Stroll on State FAQ
Code of Conduct
Stroll on State is committed to creating a safe, comfortable and fun experience for every one of our guests. These actions can get you removed from Stroll on State:
- Irresponsible or unsafe use of alcohol.
- Accessing restricted areas without proper credentials.
- Taunting, abusive or offensive language.
- Obscene or offensive gestures, including the use of obscene or offensive gestures through imagery or symbolism including banners, signs and other means of visual propaganda.
- Possession/use/sale of illegal drugs.
- Public urination or defecation (outside of a proper and/or public restroom).
- Fighting or engaging in any action that may harm, endanger, threaten or bring discomfort to anyone.
- Damage, destruction, vandalism or theft of any property.
- Participating in any activity that humiliates anyone or insults their human dignity.
Any individual who violates this Code of Conduct will be removed from the festival grounds and law enforcement may/will be notified.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 do I plan my time at Stroll?
Use the website! Strollonstate.com is the very best tool to map out your time at Stroll. The website will be updated throughout the year and have the latest maps available for download. 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?
We know pets are like family, however, pets/animals are not allowed within the Stroll footprint. If you are found with a pet, you will be asked to leave the festival grounds. This policy is due to the overall festival environment; the presence of food and drink is often stressful for animals and has led to bites and other incidents. It is cold, crowded, and loud. This environment can be very stressful for animals and a usually well-behaved pet may feel the need to protect its owner by attacking another person or animal. Anyone bringing an animal to Stroll on State will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury caused by the animal. Traveling into Rockford with your pet? Be a responsible and loving dog-parent by leaving them at an animal kennel before the festival hours. For Americans with Disabilities Act info, please see the "Service Animals" section below.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the definition of “service animal” is limited to a dog (or pony) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability who is in attendance. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Under the ADA, “comfort,” “therapy,” or “emotional support animals” do not meet the definition of a service animal. – U.S. Dept. of Justice. Unfortunately, we have had people abuse the right to have a service animal with them at the festival and these dogs have caused problems on-site. These pet owners are taking advantage of people with disabilities, threatening the health and safety of all people and of service animals. If you have a certified service animal that you are always required to have with you, you’ll be required to have your service animal with you and ON LEASH at all times. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices.
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. If you are onsite with one of these items, you will be asked to remove it from the festival grounds and store it offsite at your own risk.
Where do I park?
The absolute best option is to park at one of our four shuttle locations (Illinois Bank & Trust at East State St., Heartland Community Church at Alpine Rd., YMCA at Y Blvd., or the west side of Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton on Edgemont St.). However, If you prefer to drive, please refer to the Stroll on State map. Many surface lots are used as part of the festival and garages may be reserved. Parking, particularly on the east side, fills up very quickly.
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!
Stroll on State is a "Rain, Snow or Shine" event but in the rare case of severe or threatening weather or other emergencies, the Stroll on State management, in consultation with the City of Rockford, may choose to cancel or close the event.
Security personnel are on duty throughout the grounds for the entire event. Your cooperation with them is greatly appreciated! Please report any incident to an Event Staff employee.
First Aid is available at Event Central located at the corner of 3rd and State Streets. Staff is equipped to handle minor injuries, accidents and other emergencies. An emergency service vehicle will be on site to handle any other medical emergencies. Event staff wearing a red fanny pack have bandaids available and can help direct you to the first aid area.
Notice of Filming and Photography
When you enter, photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to being photographed, and for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to use festival images.
Please dispose of all litter and recycling in the appropriate receptacles. Every little bit helps, and we appreciate your consideration in properly disposing of trash.
Lost Child Procedure
Contact Event Staff or on-site emergency personnel immediately to report a lost child. All updates will be reported to Event Central at 3rd and State Streets. Event staff will work directly with the City of Rockford Police Department for all reports of a lost child.
Will there be handicap accessible facilities?
Absolutely! Event Staff is happy to assist with anything that you need. Event Central, located at 3rd and State Streets is a great place to ask any questions or find a staff member wearing a red fanny pack for additional assistance within the grounds.
YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE to consume alcohol within the festival grounds. ID'S WILL BE CHECKED. Bring your ID to drink.
No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the grounds; there will be alcoholic beverages available in the beer tent. Last call will be 30 minutes before the beer tent closes.
All alcohol purchased at an outdoor beer tent will be served in a designated festival cup and cannot be taken inside of stores or restaurants. Any alcohol purchased inside a restaurant cannot be brought outside into the festival. Event security and police will remove any alcohol within the Stroll on State footprint that is not in an official event cup.
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 2 p.m. and is not to be missed! The City of Rockford tree lighting and fireworks starts at 5:45 p.m.! (times subject to change)
2019 Event Timeline
Dasher Dash 5k -- 8 a.m.
Bus Shuttles -- First departure from off-site locations -- 1 p.m.
Stroll on State -- 2 - 9 p.m. (all attractions and vendors open)
Merry & Bright Parade --2 p.m.
Tree Lighting Production -- 5:45 p.m.
Tree lighting & fireworks -- 6:15 p.m. (approximately)
Bus Shuttles -- 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! Visit our volunteer page for more information on ways to volunteer.