The Quad Cities is known for its outstanding festivals. Planning your group tour around any one of these excellent events will ensure a lifetime of memories for your group. If you would like additional information about any of these listings, please contact us at 800-747-7800 x828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bald Eagle DaysJanuary & February
Each year, up to 2,500 Bald Eagles make the trees and bluffs along the Mississippi River their winter roosting grounds, as the water stays open and free of ice on this portion of the river. Bald Eagle watches usually occur in January and February, but eagles can be seen from mid-December through early March. It all depends on the weather. The Bald Eagle Days show at the QCCA Expo Center occurs late January and offers many hands-on and learning experiences about these majestic birds.
St. Patrick's Day ParadeSt. Patrick's Day Weekend, March
The parade is the only interstate St. Patrick's Day parade in the country - starting in Rock Island, Illinois and crossing the Mississippi River into Davenport, Iowa. Every year, thousands of spectators line the streets to enjoy the spectacle. The annual parade includes marching and traditional bagpipe bands and lots of Irish heritage. The parade is followed every year by the Post Parade Bash featuring Irish entertainment, food and refreshments. Celtic enthusiasts grace this occasion where pride and spirit of the celebration abound. Awards are presented to the best of the parade-marchers. There is an admission fee to the Post Parade Bash.
Quad Cities CriteriumMemorial Day Weekend, May
Join the only interstate St. Patrick's parade in the country, as it starts in Rock Island, Illinois and crosses the Mississippi River into Davenport, Iowa.
The Quad Cities Criterium is an annual bicycle race. More than 650 professional and amateur riders from ages 10 to 60+ compete in 14 different races in front of a raucous crowd of more than 10,000 spectators. The event has been a staple in the Quad Cities and has been running for more than 45 years. The race also includes an all ages bicycle safety rodeo, kids races, food vendors, and free admission to some of the nations best bicycle racing. True bike fans will not want to miss it! More information can be found at quadcitiescriterium.com
Gumbo Ya-Ya New Orleans FestivalJune
Gumbo Ya-Ya is the area's true Mardi Gras-style festival. Running for two days every June, the festival features New Orleans zydeco, jazz, and blues music on two stages, and second line processions. Enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Shop the street vendors and experience French Quarter culture. Kids can make Mardi Gras masks and beaded necklaces. And a half-ton of Mardi Gras beads will be tossed into the crowd throughout the event.
Mississippi Valley Blues Fest4th of July Weekend, July
The three-day festival is held each year over the 4th of July weekend in picturesque LeClaire Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa. Through the care and attention paid in selecting performers to represent a variety of blues styles and the down-home non-commercial atmosphere of the fest, over the years the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival has become recognized as one of the finest blues fests in the country.
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz FestivalJuly
The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest is held every year over the 4th of July weekend and has become to be known as one of the finest blues fests in the country.
The outdoor venue at LeClaire Park features a food court, an outstanding band shell, bust of Bix and historic plaques, water and restrooms, and a grandstand seat for action on the Mississippi River. There is comfortable seating and endless room for folding chairs and blankets. Those who wish may bring in their own food and refreshments. There are up to 10 of the nations top jazz bands alternating at the four venues throughout the festival. Also demonstrating their jazz proficiency are members of the Bix Jazz Society Youth Band, carriers of the torch for the next generation.
John Deere ClassicJuly
The John Deere Classic is an official stop on the PGA Tour. Held every July, the week before the British Open Championship, the tournament attracts golfers from around the world. It is held at TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis, Illinois.
Ya Maka My WeekendAugust
Held every July the week before the British Open, the John Deere Classic attracts professional golfers from around the world.
Event starts Friday and goes to the wee hours... continuing on Saturday. Ya Maka My Weekend is a signature festival for The District that started in 1992. Reggae bands, steel drums, and beach music fill the streets. This arts & cultural event also features Caribbean-style food, an open air marketplace, island activities for kids, and a sand beach. Located in Downtown Rock Island, Illinois on the Great River Plaza on 2nd Avenue between 17th & 19th Streets.
It began in 1987, with ten 20-member tug teams pulling with all of their strength on a 2,400 foot, 680 pound rope that spans the Mississippi River between Port Byron, Illinois and LeClaire, Iowa. Each year the teams pull to see who will claim the breath-taking alabaster statue of a Bald Eagle in flight. Over 35,000 people view this spectacular and only tug-of-war across the longest river in the United States. Tug Fest has been featured in travel, vacation magazines, television programming across the country and has received international notoriety in 2004 on Germany's "Inside the USA" and in 2007 on "Galileo XXL" filmed by Maximusfilms Germany.
Festival of Trees Holiday WeekendWeekend before Thanksgiving, November
Festival of Trees is a week-long celebration of the holiday tree and the festive spirit of the holiday season. Over 650 national and local artists and designers create hundreds of holiday trees, wreaths, door decorations, themed rooms, basket giveaways, stockings and ornaments for public display, viewing, and to give away to the lucky raffle entries. Over 100,000 people experience Festival of Trees every year, making it one of the largest single attractions in the area.