End-of-Summer Activities: Education and Culture


Summer is coming to a close, but there are still plenty of activities to enjoy throughout the Quad Cities in the next month. Here are some education and culture-based activities that you and/or your family might enjoy.


Galesburg Heritage Days

Feel the excitement and experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring a Civil War Battle Reenactments and Pre-1840s Rendezvous. The weekend will include a traveling family circus, period food stands, crafts for sale, a fishing contest for children, canoe races on the lake, night firing of cannons, and a military ball.

Where: Galesburg, Illinois

When: August 19-21

Price: Free


Ya Maka My Weekend

A celebration of Caribbean culture, the festival brings the islands to the Quad Cities. Featuring nationally known, as well as regional, reggae and steel drum bands, in addition to an open-air marketplace offering authentic island products and cuisine, this cultural celebration is fun for the entire family.

Where: Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District

When: August 19-20, Friday 5pm-12:30am and Saturday 12pm-12:30am

Price: $9 for one-day pass, $14 for two-day pass


Pioneer Village Labor Day Celebration

This event will include period dressed friends who will demonstrate crafts and sell their wares, Wild-West Skits by the Wapsi Wranglers, food, children’s games and craft stations, and old time live music. The event will take place at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, an open-air museum that recreates Scott County in the 1860s through 18 historic buildings that include a church, a bank, a train depot, and various shops.

Where: Walnut Grove Pioneer Village—18817 290th Street, Long Grove, Iowa

When: September 4 and 5, 11am-5pm

Price: Adults: $2, Children: $1


King Tut Exhibit

“The Discovery of King Tut” recreates one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 21st century. Featuring more than 1,000 expertly crafted reproductions of Egyptian treasures discovered in Tutankhamun’s Egyptian tomb by England’s Howard Carters in 1922, this exhibit presents this fascinating historical subject in an entirely new way.

Where: Putnam Museum and Science Center—1717 W 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa

When: Now through September 5, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm

Price: Adult: $19; Senior, College Student, or Military with ID: $17; Youth (3-18): $15 (entrance to the rest of the museum included)


100 Years of Hollywood: The Laemmle Effect

Over 100 years ago on March 15, 1915, German Immigrant Carl Laemmle founded Universal Studios in California. His vision helped shape the movie industry and launch one of the largest studios in Hollywood. Laemmle also helped bring hundreds of talented European filmmakers to the US whose lives were in danger during the reign of the Nazis. The exhibition will feature information on Hollywood’s history, original costumes, and showcase the significant impact of German-speaking immigrants on the Hollywood film industry.

Where: German-American Heritage Center—712 W 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa

When: Now- October 30, Tuesdays through Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Price: Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children (5-17): $3 / Free for children under 5 and for members


Author: Miranda Hale

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