Rockford Park District
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Featured Programs

Featured Programs

Summer Fun at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens


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FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS

Enjoy tasty eats from Rockford area food trucks every Tuesday, through August 27, 2019, from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Some seating is available, but picnicking is also encouraged! Cash bar by Prairie Street Brewing Company.

Nicholas Conservatory will also be open until 8:30pm with Tropical Tuesday rates ($3 residents / $4 non-residents).

A variety of food trucks will be onsite each week.

Participating trucks include: 15th & Chris, Wok n' Roll, Bell's Churros, Flying Pig, Hicks BBQ, Kona Ice, Olive Branch, Olivo Tacos, Veebo's Pizza, and You're Bacon Me Crazy.


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FREE TUNES ON THE TERRACE CONCERTS BEGIN JULY 10, 2019

Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens invites the community to enjoy relaxing evenings along the Rock River at weekly Tunes on the Terrace concerts presented by Daniel P. Weyrauch, DDS.

Concerts are held on the Conservatory’s Riverview Terrace, and feature a variety of musical performers of jazz, easy listening, folk/Americana, country, and more, Wednesdays, July 10-August 28, 2019, from 5 until 8 pm. Prairie Street Brewing Co. will provide beer and wine for purchase, and Nicholas Conservatory’s on-site Hibiscus Bistro will provide food and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Free music performances are held 6-8 pm, and are open seating; attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The complete schedule and performer descriptions are listed in the 2019 Sounds of Summer booklet at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/soundsofsummerand also available at 815-987-8858, where information on accessibility, disability accommodations, and assistive listening equipment is also available.


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“R4” CHICAGO SCULPTURE SHOW RETURNS TO NICHOLAS CONSERVATORY JULY 6, 2019

Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL, invites the public to view unique works of art this summer as it hosts “R4: recycled/reclaimed/reused/recrafted,” July 6-August 25, 2019.

The show is by member artists of Chicago Sculpture International, and features sculptures created from recycled and reclaimed materials, with artwork placed among the lush tropical plants in Nicholas Conservatory. R4 was curated by Carrie Johnson of Rockford Art Museum.

Chicago Sculpture International is an affiliate organization of the International Sculpture Center, and holds exhibits throughout the Chicago area; including “Form in Flora” exhibits at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory; the exhibits were the inspiration for R4 at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.

Conservatory visitors can also stroll along the adjacent Rock River Recreation Path to view the more than 10 public art sculptures that line a two-mile portion of the path.

Mike Costello