Labor Day Weekend 2018

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 1-2.  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.  Live music each night starting at 8:00 p.m.  Sunday’s Opening Ceremonies will be at 10:45 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.

A World War II amphibious vessel that participated in the 1944 Normandy D-Day invasion arrives in the Quad Cities for tours.  The USS LST 325 (which is almost as long as a football field!) will dock on the Mississippi riverfront at the Isle Casino Hotel, 1777 Isle Parkway, in Bettendorf, Iowa.  LST stands for Landing Ship Tank.

Self-guided tours of the ship will be available daily from August 30 through September 3, from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes.  Tour prices are Adults $10; Ages 6-17 $5; 5 years and under, and WWII Veterans are free.  Group ticket pricing is available and scheduled group tours are from 9-11 a.m.

The LST-325 was launched on October 27, 1942, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The ship operated in the North Africa area and participated in the invasions at Gela, Sicily and Salerno, Italy.  On June 6, 1944, LST-325 became part of the largest armada in history by participating in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach.  It carried 59 vehicles, 31 officers and a total of 408 enlisted men on that first trip.

The Quad Cities Comic Con returns on September 1-2, to the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.  With an incredible 30,000 square feet of geeky goodness, the Quad Cities Comic Con features over 100 artist tables, vendor booths, special guests, cash prize cosplay contests, and gaming tournaments.  Hours:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Single day tickets are $10, weekend passes are $15, kids 12 and under are FREE!  Plus, everyone gets a free comic at the door!

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 August 30-September 1, 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, August 31 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

credit – Fast is Fast blog

Enjoy a Fall Harvest Festival in the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village on September 2-3, 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 country music, and fun for all!  There are Wild West shows on the hour and Native American shows on the half-hour.

The 34th annual Rock Island Labor Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, September 3, 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 36th annual East Moline Labor Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, September 3, 2018, 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.

SUNDAY (9/2) – Main show at 6:30pm
MONDAY (9/3) – FINAL SHOW at 6:30pm

The Quad Cities River Bandits have games over the holiday weekend for the last 3 games of the regular season on Saturday at 6:35 pm with fireworks, Sunday at 1:15 pm with a Mega Candy Drop, and Monday at 1:15 pm.

Check out our event calendar at for even more ideas!


About the author

Quad Cities Editorial Team You can find more information about the Quad Cities on our social media accounts and an ongoing event calendar on the website.

Subscribe to our Email Newsletter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Recent posts Posts by month Categories
Today's Events
View Full Event Calendar » View Full Event Calendar »