No matter when you plan your next Quad Cities vacation, check out one of the area’s top annual events:
- Bald Eagle Days
Watch the annual migration of bald eagles that call the Quad Cities home every winter.
- Ice Stravaganza
Celebrate all things ice in downtown Davenport with ice carvers, children's activities and live music.
- Daytrotter Downs
Listen to the music of tomorrow's stars at this festival designed to showcase the next big thing.
- Quad Cities Restaurant Week
You can spend seven days sampling dishes from around the world when dozens of the region’s best restaurants convene for culinary fun.
- St. Patrick's Society Grand Parade
Join a sea of green as you watch this St. Patrick’s Day parade that starts in Rock Island, IL and ends in Davenport, IA.
- Gathering of the Green
John Deere fans and tractor aficionados unite at this bi-annual meet-up.
- Quad Cities Live Month
Throughout the month, enjoy more than 100 live performances from the area's best comedians, musicians and acting troupes.
- Village in Bloom
Inspired by the art of John and Isabel Bloom, this festival features a variety of art exhibits and activities for kids.
- Beaux Arts Fair
Add a unique piece of art to your collection at the spring Beaux Arts Fair in downtown Davenport.
- Quad Cities Craft Beer Week
Share a pint with local beer lovers at area bars and pubs, many of which create specialty brews just for the occasion.
- Quad Cities Criterium
Cheer on hundreds of cyclists from across the globe as they compete on Memorial Day Weekend in the Village.
- Rhubarb Festival
Make your way across the Mississippi River to Aledo, IL for rhubarb pie, rhubarb wine and hundreds of other creations using this tasty plant.
- Gumbo Ya Ya
You can dance in the streets and catch beads New Orleans-style at Rock Island's unique take on Mardi Gras. Your taste buds will appreciate the fresh and spicy Cajun cuisine.
- Greek Cultural Fest
Immerse yourself in the music, art and food of Greece during this weekend-long festival.
- Quad Cities Museum Week
Enjoy special admission prices and events at the area's museums, galleries and historic sites.
- Ride the River Family Bike Ride
Bike across the river and explore riverfront towns with your family during this annual Father's Day bike ride. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the path.
- Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Enjoy the sights and sounds of live music on the riverfront in downtown Davenport's LeClaire Park.
- Red, White & Boom!
Celebrate America's birthday with fun activities and fireworks over the Centennial Bridge.
- Firecracker Run & Parade
Dress up in your most patriotic costume for this fun run, which begins with a pancake breakfast.
- Bettendorf Old-Fashioned 4th of July
The event kicks off with a parade, and then it features carnival rides, a petting zoo, live music, food and fireworks for your family to enjoy.
- Mercer County Fair
Wander through 4-H exhibits, eat a candy apple and watch a pageant at this fair, held on a National Historic Site in Aledo, IL.
- John Deere Classic PGA Tour
See your favorite PGA golfers at the beautiful TPC Deere Run golf course in Silvis, IL.
- Walcott Truckers Jamboree
Watch the Trucker Olympics, tour the collection of antique big rigs and play carnival games at the world's largest truck stop.
- Rock Island County Fair
Don't miss the crowning of the Rock Island County Fair Queen before heading to the rides and livestock shows.
- Downtown Street Fest
Mix and mingle with local arts and crafts vendors as you sample festive foods and cool drinks.
- Bix 7 Run/Walk
Test yourself with the seven-mile grueling race through Davenport that draws some of the best runners in the world.
- Great Mississippi Valley Fair
As one of the largest fairs in Iowa, the Great Mississippi Valley Fair draws more than 300,000 people during its full week of concerts, carnival rides, demos and more.
- Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival
Celebrate the life and music of Bix Beiderbecke, a world-renowned jazz musician born right here in Davenport in the 1920s.
- Tug Fest
Enjoy this popular spectacle of two teams engaged in a tug-of-war battle across the mighty Mississippi. You can also watch a parade, hear live bands and climb aboard carnival rides.
- Ya Maka My Weekend
Dance to live reggae music and sample Caribbean cuisine when downtown Rock Island transforms into a tropical paradise.
Join hundreds of paddlers in an attempt to break the world record for the most boats in a flotilla. This fun annual event takes place on Rock Island's Lake Potter.
- Alternating Currents
Enjoy an indoor evening of live bands, comedy acts, film screenings and visual artists that showcases the biggest talents in the Quad Cities area.
- Vettes on the River
Show off your Corvette with hundreds of others at this popular riverside event, which raises money for Vietnam veterans.
- Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix
As the largest go-kart race in the world that takes place on city streets, this grand prix attracts drivers from across the globe.
- Heritage Tractor Parade and Show
Head to Moline, IL to see the parade of antique John Deere tractors that are later displayed at the John Deere Pavilion.
- Beaux Arts Fair
Attend the autumn installment of this highly popular arts fair for one-of-a-kind, handcrafted artworks.
- Row the Miss Regatta
Find your spot along the banks of the Mississippi to watch one of the best rowing competitions in the Midwest.
- Celtic Festival & Highland Games
From kilts to caber tosses, the Celtic Festival & Highland Games is a fun celebration of Scots, Irish and Welsh heritage.
- Taming of the Slough
Find out if you've got what it takes to paddle, mountain bike and run your way through Moline during this challenging triathlon.
- Brew Ha Ha
Join the party at Brew Ha Ha and sample local and national craft beers as you listen to your favorite rock songs performed live.
- Riverssance Festival of Fine Art
Head to the Village for wine tasting, gourmet food and a juried art fair featuring works from throughout North America.
- Hot Air Balloon Festival
Take in a sky full of colorful hot air balloons during the day and their warmly glowing lights at night.
- Quad Cities Marathon
Run through all four of the Quad Cities along this scenic marathon route, which begins and ends beside the river in Moline, IL.
- Apple Fest
Get your fix of apple cider and apple pie as you peruse an array of vendors selling jewelry, pumpkins and other local items.
- Davenport Halloween Parade
Dress up your little ghouls and goblins for the annual parade through downtown Davenport.
- Quad City Arts Festival of Trees
See the RiverCenter turned into a winter wonderland as you walk among 100 decorated trees and other holiday displays.
- Festival of Trees Holiday Parade
Welcome the holidays with the largest helium balloon parade in the Midwest. More than 30,000 spectators come to watch the three-story helium balloons float through downtown Davenport.
- Village Christmas Walk
Listen to carolers and visit with Santa as you stroll the decked-out streets in the Village of East Davenport.
- 19th Century Christmas
Tour the two Deere family mansions in Moline, both decked out in Victorian-style holidays decor as they would have been in the 1800s.