Quad-Cities Area Events and Festivals

 

AUGUST

  • 24-25, World Series of Drag Racing – Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway. 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. alternatingcurrentsqc.com
  • 25, Vettes on the River – Vettes on the River is an all Corvette Car Show in LeClaire, supporting Local Veterans. visitleclaire.com
  • 25-26, Farm Days – See tractors on display and enjoy activities like wagon rides, petting zoo, magician, and more. 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.  LSTmemorial.org

 

SEPTEMBER

  • 1-2, 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.  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. 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. 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. 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.  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.  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. 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. 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. qcmarathon.org

 

OCTOBER

  • 8, Apple Fest – Downtown LeClaire features apple vendors, baked goods, kid’s activities, vendors, and more. visitleclaire.com
  • TBD, Row the Miss Regatta – Rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River in Moline. 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. 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. 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. niabizoo.com
  • 28, Witches Walk & Costume Parade – Dress in costume and trick-or-treat throughout LeClaire’s downtown. visitleclaire.com
  • 28, 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. quadcityarts.com/festoftrees
  • 17, Festival of Trees Parade in downtown Davenport and Lighting on the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline. quadcityarts.com/festoftrees and www.lightingonthecommons.com
  • 25, Christmas Walk – Open house at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to see Santa, enjoy refreshments, make crafts, and more. 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. butterworthcenter.com
  • TBD, Gallery Hop – Artists and downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations. 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.  309-794-7327  augustana.edu

 

Should you have 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.

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