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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March

March 26
Bubbles, Brunch and Winery Tour

Enjoy Mimosas, a light brunch and wonderful winery tours on our executive shuttle.

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March 26
Brown Bear Brown Bear & Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Eric Carle Stories performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. Mermaid’s new production will bring together ... Read More

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April

April 1 - 9
The Grand Opera House Presents the Heartland Ballet’s Production of Cinderella

The glorious music of Sergei Prokofiev brings the popular fairy tale to life. Cinderella is notable for its jubilant music, lush scenery, romantic story and comic stepsisters. The enduring rags-to-princess ... Read More

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April 1
Chris Botti with the Columbus Symphony

Columbus Symphony Orchestra with guest jazz trumpeter Chris Botti Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. Heritage Center welcomes the return of the Columbus Symphony to John and Alice Butler ... Read More

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April 3 - 8
Architecture Days

A week of programming focused on architecture in downtown. Events include walking tours, seminars, and more.

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April 8
27th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show

Make plans now to attend the 27th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, April 8th at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This is the area’s largest ... Read More

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April 8
Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?

Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.‌ Presented by Telegraph Herald Celebrate the Easter Season with Sister as she answers the ... Read More

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April 12
The Hunts, Indie-Folk Band

The Hunts, Indie-Folk Band With special guests, Hempstead High School String Program Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. ‌Known for their harmony-laced take on alt-folk, The Hunts are a ... Read More

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April 20 - 23
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival brings filmmakers and storytellers together for its annual program of Documentaries, Features & Shorts. In 2013, just in it’s 3rd year, JDIFF was voted ... Read More

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April 28 - 29
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Music & Fantasy

The orchestra welcomes violinist and Iowa native Robert Zimansky back to the USA from his home in Switzerland, where he is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Swiss Romande. Zimansky ... Read More

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April 29
Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman is a living legend — they draw you into a culture, and share a heritage that is every bit as enchanting as the women themselves.

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April 29
Opening Day, Gift Shop

Our NEW Gift Shop will be revealed at 9:00 AM!

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April 30
James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach performed by the UD Department of Fine and Performing Arts James and the Giant Peach was the first of Roald Dahl’s well-known children’s ... Read More

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May

May 5 - 6
TorqueFest

Vintage Torque Fest is a fund raiser designed to help families that have children with congenital heart defects. Vintage Torque Fest is not the typical car show. This is a ... Read More

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May 6
Makers Faire

The Maker’s Fair celebrates creativity, craftsmanship, and ingenuity. Demonstrators feature historic crafts of blacksmithing and woodworking, as well as modern technology.

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May 7
Harris Cashes Out!

Forty years ago, Harris Wellborn wrote an off-Broadway musical that closed after one performance. Now Harris is down on his luck, living in a run-down apartment dependent on the charity ... Read More

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May 12 - 14
Ice Harbor Scholastic Chess Open

This scholastic tournament includes three open USCF rated sections, two reserve USCF rated sections, and three unrated sections based on grade, as well a Friends & Family event with a ... Read More

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May 19 - 20
Wisconsin High School Rodeo

High School Rodeo

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May 19 - 21
DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival

Offering 3 full days fo music, art, and culture. Located in picturesque downtown Dubuque, this festival is an arts celebration for the entire family.

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May 20 - 21
Mississippi River High School Rodeo

Rodeo competition geared towards high school aged kids.

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May 20 - 21
Dubuque Soccer Complex Blowout

Youth Soccer Tournament.

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May 21
Children’s Spring Party

This is a family affair with games, activities, costumed characters and prizes.

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June

June 2 - 3
Summer Farm Toy Show

Two day show of colorful farm toy fun! Buy, Sell, and Trade for your favorite brands! Annual events include a full size tractor ride and parade through downtown. 

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June 4
Hosta Society Festival

Come, learn and be inspired by the beauty!

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June 4
Music in the Gardens

Bring a lawn chair, relax and enjoy!

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June 9 - 10
Fly-by-Night Productions ” Mothers and Sons”

The play portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face ... Read More

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June 9 - 10
America’s River Festival

America’s River Festival is a two day festival filled with national acts from the world of country music and classic rock legends. Music and folks from around the country fill ... Read More

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June 10
The Tappening

The Tappening is a celebration of premier craft beers and their brew masters from around the State of Iowa and the tri-state area. Tap in for a day of live ... Read More

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June 10
Grandview Gallop

The Grandview Gallop (1 mile & 4 mile) is a chip-timed event. The race starts and finishes at Murphy Park near the southern end of South Grandview Avenue in Dubuque.

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June 11
Music in the Gardens

Relax and be entertained in the beauty of nature.

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June 15 - 18
Iron Sharpens Iron Wreslting Camp

This is an affordable 4-day camp with premium coaching and training. The camp is designed to offer superb technique sessions from National Champions and All-Americans, intense practice, tough competition, and ... Read More

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June 18
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Winner of a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of tweens vie for the spelling championship ... Read More

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June 18
Music in the Gardens

Get away to The Park!

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June 24
Run4Troops

Run4Troops is an individual or relay team marathon (26.2) from Dyersville to Dubuque on the Heritage Trail. Run4Troops was named as a Boston Qualifier in 2015.

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June 25
Herb Fest

Sample food and products made from garden herbs.

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June 25
Music in the Gardens

A casual concert your family will love.

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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 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 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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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 - 27
Ride Across Wisconsin

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

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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 - 26
Irish Hooley

The mission of the Irish Hooley is to promote Irish/Celtic music and culture in Dubuque throughout the year. For generations, the highlight of Irish social life was the Hooley. Music, ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 3 - 5
Dubuque Food & Wine Festival

Features gourmet food and wine from extraordinary Dubuque establishments.

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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 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 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 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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