10 Fun Things To Do Week of September 27th: Oktoberfestbier, Scarecrows, Transylvania and MORE!
QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week.
As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again focusing this week’s edition of Fun10QC on fun entertainment you can enjoy in the safety of your own home or while practicing safe ‘social distancing,’ as Iowa and Illinois begin to hold in-person events.
So what’s on the FUN10 for this week? Read on …
Thursday Night Groove Concert Series
This is your last chance to get in some Thursday night groovin’ along the beautiful Mississippi for the year!
The 2020 Thursday Night Groove Concert Series finishes out an amazing season this Thursday Oct 1 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Schwiebert Riverfront Park (On the Mississippi Riverfront between 17th and 20th Streets, Rock Island).
Come out and enjoy live music from The Stone Flowers! Beginning at 6 p.m., concessions will open featuring Happy Joe’s Pizza (Rock Island), grill items, popcorn, plus much more! A beer garden will be provided by Bent River Brewing Company, as well.
Updated Health Safety Precautions:
• No Dance Lessons or Dance Floor (Dancing is suggested at your seats and practicing social distancing.).
• Social Distancing seating is required. Please only sit near people from your household.
• Face Coverings are highly suggested.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/579421622788520.
RME Curbside Fundraiser in Downtown Moline
It’s a challenging year for local restaurants, music venues, and nonprofits. But here’s a chance to support your favorite downtown Moline establishments, and support RME’s mission of music in our community!
Thanks to the generosity of Bad Boyz Moline and Galena Brewing Company, RME will present an outdoor concert for the two neighbor businesses in downtown Moline. Each has a perfect outdoor patio to enjoy some food and beers, safely social distance, and enjoy some live music.
5:00-6:00 – Alan Sweet
6:30-7:30 – TBD
Donations made to RME at this event will support educational and live music programs throughout the Quad Cities, including the new Music Lab children’s music show, Curbside Concerts, and school programs.
RME NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
A lot has changed in the past six months, but their mission hasn’t. The life-changing power of music is more important than ever:
-Music brings people together when it seems like everything else is tearing us apart.
-Music brings creative joy to young people, helping them find their voice.
-Music teaches life skills: confidence, public speaking, self-expression.
-Music builds our economy, creating jobs, generating tourism, and retaining a talented workforce.
Music improves our lives and our community.
When music wins, we all win.
Learn more about the RME campaign: https://givebutter.com/rivermusicexperience
Not So Scary Halloween Walk
Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for our annual Not So Scary Halloween Walk. Bring your flashlights and explore the nooks and crannies of the Sun Garden – search for spiders, bats, jack-o-lanterns and toads as you wander down the darkened pathways. Get a glimpse of the Halloween train in our popular train garden. It’s not so scary in our gardens, making this event great for all ages. Take home a goodie bag after the fun. A one-way path will lead guests through this year’s exhibit for social distancing.
Please read mask and distancing guidelines before your visit https://bit.ly/2RNQ8uF.
General admission, free for members. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance due to limited capacity. Purchase tickets for your date and time slot. https://bit.ly/3iQfN1r.
Changing Climates: 13th Annual Project Series
Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Ambrose University, the annual Project Series is an academic year’s worth of lectures, exhibits, art, and performances revolving around a central theme. This year’s theme is Changing Climates: From Rising Seas to Societal Needs.
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Crawford Brew Works (3659 Devils Glen Road Bettendorf) is tapping their Oktoberfestbier on Friday Oct 2 from 3 – 10 p.m.!
Shirts and mugs are back this year! Bobby Ray Bunch will be providing live music at 6pm.
CC&B Mobile is going to be making a specialty brat with their festbier special just for the day. Come enjoy some great bbq and brews at CBW.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/3264890970230587 for more information.
The Rocky Horror Show
That sweet transvestite and his motley crew are back doing the time warp this October!
The Rocky Horror Show returns to The Circa 21 Speakeasy (1818 3rd Avenue Rock Island) this Saturday Oct 3. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, get caught in a storm and end up at the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank’n’furter, who is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments!
WARNING: The Rocky Horror Show is not recommended for the easily offended. This show deals with MATURE subject matters in an IMMATURE way!! If sex, drugs, rock & roll, adultery, cross-dressing, aliens, homosexuality and above all, SHOW TUNES are not your cup of tea, this may not be the show for you! If you are still reading at this point we promise you are going to LOVE IT!
ALL TICKETS ARE $20 IN ADVANCE AND $25 THE DAY OF THE SHOW.
Make Reservations online at www.thecirca21speakeasy.com
State Street Market Geneseo 2020
A destination Autumn tradition for the region.
Join the State Street Market and Geneseo Chamber of Commerce on Saturday Oct 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for some State Street shopping fun!
This FREE family-friendly event includes a curated list of handmade and vintage vendors, live music, great food, a libation station, and more! Shop vendors set up down the historic State Street and stay to explore all of Geneseo. Come to shop the market and stay to take in the day in town! Follow @statestreetmarketgeneseo on Facebook and Instagram for more details.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2250748545234304 for more information.
Guttenberg German Band Outdoor Concert
Join the German American Heritage Center & Museum (712 W 2nd St. Davenport) on Saturday Oct 3 at 2 p.m. for a concert in their parking lot, featuring the Guttenberg German Band!
The Guttenberg German Band is a traditional German/Bavarian village band with members from Guttenberg, Iowa and surrounding towns. The band consists of friends from all walks of life who practice together for the love of the German music.
The concert will be located outdoors in the GAHC parking lot. Bring your own seating, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Onsite parking will be extremely limited, but there is ample street parking in the surrounding area.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/341829517162011.
29th Annual Fall Ecology Day
“Fall into the Outdoors at the Wapsi Center”
Come and celebrate Fall in the great outdoors! Join the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center (31555 52nd Ave Dixon) for an exciting day of presentations, activities, hiking, and crafts. Activities are geared for all ages and abilities. Space is LIMITED. Registration is REQUIRED. Please call to sign up your family and friends (563) 328-3286.
Schedule of Events:
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. ~ Prairie Seed Collecting and Seed Balls – Join staff on the prairie for a hike and seed identification and collection. Then make and take home seed balls using native prairie seeds.
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. ~ Leave No Trace Principles – Learn how to build a fire using Leave No Trace principles. Then make “Fire Buddies” to take home.
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. ~ Lunch – Roast hot dogs and s’mores over the open fire. Lunch will be provided by our Friends of the Wapsi Center group.
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. ~ Woodland Hike and Leaf Collection – Take a naturalist lead hike through our woods and collect leaves for our final leaf activity.
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. ~ Leaf Rubbing – Make and take home leaf rubbings using the leaves you collected during the woodland hike.
*This event is weather dependent.*
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/828422794567200 for more information.
Sunday Funday: Scarecrow Building
Join the Quad City Botanical Center (2525 4th Avenue Rock Island) for some Sunday Funday: Scarecrow Building this Sunday Oct 4 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Bring a bag of old clothes, hats and accessories to donate to the garden to create a scarecrow for their fall display. Scarecrows and clothing become the property of the Botanical Center and will be on display throughout October. Straw, cross arms, rope, burlap heads and fence posts will be provided as supplies last.
Explore the gardens with the Pumpkin Extravaganza activity guide after your scarecrow is complete.
Please read mask and distancing guidelines before your visit. https://bit.ly/2RNQ8uF
General admission, free for members.
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