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.
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.