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 1. East Village blooms 

The fifth annual Village in Bloom: A Festival of the Arts, held in honor of artists Isabel and John Bloom, returns to the Village of East Davenport this weekend. At the free festival, expect concerts, puppet shows, art projects and exhibits as well as performances happening on outdoor stages. For more information, visit

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Village of East Davenport. Free

2. Monster truck take-over 

Fans of Monster Jam have two shots to see the action this weekend at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. The high-octane motor-sports event features trucks such as Grave Digger, Max-D and Zombie performing jumps, races and crashes. For tickets, visit the iWireless Center Box Office, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit

7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, iWireless Center, $18-48

3. Gallery hopping

The Spring Gallery Hop! is taking over downtown Rock Island this weekend. During the art-themed open house-style event, artists will display their work at a variety of venues in The District. Happening during the new "What's Up in Downtown Rock Island" weekend, which is coordinated by the Downtown Rock Island Partnership, 2nd Street will be filled with jewelry, photography, woodworking, paintings, drawings, book signings and more. 

6-10 p.m. Friday, downtown Rock Island. Free

4. Music at Augustana College

Augustana College is hosting the third annual SloughFest, a music festival on the campus' lower quad, 639 38th St., Rock Island. The fest features performances by Jake, East$ide Ave, 3JAC, the Strive, Bryce Fox, Sahar Habibi and Marc E. Bassy as well as performances from students. For more information, visit

4 p.m. Saturday, Augustana College. Free

5. All things literature

The Rock Island Lit Fest, the inaugural two-day celebration of literature in the Quad-Cities, kicks off this weekend. The fest includes a Lit Crawl, featuring readings from area poets and writers at venues such as Blue Cat Brew Pub and Rozz-Tox, as well as a book fair, panel discussions and readings. For more information about the free event, visit

6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, venues in Rock Island. Free

6. Rock at Daytrotter 

You don't need to look too far beyond the title of Beach Slang's latest album, "A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings," to know what to expect at the heavy rock group's show this week at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. Openers include Harsh Times, a Davenport rock group, and Starry Nights, of Iowa City. For tickets, visit

7 p.m. Friday, Daytrotter, $12 

7. Bikes and brews

Tour de Brew QC, a bicycle ride along the Mississippi River with stops at area breweries and pubs, is back for its fourth year. The 35-mile ride begins and ends at Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island, with stops at The Mound, Bleyart's, The Edge Eatery and Drinkatorium and Bent River Brewery Co. Stick around after the ride for a concert at RIBCO. For more information and to register, visit

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, RIBCO, $40 

8. Craft Beer Week 

Speaking of brews, it's Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week, a seven-day celebration of local breweries. Festivities include a home brewing demo, special tappings and beer wars at establishments such as O'Keefe's Irish Pub, Sippi's Restaurant, Radicle Effect Brewerks, Baked Beer and Bread Co. and Rock Island Brewing Company. For a day-by-day lineup, visit

Monday-Sunday, various Quad-City venues. Free

9. 'Ghost Light' performance

The final performance event attached to "Ghost Light: Jefferson Pinder," the exhibit on display now at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, is slated for Friday. Pinder created an installation that will serve as the setting for a conversation about the 1970s race riot at Rock Island High School. The performance piece, called The Soule Bowl, will feature artist and community activist Gaye Burnett and actress Pamela Couch leading discussions about the riot. For more information, visit

6:30 p.m. Friday, Figge Art Museum. Free

Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).