Past Events – Midtown District Association

Here is a listing of some of our previous events and activities:

Spring 2018 ArtScene in Rockford's Midtown District - Friday & Saturday evening, April 13-14, 2018. Photo is of a sculpture by Melinda Cook.

Spring 2018 ArtScene in Rockford’s Midtown District – Friday & Saturday evening, April 13-14, 2018. Photo is of a sculpture by Melinda Cook.

Spring ArtScene 2018 in Midtown

It’s springtime, and Rockford’s Midtown District is again bringing you some of the BEST Art in Rockford! Here are places where we will be in Midtown and who will be showing at each spot:

• Steve Edwards – Photographs on canvas mainly and nature and landscapes
• Melinda Cook – Acrylic abstract painting and porcelain pottery

• Ariel Hess Watercolours and pencil drawings
• Cece Rub – Prints, pencil, pastel
• Brian Curry – Bicycle innovations
• Cindy Bielefeld – Nature inspired crafts
• David Zoberis – Larger scale acrylic and oil paintings

• Mario Duarte – Metal reliefs and sculptures
• Danny Miller – Minimalist abstract acrylic paintings
• Greg Miller – Acrylic paintings
• Diane Tepper – Mixed media sculpture, reliefs, and jewelry

• Artists of Rosecrance – Various media
• Melinda Peterson-Fluatt – Small scale acrylics

For more details, visit our Friday event page on Facebook and our Saturday event page on Facebook. See you here!

City Sidewalks presents “Holiday Windows 2017”
Happening now through the beginning of January 2018!

Once again this year, Rockford’s Historic, Sustainable, and Diverse Midtown District is reinstating the old-time Department Store type of decorated windows in various Midtown District storefronts for the holidays!

Display lights come on at 3:30 p.m. and stay lit until 10 p.m.

Come browse the shops after you eat in Midtown District and see what we have in store for you!
For more information, visit our event page on Facebook by clicking here.
Happy Holidays!

Midtown Does Fall ArtScene 2017
Mark your calendars!
Friday, October 6, 5-9 pm
Saturday, October 7, 4-9 pm
We are again hosting several different artists in a number of different Midtown District venues: click here to see the Midtown Fall 2017 ArtScene Guidebook for a full listing of where your favorite artists are showing!

Venues Map-Midtown Does Fall ArtScene
Click here for Friday’s Event Details
Click here for Saturday’s Event Details

Author George Lakey Comes to Midtown September 26
George Lakey is an activist, sociologist, and writer who added academic underpinning to the concept of nonviolent revolution. He also refined the practice of experiential training for activists which he calls “Direct Education.” A Quaker, he has co-founded and led numerous organizations and campaigns for justice and peace (Source-Wikipedia). He is also a Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College, the author of many books and articles, and has written for “Waging Nonviolence” and “Common Dreams,” among other publications. Among his stops in Rockford will be an appearance at Katie’s Cup on Tuesday, September 26 at 9 a.m. to discuss Community Activism and his newest book, “Viking Economics.” For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page here:

Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival 2017
Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Midtown District Ethnic Parade and Festival!
Sunday, August 27 at 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Parade steps off at 1 p.m.
Festival is from Noon – 6 p.m.
2017 Festival & Parade Program Book-Click Here

Fun for the entire family-food, games, music, dancing, genealogy, and more!
For more information, please visit the event page on Facebook and share it with your friends and family.

We also need your help to keep the Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival happening; please consider supporting the festival with your donations at our GoFundMe Page.

Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival 2017 Flyer

Spring 2017 Rockford ArtScene in Midtown District
ArtScene Spring 2017 Banner
Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, 2017. Come see Art, hear music, and enjoy the evening in Rockford’s Midtown District for Spring ArtScene!
Visit our event pages on Facebook for more information:
Click Here for Friday Night Information
Click Here for Saturday Night Information

Download our Event Booklet (with Event Map) Here
Download our Venues Map Here

Trip to Dubuque, IA – Sustainability Working Group
Sustainability Working group to visit Dubuque, IA on April 25
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Sustainability Working Group, an ad hoc group of local community leaders committed to sustainability, will be taking a trip to Dubuque, IA to meet with that city’s staffers involved in their Sustainability efforts. We will also tour the Bee Branch Creek Project – Dubuque’s $200 million, 39-year effort to mitigate flooding from their Bee Branch Creek. This project and the conditions it is addressing is very much like our own community’s Keith Creek situation so we intend to learn as much as we can about how they did their project.

The group will leave Katie’s Cup at 10 a.m. on April 25. Lunch (on your own) at noon in Dubuque. Meet Dubuque city staffers (perhaps including their mayor) at 1 p.m. We expect that meeting and the tour of the Bee Branch Creek to last 3 hours – so until 4 p.m. Be home around 6-7 p.m.

At present the group has 7 people going in two cars. If more people plan to attend, they may arrange for a 15-passenger van. There is no charge for the trip, but giving something to the driver(s) may be a nice idea, though (such as assisting with gas money).

Although this event is not being put on by Rockford Midtown District Association, we are sharing and posting information about it here for those who would be interested in sharing it or attending it due to its relevance to Keith Creek, which runs through part of the Midtown District. For more information, please contact Brad Roos-phone: 815-968-4041 or email – please also share this event with your Facebook friends!

2016 Midtown Winter Holidays

Gates, Luttrell, The Lone Canary, Trinadora – Gala Concert
Details: October 13, 2016 – 7 p.m. (doors at 6) – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St, Rockford, Illinois 61104
Katie’s Second Thursday series starts October 13th with a concert by four of the region’s favorite acts all in one night. Delicious food and beverages are available. Acoustics in Katie’s all-in-one-floor concert room are excellent. Admission is free. An opportunity to make donations directly to the performers and to purchase their CDs will be provided.

Midtown District Does Fall 2016 ArtScene
Fall ArtScene 2016
Details: Friday, October 7, 5-9 pm
Details: Saturday, October 8, 4-9 pm
Come see Art and hear Music at several great Midtown locations. While here, you can also eat at great Midtown restaurants!

Click here to see pictures from 2016’s Fall ArtScene!

3rd Annual Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Great ethnic food and music with a parade through Midtown to start things off! Visit the Facebook Event page for more details.

Click here to see pictures from 2016’s Parade and Festival!

Registration Forms and Packets
Are you interested in sponsoring the 2016 Midtown Ethnic Parade and Festival? Click here.
Do you want to be a part of the Parade? Click here.
Want to be a part of the Art show? Click here.


Midtown Lutheran Parish Worship: We Are One In the Spirit
Sunday, June 26, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: The BMO Harris Bank Parking Lot at 7th Street & 4th Avenue, Rockford, IL

Midtown Lutheran Parish Worship: We Are One In the Spirit is a combined worship experience, showing church unity of these seven churches: First, Emmanuel, Salem. Tabor, Trinity, Calvary, and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Churches located in the Midtown District and its surrounding neighborhoods. The quartet of David and Susan Lippert, Jenny Olson, and Ken Toot will be performing, as will a joint choir from the presenting churches. Worship is from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. There will be a picnic potluck held after worship.

In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Ave, Rockford, IL 61104. Click here for more information.

Spring ArtScene 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 – 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 4-9 p.m.
Come see art at several great Midtown locations!