by Jessica Waytenick • December 28, 2017

JANUARY 2018 Quad Cities – This year the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend in January kicks off a year-long discount program with the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (QCCVB).

The year-long program in the Quad Cities uses the V.I.V. wristband.  V.I.V. stands for Very Important Visitor.  It started as a summer discount program last year, and is expanding to all year in 2018.

During Be a Tourist Weekend on January 12-15, show the discount on your smartphone at the participating businesses or print the coupon page from the website.  Then receive a free V.I.V. wristband to use on future specials and discounts in the Quad Cities throughout 2018.  Check out all the specials at

Marvel at all the Quad Cities has to see and do!  “With Monday, January 15 a holiday for many, that weekend is a great time to be a tourist in your own backyard and enjoy an affordable hotel stay,” says Joe Taylor, President/CEO of the QCCVB.  “People don’t have to travel far during the winter or spend a lot of money to have a great and affordable weekend getaway.”

The free V.I.V. wristbands will also be available starting January 12, 2018, at the QCCVB Visitor Centers.  The visitor centers at 1601 River Drive, Moline, Ill., and inside the RiverCenter South at 2nd & Perry in Davenport, Iowa, are open during the week.  There is also one at the Quad City International Airport.  Call 309-277-0937 for more information. 

“Our visitors don’t have to worry about carrying around paper coupon books and remembering codes anymore,” says Molly Otting Carlson, QCCVB vice-president of destination development.  “The V.I.V. Wristband is an easy way for visitors to have an affordable stay in the Quad Cities.”

Be a Tourist Special Events Include:

Come and learn about Charles Deere’s 1872 home and its life as home to his descendants until 1976. As a special feature, the curator shares her favorite stories and artifacts in the house, including a special tour through the basement.  Free tours begin at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on January 12-15 from the Deere-Wiman House at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, Ill.

Icestravaganza returns for its sixth year on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Freight House, 421 W. River Dr. in Davenport, Iowa, with over 10 interactive ice sculptures created on-site, live music, ice princess guests, kids’ activities, extended Farmers Market hours, and an after-hours tasting event.  Icestravaganza has two very special sisters making an appearance this year during the kid’s activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Icestravaganza tasting event from 6-8 p.m. features Front Street Brewery craft beer and signature cocktails from Mississippi River Distillery and will feature a bar made of nothing but ice!  Visit for more information.

Reserve your spot on a free tour at Isabel Bloom on Saturday, January 13 at 11:30 a.m. to see how these unique concrete sculptures are made at 736 Federal Street in Davenport, Iowa.  Guests on the tour receive 10% off on their entire purchase at the tour center gift shop.  Call 563-324-5135 to make your tour reservation.  Visit for more information.

Read-a-Latte - Winter Reading Kick-Off is Saturday, January 13 from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island.  Free Family Fun for all ages!  Register for the winter reading contests with the Rock Island Library, warm up with free coffee and cocoa, and pick up a prize.  End the winter blahs with games for all ages, crafts, yoga demos, sandcastles, a story trail in the Sun Garden, and more.  Visit for more information.

At the Tribute to Nirvana concert on Friday, January 12 at the River Music Experience, 129 Main Street in Davenport, Iowa, get $1 off drinks.

Sunday, January 14 is a fun day full of sampling snacks, specialty foods, and beverages during the Taste of LeClaire in LeClaire, Iowa from 12-4 p.m. with restaurants and shops offering samples.  Are you a nature lover?  Enjoy an eagle presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 14 at the LeClaire Civic Center.  Visit for more information.
The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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Media Contacts: Jessica Waytenick, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, 309-736-6827 office,

309-737-4280 cell or

Photos & Media Trips: For High-res photos or for information about media tours, please contact Jessica Waytenick at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 Ext. 827 or


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