What festivals take place in the Quad Cities?
There are so many, and they're all so different! Rhubarb Festival! Walcott Truckers Jamboree! Floatzilla! Festival of Trees! Take your pick and come see us!

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.

January

Bald Eagle Days
Celebrate the annual southern migration of the Bald Eagle to the open waters on the Mississippi River. These magnificent birds of prey gather along the wooded bluffs to spend the winter in the Quad Cities. Go eagle-watching and attend the largest environmental fair in the Midwest at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL.
QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
January 11-13
qccaexpocenter.com


Ice Stravaganza
Enjoy winter activities at the Freight House in downtown Davenport like ice carvers, kid's activities, music, ice bar in the evening, and more.
Freight House, 421 West River Drive, Davenport, Iowa
January 19
downtowndavenport.com


 
QC Farm Equipment Show
Agriculture vendors and seminars at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL.
QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
January 20-22
qccaexpocenter.com

February

Winter Carnival
There are a ton of outside and inside activities in Bettendorf from 10 am-2 pm at the Family Museum, library, park, and Life Fitness Center. Some things include ice painting, snow games, snowball launch, maple syrup making, and more!
Bettendorf, Iowa
February 2
bettendorf.org


Valentine Walk
Talk a walk in the woods with your sweetheart, then warm up by the roaring fireplaces at the Watchtower Lodge in Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island.
Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1510 46th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
February 14
blackhawkpark.org


Moeller Nights Festival
This new event takes place at the new Rust Belt in East Moline, a 4,000-person capacity concert venue. Some of the bands already booked include Greyhounds, Rookie and Moon Ruin, and Ona.
Rust Belt, 1201 7th Street, East Moline, Illinois
February 14-16
moellernights.com


Outdoor Adventure Show
Over 100 vendors of tackle, lures, hunting, and accessories, along with a seminar series and kidís activities at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.
QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
February 14-17
qccaexpocenter.com

March

Quad Cities Restaurant Week
The annual Restaurant Week in the Quad Cities with 30+ restaurants participating from all parts of the community.
February 25 - March 3
qcrestaurantweek.com


Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Championship
10 colleges compete in the Hoops in the Heartland tournament at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. Third year the tournament has been held in the Quad Cities.
TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Illinois
March 14-17
mvcquadcities.com
 
St. Patrick's Parade Weekend
Watch the only inter-state parade in the country on Saturday, March 16 with thousands lining the parade route. Kickoff Gathering of the Clan luncheon on Friday.
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa
March 15-16
stpatsqc.com


QCCA Flower and Garden Show
The QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island is transformed into a garden paradise to excite green thumbers and non-green thumbers alike with seminars and over 100 vendors.
QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
March 22-24
qccaexpocenter.com


National Congress of Old West Shootists
For historical re-enactors, cowboy shooters, and Old West enthusiasts of the time period from 1865 to 1899, the convention events include an Old West Show and Sale on Friday through Sunday with many vendors at the Radisson Quad City Plaza.
Radisson Quad City Plaza, 111 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
March 22-24
ncows.com

May

Village in Bloom
Event to honor legendary artists Isabel & John Bloom with art displays, art classes, and live performance in the Village of East Davenport.
Village of East Davenport, Davenport, Iowa
May 4
villageinbloom.org


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.
Figge Art Museum Plaza, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
May 11-12
beauxartsfair.com


Heritage Days
The past comes to life with interpreters and actors to recreate pioneer life at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village.
Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, 8817 290th Street, Long Grove, Iowa
May 26-27
scottcountyiowa.com


Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium
Over 300 cyclists racing through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day Weekend. Live music, entertainment, and kid's activities.
Village of East Davenport, Davenport, Iowa
May 27
quadcitiescriterium.com
 

June

Rhubarb Festival
Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival in Aledo, Ill.
Aledo, Illinois
June 7-8
aledomainstreet.com


Gumbo Ya-Ya
Mardi Gras comes up river to downtown Rock Island with its zydeco music, Cajun food, and BEADS!
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
TBA
downtownrockisland.org


Pioneer Days
Go unplugged and try the great pioneer activities for kids and adults at the Colonel Davenport House during Pioneer Days. 12-5 pm each day.
Colonel Davenport House, Davenport Avenue, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois
June 8-9


Quad Cities Museum Week
Week of fun events and specials at over 20 area museums.
June 8-16
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 16
riveraction.org


Planet Funk Con
Comic-Con convention with vendors, artists, celebrity guests, game tournaments, and live entertainment at the TBK Bank Sports Complex.
TBK Bank Sports Complex, 4850 Competition Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa
June 21-23
planetfunkcon.com


Quad Cities Senior Olympics
Compete in over 90 different athletic, performing arts, visual arts, and other events for people 50+.
June 24-29
qcseniorolympics.org


Quad City Air Show
Quad Cities' skies roar once again 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 returns after a two-year hiatus with the Blue Angels.
Davenport Municipal Airport, 9230 N. Harrison Street, Davenport, Iowa
June 29-30
quadcityairshow.com
 

July

Red, White & Boom!
Fireworks over the river between Rock Island and Davenport with family activities before the fireworks.
Downtown riverfronts in Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa
July 3
redwhiteandboomqc.org


Firecracker Run & Parade
Run starts at 7:30 a.m. with the parade at 1 p.m. in East Moline.
East Moline, Illinois
July 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.
Bettendorf, Iowa
July 4


Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
This annual festival has been going on for over 30 years in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport. Enjoy more than 10 acts.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
July 5-6
mvbs.org


John Deere Classic
Watch pros golf during this PGA Tour event at the TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis.
TPC Deere Run, 3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis, Illinois
July 8-14
johndeereclassic.com
 
Mercer County Fair
Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo.
Aledo, Illinois
July 8-14


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.
Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa
July 11-13
truckersjamboree.com


Rivers Edge Home Brew Festiv-Ale
Over a dozen home brew clubs will have over 50 different brews to sample in downtown Rock Island.
Rock Island, Illinois
July 13


Rock Island County Fair
Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline.
4200 Archer Drive, East Moline, Illinois
July 16-20
rockislandfair.org


Downtown Street Fest
On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid's activities, and craft vendors.
2nd Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa
July 26-27
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-renown event in downtown Davenport.
Downtown Davenport, Iowa
July 27
bix7.com

August

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.
Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa
July 30 - August 4
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. Festival dedicated to music of his time and Dixieland style. Rhythm City Casino Resort is the main site.
Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, Iowa
August 1-3
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 8-10
tugfest.org


Ya Maka My Weekend
Brings the culture of the Caribbean islands to the Quad Cities with music, food, and events in downtown Rock Island.
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
TBA
downtownrockisland.org


Floatzilla
River Action wants all canoes and kayaks for an attempt to break the world record for the largest flotilla of canoes and kayaks happening at Sunset Marina in Rock Island.
Sunset Marina, Rock Island, Illinois
August 17
floatzilla.org


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.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
August 17


Village Wine Walk
Visit participating businesses throughout the Village to enjoy samples of wine.
Village of East Davenport, Davenport, Iowa
August 17
villageofeastdavenport.com


World Series of Drag Racing
Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway.
Cordova International Raceway, Cordova, Illinois
TBA
racecir.com


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 22-25
alternatingcurrentsqc.com


Vettes on the River
Vettes on the River is an all Corvette Car Show in LeClaire, supporting Local Veterans.
LeClaire, Iowa
August 24, 2018


Farm Days
See tractors on display and enjoy activities like wagon rides, petting zoo, magician, and more.
Village of East Davenport, Davenport, Iowa
August 24-25
villageofeastdavenport.com

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 in downtown Rock Island.
Downtown Rock Island, Illinois
August 31 - September 1
rockislandgrandprix.com


QCA Heritage Tractor Parade and Show
Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a tractor show at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline.
Downtown Moline, Illinois
September 7


Beaux Arts Fair
Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum.
Figge Art Museum Plaza, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
September 7-8
beauxartsfair.com


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.
Centennial Park, 315 S. Marquette Street, Davenport, Iowa
September 13-14
celtichighlandgames.org


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.
September 14
riveraction.org


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.
LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbeck Drive, Davenport, Iowa
September 14
jayceesqc.org


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.
Lindsay Park, Village of East Davenport, Iowa
September 21-22
midcoast.org
 
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.
Begins and ends in downtown Moline, Illinois
September 22
qcmarathon.org


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.
Rock Island County Fairgrounds, 4200 Archer Driver, East Moline, Illinois
September 27-28
quadcitiesballoonfestival.com

October

Apple Fest
Downtown LeClaire features apple vendors, baked goods, kid's activities, vendors, and more.
Downtown LeClaire, Iowa
October 13
 
Row the Miss Regatta
Rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River in Moline. U.S. Rowing-sanctioned event.
Two Rivers YMCA, 2040 53rd Street, Moline, Illinois
TBD


Fright Night
Kids can celebrate Halloween at Schwiebert Park in downtown Rock Island with costume contest, kids games, goodie bags, and a costume parade.
Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 101 17th Street, Rock Island, Illinois
October 24


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.
Village of East Davenport, Davenport, Iowa
October 26
lagomarcinos.com


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.
Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, Illinois
October 26-27


Witches Walk & Costume Parade
Dress in costume and trick-or-treat throughout LeClaire's downtown.
LeClaire, Iowa
October 26

November

Festival of Trees Parade
Downtown Davenport, Iowa
November 23
qcfestivaloftrees.com
 
Lighting on the Commons
Downtown Moline, Illinois
November 23
lightingonthecommons.com


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.
RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, Iowa
November 21-December 1
qcfestivaloftrees.com

December

Christmas Walk
Open house at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to see Santa, enjoy refreshments, make crafts, and more.
Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, 8817 290th Street, Long Grove, Iowa
November 24


19th Century Christmas
See John Deereís descendants' two homes exquisitely decorated for the holidays in typical Victorian fashion with activities and music at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois.
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, Illinois
December 1
 
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.
Augustana College, 820 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois
December 7-13


Contact Visit Quad Cities at 800-747-7800 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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