FIRST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
First Fridays present a variety of fun things to do on the first Friday of each month. From music, to performing arts, visual arts, food and more, there’s something for everyone in Rockford’s new downtown! Produced by The Element of Rockford.
Fall Art Scene—October 6-7, 5-9pm Fri & 4-9pm Sat
Rockford Area Arts Council, 815-963-6765
30th Annual Fall ArtScene showcases original works of art at galleries, studios and commercial establishments across Rockford and the metro area. Visit www.fallartscene.com/ for a full list of participating galleries. FREE
Six Degrees of Separation—October 6-7, 8-10pm
Nordlof Center, 118 N Main St, Rockford, 815-987-6660
Inspired by a true story and winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the title refers to a statistical theory which states that any two people in the world can be connected through only six other people. The play is an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another. Tickets: $18
Autumn at the Arboretum—October 8, 10am-3pm
Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S Main St, Rockford, 815-965-8146
A family event with activities including scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, face painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, storybook princesses and superheroes, and there is even a petting zoo, featuring farm animals. FREE. klehm.org/autumnarboretum, facebook.comcomevents/1624043187636757/
Friday the 13th Full Moon Celebration—9pm-1am
Mary’s Place, 602 N Madison St, Rockford, 815-962-7944
It’s bound to be a weird night. Friday the 13th and a full moon. Music by Name the Moon. We had to seize this opportunity to get down! Bring your demons! facebook.com/events/332591877164150, marysplacebar.com
Brews & Views “Dawn of the Dead”—October 18
Doors open at 7pm, show 7:30-9:30pm
Prairie St. Brewing Co., 200 Prairie St., Rockford, 815-277-9427
George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead,” loved by critics and generations of fans alike, is not only a masterpiece of horror and a symphony of gore by effects master Tom Savini, but also works as a social satire on greed and consumerism. Tickets $5. Click here to buy tickets.
Underground Comedy Night—October 26, 8-10pm
Underground Gallery, 418 E State St., Rockford, 815-979-1944
Live stand-up comedy featuring Mickey Housley, René Humberto Valdiviezo, Dagan Peccarelli. $10
A Nightmare on Main Street—October 28, 8-11pm
Olympic Tavern, 2327 N Main St, Rockford, 815-962-8758
Hosted by Culture Shock
Our annual costume contest and Halloween bash! Bring some serious costume creativity, as our fans tend to go overboard for this one….
Everyone in costume gets a prize, but we’ll start our official costume contest at 10:30pm.
Culture Shock—Clothing and Records is spinning spooky Halloween vinyl live, starting at 9:30pm. FREE
October Featured Downtown Partner —Salvaged by Sonya
330 E. State St., Rockford, 815-985-2047
First Friday special: Tarot card readings by local psychic David Skywatcher. 10 minutes for $10.
Salvaged by Sonya is an upscale resale shop in downtown Rockford, featuring unique home decor and garden items. What began as a passion project in 2011 has grown into a full-service antique and collectibles boutique with a store front in downtown Rockford. We always have something interesting and new-to-you on the shelves.
We also offer estate sale services and are experts at staging and getting the best retail for your possessions. If you need estate sale services call us and we’ll gladly set up a one on one appointment for you.
Have your business featured in our monthly “Elements” publication! Email Barbara Berney (email@example.com) or Ed McCullough (ed@theelementrockford).com with your First Friday specials and a brief overview of your business.