Moline 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration complete list of events

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – The town of Moline is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a week full of events as part of Moline’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Events like a Mayor’s Luncheon, historic downtown trolley tours, a three-day music and arts festival, and more will take place throughout the week.

The City of Moline and the Moline 150th Centennial Committee said, Thank you to all of our kind sponsors, Hive Consulting, city staff and volunteers who worked hard to make this celebration one to remember. Happy birthday Molin.

Historic tram tours

Take a 30-minute trolley ride through more than 150 years of history in downtown Moline on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tours will begin and end at the John Deere Pavilion, every half hour from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

According to the city, the tour will include encounters with pioneers and founders like John Deere and David Sears, a former slave who helped start a church, Moline’s first female doctor, a river-loving poet and a hero of the Second World War of the Floreciente district.

Tickets are free, on a first-come, first-served basis, the city said. Available here, or by calling 309-524-2007.

Take a 30-minute trolley ride through more than 150 years of history in downtown Moline.(City of Moline)

Music and arts festival

More than 20 bands, from local favorites to touring major national acts, will perform on two stages during the three-day event, featuring music from all genres, according to city officials.

The MidAmerican Main Stage, will be located under the skybridge that connects the TaxSlayer Center to the Metrolink station and parking lot, will host Galactic headliners Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Pokey LaFarge, Celisse, Lissie, The Way Down Wanderers and more , city officials said.

Mercado le 5 will host its festive Media Release party at River Drive on Friday, featuring music from Banda Cerro Azul, Grupo Innstinto, Crooked Cactus and more, city officials said. Mercado on 5th vendors will be selling their food and wares at the festival throughout the three-day event, not just Friday night.

The festival will also include an interactive chalk art exhibit and a kids’ zone with bouncy houses, face painting, clowns, balloon animals, a coloring book station where budding young artists can participate in a contest to win free Riverside Aquatic Center season passes for 2023 and beyond, the city says.

Food and beverage choices will vary, depending on the city. With over a dozen food vendors, several beer tents, including craft beers from Moline-based Bent River and Galena Brewing, and wine and other beverages from Watermark Corners.

More than 20 bands, from local favorites to touring major national acts, will take two...
More than 20 bands, from local favorites to major national touring acts, will perform on two stages during the three-day event.(City of Moline)

Touch a truck

The Touch-A-Truck event is moving from Public Works to downtown Moline Saturday morning, the city said. Trucks will come out 9-11am in the parking lot behind Dead Poets Espresso and Bad Boyz Pizza.

Vehicles ranging from patrol cars and fire trucks to snowplows and dump trucks will be there, the city said. Military vehicles from the Rock Island Arsenal should also make an appearance.

  • August 22: Mayor’s luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., by invitation only
  • August 23 and 24 – Historical Trolley Tours from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • August 25 – Music and Arts Festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 26 – Music and Art Festival with Mercado on the 5th “Stage Takeover” from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • August 27 – Touch-A-Truck from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Music and Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and fireworks at dusk
  • August 29 – Inauguration of the monument at City Hall, date to be determined
The Town of Moline celebrates 150 years with a week full of events in the town of Moline...
The town of Moline celebrates its 150th anniversary with a week full of events during the celebration of Moline’s Sesquicentennial.(KWQC/City of Moline)

The city said backpacks and handbags larger than a clutch will not be allowed. Lawn chairs, strollers and diaper bags can be brought. All articles are searchable.

ADA parking will be available in the TaxSlayer parking lot near our main stage entrance, with the entire festival grounds being wheelchair accessible, according to city officials. ASL translators for streetcar tours and main and community stage performances will also be available.

The city said free golf cart shuttles will be available from downtown parking ramps throughout the weekend, sponsored by Metrolink.

For the week’s full celebration details, click here.

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