Rockford City Market (located in downtown Rockford at the intersection of Water Street and Market Street) features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kids' activities. 


During the 2018 season of Rockford City Market, a total of 78 vendors, all coming from within 150 miles of Rockford, set up shop at the market in downtown Rockford. Of those 78 vendors, 26 were new vendors selling items including soaps, baked goods, cheesecakes, flowers, prepared foods, produce, dip mixes, home décor, backyard games, kids’ accessories, and more.

During the 20-week season, there were 41 musical performances at the main stage under the pavilion and the acoustic stage at the north end of Water Street. Individuals from 47 nonprofit organizations also volunteered their time at the market throughout the season running gates or providing a free children’s activity. Nonprofit organizations were able to promote their organizations and causes in exchange for their volunteering. The market also welcomed 99,775 visitors this season over 20 Fridays. The market also experienced 8 days of rain, 3 days of very high heat and humidity, and 1 severe storm which caused the market to shut down early.

“We are very pleased with the support of our patrons this season, given our weather challenges,” said Cathy McDermott of the Rock River Development Partnership. “We would like to thank our dedicated vendors and all of our generous sponsors for a successful year.”


May 17 - Fred & Ginger

May 24 - Law and Love

May 31 - Paper Airplane

June 7 - Mark Reed & Waddy

June 14 - Letsinger Acoustic

June 21 - The Rack and the Riddler

June 28 - Too Deep

July 5 - Little Miss Whiskey (4:30 - 6:30pm)
Prime Time Live Band (7 - 10pm)

July 12 - Three Good Men

July 19 - Kelly Steward

July 26 - Minimal

August 2 - Firelight Dimmers

August 9 - Rowdy Souls

August 16 - Denny Diamond

August 23 - Vince Chiarelli Band

August 30 - Long Shot

September 6 - That Gurl

September 13 - Harlan Jefferson

September 20 - Katie Belle and the Belle Rangers

September 27 - Jodi Beach