Pick any day of the week this summer in the Rockford area and there's a fun, and likely free, event happening somewhere. Discover the newest music and food event in the 815 every Thursday throughout the summer.

Getting out for some fun after work can sometimes be difficult to do, so here's a chance to do something fun in the middle of the day. It might just be your new favorite way to take your lunch breaks, at least on Thursdays.

Rockford's Downtown River District has created a great new way to do lunch outside.

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What is Beats & Bites

Every Thursday this summer at the southeast corner of State and Church Streets in Downtown Rockford, indulge in delicious food truck eats, music, and contests with prize giveaways from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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The River District and the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau have a variety of food trucks lined up each week as well as a different theme for each week's fun and prizes.

Here are the Beats & Bites themes this summer:

  • June 6 Summer Garden
  • June 13 Baseball
  • June 20 National Lollipop Day
  • June 27 Luau
  • July 11 Veterans/PTSD/Patriotic
  • July 18 Literacy
  • July 25 Xmas in July
  • Aug 1 IceHogs
  • Aug 8 Casino
  • Aug 15 815 Day* (location TBD)
  • Aug 22 National Peach Day
  • Aug 29 Football Kickoff

To see the list of who's feeding you and entertaining you for these fabulous weekly downtown lunches, see the schedule on the River District's website.


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