Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Welcome to Our Inaugural Festival!

We thank you for attending our inaugural fest! Some tips as this is new for all of us...

Aviators Stadium is actually located in Loves Park, right on the Rockford border.  It is right off of Riverside Blvd and Riverside Blvd is one of the Rockford exits on I-90/I-39.  Coming from the south and east on I-90 or I-39, it is the third Rockford exit after the Illinois 20 and State St/Business 20 exits.  Coming from the north and west, it is the third exit in Illinois after the Rockton/IL-75 and then the IL-173 exits.  The stadium is on Interstate Blvd, immediately east of the highway.  Ample parking is available at the stadium; parking is $2.  There are 1,200 spaces in the lot.  Over flow parking will be off of Interstate Blvd and also to the east at the YMCA.

Kids are welcome, 5 and under are free, kids 6 to 12 are $5 at the gate (no advanced sales).


Do stay cool.  Bring an umbrella (not for rain but for shade).  There is also a huge 50 x 105 foot pavilion to get out of the sun and stay cool.  Summer is here!

Do bring sunscreen. The weather report looks great! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. On field seating is allowed. You can sit in the stands, too. The stage will be facing the third base line and centered about where the shortstop usually plays. Sit in front of the stage only, please, not behind it.

Do visit Blues Central under the pavilion. On sale there will be fest items like shirts and koozies, CDs and artist merchandise, and information on how to become a member of Crossroads Blues Society. There will also be music between acts and other cool stuff like Hard Times Cigar Box Guitars, Guitars for Vets, and other blues societies. Delmark Records and Bob Koester will also be around!

Do have a great time!


Don't bring coolers into the festival. No outside food and beverages are allowed and the Aviators do not allow tailgating in their parking lot.

Don't bring pets. No pets allowed. Sorry!

Don't smoke at the fest unless you are in a designated stadium smoking area.
The festival is in a small professional baseball park. Access to the field is on the outfield sides of both dugouts. Real bathrooms- no portable restrooms! Restrooms are on the first base side of the park. Beer, wine and a full assortment of liquor is available in the park along with a large assortment of soft drinks and foods.


  1. what a phenomenal day! seriously, though, you need to invest in some professional sound engineering (11 is not better) some of the overblow/feedback was a great disservice to the talent of your lineup. am already looking forward to next year!