BETTENDORF, IOWA (May 3, 2023) — The Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO) announces Be Downtown, a free outdoor event, 11AM-10PM, Saturday, June 3, 2023, at the 15th St Landing (15th St and State St) — presented by Ascentra Credit Union and the Bettendorf Business Network. This family-friendly event will feature live music, food trucks, and multiple bags tournaments, with cash prizes, children’s activities, and more.

Beginning at Noon, live music will be provided in two-hour sets throughout the day by area bands Doug Brundies, Threat Level Midnight, Panic River Band, and Diplomats of Solid Sound. Late-night live music will continue at three downtown Bettendorf businesses — Harley Corin’s, Purgatory’s Pub, and Riverside Grille.

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 12-6PM, including: Quick E’s Tacos, Schaa-Bo’s Korean Fusion, Smokin Goodness BBQ, and Sweet Tooth Snacks.

The K&K Family Fun Zone will run from 12-6PM and have bounce houses, bubble stations, and a hands-on science station by Absolute Science.

New this year at Be Downtown, the DBO will partner with 4 City Cornhole for two to three separate bags tournaments sponsored by Isle Casino Hotel and MidAmerican Energy. Tournaments will be held at 12PM and 3PM, with a possible third tournament beginning at 6PM. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($300), second ($200), and third places ($100). There is no cost to enter. Registration will be on-site one hour prior to each tournament. Players should download the ScoreHolio app and get there early to register.

Be Downtown will feature three separate bags tournaments at Noon, 3PM, and 5PM, sponsored by Isle Casino Hotel and MidAmerican Energy. Cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($300), second ($200), and third places ($100). There is no cost to enter. Check-in for each tournament is one hour prior to its start.

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
  • Former Village Inn parking lot at 1210 State St
  • Motorcycle parking on 15th St 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 and Bettendorf Business Network with additional sponsorship from City of Bettendorf, Isle Casino Hotel, K&K Hardware, Mediacom, MidAmerican Energy, Smart Automotive and Quad-City Times.

Be Downtown event line-up:

Saturday, June 3, 11AM–10PM

15th St and State St

·        11AM — Sign-up for Bags Tournament #1

·        Noon — K&K Family Fun Zone opens, food trucks open

·        Noon — Bags tournament #1

·        Noon — Doug Brundies

·        2PM — Threat Level Midnight/Sign-up for tournament #2

·        3PM Bags tournament #2

·        4PM — Sign-up for tournament #3

·        4:45PM — Panic River Band

·        5PM — Bags tournament #3

·        7:30PM — Diplomats of Solid Sound

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

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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