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by Jessica Waytenick • December 5, 2016

JANUARY

5-7, 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

13, 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.  www.downtowndavenport.com

14-16, QC Farm Equipment Show – Agriculture vendors and seminars at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL.  www.qccaexpocenter.com

20, 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!  www.bettendorf.org

FEBRUARY

15, 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

15-17, GAS Feed & Seed Fest – This new event is taking over the Village of East Davenport with over 25 artists performing nearly 40 sets in multiple venues.  The headline shows will take place in The Village Theatre and Baked, but the festival will also feature unannounced after-hours acoustic sets, collaborations, comedy routines and jams in participating establishments throughout the Village until closing time.  www.moellernights.com 

15-18, Outdoor Adventure 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

23-25, 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

23-25, Winter Iowa Senior Games – Taking place at indoor facilities through the Quad Cities, anyone 50 is eligible to compete in activities such as track & field, bowling, pickleball, tennis, and more. www.iowaseniorgames.org

MARCH

Feb. 26-March 4, Quad Cities Restaurant Week – The annual Restaurant Week in the Quad Cities with 30 restaurants participating from all parts of the community.  www.qcrestaurantweek.com  

8-11, Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament – 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. www.mvcquadcities.com

15-18, 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.  www.ncows.com

16-17, St. Patrick’s Parade Weekend – Watch the only inter-state parade in the country on Saturday, March 17 with thousands lining the parade route.  Kickoff Gathering of the Clan luncheon on Friday.  www.stpatsqc.com

21-24, Gathering of the Green – A bi-annual celebration for thousands of John Deere enthusiasts with seminars, tours, events, and vendor and display area at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport.  www.gatheringofthegreen.com

23-25, 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.  www.qccaexpocenter.com

MAY

5, 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

12-13, 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

15-18, NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship – Collegiate golf teams compete for top honors at TPC Deere Run.  www.naia.org

26, Plaza Picnic – The Great River Plaza in downtown Rock Island is transformed into a backyard picnic with live music, food vendors, and fun outdoor games including large board games.  www.downtownrockisland.org

27-28, Heritage Days – The past comes to life with interpreters and actors to recreate pioneer life at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village. www.scottcountyiowa.com

28, Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium – Over 300 cyclists racing through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day Weekend.  Live music and entertainment.  www.quadcitiescriterium.com

JUNE

1-2, Rhubarb Festival – Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival in Aledo, Ill.  www.aledomainstreet.com

9, Gumbo Ya Ya – Mardi Gras comes up river to downtown Rock Island with its zydeco music, Cajun food, and BEADS!  www.downtownrockisland.org  

9-17, Quad Cities Museum Week – Week of fun events and specials at over 20 area museums.  www.qcmuseumweek.com

17, 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

22, Grapevine Midwest Wine Festival – Open to public with wines from the Midwest and Canada to sample.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and live music at the RiverCenter.  www.thegrapevineexpo.com NEW EVENT

25-30, Quad Cities Senior Olympics – Compete in over 90 different athletic, performing arts, visual arts, and other events for people older that 50.  www.qcseniorolympics.org NEW DATE

30, Coca-Cola Collectors Club Convention – Memorabilia show and sale open to the public 10-2 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. www.cocacolacollectors.club/wp/ NEW EVENT

JULY

3, Red, White & Boom! – Fireworks over the river between Rock Island and Davenport with family activities before the fireworks. www.downtowndavenport.com and www.downtownrockisland.org

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.

6-7, 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.  www.mvbs.org

9-15, 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

9-15, Mercer County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo.  www.mercercountyfair.org

12-14, 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.  www.truckersjamboree.com

14, Rivers Edge Home Brew Festiv-Ale – Over a dozen home brew clubs will have over 50 different brews to sample in downtown Rock Island.  www.beerfests.com

17-21, Rock Island County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline.  www.rockislandfair.org

27-28, Downtown Street Fest – On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and craft vendors.  www.downtowndavenport.com

28, 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

28, RAGBRAI – For the 4th time the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa ends in Davenport with 20,000 cyclists coming to dip their tires in the Mississippi River as the finale to the week-long bicycle ride. www.davenportragbrai.com

AUGUST

July 31-Aug. 5, 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

2-4, 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.  www.bixsociety.org

9-11, 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.org

11, 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.downtownrockisland.org

18, 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.  www.floatzilla.org

18, 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.qcso.org

18, Village Wine Walk – Visit participating businesses throughout the Village to enjoy samples of wine. www.villageofeastdavenport.com

24-25, World Series of Drag Racing – Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway.    www.racecir.com

23-26, 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. www.alternatingcurrentsqc.com

25, Vettes on the River – Vettes on the River is an all Corvette Car Show in LeClaire, supporting Local Veterans. www.visitleclaire.com

25-26, Farm Days – See tractors on display and enjoy activities like wagon rides, petting zoo, magician, and more. www.villageofeastdavenport.com

30-Sept. 3, USS LST 325 – This WWII ship is docking at the Isle Casino Bettendorf for public tours each day.  This amphibious vessel is almost as long as a football field.  www.LSTmemorial.org

SEPTEMBER

1-2, 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

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

8-9, Beaux Arts Fair – Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum.  www.beauxartsfair.com

14-15, 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

15, 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

15, 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.jayceesqc.org

15-16, 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

28-30, 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.  www.quadcitiesballoonfestival.com

23, 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

OCTOBER

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

26, Fright Night – Kids can celebrate Halloween at Schwiebert Park in downtown Rock Island with costume contest, kids games, goodie bags, and a costume parade.  www.downtownrockisland.org

28, 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

28-29, 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.  www.niabizoo.com

28, Witches Walk & Costume Parade – Dress in costume and trick-or-treat throughout LeClaire’s downtown. www.visitleclaire.com

28, Halloween Parades on the last Saturday in October in Bettendorf and Davenport.

NOVEMBER

17-25, 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.  www.quadcityarts.com/festoftrees

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

25, Christmas Walk – Open house at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to see Santa, enjoy refreshments, make crafts, and more. www.scottcountyiowa.com

DECEMBER

Numerous Christmas Walks and downtown celebrations and holiday shows.

2, 19th Century Christmas – See John Deere’s descendants’ two homes exquisitely decorated for the holidays in typical Victorian fashion with activities and music at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois.  www.butterworthcenter.com

TBD, Gallery Hop – Artists and downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations. www.downtownrockisland.org

8-14, 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

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.

 

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