The 100th Mississippi Valley Fair
is July 30-August 4, 2019, in Davenport, Iowa. In addition to great grandstand entertainment, you can see many free attractions, live bands, exhibits, 4-H displays, Evans United Carnival, food concessions, vendors, animals, and more across the fairground's 85 acres. 2019 Grandstands acts announced include: Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Tesla, Nickelback, and Dan + Shay. An estimated 115,262 persons attended the very first fair when admission was just 50 cents for adults.
July 30 - August 4
After a two-year hiatus, the Quad City Air Show
returns in 2019 after an overwhelming response from spectators and performers. Organizers are working hard to put on the biggest and best Quad City Air Show on June 29-30, 2019, at the Davenport Municipal Airport featuring the incredible United States Navy Blue Angels.
A new zipline adventure has been added at Snowstar
making them a new year-round attraction instead of just a winter-only fun park. There are multiple ziplines and the longest of the ziplines is 1300 feet going from the top of the ski hill all the way down and across the creek. The scenery will be different as the seasons change so it can be a new experience year-round. Groups up to 10 can go at one time. Reservations are recommended.
A new live music venue is set to open in early 2019 in East Moline called The Rust Belt
. he 4,000-capacity venue by owner Sean Moeller plans to host several concerts monthly. This new home for live music is in a former industrial space near The Bend development including the new Hyatt Place & Hyatt House.
in downtown Davenport, Iowa, is the first dedicated esports and virtual reality venue in the Quad Cities. Paradigm offers virtual reality gaming experiences on traditional game systems and in a free-roam arena. They host tournaments, leagues, parties, and individual rental time. From esports competitions to student tutoring and corporate and employee trainings, Paradigm is a first in Iowa.
The Buffalo Bill Museum
in LeClaire added a new addition housing a replica 1920s interior of a one room school house. The replica contains authentic artifacts used in one room school houses located in Iowa that thrived from the 1850s-1950s. The Robert Schiffke 1920's Era One Room School House Exhibit gives visitors an inside look of how one room school houses and education throughout the years has changed and evolved. The exhibit encourages visitors to interact with objects found in daily educational techniques of that time.
199 North Front Street, LeClaire, Iowa
Check out these exciting exhibits at area museums! The Putnam Museum & Science Center
hosts RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit from late January until early June taking a cultural and scientific look at race throughout history and discovering the many reasons we should celebrate our differences and embrace our shared histories. The German American Heritage Center's
new exhibit through March 13 follows the Schwiebert Family from Germany to the Quad Cities and their travels, experiences, and successes. The Figge Art Museum
hosts more than 60 artworks by renowned artist Louis Tiffany (February 16-May 19) focusing on Tiffany's magnificent stained-glass windows, floral vases, lamps, and accessories, and reveling in his artistry and craftsmanship. The Family Museum
opens Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action! (June 8-September 8) exploring activities such as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga, and horizontal climbing! At each activity station, build strength, coordination, balance, and endurance. Test your ability to become the next "action star"!
The Quad Cities has a brand-new meadery in downtown Davenport. Mead is made by fermenting honey. Bootleg Hill Honey Meads
has a tasting room where you can try different varieties of meads and combination of meads. They will also serve other craft drinks.
The Quad City Storm
began its inaugural season in 2018 in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Not only will you see great hockey on the ice at the TaxSlayer Center in downtown Moline, their games include fun promotions, giveaways, and theme nights throughout the entire season that runs October to April. Single game tickets are $10-$30 for a single game and group discounts are available.
1201 River Drive, Moline, Illinois
The Spotlight Theatre
is a new premiere event center located in the heart of downtown Moline (located in the former Scottish Rite Cathedral). From musical theatre, concerts, and events, there is always something going on in The Spotlight. Available to rent for weddings and private events.
The Iowa 80 Truckstop (I-80 Exit 284) has completed a $10 million expansion and remodel project adding 23,000 square feet to its already 100,000 square-foot main building at the world's largest truckstop. The massive undertaking expanded and rebuilt the entire food court, adding more food options and the convenience store offers increased healthy grab-and-go foods. Antique trucks were added to the main entry, and merchandise areas have been expanded to better serve customers. Unique details can be found throughout the store from an Iowa 80 mural that is a photo timeline of the complexes history to trucking Facts in the entrance vestibule.
If you drive into Moline or Bettendorf, you will notice an exciting project for the Quad Cities. A new bridge across the Mississippi River is being built! Construction began in July 2017. The new bridge is expected to be complete in 2020. The bridge will be more than twice as wide as the existing I-74 bridge, providing four lanes in each direction. A multi-use path on the bridge with an observation deck will connect to biking and walking paths in Bettendorf and Moline. Keep up on the project at www.i74riverbridge.com