What's happening this weekend in farthest northern Illinois: Friday, Jun 7 - Sunday, Jun 9


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This weekend  in Roscoe, South Beloit, and Rockton: relive the 1840s, celebrate America, go fishing, bid at a big auction, meet an author, do crafting and scrapbooking, find a food truck, give blood, listen to a story, learn to play tennis, enjoy live music, play sand volleyball for a cause, join a family fun night, learn yoga, and/or discuss science fiction. Subscribe to our daily newsletter so you don't miss anything.

19 events this weekend on our calendar: Friday, Jun 7 - Sunday, Jun 9

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The Gathering at Macktown - Sat and Sun, Jun 8-9 9:00 am

Macktown Living History

Come learn and experience pre 1840's living. The Gathering at Macktown is a two-day historical presentation with 19th century re-enactors featuring blacksmithing, muzzleloader shooting, crafts & demonstrations, traders & voyageurs, and much more to do & see! Admission: $7 Adult,  $5 Student, children under 6 FREE [more details]

Hooked on Fun - Kid's Fishing Derby - Sat Jun 8 9:00 am

Four Lakes Forest Preserve, Pecatonica

Our annual Hooked on Fun Kid's Fishing Derby is back at Four Lakes Forest Preserve. This free fishing experience, just for kids, is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to fishing in a safe and controlled environment. ​Four Lakes Forest Preserve provides several shallow, small lakes which are easily accessible and provide an ideal setting to introduce and teach kids about fishing. [more details]

Former Goldie Floberg Center Liquidation Auction - Sat Jun 8 10:00 am

The Village of Rockton will sell all remaining contents of the 'Center' (located at the corner of Dorr & Rockton roads) including commercial kitchen & restaurant equipment, walk-in cooler, vending machines, maintenance & support, tools, seasonal decor, Xbox-Playstation-Game Boy-Nintendo-electronics, stereo hi fi equipment, large selection of office furniture-desks-chairs-file cabinets (over 200), folding tables, new Testors metal model cars (over 100), toys & games, vintage Rockton street signs, and more. [more details]

Crafting Day - Sun Jun 9 9:00 am

Roscoe Community Center

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 Join us for a day of working on your projects with like minded people. Lunch is on your own. Beginner Scrapbooking Class at 1 p.m. is FREE. [more details]

Other Events

Blood Drive at Faith Lutheran Church South Beloit - Fri Jun 7 9:00 am

Faith Lutheran Church South Beloit

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Rock River Valley Blood Center needs 800 donated units of blood each week to keep up with the demand in northern Illinois. Register online. [more details]

Preschool Storytime - Fri Jun 7 10:00 am

South Beloit Public Library

Join us for a fun-filled hour of activities every Friday for preschoolers and their caregivers. [more details]

Food Truck Friday: Cantina Taco - Fri Jun 7 10:00 am

Village of Roscoe

Cantina Taco will serve lunch in the parking lot of Roscoe Village Hall from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. SCREW CITY TACOS! Fried flour tortilla, choice of pork or chicken. HOUSEMADE QUESO, corn, rice, sour cream and salsa. TRADITIONAL TACOS! Corn or flour tortilla, choice of chicken, pork, or steak, topped with cheese, lettuce, cilantro, onion, sour cream if you want it and salsa, served with a side of lime. BEEF BIRRIA TACOS! (dipping tacos) Corn tortillas dipped in beef consommé (soup), then stuffed. [more details]

Free Tennis Lessons - Fri Jun 7 4:30 pm

Beloit Tennis Association

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Ages: 5-12 4:30-5:30 Ages: 12+/Adults 5:30-Dark. Coach Larry Compton 608-290-2697. Private lessons are available $25 per hour. [more details]

Music: Kevin Burns at After the Vine - Fri Jun 7 6:00 pm

After the Vine

Free. Kevin Burns is back live. The composer/musician/vocalist plays all genres of acoustic music and he often does it at After the Vine. [more details]

Life Church Family Night - Fri Jun 7 6:00 pm

Life Church

Free. 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy the nice summer days in an atmosphere of live music, food trucks, vendors, inflatables, games, fun and lots of laughter. At Life Church we'd like to connect the Roscoe families, neighbors, local businesses, and organizations together in one place with the hopes of connecting with some folks we don't see much or making some new friends! This event is free, (other than the food trucks), so mark your calendars now for these fun-filled family nights. [more details]

Live Music: VanDwellers - Fri Jun 7 7:00 pm

Louie's Tap House

7 - 10 p.m.  The Wisconsin-based band plays a mix of both original songs and a wide range of your favorite cover songs. The two brothers who make up the band - Tyler and Tanner Burt - have been playing music together all their lives. They grew up in a very musical household, constantly making music with their parents and other siblings from a young age. [more details]

1st Annual CIAM Volleyball Fundraiser - Sat Jun 8 8:00 am

Park Lanes Bowling

Join Through The Flames in the sand as we support and raise funds for Camp I Am Me, a pediatric burn survivor camp in northern Illinois. They host a week long summer camp for children affected by burns, free of charge to families all across Illinois. It costs them $3,000 per child to provide this experience. We are hoping to send two kids to camp this year. [more details]

Community Yoga - Sat Jun 8 8:00 am

Roscoe Township Community Center

$10 at the door. Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Whether it's your first time on the mat or you've been practicing for years, join Ashley at Roscoe Township Community Center in Founders Park as she leads you through the basics of yoga. This series is designed to explore and improve overall flexibility, mobility, strength, and balance with emphasis on alignment, prop use and breathwork. 60 minute Hatha inspired flow, adaptable for all body types, ages, and skills. [more details]

Sci-Fi Book Club at South Beloit Library - Sat Jun 8 9:00 am

South Beloit Public Library

Books by Clifford D. Simak, John Scalzi, and many others have been discussed. [more details]

Live Music: Minimal at Louie's - Sat Jun 8 1:00 pm

Louie's Tap House

Minimal is a musical trio. To expand on that, the band has won at least 15 awards from the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) organization, including Best New Act in 2015. They have played at Old Settlers Days in Rockton and at Roscoe's Fall Festival.
No cover; however, donations are welcome. Minimal's playlist includes songs from Led Zeppelin, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Black Sabbath, but also from Post Malone and Justin Bieber.  [more details]

Author Event: Fanny T. Crispin at Inkwell - Sat Jun 8 4:00 pm

Inkwell Books & Threads

Get some signed books by author Fanny T. Crispin. Crispin has four independently published young adult fantasy fiction books we are excited to offer at Inkwell. [more details]

Summerpalooza - A Downtown Rockton Street Dance Series - Sat Jun 8 4:00 pm

Downtown Rockton

For our first Summerpalooza, we're celebrating America with food, fun, and live music with the Dirt Road Rebelz. [more details]

Live Music: Lola Blu Duo - Sat Jun 8 7:00 pm

Rusty Wheel Tavern

The Lola Blu Duo, with Will Elliot, is back for a good time. Hailing from Rockford, Illinois, country singer-songwriter Lola Blu has a striking voice that has effortless elegance with a rasp and a captivating stage presence. She draws inspiration from the likes of Lainey Wilson, Miranda Lambert, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. She can transform personal stories into universally relatable anthems. She has been recognized by The Josie Music Awards for the 2023 "Vocalist of the Year (Multi-Genre)."[more details]

Live Music: L A Drive - Sun Jun 9 1:00 pm

After The Vine

1 -4 p.m. Acoustic music in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Longtime friends Al Buisker and Laura Lanza put a new spin on classic tunes. Toe tapping leads, soul soothing harmonies, and instrumental variety are the heartbeat of LA Drive. This band plays easy listening acoustic music: contemporary and vintage, country, oldies, folk. [more details]

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