BETTENDORF, IOWA (May 2, 2022) — The Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO) presents the free outdoor event Be Downtown, 9:30AM-10PM, Saturday, June 4, 2022, in the lot at 15th and State Streets. This family-friendly event will feature multiple bags tournaments with cash prizes, live outdoor music, food trucks, children’s activities, and more.

The day kicks off at 9:30AM with 1031 Fitness presenting a free 45-minute high-intensity training (HIT) work-out. Afterward, the K&K Family Fun Zone will be set up with bounce-houses, bubble stations, and a hands-on science station by Absolute Science. Verde, a contemporary Mexican restaurant located at The Bridges, will offer food and an outdoor bar for alcohol and other beverage sales. Food trucks will serve food 10:30AM-6PM, including: CC&B Mobile Food BBQ, Here’s the Scoop, Izzy’s Place, and QC Fuel.

Be Downtown will feature three separate bags tournaments at 11AM, 2PM, and 4PM. Each tournament will award $527.22 in cash prizes for first, second, and third places. Participants may sign up for the double-elimination tournaments online in advance at There is no cost to enter. Check-in for each tournament is one hour prior to its start.

Be Downtown is the finale of the 52722 Zip Code Party. Ten cash prizes of $527.22 will be awarded throughout the day.

Beginning at 11AM, live music will be provided in two-hour sets throughout the day by area bands Panic River Band, 10 of Soul, Threat Level Midnight, and national touring band Them Coulee Boys from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Late-night live music will continue at three downtown Bettendorf businesses, including Harley Corin’s, featuring Code 415; Riverside Grille with North of 40; and Purgatory’s Pub, featuring Crooked Catus and Toxic Blonde.

Parking for the event includes on-street parking on State and Grant Streets plus at multiple lots in downtown Bettendorf, including:

  • 15th St and Grant St (TBK Bank building lot) available after 1PM;
  • 18th St and Mississippi St (Asbury Methodist Church lot);
  • 18th St and Grant St (City of Bettendorf lot);
  • Bettendorf City Hall; and
  • Motorcycle parking on 15th St also will be available.

Additional event details can be found at or on the DBO Facebook page. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

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


Be Downtown event line-up:

Saturday, June 4; 9:30AM– 10PM

15th St and State St

9:30AM           Fitness 1031 HIT workout

10:30AM         K&K Family Fun Zone opens, food trucks open

11AM              Bags tournament #1

11AM               Panic River Band

2PM                 Bags tournament #2

2PM                 10 of Soul

4PM                 Bags tournament #3

4:45PM            Threat Level Midnight

7:30PM            Them Coulee Boys

8PM                 Live music @ Harley Corin’s, Riverside Grille, and Purgatory’s Pub

About Downtown Bettendorf Organization:

The Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber, mission is to administer and operate programs for the general improvement and redevelopment of Bettendorf’s Central Business District and to enhance its aesthetic appearance and economic future for the community and citizens of Bettendorf. DBO was founded to provide a unified voice for stakeholders and downtown Bettendorf business owners who are committed to the future of Downtown Bettendorf. #BettonDowntown

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