RACVB: Rock out and wrap up the summer in Rockford, Illinois!

See Big Headliners at On the Waterfront Festival

ROCKFORD, IL — There’s no need to go softly into the fall months when you can rock out to wrap up your summer in the Rockford Region! Summer concludes in Rockford with music and festivities you won’t want to miss. Check out these two great music events, and visit summer.gorockford.com for more information on great summer events, attractions and deals.

“Tinker with Music” Outdoor Summer Concert Series: Miles Nielsen

When: 6:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 30

What: Bring lawn chairs, picnic dinners and the whole family and enjoy the final concert in this six-part concert series presented outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens. Rockford native Miles Nielsen will perform a combination of pop, folk and Americana music in this finale concert. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase, and the Tinker Museum Gift Shop will remain open before, during and after the performance.

Cost: Free

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

For more information: 815.964.2424, http://www.tinkercottage.com

On The Waterfront Festival

When: 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, September 3; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, September 4; 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, September 5; 11: 30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, September 6

Cost: Festival Passes: $18 for a 3-day pass or $15 for a one day wristband; Charlie Daniels Band tickets: $10 for lawn tickets, $19.50 for reserved seats, $49.50 for Gold seats; Jason Aldean tickets: $29.50-$49.50; Barenaked Ladies tickets: $29.50-$49.50. A three-day festival pass gives access to general lawn seating for all Great Lawn Stage concerts, excluding Sept. 3.

What: On the Waterfront Festival is Illinois’ largest street festival, with over 75 performers in five music venues covering 25 city blocks in the heart of downtown Rockford. In addition to the festival kick-off concert featuring The Charlie Daniels Band on September 3, Rockford will welcome country music superstar Jason Aldean on September 4 and multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies on September 5 to the Great Lawn Stage. The three-day festival also includes a carnival, more than 50 food booths, and local vendors.

For more information: 815.964.4388, http://www.onthewaterfront.com

Rockford Summeriginal Specials

Time’s running out to take advantage of some great summer deals in Rockford. Take a break before fall truly hits with these special discounts and packages offered by several Rockford Region hotels and attractions:

Inclement weather keeping you from the pool? Head on over to CoCo Key Water Resort, connected to the Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, where’s it’s always a tropical 84 degrees! There’s still time to take advantage of the Summeriginals CoCo Key Water Resort Package for just $159! Valued at $299, the package includes:

• overnight stay at the Best Western Clock Tower Resort (up to 4 guests)

• (4) water park passes (valid for day of check-in and check-out)

• $20 restaurant credit at the Sun Dial Restaurant (on-site)

• (2) $10 arcade cards

• (4) vouchers for water resort day passes for a future visit (must be used before 9/30/2009)

• $20 off a future overnight stay (valid through 10/30/2009)

Call 815.398.6000 to book now. Must specify “SUMMER” code when booking. Visit summer.gorockford.com for more information on CoCo Key Water Resort. Packages are based on availability thru September 7, 2009; black-out dates apply. This offer must be booked directly with the Clock Tower Resort and cannot be booked through Best Western Global Reservations. $20 voucher must be used on a future visit. All coupons and vouchers will be distributed upon check-in.

Not into waterslides or arcades? Enjoy a quiet, relaxing weekend getaway at Courtyard by Marriott. Visit summer.gorockford.com to download and print an exclusive online coupon to receive 10% off the regular room rate. Coupon must be presented at time of check-in. Offer valid 7 days a week, based on availability through September 7, 2009; discount does not apply for group room blocks.

Several other Rockford Region attractions still have special summer deals available. Visit summer.gorockford.com for links to download and print Sensational Values Coupons from the following Rockford Region sites and attractions: CoCo Key Water Resort, Courtyard by Marriott, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Discovery Center Museum, Kegel Harley-Davidson/Buell, Magic Waters Waterpark and Midway Village Museum. Unless otherwise noted, all coupons are valid until September 7, 2009.

Rockford, IL, is located approximately 60 minutes west of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport off Interstate 90. For information on accommodations and things to do, visit http://www.gorockford.com. RACVB is a private, non-profit organization established in 1984 to champion efforts to promote the Rockford Region as an overnight visitor destination. The RACVB generates positive economic impact for our community through investments in tourism.



Mika Doyle, RACVB Communications Coordinator: 815.489.1678, [email protected]