The annual Be Downtown event, sponsored by the Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO), will be Saturday, June 4, and will mark the end of Bettendorf’s Zip Code Celebration.
Be Downtown is a free outdoor event that will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the lot at 15th and State Streets. This family-friendly event will feature multiple bags tournaments with cash prizes, live outdoor music, food trucks, children’s activities and more.
The annual celebration of downtown Bettendorf Be Downtown holds the distinction this year as being the finale of the city’s 52722 Zip Code Party, which began on Bettendorf’s Zip Code Day, 5/27/22.
Ten cash prizes of $527.22 will be awarded throughout the day to those who patronized and celebrated various festivities in the eight-day-long zip code event.
Be Downtown kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with 1031 Fitness presenting a free 45-minute, high-intensity training (HIT) workout. Afterward, the K&K Family Fun Zone will offer bounce houses, bubble stations, and a hands-on science station by Absolute Science. Verde, a contemporary Mexican restaurant located nearby at The Bridges, will offer food and an outdoor bar for alcohol and other beverage sales. Food trucks also will sell food from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participating will be: CC&B Mobile Food BBQ, Here’s the Scoop, Izzy’s Place and QC Fuel.
Be Downtown will feature three separate bags tournaments at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each tournament will award $527.22 in cash prizes for first, second and third places. Participants may sign up for the double elimination tournaments in advance at http://bit.ly/BeDTBags2022. There is no cost to enter. Check-in for each tournament is one hour prior to its start.
Beginning at 11 a.m., live music will be provided in two-hour sets throughout the day by area bands Panic River Band, 10 of Soul, Threat Level Midnight and national touring band Them Coulee Boys from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Late night live music will continue at three downtown Bettendorf businesses, including Harley Corin’s featuring Code 415; Riverside Grille with North of 40; and Purgatory’s Pub featuring Crooked Cactus and Toxic Blonde.
Parking for Be Downtown is available along State and Grant Streets as well as these downtown lots:
- 15th St. and Grant St. (TBK Bank building lot) available after 1 p.m.
- 18th St. and Mississippi St. (Asbury Methodist Church lot)
- 18th St. and Grant St. (City of Bettendorf lot)
- Bettendorf City Hall
- Motorcycle parking on 15th St. also will be available
Additional event details can be found at downtownbettendorf.org or on the DBO Facebook page. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
Be Downtown is presented by Ascentra Credit Union with additional sponsorship from City of Bettendorf, Smart Lexus of Quad Cities, Bettendorf Business Network, MidAmerican Energy, Quad-City Times and K&K Hardware.