Another month, another five awesome weekends. This June is so jam-packed with things to do, this post has been made a cliffhanger by necessity.
The weekend kicks off with Streetfest in Davenport starting at 4p.m. on Friday, June 1. Brought to you by QC Pride as the opening event of Pride Week, the two-day fest continues at noon on June 2 and is packed full of entertainment like live music, vendors, games, DJs, and a drag show all hopping until midnight on both days.
Other evening fun includes BirdFest at Daytrotter with music starting at 4p.m. If psychedelic rock isn’t your thing, the Dance to End Alzheimer’s is at the Stardust. Tickets are just $10+fees in advance and $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Association. Get there by 7p.m. and get a free dance lesson from Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Organizers hope to see everyone decked out in purple, the awareness ribbon color of Alzheimer’s, and enjoying the eclectic mix of dance music from classic ballroom to swing to salsa.
On June 2, the Isabel Bloom gallery in Davenport opens at 10a.m. with artist proofs available. Artist proofs are prototypes for additions to the Bloom line. This means that each piece is a one-of-a-kind sculpture, some of which are early versions of sculptures that appear in the official collection. Check out this Bloom stash before it goes to Des Moines.
Also on June 2, fashionistas will dig the Midwest Unexpected Luncheon and Fashion Show at Viva, which will provide some of their delicious tacos from noon to 1:15, with the full event continuing until 4 p.m.
Then, on June 3, Daytrotter has one more special event: Froggy Fresh, who gained fame posting comedic rap videos online, will appear with local mad fellows Art Haus Eviction Notice and Centaur Noir. Get your yayas out before Monday morning.
Indulge in a bit of high culture on June 8 at 7:30p.m. with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro live at St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center. This operatic performance comes courtesy of several area performing arts organizations, including Opera Quad Cities and Opera@Augustana. It’ll be even better than when Bugs Bunny dressed up like Leopold Stokowski to punish that rabbit-hating tenor.
The QC Unity Pride Parade closes out Pride Week in Downtown Davenport on June 9. Celebrate your fellow humans with the parade starting at noon as well as still more festivities hosted by area businesses and non-profits. Crafted QC, for example, is raising funds for Iowa Safe Schools with a make-your-own string arts event from 10a.m. until 6p.m. There’s no registration necessary and the fee is just $20. With materials and instruction provided, that’s a steal.
Then get weird that night at 9p.m. with Figge Underground, part of the museum’s series that pairs art and music squirreled away in the subterranean garage beneath the building. The night’s special musical guests are The Tripp Brothers. All proceeds benefit the Figge’s education and outreach programs. These programs benefit thousands of children – and adults – throughout the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Pick up tix in advance for $15 or pay $20 at the door the night of.
After all that delightful chaos, you may need to realign yourself on Sunday, June 10 with a little health binge at the Hilltop Campus Village Events Center. Brought to you by Greatest Grains, Chloe Nabb will offer an informative presentation about whole food plant-based diets. Learn the basics and the benefits of choosing fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes at meals. Chloe will share her knowledge and answer your questions for just $10 per person.
Once you get your fill of healthy thoughts, head over to the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel will mellow your evening with Austin indie rock Duncan Fellows, joined by Nik Freitas and Miwi La Lupa. See you there!
On June 16, The Figge offers free yoga at 10:30a.m. with a class for adults above the age of 13 (limit 100 participants) and one for children 5-18 years old (limited to 14 participants). That’s not a typo, there is some age overlap. The children’s class will be separate but visible from the adult class, and kids aged 14-18 should attend whichever class they feel most comfortable in.
After yoga, take the family over to the June’s installment of Fejervary Family Fun Days starting at noon. These events include free admission to the Fejervary Learning Center where nature-based play areas entertain and educate your kids. Davenport Parks and Recreation host family activities, a petting zoo, nature crafts, and more.
Don’t forget: June 17 is Fathers Day! Take Pops for a bike ride along the Mississippi with the annual Ride the River. This year’s ride is very special with a for-real island adventure. The route hops river islands from Campbell’s down to Credit Island. Collect stickers at each location to earn a free slice of pizza after the ride at the Ride the River Headquarters in LeClaire Park!
So. Many. Activities. And that's just the first half of the month! Part 2 coming soon.
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