City of Bettendorf leaders want you to 'be downtown' this weekend for a big party they've planned that includes fun for the whole family.

The Downtown Bettendorf Organization (DBO) will present its “Be Downtown” event from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 5.

The party is happening in the City of Bettendorf’s parking lot at 15th and State Streets.  The free, family-friendly event will feature multiple bags tournaments with cash prizes, live outdoor music, food and drink vendors, children’s activities and more. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

You can start the day at 9:30 a.m. with 1031 Fitness presenting a free 45-minute high-intensity training (HIT) workout. After that, the K&K Family Fun Zone will be set up with food trucks, bounce houses, face painting and other family fun provided by the Bettendorf Library.

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Food and beverages will be available for purchase from vendors Capriotti’s, Here’s the Scoop, QC FUEL and Smokin’ Butt BBQ. Verde, a new contemporary Mexican restaurant at The Bridges, will offer food and an outdoor bar for alcohol and other beverage sales.

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Be Downtown will feature three separate bags tournaments at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each tournament will award cash prizes for first ($300), second ($150) and third ($50) places. Participants may sign up online in advance at There is no cost to enter. Check-in for each tournament is one hour prior to its start.

Live music starts at 11 a.m with two-hour sets throughout the day by area bands, 'Been There Done That, Class of ‘82, Threat Level Midnight, and Rude Punch.' Late night live music will continue at two downtown Bettendorf businesses, including Purgatory’s Pub featuring Bad Hair and Harley Corin’s with Daylight Over.

Parking for the event will be accessible at multiple lots in downtown Bettendorf, including:

  • 15th St. and Grant St. (TBK Bank building lot)
  • 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.

For more information, visit or on the Downtown Bettendorf Organization Facebook page.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m.         Fitness 1031 HIT (high-intensity training) workout
  • 10:30 a.m.       K&K Family Fun Zone opens, food vendors begin serving until 6 p.m.
  • 11 a.m.            Bags tournament #1 (check-in at 10 a.m.)
  • 11 a.m.            Been There Done That
  • 2 p.m.              Bags tournament #2 (check-in at 1 p.m.)
  • 2 p.m.              Class of ‘82
  • 4 p.m.              Bags tournament #3 (check-in at 3 p.m.)
  • 4:45 p.m.         Threat Level Midnight
  • 7:30 p.m.         Rude Punch
  • Late night        Live music @ Purgatory’s Pub (Bad Hair) and Harley Corrin’s (Daylight Over)

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