Find Great Events In Illinois And Iowa This Week In Our FUN10
Looking for some fun things to do in Illinois and Iowa this week?
In the Quad-Cities?
Check out our Fun10!
Fun10 — ten ways for you to have fun in the Quad-Cities, this week and every week, only on your site for fun, free, local entertainment, QuadCities.com!
Every week, 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.
So what’s on the Fun10 for this week? Read on…
Get 100 Laughs Next Weekend
100 Laughs starts with zero and does not stop until they reach 100 audience laughs! Along the way you will enjoy many different improv games that you, the audience, have complete control of!
The crazier the suggestions the better! “100 LAUGHS” is an adult show so leave the kids at home! Must be 21 or older to attend.
The doors open at 7 and the show begins at 8 on Friday, September 22! Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Call 786-7733, ext. 2 to reserve your seats today!
Online reservations are available by clicking this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/100-laughs-improv-comedy-show-tickets-699792697797?aff=oddtdtcreator&mibextid=Zxz2cZ
Argrows Fundraiser At Figge Next Weekend
Heavy hors d’oeuvres
Music and Live Entertainment
Virtual Tour of Argrow’s Office in the Floreciente Community
Shopping at Argrow’s Pop-Up Boutique
Guest Speaker: Mrs. Manvee Vaid, founder of TerraKlay
Manvee Vaid is a visionary social entrepreneur who has dedicated over a decade to empowering artisan communities in rural India. With a profound appreciation for indigenous arts and crafts, she has bridged the gap between these communities through innovative online channels. Her brand, TerraKlay, offers a line of curated home textiles and goods from different rural communities in India.
The program will also include survivor testimonials, musical entertainment, a live #SurvivorStrong painting, and more!
The money raised from this year’s event will go towards continuing to provide trauma-informed holistic services at Argrow’s House.
Learn more: GALA FUNDRAISER
Belgian Fest Rings In Today
The area’s biggest and best celebration of Belgian heritage is back in the Quad Cities! Take a trip to the heart of Moline Illinois, for some Olde Towne Flemish fun this weekend at the Fall Belgian Fest!
The 10th Annual Fall Belgian Fest returns to Stephens Park (7th Street and 15th Avenue Moline) this Sunday Sep 17 from 12 – 4 p.m. Admission is free to all!
The Fall Belgian Fest, formerly known as the Fall Flemish Fest, is sponsored and organized by the Center for Belgian Culture. Bill Cornelis, Festival Chairman of the Fall Belgian Fest shares, “Many of the Belgian Community came to Moline, after World War II to begin a new life. They came here with nothing but a dream. They didn’t ask for much. They only asked for an opportunity to work hard, raise a family, and thank the good Lord in Church. This is our heritage. We owe it to them to preserve it.”
This year’s Fall Belgian Fest is filled to brim with fun and exciting cultural activities, music, food, drinks and more!
It wouldn’t be a Belgian celebration without a Rolle Bolle Tournament now, would it? Rolle Bolle, a favored past time in the Belgian community consists of a beveled bolle rolled between stakes (30 feet apart). As the bolle slows down, it turns into the stake and comes to rest. The bolle(s) that are closest to the stake scores!
The Fall Belgian Fest Rolle Bolle Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. As many players as possible are welcome! If you are interested in participating, simply show up prior to 11 a.m. with your bolle, and teams will be drawn. If you’re curious about the game but not feeling competitive, the first two courts of Rolle Bolle will be open and available to anyone who would like to pick up a bolle and try it out.
The Happy Belgians will kick off the festivities at 12 p.m. Immediately following their performance, The Gray Wolf Band will take the stage for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Connect with your inner Belgian with a famous Center for Belgium Culture Waffle (with all the fixins), Belgian Brat, Hot Dog or a Pork Chop Sandwich – and wash it down with a Stella Artois, Belgian Wheat or Bud Light! Belgian Village Inn will also be selling their famous steamy VandeRuebens.
The real MVP’s of the Fall Belgian Fest, the Belgian Draft Horses, will also be in attendance. These majestic creatures, provided by Doug and Dianne Smith of Fairfield Iowa, steal the show and also provide carriage rides! Riders are $5 per person or $15 per family.
Belgian Lace Makers will also be available, showing off their amazing talent.
Don’t forget to purchase your annual Fall Belgian Fest t-shirt, with a new design and look for only $20 each!
The Center for Belgian Culture, established to preserve and share the proud Belgian heritage, began this Fall Belgian Fest to keep the Belgian culture alive in future generations. “Many people involved with the Center for Belgian Culture are getting older. We need younger people that have Belgian ancestry to step up to the plate and get involved with preserving their heritage,” Cornelis states. The organization has been greatly increasing their footprint in the community – through not only this festival, but the monthly Belgian Waffle Breakfast, scholarships to local students and more. They plan to add more events throughout the year as well. If community members are interested in joining the CBC’s mission, it only cost $35 a year to be a member. For more information, visit www.belgianmuseumquadcities.org/.
For more information on the festival, including upcoming events, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FallFlemishFest/.
The sun will be shining, and the Flemish fun will be flowing this Sunday, at Stephens Park in Moline. Don’t miss out on this experience!
Rock Island Book Sale Next Week
For September only, the Rock Island Public Library one-day book sale extends to 2 days!
The sale goes from 10 am to 1pm, Friday, September 22, AND Saturday, September 23 at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street
Shop our great selection of books and other materials for all ages. Unless items are specially marked, our sale works on a voluntary donation basis. So fill a bag and pay what you like!
Sales benefit the PALS (People Advocating for Library Services) fund of the Rock Island Public Library Foundation. Proceeds go for special library needs, including fine free lending! PS: Want to be one of our GREAT PALS volunteers? Ask for info at the sale. You can also fill out a form at our Volunteer Page!
Kick It At The Crib
Corn Crib’s CribFest Kicks Off September 8th in Coal Valley!
CribFest operates on weekends from September 8th – October 29th
CribFest Season Hours:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10am-6pm
*these hours are not the same as our store/nursery/greenhouse hours*
FALL FUN FOR ALL AGES!
You can expect all of the general admission activities we’ve had in previous years, like:
• Human Hamster Wheel
• Giant Bounce Pad
• Hayrack Rides
• Cow Train
• Farm Animals
• Pedal Cars
• Straw Mountain Maze
• Grain Bin Basketball
• Giant Tire Swings
• And much, much more!!
Ages 0-3 Free
Ages 4-61 $13
Ages 62+ $6
*Pay-to-Play activities are not included in General Admission*
• Hayrack Paintball
• Pumpkin Slingshot
• Pumpkin Cannon
Learn more: CORN CRIB NURSERY
Moline Township Concert Series Rising Again
Summer Concerts take place in Stephens Square Park outside the East end of the Moline Township Activity Center. The bands play from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and you can get something to eat in the M.A.C. dining room from 5:00 pm until the food is gone. We will be serving brats, hot dogs, sloppy joe’s, chips, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Once the music begins, we will be selling popcorn, soda, and bottled water outside in the park. Parking is available across 18th Street in the Moline Township parking lot (next to Amerifile), Bethany’s parking lot, the old Dispatch parking lot located at 1720 5th Ave, and any on street parking.
Mercado Brings Fun To Downtown Moline
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.
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.
Bettendorf Summer Concert Series Every Week
Summer is on our doorstep and the Bettendorf Public Library is set to celebrate with the return of its wildly popular Summer Concert Series. The eleven-week series starts on June 1st and takes place each Thursday night at 6:30 PM at Faye’s Field located at 2850 Learning Campus Dr. in Bettendorf. Attendees are encouraged to bring along food and drink to this program. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be
held inside the Bettendorf Public Library which is next to Faye’s Field.
The Summer Concert Series is funded by the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation and
supported by Title Sponsors: TBK Bank, Abbey Carpet Gallery, Build to Suit, and Focus Real
Estate Development; Autographed Edition Sponsors: Bettendorf Rotary Club and Duck Creek
Tire & Service; Limited Edition Sponsor: Mel Foster Co.; and First Edition Sponsor: BankORION.
More information about the Summer Concert Series series and other library events can be
found at www.bettendorflibrary.com or by calling 563-344-4175.
ABOUT the Bettendorf Public Library Information Center: Located at 2950 Learning Campus
Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722, the library’s mission is “Committed to providing access to
information and ideas for all.” For more information, visit www.bettendorflibrary.com or call
Get Into Thursday Night Groove At Schwiebert Park
Come listen to live music along the Rock Island riverfront at Schwiebert Park, 1st Ave. and 18th St. Sponsored by Rock Island Parks and Recreation and sponsored in part by: Rock Island Happy Joes, Alternating Currents, Friendship Manor, Bent River Brewing Company, and Mississippi Valley Blues Society.
9/21/2023 Soul Storm
9/28/2023 For Those About to Yacht
10/5/2023 Far Out 283
10/12/2023 Fair Warning
10/19/2023 RAIN DATE IF NEEDED
**Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the concert on the Great Lawn!
Live at Five Returns This Week
Live At 5 – Free Summer Concert Series is back with some brand new additions!
Live music will happen every Friday from 5pm – 7pm in the Skybridge Courtyard at Common Chord! Sound is rocking, boots are stomping & tasty cold beverages are poured for a weekend kick-off celebration in Downtown Davenport, IA.
The party does not stop there… with the new “AFTERPARTY” addition at Zeke’s Island Cafe, with each week’s featured intermission artist performing from 7pm – 8pm!
Series Line Up:
Sept. 15th: The Velies | Sponsored by: The Planning Center
Sept. 22nd: Wicked Liz & The Bellyswirls | Sponsored by: Grace Technologies
Sept. 29th: Michael Moncada & Whiskey High | Sponsored by: Lobo’s Salsa
Learn more: LIVE AT 5