1. Get your green on
The countdown is on for the 32nd St. Patrick Society Grand Parade that's set to flood the Quad-City streets with green attire, beads and beer on Saturday. Join thousands of Quad-Citians, including plenty of flashy floats and marching bands, in the country's only bi-state St. Paddy's Day parade. The 2-mile route starts in Rock Island and crosses the Centennial Bridge to downtown Davenport with the post-parade bash planned at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport.
11:30 a.m. Saturday, Starts at the corner of 4th Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island. Free.
2. Best of the Beatles
Fifty years ago, The Beatles released "The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. To celebrate that anniversary, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, a cover band, is set to perform the album in its entirety, including songs such as "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," this week at the Adler Theatre, 136 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.
8 p.m. Friday, Adler Theatre, $32, $40, $48, $56
3. Right here in River City
The Quad-Cities is an appropriate setting for "The Music Man," the musical, which opens with a song called "Rock Island" and includes another tune, "Iowa Stubborn" that mentions Davenport. The Q-C ties will be on display when "The Music Man" opens this week at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave, Rock Island. Shows are set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 5:45 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through May 13. Tickets cost $51.73 for the evening performances, which include a five entree buffet. Wednesday matinee performances, which include a plated-lunch. Cost: $44.94. Tickets are available at the Circa '21 ticket office, by calling 309-786-7733 or at circa21.com.
Opens Wednesday, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, $44.94 or $51.73
4. Irish dance on tap
"Celtic Fire," a night of Irish steps, music and dancers from the casts of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, is set to take over the Alder Theatre stage, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. The show stars Michael Londra, a concert singer who appeared as the lead voice of "Riverdance" on Broadway. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Adler Theatre, $25 and $55
5. Run for the green
Looking for a speedy start to your St. Paddy's weekend festivities? The 35th annual CASI St. Patrick's Day Race, which includes a child-friendly Tot Trot set for 9 a.m., 1-mile fun run set for 9:30 a.m. and 5k race at 10 a.m., returns to downtown Davenport on Saturday. Proceeds go toward the Center for Active Seniors, or CASI. An after-party is planned at the Figge Art Museum's Bechtel Plaza. To register, visit casiseniors.org.
9 a.m. Saturday. Starts at intersection of Main Street and 2nd Street in downtown Davenport, $35.
6. Drive-in season opens
The Blue Grass Drive-In is set to open its 2017 season this weekend. Showings include the soon-to-debut "Beauty and the Beast" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through April 1 at the Blue Grass Drive-In, 774 W Mayne St., Blue Grass, Iowa. Tickets are available online at bgdrive.in.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Blue Grass Drive-In, $4 for kids, $9 for adults
7. An Evening with Albert Cummings
Albert Cummings is bringing blues to Davenport. The Massachusetts-based blues rock guitarist and singer, who started his music career in 1999, will take the stage at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets are available at rivermusicexperience.org.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Redstone Room, $15-17
8. Bob Nanna at Baked
Bob Nanna, a Chicago native, is best known as the singer and guitarist for the bands BRAID and Hey Mercedes. This week, you can see the rock musician perform solo at Baked Beer and Bread Company, 1113 Mound St., Davenport. Advance tickets for the show, presented by Moeller Nights, are available at eventbrite.com.
9 p.m. Sunday, Baked, $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
9. Support the Q-C Celtic Festival
St. Patrick's Day is Friday and you can celebrate with traditional Irish music from Four Shillings Short. Proceeds from the concert will support the 2017 Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad-Cities, set for Sept. 15-16. Advance tickets are available and at rivermusicexperience.org.
7 p.m. Friday, Redstone Room, $20.