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Festivals | Street Fest 2014

43rd Annual Street Fest  Presented by APAC Customer Services

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Bix 7 Weekend
Downtown Davenport
July 25 & 26, 2014
FREE Admission!
Don’t miss the Quad-Cities Biggest Homecoming Party!

Date & Time
Friday, July 25 2014; 10AM – Midnight
Saturday, July 26 2014; – 9AM – Midnight

Street Fest is located on 2nd Street between Brady & Ripley in the heart of downtown.

What to Expect

TONS of festival food & drinks
Great live music
Firefighters Water Fights
Dozens of Arts & Crafts vendors
Family Fun Area
Video Games Etc. Tournaments
More to be announced!

Band Lineup

Friday, July 25
11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Morgan Williams/Winter Blue Allstars
1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Powell
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Whoozdads
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Night People
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Soul Storm
10:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. – Dirt Road Rockers

Saturday, July 26
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Barstool Boogaloo
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – River City 6
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Machine Gun Willie
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Tailfins
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Cosmic
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Wheelhouse
10:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. – Jason Carl and The Whole Band

Video Games Etc. Tent
Video Games Etc. is hosting various tournaments all weekend.  It will start at noon on Friday and run until 10PM Saturday.   Here’s your chance to show off your gaming skills AND win cool prizes!

Family Fun Area
The Family Fun Area is located in the grass in front of the Ground Transportation Center between Ripley and Harrison Streets on 2nd St.

Friday – Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thank you to our Family Area sponsors Davenport Parks & Recreation and Happy Joe’s!k!

Firefighter Water Fights

This year’s festival will feature the 3rd Annual Firefighter Water Fights.  Fire fighters will compete for cash prizes, bragging rights, and trophies! Registration runs from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. The women’s division starts at noon and the men’s division is scheduled to follow!

Volunteer Form
Interested in volunteering for Street Fest or River Roots Live? Each year, the Downtown Davenport Partnership needs help from hundreds of volunteers to make sure our summer festivals are fun for everyone.  If interested, please fill out the form online.

Street Fest Vendors – 2014
Would you like to be a vendor at Street Fest in 2014? Select one of the following links for a vendor contract.

*Before submitting via email, please be sure to SAVE the completed contract to your computer, then submit!*

Art & Craft Vendor Contract
Commercial Vendor Contract
Food Vendor Contract
 Non-Profit Vendor Contract
Roaming Vendor Contract
Specialty Food Vendor Contract


Contact Information
For questions related to Street Fest, please email our Event Director, Jason Gilliland, at jgilliland@quadcitieschamber.com or call 563-823-2681.  Street Fest is produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from Street Fest go to support economic development efforts downtown.


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