Downtown Davenport’s Summer of Fun

Downtown Davenport Partnership

It’s hard for people to say, “There’s nothing to do!” in Davenport. A month of activities have already passed, and there’s still a never-ending list of opportunities. Every week, there’s plenty of shopping, eating, River Bandits games and concerts to enjoy.

The Adler Theatre, River Music Experience, and Daytrotter are a large source of Davenport’s entertainment. Every Monday throughout the year, Daytrotter holds Moeller Mondays at their new venue on Brady Street. The large windows of the venue, along with the website, will have upcoming shows posted. Aside from the long list of shows in the Redstone Room, the RME hosts “Live@Five” every Friday. Local acts perform FREE concerts in the courtyard just next to the RME. Chris Cornell and Jim Gaffigan are scheduled to fill the Adler Theatre still this summer. In August, there will be a special screening of The Wizard of Oz, aligning with the Figge’s summer-long exhibit.

The Figge Art Museum will be free all summer long! The Katz Gallery is featuring the Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite collection, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There will be events surrounding the exhibit, including open houses, theatre talks and film talks.

The Downtown Davenport Partnership hosts tons of events throughout the summer as well. Third Thursday is a shopping holiday downtown. Shops stay open later than usual every third Thursday of the month and hold exclusive sales. During the Bix 7 weekend, the DDP organizes Street Fest. Second Street between Brady and Harrison is shut down from traffic and filled with dozens of food and shopping vendors. During the weekend, there are firefighter water fights, outdoor concerts and beer gardens.

The biggest event for DDP, however, is River Roots Live. The two-day music festival is held in LeClaire Park at the end of August. In previous years, the festival has had performances by artists like Kasey Musgraves, Yonder Mountain String Band and Mavis Staples. Not only is the festival known for its amazing line-up, but also for its amazing ribs. Ribfest brings some of the nation’s best rib vendors to Davenport. This year’s line-up includes O.A.R., Guitar Army (Robben Ford, Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson), the Stone Foxes and many more.

Take advantage of the cheap and sometimes even free activities Downtown Davenport has to offer. For more information on events, visit the DDP website,

Author: QCFamilyFocus

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