Alternating Currents (AC) is expanding this year with an official kickoff to the music, film, comedy and art festival set for Thursday, Aug. 19, in Downtown Rock Island!
Staying true to the rich history of arts and entertainment in Downtown Rock Island, the diverse lineup features FREE events for every AC festivalgoer at eight different venues.
Programming includes new mural unveilings, a meet & greet with Illinois film industry leaders, hip-hop & indie rock performances, youth literary readings, burlesque, comedy and more! Take advantage of free public parking (www.rigov.org/747/Parking
), and enjoy complimentary pedicab rides to participating venues throughout the evening!
Plan your experience:
𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐔𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠: 4:15-5 p.m. at 313 20th St.
𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐭. 𝐀𝐌𝐈 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞: 5-7 p.m. | 8-10 p.m. at The Spot, 1611 2nd Ave.
𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐈𝐋 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞/𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐠𝐨 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥𝐬: 5-7 p.m. at Holiday Inn Rock Island – Quad Cities, 226 17th St.
𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐨𝐧𝐤 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭 | 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Quad City Arts, 1715 2nd Ave.
𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐀𝐓𝐋𝐀𝐒 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐲 + 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 +𝐃𝐉 𝐬𝐞𝐭: 6:30-11:45 p.m. at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave.
𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜: 8-9 p.m. at Daiquiri Factory, 1809 2nd Ave.
𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐲 𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐪𝐮𝐞 & 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐲 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰: 8-10 p.m. at The Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐫 & 𝐉𝐚𝐲𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐝: 8:30-10 p.m. at Rock Island Brewing Co. (RIBCO), 1815 2nd Ave.
Beginning with concessions at 6 p.m., Rock Island Parks and Recreation is also hosting its weekly Thursday Night Groove Concert Series at Schwiebert Riverfront Park.
These events are part of the Alternating Currents Festival. 100+ performances, film screenings and art-related events for FREE at more than 30 Quad Cities venues from Aug. 19-22.
Alternating Currents 2021 is organized by the Downtown Davenport Partnership and presenting sponsors GreenState Credit Union and Regional Development Authority.
The Alternating Currents Festival looks forward to hosting an entertaining and safe event in the Quad Cities. We are closely monitoring current CDC guidelines and local health department information regarding the status of COVID-19 in the region. As in any public place where people are present, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19.
We encourage attendees to wear masks indoors in all public areas and participate in festival activities that fit your level of comfort. Each individual establishment will determine the COVID-19 guidelines for its business. For a full list of venue guidelines, please visit www.alternatingcurrents.com
For more information about current mask guidelines and the spread of COVID-19, please refer to the Center for Disease Control or the Scott and Rock Island County Health Departments.