Go with the flow in the Quad Cities

Go ahead, dance like nobody is watching at the Alternating Currents silent disco. Feel free to sing along like nobody is listening too. Photo: Alternating Currents

At the only bend of the Mississippi River that flows from east to west, in the Quad Cities, the annual Alternating Currents festival offers an outpouring of music, film and comedy. At this year’s to-do, Aug. 17-20, more than 100 performances, screenings and other events will fill more than 30 venues, flooding the city with creative art, entertainment and creative energy.

This year’s eclectic lineup includes concerts, stand-up comedy shows, aura and chakra readings, an art fair, a film festival at the Figge Art Museum, a silent disco at the Skybridge with panoramic views of the river and city skyline. Oh — and don’t forget to take your kayak or canoe to Floatzilla, which is billed as the largest paddling event on the Mississippi.

Admission is free to all of the weekend’s events, which are detailed on a handy app and a website. (Both are much easier to navigate than the river.)


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