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 August 31-September 1. It’s the 25th anniversary of the Rock Island Grand Prix! 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.
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 29-30, 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 30 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Labor Day Weekend Festival in the Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village on September 1-2 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.
Woodworkers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, glass blowers, artisans…these Makers in the world have a place to shine at the Iron + Grain Fest on August 30-31, 2019. Celebrate creativity and innovation, enjoy delicious local food and brews, and take in live music, all curated around the Quad Cities’ hottest new concert venue, The Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave. in East Moline, Ill. Hours: Friday 2-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission.
Live Music this weekend includes:
- Reel to Reel, Friday, Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m., River Music Experience, Davenport, Iowa
- Alex Williams, Friday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., RIBCO, Rock Island, Ill.
- Arch Allies, Friday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m., Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf, Iowa
- CeeLo Green, Friday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., The Rust Belt, East Moline, Ill.
- Crooked Cactus, Friday, Aug. 30, 5-9 pm, Mercado on Fifth Market, Moline, Ill.
- Stone Temple Pilots tribute, Saturday, Aug. 31, 9 p.m., RIBCO, Rock Island, Ill.
- Passion, Aug. 30-31, 8:30 p.m., Rhythm City Casino Resort, Davenport, Iowa
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Saturday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m., The Rust Belt, East Moline, Ill.
- Numerous bands, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2-10 p.m., Wake Brewing, Rock Island, Ill.
- Praise on the River, Sunday, Sept. 1, 4-7 p.m., LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa
The 35th annual Rock Island Labor Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, September 2, 2019, 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! www.rigov.org
The 37th annual East Moline Labor Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, September 2, 2019, in East Moline, Illinois, stepping off at 11:00 a.m. along 15th Ave. from 13th Street to 3rd Street. www.emmainstreet.com
The Quad Cities River Bandits are almost closing out their regular season with three games over Labor Day weekend on August 31-September 2, 2019, with promotions every game. The River Bandits, farm team of the Houston Astros, play at Modern Woodmen Park in downtown Davenport, Iowa, with a Ferris Wheel, double-decker carousel, and other amusement rides. For tickets, contact www.riverbandits.com or 563-324-3000.