Every parent could use a date night and thankfully there are some great options in the Rockford area. Here are some fun and unique date night ideas for January 2020!

Need a date night, but don’t have a sitter? Check out our list of monthly Parent’s Night Outs.


SOLD OUT: Test Your Smarts at a Murder Mystery

Enjoy a night of mystery and intrigue in the wild and romantic era of the roaring ‘20s. See if you or your significant other can solve the mystery!

Murder at the Juice Joint at Lino’s
January 25 from 6 – 10 pm
Cost: $50 per person which includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and the entertainment / murder mystery, Get tickets here
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/755185031652015/

Try Dining in the Dark

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat a four-course meal in the dark? You can find out this month at Boundaries Bar and Grill in Beloit! This event includes a raffle, door prizes, music and more. Proceeds benefit the Beloit Evening Lions Club. 

Dining in the Dark at Boundaries Bar and Grill in Beloit
January 25 at 5 pm
Cost: $50 per person, 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/545971722628504/

Sip Some Wine for a Good Cause

If you love wine and doing good in our community, this is the perfect date night for you! Donations go to ShelterCare which provides shelter, hope, and honor to individuals with mental illness and homeless families. You will sample 32 different wines from around the globe at this event!

First Friday Wine Tasting at Artale Wine Co.
January 3 at 5:30 pm
Cost: $15 donation to ShelterCare Ministries
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2343465862633173/

Watch a Live Performance

This January, you can experience something truly special as the National Ballet comes to Rockford to perform a full stage production with 55 of the most talented and ballet stars. If you’d rather see a stage show then you can’t miss the performance of the powerful classic The Color Purple when it stops in Rockford.

The Color Purple at the Coronado Performing Arts Center
January 19 at 7 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $30, get tickets here
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/645895589203251/

National Ballet of Odessa Swan Lake at the Coronado Performing Arts Center
January 25 at 7:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $30, get tickets here
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2227926383956656/

Enjoy a Night of Comedy

There are several big-name comedians coming to Rockford in January! Get tickets to one of these shows and spend the evening laughing.

Jeff Dunham: Seriously Tour at BMO Harris Bank Center
January 11 at 5 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $48.50, get tickets here.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2490115861023525/

Nate Bargatze: Good Problem to Have Tour at the Coronado Performing Arts Center
January 24 at 7 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $20, get tickets here
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3137484249611449/

Lewis Black: It Gets Better Every Day Tour at the Coronado Performing Arts Center
January 30 at 8 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $14.50, get tickets here.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/524715958366470/

Listen to Some Live Music

The live music scene is always great in the Rockford area. Here are some options for date nights with a soundtrack.

Music at the Market featuring Long-Shot at Rockford City Market
January 3 at 6 pm
Cost: TBA
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/433477170664303

Pistol Pete at Pig Iron Pub in Beloit
January 4 at 8 pm
Cost: TBA
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/493557414573018

An Acoustic Evening with John Waite at The Nordlof Center
January 23 at 7:30 pm
Cost: $35 per ticket, get tickets here
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/471491220154747/

Get Creative

If you’d like to create something with your significant other, try a night of artwork. Both of these events allow you to use your creativity and create a masterpiece.

Paint and Sip at Pig Iron in Beloit
January 23 at 6:30 pm
Cost: $35 per person which includes your first drink, stop in to prepay
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/534496864074615/

Paint Night at Severson Dells Nature Center
January 31 at 6:30 pm
Cost: $30 per person includes light snacks and drinks, get tickets here
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/571149573443882/

Catch an IceHogs Game

An IceHogs game is always a fun (and sometimes rowdy) time! Put on your IceHogs gear and head to the BMO Harris Bank Center for a lively date night watching ice hockey.

Rockford IceHogs vs. Milwaukee Admirals at the BMO Harris Bank Center
January 25 at 6 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $11 each, get tickets here

Rockford IceHogs vs. Manitoba Moose at the BMO Harris Bank Center
January 31 at 7 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $11 each, get tickets here

Have a great date night!

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