Quad-Cities Area Events and Festivals

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Adler 2017 Line-Up

Adler Theatre Tickets and Event Dates:

Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.  – The Beach Boys

You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago.

Tickets ($65, $75, $95) are on sale now here at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.) and by phone at 800-745-3000.

 August 26, 2017 – Ben Folds
Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums as the front man for Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rock albums, as well as unique collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles to Weird Al.

September 17 – Nathan Carter

Irish singer Nathan Carter has catapulted into stardom, charming audiences on guitar, piano, and accordion. Fans of Daniel O’Donnell, Michael Bublé, and Tony Bennett will love this young Irish crooner who is blazing a trail to worldwide success

September 19 – ZZ Top

Having formed more than four decades ago in the Houston area of Texas, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top continue to be a relentless touring machine. Audiences can look forward to seeing them belt out timeless hits such as “Legs,” “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Tush,” and many more from their 15 studio albums.

November 7 – The Price is Right “Live”

The Price is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” and play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show.

November 17, Tim Hawkin’s

Tim Hawkin’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted – the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity.

Davenport.  These classics come to life with actors, video, and narration.  www.qcso.org




25, Blossoms at Butterworth – Enjoy the splendor of Butterworth Center’s impressive gardens with old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, antique auto show, and free guided tours of these Deere family homes in Moline.  www.butterworthcenter.com



June 30-July 1, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival – The festival returns for its 31st year to LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport with more than 10 acts.  www.mvbs.org NEW DATE

3, Red, White & Boom! – Fireworks over the river between Rock Island and Davenport with family activities before the fireworks.  www.downtowndavenport.com and www.ridistrict.com NEW DATE

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

Many towns in the area have fireworks on the 3rd and 4th.

10-16, 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 NEW DATE

10-14, Mercer County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo.  www.mercercountyfair.org

13-15, Walcott 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

15, Rivers Edge Home Brew Festiv-Ale – Over a dozen home brew clubs will have over 50 different brews to sample in downtown Rock Island.  www.beerfests.com

15-21, Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) 2017 Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championships – 800 players compete at courses all over the Quad Cities. www.pdga.com NEW EVENT

18-22, Rock Island County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline.  www.rockislandfair.org

28-29, Downtown Street Fest – On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and craft vendors.  www.downtowndavenport.com

29, 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



1-6, 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

3-5, 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 music of his time and Dixieland style.  Rhythm City Casino Resort is the main site.  www.bixsociety.org NEW LOCATION

10-12, 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

12, 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.ridistrict.com

19, Floatzilla – River Action is assembling the Great River Raft in 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

17-19, AACA Central Division Fall Meet – 300 antique cars from around the Midwest meet at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf.  www.aaca.org NEW EVENT

19, 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

25-26, 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 NEW EVENT

25-26, World Series of Drag Racing – Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway.  www.racecir.com

26, Vettes on the River – Vettes on the River is an all Corvette Car Show in LeClaire, supporting Local Veterans. www.visitleclaire.com


2-3, Rock Island Grand Prix – Largest go-kart race on city streets in the world.  Only race in 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

9, 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

9-10, Beaux Arts Fair – Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum.  www.beauxartsfair.com

9, 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

15-16, 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

16, 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

16, 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

16-17, 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

22-23, 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

24, 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



8, Apple Fest – Downtown LeClaire features apple vendors, baked goods, kid’s activities, vendors, and more.  www.visitleclaire.com

26, Fright Night – Kids can celebrate Halloween in downtown Rock Island with costume contest, pumpkin carvers, and make-n-take activities.  www.ridistrict.com

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 ion costume and trick-or-treat throughout LeClaire’s downtown. www.visitleclaire.com

Halloween Parades on the last Saturday in Bettendorf and Davenport.



17-26, 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/festoftrees

18, Festival of Trees Parade in downtown Davenport and Lighting on the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline.  www.quadcityarts.com/festoftrees and www.lightingonthecommons.com



Numerous Christmas Walks and downtown celebrations and holiday shows.

3, 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, IllinoisB.  www.butterworthcenter.com

9-15, 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.  309-794-7327  www.augustana.edu

9, Gallery Hop – Artists and downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations. www.ridistrict.com

Contact 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.