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1. Festival of Trees  

'Tis the season for one of the area's largest attractions. Festival of Trees, the 11-day event that fills the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport with 100 designer trees and serves as the annual fundraiser for Quad-City Arts, opens Thursday and runs through Nov. 26. Admission costs $3 for children, $6 for seniors and $10 for adults. For more info, visit

Opens Thursday, RiverCenter, $3-10

2. Holiday parade

The largest helium-balloon parade in the Midwest returns this weekend. Festivities include marching bands, character balloons, clowns, floats and more. The parade steps off at 10 a.m.

10 a.m. Saturday, downtown Davenport. Free

3. Symphony takes on Harry Potter

Attention, Potterheads.  This week you can watch the entirety of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" with the movie music being performed live by the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Shih-Hung Young will serve as the guest conductor. Tickets are available at, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Box Office and by calling 563-322-7276.

2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre, $18-58

4. 'Elf' on stage

"Elf," the on-stage version of the 2003 Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell, is opening this week at Circa '21. Shows are set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 5:45 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 30 at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. 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

7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Friday-Saturday and 5:45 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, $44.94-51.73

5. 'Up Close and Personal Tour'

See hip-hop/soul musicians Ginuwine, Damon Williams, Kenny Howell and Case, currently on their "Up Close and Personal Tour," this weekend at the River Center, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets, $45-65, are available at 

9 p.m. Saturday, River Center, $45-65

6. Jessica Lea Mayfield at the Raccoon Motel

Jessica Lea Mayfield, an Ohio-born rock singer is headed to Davenport this week. Her latest album, "Sorry is Gone," came out in September. See her Tuesday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, with openers Blank Range and Mountain Swallower. For tickets, visit

7 p.m. Tuesday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $15

7. Holiday Hop

Looking to get some holiday shopping done? Check out the inaugural Holiday Hop in  downtown Moline featuring store specials, live music, refreshments, kids' crafts, games and more holiday-themed fun. For more info, visit

4-7 p.m. Friday, downtown Moline. Free

8. Old Shoe at RIBCO

See Old Shoe, a folks rock jam band, this weekend at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. The group is currently on tour promoting the release of its latest album, "Country Home." For more info, visit

9 p.m. Friday, RIBCO, $8 in advance and $12 day of

9. 'Almost, Maine'

The Q-C Theatre Workshop's sixth season continues with performances of "Almost, Maine." It  runs next weekend as well. See it at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. In terms of tickets, audience members can pay whatever price they choose as they leave the performance. For more info, visit


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