To those that know me, it comes as no surprise that I love music, especially live music. My husband and I met and re-met at concerts, some of our first dates were concerts and we were married at a concert. Both of our boys attended their first concerts when we measured their ages in weeks, not months or years. It is slightly harder to attend concerts now that we have kids as babysitters can get expensive. The best compromise is finding musical events that the kids can attend with us.

Luckily for us, the Quad Cities is full of opportunities for kid friendly concerts, especially in the summer. Here are just a few:


Concerts and Festivals

July 12th 6-9pm   Laurie Berkner at the Butterworth Center/Deere-Wiman House Moline, IL

July 12th Youth Fest 10 AM-2PM at  Fejervary Park in Davenport, IA

July 28th-29th Street Fest (During Bix Weekend) 2nd street between Brady and Ripley Davenport, IA

August 12th Ya Maka My Weekend The District of Rock Island, IL 

August 19th Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops Concert,  The Beatles’ Greatest Hits Leclaire Park Davenport, IA

August 25-26th Alternating Currents Festival Various Locations Davenport, IA

September 15th-16th Celtic Festival and Highland Games Centennial Park Davenport, IA


Recurring Events- Bonus…All of these are FREE! 

Monday Nights 7-8:30pm Concerts in the Park at the Moline Township Activity Center Moline, IL 

Tuesday Nights 6pm Ice Cream Socials and Concerts at City Park Geneseo, Illinois 

Tuesday Nights 6:3pm  Starlight Revue Concert Series at Lincoln Park Rock Island, Illinois

Thursday Nights  7-9pm Music on the Plaza at Bass Street  Landing Moline Centre Moline, IL 

Thursday Nights 6:30pm at the Bettendorf Public Library in Faye’s Field  Bettendorf, IA

Friday Nights Mercado on Fifth 5th Ave and 12th St Moline, IL

Friday Nights 7:30 Concert and Ice Cream Social at Veterans Memorial Park Bettendorf, IA

Friday Nights 5:00pm Live at 5 Concert Series River Music Experience Davenport, IA

Sunday Nights 7pm Music on the Levee Leclaire Park Davenport, IA

Kid Friendly Venues

The following are places that regularly host All-Ages Shows, however some acts might not be appropriate for small children…check first

Rozz Tox Rock Island, IL

Daytrotter Davenport, IA 

Redstone Room Davenport, IA

Codfish Hollow (Kids 8 and Under are free and get glowsticks!) Maquoketa, IA

Cool Beanz Rock Island, IL 

Ca D’Zan House concerts (full disclosure, this is my house, we host weekly house concerts with artists from all around the world. Every show is family friendly and we have a potluck beforehand)


I’m a huge fan of outdoor concerts as it allows kids room to run around and they don’t have to be absolutely quiet. To protect little ears,  I always pack these earmuffs for my boys to wear if things get too loud.  If you want to get some ideas of some music to listen to with your kids, check out my post about kids music that doesn’t suck.  Where is your favorite place to see live music with your kids?

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