Labor Day Weekend 2016

It’s the last hurrah of summer! What are your plans for Labor Day Weekend?  We have some ideas for you.

Go-karts rule the streets in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, during Labor Day Weekend on September 3-4, 2016.  Since its inaugural event in 1994, the free Rock Island Grand Prix has worked its way up to becoming one of the highlights of the kart-racing calendar.


The Grand Prix is the largest and safest go-kart street race in the world and is the only race in the United States that is sanctioned for international drivers.

Action starts Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. and concludes around 5 p.m.  There is also a Camaro Car show on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and live music from the popular disco band, The Travoltas, each night starting at 8:00 p.m.  Sunday’s Opening Ceremonies will be at 10:15 a.m. with the Driver’s Parade followed by the Kid’s Autograph Session at the Start/Finish line.  In addition to the practice rounds, qualifying rounds, and heat races on Saturday, there will be 14 races on Sunday afternoon.

A street race is a unique experience.  Because it is a temporary circuit, there can be no advance practice.  Teams must show up prepared to hit the proper setup and find the best lines around the track after only a few short practice sessions.

In addition to the Grand Prix, enjoy other activities in the Quad Cities over the Labor Day Weekend.

credit - Fast is Fast blog
credit – Fast is Fast blog

Check out the largest national antique motorcycle event at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St. in Davenport, Iowa.  The free Chief Blackhawk Antique Motorcycle Swap Meet on September 1-3, 2016, fills the fairgrounds with antique motorcycle vendors from around the world, motorcycle displays, and a swap meet.  Exhibit hall opens each day at 8 a.m.  Watch vintage motorcycle ½ mile flat-track races on Friday, September 2 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit


Enjoy a Fall Harvest Festival in the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village on September 4-5, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in Scott County Park in Long Grove, Iowa.  Period dressed “Friends” demonstrate crafts & sell their wares.  Food, children’s games, make-it-take-it crafts, old time music, and fun for all!  Details at: or call (563) 328-3283.

The 32nd annual Rock Island Labor Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, September 5, 2016, in Rock Island, Illinois, stepping off at 9:30 a.m. from Washington Jr. High, 3300 18th Avenue, and travels west along 18th Avenue, turns south at 24th Street, then west on 25th Ave.  Over the past 30 years the parade has grown to average 150 entries and has become a popular annual event that draws thousands of spectators!

The 34th annual East Moline Labor Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, September 5, 2016, in East Moline, Illinois, stepping off at 11:00 a.m. along 15th Ave. from 13th Street to 3rd Street.

This is the last weekend of Backwater Gamblers water ski shows for the season.

SATURDAY (9/3) – Australian National Team show at 6:00pm
SUNDAY (9/4) – junior show at 5:00pm, main show at 6:30pm
MONDAY (9/5) – FINAL SHOW OF 2016 at 6:30pm

Check out our event calendar at for even more ideas!


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