Stroll on State Parade

Stroll on State FAQ

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Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Stroll on State!


How do I plan my time at Stroll?

Use the website! This is the very best tool to map out your time at Stroll. Don’t forget to review the list of vendors so that you know what you want to eat and where you want to shop!

Can I bring my pet to Stroll on State?

While pets are not allowed, we do have pet vendors so you can bring home your four-legged friend a special treat.

Can I have a bike, scooter or skateboard at Stroll on State?

Due to space and safety reasons, bikes, scooters and skateboards are not allowed within the Stroll footprint.

Where do I park?

The absolute best option is to park at one of our three shuttle locations (Illinois Bank & Trust at East State St., Heartland Community Church at Alpine Rd. or YMCA at Madison Ave.). However, If you prefer to drive, please refer to the Stroll on State map. Many street lots are used as part of the festival and garages may be reserved.  Parking, particularly on the east side, fills up very quickly.

Is Stroll on State family friendly?

YES! We pride ourselves on being a family friendly event that is put on for the community and by the community. All of our attractions are designed for families, students, couples and seniors alike.

How much does it cost to attend Stroll on State?

Stroll on State has no admission cost and all attractions are free! The only fees are for food, drinks and merchandise. You can have a great time and not spend any money at all!

What can I find to eat at Stroll on State?

We have over 50 vendors selling food and merchandise! Many of our local downtown restaurants also offer grab and go options. There is something that will surely please every palate and budget!

Who pays for Stroll on State?

Stroll on State relies heavily on generous community sponsors. Over 50 businesses and organizations partner to put on Stroll each year. It truly is an event for the community and by the community. 

What can I do at Stroll on State?

Both sides of the river feature food and merchandise vendors, live music, S’mores, Hot Chocolate, horse and wagon rides and more. The Stroll on State parade kicks off at 3PM and is not to be missed! The City of Rockford tree lighting and fireworks starts at 6PM!

Event Timeline

Dasher Dash 5k -- 8 a.m.

Bus Shuttles 1st departure from off-site locations -- 1:45 p.m.

Stroll on State -- 2 - 9 p.m. (all attractions and vendors open)

Merry & Bright Parade -- 3 p.m.

Tuba Christmas at the Main Stage -- 4 p.m.

Tree Lighting Production -- 5:45 p.m.

Tree lighting & fireworks -- 6:15 p.m. (approximately)

Last shuttle departure from event to off-site locations -- 9:30 p.m.

Cash or Credit?

Have no fear, both are accepted! Many vendors and businesses accept credit and debit cards and for those that don’t, we have plenty of Illinois Bank & Trust ATM machines placed throughout the event footprint.

How can I be involved?

Stroll on State is always looking for volunteers!  If you love the event, become apart of it and volunteer!