More than a premier holiday event, Festival of Trees is the annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts, a local not-for-profit arts agency. It takes more than 3,500 volunteers, 650 designers, 3,500 CenterStage entertainers, and 150 Sponsors to make Festival of Trees a time-honored and beloved Quad City tradition. Festival has a $2.5 million dollar economic impact on the community and is recognized as one of the top events of its kind in North America, raising over $4 million dollars in support of local arts over a 26 year period. More than 100,000 people experience Festival annually, making it one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities. This fundraiser makes it possible for Quad City Arts to provide quality arts programming and support year round for the residents of six counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
History of Festival of Trees
In 1986, during a time where the Quad City community was suffering from an economic depression, Festival of Trees was created to bring the community together, provide artistic expression and to develop a community event in the area. The event was specifically instigated as a fundraiser for the Visiting Artist Series, and has become the major fundraiser for Quad City Arts. Over the past 27 years, Festival has evolved from a weekend-long event in one room, into an 11-day event utilizing the entire 70,000 square foot RiverCenter complex in Downtown Davenport. The event features 100 designer trees, 14 special events, the largest helium balloon parade in the Midwest, 3,500 volunteers and more than 100,000 visitors each year.