Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Anticipation is in the air already as people are gearing up for the first holiday 3-day weekend of the summer.  So…. What you doing?  We’ve put together a list of things to keep you busy when you’re not grilling out.

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The Channel Cat Water Taxi starts for the season on Friday morning.  Here is the schedule of stops.  The Backwater Gamblers have their first waterski show on Sunday night at 6:30 pm and another one on Monday for the holiday.

History101 Iowa Mobile Mus.

State Historical Society of Iowa’s new Iowa History 101 mobile museum shares stories from the past. The museum on wheels currently houses a 300-square-foot exhibition called “Iowa History 101” and is filled with 50 artifacts from the State Historical Society’s collection.  The mobile museum will visit LeClaire, Iowa, on May 26-30 and offer free tours 10am-4pm on the Levee.

You can enjoy a 1-1/2 hour sightseeing cruise on the Twilight Riverboat in LeClaire on May 26-29 at 11am, 1pm, or 3pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children. They can be purchased online at or onsite the day of the cruise.

KidsRunBasesThe Quad Cities River Bandits have an eight-game homestand starting May 22 through Memorial Day, May 29 with promotions every game.  It starts with a 6:30 p.m. game on Tuesday, May 22.  Throughout the eight games, promotions include a free game of bowling, bobblehead giveaway, Bark in the Park on Sunday, mini fridge giveaway, Military Appreciation night, and more.  The River Bandits play at Modern Woodmen Park in downtown Davenport, Iowa, with a Ferris Wheel and other amusement rides.

Start the weekend with Trace Adkins on Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave. in Davenport, Iowa.  Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums.


Enjoy Heritage Days in the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village on Sunday and Monday in Scott County Park in Long Grove, Iowa. Period dressed “Friends” demonstrate old-world crafts like blacksmithing, weaving, and more. Explore the village and enjoy food, children’s games, make-it-take-it crafts, and the Wild West Shootout Skits by the Wapsi Wranglers.

Freight House outside marketOver 100 growers, bakers, crafters, and artisans will have their wares for sale at the Freight House Farmer’s Market in Davenport. This is the largest Farmer’s Market in the Quad Cities. Hours: Saturday from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm and Sunday from 10 am until 2 pm.

Criterium start cr. Ken Urban PhotographyOn Monday, over 400 cyclists from throughout the U.S. will start/finish in the heart of the Village of East Davenport for the annual Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium. There are many races throughout the day.

The course starts on 11th Street, then travels into the hills of the McClellan Heights neighborhood, before plunging back down 12th Street, and back to the start/finish for a total course distance of ¾’s of a mile.

There will be a monitored Kids Zone Play area with bouncy houses, and a kid’s race at 3:30 p.m. for boys and girls from 2-10 years. There is also a junior race between 10-18 years that drew 30 competitors last year.

The Quad Cities Criterium is the 2nd longest continuously running bicycle race in the U.S. The Quad Cities Criterium is included in the four Memorial Day Weekend Bicycle Races with Burlington, Iowa, on Friday night and Saturday and Muscatine, Iowa, on Sunday.

Be sure to check out our website calendar of events.  Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!


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