noon – 5pm

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Magic Waters Waterpark

Magic Waters Food Specials: $8.15 for 2 funnel cakes with toppings at Coconut Cafe, $8.15 for 2 slices of pizza and medium drink at Ocho’s Pizzeria & Grill; $8.15 for 3 chicken or shrimp tacos at Tiki Tacos
August 15 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Mid-West Family Broadcasting

Morning trivia countdown on B-103 starting August 1. Live remotes on August 15 at the “815 on the Bridge” (100FM) and 815 Dock Party (B-103) events.
All day on August 15

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Metro Ltd.

Any print order placed on 8/15 will receive a Bowl 815 Tee.
August 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Enjoy $3 admission ALL DAY on Tuesday, August 15. Here is your opportunity to see the Bruce Munro: LIGHT exhibit at a reduced rate
August 15 from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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Nordlof Center (Rockford Public Library)

3D printing class (4 – 8 p.m.); Rock River Chess (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.); Open Mic Night (6 – 8 p.m.); “What’s Your Story” sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Council (8:15 – 9:30 p.m.)
All day on August 15

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One Love Candle & Bath

3 Lip Balms for $8.15; All Body Polish/Sugar Scrubs $8.15 each; All 8 oz. Pure Soy Candles for $15, plus other in-store and online specials! Complimentary treats and refreshments to fuel your 815 shopping including coffee from JavaMania and cookies by Halo Cupcake!
August 15 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Rockford Art Deli

Limited edition 815 print only available 8/15. Bring in a tee and get print for $8.15. First 50 customer purchases receive a limited edition 815 lapel pin.
August 15 from Noon – 8 p.m.

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Rockford Public Library

Spin Art featuring special guest reader at East Branch (9:15 – 10:15 a.m.); “Read In” where parents will read with their children at all branches (4 – 5 p.m. Montague Branch, 5 – 6 p.m. Rockton Centre, 6 – 7 p.m. Rock River)
All day on August 15

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Volcano Falls

Volcano Falls will be offering ONE attraction (golf, go karts, OR laser tag) 15 arcade credits, and soft serve ice cream for $8.15!
All day on August 15

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YMCA

Membership deal for anyone not currently a member of the YMCA! Come to any of the three facility locations (Puri Family YMCA, Northeast Family YMCA or I.D. Pennock Family YMCA) to sign up on August 15. They will receive the month of August for $8.15, with normal membership rates taking effect in September. The off is good for individuals, families, seniors, college students, etc.
All day on August 15

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Yolo’s Sweets

Sock Monkey cakes, cake pops, and cupcakes featuring the Rockford Day logo! (You can special order cakes with the Rockford Day logo too!)
All day on August 15

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