July Events Guide | In & Around the Quad Cities

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Now that we’ve adjusted to the warmer temperatures and chaos of lackadaisical schedules, summertime is in full swing in the Quad Cities! Local pools and splash pads are always a go-to spot, summer camps still have openings, and hopefully, you still have some sanity left because there is still a ton of summer to explore!

Quad Cities has so many family-friendly events going on in the month of July to keep you and your family busy. Check out QC Moms Community Calendar for the full month of events, and don’t forget to plan for Summer Festivals as well!


Independence Day Events

Red White & Boom – July 3rd @ Mississippi Riverfront (Davenport & Rock Island)
4th of July Festival – July 4th @ Bettendorf
Local towns with parades and fireworks


Registration Required Events

While we do our best to update links prior to publishing, please click the links below to make sure registration is still open and/or not full for the following events:

July 1
Stories @ Main
Teen Escape Room: Summon the Dragon

July 2
Scrapbooking

July 5
Toddler Storytime
Painted Tote Bags
Campfire Tales

July 6
Sunshine and Stories
Friendship is Magic!
Kids Krafternoon – Flying Birds

Paracord Bracelets
Bigfoot Silhouettes
Teen DIY: Five Nights at Freddy’s Pizza Cookies
Coding Camp

July 7
Teen Sketch & Turtles
Teen DIY: Mushroom Glass Painting
Big/Little Book Club
Wine & Art – First Impressions: John Leslie Breck

July 8
Stories @ Main

July 9
Wags and Wisdom

July 11
Mission to Mars
Teen Camp Brunch: Bats!
Ready, Set, STEAM! – Puffy Slime

Summer Craft Camp
Teen Anime Club

July 12
July Southwest Craft – Take n Make 
Mission to Mars
Toddler Storytime
Campfire Tales

July 13
Mission to Mars
Sunshine and Stories
Friendship is Magic!
Beyond the Beaten Path with Wild Turtles of Iowa: Wapsi Center Kids Workshop
Coding Camp

July 14
Story and a Craft
Creativity Lab with The Figge
Kids Bingo

July 15
Stories @ Main
Indigo Tie-Dye

July 16
Paper Quilling Class

July 18
Summer Craft Camp
Pyrography Gel: A Wood Burning Technique
Teen Anime Club
Family Trivia Night

July 19
Toddler Storytime
Bear Outfitters: No-Sew Teddy Bear Camp Outfits
Teen DIY: Bookbinding
Campfire Tales

July 20
Sunshine and Stories
English/Spanish Bi-Lingual Storytime
Friendship is Magic!
Coding Camp

July 21
Story and a Craft
Recycled Raingutter Regatta
Teen DIY: Hemp Necklaces
Family Interactive Movie

July 22
Stories @ Main

July 23
Smores Cookie Decoration Challenge

July 25
Summer Craft Camp
Teen Anime Club

July 26
Toddler Storytime
Bigfoot Silhouettes

July 27
Sunshine and Stories
Friendship is Magic!
Tremendous Turtles: Nahant Marsh Kids Workshop
Painted Tote Bags
Coding Camp
Creation Studio Tool Training: 3D Pens

July 28
Collage Art with Michael Albert [Kids]
Collage Art with Michael Albert [Teens/Adults]

July 29
Stories @ Main
Teen Escape Room: Summon the Dragon

July 30
Adult Paint Class
End of Summer Pool Party

July 31
Paint and Sip: Summer Pineapple


Community Events

– Summer Concerts –
Starlight Revue Concert Series – every Tuesday evening @ Lincoln Park Bandshell
Bass Street Landing Summer Concert Series – every Thursday evening @ Bass Street Landing

Davenport Riverpalooza Concert Series – every Thursday evening @ Quinlan Court
Bettendorf Park Band Summer Concert – every Friday evening @ Veterans Memorial Park
Music on the River w/ BIX Jazz Fest Preview – July 10th @ LeClaire Park
Music on the River w/ Orion Community Band – July 17th @ LeClaire Park

– Movies in the Park –
The Mighty Ducks 
– July 8th @ Browning Park
Encanto – July 15th @ Hodge Park

– Aquatic Centers –
Riverside Family Aquatic Center:
Waterful Wednesdays (see calendar for themes)
Military Day | July 4 | FREE with ID | 12:00p – 5:00p
Family Discount Days | July 11, 18, 25 | $2.00 | 5:30p – 8:00p
Doggie Dunk | July 31 | $10 for one dog and one owner | 12:00p – 4:00p

Fejervary Aquatic Center
Wednesdays | BOGO Day | all-day
4th of July Celebration | July 4 | $10 per family (maximum of 5 people per family) | 1:00p – 7:00p

Annie Wittenmyer Aquatic Center
Thursdays | BOGO Day | all-day

Splash Landing Aquatic Center
Summer Bash | July 21 | $5 | 6:00p – 8:00p
Teen Night | July 21 | $3 | 8:30p – 10:00p

– Theatre Performances –
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure – July 1st & 2nd @ Circa 21 | $9.50 | 9:30a
Sophocles: Electra – July 2,3,9,10 @ Lincoln Park | FREE | 7:00p
The Descendants: The Musical – @ Spotlight Theatre | July 22nd @ 7:00p & July 23rd @ 2:00p and 7:00p | $10


Month-Long Events

July Coloring Contest: Starting July 1st, pick up a coloring page, color, and submit by July 30th for a chance to win! All ages kids-adult are welcome to participate. Choose from 3 designs, all available at SCLS branches. Submit in person or via email to [email protected] Remember to include your first and last name, phone number, age, and home library.

Figge Art Museum: Thanks to the generous support of Cal and Jill Werner, the Figge Art Museum will offer FREE admission during the month of July. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the current exhibitions on view including John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist. Check out all the happenings including Big Picture in the House free program every Wednesday, special programming for Thursdays at the Figge, art classes, camps, and more!

4th Annual Sunflower Days at Pride of the Wapsi | July 2022: Approximately July 16th – 31st. Music, Food, Entertainment, & More

River City Bandits Schedule


Summer / Independence Day Themed Crafts

Below are links to a few summer and Independence Day-themed crafts and coloring pages. They are a great way to entertain the kids when it’s too hot out or you just don’t feel like taking them anywhere or doing too much entertaining. They are also a great trick to keep kids busy while they wait for fireworks to start!


As always, please let us know if we missed anything so we can add it and everyone can enjoy it!

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