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by Jessica Waytenick • December 5, 2016

JANUARY

6-8, 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

13-16, 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.qcbeatourist.com

14, 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

14, Winter Carnival – There are a ton of outside and inside activities in Bettendorf during this new event. Some things include ice painting, snow games, snowball launch, maple syrup making, and more!  www.bettendorf.org NEW EVENT

15-17, 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

16-18, 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  NEW EVENT

16-19, 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

24-26, 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

24-26, Winter Iowa Senior Games – Taking place at indoor facilities through the Quad Cities, anyone 50 is elegible to compete in activities such as track & field, bowling, pickleball, tennis, and more. www.iowaseniorgames.org NEW EVENT

MARCH

Feb. 27-March 5, Quad Cities Restaurant Week – This is the fifth annual Restaurant Week in the Quad Cities with restaurants participating from all parts of the community.  www.qcrestaurantweek.com  

3-4, Daytrotter Downs – Independent music website Daytrotter.com is bringing in break-through bands for a music festival at the River Music Experience and Daytrotter's new venue in downtown Davenport, Iowa.  www.daytrotter.com or on Facebook NEW DATES

9-12, Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament – 10 colleges compete in the Hoops in the Heartland tournament at the iWireless Center in Moline.  Second year the tournament has been held in the Quad Cities. www.mvcquadcities.com

17-18, St. Patrick’s Parade Weekend – Watch the only inter-state parade in the country on Saturday, March 18 with thousands lining the parade route.  Kickoff Gathering of the Clan luncheon on Friday.  www.stpatsqc.com

24-26, 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

24-26, 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

APRIL

29, Dr. Seuss Family Concert – Fantastical stories played by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.  These classics come to life with actors, video, and narration.  www.qcso.org

MAY

1-6, Quad Cities Beer Week – Celebrating all things craft beer with events each day, specialty tappings, and the Big Brew Day on Saturday with home brewers sharing their beer.  www.qcbeerweek.com

5, Gallery Hop – Artists and downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations. www.ridistrict.com

6, 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

13-14, 50th Annual 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

14-19, NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship – Collegiate golf teams compete for top honors at TPC Deere Run.  www.naia.org

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

JUNE

May 30-June 3, Quad Cities Senior Olympics – Compete in over 90 different athletic, performing arts, visual arts, and other events for people 50 .  www.qcseniorolympics.org

2-3, Rhubarb Festival – Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival in Aledo, Ill.  www.aledomainstreet.com

9-11, 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  

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

12, Hot Rod Power Tour – The Hot Rod Power Tour stops at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport with 6,000 vehicles, vendors, and entertainment open to the public.  Free admission.  www.hotrod.com NEW EVENT

16-18, The Muddy Fest – It’ll be two days of motorcycles and music at Centennial Park in downtown Davenport.  There will be celebrities and a great music lineup. www.themuddyfest.com NEW EVENT

17-25, Quad Cities Museum Week – Week of fun events and specials at over 20 area museums.  www.qcmuseumweek.com

18, 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

25, 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

JULY

June 30-July 1, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival – The festival returns for its 31st year to LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport with more than 10 acts.  www.mvbs.org NEW DATE

3, 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.

10-16, 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 NEW DATE

10-14, Mercer County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo.  www.mercercountyfair.org

13-15, 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, 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

15-21, Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) 2017 Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championships – 800 players compete at courses all over the Quad Cities. www.pdga.com NEW EVENT

18-22, Rock Island County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline.  www.rockislandfair.org

28-29, Downtown Street Fest – On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and craft vendors.  www.downtowndavenport.com

29, 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

AUGUST

1-6, 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

3-5, 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 NEW LOCATION

10-12, 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

12, 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

19, 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

17-19, AACA Central Division Fall Meet – 300 antique cars from around the Midwest meet at the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf.  www.aaca.org NEW EVENT

19, 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

25-26, 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 NEW EVENT

25-26, World Series of Drag Racing – Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway.  www.racecir.com

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

SEPTEMBER

2-3, 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

9, 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

9-10, Beaux Arts Fair – Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum.  www.beauxartsfair.com

9, Row the Miss Regatta – Rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River in Moline.  U.S. Rowing-sanctioned event.  http://www.tworiversymca.org

15-16, 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

16, 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

16, 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

16-17, 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

22-23, 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

24, 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

8, 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 in downtown Rock Island with costume contest, pumpkin carvers, and make-n-take activities.  www.ridistrict.com

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 ion costume and trick-or-treat throughout LeClaire’s downtown. www.visitleclaire.com

Halloween Parades on the last Saturday in Bettendorf and Davenport.

NOVEMBER

17-26, 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

18, 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

DECEMBER

Numerous Christmas Walks and downtown celebrations and holiday shows.

3, 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, IllinoisB.  www.butterworthcenter.com

9-15, 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

9, Gallery Hop – Artists and downtown Rock Island businesses shine during this evening event with live artist demonstrations. www.ridistrict.com

 

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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