Be DowntownBe Downtown event features bands, bags, bites and beverages.

Saturday, June 3, 2023 | 11 A.M. – 10 P.M. | 15th St. Landing

A free, family-friendly event featuring multiple bags tournaments with cash prizes, live outdoor music, food and drink vendors, children’s activities and more!

Be Downtown is the finale Bettendorf birthday celebration. Come celebrate, meet new friends, throw some bags, discover what’s new in Downtown Bettendorf and maybe even win some cash. Make a #BettonDowntown for a great celebration.

Three bags tourneys

New this year at Be Downtown, the DBO will be partnering with 4 City Cornhole for 2 to 3 separate bags tournaments.

Tournaments will be held at 12 and 3 p.m. A possible 3rd tournament beginning at 6 p.m.

Be Downtown Bags Tourney Tournament Rules:

  • Blind Draw Tournament (random partners)
  • All skill levels are welcome 
  • Bring your own bags
  • Double Elimination tourneys 
  • First team to 21 and/or over wins (we don’t play bust rule) 
  • Coin flip or bag spin to see who throws first or picks sides.
  • Must stand on same side as partner

Download the ScoreHolio App and create a profile. It’s free. 

Registration will be on-site 1 hour prior to each tournament. Have the app downloaded and get there early to register.   

Each tournament will have cash prizes of $300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd place finishers. Did we mention it is free to play? 

Bands all-day

Beginning at Noon, live music will be provided in two-hour sets throughout the day by area bands Doug Brundies, Threat Level Midnight, Panic River Band and Diplomats of Solid Sound. Late night live music will continue at two downtown Bettendorf businesses, including Harley Corin’s (featuring Big Hair Mafia), Purgatory’s Pub and Riverside Grille.

Bites and Beverages

Verde, a contemporary Mexican restaurant located at The Bridges, will offer food and an outdoor bar for alcohol and other beverage sales.

Food trucks will serve food Noon to 6 p.m. including:

  • Quick E’s Tacos
  • Schaa-Bo’s Korean Fusion
  • Smokin Goodness BBQ
  • Sweet Tooth Snacks sweet treats

K&K Family Fun Zone

The K&K Family Fun Zone will run from Noon to 6 p.m. and have bounce houses, bubble stations and a hands-on science station by Absolute Science.

Free parking

Parking for the event includes on-street parking on State and Grant Streets plus at multiple lots in downtown Bettendorf, including:

  • 15th St. and Grant St. (TBK Bank building lot) available after 1 p.m.
  • 18th and Mississippi St. (Asbury Methodist Church lot)
  • 18th St. and Grant St. (City of Bettendorf lot)
  • Bettendorf City Hall
  • Former Village Inn parking lot at 1210 State St.
  • Motorcycle parking on 15th also will be available

Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.


Be Downtown is presented by Ascentra Credit Union and Bettendorf Business Network with additional sponsorship from City of Bettendorf, Isle Casino Hotel, K&K Hardware, MediacomMidAmerican Energy, Smart Automotive and Quad-City Times.

Additional event details can be found on the DBO Facebook page.

Full event line-up

11 a.m. – Sign-up for Bags Tournament #1

Noon – K&K Family Fun Zone opens, food trucks open

Noon – Bags tournament #1

Noon – Doug Brundies

2 p.m. – Threat Level Midnight

3 p.m. – Bags tournament #2

4:45 p.m. – Panic River Band

6 p.m. – Bags tournament #3

7:30 p.m. – Diplomats of Solid Sound

8 p.m. – Live music @ Harley Corin’s and Riverside Grille

Band bios

Diplomats of Solid Sound

Diplomats of Solid Sound is an American band and song writing powerhouse. Their mixture of old school funk, soul, and Americana has appeared in dozens of hit TV shows and movies throughout their 20+ year career.  With more than 50 million streams, the Diplomats have a dedicated following in Europe and North America.






Panic River Band

Panic River Band (PRB) is a Quad Cities based band. Our style can be considered Rock/Americana with elements of classic rock and indie rock. At a PRB show you will hear The Stones, The Eagles, Tom Petty along with more modern artists such as the Black Keys, Cake, and Green Day.

Threat Level Midnight

Spanning six decades of music, Threat Level Midnight has something for every rock enthusiast! From Elvis to Foo Fighters, Eagles to Audioslave, the Cars to Red Hot Chili Peppers, TLM’s deep library of covers will keep everyone entertained and guessing what song comes next. Led by Princeton’s own, Cale Bowe, TLM is a 4-piece band from the Quad Cities that will keep you dancing and singing all night long to favorites and forgotten gems.

Doug Brundies Band

Known in many places as the human jukebox, Doug Brundies has been active in the music scene of the Quad Cities for nearly 25 years. His most recent enterprise, the Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show, has been going strong for well over 10 years, rendering him a staple among solo artists in the area. His vast catalog of songs spans nearly all decades of music, consisting of hits ranging from artists such as Johnny Cash to Lil Wayne, as well as an endless number of grunge hits from the 1990s. Brundies plays over 200 shows each year, including the annual Mississippi Valley Fair.