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Festivals, Parades, & Happenings
Annual Festivals, Parades, & Happenings

The Rockford area is home to many fun filled annual celebrations, parades, and festivals. Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall, Rockford has an event that is sure to be fun for the whole family. For a complete list of upcoming events in the Rockford area, please visit our Rockford Events Calendar.

For more information on any of the events listed below, please click on the respective event dates or the more information links.

Art in the Park Art in the Park

Artists from across the state of Michigan compete in this annual juried art exhibition that takes place in the Garden Club Park along the banks of the scenic Rogue River.

Date: September 6th, 2014 From 9:00am - 6:00pm

More Information: Rockford Area Arts Commission - Art in the Park


Harvest FestRockford Harvest Fest

The Rockford Harvest Fest is an annual event the last weekend of September. The event celebrates the end of the growing season – Food, Fun, Demonstrations, Entertainment, and More…

The 2014 Harvest Fest will be the 38th Annual Edition.

Dates:     September 26-28th, 2014

More Information: Rockford Harvest Fest


Mitchell's Run Thru Rockford Mitchell's Run

Mitchell's Run Thru Rockford is an annual 5K Run Thru Rockford To Support Muscular Dystrophy Research. The 2014 event was the 16th annual running and was once again a huge success!

More Information: Mitchell's Run Thru Rockford Website


Picnic Pops @ Cannonsburg Ski Area Chase Picnic Pops

Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area is an annual showcase of music by the Grand Rapids Symphony during the summer months.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the sounds of the Grand Rapids Symphony at the Cannonsburg Ski Area…

Dates: Thursday & Friday Evenings During July & August

More Information: Picnic Pops Information


Relay for Life of Rockford Rockford Relay For Life

Relay for Life is a 24 Hour Run-Walk to benefit the American Cancer Society. In just 7 years, the Rockford Relay For Life has raised nearly $2.0 million dollars for cancer research...

 May 15th 2015 Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:  North Rockford Middle School

More Information: Rockford Relay For Life


Rockford Community Expo Rockford Community Expo

The Rockford Community Expo is an annual showcase of everything that Rockford has to offer including local businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and much more!

The 11th Annual Rockford Community Expo features cash giveaways, entertainment and plenty of information about our business community. The event will take place on March 21st, 2015. For information on booth reservations call (616)866-2000.

Date: March 21, 2015

Time: 9AM - 3PM


Rockford Farm Market Rockford Farm Market

The Rockford Farm Market is a weekly farmer's market featuring locally grown produce, homemade pastries and breads, and much more...

Date: Every Saturday Morning (June – October)
Where: South Squires St. Parking Lot
When: 8:00am - 1:00pm



Plainfield Farmers Market Plainfield Farmers Market

The Plainfield Farmer's Market features locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, and cheeses. The market accepts Double Up Food Bucks and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Date: Every Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (June 10th – October 9th)
Where: 4411 Plainfield Ave. Grand Rapids, MI

More Information: Plainfield Farmers Market Flyer


Rogue River Blues Series Rogue River Blues Series

The Rogue River Blues Series is an annual summer showcase of jazz, blues, and folk music. Local blues artists highlight this relaxing weekly summer music series along the beautiful Rogue River in the Garden Club Park

Date: Every Tuesday Evening (June - August)

More Information: Rogue River Blues Series Schedule


Santa Parade Rockford Santa Parade

The Rockford Santa Parade is an annual Christmas parade through the streets of downtown Rockford featuring floats, music, and of course jolly ol' St. Nick...

The 2015 edition will be 72th annual edition of the Rockford Santa Parade.

Date: TBA
Time: 11am


Start of Summer Celebration Rockford Start of Summer Celebration

Start of Summer is a wonderful celebration of the closing of the school year and the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! The event is hosted by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and features carnival rides, arts & crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, 3 beer tents, fireworks and a parade.
Thursday night is Community Night and offers special rates for bracelets to ride the carnival rides can be purchased at the City Offices on Wednesday. One must be a City of Rockford resident to get the reduced rate. How do you know? If you pay taxes to the City of Rockford, you are a city resident.

Date: June 11th-14th, 2015
Time: TBA
More Information: Rockford Start of Summer Celebration

For booth & vendor information OR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, please contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000 or visit their website here.

Sweetheart Splash Rockford Sweetheart Splash

The Sweetheart Splash is an annual jump into the frigid waters of the Rogue River to show devotion to your Valentine Sweetheart.

Groups and individuals jump into the frigid Rogue River competing to show who has the most devotion to their special Valentine Sweetheart in this judged competition.

More Information: Rockford Sweetheart Splash