Quad-Cities Area Events and Festivals

 

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APRIL

29th Dr. Seuss Family Concert
Fantastical stories played by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.  These classics come to life with actors, video, and narration.  www.qcso.org


MAY

1st-6th Quad Cities Beer Week
Celebrating all things craft beer with events each day, specialty tappings, and the Big Brew Day on Saturday with home brewers sharing their beer.  www.qcbeerweek.com

6th 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

13th-14th 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

14th-19th NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship
Collegiate golf teams compete for top honors at TPC Deere Run.  www.naia.org

29th Quad Cities Criterium
Over 300 cyclists racing through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day Weekend.  Live music and entertainment.  www.quadcitiescriterium.com


JUNE

May 30th-June 3rd Quad Cities Senior Olympics
Compete in over 90 different athletic, performing arts, visual arts, and other events for people 50 and over.  www.qcseniorolympics.org

2nd-3rd 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 Gumbo Ya Ya
Mardi Gras comes up river to downtown Rock Island with its zydeco music, Cajun food, and BEADS!  www.ridistrict.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

17th-25th Quad Cities Museum Week
Week of fun events and specials at over 20 area museums.  www.qcmuseumweek.com

18th 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

TBD Quad City Air Show
Quad Cities’ skies roar with the sounds of airplanes doing aerial stunts and tricks at the Davenport Municipal Airport.  One of the best civil air shows in the country.  www.quadcityairshow.com

25th 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


JULY

June 30th -July 1st 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

3rd 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

4th Firecracker Run & Parade
Run starts at 7:30 a.m. with the parade at 1 p.m. in East Moline.  www.emmainstreet.com

4th 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.

10th-16th 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

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

13th-15th 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

15th-21st Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championships
600-1200 players compete at courses all over the Quad Cities. www.pdga.com NEW EVENT

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

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

29th 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


AUGUST

1st-6th : 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

3rd-5th : 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

10th-12th : 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.ridistrict.com

19th : 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

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

TBD : 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

25th-26th : River Roots Live
Cutting edge national touring music acts, and delicious BBQ ribs from national ribeteurs in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport.  www.riverrootslive.com

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


SEPTEMBER

2nd-3rd : 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

9th : 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

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

9th : 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

15th-16th : 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

16th : 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

16th : 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

16th-17th : 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

22th-23th :  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

24th : 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

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

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

28th : 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

28th-29th :  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

28th : 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.


NOVEMBER

17th-26th : 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

18th : Festival of Trees Parade & Lighting on The Commons
www.quadcityarts.com/festoftrees and www.lightingonthecommons.com


DECEMBER

Numerous Christmas Walks and downtown celebrations and holiday shows!

3rd : 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

9th-15th : 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

9th-10th : Handel’s Messiah
130 annual performance with 250-voice chorus of the Handel Oratorio Society and symphony at Centennial Hall.  309-794-7306  www.augustana.edu

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions – Figge Art Museum

 

19th and 20th Century Japanese Prints

January 14, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Step into the fascinating world of Japanese woodblock prints in the Lewis Gallery. The exhibition features 15 prints by preeminent Japanese artists of the 19th and 20th centuries recently gifted to the Figge from the Robert F. and Patricia J. Schmitt Collection. Japanese prints are revered for th…

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Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present

January 21, 2017 – May 14, 2017

Scrimmage features 78 artworks, dating from the 1850s to 2014, that take as their subject various aspects of the game of football.  Some works, such as Frederic Remington’s Touchdown, Yale vs. Princeton, are straightforward depictions of the early days of the sport, w…

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Young Artists at the Figge 2017

January 21, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Elementary art students from seven school districts are represented in the 2017 Young Artists exhibition. One student from each participating school will be chosen to receive a scholarship to a Figge class. Thanks to museum and donor support, admission for recognition days is free for student art…

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The Art of Persuasion: American Propaganda Posters and the Great War

January 28, 2017 – May 14, 2017

April 6, 2017 marks the centennial of the United States’ declaration of war on Germany and its entry into World War I. The Art of Persuasion explores how some of the most important artists and illustrators of the day supported the war effort.

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Jefferson Pinder: Ghost Light

March 4, 2017 – June 4, 2017

Beginning March 4, a site-specific art and performance based installation created by Chicago based artist Jefferson Pinder will explore the Quad City African American experience through an interactive retelling of personal histories. On view in the Figge’s 3rd floor gallery, the installation…Learn more