Hosted by the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and returning to the Village of East Davenport, an eagerly anticipated Memorial Day tradition returns for its 56th year in the Quad Cities Kwik Star Criterium – a May 29 event featuring hundreds of adult and youth cyclists from across the U.S., Canada, and Europe participating in a dozen bicycle races, with thousands of dollars in cash prizes awarded throughout the day.

Admired for his half-hour comedy special on season three of The Standups that's currently streaming on Netflix, Los Angeles-based comedian Brian Simpson brings his national tour to Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room on May 26, the hilariously uncensored standup having recently made his television debut on Comedy Central's Lights Out with David Spade.

Delivering the story of an America that no longer exists and one of the most challenging extended periods in American history, John Donald O'Shea will host the in-person program Memories of the Great Depression at the Moline Public Library on May 25, the presenter and familiar area-theatre participant the author of two Memories of the Great Depression books on his subject: A Time Forgotten and A Time Remembered.

Inviting audiences on a journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, and fear to wonder, anticipation, tears, and sentimentality, internationally touring illusionist Mike Super brings his stage spectacular Magic & Illusion 2.OH to Moline's Vibrant Arena at the Mark on May 19, the gifted performer from Penn & Teller: Fool Us still the only prestidigitator in U.S. history to win a live magic competition on prime-time network television.

If you're a parent of young children, you're no doubt familiar with the magical world of the TV puppy Bluey, and on May 20, the Davenport Public Library's Fairmount Street Branch will celebrate the pooch and his pals in the Bluey Party!, with games, crafts, snacks, book recommendations, and a "flossing dance party" taking place in advance of the forthcoming Bluey's Big Play touring event at Davenport;s Adler Theatre.

An eagerly awaited virtual conversation between an Emmy-nominated Queer Eye star and an Olympic gold medalist, On Being Fabulous with Jonathan Van Ness and his idol Kristi Yamaguchi will be presented on May 17 by the Rock Island and Moline Public Libraries, an event in which the talk will turn toward "figure skating, fabulous style, and whatever else comes up."

On May 18, the accomplishments of a pair of notable women from the world of science will be explored in a live presentation at the Moline Public Library, with touring storyteller and historic reenactor Lynn Rymarz, in period attire, telling the tales of Marie Curie and Ottawa, Illinoisn native Margaret "Peg" Looney.

Mixing true stories with doses of famed wit and wisdom by one of history's most revered authors, acclaimed storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis steps into the Bettendorf Public Library on May 18 to regale his audience with the live performance piece Steam Boatin' Down the River with Mark Twain, a delightful presentation in the library's monthly Community Connections series.

Presented on May 18 as part of the Davenport Public Library's 3rd Thursday at Hoover's Presidential Library & Museum series, the live virtual program Hoover & Criminal Justice Reform will find University of Texas at Austin professor Dr. James Calder speaking on historic accomplishments such as the former president's establishment of a hospital for defective delinquents, as well as his creation of the Unites States Parole Board.

An eagerly awaited springtime touring event rides, jumps, and spins into the Vibrant Arena at the MARK on May 6 as the Moline venue hosts Monster Jam 2023, the amphitheater event that brings a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills, donuts, and freestyle competitions.