by Jessica Waytenick • December 5, 2016


11-13, 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.

19, 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.

20-22, QC Farm Equipment Show – Agriculture vendors and seminars at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL.


2, 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!

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.

14-16, Moeller Nights Festival – This new event takes place at the new Rust Belt in East Moline, a 4,000-person capacity concert venue. Some of the bands already booked include Greyhounds, Rookie and Moon Ruin, and Ona. 

14-17, 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.

22-24, 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.

22-24, 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.


Feb. 25-March 3, Quad Cities Restaurant Week – The annual Restaurant Week in the Quad Cities with 30 restaurants participating from all parts of the community.  

14-17, 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.

15-16, 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.

22-24, 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.

22-24, 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.


4, 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. or

TBA, Quad Cities Craft Beer Fest – Many craft beer makers bring their brews for the public to sample from 1-4 pm at the Bass Street Plaza in downtown Moline.

11-12, 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.

26-27, Heritage Days – The past comes to life with interpreters and actors to recreate pioneer life at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village.

27, Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium – Over 300 cyclists racing through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day Weekend.  Live music, entertainment, and kid’s activities.


7-8, Rhubarb Festival – Sample the hundreds of different ways to fix rhubarb during this one-of-a-kind festival in Aledo, Ill.

TBA, Gumbo Ya Ya – Mardi Gras comes up river to downtown Rock Island with its zydeco music, Cajun food, and BEADS!  

8-9, Pioneer Days – Go unplugged and try the great pioneer activities for kids and adults at the Colonel Davenport House during Pioneer Days. 12-5 pm each day.

8-26, Quad Cities Museum Week – Week of fun events and specials at over 20 area museums.

16, 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.

21-23, Planet Funk Con – Comic-Con convention with vendors, artists, celebrity guests, game tournaments, and live entertainment at the TBK Bank Sports Complex.

TBA, Quad Cities Senior Olympics – Compete in over 90 different athletic, performing arts, visual arts, and other events for people 50 .

29-30, Quad City Air Show – Quad Cities’ skies roar once again 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 returns after a two-year hiatus with the Blue Angels.  NEW DATE


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

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

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.

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

5-6, 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.

8-14, John Deere Classic PGA TOUR – Watch pros golf during this PGA Tour event at the TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis.

8-14, Mercer County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in Aledo.

11-13, 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.

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

16-20, Rock Island County Fair – Carnival, 4-H exhibits, animals, and grandstand shows at fairgrounds in East Moline.

26-27, Downtown Street Fest – On 2nd Street in downtown Davenport with food vendors, live music, kid’s activities, and craft vendors.

27, 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.


July 30-Aug. 4, 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.

1-3, 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.

8-10, Tug Fest – Giant tug-of-war across the mighty Mississippi between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois with fireworks and live entertainment all weekend.

TBA, Ya Maka My Weekend – Brings the culture of the Caribbean islands to the Quad Cities with music, food, and events in downtown Rock Island.

17, 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.

17, 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.

17, Village Wine Walk – Visit participating businesses throughout the Village to enjoy samples of wine.

TBA, World Series of Drag Racing – Weekend of top drag racing at the Cordova International Raceway.

22-25, Alternating Currents Festival – 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.

24, Vettes on the River – Vettes on the River is an all Corvette Car Show in LeClaire, supporting Local Veterans.

24-25, Farm Days – See tractors on display and enjoy activities like wagon rides, petting zoo, magician, and more.


Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 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.

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

7-8, Beaux Arts Fair – Artists from across the country set up shop in downtown Davenport and work ranges across the art spectrum.

13-14, 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.

14, 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.

14, 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.

21-22, 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.

22, 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.

27-28, 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.


13, Apple Fest – Downtown LeClaire features apple vendors, baked goods, kid’s activities, vendors, and more.

TBD, Row the Miss Regatta – Rowers from around the Midwest compete in races on the Mississippi River in Moline.  U.S. Rowing-sanctioned event.

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

26, 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.

26-27, 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.

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

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


16-24, 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.

16, Festival of Trees Parade in downtown Davenport and Lighting on the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline. and

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


Numerous Christmas Walks and downtown celebrations and holiday shows.

1, 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.

7-13, 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

Contact Visit Quad Cities at 800-747-7800 or visit 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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