Say farewell to summer with this new festival at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens.


Fun for the whole family is this Saturday at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens with the Glow in the Garden Festival.

There's going to be a little something for everyone!

Not only will there be family activities throughout the gardens (included with admission), but you can also purchase a floating lantern that can be personalized and released in the Eclipse Lagoon.

Anyone with a little one that is a fan of the movie Tangled would love to do this! It's kinda like Rockford's own version of the "floating lanterns for the lost princess". I have two daughter's I've seen that movie a lot!

Lanterns will be available for purchase outside by the lagoon for $5 or pre-purchased at Nicholas Conservatory or by phone at 815-987-8858.

For those of you who enjoy running there is a 5K and Kids Fun Run also planned as part of the festival.

Runners are encouraged to wear clothing that glows as a fun, unique, glowing course is planned for along the Rock River.

The Kids Fun Run is a 200-meter course and is free! You can pre-register by clicking here. 

The Glow in the Garden 5K is a $30 registration fee now until Friday and $35 the day of. This includes a T-shirt, admission to Nicholas Conservatory, and drink ticket. Registration and further race info can be found here.


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