Your Month in Events for November 2020: Craft Shows, Comedy, Holiday Fun and MORE!
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Valor & Victory Gardens: WWII in the Hawkeye State
WWII was a global conflict that forever altered society and touched the lives of people around the world, including right here in Iowa. The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. With this exhibit we remember and commemorate that momentous occasion. Through local headlines, personal letters, and historic artifacts, we will tell the Quad Cities’ WWII story.
This exhibit is supported by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and was co-curated by GAHC Staff and Arthur Pitz, Ph.D.
The exhibit will be open from September 13 – January 17 and is included with general admission:
Adult: $5 | Senior: $4 | Child: $3 | Member: Free
Christmas at the Barn
When: Nov 6-7 and 13-14
Where: R7 Reclaimed (337 Cemetery Lane Grandview)
Get into the holiday spirit with R7 Reclaimed’s Christmas at the Barn event!
R7 Reclaimed TWO opening weekends of Christmas at the Barn this year! Come enjoy the weekend magic Nov 6-7 and Nov 13-14 from 4 – 8 p.m.
The two-story reclaimed barn will be overflowing and restocked each weekend and your favorite vendors will be set up under the magic of lights and tents.
The Farmhouse Market will be joining the fun again in the barn. Stone Wall Brick Oven Pizza will be serving it up fresh plus cocoa, kettle, corn, photo ops and all of the things you’ve come to love about the #R7RoadTrip!
Art-Mageddon at the Market
When: Saturday Nov 7 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Freight House Farmers’ Market (421 W River Dr. Davenport)
Art-Mageddon Kicks off the holiday season with an array of local artists and crafters gathered at the Freight House Farmers Market. Shop local and get started with your holiday gift-giving in an outdoor and safe environment!
From custom wood signs, and wooden toys, woven baskets, and handmade jewelry. Food truck, baked goods, wine, and beer onsite!
Tomfoolery on Tremont
When: Saturday Nov 7 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Renwick Mansion (901 Tremont Ave. Davenport)
Looking for a great time out with a whole bunch of happiness and laughter? Then you need to check out Tomfoolery on Tremont!
Tomfoolery on Tremont features comedy from Brent Terhune Saturday Nov 7 at The Renwick Mansion (901 Tremont Ave. Davenport) at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Characters, voices, one liners, and time-tested monologues- Brent Terhune is the embodiment of all these things. Not many comics can pull off Brent’s laid-back style of comedy and still remain just as absurd and funny, but equally relevant and relatable at the same time. Currently, Brent is a writer for the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show. He’s been featured on Fox’s “Laughs” and his debut comedy album went all the way to #1 on the iTunes charts. He’s also appeared at the Limestone Comedy Festival and gets regular play on SiriusXM.
J.A.M. Sessions: Byron “BK” Davis
When: Saturday Nov 7 at 7 p.m.
Joy Avenue Media and the River Music Experience presents J.A.M. SESSIONS – local bands, live in real time from the JAM studio.
J.A.M. Sessions will feature Byron “BK” Davis this Saturday Nov 7 at 7 p.m.
River Music Experience has partnered with Joy Avenue Media to present high-quality, free livestreams of the best QC bands, providing safe live music to our community. Tips and donations are encouraged to the band help cover production costs.
To view past streams, like and subscribe to the Joy Avenue Media YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-kcjWGxTQV8m2LZJOuOCUw
For over 21 years, Steinway Artist Byron “BK” Davis has entertained audiences around the world with his smooth blend of jazz, blues and R&B.
“Out of the 88 Modern & Ancient Constellations, the only music heard in space is from a Steinway & Son’s Model D Concert Grand Piano”.
BK Davis is the First African American Steinway International Artists from the State of Iowa.
Quad City Fish Swap
When: Sunday Nov 8 from 12 – 4 p.m.
Where: The Golden Leaf Banquet Center (2902 E Kimberly Rd Davenport)
Featuring a HUGE selection of live freshwater fish and plants. Plus, new & used equipment, supplies and decor. Something for EVERY aquatic hobbyist. Free Admission!
***MASKS REQUIRED** Follow Social Distancing & CDC Guidelines. We will have touch-less hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue. Please DO NOT TOUCH items until purchased. If high risk or experiencing symptoms, please stay home.
When: Tuesday Nov 10 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Quad City Botanical Center (2525 4th Ave Rock Island)
Wiggly worms are everywhere! Join the QC Botanical Center in understanding more about these squirmy creatures and their role in composting nature. You can even hold one yourself! Attendance is limited. KinderNature is for kids ages 3-5. RSVP required.
When: Nov 11 – Dec 30
Where: Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 3rd Ave Rock Island)
In this heartwarming new musical, a dad’s wish to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas leads him and his family on a magical journey to another time where he learns that while remembering the past is important, the best way to hold on to tradition is to enjoy the Christmas present! This one-of-a-kind show, written for Circa ‘21 by longtime Bootlegger Brad Hauskins, is a nostalgic celebration of family that will leave you filled with the peace and joy of the holidays.
This is the perfect way to spend the holiday season with family and friends!
Iron and Grain Maker Fest
Celebrate local makers with shopping from 130+ local artisan vendors. Enjoy live music from Lewis Knudsen, Molly Durnin, Logan Springer, Ariel + Jacob, Adam Griffin and Bobby Ray Bunch. Grab a bite to eat from Jennie’s Boxcar or grab a drink at Midwest Ale Works.
Visit the Facebook event page for a full list of vendors.
When: Saturday Nov 14 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday Nov 15 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Mississippi Marketplace (4004 W Kimberly Rd Suite B Davenport)
Support your local artisan by shopping with Mississippi Marketplace! Shop for unique gifts, home décor, vintage and repurposed items with 90+ vendors. Admission is FREE!
Ryan Niemiller of AGT Season 14
When: Sunday Nov 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rhythm City Casino (7077 Elmore Ave Davenport)
You may know Ryan Niemiller as the disarmingly handsome comedian and 3rd place finalist from America’s Got Talent Season 14. Despite being born with a disability in both arms, Ryan, the self-proclaimed “Cripple Threat of Comedy”, shares his views of the world from the perspective of the handicapped (and very handsome).
Ryan began his comedy career in Los Angeles, California, and hasn’t looked back since. He’s a favorite performer in clubs and colleges across the country. His comedy covers topics such as dating, trying to find employment and attempting to find acceptance in a world not designed for him.
With his quick wit, good looks, great timing, and a gimmick that only he can exploit, Ryan hopes to prove to the comedy world that he may be unarmed, but he is dangerous. And handsome – in case you missed it the first three times.
Tickets are $25 advance, $30 day of show plus an online/phone ticketing fee. These fees are waived when tickets are purchased at The Market gift shop inside Rhythm City Casino Resort.
Reservations: Advance ticket purchase are always recommended as shows do sellout.
Age Restriction & Seating Policy: This show is open to those 21 years or older with a valid photo ID. Our bar opens thirty minutes prior to show time. Seating begins thirty minutes prior to all shows. Customers arriving 30 minutes after the show begins, may not be allowed in as they will disrupt the performance.
You must bring a valid photo ID to be admitted as our Rhythm Room is on the casino floor.
All seating is done on a first come, first sat basis. Everyone will have a seat, but to sit together, your entire party must arrive together. We seat from the front of the room to the back, per section. If a single guest is sat at a table for four, please be prepared to have other guests at your table.
Most tables sit 2 to 4 people. For groups of more than 4, you will be seated at adjacent tables. Large groups should arrive early to better the ability to be seated together.
2020 Gone Farmin’ Fall Premier
When: Thursday Nov 19 through Saturday Nov 21
Where: Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds (2815 W Locust St Davenport)
Mecum Auctions is excited to announce that the 2020 Gone Farmin’ Fall Premier auction will be held in Davenport and will feature a power-packed lineup of more than 500 vintage tractors, 100 vintage trucks and 2,000 signs and farm relics.
Thursday through Wednesday, November 12-18 from 8 AM – 5PM
Gates open daily at 7 AM
Gates close one hour after the final vehicle of the day crosses the block.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – Auction begins 9 AM
TRACTORS // VINTAGE TRUCKS // ROAD ART
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – Auction begins 9 AM
TRACTORS // ROAD ART
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 – Auction begins 9 AM
Daily Ticket Price: $10 per person, per day.
Children 12 years and younger get in free.
All Mecum admissions are sold on a nonrefundable basis.
The Speakeasy Laugh Hard Comedy Show
When: Friday Nov 20 from 8 – 10 p.m.
Where: The Circa ’21 Speakeasy (1818 3rd Ave Rock Island)
The Speakeasy Laugh Hard Comedy Show is back on November 20. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00. Tickets are only $3.00 for this show! Seating will be limited due to social distancing so reserve early! Everyone attending will be required to wear a mask and we will be taking everyone’s temperature when arriving.
Call 309-786-7733, ext. 2 to reserve your seats or online at www.thecirca21speakeasy.com
It’s time to get out of the house and have some adult beverages and laugh. We need laughter now more then ever!
This is a great stand up comedy show featuring many hilarious comedians from across the area! Reserve your tickets in advance to make sure you get in! Your show emcee will be Speakeasy favorite, Todd Willhite!
This is a fun, inexpensive night out with friends! We do have selected food items available and a full bar!
No charge for comedians who are participating in the show. Those attending must be 18 or older.
Pop Up Gift Shop and Window Display
When: Saturday Nov 21 through Sunday Nov 29
Where: Quad City Arts (1715 2nd Ave Rock Island)
Festival of Trees may not be happening at the River Center this year, but there is still plenty to see and do! Come visit the Rock Island Gallery and check out Quad City Arts’ pop-up gift shop and window display, open November 21-29.
You can still purchase a limited edition, Festival of Trees exclusive Isabel Bloom sculpture, purchase honor tree ornaments, and bid on a select number of designs and VIP Baskets! Plus, when you do your holiday shopping with us, you can be confident that your purchases are helping to support bringing high-quality arts experiences to our community.
Pop Up Gift Shop Hours:
Saturday, November 21: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 22: 10 am – 4 pm
Monday, November 23: 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, November 24: 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, November 25: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday, November 26: CLOSED
Friday, November 27: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, November 28: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 29: 10 am – 4 pm
Order online during these dates and choose in store or curbside pickup!
Honor Tree Ornament and Isabel Bloom preorders end November 13. Order online at www.qcfestivaloftrees.com/ or by calling Quad City Arts at 309-793-1213.
Select designs and VIP Baskets will be open for online bids on November 21-29.
Paranormal, Psychic & Metaphysical Festival
When: Saturday Nov 21 from 1 – 10 p.m.
Where: Rock Island YMCA (500 20th St Rock Island)
Join the Riverside Iowa Paranormal Team for a Paranormal, Psychic, and Metaphysical Festival at the Rock Island YMCA.
The festival includes:
Past Life and Spiritual Readings
Riverside Iowa Paranormal Junior Crew
Author Allen Cornelison, Sr.
All Out Paranormal-Rex Nielson
GENERAL ADMISSION: Includes admission, historical tour and paranormal Investigation.
VIP ADMISSION: Includes admission, one reading, historical tour and paranormal Investigation.
VIP GOLD ADMISSION: Includes admission, one reading, a Reiki cleansing, historical tour and paranormal Investigation.
VIP PLATINUM ADMISSION: Includes admission, two readings, a Reiki cleansing, historical tour and paranormal Investigation.
All Tickets Sales are final. Due to this, consider purchasing the “Event Cancellation Policy” offered at check-out. Please review its policies and restriction before purchasing.
Ghost hunting should be handled with maturity, respect, and seriousness. Zero Tolerance for alcohol/drug consumption right prior, during or after the event; Not Liable for injury before, during or after the event. Under 18? Please ask the Event manager before purchasing.
Events are subject to change, as a result of uncontrollable circumstances. This includes location, talent and time/date. When this occurs you will be given an opportunity to keep the updated ticket (including new date/time). If this is an inconvenient change, you will be given full credit for another one of our events (specific to the event managers, not of all Thriller Events).
Absolutely no refunds will be applied.
31st Annual Quad City Christmas Arts & Craft Fair
When: Friday Nov 27 through Sunday Nov 29
Where: QCCA Expo Center (2621 4th Ave Rock Island)
The Quad City Christmas Arts & Craft Fair is 80% country crafts and 20% fine arts. This is the largest indoor handcrafted fair in the area.
When: Friday Nov 27 through Sunday Dec 27
Where: Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse (1828 3rd Ave Rock Island)
Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters spring to life onstage in Seussical! Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Not only must Horton protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. This musical extravaganza is great fun for the whole family!
Saturday performances are show-only and tickets are $9.50 per person. Sunday performances are brunch shows. This is s child’s themed brunch. Tickets are $22.05 for adults and $19.95 for students 6-18 years old. Those 5 and under are $16.80. Everyone attending, regardless of age, does require a ticket.
Fejervary Holiday Lights
When: Saturday Nov 28 through Sunday Jan 3
Where: Fejervary Park (1800 W 12th St Davenport)
Join the Davenport Parks and Recreation for seasonal holiday lights display at Fejervary Learning Center! They were so ‘Happy’ with last year’s display that they simply ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ and will be bringing it back with even more lights this year! Shows last approximately 15 minutes with a new show starting every 30 minutes beginning at 5 PM; the last show starts at 9:30 PM.
Stop by for Throw-back Thursday when we rewind to our 2019 show (occurring every Thursday through the duration of the show). This is a park and watch event, not a drive or walk-through event.
Times: 5-9:30 PM (last show begins at 9:30 PM)
Directions: Enter on W. 12th St and follow the directional signs. Attendees may park at the listed locations. Accessible parking is labeled and located directly across from the learning center. Exit by following the loop around the west side of the learning center.
Radio broadcast: Turn your radio to FM 107.5 to sync with the holiday lights music broadcast.
Warning: This show may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.
Festival of Trees Holiday Hustle 5k Walk/Run
When: Nov 30 through Dec 5
Rock River Hospice & Home is hosting a Festival of Trees Holiday Hustle Virtual 5K Walk/Run. The idea is to set your own goal of doing a 5K and do it at your own pace, completing your goal within a week. Walk around your house, the neighborhood, favorite park or on your treadmill, while maintaining social distancing and still have a meaningful walk to honor and remember your loved one(s).
With each ticket purchase, you will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt.* Tickets must be purchased by November 1 to receive t-shirt. Shirts will need to be picked up at the Rock River Hospice & Home office.
While on your walk, dress up in your festive Holiday attire to make it more fun and share your photos by tagging them on Facebook (@rockriverhospiceandhome) or Instagram (@rockriverhospice) and use the hashtag #FOTHOLIDAYHUSTLE. One submission will be chosen at random to receive a $25.00 gift card.
Sponsored by CGH Medical Center, Sauk Valley Bank, Breck & Sheri Loos, Frantz Manufacturing
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