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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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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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Mississippi Valley Fair Celebrates 100th Anniversary

History and heritage are two important components of the Quad Cities. We pride ourselves in the growth and redevelopment of the beautiful community, but we never forget our roots.

It’s a history full of twists and turns and many prized contributions — one of which we will celebrate this summer. The Mississippi Valley Fair (MVF) is 100 years old this year, and we’re all ready to party during Fair Week–July 30th through August 4th.

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Homebrew Festiv-Ale 2019

Homebrew Festiv-Ale returns to the Quad Cities on Saturday, July 20, 2019. FestivAle is the only local beer festival that features over 50 home brewed beers.

This year’s Festiv-Ale from 2-6 pm at Wake Brewing in Rock Island, Illinois, features beers brewed by home brew clubs from all over the region. There will be a selection of beers from the local Quad Cities clubs:  MUGZ, REFS, Powder Keggers, and Trade My Home Brew.  There will also be home brew clubs from outside the area, including members of CRAZE from the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area as well as the Cedar Rapids Beer Society, who will have tents set up and will be pouring samples of their concoctions.

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Summer Concert Series 2019

Summer nights in the Quad Cities are made for sitting outside, enjoying the warm evening, watching kids play games, and chatting with friends and family. Because the Quad Cities has so much great local music talent, we can make your 2019 summer evenings even better with live music every night of the week at these free outdoor summer concert series for all ages. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!

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Sunrise Village Tie Dye in the Park

Family friendliness is one of the top factors that sets the Quad Cities apart from other areas. In the last 20 years, many new store fronts, restaurants, and activities have blossomed. New families have moved to town and the number of people visiting the Quad Cities has increased.

What we do here, we do with joy and compassion, and what impresses me the most, as a teacher and as a life-long QC resident, is how many families head out to family-friendly activities that support a worthy cause. During the upcoming spring and summer seasons, there are plenty of opportunities for such fun, starting with the Sunrise Village event!

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Chocolate Experience at the Quad Cities Botanical Center

There are few people around the area that don’t love chocolate in some form. Whether indulging in a box of store-bought chocolates or making your way downtown to the local excellence of Lagomarcino’s, chocolate is something familiar to know and love. But when the local delicacies are available, the community will often unite together to savor every moment of the event.

On Saturday, April 6, the Quad Cities Botanical Center will house local chocolate shops and bakeries for the day. Dubbed the “Chocolate Experience,” tasty treats will grace the booths at the event along with other local vendors. Tickets must be purchased in order to secure a specific time slot in the two-hour tasting window, which runs 9AM-11PM, 12PM-2PM and 3PM-5PM. Sampling tickets may be limited to purchase at the door. The time is capped to ensure all vendors are able to give guests a “memorable chocolate experience” and have the ability to restock the supply during the off-hour.

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Ho, ho, ho! Catch the Holiday Light Tour before it’s gone!

The hassle of putting up holiday lights can disguise itself as both a blessing and a curse. While the bright lights look beautiful as the twinkle in evening among the layers of Midwestern snow, being able to string the lights on a house with a working GFCI-grounded outlet can be a pain. Even my fiancé and I have settled with solar lights we can throw up quickly for just a bit of bright, cheery light. As an alternate, we’ve traded in the show at our own home for the show others throw around the Quad Cities area. Driving through local neighborhoods and seeing the beautiful lights has become quite a tradition not only in our area, but around the country. AltSTATES Travel has taken this concept to the next level this year with their three-hour Ho Ho Holiday Light Tour on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities.

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The Figge’s Dia de los Muertos event returns Oct. 28th

The beautiful blend of cultures is a quality that makes our great Quad Cities a wonderful place to live. The music, art, and heritage is high quality in our community, as we celebrate, honor, and delve into cultural appreciation. Local events are no exception, and the Figge Art Museum hosts a free Dia de los Muertos fiesta on Sunday, October 28 from 12-5 p.m. 

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