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June 01, 2018 12:52 PM | Deleted user

The 7 Best Free Events in Quincy This Week

From outdoor concerts with local and regional musicians to literary parties and other extraordinary events, Quincy’s creative community continues to fight the ordinary. Check out these seven free events happening this week!

Germanfest: Quincy Sister City Commission is celebrating 30 years! To commemorate the anniversary, a group of travelers from Herford, Germany will be special guests at this year's Germanfest! This free event will take place in Quincy's beautiful South Park on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 3-11 pm. Attendees will love dancing to German music including waltzes, polkas and foxtrots from the Heidelberg German Band who will perform Friday from 3-8 pm followed by Raised on Radio until 11 pm. On Saturday, the Waterloo German Band will start things off at 3 pm with their traditional German dress and Raised on Radio will be back to finish out the festivities. Children will be entertained with games and activities during Kinderplatz on Saturday from 3–7 pm. For more information, please visit artsquincy.org.

Summer Reading Program: The lazy days of summer are a great time to kick back with a good book and to enjoy the many exciting programs for all ages offered during Reading Takes You Everywhere, Quincy Public Library’s summer reading program. It all kicks off on Saturday, June 2, from 9 am-12 pm at Quincy Public Library. That day you can pick up your reading logs, check out books, peruse the prize store and enjoy popcorn and soda, crafts, games and entertainment, all at no charge! The program continues through June and July and wraps up with a party on Saturday, July 28. Quincy Transit Lines will give free rides to kids under 18 that are going to the library (10 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more information, please visit quincylibrary.org.

Quincy Teen REACH Summer Kick-Off Party: Quincy Teen REACH will hold a summer kick-off event for kids and parents on Saturday, June 2 from 2-4:30 pm, in the field next to the Fredrick Ball Community Center, located at 815 Elm St. Kids will enjoy a slip-n-slide and other attractions and parents can get information about various free and low-cost activities to get their child involved in during their summer vacation. Organizations participating include Arts Quincy, Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy Art Center, Quincy Park District, Quincy Fire Department, Quincy Police Department and others. Materials will be available which publicize the many children’s activities including junior fire and police academies, summer reading programs, art classes, theater classes, festivals, outdoor music events and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email dennisc57@ymail.com.

Lincoln-Douglas Interpretive Center: A spot along Fifth Street is where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated in Quincy in 1858, the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center is a relatively new Lincoln location within Quincy. Though Douglas had been considered by many of the time to be the winner of the seven debates, the spotlight that shone on Lincoln propelled him to the presidency, where he also battled Douglas for the presidency in 1860. Generously staffed by the Quincy Historic Business District, who partnered with the Bicentennial Commission for its creation, the Center features displays that help tell the story of the Great Debate between Lincoln and Douglas and the people of Quincy who influenced them. Visit 128 S. Fifth St. Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or call 217-228-8696 for more information.

Discovery Night: Go behind-the-scenes of the Lab Production of Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play!" with Artistic Director, Brandon Thomsen!  On Monday, June 4 at 6 pm, go backstage to discuss the story with the staff, view show designs and renderings, see costumes and set pieces as they’re being created, and watch a portion of that evening’s closed rehearsal. Admission is free, and space is limited. Please contact the Box Office at qct@1qct.org or call 217-222-3209 (option 1) to register your party. Visit 1qct.org for more information.

Driving Tours: See Quincy in a whole new way! Take one of five self-guided driving tours through Quincy including Quincy {Off the Record} The famous and infamous 13 Quincy area former residents, Architectural Driving Tour, Drive the 5 Tolton Sites, 10 Sites to See: Significant locales of the Mormon “safe harbor” era in Quincy and Stout Route 3000. For more information, please visit seequincy.com/things-to-do/driving-tours.

Music Under the Stars: Music Under the Stars continues its Summer Concert Series every Thursday! So grab your friends, your favorite chair and join the Mark Twain Museum for another season of free outdoor concerts on Historic Hill Street from 7-9 pm right outside Twain's Boyhood Home. Concerts will continue every Thursday evening through August 30. The line-up has something for everyone and includes jazz, blues, country, soul, rock, bluegrass, The Beatles, Southern rock, rock-n-roll and pop. Follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook for rain-out locations and for the full concert schedule or more information, please visit marktwainmuseum.org.

For a complete events calendar, please go to https://www.artsquincy.org/Calendar-of-Events.


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