1. Riverssance's 30th year
Riverssance, Quad-City's premier fine arts festival, is celebrating its 30th year this weekend. Festivities include fine arts vendors, live music, wine tastings, a children's art tent and gourmet food on Saturday and Sunday in Lindsay Park in the Village of East Davenport. Admission costs $4 for one day or $6 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under get in free.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Lindsay Park, $4 for one day and $6 for two-day pass
2. Nathan Carter at the Adler
Irish crooner Nathan Carter is slated to bring his guitar, piano and accordion chops to the Adler Theatre stage this weekend. Carter, a 26-year-old native of Liverpool, has topped the charts in Ireland in the Country and Irish genre. He's currently on his debut North American tour, performing with his Irish backing band, playing a mix of songs such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” plus classic country favorites and Irish folk songs. Tickets, $45, $55, $65, $75, are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.
3 p.m. Sunday, Adler Theatre, $45-$75
3. Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Staying on the Irish theme, the Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad-Cities returns this weekend featuring live Celtic music, the Highland Dance Competition, the traditional Highland athletics competition, a petting zoo and family activities tent and more. The free festival is set for Friday and Saturday at Centennial Park, Davenport. For more info, visit celtichighlandgames.org.
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Centennial Park. Free
4. Codfish Hollow show
Codfish Hollow's short season of shows is winding down. J Roddy Walston and The Business headline this Thursday night show at the barn/venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. Sleepwalkers and other special guests will open up the concert. Following that, only six shows remain on the calendar this year at Codfish Hollow and four of those are sold out. For more info, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.
8 p.m. Thursday, Codfish Hollow, $20
Looking to jump back to the ’80s? The Hilltop Campus Village is hosting RetroFest, a free one-day festival featuring food and drinks, live music and 1980s car show. At dusk, stay for an outdoor screening of "Back to the Future" on an outdoor screen at Hilltop Plaza, 1423 N. Harrison St., Davenport.
2 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Hilltop Plaza. Free
6. Brew Ha Ha
Whether you fancy a porter or an ale, you can sample it all at Brew Ha Ha, a beer tasting event presented by the Jaycees of the Quad-Cities. Taste a variety of beer from more than 20 local and regional breweries, such as Front Street Brewery, Iron Spike Brewing Co., Iowa Brewing Co., Green Tree Brewery and Baked Beer and Bread Co. Festivities also include live music and food vendors on Saturday at LeClaire Park, 400 Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport. For advance tickets, visit jayceesqc.org/brewhaha. Proceeds from Brew Ha Ha support local charities and community impact projects.
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, LeClaire Park, $30 in advance and $35 at the gate
7. An evening with Wishbone Ash
See rock band Wishbone Ash this week at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. The band, currently on its "Tough and Tender Tour," has been around since 1969 and has recorded 20 albums. Hear a sample of the group's tunes this week. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Redstone Room, $20 in advance and $25 day of show
8. Jazz workshop and series
The Polyrhythms' monthly jazz workshop and matinee series is back this weekend with a featured concert from Grace Kelly, a saxophonist, singer and composer. A Jazz Demystifying Workshop begins at 3 p.m., and the concert starts at 6 p.m. at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. The workshop is free for kids and costs $5 for adults. The concert costs $10.
3 p.m. Sunday, Redstone Room, $5 for workshop and $10 for concert
9. Free tunes at Schwiebert Riverfront Park
Rock Island Parks and Recreation's Thursday Night Groove Series continues this week with a free outdoor concert from Minus Six, a pop rock group, at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 100 17th St., Rock Island. A beer garden and Happy Joe's pizza will be available at 6 p.m. plus dance lessons at 6:30 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. For more info, visit rigov.org.
6 p.m. Thursday, Schwiebert Riverfront Park. Free