INTRODUCING… Your Month in Events for October 2020: Frightening Fun, Live Music, Chili Cook Off and MORE!
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Today, QuadCities.com proudly presents the very first Month in Events, a list of events happening in the Quad Cities this month, and every month! On the first of every month we will give you an exciting glimpse into the entertainment events coming up in the Quad Cities.
Check out Month in Events on the first of every month and get a head start on your month and a heads up on what’s happening around town.
So what’s this Month in Events? Read on…
The Rocky Horror Show
When: Multiple dates between Friday Oct 3 – Saturday Oct 31
Not even a global pandemic can keep that sweet transvestite and his motley crew from returning this October to The Speakeasy! The Rocky Horror Show returns on Oct 3 at 8 p.m. and will continue showings 10/10, 10/23 (two shows), 10/24 (two shows), 10/25, 10/30 (two shows) and 10/31 (two shows). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. Each performance is limited to 50 people in attendance. So get your tickets today!
State Street Market Geneseo 2020
When: Saturday Oct 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Historic State Street in Geneseo
A destination Autumn tradition for the region. 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.
Guttenberg German Band Outdoor Concert
When: Saturday Oct 3 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: German American Heritage Center & Museum (712 W 2nd St. Davenport)
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 our 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.
Gordon Lightfoot: 80 Years Strong Tour
When: Monday Oct 5 at 8 p.m.
Where: Adler Theatre (136 E 3rd St. Davenport)
The Gordon Lightfoot show has been rescheduled a couple time throughout the past few months and is now officially happening! All previously purchased tickets will be honored.
After over 50 years of active hit song-making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, Sundown, (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Ribbon Of Darkness, Beautiful, Song For A Winter’s Night, and Rainy Day People to name a few.
Tickets are $30, $45, $60 and $75.
The Age of Nature Outdoor Drive-In Screening
When: Thursday Oct 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Blue Grass Drive-In (774 W Mayne St. Blue Grass)
Join WQPT at the Bluegrass Drive-In Theater for a special outdoor screening of PBS’ 3-part film, The Age of Nature. The series brings together inspirational contributors, rare archive material and stunning imagery from around the world, to give us a deeper understanding of Nature and our place within it.
Outbreak! at QC Haunted Forest
When: Fridays and Saturdays Starting Oct 9 from 7 – 11 p.m.
Where: QC Haunted Forest (3501 207th St. N Port Byron)
You are invited to a VIP only tour of the top secret QCHF International containment facility. QCHF has been performing genetic tests development of animal and human subjects in order to weaponize these beings for military use. Your visit starts with at outpost APL (in our main building) where you will be checked in and briefed. From there, you will walk to the outdoor gates of the 207N containment site. You will see firsthand the amazing developments our team of scientists have made. That is until a security breach causes all hell to break lose. You will find yourself alone, deep in the wooded site, where fear takes a hold. Should you make it successfully you will return to the outpost. They’re waiting for you…
Joe Nichols in Concert
When: Saturday Oct 10 at 8 p.m.
Where: Murphy Park (900 Bend Blvd East Moline)
This socially-distanced concert will provide concert goers with 10×10 pods for the ultimate safety.
Multi-platinum recording artist Joe Nichols is one of Country music’s most praised traditional Country artists. Nichols’ album CRICKETS debuted in the Top 3 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and spawned the two multi-week #1 singles: RIAA gold-certified hits “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75.” Nichols has six #1 hits plus eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers like “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” and “Gimmie That Girl,” and Top 10 smashes like “The Impossible,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters,” and “I’ll Wait For You.” The 4X Grammy nominee is the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Male Vocalist” award, the CMT “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award and the prestigious “Horizon Award” from the Country Music Association.
Pete the Purple Bull’s Humane Race
When: Saturday Oct 10 from 9 – 11 a.m.
Where: 110 Manor Drive Riverdale, IA
October is National Bully Prevention Month! Pete the Purple Bull and the City of Riverdale, Iowa together will host Pete’s 5K Humane Race to support bully prevention programs in QC schools.
The race will be offered two ways:
1) Real-time with CDC Covid recommendations followed
2) Virtually, to allow runners/walkers more flexibility.
Virtual entries can pick their own time and place to run their 5k race between 10/1 and 10/23/20. The in-person race will take place on Saturday, October 10th, 2020, 9am, at Riverdale City Hall. The event is sponsored by Arconic’s HABLO group and Royal Neighbors Chapter 20046. Each participant who registers online by Oct 4th gets a custom-made t-shirt, a special neck scarf and other goodies. The live-event participants have a chance to win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place medal for males and females. All participants, once they submit their race times and a picture to Pete the Purple Bull. will be entered for a chance to win $100. The drawing will take place October 24th, 2020. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cody Road Artoberfest
When: Saturday October 10 and Sunday Oct 11
Where: LeClaire Civic Center (127 S Cody Rd. LeClaire)
This 2-day arts and craft event will be held at the LeClaire Civic Center. Local artists and crafters will be displaying their talent and selling items. Perfect opportunity to get your fall craft items and presents for Christmas. There will also be fine gifts for purchase. A complete list of vendors will be published to this page shortly. Everyone will be following social distancing guidelines. There will be a one-way path through the event and taking the necessary health precautions.
Bring the Heat Chili Cook Off
When: Saturday Oct 17 from 12 – 6 p.m.
Where: Big Swing Brewing Company (113 18th Street Rock Island)
All Quad Cities Chili Masters are invited to show off their skills while raising money for the RWK Foundation at the Big Swing’s Bring the Heat Chili Cook Off.
A small participation fee earns you a spot and all sorts of freebies! Your donation to the RWK Foundation includes the opportunity to be a Taster, A Chili Connoisseur if you may. This role also earns all sorts of freebies! Enjoy grilled hot dogs for the perfect chili dog, live music, vendors, door prizes, a raffle and treats for all ages.
Virtual Mad Scientist Ball
When: Saturday Oct 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Experience an electrifying night, which will raise awareness and funds for the Putnam Museum and Science Center! Mad Scientist Ball is back this year at the Putnam to raise the necessary funds for the support of their programs, services and collections such as summer camps, rotating and permanent exhibits, and virtual learning. This VIRTUAL event includes an interactive science experiment, instruction from a mixologist on crafting a delicious signature cocktail, as well as a Q&A session from MIT Aerospace Engineer, and Emmy-Nominated TV host, Emily Calandrelli!
Throw on your lab coat or dress as your favorite scientist to enjoy this event from the comfort of home! This unique celebration of one of our communities’ treasured cultural amenities takes place right from the comfort of your own home—or anywhere you choose! With technology right at our fingertips, they want to connect with our network of museum lovers. By eliminating thousands of dollars of event costs needed to host a physical event, more of your donation goes directly to impacting education of our guests and the preservation of our collection.
10 Days of Halloween
When: Tuesday Oct 20 – Saturday Oct 31
Where: Big Swing Brewing Company (113 18th Street Rock Island)
We have been wearing masks for a few months, so let’s wear our best masks for this Mask-erade Party!!
Big Swing Brewing Company will be celebrating Halloween in true ghostly fashion- for 10 days! They will have events every day, for all age groups. Registration open Sept 25 for classes and select events. Scavenger Hunt is an online event. Look for more details soon!
Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown
When: Tuesday Oct 20 from 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Where: Adler Theatre (136 E 3rd St. Davenport)
For decades, the battle has raged: Beatles or Stones? Through their heyday, fans accused London’s Rolling Stones of stealing ideas — even entire albums – from their Liverpool counterparts. At the same time, the Beatles secretly envied the Stones’ “bad boy” image and attitude, often copying their style. Both bands are unmistakably great, scoring an array of hits that changed musical history, but only one can be the best. The most infamous rivalry in rock and roll never played out in a public arena until now as Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown.
The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off as the Adler Theatre hosts tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show engage in a musical showdown of the hits.
Tickets ($35, $45, $55) are on sale now online here at TICKETMASTER.COM and in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office. Adler Theatre Box Office is now open with limited hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Student, senior, active military and group discounts are available by calling the Adler Theatre Box Office at 563-326-8522. This show is appropriate for all ages.
The Adler Theatre has COVID-19 protocols and socially distanced seating in place.
Drive Through Fright Night
When: Thursday Oct 22 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: Sunset Park – Rock Island, IL
Fright Night is moving to Sunset Park!
This year the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department will be having a Drive-Through Fright Night! Enter Sunset Park on 18th Avenue and stay in your car as you travel through the park to have your children trick-or-treat and see all the ghost and goblins from local organizations! This is a family friendly event!
Local organizations interested in being involved are encouraged to reach out to Daniel Gleason at Gleason.Daniel@rigov.org
When: Saturday Oct 24 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Where: Fejervary Park (1800 W 12th St. Davenport)
Not-so-haunted Fejervary is an immersive and contact-free drive-thru Halloween experience. With all of the holiday hi-jinx, while still maintaining safe social distancing. Not-so-haunted Fejervary allows guests to drive their cars past family-friendly scenes throughout Fejervary Park during the daytime. In this not-so-haunted adventure, families will journey through an enchanted forest where they‘ll meet their favorite fairy-tale creatures and enjoy music and dancing (contact-free). Props, lights, music and live performers will bring the whole experience to life!
Local organizations interested in being involved are encouraged to reach out to Amanda.Randerson@davenportiowa.com
Not-so-Normal Spooktacular Trick or Treat
When: Thursday Oct 29 from 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Stephens Park (7th Street and 15th Avenue Moline)
Put on your best costume and join the Moline Parks and Recreation Department for a Not-so-Normal Spooktacular trick or treat this year at Stephens Park.
This fun trick or treat walk is open to Moline residents, ages 3-12. You will visit a number of various stations to collect candy, trinkets, coloring pages, photo opportunities and more.
Space is limited per time slot and pre-registration is required; you must register all children wanting to participate. You must come during your registered time (select time at registration).
Social distancing will be required, and masks will be mandatory for all participants and parents.
Registration closes October 19 at 3:30pm.
Nightmare on 5th Ave
When: Saturday Oct 31 from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Where: The University Club (1518 5th Avenue Moline)
Brought to you by your friends at Twisted Mics & The University Club – October 31st 2020 will mark the second annual ‘Nightmare on 5th Ave’ celebration. Set in the heart of downtown Moline in a 100+ year old historical Quad Cities landmark – The Reliance Building. So old it probably has ghosts. If you enjoy drinking games, loud dance music, fun costumes, good food, and making Halloween memories – this is the event for you. There will be partying from 6pm to midnight and you will have the opportunity to join in multiple different festivities throughout the night.
Let’s get dressed up in our best costumes and party! Live music ranging from your favorite throwbacks to today’s hits. Interactive dance lighting covering a 2000+ square foot dance floor. Photo Booth to take embarrassing photos that you will probably regret in the morning.
Halloween Health & Vendor Fair
When: Saturday Oct 31 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Volleyball Factory (2060 W River Drive Davenport)
Join Howard Health Quarters for a ghoulishly fun Health & Vendor Fair! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for fun and/or to enter into the “Best Costume” contest to win a PRIZE!! Vendors will be doing trick-or-treating for children and families! All attendees can enter into vendor giveaway drawings to win prizes from vendors. Bring trick-or-treat bags, yoga mat, water bottle, and money if you wish to purchase items from vendors or donate.
Stay tuned to QuadCities.com, your site for fun, free, local entertainment for upcoming events in our monthly column, Month in Events, on the first of every month!