With fabulous weather expected for the first part of the weekend, there's no doubt that firing up the grill or bonfire is on most people's to-do list over the next couple days, but here's some more cool things to check out with the family this weekend.

  • Live Country Music at 2nd Cousins Bar & Grill - Friday, 9 p.m. - Riverside Blvd across from Village Green - Featuring music from Zac Matthews - No cover charge, food and drink specials - Hosted by Q98.5's Jonny J - 2ndcousinsbar.com
  • Rockford's Second Annual Single and Mingle Party - Friday, 7 p.m. - Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort at 700 W Riverside Blvd in Rockford - Featuring 3 rooms of entertainment including a country music room , speed-dating, and general mingling - $15 at the door - Must be 21 or over to attend - More info available here.
  • Future Nurses Academy - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Discovery Center Museum at 711 N Main St. in Rockford - Children get to experience what it's like to be a nurse with several different fun and educational activities - $8 admission; free for museum members - discoverycentermuseum.org or 815-963-6769.
  • "Guns & Hoses" Charity Hockey Game - Saturday, 2 p.m. - BMO Harris Bank Center at 300 Elm St. in Rockford - Rockford Police and the Rockford Fire Department face off to benefit the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund - Tickets are $15, and $5 of every ticket sold goes to the charity - More info and tickets available at thebmoharrisbankcenter.com or 815-968-5222.
  • Pianist Emanuel Ax Performs Chopin - Saturday, 7:30 p.m. - Coronado Performing Arts Center at 314 N Main St. in Rockford - Emanuel Ax is a Juiliard- trained pianist and award winner - Tickets range from $8-$35 - rccaconcerts.org or 815-847-6314.
  • Indoor Market - Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. - Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center's Emerson House at 420 N Main St. in Rockford - Shop local vendors, enjoy live entertainment and works by poet and author Ruth Schampier - Free admission - Call 815-394-2588 for more information.