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Quad Cities Balloon Festival

The Quad Cities Balloon Festival is a fabulous sight filled with color, adventure and wonder. Mark your calendar and bring your friends and family!

Jen Ritz from Rock Island loves bringing her boys to the Quad Cities Balloon Festival. She says, “It’s a great QC event that we as a family will follow for many years to come. The night glow is always our favorite. It is amazingly beautiful!”

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Dog Friendly Establishments in Quad Cities

Regardless of the side of the river, it is clear that more and more Quad Citizans are looking for places that are dog friendly. As the demand increases, so do the options as to where one can take their furry friends. Here is a list of businesses that you can currently take your doggies to the outdoor seating areas. This list is continually growing, so please let us know of any additions or revisions we need to make!

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Top 14 Events September 2019

The Rock Island Gran Prix is happening August 31-September 1 in downtown Rock Island. Kart racing is where IndyCar, Formula 1 and some NASCAR drivers learn their race craft so you may be watching motorsports starts of the future racing through downtown city streets one inch off the ground at speeds up to 80 MPH. Event includes vendors, car show, nightly outdoor concerts and other activities downtown. Event features 16 feature races with practice and heat races Saturday and Finals on Sunday.

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Doggy Days at Bent River in Rock Island

“It was great to sit with a bunch of people with whom we knew we had something in common. We all loved dogs. We all loved beer.” It was a perfect place to meet some new friends,” says Rock Island resident Robb McCoy.

He and his wife, Sarah, took their Instafamous dog, Baxter (@baxtermac_kindof_a_big_deal) to Doggy Days in August and he loved meeting some of his fans and fellow four-legged friends.

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Iowa’s second largest fair kicks it up a notch for 100th Anniversary

Those summer nights amidst Iowa’s soft breeze and humidity have been around for decades. The smell of fried food and the screams of delight from amusement rides and concert-goers have become a staple in late July and early August in the Quad Cities. It’s tradition–a one hundred year tradition–that we previewed the history of with coordinator, Vicky Speth. Through my preview, I learned that the fair has taken the spot of Iowa’s second largest fair (after the Iowa State Fair)  — an incredible honor for one of our favorite Quad Cities events. Among the historical displays, the fair will return with fan-favorite and fanatic new features for the 2019 season. 

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