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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October

October 21 - 22
JDIFF Halloween Bash

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival presents: Halloween Bash – Celebrating 1980’s horror films. Free food, DJ, Dancing, Cash bar, Costume Contest and more. Event located at the Dubuque Regional ... Read More

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October 27 - 30
The Grand Opera House Presents Terror at the Grand!

After last year’s frighteningly fun time, the Grand is excited to announce the return of the Haunted House for Halloween! Featuring an all new route through the 125+ year old ... 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 28
28th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show

Make plans now to attend the 28th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, October 28th at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This is the area’s largest ... Read 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
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
The Grand Opera House Presents Hunter Fuerste and His American Vintage Orchestra Presents “Swing Out!”

A Grand yearly tradition, this classic example of Big Band is sure to be fun for all ages. The show features recreations of the original hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy ... Read More

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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 16
Matthew West: The ALL In Tour

Four-time GRAMMY nominated Christian recording artist, MATTHEW WEST, and special guest Jordan Feliz, are performing at the Five Flags Arena in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, November 16th.

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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 - 3
It’s A Wonderful Life

A stage adaptation of the classic movie starring James Stewart is sure to be the perfect start to the Holiday Season. It’s not only a joyful Christmas tale – it’s ... Read More

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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 9 - 17
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a yearly tradition for many families in the tri-state area and beyond. Join the incredibly talented students as they dance ... Read More

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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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December 21 - 25
The Grand Opera House Presents The Santaland Diaries

Following sold out performances last year, Frank McClain is back again to perform the role of “Crumpet”, Santa’s least enthusiastic Christmas Elf. Featuring the dry wit of humorist David Sedaris, ... 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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January 21
The Grand Opera House Presents Ole Plays Nursemaid-Dial 911

With Lena’s cousin, Mildred, having unexpected bunionectomy, Lena has volunteered to head to the city and take care of her. Ole has big plans for his 2 weeks “bach-ing” it ... Read More

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February

February 11
You’re Never Too Old

Sixteen years ago brothers Max & Barney had a major argument, and they haven’t seen each other since. When Barney wins millions in the lottery and then shows up at ... Read More

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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 23 - 4
The Grand Opera House Presents: The Man Who Came To Dinner

Celebrity radio personality Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanley’s, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. What follows is a madcap adventure as the Stanley’s living ... 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 10
The Grand Opera House Presents Hillybilly Silly Science Spectacular “Dino-Myte Theories!”

The Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular is back – and this time it’s BIGGER than ever! The “Dino- Myte Theories!” show is ready to make an impression of Jurassic proportions. Watch ... 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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March 24
The Grand Opera House Presents An Evening with Judy Collins

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and ... 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 - 8
The Grand Opera House Presents Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

Sing Along with the whole von Trapp family, from the moment the hills come alive, to their final Auf Wiedersehen. With a pre-show warm up and activities for the whole ... 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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April 13
Southern Sirens

In the Iowa premiere of this wonderful new comedy, five middle aged friends enjoy an all girls’ beach getaway. After a few margaritas, Grace finds out her husband is being ... Read More

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June

June 7
The Secret Garden

Our 6th-Annual High School Show. Winner of a Tony and a Drama Desk Awards, The Secret Garden is a musical adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Orphaned ... Read More

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June 14
School of Rock

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock ... Read More

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June 15 - 24
The Grand Opera House Presents Mamma Mia!

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a teen’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down ... Read More

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July

July 11
Honk!

Our 13th-annual kids-for-kids musical is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story. Winner of multiple awards, including the Olivier Award for Best Musical, this heartwarming celebration of being ... Read More

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July 19 - 21
Sister Act

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, ... Read More

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July 20 - 29
The Grand Opera House Presents The Pajama Game

Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship ... Read More

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August

August 10
A Mighty Fortress (Is Our Basement)

Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back in this all-new musical! Join the fun as they run a food booth at the county fair, teach one of their own how ... Read More

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August 11
Li’l Abner

Al Capp’s world-famous comic strip characters populate this upbeat musical extravaganza in a satisfying mixture of hillbilly nonsense and sharp, critical humor. “It’s a Typical Day” as the citizens of ... Read More

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August 17 - 19
The Grand Opera House Presents Madagascar Jr.

Performed by the immensely talented 2nd through 8th grade students of Dubuque and the surrounding area, Madagascar Jr. is a chance for our talented younger stars to take center stage. ... Read More

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August 25 - 26
The Grand Extravaganza!

This is an End of Season celebration highlighting the performers who have graced our stage in the last year, as well as previewing the upcoming season. This show features songs ... Read More

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October

October 12
Farce of Habit

Comic fireworks explode in this hilarious new comedy from the authors of Doublewide, Texas and Farce of Nature. We’re back at the Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge ... Read More

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November

November 10
Guys in Ties

Bell Tower favorites, Guys in Ties offers improv comedy at its best, and for the first time, subscribers receive a discount! Every performance is a brand new adventure as these ... Read More

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November 30
A Christmas Survival Guide

Do you find the holidays more than a little stressful? Then this is just what you need! Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, ... Read More

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