Looking for fun in Illinois and Iowa this week?

It’s Sunday, and 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 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.

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So what’s on the Fun10 for this week? Read on…

Farm Days In The Village Ends Today

Free family fun for all ages with Farm Days in the Village of East Davenport August 28!

Enjoy a petting zoo, rope making, pedal tractors, tractor rides, wagon rides, entertainment, Dynamometer, working farm displays, kids tractor pull, rock crusher, arts and crafts, learning to milk a cow, and more!

Sunday, August 28th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farms Days Comes to The Village August 27-28

Learn more here: https://facebook.com/events/s/farm-days-in-the-village/346803044287200/

Ballet On The Lawn Dances In Today

Ballet on the Lawn, Ballet Quad Cities’ 26th Season Opener, will take place this Sunday, August 28th, 2022 at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm at The Outing Club, Davenport, Iowa.

Grab your lawn chairs, bring your friends, and join us for an afternoon of exiting premieres, beloved classics, and favorite Ballet Quad Cities originals. The Outing Club lawn is the perfect place to enjoy this mixed-repertoire kickoff to our 26th season!

For more information, check out the Ballet Quad Cities website.

Ballet Quad Cities Brings Ballet On The Lawn To Davenport Sunday

Davenport Library Reading Program Ends This Week

The Davenport Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program runs through August 31st.

Join the Davenport Public Library for our 2022 Summer Reading Challenge for all ages! Add some adventure to your summer with the Library’s Summer Reading Program: Read Beyond the Beaten Path! Children are invited to be explore nature, get creative, try new things, and find beauty in diversity with the Library this summer.

Davenport Public Library Summer Reading Program Teaser

Participating couldn’t be easier. Read books, attend a virtual or in-person program, or complete any of the fun activities from the reading log. Each thing you do earns a ticket into the grand-prize drawing(s) of your choice. Do a little or do it all! The way you Read Beyond the Beaten Path this summer is totally up to you!

To register, visit davenportlibrary.beanstack.com.

Grand Prix Track Side Bash Races In This Week

X Tream Rock Island Grand Prix Presents: Track Side Bash! Hosted by The Smoking Dog this week, Sept. 1-4.
Join us for a weekend filled with live music, good food, cold drinks and some racing on the main down town plaza!
With live performances by:
The Resistors
John Cole Born
BanD Acoustic
Midnight Blue Country Band
WOLFSKILL
Music Connection Inc.
Participating Businesses :
The Smoking Dog
Huckleberries
Icons
Blue Cat
Steves Old Time Tap
Galleries
El Patron
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Event sponsored by:
Blaze Restoration Inc.
The Smoking Dog Pub
Music connection
Hammar & Associates
Friendship Manor
QC Custom Tees & More
Stern Beverage, Inc.
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Great River Writers Share Their Works

The Midwest Writing Center is proud to present the winners of the Great River Writers’ Retreat from both 2021 and 2022 as they share their work and current projects for a live reading.
Jo Ivy Young and Jeffrey Wolf will be sharing some of their experiences and reading from the projects they will be working on during the retreat on September 1st at 5:30 pm in the Rock Island Public Library (401 19th St, Rock Island, IL 61201) Community Room on the second floor.
Please join us to celebrate Young and Wolf’s talents, as well as the retreat itself, which has proved a profound resource for fostering the development of the written word.
The Great River Writer’s Retreat is generously sponsored by Dr. Nicolas Shammas in collaboration with the Midwest Writing Center.
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Orion Fall Festival Presenting Fall Fun

Orion Fall Festival is back!
Orion Fall Festival – Orion, Illinois…THE place to be Labor Day Weekend! Proceeds go back into the community!!
It’s taking place Sept. 2-4 at Central Park Bandstand in Orion.

Make Mercado A Regular Friday Stop All Summer

Moline’s Mercado On Fifth is back!

Bringing Back Mexican Cuisine, Culture And More Fridays through Sept. 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 432 12th Street in Moline, everyone can get the weekend started right with Mercado! There will be a variety of children’s activities, delicious Mexican cuisine, and unique retail stands selling everything from jewelry to hand-sewn blouses and imported ceramics.

Mercado on Fifth is not just a market; it serves as a resource and catalyst for aspiring entrepreneurs. The weekly events bring Quad Citizens together to celebrate culture and community in an inclusive way. Educational programming at Mercado provides enrichment hours for children, and free nonprofit booth space gets helpful information to adults.

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Mercado was founded in 2016 by Maria Ontiveros and her grandfather, Bob Ontiveros.

By addressing the specific needs of small businesses in the area, Mercado on Fifth and its partners have helped create and/or provide a platform for 30 new minority-owned businesses in the Quad Cities region. Most vendors have taken advantage of our free small business workshops (in Spanish and English) in partnership with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University (SBDC). Through the management of the SBDC, we also started a micro-grant program for minority entrepreneurs to purchase equipment for their businesses. Over the past two years, Mercado founder Bob Ontiveros has given away over $62,000 to over 40 minority-owned businesses to purchase anything from food warmers to an industrial sewing machine.

Black Hawk College, another valued partner, also began offering the Food Sanitation Management class in Spanish at the request of Mercado leadership. Previously, Spanish speakers interested in becoming a kitchen manager or starting a food business had to drive to Chicago to take the class. Finally, Mercado on Fifth supported the creation of a commercial kitchen located within St. John’s Lutheran Church just blocks away from the Moline event space, thus completing the entrepreneurial eco-system. Mercado vendors and other small businesses now rent the kitchen for a small hourly fee.

Go ahead and block out your Fridays because Mercado On Fifth is where you are going to want to be this summer.

Check Out The Quad-Cities Latest Outdoor Music Venue

Free music from local artists will rock Davenport’s newest riverfront venue, Quinlan Court every Thursday!

Front Street Brewery and local food trucks will be onsite for food and beverage purchases.

Food trucks and beverages at 6:00 p.m. with music starting at 7:00 p.m.

Learn more here: davenportiowa.com/riverfront

Featured artists upcoming include:

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September 1 | MVBS w/John Resch & Doggin’ Out

September 8 | Lewis Knudsen

September 15 | Mo&Co

September 22 | FlatTop

September 29 | TBD

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River Music Experience’s Live At 5 Rolls Out All Summer

It’s that time of year, the 2022 season of Live@Five is taking place in Davenport’s RME Courtyard Fridays at 5pm for FREE live music.

 

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9/2 – Crooked Cactus

sponsored by Pierce’s Promise

9/9 – Blues Rock-It

sponsored by Lobo’s Salsa

9/16 – Flash In A Pan

sponsored by Wind Dancer Boutique

9/23 – Jordan Danielsen Band

sponsored by The Planning Center

9/30 – Orangadang

sponsored by Zeke’s Island Cafe

Get The Blues Every Wednesday At Kavanaugh’s

The Hilltop is THE neighborhood bar and grill of the Quad Cities. Featuring the best local draft beer selection and great food. It’s at 1228 38th St., Rock Island.

And every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the Hilltop you can check out some awesome local musicians at the open mic blues jam.

So if you like the blues, head to the Hilltop on Wednesdays!

Get The Blues, In A Good Way, At Rock Island's Kavanaugh's Hilltop Tonight

 

 

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Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.
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