DAVENPORT, IOWA (October 14, 2022) — A new event in a newly-created space is coming to downtown Davenport. German Fest will be held 6–10PM, Friday, October 14, 2022, in Kaiserslautern Square (K-Square), 119 E 3rd St. The event is co-produced by the German American Heritage Center (GAHC) and Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP).

The free event will feature a variety of traditional Octoberfest activities including music, food and beer. Performing at the event will be the Dirndolls, a seven-piece Alpine folk band from Chicago made up of people of marginalized genders.

“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,” said Jason Gilliliand, Event Director for DDP.

With the strong history of German culture in the QC, it seemed the perfect opportunity to create a new event in K-Square, named for Davenport’s sister city Kaiserslautern, Germany.

“The rich German traditions around food, drink, and music are a wonderful way to celebrate culture and have fun in our community,” said Kelly Lao, Executive Director of the GAHC.

Full details are available at downtowndavenport.com.

About Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP):

DDP, an affiliate of Quad Cities Chamber, provides place-management services for downtown Davenport’s business-improvement district (Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, or SSMID). Its focus encompasses three pillars of work: Business and economic growth, infrastructure and livability, and advocacy and promotion.

About German American Heritage Center:

The German American Heritage Center is a museum sharing stories of German immigration and their impact on American culture. Located in a restored, historic 1871 Gast Haus, the center is one of six immigrant hotels left in the nation. More information on programs and visiting can be found at gahc.org.

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