Sounds of Summer

Music-Park 2

Sinnissippi Park | 1401 N. Second St. | Rockford, IL 61107 | Directions

The Rockford Park District welcomes the opportunity to share one of the community's most treasured jewels, the Sinnissippi Music Shell, with our citizens. Details of all of our Sounds of Summer performance offerings and schedules are listed below.

The Music Shell may also be reserved by calling Community and Recreation Services at 815-987-1697. Reservations may be made up to one year prior to the date of the event. Click here to view our Reservation Rules and Policies.

Click here to view our Sounds of Summer Weather Policy.


Click here to view our Sounds of Summer Guest Information.

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2015 Program Guide >

Music in the Park

Long a Rockford tradition . . . beautiful summer evenings in the historic Sinnissippi Park Music Shell. Surrounded by majestic trees, local and regional talents work their own musical magic. All performances are free!

Imagination Station

A performance series which delights the young and the young-at-heart! Music, magic, juggling, drama, and comedy will involve and amaze all ages. These free shows are approximately 45 minutes long.

Live at Levings

Held at Levings Park, Montague St. and S. Johnston Ave. Featuring all varieties of talents, including singers, dancers, rappers, comedians, magicians and more great professional acts.

Domingos En El Parque

Held at Levings Park, Montague St. and S. Johnston Ave. This series presents the music, arts and culture of Rockford's Latino community.

Tunes on the Terrace

Come relax and listen to local musicians on the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens outdoor terrace. Choose from jazz, folk, Latin, country, and more. All concerts are FREE, so bring family and friends, and don't forget a lawn chair or blanket! Beverages (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and food are available for purchase. Held Wednesday nights during the summer from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pat HayesRockford Park District Remembers Pat Hayes

Pat Hayes Parks passed away November 24, 2008. Pat was employed by the Park District for more than 21 years. She is best remembered for coordinating the Music in the Park summer concert series and the Imagination Station performance series. She also organized the annual community holiday concerts by the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

To honor and memorialize Pat's passion for, and immeasurable contributions to the programs at the Sinnissippi Music Shell, her family chose to establish a permanent fund to provide ongoing financial support for programs at the Music Shell. When considering the options of how to spend memorial gifts given following Pat's passing, her family felt that Pat would have wanted these funds to be used for the greatest long-term impact on the Music Shell and its programs.

If you appreciate the wonderful and unique entertainment experience provided at the Sinnissippi Music Shell and the many years Pat devoted to it, please consider making a contribution to the Pat Hayes Parks Memorial fund. You may simply mail a contribution to the Rockford Park District Foundation at 401 S. Main St. – Rockford, IL, 61101.

Thank you on behalf of Pat's family and the staff of the Rockford Park District.

RPD Vision/ Mission

The Rockford Park District is the "best" urban park and recreation system in North America, as judged by those we serve.

Helping people enjoy life!

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