The Quad Cities doesn’t let a holiday go by without some special events, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are not exceptions. The close of the old year and the beginning of the New Year brings exciting and affordable events and hotel packages.
The grown-ups get to have their New Year’s Eve fun at night, but the kids get to celebrate the arrival of 2016 during the daylight hours! It’s a treat for the younger crowd! The Family Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve festivities on Saturday, December 31 include music, noisemakers, hats and plenty of confetti! The event is from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Dr. in Bettendorf, Iowa. For more information, contact 563-344-4106 or www.familymuseum.org.
ComedySportz has a New Year’s Eve show at 7 p.m. at The Establishment in Rock Island. ComedySportz matches feature two teams of comedians competing for points and laughs. A referee calls the fouls and keeps the match on track. The best part is that you are the judge, you decide the winners! Every match is rated E.
Ring in 2017 with the hottest party in town at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street in Bettendorf, Iowa, on New Year’s Eve! Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Dance the night away with The Travolta’s—the ultimate 70’s dance band with party favors and a countdown to midnight. General Admission (Standing Room Only) tickets are $20. For more information and to order tickets, contact 800-THE-ISLE or www.theislebettendorf.com. Also inquire about hotel packages with the adjacent Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf.
It’s a salute to Sun Records and the birth of Rock and Roll at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave. in Rock Island, Ill. Choose from a matinee or evening performance starring Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band with the music of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and more. Tickets include dinner, show, party favors, balloon drop, and champagne toast. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. with the matinee show at 1 p.m. Then doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the evening show begins at 9:15 p.m. For reservations, call 309-786-7733. For more information, visit www.circa21.com
A night of Stax Records, Motown, Muscle Shoals, James Brown & more will be performed this New Year’s Eve at the River Music Experience, 129 Main St. in Davenport, Iowa. Each of these powerhouse, soul, hit-making machines will be featured in their own soul revue. The backing bands will feature members of The Candymakers, along with some the best musicians we could gather. Hint: A whole lot of singers! Doors open at 8 p.m.; show at 9 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit www.rivermusicexperience.org
Bottom’s Up Quad City Burlesque is the only performing Burlesque troupe in the Quad Cities! This special NYE show is back! Starring some of the finest and most beautiful Burlesque dancers to create an unforgettable show at The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave. in Rock Island, Ill. Admission includes a countdown to midnight and a champagne toast to ring in 2017! (Guests must be 18 or older.) Doors open at 9 p.m.; show at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. Contact The Speakeasy at 309-786-2667 or www.thecirca21speakeasy.com
The Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn, 100 W. 76th Street, Davenport, Iowa, is party central with two different party areas on New Year’s Eve. Dance to the live music of the Funktastic Five or a DJ keeping the bass pumping at the dance club 1 Hundred West with party favors, appetizers and then a champagne toast at midnight. Their overnight package can also include a dinner and New Year’s Day breakfast. Separate party tickets available. Call 563-386-6900 for reservations or visit www.steeplegateinn.com.
Celebrate twice on New Year’s Eve at the new Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave. in Davenport, Iowa. There will be toasts at 12 noon and midnight. Open free to the public, Orchestra 33 performs from 10 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. with a large repertoire of songs including pop, swing, funk, Motown and classic rock. All three restaurants will be open on New Year’s Eve. Ruthie’s Steakhouse asks for reservations, and the Draft Day Sports Lounge and Robert’s Buffet will not be accepting reservations. For more information, visit www.rhythmcitycasino.com
Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive in Rock Island, Illinois, has a lot options on New Year’s Eve starting at 10 a.m. when the All You Can Eat Lobster Tail & Prime Rib Buffet opens. The River City 6 plays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then returns from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Hotrods start playing at 9 p.m. Ring in the New Year at midnight with a ball drop, confetti cannons and non-alcoholic champagne toast. Or if you cannot stay up that late, there will be party favors and non-alcoholic champagne at 12 noon. For more information, visit www.jumerscasinohotel.com
Ring in 2017 with the New Year’s Eve Disco Party at 8 p.m. at Me & Billy in Davenport. $20 includes light appetizers, midnight champagne toast, drink specials, groovy tunes, and dancing. Prizes for the Best Dressed and Best Stayin’ Alive moves. www.meandbilly.com
Celebrate the New Year with Steventon’s in LeClaire. They’ll have live music by North of 40, a variety of hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $75 each. Please call ahead to reserve yours at 563.289.3600. Complimentary local transportation home provided.
Be the last one out of the Mississippi on December 31, or first one in the Mississippi River in 2017 with the Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe & Kayak Club for the Last Out and First In Floats both at 1:00 p.m. at the Marquette Street boat ramp in Davenport, Iowa. (For experienced paddlers only.) For more information, visit http://www.saukenuk.org
Attend the annual HangoverFest at the Cordova International Raceway to rev up the New Year. The HangoverFest is designed for street-driven vehicles with racing open for everyone on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. with racing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Race for $25 or come to watch for $8. Relax in the indoor heated café and Zoomies Pub with food and drink specials, free aspirin, and $1 Bloody Mary’s for those not racing. Cordova International Raceway is located at 19425 IL Route 84 North, Cordova, Illinois. For more information, call 309-654-2110 or visit www.racecir.com.
Start your New Years Resolution off with a chip-timed 5K run/walk. All proceeds go to funding YouthHope programs. Outdoor race (rain or shine) and indoor post-party at the Moline YouthHope Center: 3928 12th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. Registration ($35) includes Race Packet, T-Shirt, and in-door post party! Unique trophies, winners certificates, and a great cause! Register online: www.getmeregistered.com/YouthHopeResolutionRun
Check out the overnight New Year’s Eve hotel packages.
What are your plans to ring in 2017?