Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here again and this one is an exciting one in the Quad Cities. According to the forecast as I'm writing this, the rain should mostly have passed (at least until Monday).

With sunshine on the way, there's plenty of activities to do outside this weekend. Here are five that people seem to be most excited about.

 

  • 1

    Floatzilla

    It's one of the biggest events of the year – literally. This year's Floatzilla participants are striving to break the Guinness World Record for largest flotilla of canoes and kayaks. The current record is 1,902.

    It's the perfect way to have fun with the QC community, and get out on the water to get some sun. Registration is still open, and just $25. The fee will not only get you onto the river, but also a t-shirt, decal, safety whistle, free parking and transportation to the river.

  • 2

    Riverfront Pops Concert

    With summer coming to end, you have to take full advantage of any evening with nice weather. And what better way to do that than with live music?

    The Quad City Symphony Orchestra River Pops concert is Saturday night, featuring the music of the Beach Boys. As of today, tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children.

  • 3

    Village of East Davenport Wine Walk

    You made it to the weekend, let's drink! More importantly, let's drink for a good cause! The Village of East Davenport is hosting a Wine Walk this weekend, with proceeds benefitting Gilda's Club.

    Participants can come, donate, receive a commemorative wine glass and sample drinks from all over, including the local homebrewing community.

    The Wine Walk will take place from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday.

  • 4

    Freedom Fest

    East Moline's annual Freedom Fest is back this weekend!  The event strives to bring families of the community together for an evening of fun for everyone.

    There will be a car and bike show, live music, food, shopping and of course, a kids zone. This year, the fest will feature a Pin-up Girl contest, highlighting local girls and all the glamor of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

    The fest starts Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • 5

    Next To Normal

    Next To Normal is one of my favorite stage shows ever, and the Black Box Theatre over in Moline is putting it on this weekend!

    It follows a family navigating through life with a matriarch who is severely depressed. It is definitely for more mature audiences, not so much for kids.

    The show closes Saturday night, the 18th, so it's your last chance to see it! Tickets cost just $16.