DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 18, 2021) — Quad-City Times Bix7 festivities draw one of the largest crowds to the Quad Cities annually, and now the Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is introducing a new event model to capture its thousands of attendees to immerse them in the downtown experience July 23-24. The traditional Street Fest model featuring traveling vendors is being replaced with a local focus. New this year, Bix Block Parties will celebrate the neighborhood with multiple blocks of events programmed by adjacent business owners throughout downtown. DDP will provide businesses assistance with funding, marketing, and coordination.
“After years of successful placemaking efforts, downtown has reached a point where DDP no longer needs to host its own event on 2nd Street to fill the downtown during Bix7 weekend,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, DDP. This Bix7 weekend, we want Quad Citizens to come and spend local, attend block party events, and experience the restaurants, bars, and retailers of our downtown neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the people, places, and local flavor that make us who we are as we lift up small businesses who need our support.”
In addition, DDP organizers for the Alternating Currents Festival have announced the music, film, comedy, and art experience will return August 19-22, 2021. The festival is located throughout the Quad Cities, including Downtown Davenport, where you’ll find dozens of restaurants, shops, bars, and more beyond its official venues.
Organizers are now accepting 2021 Alternating Currents Film Festival submissions. Early bird deadline is April 5 with final entries due no later than June 1. Selection notifications will be made June 30, 2021.
DDP will continue to embrace recommended COVID-19 protocols this summer and pivot festival planning as needed as health and safety precautions evolve in 2021.
About the Downtown Davenport Partnership
The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a non-profit affiliate of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, provides place-management services for downtown's business-improvement district (SSMID) with a focus on three pillars: Business and Economic Growth, Infrastructure and Livability, and Advocacy and Promotion.