Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Anticipation is in the air already as people are gearing up for the first holiday 3-day weekend of the summer.  So…. What you doing?  We’ve put together a list of things to keep you busy.

The Backwater Gamblers have their first waterski show on Sunday night at 6:30 pm and another one on Monday for the holiday. (Please watch their Facebook page for any show schedule updates as they continue to assess the river levels.)

The Quad Cities River Bandits have a seven-game homestand starting May 24-30 with promotions every game.  The River Bandits play at Modern Woodmen Park in downtown Davenport, Iowa, with a Ferris Wheel, double-decker carousel, and other amusement rides.

Or listen to the Eric Church Tribute on Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Isle Casino Hotel, 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Chief was formed to bring Eric Church fans together by celebrating his music with a live tribute.

Start the weekend with Lindsay Ell on Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. at the Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave. in Davenport, Iowa.  Lindsay Ell was recently named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch.” Ell is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter.

You can enjoy a 1-1/2 hour sightseeing cruise on the Twilight Riverboat in LeClaire on May 25-27 at 11am, 1pm, or 3pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. They can be purchased online at or onsite the day of the cruise.

Enjoy Heritage Days in the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village on Sunday and Monday in Scott County Park in Long Grove, Iowa. Period dressed “Friends” demonstrate old-world crafts like blacksmithing, weaving, and more. Explore the village and enjoy food, children’s games, make-it-take-it crafts, and the Wild West Shootout Skits by the Wapsi Wranglers.

On Monday, over 400 cyclists from throughout the U.S. will start/finish in the heart of the Village of East Davenport for the annual Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium. There are many races throughout the day from 9 am-5 pm

The course starts on 11th Street, then travels into the hills of the McClellan Heights neighborhood, before plunging back down 12th Street, and back to the start/finish for a total course distance of ¾’s of a mile.

There will be a Kids Zone Play area with bouncy houses, and a kid’s race at 3:00 p.m. for boys and girls from 3-10 years. There is also junior races T 9 am between 9-18 years that drew 30 competitors last year.

The Quad Cities Criterium is the 2nd longest continuously running bicycle race in the U.S. The Quad Cities Criterium is included in the four Memorial Day Weekend Bicycle Races with Burlington, Iowa, on Friday night and Saturday and Muscatine, Iowa, on Sunday.

Be sure to check out our website calendar of events.  Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!



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