Be Downtown announces Bands, Bags, Bites on June 1 

The Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO) announces Be Downtown, a free outdoor event, will be on Saturday, June 1, at the 15th Street Landing. It is presented by Ascentra Credit Union and the Bettendorf Business Network (BBN).

The family-friendly event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., will feature live music, food trucks, multiple bags tournaments with cash prizes, children’s activities and more.  

Beginning at noon, live music will be provided in two-hour sets throughout the day by area bands – Been There Done That, Threat Level Midnight and Heads in Motion. New this year is Honor Among Wrestling (HAW) pro wrestling beginning at 2:05 p.m.

Verde, a contemporary Mexican restaurant located at The Bridges nearby, will offer food and an outdoor bar for alcohol and other beverage sales.  Food trucks also will serve food from noon to 6 p.m., and include: Smokin Goodness and Wolfe It Down Pizza. 

From noon to 6 p.m., the K&K Family Fun Zone will have bounce houses, bubble stations and a hands-on science experiment.

Two Bags Tournaments will be held at noon and 3 p.m. and run by 4-City Cornhole Club. Registration will be on-site one hour prior to each tournament. Each tournament will have cash prizes of $300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd place. Players should download the Scoreholio App and get there early to register.

Be Downtown also coincides with the City of Bettendorf’s 121st Birthday. In addition, the city will have a fire truck, police squad cars, snow plows, and recycling trucks on display as well as giveaways. Mayor Bob Gallagher will make special appearance and lead everyone in singing “Happy Birthday” to Bettendorf.   

“Summer events in Bettendorf are part of what makes our city so much fun, and the Downtown Bettendorf Organization knows how to throw a party,” said Jeff Reiter, assistant city administrator. “We are looking forward to bringing out some of our awesome vehicles and equipment for kids and families to interact with, and we will have so many cool things to hand out that the kids are going to love! Be Downtown and Bettendorf’s birthday celebration are natural fits together, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of all the festivities.” 

Be Downtown is presented by Ascentra Credit Union and BBN with additional sponsorship from the City of Bettendorf, Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, K&K Hardware, MidAmerican Energy, Smart Lexus of the Quad Cities, University of Iowa Health Care, Quad-City Times and Townsquare Media.

The Be Downtown event line-up is:

  • 11 a.m. – Sign-up for Bags Tournament #1
  • Noon – K&K Family Fun Zone opens, food trucks open
  • Noon – Bags tournament #1
  • Noon – Been There Done That (BTDT)
  • 2 p.m. – BTDT
  • 2:05 p.m. – HAW Pro Wrestling
  • 3 p.m. – Bags Tournament #2
  • 3:05 p.m. – HAW Pro Wrestling
  • 3:10 p.m. – Threat Level Midnight
  • 5:10 p.m. – Threat Level Midnight
  • 5:15 p.m. – HAW pro wrestling
  • 6:15 p.m. – HAW pro wrestling
  • 6:30 p.m. – Heads in Motion
  • 9 p.m. – Heads in Motion

For more details, visit or DBO’s Facebook page.

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