August 26/27 2016

Davenport, Iowa

August 26/27 2016

Davenport, Iowa

River Roots Live

Q: When is what happening where?

A:   WHEN: August 26 & 27, 2016
LOCATION: LeClaire Park (400 Biederbecke Drive, Davenport, IA)

FRIDAY:        11AM Rib Vendors Open for Lunch - Midnight
                      Music: 5PM – Midnight 
SATURDAY:   Music and Ribs from 11AM – Midnight

A ticket to River Roots Live is required for access to live music stages. Ribfest & the Junior Jam stage will be open to the public for free all weekend long!

Q: How does admission work?

A:  $25/weekend in advance;
Gate Price; $25 for a day pass or $30 for weekend pass

Kids: Ages 10 and under get in for FREE
For ticketing options, click here!

Just looking to get your ribs on? Access to Ribfest is FREE! Located near Harrison and Beiderbecke, you can enter Ribfest at any time of day for no cost.

Q: How do I get access to the VIP area?

A: A limited number of VIP passes are on sale here!

VIP package includes entry to the festival and access to the Great Southern Bank VIP area with premium sightlines of the stage.
Other VIP perks include a limited number of complimentary drinks, upgraded restroom facilities, VIP bar with expanded Great River Brewery craft beer selection, and a complimentary meal from a Ribfest award-winning BBQ vendor.

*The VIP area is open beginning at 5:00 p.m. each night.

If you have already purchased a weekend pass to River Roots Live and would like to upgrade your ticket, please email: 

Q: Where do I park?

A: There are numerous parking ramps offering event parking for $5 in the immediate vicinity of the festival – don’t park a mile away and walk. The ramps are cheap and easy to use!
Looking for the closest ramps?
Music Festival Attendees - Harrison Street 
Ribfest - Redstone 

FREE 2 hour on-street parking is available throughout downtown. For more information visit the parking page on

Q: I heard the festival combined with Ribfest – what exactly does that mean?

A: Basically, it means the festival has absolutely amazing food. River Roots Live Music Festival & Ribfest are both in LeClaire Park on August 26th & 27th. Ticket holders will have access to everything the festival has to offer, while those just looking to eat ribs - access to Ribfest is free. The main component of Ribfest being married to River Roots Live is the presence of award-winning national BBQ rib vendors. If you’re not from the Quad Cities Area, or you have no idea who or what Ribfest is, trust us, you’re in for some of the best food you’ve ever laid hands on.

Q: How many years has this event been happening?

A: As the Quad Cities' premiere music festival, 2016 marks the 12th year of the event. The festival has grown significantly ever year featuring national touring bands, some of the best up-and-coming acts in the country and award winning BBQ!

Q: Will there be camping?

A: No.

Q: Where can I get a press pass?

A: We love the presence of Media and Press at the festival, please contact Jason Gilliland at for a 2016 Press Application.


Q: Is it possible to record this event?

A: Professional audio and video equipment is prohibited. Violations could result in confiscation of the devices and violators will be removed from the premises.

Q: Will you have local brew again this year?

A: Yes! In addition to Budweiser’s fine products, we will be serving outstanding brews from downtown Davenport's very own, Great River Brewery!


More Info

Ticket Purchase

The purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands and acknowledges that he/she is purchasing this ticket to River Roots Live and not a particular artists performance. River Roots Live is an outdoor festival and weather conditions will affect the performance of all entertainers and there is a possibility that a particular performer or multiple performers may not be able to perform due to weather conditions. Thus, the purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands and acknowledges and will not expect a refund of the ticket for any talent cancellations.

Festival Rules

River Roots Live is produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. In the interest of maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, Quad Cities Chamber/Downtown Partnership reserves the right to enforce the following rules during the festival:


All vendors must hold a permit from the Quad Cities Chamber/Downtown Partnership and comply with the rules and policies in their vendor contracts.
Contact Jason at for vendor applications and/or questions!


Purchasers of alcoholic beverages must be 21 years old under Iowa State law. A valid I.D. is required. Wristbands will only be issued to those of legal age.


Attendees shall not interfere with River Roots Live vendors, disrupt River Roots Live entertainment, or disturb the peaceable conduct of the River Roots Live activities. Coolers, alcoholic beverages, and pets are prohibited from the festival. No roller-skates, rollerblades, bicycles, skateboards, or motorized vehicles can be used inside the festival area. All purses and bags will be subject to a thorough search at the discretion of the Davenport Police Department. Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Partnership reserves the right to exclude or remove anyone from River Roots Live who does not comply with these rules.


Do NOT bring any food or beverage to the festival grounds. Food vendors will be on-site serving primarily BBQ; however, additional cuisine will available. Beverage tents will be selling bottled pop and water, along with Budweiser and Great River Brewery beers.


We are making every effort to create a safe and secure environment on the festival grounds. On-site security will be provided by a professional security company, which will be assisted, as necessary, by the Davenport Police Department. Emergency medical staff will also be available on site. If you need any assistance, go to medical services located on Ripley just outside of the main gate, or look for a festival staff member or security.

Special Access

The festival grounds are wheelchair-accessible. Special disabled designated parking is available in the parking ramps and at the freight house in designated spots. The festival does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push service. Please bring attendants if needed. You must have a State issued placard to park in handicapped reserved spaces.

Allowed Items

You MAY bring in the following items:

  • Non-professional Photo-Camera Equipment
    Media & Press, please contact Jason at to receive a 2016 Press Pass Application.
  • Blankets,
  • Umbrellas,
  • Baby Strollers,
  • Lawn chairs,
  • Binoculars

Lost & Found

During the festival, there will be a lost & found area located at the box office just North of the main entrance on Ripley Street. This is the central location for any lost children as well.
Please call 563.322.1706 after the festival if you have lost an item. We will hold items for 30 days. The Downtown Partnership will not be held liable for any items unclaimed.

Prohibited Items

Guests and their belongings are subject to search. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home.

The following items WILL NOT be allowed: Video equipment: No video recording will be allowed of musical acts or festival entertainment. Professional still camera equipment (no tripods, no cameras with detachable lenses) Professional audio and video recording equipment is prohibited. Violations could result in confiscation of such devices and violators will be removed from the premises.

Other prohibited items include:

  • In-ground poles
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances (including narcotics)
  • Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the festival)
  • Glass containers
  • Food or beverages
  • Skateboards or scooters
  • Bicycles inside festival grounds
  • Carts
  • Fireworks
  • Explosives
  • Large umbrellas
  • Tents
  • Pets (except service dogs)