Media
by Jessica Waytenick • October 20, 2014

JANUARY

9-11, 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.  www.qccaexpocenter.com

16-19, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend – Almost 20 hotels/motels are offering special rates and packages for the weekend.  Almost 30 other area attractions, businesses, and restaurants are also offering discounts.  www.visitquadcities.com

17, Ice Stravaganza – Enjoy winter activities in downtown Davenport like ice carvers, kid’s activities, music, ice science displays, indoor shopping, and more.  www.downtowndavenport.com

18-20, QC Farm Equipment Show – Agriculture vendors and seminars at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL.  www.qccaexpocenter.com

FEBRUARY

14, 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.  www.blackhawkpark.org

12-15, Outdoor Show – Over 100 vendors of tackle, lures, hunting, and accessories, along with a seminar series and kid’s activities at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.  www.qccaexpocenter.com

20-22, RV & Camping Show – Find your dream destination to sleep under the stars and check out the latest in camping gear at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.  www.qccaexpocenter.com

MARCH

2-8, Quad Cities Restaurant Week – This is the third annual Restaurant Week in the Quad Cities with restaurants participating from all parts of the community.  www.qcrestaurantweek.com   

13-14, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Weekend – Watch the only inter-state parade in the country on Sat., March 14th.  Kickoff Gathering of the Clan luncheon on the day before.  www.stpatsqc.com

26-29, QCCA Flower and Garden Show – The QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL, is transformed into a garden paradise to excite green thumbers and non-green thumbers alike with seminars and over 100 vendors.  www.qccaexpocenter.com

MAY

2, Village in Bloom: Festival of the Arts – Event to honor legendary artists Isabel & John Bloom with art displays, art classes, and live performance in the Village of East Davenport.  www.villageinbloom.org or www.villageofeastdavenport.com

9-10, Quad City Air Show – Quad Cities’ skies will roar 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.  www.quadcityairshow.com 

9-10, 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.  www.beauxartsfair.com

25, 50th annual Quad Cities Criterium – Over 650 cyclists racing through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day Weekend.  Live music and entertainment.  www.quadcitiescriterium.com

JUNE

1-6, 25th annual Quad Cities Senior Olympics – Compete in over 90 different athletic, performing arts, visual arts, and other events for people 50 and older.  www.qcseniorolympics.org

5-6, Rhubarb Festival – Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival in Aledo, Ill.  www.aledomainstreet.com

12-13, Gumbo Ya Ya – Mardi Gras has come up river to downtown Rock Island with its zydeco music, Cajun food, and BEADS!  www.ridistrict.com

13-21, Quad Cities Museum Week – Week of fun events and specials at area museums for this new week.  www.qcmuseumweek.com

18-20, Rally on the River – Largest gathering of motorcycles in the Midwest with powerhouse bands, food and vendor booths at Centennial Park in Davenport.  www.rallyontheriverqc.com   

21, Ride the River Bike Ride – Follow the Mississippi River on bike paths lining both sides with kid’s activities along the way.  A Quad Cities Father’s Day tradition.  www.riveraction.org

28, Blossoms at Butterworth – Enjoy the splendor of Butterworth Center’s impressive gardens with old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, antique auto show, and free guided tours of these Deere family homes in Moline.  www.butterworthcenter.com

TBD, Greek Cultural Fest – Celebrate the Greek arts, culture and cuisine with live Greek music, dance performances, Greek food specialties, and a wine tasting on Saturday at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4900 Kennedy Drive, East Moline, Ill. www.assumptionem.org  

JULY

4, Red, White & Boom! – Fireworks over the river between Rock Island and Davenport with family activities before the fireworks.  www.downtowndavenport.com and www.ridistrict.com NEW DATE

4, Firecracker Run & Parade – Run starts at 7:30 a.m. with the parade at 1 p.m. in East Moline.  www.emmainstreet.com

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.  www.bettendorf.org

Many towns in the area have fireworks on the 3rd and 4th.

5-11, Mercer County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo.  www.mercercountyfair.org

6-12, John Deere Classic PGA TOUR – Watch pros golf during this PGA Tour event at the TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis.  www.johndeereclassic.com

9-11, 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.  www.truckersjamboree.com

15-19, Rock Island County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline.  www.rockislandfair.org

24-25, Downtown Street Fest – On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and craft vendors.  www.downtowndavenport.com

25, 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.  www.bix7.com

25, RAGBRAI - RAGBRAI ends its week-long ride across Iowa in Davenport this year.  Each year the route changes.  www.davenportragbrai.com

AUGUST

July 30-Aug. 1, 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.  The RiverCenter/Adler Theatre is the main site.  www.bixsociety.org

4-9, 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.  www.mvfair.com

13-15, Tug Fest – Giant tug-of-war across the mighty Mississippi between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois with fireworks and live entertainment all weekend.  www.tugfest.com

14-15, Ya Maka My Weekend – Brings the culture of the Caribbean islands to the Quad Cities with music, food, and events in downtown Rock Island.  www.ridistrict.com

28-29, River Roots Live – Cutting edge national touring music acts, a Junior Jam area, delicious BBQ ribs from national ribeteurs, and more in downtown Davenport.  www.riverrootslive.com

15, 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 happening at Sunset Marina in Rock Island.  www.floatzilla.org

23, Colonel’s Croquet Party – Play croquet like you used to in your backyard in a fun, casual tournament on the lawn at Quarters One on Arsenal Island with hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting, all benefitting the Colonel Davenport House.  www.davenporthouse.org

28-30, World Series of Dragracing – Oldest drag racing event in the world and it’s at the Cordova Dragway.  www.cordovadrag.com

SEPTEMBER

5-6, 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.  www.rockislandgrandprix.com

12, 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.  www.qcsymphony.com

12, QCA Heritage Tractor Parade & Show – Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a tractor show at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline.  www.johndeereattractions.com

12-13, Beaux Arts Fair – Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum.  www.beauxartsfair.com

19, 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.  www.riveraction.org

18-19, 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.  www.celtichighlandgames.org

19, 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.  www.wqpt.org

19-20, 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.  www.midcoast.org

27, 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.  www.qcmarathon.org

25-27, Hot Air Balloon Festival – Watch these quietly, majestic balloons take off, race, land, and glow at night at the Kennedy Square in East Moline.  www.quadcitiesballoonfestival.com

OCTOBER

10, Trinity Quad Cities Classic Regatta – Rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River in Moline.  U.S. Rowing-sanctioned event. http://www.tworiversymca.org/Page/Rowing.aspx?nt=23

11, Apple Fest – Downtown LeClaire features apple vendors, baked goods, kid’s activities, vendors, and more.  www.visitleclaire.com

29, Fright Night – Kids can celebrate Halloween in downtown Rock Island with costume contest, pumpkin carvers, and make-n-take activities.  www.ridistrict.com

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.  www.lagomarcinos.com

24-25, Boo at the Zoo - Local businesses and non-profit organizations decorate their designated area in a Halloween theme, and dressed in costume, they give out "goodies" to the children as they trick-or-treat around the zoo.  www.niabizoo.com

Halloween Parades on the Saturday, Oct. 24 in Bettendorf and Halloween at 1 p.m. in Davenport.

NOVEMBER

20-29, Quad City Arts Festival of Trees – Holiday extravaganza with a giant helium balloon parade, holiday pops concert, lighting displays, parties, and exquisitely decorated trees at the RiverCenter in Davenport.  www.quadcityarts.com/festoftrees

21, Festival of Trees Parade in Davenport and Lighting on the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline.  www.quadcityarts.com/festoftrees

DECEMBER

Numerous Christmas Walks and downtown celebrations and holiday shows.

6, 19th Century Christmas – See John Deere’s descendants’ homes exquisitely decorated for the holidays in typical Victorian fashion with activities and music at the Butterworth Center in Moline.  www.butterworthcenter.com

TBD, 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.  309-794-7327  www.augustana.edu

TBD, Handel’s Messiah – 131st annual performance with 250-voice chorus of the Handel Oratorio Society and a symphony at Centennial Hall.  309-794-7306  www.augustana.edu

Contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit www.visitquadcities.com 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.

 

Marvels on the MississippiToday's Events
View Full Event Calendar » View Full Event Calendar »