‘Be Downtown’ on June 5 in Bettendorf includes groups, bags, bites and drinks


the Bettendorf city center organization (DBO) will once again present its “Be Downtown” event from 9:30 am to 10 pm, on Saturday 5 June, in downtown Bettendorf.

Be Downtown will be held on Saturday, June 5 at 15 and State Streets in downtown Bettendorf.

Located in the city parking lot at 15th and State Street, this free, family-friendly event will feature multiple bag tournaments with cash prizes, outdoor music, food and drink vendors, and activities for kids. children and more. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

The day starts at 9:30 am with 1031 Fitness presenting a free 45-minute high-intensity (HIT) workout. Afterwards, the K&K Family Fun Zone will be set up with food trucks, inflatable houses, face painting and other family entertainment provided by the Bettendorf Library.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Capriotti’s vendors, Here’s the Scoop, QC FUEL, and Smokin ‘Butt BBQ. Verde, a new contemporary Mexican restaurant located at The Bridges, will provide food and an outdoor bar for the sale of liquor and other beverages.

The Downtown Bettendorf organization is organizing the free and family-friendly festival.

Be Downtown will feature three separate bag tournaments at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each tournament will award cash prizes for first ($ 300), second ($ 150) and third ($ 50) places. Participants can register online in advance at http://bit.ly/BeDTBags. There is no cost to enter. Registration for each tournament takes place one hour before its start.

Starting at 11 a.m., live music will be provided in two-hour ensembles throughout the day by area bands Been There Done That, Class of ’82, Threat Level Midnight and Rude Punch. Late night live music will continue at two businesses in downtown Bettendorf, including Purgatory’s Pub with Bad Hair and Harley Corrin’s with Daylight Over.

Verde is a new contemporary Mexican restaurant at The Bridges, 1507 State St., Bettendorf.

Parking for the event will be accessible on several lots in downtown Bettendorf, including:

  • 15th St. and Grant St. (TBK Bank building land)
  • 18e St. and Mississippi St. (Asbury Methodist Church lot)
  • 18th St. and Grant St. (city lot of Bettendorf)
  • Bettendorf Town Hall
  • Motorcycle parking at 15e St. will also be available.

Be Downtown is presented by Ascentra Credit Union with additional sponsorship from Smart Lexus of the Quad Cities, Smart Luxury Motors of the Quad Cities, Quad-City Times, Bettendorf Business Network, K&K Hardware, MetroNet and MidAmerican Energy.

Programming of the Be Downtown event:

Saturday June 5; 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

15e St. & State St.

9:30 am Fitness 1031 HIT workout (high intensity workout)
10:30 a.m. K&K Family Fun Zone opens, food vendors start serving until 6:00 p.m.

11 a.m. Bag tournament # 1 (check-in at 10 a.m.)

11 a.m. I was there done that

2 p.m. Bag tournament # 2 (check-in at 1 p.m.)

2 p.m. Class of 82

4 p.m. Bag tournament # 3 (check-in at 3 p.m.)

4:45 p.m. Midnight threat level

7:30 p.m. Rude punch

Late night live music at Purgatory’s Pub (Bad Hair) and Harley Corrin’s (Daylight Over)

Additional details about the event are available at www.downtownbettendorf.org or on the Facebook page of the Bettendorf city center organization.

Jonathan Turner has covered the Quad-Cities art scene for 25 years, first as a reporter for the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, then as a reporter for the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has often been seen on local theater stages, most notably at Bucktown Revue and the Black Box Theater.


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