Year after year, over 1 million visitors flock to the Quad Cities for its amazing festivals and events. Plan a visit around one of our fun-filled music, art, food, holiday or cultural fests and get a real taste of what the Quad Cities has to offer along the banks of the mighty Mississippi. The Quad Cities includes Davenport, Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois - in addition to smaller outlying communities that offer their array of annual events.

March

 
Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Championship
Catch the excitement of women's college basketball! 10 Division I teams come to downtown Moline from all over the Midwest to play for the championship game and the guaranteed NCAA berth.
TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Illinois
March 9-12, 2017
mvcquadcities.com


St. Patrick's Society Grand Parade
The only St. Patrick's Day parade that covers two states! Beginning in Rock Island, Illinois, it crosses over the mighty Mississippi River to end in Davenport, Iowa.
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa
March 18, 2017
stpatsqc.com

May

MIP Arts & Crafts Fair
Over 200 vendors participate in this annual indoor/outdoor arts and crafts fair.
235 E. 1st Avenue, Milan, Illinois
May 7, 2017
 
Beaux Arts Fair
Artists from across the country display their works in downtown Davenport. Artists' works range across the art spectrum.
Figge Art Museum Plaza, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
May 13-14, 2017
beauxartsfair.com
 
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 29, 2017
quadcitiescriterium.com


June

Rhubarb Festival
Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival.
Aledo, Illinois
June 2-3, 2017
aledomainstreet.com
 
Gumbo Ya-Ya
Cajun and Jazz music will fill your ears, spicy Cajun food will tease your palate, and other Mardi Gras staples make Rock Island the place to party during this annual festival. They even have BEADS!
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
June 9, 2017
downtownrockisland.org


Quad Cities Museum Week
Explore over 20 museums throughout the Quad Cities region as this annual event celebrates museums, history, and fun.
June 17-25, 2017
qcmuseumweek.com


Ride the River Family Bike Ride
Follow the Mississippi River on bike paths lining both sides with kids' activities along the way. A Quad Cities Father's Day tradition.
Begins at the Quad-City Times, 500 E 3rd Street, Davenport, Iowa
June 18, 2017
riveraction.org
 
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 John Deere family homes.
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, Illinois
June 25, 2017
butterworthcenter.com
 
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Listen to top blues music on the banks of the Mississippi River.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
June 30 - July 1, 2017
mvbs.org

July

 
Red, White & Boom!
This annual 4th of July celebration features amazing fireworks over the Mississippi River between Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa. There are also plenty of family activities and live music.
Downtown riverfronts in Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa
July 3, 2017
redwhiteboom.org
 
John Deere Classic
Watch pros golf during this PGA Tour event.
TPC Deere Run, 3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis, Illinois
July 10-16, 2017
johndeereclassic.com


Walcott Truckers Jamboree
This event is a great place to celebrate and learn about trucking and those big rigs. Music, fireworks, food, exhibits and more.
Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa
July 13-15, 2017
truckersjamboree.com


Downtown Street Fest
Food vendors, live music, kid's activities, and craft vendors.
2nd Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa
July 28-29, 2017
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 29, 2017
bix7.com


August

 
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 1-6, 2017
mvfair.com


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.
Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, Iowa
August 3-5, 2017
bixsociety.org
 
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 10-12, 2017
tugfest.com [Iowa] or tugfest.org [Illinois]
 
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 12, 2017
downtownrockisland.org


AACA Central Regional Antique Auto Show
Amazing antique automobiles will be on display during the special show.
Isle Casino Hotel, 1777 Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, Iowa
August 17-19, 2017


New Windsor Fair and Rodeo
Don't miss the biggest little rodeo in the Midwest. Horse stunt riding, broncos and more. You'll also love the food and fair activities.
Downtown New Windsor, Illinois
August 17-19, 2017
nwrodeo.org
 
Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops
Picnic and listen to music by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on the banks of the Mississippi River. Bring beverages/coolers and food, or purchase from food vendors, and enjoy the show.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
August 19, 2017
 
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. Floatzilla is an annual celebration of paddle sports. Join the fun! Select a Mississippi River landing anywhere from Moline to Rock Island, Illinois and paddle downriver to Sunset Marina for the group picture!
Sunset Marina, Rock Island, Illinois
August 19, 2017
floatzilla.org
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.
Downtown Davenport, Iowa
August 25-26, 2017

September

 
Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom
This is the largest go-kart race in the world to take place on city streets, attracting international drivers! Premiere event in the country and features the top drivers in karting over Labor Day weekend.
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
September 2-3, 2017
rockislandgrandprix.com


Heritage Tractor Parade and Show
Celebrate agriculture with this very special antique tractor parade and show, featuring all models and colors.
Downtown Moline, Illinois
September 9, 2017
visitjohndeere.com


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 9-10, 2017
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 15-16, 2017
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 16, 2017
jayceesqc.org


Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts
This wonderful, juried art fair features over 100 of the finest artists from across the country and Canada, as well as local, renowned Quad Cities artists. Food vendors, wine tasting, and live music are also a part of this annual art fair.
Lindsay Park, Village of East Davenport, Iowa
September 16-17, 2017
midcoast.org
 
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Watch these quiet, majestic balloons take off, race, land, and glow at night.
Rock Island County Fairgrounds, 4200 Archer Driver, East Moline, Illinois
September 22-23, 2017
quadcitiesballoonfestival.com


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 24, 2017
qcmarathon.org

October

 
Apple Fest
Explore the quaint town of LeClaire, Iowa as you enjoy their annual Apple Fest. Visit the unique shops and dine at wonderful restaurants after you pick out your favorite apples and apple desserts.
Downtown LeClaire, Iowa
October 8, 2017
visitleclaire.com

November

Antique Spectacular
Antiques of every kind are on display and for sale at this annual show.
QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
November 3-5, 2017
qccaexpocenter.com
 
Festival of Trees Holiday Parade
Helium balloons towering 3-stories high, marching bands, floats, and music are all a part of this holiday parade that attracts over 30,000 spectators.
Downtown Davenport, Iowa
November 18, 2017
 
Lighting on the Commons
Fireworks, hundreds of thousands of lights and other festivities ring in the holiday season. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, the annual lighting on the Moline tree.
Downtown Moline, Illinois
November 18, 2017
lightingonthecommons.com


Holiday Pops Concert
Wonderful music celebrates the holiday season at this annual performance by the Quad City Symphony, now in its 102nd year.
Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, Iowa
November 18, 2017
 
Festival of Trees
Beautifully decorated trees, room settings, a gingerbread village, the North Pole and more are just a few of the many festivities that make up this annual holiday event.
RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, Iowa
November 18-26, 2017
quadcityarts.com

December

19th Century Christmas
The historic John Deere family mansions, the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman are decorated in traditional Victorian-style as the holiday season is celebrated with music, treats, and tours of the homes.
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, Illinois
December 3, 2017
butterworthcenter.com
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