Everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Here are some fun family-friendly events happening for St. Patrick’s Day in the Rockford area AND adults-only events if you want celebrate without the kids!
Parades and Festivals
CANCELED- 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and PaddyFest
Please note: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and PaddyFest have been canceled.
Where: Prairie Street Brewhouse and Downtown Rockford
200 Prairie Street, Rockford, IL
When: March 14, 2020
Parade starts at 3 pm
Paddyfest starts at 4 pm
Cost: Parade is free
Paddyfest is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under
Come watch the Irish Marching Society in a parade throughout downtown Rockford. The parade kicks off at 3 pm at 7th Street and moves East State to Madison Street. The parade will include floats and fleets from local businesses, law enforcement, Clans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and more.
After the parade, head back to the Brewhouse for Paddyfest. There will be a menu of traditional Irish food and drinks and live music including bagpipes, of course! Get your Paddyfest tickets here.
St. Patrick’s Day Family- Friendly Activities
Looking for some fun St. Patrick’s themed activities to do with your family? Check out these local events.
St. Patricks’s Day Painting
Simply Ceramics Rockford
7104 Forest Hills Rd., Rockford, IL
March 7, 2020 from 11 am – 4 pm
$10 per item
Paint one of three St. Patrick’s themed items.
10th Annual Rockford Shamrock Shuffle 5K
Flodin Boys and Girls Club
988 S. Lyford Rd., Rockford, IL
March 15, 2020 from 9 am – 12 pm
$35 per adult, $25 per child
Run a 5K that benefits the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Register here.
Leprechauns, Rainbows and Gold, Oh My!
Welty Environmental Center
1201 Big Hill Ct., Beloit, WI
March 15, 2020 from 1:30 pm – 3 pm
$5 for members, $7 for nonmembers
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Welty Environmental Center! Learn about how rainbows are formed, create rainbows of your own, and search for leprechauns and gold. All ages welcome. Register online here.
Want some authentic Irish grub? Here are some local places serving corned beef and cabbage and more!
Tebala Shriners (7910 Newburg Rd., Rockford, IL)
March 13, 2020 from 6 pm – 9 pm
$25 per person, $5 per kid
Enjoy a dinner of salad, corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, dinner rolls and sweet bread. There will be St. Patrick Bingo and games too.
The Olympic Tavern (2327 N. Main St., Rockford)
March 14, 2020 from 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
There will be awesome Irish food including corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and braised lamb shank. They will also be Guinness Irish Stout, Kilkenny Cream Ale, and $4 shots of Tullamore Dew.
Jax Pub (4160 N. Perryville Rd., Loves Park, IL)
March 14 and 17
Jax Pub is offering Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinners, Reuben and Corned Beef and Swiss Sandwiches.
Mary’s Place Custom Catering (525 Washington St., South Beloit, IL)
March 17, 2020 from 11 am – 7 pm
$12 per person, $7 for kids, kids 5 and under are free
Serving corned beef and cabbage, ham, potatoes, carrots, dessert and coffee.
Oscars (5980 E. State St., Rockford, IL)
March 14 and 17
Oscars is offering Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinners, Reuben and Corned Beef and Swiss Sandwiches.
Adults Only Events
These St. Patrick’s events are for adults who are 21 and older. Get a sitter and enjoy some Guinness or a green beer!
3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day .1K
Fozzy’s Bar and Grill (6246 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL)
March 14, 2020 from 10 am – 1 pm
$25 per person, register here
Run 328 feet and receive a t-shirt, car sticker, race bib and pint glass. Proceeds go to Rock House Kids.
Casey’s Pub St. Pats $10K Giveaway and Pub Crawl
7307 N. Alpine Rd., Loves Park, IL
March 14, 2020 from 4 pm – 2 am
Enter to win $10K from 4 – 7 pm. They will be $12 corned beef dinners, $8 Ruebens and $7 Rueben eggrolls. Pub crawl starts at 6 pm with live music.
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Crazy Times Pub and Grub
1520 Glen Forest Dr., Machesney Park, IL
March 14, 2020 from 6 pm – 1 am
Bar crawl to 12 different bars on 5 buses. Buses start at 6 pm and run until 1 am.
St. Patrick’s Day Party
4002 E. State St., Rockford, IL
March 14, 2020 from 6 pm – 10 pm
St. Patrick’s patty with a variety of beers, Shamrock shots and $4 corned beef and cabbage bowls.
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
RBI Bar and Restaurant
3870 N. Perryville Rd., Rockford, IL
March 14, 2020 from 9 pm – 2 am
Free bar crawl at RBI, Onyx, District, and Stockyard Rock. The buses start at 9 pm and run until 2 am.