Festival of the Arts captured by Rockford artist


The Rockford Chamber of Commerce would like to do two things - let you know about a great opportunity, and to congratulate Rockford artist Dana Ziebarth. Ziebarth's soft pastel artwork was selected for the poster to tout Grand Rapids' Festival of the Arts in 2014! This wonderful honor went to Ziebarth and is a tribute to her watercolor that portrayed the hub of the festival - Calder Plaza. Chamber member Frame and Mat, 65 Courtland St., has Ziebarth's original piece at their establishment for your viewing … [Read more...]

May 6 Bond Proposal


Do you have questions on the Bond Proposal that you will be voting on May 6? Watch this video for answers! … [Read more...]

Chocolate Stroll Returns!

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Do you love chocolate and sweet deals? Shopping doesn’t get much sweeter than this! Join us on A Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll! It will be an afternoon out full of sweet treats, sweet deals, and one sweet prize! It is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1-6 pm at participating Rockford merchants. Let Downtown Rockford treat you to a sweet evening out. Enjoy unique chocolate samples as you stroll through downtown. Visit the HEART Facebook page for more information and updates! Purchase your tickets … [Read more...]

Ice Festival Opening Ceremony!

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You can't miss it. This year we are adding an Opening Ceremony for Ice Festival. The event starts at 6 p.m. sharp and is guaranteed to be fun. Parents, make sure to bring your kids to the event, it is guaranteed to charm everyone! Word has it that in Whoville there is always an unwelcome visitor coming down from a certain mountaintop! The ceremony takes place at the dam overlook in downtown Rockford, with a live carving starting at 5 p.m. There are also FREE carriage rides downtown from 5:30-8:30 p.m. … [Read more...]

Start of Summer is coming!


It looks like we need a little slice of summer right now! What better way than to start planning for the Chamber's Annual Start of Summer Celebration? This year's dates are June 13, 14 & 15, with Community Night falling on Thursday, June 12th. This year's event will feature a parade, food vendors, crafters, live entertainment, live music, and carnival rides. Rockford will be teeming with people and fun during this crowd favorite. Listed below are links to apply to be a Crafter, or for participation in the parade. We … [Read more...]

Ice Festival celebrates 5 years!


FESTIVAL OVERVIEW Plans are underway for the 5th Annual Ice Festival. Mark your calendar and check back often for updates -- we'll be posting info daily as our sponsors come on board to help make the 2014 Festival the best ever. The event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7 & Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. This year the sculptures will be lit for Friday evenings events and for visitors' viewing pleasure. DESCRIPTION A sneak peak of Festival activities ... An Ice Bowl Dinner Dance at Thousand Oaks Country Club on … [Read more...]

Santa Parade Line Up


  Click here for 2013 Santa Parade Line Up. … [Read more...]

State of the Community Luncheon


 Chamber to host ‘state of the community’ luncheon The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the “State of the Community” as its December installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. This special event is scheduled from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday, December 2 at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St., in the Media Center. The luncheon is open to the general public. The RCC has partnered with many entities to bring attendees an informative, comprehensive overview of many aspects of their … [Read more...]

Sports Complex Cocktail Party


Contact:  Kim Skeltis, APR; (616) 419-8385; kim@blueblazepr.com BASEBALL-THEMED FUNDRAISING EVENT TO SUPPORT THE ART VAN SPORTS COMPLEX HELD NOV. 6 AT REDS ON THE RIVER IN ROCKFORD Cocktail Party/Silent Auction to Raise Funds Toward Final $485,000 for Phase 1 of Championship-Caliber Baseball and Softball Complex  WHAT:   The West Michigan Sports Commission is hosting a baseball-themed cocktail party/silent auction at Reds on the River to support construction of the new championship-caliber Art Van Sports Complex. The … [Read more...]

Hey Kids! Come join us for the Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull Sunday!


The Rockford Chamber of Commerce would like to invite kids to come to downtown Rockford on Sunday, Oct. 6 for the Kid's Pedal Tractor Pull! This wonderful event has been a tradition of Harvest Festival for years! Registration begins on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the pull starting at 1:30. There are seven age groups: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10, with ribbons going to the top three pulls of each age group - and participation ribbons to everyone. The event will take place in front of Arnie's on Squire's Street Square. Come on down … [Read more...]