Events

 

Taste the flavors that the Dubuque area has to offer. From a romantic dinner at a restored historic hotel, a quick bite at a coffee shop, to sampling the latest in local brews.

Top Active-ities in Dubuque

1 – Number One on our list is the Sky Tours Zipline – Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of Historic Union Park that encompasses all nine of the ziplines. Bonuses of the visit include a guided hiking tour out to the ziplines, you will be able to explore the heights and sights of the ‘Ruins of Union Park’ and will ride nine zipline courses within a span of two hours. CLIP, GRIP & ZIP, it’s their motto.

2 – Fever River Outfitters – Stand Up Paddleboarding. We’ve heard it’s a great way to get on the water and you will see the river from a whole new angle. Paddleboarding has caught on in recent years.

3 – Team Building Blocks Rope Course – Whether it’s a corporate outing or a casual group, accept the challenges that Team Building Blocks has to offer. Originally started as a corporate team building complex, they now welcome all groups with open arms.

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July

July 2
Sundaes in the Garden

Our way of saying THANK YOU. A treat for our guests to enjoy.

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July 2
Music in the Gardens

Entertainment & music to start your week right.

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July 3
Dubuque Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular

Dubuque Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular

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July 3
Dyersville Independence Day Celebration

Food, cold beverages, square dancing, games and rides for the kids. Bingo. Music. Fireworks at dusk.

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July 4
Ice Cream Social

A time-honored celebration at this historic site! Tour the house free of charge and enjoy a family day on the grounds. Traditional ice cream and cake as well as picnic ... Read More

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July 8
Boats, Bikes, Beer, BBQ & Black Water Gin

American Marine along with Catfish Charlie’s/Catfish Creek Brew Pub wants to invite you to “Boats, Bikes, Beer, BBQ & Black Water Gin Band” on Saturday, July 8th, 2017. The Event ... Read More

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July 9
Main Street Cruisers

Come view special collector vehicles.

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July 10 - 15
Mississippi Valley Tennis Open

Junior and adult tennis tournament.

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July 15
Ding Darling Day

Celebrate conservation at this free event! Outdoor activities include presentations, wildlife stations, hands-on activities, and information on conservation careers. Outdoor activities are free but admission will apply outside the event.

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July 15
Expressing Motherhood

Los Angeles…Chicago…Boston, and now Dubuque! Expressing Motherhood will be at St. Joseph’s Auditorium at Loras College on July 15th at 7pm – doors open at 6pm. Expressing Motherhood is the ... Read More

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July 16
Music in the Gardens

A sensory delight!

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July 23
Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf

It’s Christmas in July! Our 12th-annual kids-for-kids musical will be the area premiere of the brand new musical by jazz legend Harry Connick, Jr. More than anything else in the ... Read More

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July 23
Music in the Gardens

Come enjoy an evening of special entertainment!

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July 25 - 30
Dubuque County Fair

64th Annual featuring entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors, 4H exhibits and more!

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July 30
Music in the Gardens

Bring a lawn chair and a friend.

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July 30
Courtyard Cinema: A Mindframe Theaters Benefit

Gronen Properties and the Schmid Innovation Center | CARADCO Lofts invites you to a special showing of “F.I.S.T.” The Courtyard screening location was a key focus of filming 40 years ... Read More

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August

August 3
Taste of Dubuque

Sample the best food and music Dubuque has to offer in one location! Live music on two stages, local beer tasting tent, and the best food from the tri-states makes ... Read More

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August 6
Music in the Gardens

Come make our park, your park!

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August 9 - 13
National Canoe & Kayak Championships

The National Canoe & Kayak Championships is a five-day competition hosted by The United States Canoe Association. Racers from around the country will travel to Dubuque to compete on the ... Read More

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August 11
Downtown Friday Night

Come to Downtown Dyersville on 1st Ave for food, fun and music!  6:30-10 pm. Music, Eentertainment, food, beverages, and games for the kids and adults are part of the evenings’ ... Read More

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August 13
Music in the Gardens

A casual concert your family will enjoy.

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August 20
Music in the Gardens

Delight in the magic of music in the gardens!

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August 25 - 26
Irish Hooley

The Irish Hooley Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates Irish/Celtic music and culture in Dubuque. Live music is provided by regional and international Irish and Celtic performers. Food, ... Read More

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August 25 - 27
Ride Across Wisconsin

Point to Point Bike Ride across the state of WI that starts in Dubuque.

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August 26
Irish Hooley

The popular festival will kick open the gates at noon on August 26, 2017. This Saturday event runs from noon to 10:30 pm at the Dubuque Star Brewery and Alliant ... Read More

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August 27
Mighty Mississippi Mopars on the River

Classic Car Show

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August 27
Fish on Friday

Dubuque composer and playwright David Resnick brings us a sparkling revival of his popular musical Memories of a Non-Jewish Childhood. This re-imagined version of Robert Byrne’s book on growing up ... Read More

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August 27
Music in the Gardens

Come, enjoy our last concert of the year.

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September

September 1 - 2
Dubuque Benefit Classic

Hosted by the Mississippi Valley Running Association, the Dubuque Benefit Classic is composed of a half marathon, 5K and 1K kid’s race.

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September 1
Dubuque…and All That Jazz!

Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, r&b, and salsa music in the Midwest!

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September 2
Art on the Porch at Outside the Lines Gallery

Observe, engage, and learn while watching one of our gallery artists create on our big front porch. A different artist is featured each month.

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September 3
Team of Dreams 2017

TEAM OF DREAMS EVENT ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 Experience the magic of the Field of Dreams and relive your greatest memories of America’s favorite pastime as baseball legends come together on ... Read More

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September 8 - 9
Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival

The dragon boat festival provides the Dubuque Dragon Boat Association an opportunity to bring to Dubuque visitors from all over the world. Through dragon boating the DDBA promotes cultural exchanges ... Read More

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September 9
Jukebox Hits with The Paul Hemmer Swing Band

Enjoy a unique concert featuring music from the 50s, 60s & 70s performed in the style of The Dorsey’s, Glenn Miller and other great bands of the Big Band era. ... Read More

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September 12
Vitaly Beckman: An Evening of Wonders

Master illusionist Vitaly has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller whom he has successfully fooled in their hit TV show, Fool Us. ... Read More

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September 16
The Official Blues Brothers Revue

This live concert show combines comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. The Official Blues Brothers Revue ... Read More

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September 17
Oktoberfest & 5K

Start the morning with a 5K run, then celebrate the German and Slavic heritage of Dubuque and the Tri-State region.

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September 21
Black Violin

Black Violin blends hip-hop, rock, R&B, and classical music. An incredible band featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer accompany Black Violin. Launched a decade ago, Wil Baptiste ... Read More

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September 23 - 24
Czipar’s Apple Festival

Flea Market, food, art & crafts, Games and of course APPLES!

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September 25
Fireball Run Adventurally

Fireball Run is the story of 40+ adventurally teams as they compete in a legendary 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game. To win, they take the road less traveled in an epic ... Read More

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September 28
Dyersville Farmers’ Market

Dyersville Farmers Market runs every Thursday through October 13 at Dyersville Commercial Club Park, 2-5:30 pm

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October

October 5
Dyersville Farmers’ Market

Dyersville Farmers Market runs every Thursday through October 6 at Dyersville Commercial Club Park, 2-5:30 pm

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October 5
Cirque Zuma Zuma

Americaʹs Got Talent finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma is known as the “ultimate African circus,” filled with non-stop action and African culture, including dance, acrobatics, tumbling, and music. CZZ features disciplined ... Read More

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October 6 - 8
Loras College Homecoming

homecoming

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October 6 - 7
Fall Into Art Gallery Tour

Fall Into Art is a FREE art crawl in downtown Dubuque. Visit participating galleries to see special exhibits.

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October 7
Swiss Valley Trial Run

Our event is the Swiss Valley Trail Run held at Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. This run will feature all the best of Dubuque County landscape including creek crossings, steep inclines, ... Read More

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October 7
Tri-State’s Largest Chili Cook-Off

Come taste some of the best chili from the Tri-State’s best cooks. Kid’s games, football, food and beverage vendors.

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October 10
The Kite Runner

This Literature to Life award winner, features fifty minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of the best-selling contemporary novel, The Kite Runner. The adaptation mirrors the original short ... Read More

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October 12
Witches Night Out

Grab your BFFs and come out for a night of shopping, wine tasting, live music, and fun! (Must be 21+ to attend)

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October 13
RoSHOCK Monster Bash

Join us for a night of Halloween fun at the Roshek Building! This safe trick-or-treating event is open to all children of all ages! DJ & photobooth provided by Absolute ... Read More

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October 15
Polka Festival

Enjoy some of the best bands while dancing on one of the biggest and best wooden dance floors in the Midwest!

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October 19 - 22
University of Dubuque Homecoming

Homecoming

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October 20
Tony Danza: “Standards & Stories”

Beloved alum Tony Danza (UD C’72) makes his debut appearance on the Heritage stage. Best known for his starring roles on two of television’s most iconic and long-running series, Taxi ... Read More

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October 28
Dubuque Farmers’ Market

Iowa’s longest running Farmers’ Market is held around Dubuque’s City Hall, 1300 Iowa Street, featuring the area’s finest selection of local produce, meats, wines, cheese, crafts and more!

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October 29
Old Hams

A colorful group of retired performers have lived at the Ophelia L. Davis Home for Actors, Musicians and Singers for more than 40 years. Now, a scheming lawyer is trying ... Read More

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October 29
Mad Scientist Party

An indoor, non-scary family-fun experience for children 12 and younger! The Mississippi River Center turns into a science lab for kids with experiment demonstrations and hands-on activities! A spooktacular time!

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November

November 1
Jeff Daniels & Ben Daniels Band

In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New ... Read More

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November 3 - 5
Dubuque Food & Wine Festival

Features gourmet food and wine from extraordinary Dubuque establishments.

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November 3 - 5
National Farm Toy Show

Buy, sell, trade! The “Granddaddy of them All” has something for everyone. Toys at 3 locations; auction; shuttle service.

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November 3 - 5
National Farm Toy Show

Buy, Sell, Trade! The ” Granddaddy of them All” has something for everyone. Toys at 3 locations; auction; shuttle service.

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November 4
Food and Wine on the River

Features gourmet food and wine from extraordinary Dubuque establishments

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November 5
Dubuque Model Railroad Show

Model Railroad Show & Swap Meet. Buy, Sell, Trade, Displays. 15,000 sq ft of trains, 165+ vendor tables.

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November 9
Champagne & Chocolates

Kick off the holiday season with Champagne & Chocolates! Wine tastings, delicious desserts, live music, and discounted holiday shopping at the Museum Store! (Must be 21+ to attend)

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November 10
Accidental Hero: A WWII with Patrick Dewane

The Accidental Hero is a multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. It’s a true story, written and performed by ... Read More

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November 10
Accidental Hero: A WWII Story with Patrick Dewane

The Accidental Hero is a multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. It’s a true story, written and performed by ... Read More

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November 11 - 12
Dubuque Swimming Hurricanes

Organized by the Dubuque Area Swimmin Hurricanes (D.A.S.H), the organization hosts 3 swim meets throughout the calendar year.

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November 11
Guys in Ties

Enjoy improv comedy at its best with these Bell Tower favorites. Every show is a new adventure as these talented comedians create a unique show right before your very eyes!

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November 11
Sofi & the Baladis

Sofi and the Baladis, a 5-member ensemble led by singer Sofi Tsedaka, features soulful and richly textured performances of an array of musical traditions which lie at the heart of ... Read More

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November 12
Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat

A musical adventure! From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous ... Read More

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November 22
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker premiers in Dubuque on November 22, 7:00 pm at Five Flags Center. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 19. All ages ... Read More

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November 23 - 1
Reflections in the Park

Drive through Louis Murphy Park and enjoy a spectacular Holiday Lights display benefiting Hillcrest Family Services.

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November 24
Christmas Candlewalk

Decorative lighting of Bluff Street with holiday music and Santa and Mrs. Claus descend the Fenelon Place Elevator to greet children.

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December

December 1
Christmas at Heritage Center

Celebrating its 5th year, this UD tradition once again promises to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD’s Fine and Performing Arts Department celebrates the birth of Christ ... Read More

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December 2 - 3
Scuba Santa

Get in the holiday spirit and see Scuba Santa dive in our Gulf of Mexico aquarium. Dive times TBD. You can’t miss this unique holiday experience!

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December 10
Mystery Dinner Theater

Enjoy a 4-course meal while trying to discover who done it in the brew house Mystery Dinner Theater

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December 17
Winter Wonderettes

Singing sensations, The Wonderettes, are entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and ingenuity to save the party! Featuring ... Read More

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January

January 12
Sons of Serendip

Sons of Serendip Celebrate Stevie Wonder “Songs in the Key of Wonder” Finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent season 9, Sons of Serendip creates beautiful music through the use of ... Read More

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January 20
Treasure Island, presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre

Missoula Children’s Theatre takes pride in presenting an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel featuring a cast of local youth. Young Jim Hawkins, a mischievous lad, lives with ... Read More

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February

February 13
Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical

Fresh off its Broadway run, AMAZING GRACE is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. John Newton, a willful and musically ... Read More

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February 17
Ondekoza: Taiko Drumming Spectacle

Ondekoza was originally created on the Japanese island of Sado, where a group of young men and women gathered to follow the principle of “Sogakuron”- that “running and drumming are ... Read More

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February 25
Guess How Much I love You & I Love My Little Storybook, presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his ... Read More

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March

March 6
Brian Henson Presents: Puppet Up! Uncensored

PUPPET UP! is an outrageous and very spontaneous show, featuring over 60 original Henson puppets – a motley group of characters brought to life by a cast of 6 world-class ... Read More

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March 20
The Lone Eagle: Charles Lindbergh Story

Charles Lindbergh continues to intrigue us decades after his death — and Steve Carroll’s riveting play has mesmerized audiences all around the country in his portrayal of this historical American ... Read More

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March 23
FLY Dance Company

Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. FLY is a 10-member all-male contemporary dance company from Houston known for high energy break dancing, hip hop, ... Read More

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April

April 4
Take 6

Grammy-winning acappella gospel music sextet heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!”, Take 6 is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius. ... Read More

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April 6
Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey

A cosmic adventure celebrating differences! Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a looser and a geek. ... Read More

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April 13
6 Guitars, Starring Chase Padgett

Six Guitars is a tour-de-force, brilliant, hilarious, poignant love letter to music…a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 ... Read More

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