The Quad Cities doesn’t let a holiday go by without some special events, and New Year’s Eve is not an exception. 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.
Spend the day at the new High 5 Lanes & Games in Bettendorf at the Funtastic Family Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For $25 per person, enjoy unlimited laser tag, $25 arcade card, and pizza buffet; add-on bowling or an escape room.
Start your New Year’s Eve celebration with some hockey as the Quad City Storm vs. the Peoria Rivermen at 4 p.m. Bring in 2019 with 2 tickets for only $19. There will be special New Year’s Eve celebration surprises, along with $2 hot dogs and $2 beer! Get your tickets today at www.quadcitystorm.com!
Ring in the New Year with a tribute to two of the greatest singers to ever live, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. The All Sweat crew celebrates New Year’s Eve with a Godfather and Queen of Soul show at the River Music Experience, 129 Main St. in Davenport. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit www.rivermusicexperience.org
It’s a Masquerade Ball at the Renwick Mansion in Davenport. It’s an all-inclusive event that includes heavy appetizers, cocktails, hosted bar, and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets must be ordered in advance and are limited.
Remember the King at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave. in Rock Island, Ill. Don’t miss the one salute to Elvis that has it all. Tickets include dinner, show, party favors, balloon drop, and champagne toast. 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
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave. in Davenport, Iowa. Open free to the public, Chicago’s Final Say performs from 9:30 p.m. to 11:45 a.m. with a large repertoire of songs from Top 40 to classics. Also there will be additional live music in the Rhythm Room starting at 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 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
Party like Gatsby at High 5 Lanes & Games in Bettendorf from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with cosmic bowling, live music, champagne toast, 1920s-inspired buffet, and two complimentary drinks. OR on the flip side in the same TBK Bank Sports Complex, DIGS Bar & Grill will have you shipwrecked at the beach from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with an island-themed buffet, large yard games, champagne toast, and music by Wicked Liz & the Belly Swirls. Call for reservations 563-447-2695, ext. 2.
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 live music 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 packages can also include a dinner, VIP access, and New Year’s Day breakfast. Separate party tickets available. Call 563-386-6900 for reservations or visit www.steeplegateinn.com.
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 2019! (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
Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive in Rock Island, Ill., has a lot options on New Year’s Eve starting at 11 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. The Stone Flowers 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
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Isle Bettendorf at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street in Bettendorf with Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano’s. Howl2GO brings their world-famous entertainment experience to the Isle for New Year’s Eve! Their high-energy live music show is centered on the biggest party songs that will get you dancing and singing in no time. Doors open at 9 p.m. General Admission (Standing Room Only) tickets are $10, includes a free drink. For more information and to order tickets, contact 800-THE-ISLE or www.islebettendorf.com. Also inquire about hotel packages with the adjacent Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf.
The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds are having their first New Year’s Eve Bash to start off 2019 celebrating their 100th Anniversary. Enjoy food, drinks, music, and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is $3.00 per person. Or get a VIP table for you and your friends for $200.00. Seats 8, includes a bucket of beer, and commemorative bottle of champagne. Music By: Doug Brundies at 5:30 p.m.; Hangover at 6:00 p.m.; Dawn at 8:30 p.m.; and Cheese Pizza at 11:00 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year with Steventon’s in LeClaire. They’ll have live music by North of 40 from 10 pm-1:30 am, 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.