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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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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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Delightful Little Conductor’s Day at QC Botanical Center

If you have any young (or older) train enthusiasts in your family you won’t want to miss Little Conductor’s Day at the Quad City Botanical Center.

A day of family fun focused on trains includes train-themed crafts and activities hosted inside the facility. The highlight, however, is the Heartland Central Garden Railway set up in the outside Railroad Garden. For this special event, conductors from the Heartland Model Railway Club will be on hand to answer questions and host a variety of trains on the garden tracks. The trains are 1:24th scale and up to four separate trains can operate at a time.

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Rockin’ Rock Island Artists’ Market 2019

You don’t want to miss the 2019 Rock Island Artists’ Market.

“The artists’ market is community at its best. It’s a venue for local artists and vendors to share their work and it’s in Rock Island. There are jewelry vendors, snacks, produce vendors, clothing, accessories, pottery. You could find a gift for any friend or family member, something beautiful for yourself and produce for lunch or dinner that night. I love how friendly and excited everyone is at these events and Brandy VandeWalle is amazing, organized and a joy to be around,” shares Sarah McCoy, Rock Island resident.

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Quad Cities Fishing Facts and Events

With the Quad Cities located on the fourth largest river in the world AND settled in and around many other waterways and bodies of waters, it’s a great place to fish! June is an especially fun month to get started because there are some fun fishing events, including FREE fishing days both in Illinois and Iowa. Being so close to the border, we can take advantage of both states’ license free weekends.

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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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