The Quad Cities is a melting pot of cultures. Throughout September the heritage of this area on the Mississippi River will be celebrated through a mixture of events with the Latino, Celtic, Belgian, German cultures, the history of farming, and the regional artists that bring it to life.
The VIVA Quad Cities Fiesta celebrates over 20 years of highlighting the rich and vibrant Latino culture in the Quad Cities. During Labor Day Weekend, the Fiesta returns to downtown Moline, Illinois, on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The event from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m. features local entertainment, live music, dancing, vendors, children’s activities and more.
The Heritage Tractor Parade and Show is a tractor enthusiast’s dream with all brands/colors 1970 and older featured. It is Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Deere Pavilion, 1400 River Drive in Moline, Ill. The event will feature a variety of antique tractors and equipment as well as family friendly activities. The heritage tractor parade begins at 10 a.m. in front of the John Deere Pavilion on River Drive and will proceed to 19th Street, then on to 5th Avenue, and down 12th Street. The tractors will return to the Pavilion along River Drive where they will be on display until 4:00 p.m. Admission to the parade and show are free.
Discover the treasures at the free Beaux Arts Fair as artists come from across the country to set up shop on the Figge Art Museum Plaza, 225 W. 2nd St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa. The Beaux Arts Fair is Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artists’ talents range across the spectrum with paintings of all mediums, including limited edition prints, pottery, stained glass, weaving, jewelry, wood carvings, and handmade wooden furniture. This list only contains a sample of what treasures can be found. There is also an activity tent for children during this outdoor arts festival.
While at the fair, take time to tour the Figge Art Museum. Admission is FREE. Currently on display at the Figge Art Museum is Message in a Bottle Collection through Sept. 17, Life Along the Mississippi through Sept. 17, and Maize through September 24.
Celebrating their annual festival, the Celtic Festival & Highland Games brings the best of Celtic sports, music, dance, heritage, food and family fun to the Davenport riverfront on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16 in Centennial Park, 315 S. Marquette Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa.
The Celtic Games (formerly known as the Celtic Highland Games) is a free, family-oriented event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. featuring a wide variety of Celtic traditions in one spot. The events celebrate Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Isle of Man, as well as Celtic France (Brittany) and Spain (Galicia). Activities include Scottish athletic events that have been played for more than 300 years, bagpipe performances, sheep herding, blacksmithing, medieval combat demonstrations, Shetland pony rides, Highland dance competitions, vendor booths, clan tents, children’s activities, live music, food and drink. There is a clan parade Saturday at 12 noon. A complete schedule of events is posted online at www.celtichighlandgames.org.
The Fall Flemish Fest on Sunday, September 17 honors the Belgian history of Moline, Illinois. Prior to World War II, the Moline Belgium community was the largest in North America. They settled in the Olde Town neighborhood where the festival takes place at Stephen’s Park, 1201 7th Street in Moline. During the free Flemish Fest from 12 to 4 p.m., enjoy the activities centered on Belgium culture—rolle bolle, lace making demonstrations, pigeon racing, Belgian draft horses, and live music. Try some Belgian beer and, of course, Belgian waffles. For more information, visit www.belgianmuseumquadcities.org or their Facebook page.
Spend time browsing the artist’s booths at Riverssance Festival of Fine Art on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17 at Lindsay Park, 2100 East River Drive, in the historic Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The annual festival features over 100 of the finest regional and national artists. Beyond the wonderful selection of artists, the festival also features a variety of gourmet food, live musical entertainment, a Tabor Homes wine tasting, and a children’s art activity tent—all on a scenic hill overlooking the Mississippi River. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $6 for a two-day pass, and children 12 and under are free.
Visitors at the festival will also enjoy the Village of East Davenport, which is the largest historic district in Iowa. The Village offers six-square blocks of unique restaurants, pubs, and shops. A free shuttle bus is also available.
The eLULAC QC Fiesta Parade in East Moline (formerly known as the Mexican Independence Day Parade) is every September as downtown East Moline dresses in green, red, and white and the community comes together to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. This year the celebration will be part of the LULAC QC Fiesta Week on September 17 starting at 12 Noon. The day will start with a parade, but the parade is only the beginning to a day filled with fun.
After the parade is over, participants can stay for music and dance. There will be a presentation by the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and the Glenview Mariachi Band will delight participants with great music. Food vendors will be present to offer their best dishes to the public. After the presentations stay and dance the night away because there will be dance from 6PM to 9:30PM.
The German American Heritage Center, 712 W. River Dr. in Davenport, Iowa, has a year-long exhibit about World War I, displayed in three parts. The current exhibit, Winning the War with Industry, discusses the efforts of the Quad Cities community and Iowa on the home-front. From war bonds, to agriculture, to war time production, achieving victory was the mission for those at home as well as the battlefield. In addition, visit the permanent exhibit that explains about the thousands of German immigrants that came to the U.S. in the 1860s.