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! This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

COVID-19 Update: Please note that some of these events may be canceled if more mitigations are put in place.

Parades and Festivals

2021 St. Patrick’s Day Driving Parade

Where: Throughout Rockford, starting at Don Carter Lanes parking lot.

When: March 13, 2021
Parade starts at 3 pm from Don Carter Lanes in Rockford

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is back on, but with a COVID twist. This year’s parade will be a driving parade throughout Rockford. Decorated vehicles and Jeeps from Screw City Jeep Club will depart from the parking lot next to Don Carter Lanes at 3 pm.

Cost: Parade is free to view
Participation is $10 per vehicle and $50 for commercial / political entries. Sign your car up here.

Paddyfast is canceled for 2021, but a Half Way to St. Paddy’s Day parade and Paddyfest is planned for September 2021.

Here are the parade routes for the St. Patrick’s Day Driving parade.

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. Paddy Paint Party at Don Carter Lanes
4007 E. State St., Rockford, IL
March 11, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $40 per person
Paint a St. Patrick’s Day gnome. Text Stacy Lambrecht at 815-703-5510 to reserve your spot!

St. Paddy’s Day at Big Timber
4249 E. State St., Rockford, IL
March 11, 2021 from 4 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $20 per person per hour
Throw some axes and win beads. Those 21 and up can get a free beer at Urban Forest Brewery. Book your time here.

Janesville Shamrock 5K and 10K Walk and Run at O’Riley and Conway’s Irish Pub
214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville, WI
March 13, 2021 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $30 per person
Run a 5K or a 10K. Get a free drink ticket with registration. Register here.

UPDATE: CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Trucks and Tunes on Block 5
515 E. State St., Rockford, IL
March 17, 2021 from 5 pm – 9 pm
Stop by to eat some food from local food trucks and listen to DJ music.

Eat, Drink, and Be Irish at Janesville Elks Lodge
2100 N. Washington, Janesville, WI
March 19, 2021 from 5 pm
Cost: $25 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under
Enjoy an Irish Food Extravaganza and entertainment. Call 608-752-2342 to RSVP.

Irish Food

Want some authentic Irish grub? Here are some local places serving corned beef and cabbage and more!

Mary’s Place Custom Catering (525 Washington St., South Beloit, IL)
March 17, 2021 from 11 am – 7 pm
$12 per person
Serving corned beef and cabbage, ham, potatoes, carrots, and dessert while supplies last. Call in your order ahead at 815-601-5124 then pick it up on St. Patrick’s Day.

21 and Up 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!

O’Riley and Conway’s St. Patrick’s Tent Bash
214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville, WI
March 13, 2021 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Enjoy classic rock tunes from The Gravity of Youth.

Irish Music from Danny’s Gone Rogue at Prairie Street Brewing Co.
200 Prairie St., Rockford, IL
March 13, 2021 from 4 pm – 7 pm
Enjoy Irish music from Danny’s Gone Rogue.

2020’s Make Up St. Paddy’s Day at Whiskey Ranch
24 N. Main St., Janesville, WI
March 13, 2021 from 10 pm – 3 am
Enjoy 2020’s top hits and Reuben sandwiches and green beer.

St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl in downtown Rockton
March 13, 2021 from 6 pm – 2 am
Visit Al’s Main Street Tap, FIBS, Pokie’s, Rockton American Legion, and Rockton Inn and Pub for food and drinks.

St. Patrick’s Day Board Party
Erica’s Board Creations
122 S Prairie St., Rockton, IL
March 17, 2021 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $45 per project
Enjoy complimentary beer, snacks, and giveaways while you paint a board you choose from the gallery. Register here.

St. Paddy’s Day
The Hope & Anchor
5040 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL
March 17, 2021 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Music from Donny Rogue McDade.

St. Patricks Day with Minimal
Casey’s Pub
7307 N. Alpine Rd., Loves Park, IL
March 17, 2021 from 9 pm – 2 am

St. Patrick’s 2021
Rascal’s Bar and Grill
5223 Torque Rd., Loves Park, IL
March 17, 2021 from 8 pm – 11 pm
Watch Sunset Stripped play.

Trinadora’s Celtic Frolic
Murphy’s Pub
510 S. Perryville Rd., Rockford, IL
March 17, 2021 from 5 pm – 6 pm
Call Murphy’s at 815-986-0950 for details and for reservations.

St. Paddys Day Party + DJ
Bogey’s
1700 N. Washington St., Janesville, WI
March 20, 2021 from 8 pm – 12 am

Celebrating at home this year? Here are 15 ways to make it fun!

We’ll be adding to this list as we find more events and activities. Email us at hello@statelinekids.com if you know of a St. Patrick’s event in the area.

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