May

Beaux Arts Fair
Artists from across the country display their works in downtown Davenport. Artist's works range across the art spectrum.
Figge Art Museum plaza, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
May 7-8, 2016
beauxartsfair.com
Artists from across the country display their works in downtown Davenport at the twice-a-year Beaux Arts Fair. Artist's works range across the art spectrum.
Quad Cities Criterium
Over 650 cyclists racing through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day Weekend. Live music and entertainment.
Village of East Davenport, Davenport, Iowa
May 30, 2016
quadcitiescriterium.com


June

Rhubarb Festival
Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival.
Aledo, Illinois
June 3-4, 2016
aledomainstreet.com


Gumbo Ya-Ya
Mardi Gras has come up river to downtown Rock Island with its zydeco music, Cajun food, and BEADS!
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
June 10-11, 2016
gumboyayafestival.com


Quad Cities Museum Week
Week of fun events and specials at area museums throughout the region.
June 18-26, 2016
qcmuseumweek.com


Ride the River Family 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.
Begins at the Quad-City Times
June 19, 2016
riveraction.org


Quad City Air Show
Quad Cities' skies will roar with the sounds of airplanes doing aerial stunts and tricks. One of the best civil air shows in the country.
Davenport Municipal Airport, 9320 Harrison Street, Davenport, Iowa
June 25-26, 2016
quadcityairshow.com


Blossoms at Butterworth
Enjoy the splendor of Butterworth Center's impressive gardens with old-fashioned music and games, jugglers, antique auto show, and free guided tours of these historic Deere family homes.
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, Illinois
June 26, 2016
butterworthcenter.com
Enjoy the splendor of Butterworth Center's impressive gardens with old-fashioned music and games, jugglers, antique auto show, and free guided tours of these historic Deere family homes.

July

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Listen to top blues music on the banks of the Mississippi River.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
July 1-2, 2016
mvbs.org


Red, White & Boom!
Fireworks over the river between Rock Island and Davenport with family activities and music.
Downtown riverfronts in Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa
July 3, 2016
redwhiteboom.org
Red, White & Boom! is an annual celebration with music, family fun, and fireworks shot over the Mississippi River.
Downtown Street Fest
Food vendors, live music, kid's activities, and craft vendors.
2nd Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa
July 29-30, 2016
downtowndavenport.com


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-renowned event.
Downtown Davenport, Iowa
July 30, 2016
bix7.com


August

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. The festival is dedicated to music of his time and Dixieland style.
Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa
August 4-7, 2016
bixsociety.org
Bix Jazz Fest is dedicated to Davenport native Bix Beiderbecke who performed during the 1920s and is in the International Jazz Hall of Fame.
Great Mississippi Valley Fair
Week of nightly grandstand concerts with top name acts, carnival rides, demos, and more.
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa
August 2-7, 2016
mvfair.com


John Deere Classic
Watch pros golf during this PGA Tour event.
TPC Deere Run, 3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis, Illinois
August 8-14, 2016
johndeereclassic.com


Tug Fest
Giant tug-of-war across the mighty Mississippi between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois with fireworks and live entertainment all weekend.
Downtown riverfronts in LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois
August 11-13, 2016
tugfest.com [Iowa] or tugfest.org [Illinois]
Tug Fest is an annual tug-of-war competition across the mighty Mississippi River between Illinois and Iowa. Enjoy family festivities, fireworks, music, and fun.
Ya Maka My Weekend
Brings the culture of the Caribbean islands to the Quad Cities with music, food, and events.
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
August 19-20, 2016
yamakamyweekend.com


Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops
Picnic and listen to music by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on the banks of the Mississippi River.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
August 20, 2016
qcso.org
Pack a picnic lunch and come down to LeClaire Park for the annual Riverfront Pops concert, featuring music by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra right on the banks of the Mississippi River.
River Roots Live
Cutting edge national touring music acts, a Junior Jam area, delicious BBQ ribs from national ribeteurs, and more.
Downtown Davenport, Iowa
August 26-27, 2016
riverrootslive.com


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.
Sunset Marina, 10 31st Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
August 20, 2016
floatzilla.org
Floatzilla is an annual celebration of paddle sports. Join the fun and attempt to break the world record for the largest floatilla of canoes and kayaks.

September

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.
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
September 3-4, 2016
rockislandgrandprix.com
The Rock Island Grand Prix is the largest go-kart race on city streets in the world, and the only United States event that is sanctioned for international drivers. Free admission!
Beaux Arts Fair
Artists from across the country display their works in downtown Davenport. Artist's works range across the art spectrum.
Figge Art Museum plaza, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
September 10-11, 2016
beauxartsfair.com


Celtic Festival & Highland Games
This day-long festival celebrates the culture and heritage of the Celtic lands. Enjoy traditional Scottish games of strength, music, step dancing, and a Ceilidh party.
Centennial Park, 315 S. Marquette Street, Davenport, Iowa
September 16-17, 2016
celtichighlandgames.org


Brew Ha Ha
Features micro brewed beers with more than 200 samples from Europe and the Midwest. Also includes comedy, music and food along with the opportunity to learn more from dozens of brewers.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
September 17, 2016
davenportjaycee.com


Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts
Featuring over 100 of the finest artists from across the country and Canada, as well as local, renowned Quad Cities artists.
Lindsay Park, Village of East Davenport, Iowa
September 17-18, 2016
midcoast.org


Hot Air Balloon Festival
Watch these quiet, majestic balloons take off, race, land, and glow at night.
Kennedy Square, East Moline, Illinois
September 23-24, 2016
quadcitiesballoonfestival.com
The annual Hot Air Balloon Festival has balloon launches, family-friendly activities, and a beautiful Night Glow.
Quad Cities Marathon
Run through five cities, two states, and across four bridges on this "runner friendly" course, labeled flat and fast.
Begins and ends in downtown Moline, Illinois
September 25, 2016
qcmarathon.org
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