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Over 40 events kick off East West Riverfest 2013

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Press release submitted by Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Over 40 Events Kick Off the First Weekend of East West Riverfest 2013!

Quad Cities – During the Quad Cities' East West Riverfest, September 6 - 22, visitors and residents will be attending some 397 events taking place at venues across the region.

This weekend marks the beginning of 17 days of celebrating arts, culture, heritage and the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. Over 40 events will ring in the celebration as East West Riverfest officially kicks into gear this weekend. Check out for a complete schedule of events taking place through September 22.

Visitation to the East West Riverfest website continues to rise as locals and visitors seek out information on event schedules and activities taking place during the 17-day celebration. The City of Chicago is topping the website visitation for visitors interested in attending the celebration. Currently, about 63% of the visitation to the website is coming from outside the Quad Cities region with the remaining 37% being local traffic.
"This weekend features outstanding music, fun-filled tours, wonderful exhibits and special events that are sure to offer something for everyone," said Charlotte Doehler-Morrison, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. "East West Riverfest highlights and celebrates the rich arts, cultural, and heritage offerings of our region, and this year's celebration promises to wow everyone with 397 events taking place over 17-days. If you can't find something to do, then you're really not looking."

Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8
 A Night Of Illusions Speakeasy, Rock Island(Friday)
 First Friday LeClaire, Iowa (Friday)
 Friday Live at 5 Featuring The Curtis Hawkins Band River Music Experience, Davenport (Friday)
 Great River Writers Retreat Reading Midwest Writing Center, Davenport (Friday)
 Gretchen Peters River Music Experience, Davenport (Friday)
 Loving Kindness Tour Buddha Relic Opening Ceremony Figge Art Museum, Davenport (Friday)
 Neither Reason Nor Apology Morrissery Gallery Galvin Fine Arts Center, Davenport (Friday)
 Opening Reception for Merican-Tastic II: The Son of Tastic Quad City Arts, Rock Island (Friday)
 Rock Island Lines with Roald Tweet on WVIK 90.3 FM (Friday)
 Rolling River Storytimes Rock Island Main Library, Rock Island(Friday)
 SAU Music Department Casual Classics Series Galvin Fine Arts Center, Davenport (Friday)
 Atkinson-Peek House Tours Rock Island County Historical Society, Moline (Friday & Saturday)
 ComedySportz The Establishment Theatre, Rock Island (Friday & Saturday)
 Expressions of Cancer Journey Unity Point Health – Trinity, Moline (Friday & Saturday)
 Merican-Tastic II: The Son of Tastic Quad City Arts, Rock Island (Friday & Saturday)
 Narrated Lunch Cruise Celebration Belle, Moline (Friday & Saturday)
 Preschool Story Time Fairmount Branch Library, Davenport (Friday & Saturday)
 Rock Island Arsenal Museum Rock Island Arsenal (Friday & Saturday)
 The Loop Riverfront Circulator Bus (Friday & Saturday)
 Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House Tours Mansions in Moline(Saturday)
 Dress Up and Dance: Country Hoedown River Music Experience, Davenport (Saturday)
 Evening Campfire and Bluegrass Music Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island (Saturday)
 Narrated Sightseeing Cruise Celebration Belle, Moline (Saturday)
 Phil Dickson Book Signing Rock Island County Historical Society, Moline (Saturday)
 QCA Heritage Tractor Parade and Show John Deere Pavilion, Moline (Saturday)
 Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops Concert LeClaire Park, Davenport(Saturday)
 River Prairie Minstrels River Music Experience, Davenport (Saturday)
 RME Guitar Circle River Music Experience, Davenport (Saturday)
 Sew What? Eastern Avenue Branch Library, Davenport (Saturday)
 The Blacklist presents "Shots 'n Giggles!" The Speakeasy, Rock Island (Saturday)
 Beaux Arts Fair Figge Art Museum, Davenport (Saturday & Sunday)
 Loving Kindness Tour Buddha Relic Exhibit Figge Art Museum, Davenport (Saturday & Sunday)
 Music & Art at Creekside Vineyards Creekside Vineyards, Coal Valley (Saturday & Sunday)
 The Mildred Fish Harnack Story Film Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf (Saturday & Sunday)
 Explore the Prairie Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island (Sunday)
 MarchFourth Marching Band River Music Experience, Davenport (Sunday)
 Music at Hereford Park Hereford Park, East Moline (Sunday)
 Pet Memorial Day Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport (Sunday)
 Trinity Lutheran Church Centennial Celebration Fall Festival Moline (Sunday)
 BJ and Mabel Palmer Residence Tours Palmer College of Chiropractic Campus, Davenport (All weekend)
 Captain's Dinner and Dance Cruise Celebration Belle, Moline (All weekend)
 Colonel Davenport House Tours Rock Island Arsenal Island (All weekend)
 Dinosaurs to Diamonds and Fluorescent Minerals to Fossils Fryxell Geology Museum Augustana College, Rock Island (All weekend)
 Channel Cat Water Taxi (All weekend)
 Family Museum Bettendorf (All weekend)
 How I Learned to Drive QC Theatre Workshop, Davenport (All weekend)
 Let's Face the Music The District Theatre, Rock Island (All weekend)
 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service Figge Art Museum, Davenport (All weekend)
 Southern Crossroads Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, Rock Island (All weekend)
 Stay at Hotel Blackhawk Davenport (All weekend)
To view a full event guide or to search the calendar of events visit
Sponsors of East West Riverfest: Deere & Company, City of Davenport, City of Moline, The Sedona Group and Modern Woodmen. Funding for East West Riverfest was made possible through grants received from: the Riverboat Development Authority, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Humanities Council, and support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Local Media Sponsors are: WQAD News Channel 8, Dispatch/Argus, KWQC-TV6, Quad City Times, WHBF CBS-4, Clear Channel Radio Group, OnMedia, Cumulus Radio Group.

East West Riverfest was created through the formation of Experience Quad Cities. Under the guidance of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, Experience Quad Cities was formed in 2010. This grassroots, volunteer effort is managed by a volunteer advisory board coordinating the time, talent and offerings of more than 60 local arts, cultural and heritage organizations in order to collectively attract additional visitors, build audiences, and reinforce its mission with local supporters.

The Experience Quad Cities mission is to improve the quality of life in the Quad Cities region by recognizing the importance of arts, cultural and heritage organizations; providing joint resources and programs that individual organizations could not produce; promoting cooperation among groups to expand their reach beyond a local market; and building the Quad Cities economy with economic development strategies and resources featuring the area's strong arts, cultural, and heritage base.

"The arts, culture and heritage communities agreed that working together was preferable to working separately," said Joe Taylor, President/CEO, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau and Advisory Board Chair of Experience Quad Cities. "By jointly marketing a series of existing activities, we are able to increase tourism, to develop audiences and to build awareness of the arts for these organizations."

As the largest metropolitan area on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Louis, the Quad Cities is within a day's drive of several metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Peoria, St. Louis, Des Moines, Iowa City, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis, and easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.