November Bucket List | In & Around the Quad Cities


As November arrives in the Quad Cities, there’s a sense of anticipation in the crisp autumn air. With its vibrant fall foliage and a hint of holiday spirit, the area offers many activities during this beautiful time of year. From scenic outdoor adventures to cozy indoor escapes, we’ve compiled a November bucket list to help you make the most of this beautiful season in the Quad Cities.

Take a Scenic Riverfront Stroll:

The Mississippi River provides a stunning backdrop for a leisurely walk. Enjoy the changing leaves, crisp air, and picturesque views along the riverfront trails in both Davenport and Rock Island.

See Holiday Lights & Displays:

Holiday lights are one of the best ways to start feeling festive. And we have some great places to check out right here in the Quad Cities! Check out the list here!

Sample Local Brews and Eats:

The Quad Cities’ craft beer scene is booming. Visit local breweries to sample seasonal brews, and don’t forget to pair them with delicious eats from area restaurants.

Attend a Holiday Craft Fair:

Get a head start on your holiday shopping by attending local craft fairs and artisan markets. Find unique, handcrafted gifts at events like the Quad City Arts’ Festival of Trees Craft Show.

Family-Friendly Fun at the Family Museum:

Keep the kids entertained and engaged with a visit to the Family Museum in Bettendorf. This interactive museum offers educational fun for children of all ages.

See the Holiday Train:

The Canadian Pacific holiday train (CPKC) is back starting November 20, 2023, for its 25th year! With several stops around the QCA, you won’t want to miss holiday train!

Cozy Up with a Good Book:

As the temperatures drop, spend some quality time indoors at your local library. Check for book clubs, reading events, and cozy reading spots to enjoy your favorite novels. We’ve put together some must-reads for kids, too!

Catch a Show:

The Quad Cities boast a thriving arts scene. Check out local theaters and performance venues for live shows and concerts. The Adler Theatre in Davenport often hosts top-notch performances. View different events in the area by checking out our calendar!

Give Back to the Community:

Whether you choose to donate or have time to volunteer, the Quad Cities is full of opportunity!

Check out our Indoor Activity Directory:

Dive into this directory to discover a trove of play havens where the coffee is almost always hot, the floors are (usually) not made of lava, and where socks – mysteriously – might find their eternal mate. Welcome to the indoor play zone areas in the Quad Cities area.

November in the Quad Cities is a season of transition, where fall’s vibrant colors gradually give way to the holiday spirit. This November bucket list offers a variety of experiences, from outdoor adventures that celebrate the beauty of the season to indoor escapes that embrace the cozy side of autumn. Take full advantage of the Quad Cities’ unique offerings and maximize this special time of year. Get out there, enjoy the season, and create wonderful memories with your loved ones.

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