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QUAD-CITIES AREA EVENTS & FESTIVALS

MAY


1-6 Quad Cities Beer Week
Celebrating all things craft beer with events each day, specialty tappings, and the Big Brew Day on Saturday with homebrewers sharing their beer. www.qcbeerweek.com
TBD Rock Town Lit Fest
The new Rock Town Lit Fest is a two-day celebration of literature, showcasing authors and publishers from the Quad Cities area and Midwest. Starting with a Lit Crawl on Friday and Book Fair on Saturday. www.mwcqc.org
TBD Gallery Hop
Artists, and Downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations. www.downtownrockisland.org
5 Village in Bloom: Festival of the Arts
Event to honor legendary artists Isabel & John Bloom with art displays, art classes, and live performance in the Village of East Davenport. www.villageinbloom.org or www.villageofeastdavenport.com
12 Quad Cities Craft Beer Fest
Many craft beer makers bring their brews for the public to sample from 1-4 pm at the Bass Street Plaza in downtown Moline. www.molinecentre.org
12-13 Beaux Arts Fair
Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport on the Figge Art Museum Plaza and work ranges across the art spectrum. www.beauxartsfair.com
13 Mother's Day Lunch at Viva
Treat your mother to the masterpiece she deserves. Join us at Viva for a special Mother's Day Lunch, 11a - 3p. www.thecurrentiowa.com/viva
15-18 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship
Collegiate golf teams compete for top honors at TPC Deere Run. www.naia.org
27-28 Heritage Days
The past comes to life with interpreters and actors to recreate pioneer life at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village. www.scottcountyiowa.com
28 Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium
Over 300 cyclists racing through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day Weekend. Live music and entertainment. www.quadcitiescriterium.com

JUNE


1-2 Rhubarb Festival
Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival in Aledo, Ill. www.aledomainstreet.com
TBD Greek Cultural Fest
Celebrate the Greek arts, culture and cuisine with live Greek music, dance performances, Greek food specialties, and a wine tasting on Saturday at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4900 Kennedy Drive, East Moline, Ill. www.assumptionem.org
TBD Gumbo Ya Ya
Mardi Gras comes upriver to downtown Rock Island with its zydeco music, Cajun food, and BEADS! www.downtownrockisland.org
9-17 Quad Cities Museum Week
Week of fun events and specials at over 20 area museums. www.qcmuseumweek.com
17 Ride the River Bike Ride
Follow the Mississippi River on bike paths lining both sides with kid’s activities along the way. A Quad Cities Father’s Day tradition. www.riveraction.org
22 Grapevine Midwest Wine Festival
Open to public with wines from the Midwest and Canada to sample. Enjoy hors-d'oeuvres, desserts, and live music at the RiverCenter. www.thegrapevineexpo.com NEW EVENT
25-30Quad Cities Senior Olympics
Compete in over 90 different athletic, performing arts, visual arts, and other events for people 50+. www.qcseniorolympics.org NEW DATE
30 Coca-Cola Collectors Club Convention
Memorabilia show and sale open to the public 10-2 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. www.cocacolacollectors.clubNEW EVENT

JULY


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. www.downtowndavenport.com and www.downtownrockisland.org
4 Firecracker Run & Parade
Run starts at 7:30 a.m. with the parade at 1 p.m. in East Moline. www.emmainstreet.com
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. www.bettendorf.org
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. www.mvbs.org
9-15 John Deere Classic PGA TOUR
Watch pros golf during this PGA Tour event at the TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis. www.johndeereclassic.com
9-15 Mercer County Fair
Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo. www.mercercountyfair.org
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. www.truckersjamboree.com
TBD Rivers Edge Home Brew Festiv-Ale
Over a dozen homebrew clubs will have over 50 different brews to sample in downtown Rock Island. www.beerfests.com
17-21 Rock Island County Fair
Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline. www.rockislandfair.org
27-28 Downtown Street Fest
On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and craft vendors. www.downtowndavenport.com
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. www.bix7.com
28 RAGBRAI
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. www.ragbrai.com

AUGUST


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. www.mvfair.com
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. www.bixsociety.org
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. www.tugfest.com
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. www.downtownrockisland.org
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. www.floatzilla.org
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. www.qcso.org
18 Village Wine Walk
Visit participating businesses throughout the Village to enjoy samples of wine. www.villageofeastdavenport.com
24-25 World Series of Drag Racing
Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway. www.racecir.com
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. www.alternatingcurrentsqc.com
25 Vettes on the River
Vettes on the River is an all Corvette Car Show in LeClaire, supporting Local Veterans. www.visitleclaire.com
25-26 Farm Days
See tractors on display and enjoy activities like wagon rides, petting zoo, magician, and more. www.villageofeastdavenport.com
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. www.LSTmemorial.org

SEPTEMBER


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. www.rockislandgrandprix.com
8 QCA Heritage Tractor Parade & Show
Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a tractor show at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline. www.visitjohndeere.com
8-9 Beaux Arts Fair
Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum. www.beauxartsfair.com
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. www.celtichighlandgames.org
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. www.riveraction.org
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. www.jayceesqc.org
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. www.midcoast.org
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. www.quadcitiesballoonfestival.com
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. www.qcmarathon.org

OCTOBER


8 Apple Fest
Downtown LeClaire features apple vendors, baked goods, kid’s activities, vendors, and more. www.visitleclaire.com
TBD Row the Miss Regatta
Rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River in Moline. U.S. Rowing-sanctioned event. http://www.tworiversymca.org
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. www.downtownrockisland.org
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. www.lagomarcinos.com
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. www.niabizoo.com
28 Witches Walk & Costume Parade
Dress in costume and trick-or-treat throughout LeClaire’s downtown. www.visitleclaire.com
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Halloween Parades on the last Saturday in October in Bettendorf and Davenport.

NOVEMBER


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. www.quadcityarts.com
17 Festival of Trees
Parade in downtown Davenport and Lighting on the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline. www.lightingonthecommons.com
25 Christmas Walk
Open house at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to see Santa, enjoy refreshments, make crafts, and more. www.scottcountyiowa.com

DECEMBER


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. www.butterworthcenter.com
TBD Gallery Hop
Artists and downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations. www.downtownrockisland.org
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. www.augustana.edu


For questions kindly contact our friends at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit www.visitquadcities.com 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. www.hotelblackhawk.com

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