Nearly 30 downtown Davenport businesses are ready to celebrate Bix weekend with their first-ever Bix Block Parties on Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Supported by the Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), the new event is designed to celebrate the downtown neighborhood with multiple blocks of events hosted by adjacent business owners. The locally focused Bix Block Parties event replaces the traditional Street Fest.

Bix Block Parties Blasting Off Through Downtown Davenport During Annual Bix Weekend

The crowded start to the Bix 7 road race, which begins up Brady Street hill.

“This year, we want Quad Citizens to come downtown to explore and experience the area’s restaurants, bars and retailers in order to lift up small businesses who need our support by spending local,” said Jason Gilliland, Director of Events, DDP. “This isn’t just one party; it’s multiple blocks of events throughout downtown celebrating the people, places and local flavor that make us who we are.”

Five different Bix Block Parties will be located throughout east, central and west downtown Davenport spanning from the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge to the Centennial Bridge. Parties held on streets, in parking lots and inside businesses will feature a variety of entertainment including live music, food, drinks and fun.

Party on Pershing

  • Friday, July 23; starting at 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 24; all-day starting at 9 a.m.
  • On Pershing Avenue, south of 2nd Street and the adjacent parking lot.
  • Festivities include a full schedule of live music and DJ music as well as food trucks.
  • Produced by Front Street Brewery, Crafted QC, Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, Barrel House, Stompbox Brewing, Theo & Co., Backwater CrossFit, Chocolate Manor, Cookies & Dreams, Radisson Quad City Plaza, Artisan Grain, The Drawing Room and The Gentlemen’s Barber.

3rd Street Bix Bash Music Festival

  • Friday, July 23; music starts at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 24; music starts at 4:30 p.m.
  • Located on 3rd Street between Ripley and Harrison streets.
  • The party includes a full schedule of live music and DJ music.
  • Produced by Mac’s Tavern, Carriage Haus, Daiquiri Factory and Kilkenny’s Pub

Bix Fest

  • Friday, July 23, evening.
  • Saturday, July 24, all-day.
  • Located on 3rd Street between Main & Brady streets.
  • Festivities include outdoor games and entertainment.
  • Produced by The Office, Boozie’s Bar & Grille and Analog Arcade Bar.

Bad*ss Bix Bash

  • Saturday, July 24; starting after the race.
  • Located in 3rd Street parking lot between Iowa and LeClaire streets.
  • Festivities include: a bike raffle; live music; lawn games; food trucks and local business giveaways.
  • Produced by Endless Brews, Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie, Lopiez, Trek Bike Store, Smash food truck and Artisan Grain Distillery.

Bixest Baddest Block Party

  • Saturday, July 24; starting after the race.
  • Located in Rubys parking lot on 3rd Street.
  • Activities include outside food, outdoor bar, lawn games and bags tournament.
  • Produced by Y&J Properties, Rubys and Java Java Café.

Throughout the parties, roads will be closed around the block party locations. Visitors are encouraged to park in the city parking ramps and parking lots and to explore all downtown has to offer. Parking will be free in the city ramps beginning at 5 p.m. Friday through noon Sunday.

Admission to the parties is free. After 8 p.m., attendance is open only to guests age 21 and older.

For performance schedules, map, road closures and more information, visit downtowndavenport.com.

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Bix Block Parties Blasting Off Through Downtown Davenport During Annual Bix Weekend
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