October means two things: Halloween and Octoberfest celebrations and there are a few coming to the Quad Cities.


First up is downtown Davenport's new celebration called German Fest which will be hosted by the Downtown Davenport Partnership and the German American Heritage Center and Museum. It will be on October 14th from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at Kaiserslautern Square (119 E. 3rd St., across from the Adler).

The event is free and is set to feature traditional Octoberfest activities, like music, food, and of course beer. It will even feature a 7-piece Alpine folk band.

Kaiserslautern Square (also called K-Square) is named for Davenport's sister city, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Jason Gilliliand, Event Director for DDP, said in the Facebook event:

We’re excited to host a new event for the QC to enjoy. K-Square provides a perfect venue for an outdoor event in the heart of downtown Davenport.

Rock Island

If you can't make it to that celebration (or just want an additional party), the German American Heritage Center & Museum is hosting Oktoberfest Quad Cities in Rock Island on October 22nd from 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Hauberg Estate.

That event will have food, beer, pretzel tosses for the kids, German trivia, and you can even be named King or Queen of Oktoberfest QC. Admission to Oktoberfest Quad Cities is free from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. After 4:00 is ticketed entry, which you can get on Eventbrite. Tickets are $10 in advance and will be $15 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free.

Wherever you choose to celebrate Oktoberfest, have fun and raise a glass!

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