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Ya Maka My Weekend, the “Original District Festival” celebrates Caribbean culture with ethnic foods, live reggae and Caribbean music, palm trees and sand. This festival enjoys a Midwest regional draw and continues to be the reggae event of the summer

Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Downtown Rock Island Partnership at 309-948-2008, or admission fee can be paid at the gate. Please no pets. No coolers allowed inside of premises. Personal lawn chairs and seating is allowed. AdmissionOne Day Pass – $9

Take in the live music and Caribbean cuisine that is a fusion of African, French, Indian, Spanish, and other cuisines. A typical dish is “jerk” seasoned meats, which originally referred to the process of rubbing spices and acidic hot peppers onto strips of meat in order to tenderize and preserve them. Rice is a staple food eaten with various sauces and beans.

Island VibeDrink a cold refreshment while you sit next to a palm tree with your toes in the sand listening to live reggae music…you will forget that you’re still in the Midwest! It’s a Caribbean paradise that can be found right here in Rock Island, Illinois. The “Ya Maka Beach” will be ready for you to play in, dig for buried treasure, or build a sandcastle!

Open Air MarketplaceIn the open air marketplace you will find all kinds of unique items like tie dye clothing, sarongs and other apparel, cowry shell and hand-crafted jewelry, incense & oils, glow necklaces, Caribbean flags, wood carvings, drums, African wares, and sunglasses. Official Ya Maka My Weekend t-shirts and the specially blended “Yamaican” Jerk Seasoning will also be sold .

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Aug 11, 2018
4:00pm - 11:00pm


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