It’s officially 2017, which means you have 52 fresh weekends to fill with Quad-City fun.
How will you choose where to spend your Friday and Saturday (and, of course, a few weeknights, too)? Cue this list.
When it comes to arts, music, theater and other entertainment to-dos, there’s a lot to look forward to this year. From new winter music festivals to summer staples such as River Roots Live, 2017 is already shaping up to be a fun one.
This list shifts toward the front end of the year, so as the year goes on and announcements come in, be sure to check the Quad-City Times and qctimes.com for more events and entertainment coverage. In the meantime, here are 17 things to do in the Quad-Cities in 2107.
Note: Events are in chronological order.
1. "Ghost The Musical"
Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse is kicking off 2017 with a familiar title. “Ghost the Musical,” based on the 1990s movie starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore is coming to the Rock Island theater. “Ghost” follows a young couple trapped beyond two worlds and songs you didn’t hear in the film. The productions kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 11, and runs through March 11 at Circa '21, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Tickets, $51.73 for the dinner and show option, are available at circa21.com.
2. Celebrate The Putnam
This year marks The Putnam Museum & Science Center’s 150th anniversary. To kick off the big marker, the museum is inviting the public to a free community-wide photo shoot open from noon to 4 p.m. with photographer Tom Styrkowicz. During those times and dates, admission to the museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, will be $1.50. The portraits taken during the free five-minute sessions are planned to be hung on boards in the Putnam’s lobby throughout 2017.
Make the best of those icy cold tempatures with the fifth annual Icestravaganza. The family-friendly event returns on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. Expect interactive ice sculptures, visits from ice princesses, an after-hours tasting event featuring Artisan Grain Distillery and Mississippi River Distillery and Front Street Brewery.
It’s a simple-and-sweet story of boy meets girl told through song. “Once,” kicks off the Adler Theatre’s 2017 season of Broadway at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. The musical follows a Dublin street musician who dreams of making it as a recording artist, but is ready to give up when a young woman takes a sudden interest in his songs. With tunes such as “Falling Slowly” played live on stage, this Tony award winning production will have you walking out with a copy of the soundtrack. Tickets, $38, $48, $58, are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport and by phone at 800-745-3000.
5. Twenty One Pilots
Also on tap this month is a concert from what many have labeled the most successful rock band of 2016. With hits such as “Stressed Out,” “Ride” and “Heathens,” Twenty One Pilots spent a combined 52 weeks of the year topping Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. So far, this is one of the bigger rock shows scheduled at the iWireless Center amid a sea of country music. See the musicians Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, along with special guest Jon Bellion, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Tickets, $39.50 and $49.50, are available at the iWireless Box Office and at Ticketmaster.com.
6. Scrimmage at the Figge
This is where sports and art collide. A new exhibit, called “Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present,” is headed to the Figge Art Museum. It features 78 artworks, dating from the 1850s to 2014, taking on various viewpoints of the game of football. The collection runs from Jan. 21-May 14 at the Figge, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. For more information, visit figgeartmuseum.org.
7. Ellis Kell benefit concert
Following the death of Quad-City music icon Ellis Kell, folks at the River Music Experience, or RME, where Kell worked for 12 years, began planning a way to honor his legacy and support his family. The RME will host the "Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert," from 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Great Hall at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport.
8. Q-C Jantopia
Looking to try out a new cold-weather music festival? The inaugural Q-C Jantopia is slated for Jan. 20-22 at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island and Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. The event, billed as a winter-sibling-series to the summer’s Q-C Junetopia, brings a lineup of 33-plus national and local bands with proceeds going toward King's Harvest Ministries and Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. A one-day pass costs $10 and a three-day pass costs $25. Visitqcjantopia.brownpapertickets.com for advance tickets.
9. Florida Georgia Line
When it comes to country, this arena show is a triple dose of today’s honky-tonk hit-makers. Florida Georgia Line, known for songs such as “H.O.L.Y” and “Cruise,” is teaming up with Chris Lane, known for “Fix” and “For Her,” and Dustin Lynch, who sings “Seein’ Red” and “Mind Reader,” to take the stage starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive., Moline. Tickets, $49.75, $69.75, $75, are available at the iWireless Box Office and at Ticketmaster.com.
10. Love Stories
Just before Valentine’s Day, Ballet Quad-Cities is bringing some heartfelt dances to the stage. As the group celebrates its 20th anniversary season, it’s slated to present “Love Stories,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave., Moline.See choreographer Johanne Jakhelln's popular dance “Chairished” as well as a new ballet featuring ragtime music to honor the community’s musical history. A dessert bar with champagne at intermission is planned along with an “afterglow” after-party at The Planning Center.
11. Leopold and His Fiction
Codfish Hollow Barn starts off its season early with a Valentine’s Day show. Leopold and His Fiction, fronted by Daniel Leopold, who blurs the lines of Motown and rock, is slated to perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, Iowa. On a side note, look out for Codfish Hollow’s second annual music festival, called GARP, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8-9. To keep up with show dates, visit codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.
12. GAS Feed and Seed Festival
Here’s a new music festival, highlighting some under-the-radar acts, to put on your calendar. The inaugural GAS Feed & Seed Festival is set for Feb. 16-18 at two locations in the East Village of Davenport: Baked, 1113 Mound St., and the Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St. The fest, curated by Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller, promises a lineup of 30 musical acts of various genres, including headliners Sir the Baptist, Caveman and Campdogzz. A three-day pass costs $50 and one-day passes cost $35. Tickets and more information are available at moellernights.com.
13. Daytrotter Downs
Daytrotter’s music festival is back for its second year to “celebrate the next batch of pedigree performers.” Daytrotter Downs is set for Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 with a list of more than 20 acts performing simultaneously at Daytrotter’s venue, 324 Brady St., Davenport, and the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. So far, the lineup includes regional and local bands such as Joan Of Arc, Haley Bonar and Gaelynn Lea. A two-day pass costs $55 and a single day pass costs $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit daytrotter.com/liveshows.
14. “Little Shop of Horrors”
From “West Side Story” to “Little Mermaid,” the Quad-City Music Guild’s 2017 season is set to be one of variety. It starts up with the sci-fi smash musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which runs March 30-31 and April 1-2 at Prospect Auditorium, 30th Ave, Moline. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for kids. Call 309-762-6610 or visit qcmusicguild.com for reservations.
15. “I love the ‘90s”
If you, well, love the ‘90s, you’ll want to check this show out. The “I love the ‘90s” tour features performances by the decade’s favorites such as Salt n Pepa, All 4 One, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC. Hear a slew of hits, from “Just A Friend” to “Funky Cold Medina” to “It Takes Two” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Tickets, $45, $55, $65 and $85, are set to go on sale Friday, Jan. 13, at Ticketmaster.com and at the iWireless Box Office.
16. Quad-City Times Bix 7 and Street Fest
It’s never too early to start prepping for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 and the Street Fest that comes with it. The 7-mile race is set for July 29. Just as you can expect plenty of top-notch runners to compete, you can get ready to hear a long list of Quad-City musicians on the sidelines of the course and on the streets of downtown Davenport.
17. Mississippi Valley Fair
Here’s the ultimate summery something on this list. The Mississippi Valley Fair will host six nights of grandstand acts from Aug. 1-6 along plenty of spinning-rides, funnel cakes and late-night music. So far, the fair has only announced that Randy Houser, the country singer known for songs such as "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" and "How Country Feels," will take the main stage next year. Fun cards will go on sale in June and start at $55.
Bonus: We tried to narrow this list to 17 things, but how about just one more? The summer wouldn't be complete without a trip to Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S Gaines St., Davenport, for a River Bandits game. Opening Day is Thursday, April 6. Also check out the park's "Mega-candy drop" event slated for Aug. 6, when, after the game, a helicopter will drop candy and marshmallows on the field for kids (and, sure, adults) to pick up.