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Spend time with the family all summer long enjoying free events and activities throughout Davenport! 
Do you have an event you want to add? Email Becca.Niles@davenportiowa.com

 June-August 2021 calendar

Davenport Parks and Recreation offers free theatre productions, family events with games and activities, garden and nature programs and themed education events. 

If reading is more your style, check out the events, programs and self-guided activities hosted by the Davenport Library in parks around the city.  

Want to enjoy an evening of music and movies? Then head on down to the Riverfront and La Claire Park for Music on the River and Movies on the Mississippi. 

Don't forget to join your neighbors as the Quad Cities celebrates the nation for Red, White and Boom! 
Looking for unique gifts, fresh produce and hand-made wares? Join the open air and farmers markets scheduled throughout the summer.

Activity and event details are listed below!

 

DAVENPORT PARKS AND RECREATION
The True Tale of Robin Hood by Aaron Randolph III
Hear ye, hear ye!  Davenport Junior Theatre welcomes all to attend a great outdoor celebration! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family and come hang out on the great lawn and enjoy games, concessions, activities, and more! Stay for our special production of The True Tale of Robin Hood, written by local playwright Aaron Randolph III and performed by the kids of the DJT Mainstage Company.  
You have 6 performance dates to choose from
Fridays-Saturdays: 6/11, 6/12, 6/18 or 6/19 | 6:30 p.m.
Sundays: 6/13 or 6/20 | 2:00 p.m.
Festivities begin one hour prior to showtimes listed above. 
Location: Davenport Junior Theatre 

Family Fun Days
Every third Saturday Fejervary Learning Center will host a free family activities. Each day will have a special theme to make each one different and unique. We will be hosting family activities, local vendors, nature crafts, and more!
Saturdays: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
6/19 | Kick-Off to Summer
8/21 | Back 2 School Bash
9/18 | Healthy Family Day
10/16 | Harvest Fest
Location: Fejervary Learning Center 

Youth Fest 2021
Explore the natural play features and enjoy music and over 30+ vendors promoting fun-filled summer activities! Youth Fest is a yearly celebration sponsored by Davenport Parks & Recreation and Davenport Community Schools to encourage youth involvement in constructive summer activities. Participants will enjoy hands-on games, activities, and interactive displays.
Wednesday, 7/14 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Fejervary Learning Center 

Summer Theme
Visit Vander Veer Botanical Park and travel through five countries getting to know a little about their culture, native plants, and rich history. Be sure to pick up the Travel Colors Your World brochures for fun activities inside.
Ages: All Ages
Every day, 6/1-8/31
Location: Vander Veer Botanical Park 

My Little Wheelbarrow
Children will meet on the lawn by the playground two Wednesdays in June and July to experience the wonders of gardening and nature with hands-on activities. Each month will feature two activities - June: Homemade Fishing Rods; July: Bird feeder. No registration required.
Ages: Pre-K+ (All Ages)
Wednesdays, 6/16, 6/30, 7/7, 7/21 | 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Vander Veer Botanical Park 

Pollinator Week
Join us as we explore the pollinators that keep our green earth beautiful! There will be a pollinator menagerie to excite and amaze: You won’t believe all the colors, shapes, and sizes that pollinators come in with fun activities for young ones to explore in the conservatory as well as more in-depth information for older explorers to learn about the plants we have on display.
Tuesday-Sunday, 7/20 – 7/25 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Location: Vander Veer Conservatory 


DAVENPORT LIBRARIES
Yoga and Stories in the Park
This summer the Library is bringing yoga and stories to Vander Veer Park! Bring your yoga mat or a towel and join us near the playground. Afterwards we'll have a fun craft and selected items available for check out.
Thursdays, 6/10 - 7/29 | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
Location: Vander Veer Botanical Park

Library in the Park
In partnership with Davenport Parks and Recreation and other community organizations, the Library will be bringing their Outreach Wheeled Library (OWL) to check out items and provide fun programming all summer long that promotes creativity and literacy. 
*More times and locations will be added at a later date*

MORNINGS 
Monday-Thursday, 7/6 - 8/13 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mondays
: Van Buren
TuesdaysGoose Creek
WednesdaysCork Hill/Leclaire Heights 
ThursdaysRoosevelt Community Center
AFTERNOONS
Monday-Thursday, 7/6 - 8/13 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mondays
: Jefferson Park
TuesdaysGreen Acres
WednesdaysTyler Park
ThursdaysEmeis Park

 

Reader’s Trail
The Davenport Public Library and the Davenport Parks and Recreation have joined forces to provide Reader’s Trail for the second year! This program would not be possible without funding from the Bi-State Literacy Council. Visit any of the three locations to read a story while taking in the beautiful views of Davenport. Each location has a different story, visit all locations and make sure to tag the Davenport Public Library on social media. 
Locations: Prairie Heights, Lindsay Park & Fejervary Learning Center


RIVERFRONT EVENTS
Music on the River
The Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission and Regional Development Authority
Along with the Max D. Petersen Memorial Trust Fund

Celebrate local musical talent from the shore of the Mississippi River!
All concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Sunday, 6/6 | Crooked Cactus Band 
Sunday, 6/13 | Josh Duffee & His Orchestra 
Sunday, 6/20 | The RiverCity 6 
Sunday, 6/27 | Ken Paulsen Quartet 
Saturday, 7/3 | Identity Crisis (begins at 6 p.m. -part of Red, White and Boom event) 
Sunday, 7/18 | Orion Community Band 
Sunday, 8/15 | Big River Brass Band 
Wednesday, 8/25 | Central High School Marching Band 
Sunday, 8/29 | Panic River Band 
Location: Le Claire Park at Petersen Pavilion

Mercado en el Rio

Mercado en el Rio (Mercado on the River) hosts vibrant markets every second Saturday evening in the summer in Quinlan Court along the banks of the Mississippi River. The family-friendly events feature food trucks, mobile boutiques and retail vendors, children's activities, and live music and entertainment.
Saturdays, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14 | 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Quinlan Court (River Drive and Brady Street)


Quad City Empowerment Open Air Market 
The QC Empowerment Network's "Open Air Market" looks to make real change for Black owned businesses! This monthly event aims to create connections for business owners. Our commitment is to help Black business owners move forward and encourage everyone to support, in their own way. Whether you're a Black business owner or a shopper looking for Black-owned businesses to support - at the QC Empowerment Open Air Market - you're in the right place! 
Sunday, 6/27, 7/25, 8/29, 9/26 | 4 p.m. -7 p.m. 
Location: Quinlan Court (River Drive and Brady Street)

Red, White & Boom!
Celebrate America’s birthday and see the largest fireworks display in the Quad Cities shot from two barges in the middle of the Mississippi River! The band, Identity Crisis will take the stage for a performance at 6 p.m.
For more information visit: redwhiteandboomqc.org
Satur
day, 7/3 | 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.  *Fireworks begin 9:30 p.m.*
Location: Various spaces along the river front

Movie on the Mississippi
Free, family entertainment with the Mighty Mississippi as our backdrop!  So, grab your kids and a blanket and join us for some food and a free movie with a breathtaking riverfront view!
Friday, 8/6 | 7 p.m. 
Location: Quinlan Court (River Drive and Brady Street)