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The District, Inc. is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization part of the Downtown Rock Island Partnership that is dedicated to creating community through events. We organize many of the premier events in the Quad Cities designed for not only the people of Rock Island but also the surrounding communities. These events receive very high exposure to the public and are well-attended.

2018 Vending Opportunities

Plaza Picnic

PLAZA PICNIC: MAY 26

 

The Great River Plaza block on Second Avenue is transformed into a backyard picnic with live music, food vendors and fun outdoor games.

 

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Gumbo

GUMBO YA YA: JUNE 9

 

Illinois’ longest running Mardi Gras themed event. 26 years of bringing a street party of Creole, Zydeco, jazz and blues music to the Great River Plaza stage!

 

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bus platter

QC LOCAL FEST: JUNE 30

 

Featuring regional artisans, crafts, food vendors and area musicians, this event is brand new and looks to make a name for the QC.

 

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FestivAle

RIVER’S EDGE HOMEBREW FESTIVALE: JULY 14

 

This one-of-a-kind event has been proudly featuring over 12 home-brewing clubs and more than 50 beers to sample. This opportunity is reserved for self-contained food trucks only.

 

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YaMaka

YA MAKA MY WEEKEND: AUGUST 11

 

Downtown Rock Island’s longest running event is celebrating 27 years in 2018! The Caribbean themed festival brings the sand,sun and fun with reggae and Afro-Caribbean vibes.

 

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IMG_1705

SEPTEMBER STAYCATION: SEPTEMBER 22

 

An all new family-friendly event to encourage Rock Islanders to get out and enjoy their local hometown favorites with fall festive activities.

 

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Contact

For more information about each event please contact Erik Reader, Executive Director, at ereader@growthcorp.org or (309) 948-2008 with any additional questions.