Tucked in along the Mississippi River are the Quad Cities, and they’re ready to ​​rock, race, and roll on down the river with a full season of festive events not to miss!

Located between Minneapolis and St. Louis, Missouri, the Quad Cities is the largest metropolitan area on the Mississippi River. For travelers visiting the area there are an abundance of entertaining annual events, attractions, delicious dining options, and much more to enjoy in the riverfront cities of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline in Illinois, as well as in Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa.

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Rockin’ on the River

At the end of August head to LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport, Iowa for the River Roots Live that unites many of the hottest music for two days of music. Plus, the event is free to join until 3pm, after that it’s $15. And, you’ll be able to sample a variety of taste bud-tempting ribs at this riverfront festival.

Rock Island Grand Prix

Head to The District in downtown Rock Island, Illinois for The Rock Island Grand Prix over Labor Day
weekend, which is the largest and safest go-kart street race in the world. This is also the only race in the United States that is sanctioned for international drivers, and will be a thrilling race for all who love the sport.

High Flying Action With Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey

Also over Labor Day weekend at the iWireless Center is the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Legends
performance. Catch high flying thrills, mythical and mysterious creatures, and a night of stunning performances for the whole family! If you’re in the area in October, you can also catch Def Leppard with Foreigner and Tesla at the iWireless Center!

Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops: Country Legends Concert

The Quad City Symphony takes the stage in Mid September for the annual Riverfront Pops concert in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Pack a picnic and enjoy a tribute to the greatest names in country music that include Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill.

Quad Cities Pumpkin Fest

The end of September is time for a festive event: the Quad Cities Pumpkin Fest at Adventure Quest, 3501 207th Street North in Port Byron, Illinois. Challenge family and friends to find their way out of the corn maze and spook maze, take a exciting ride down the zip lines, or enjoy a hayrack ride, and all the entertainment and games. In addition to pumpkins, you’ll also find gourds, squash, popcorn, and Indian corn for harvest decorations, and plenty of tasty fall treats!

Art For All At The Figge Art Museum

Located in Davenport, Iowa, the Figge Art Museum is celebrating 10 years at its new downtown building with free admission through mid September. Explore current exhibits, John activities and events and discover your creativity at the Figge!

Interesting Facts:

Did you know that many of today’s top Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR and sports car drivers began their careers racing go-karts!

Grab your camera and head to the Quad Cities this winter because it is home to one of the nation’s largest population of Bald Eagles , which thrive along the Mississippi.

The Quad Cities has a rich German Heritage to explore, along with Old West treasures to discover at the Buffalo Bill Museum. And, for those with Lady Luck on their side there are several casinos located along the Mississippi www.travelmississippiriver.org river with big jackpots waiting to be claimed. With Riverboat Cruises, exciting events, festivals, entertainment and more to enjoy, the Quad Cities is definitely a destination to add to your travel list!

Will you visit the Quad Cities this year?

With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - http://www.usatravelmagazine.com/ where she shares more of travel interests.

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