Many towns in the area have fireworks on the 3rd and 4th.
3 Red, White & Boom!
Fireworks over the river between Rock Island and Davenport with family activities before the fireworks. and
4 Firecracker Run & Parade
Run starts at 7:30 a.m. with the parade at 1 p.m. in East Moline.
4 Bettendorf Old-Fashioned 4th of July
Starting with a parade at 10 a.m. the celebration continues through the afternoon with games, music, vendors, and concludes with fireworks at dusk.
6-7 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
This annual festival has been going on for over 30 years in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport. Enjoy more than 10 acts.
9-15 John Deere Classic PGA TOUR
Watch pros golf during this PGA Tour event at the TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis.
9-15 Mercer County Fair
Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo.
12-14Walcott Truckers Jamboree
Celebrating America’s truckers since 1979 with a free festival with exhibits, carnival games, Trucker Olympics, live music, and fireworks at the Iowa 80 Truckstop.
TBD Rivers Edge Home Brew Festiv-Ale
Over a dozen homebrew clubs will have over 50 different brews to sample in downtown Rock Island.
17-21 Rock Island County Fair
Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline.
27-28 Downtown Street Fest
On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and craft vendors.
28 Bix 7 Run/Walk
One of the top ten running events in the United States. Covering 7 miles, elite runners from around the world fly in to compete in this world-renown event in downtown Davenport.
For the 4th time the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa ends in Davenport with 20,000 cyclists coming to dip their tires in the Mississippi River as the finale to the week-long bicycle ride.


July 31-Aug. 5 Great Mississippi Valley Fair
Week of nightly grandstand concerts with top name acts, carnival rides, demos, and more at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.
2-4 Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival
Davenport native, Bix Beiderbecke, is a jazz legend who performed during the 1920s and is in the International Jazz Hall of Fame. Festival dedicated to the music of his time and Dixieland style.
2-4 Tug Fest
Giant tug-of-war across the mighty Mississippi between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois with fireworks and live entertainment all weekend.
TBD Ya Maka My Weekend
Brings the culture of the Caribbean islands to the Quad Cities with music, food, and events in downtown Rock Island.
18 Floatzilla
River Action wants all canoes and kayaks for an attempt to break the world record for the largest flotilla of canoes and kayaks happening at Sunset Marina in Rock Island.
18 Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops
Picnic and listen to music by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on the banks of the Mississippi River in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport.
18 Village Wine Walk
Visit participating businesses throughout the Village to enjoy samples of wine.
24-25 World Series of Drag Racing
Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway.
24-25 Alternating Currents
Throughout the weekend, a dozen venues across downtown will host a wide variety of live music, film screenings, comedians, and visual artists. Over 50 national and regional acts, big and small, will perform throughout the festival. Patrons will be encouraged to travel from venue to venue and explore all downtown has to offer.
25 Vettes on the River
Vettes on the River is an all Corvette Car Show in LeClaire, supporting Local Veterans.
25-26 Farm Days
See tractors on display and enjoy activities like wagon rides, petting zoo, magician, and more.
30-Sept. 3 USS LST 325
This WWII ship is docking at the Isle Casino Bettendorf for public tours each day. This amphibious vessel is almost as long as a football field.


1-2 Rock Island Grand Prix
Largest go-kart race on city streets in the world. The only race in the U.S. sanctioned for international drivers. Premiere event in the country and features the top drivers in karting over Labor Day weekend in downtown Rock Island.
8 QCA Heritage Tractor Parade & Show
Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a tractor show at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline.
8-9 Beaux Arts Fair
Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum.
14-15 Celtic Festival & Highland Games
Day-long festival celebrating the culture and heritage of the Celtic lands with traditional Scottish “games of strength,” music, step dancing, and a Ceilidh Party at Centennial Park in Davenport.
15 Taming of the Slough
There are 3 aspects to this adventure race—canoe or kayak, mountain bike, and run 2 mi. to the finish line. The race can be done individually or as part of a team. It starts at 7:30 a.m. and there’s a post-race party.
15 Brew Ha Ha
Features the best in improvisational comedy and micro brewed beers with more than 200 samples of brews from Europe and the Midwest. Includes comedy, music and food along with the opportunity to learn more from dozens of brewers, plus non-alcoholic beverages and cheeses in LeClaire Park in Davenport.
15-16 Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts
Annual festival features over 100 of the finest artists from across the country and Canada, as well as local, renowned Quad Cities artists in Lindsay Park in the Village of East Davenport.
21-22 Hot Air Balloon Festival
Watch these quietly, majestic balloons take off, race, land, and glow at night at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline.
23 Quad Cities Marathon
Run through five cities, two states, and across four bridges on this “runner friendly” course, labeled flat and fast starting in downtown Moline.


8 Apple Fest
Downtown LeClaire features apple vendors, baked goods, kid’s activities, vendors, and more.
TBD Row the Miss Regatta
Rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River in Moline. U.S. Rowing-sanctioned event.
26 Fright Night
Kids can celebrate Halloween at Schwiebert Park in downtown Rock Island with costume contest, kids games, goodie bags, and a costume parade.
28 Lagomarcino’s Cocoa Beano 5K Race
Roads, trails, and scary Halloween stuff, make this race fun, plus there is Lagomarcino’s chocolate at the finish in the Village of East Davenport.
28-29 Boo at the Zoo
Local businesses and organizations decorate their designated area, and give out goodies to the children as they trick-or-treat around Niabi Zoo.
28 Witches Walk & Costume Parade
Dress in costume and trick-or-treat throughout LeClaire’s downtown.
Halloween Parades on the last Saturday in October in Bettendorf and Davenport.


17-25 Quad City Arts Festival of Trees
Holiday extravaganza with exquisitely decorated trees, decorated room vignettes, stockings, gingerbread houses, special events, kid’s activities, and more at the RiverCenter in Davenport.
17 Festival of Trees
Parade in downtown Davenport and Lighting on the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline.
25 Christmas Walk
Open house at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to see Santa, enjoy refreshments, make crafts, and more.


Numerous Christmas Walks and downtown celebrations and holiday shows.
2 19th Century Christmas
See John Deere’s descendants’ two homes exquisitely decorated for the holidays in typical Victorian fashion with activities and music at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois.
TBD Gallery Hop
Artists and downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations.
8-14 Season of Light-Star of Bethlehem
What did the Magi see when they looked to the skies some 2,000 years ago? Augustana College planetarium holiday stargazing shows.

For questions kindly contact our friends at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit for a complete calendar. All efforts have been made to ensure this calendar is accurate. For more information, please contact the individual organization.

Located on the Mississippi River in the Midwest, the Quad Cities is comprised of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, Rock Island, and Moline/East Moline, Illinois and surrounding communities. The Current~Iowa is of course located in the heart of Davenport overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. Should we be sold out due to an event, please contact our sister hotel, Hotel Blackhawk.



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