Events

 

Year round, there is a lively mix of festivals, performances, and celebrations found in the Dubuque area.

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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November

November 18
Mystery Dinner Theater: Gritty Gritty Bang Bang

With audacious characters like the poker playing One-Eyed Jack; Scarlett, the overly friendly call girl; and Kitty Pinkerton, the new sheriff in town who’s dedicated to law and order—this evening ... Read More

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November 21 - 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 23
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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November 24 - 25
Michael Moncada & Whiskey High LIVE@ Boflys Painted Horse Saloon

THE BOYS ARE BACK! Michael Moncada and Whiskey High will be back at Boflys Painted Horse in Bernard #rockin the saloon with all your favorite #country #countryrock & #southernrock tunes ... Read More

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November 28
Tree Lighting Ceremony

The perfect kickoff to the holiday season! Join us as we unveil our beautiful lobby Christmas tree. Enjoy treats, music, a visit from Santa Claus, and a live tree lighting ... Read More

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November 29
Champagne & Chocolates

The Museum Stores at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host its annual Champagne & Chocolates event on Thursday, Nov.29, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. A kickoff to the ... Read More

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November 30
6th Annual Christmas at Heritage Center

Celebrating its 6th 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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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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December

December 1
Breakfast With Santa

Great fun for the kids. Join us for a delicious breakfast, crafts, cookie decorating, Christmas stories, music, and (of course!) a visit from Santa! Children eat free with a donation ... Read More

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December 1
A Merry Millwork Market

SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS! A Merry Millwork Market is back for its second year! Don’t miss your chance to attend this incredibly unique shopping experience in the heart of ... Read More

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December 1
Fighting Saints vs. Green Bay Gamblers/Teddy Bear Toss

Fighting Saints vs. Green Bay Gamblers. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to the game and throw them on the ice after the Saints first goal. All donations will ... Read More

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December 2
Junie B. Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Junie B. Jones, first-grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. ... Read More

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December 2
Fighting Saints vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks

Fighting Saints vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks. The First 500 kids to enter the game will get a limited-edition Bernie youth jersey.

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December 2
Christmas Tree Lighting

There’s a place for you at our first-ever outdoor Christmas Tree lighting celebration! We will have hot cocoa and cookies, and a decoration station for the kiddos to create a ... Read More

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December 6
Mistletones Present Snowbiz

It’s an old-fashioned variety show for all audiences young and young at heart. Perfect for seniors, tour groups, families, and anyone who revels in the magic of the season. Think ... Read More

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December 7
First Fridays at Dubuque Museum of Art

Experience the creative spirit of our community, along with great friends, stylish appetizers and drinks, and new art as venues collaborate to bring you the First Fridays series. Join us ... Read More

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December 8
Second Saturdays at Dubuque Museum of Art

Join us for free and family-oriented programming every second Saturday of the month at 1 PM. Second Saturdays feature culturally-diverse performing arts, acts, and hands-on art activities that the entire ... Read More

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December 8
Tim Hawkins

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny. YouTube sensation and popular comic coming to Heritage Center for the first time ever. Also featured ... Read More

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December 13
Jazz It Up With Jingle Barry

Dubuque’s very own Christmas caroler extraordinaire, Barry Gentry, will be singing your favorite holiday tunes on Thursday, December 13th at Riverboat Lounge. Stop by, listen (or sing along), and enjoy ... Read More

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December 15
Wendy’s Classic

High School games held at Loras College on two separate weekends.

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December 16
Mystery Dinner Theater: Ho, Ho Homicide

Everyone at the North Pole is working extra hard this year to make this a holiday to remember, but something’s amiss on Poinsettia Parkway. The newest, coolest, and most revered ... Read More

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December 29
Fighting Saints vs. Green Bay Gamblers

Fighting Saints vs. Green Bay Gamblers

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December 30
Fighting Saints vs. Youngstown Phantoms

Fighting Saints vs. Youngstown Phantoms. Faith and Family Day at the rink. Local churches are encouraged to bring their youth groups and congregations.

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January

January 4
First Friday Artist Demos at Outside the Lines Gallery

Observe, engage, and learn while watching one of our gallery artists create right in front of your eyes. A different artist is featured each month.

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January 5
Fighting Saints vs. Omaha Lancers

Fighting Saints vs. Omaha Lancers

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January 12
Fighting Saints vs. Lincoln Stars/#Saint4Life Night

Fighting Saints vs. Lincoln Stars. The Saints will be celebrating every Fighting Saint who has made an impact on the organization with #Saint4Life Night. In addition, the first 1,000 fans ... Read More

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January 13
Fighting Saints vs. Madison Capitols

Fighting Saints vs. Madison Capitols

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January 18
Fighting Saints vs. Waterloo Blackhawks

Fighting Saints vs. Waterloo Blackhawks. 4 Months to Mothers day will celebrate mom’s early on this night as it will mark exactly four months until Mothers Day.

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January 18
Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins ... Read More

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January 19
Guys in Ties

Bell Tower favorites, Guys in Ties offers improv comedy at its best! Every performance is a brand new adventure as these talented comedians create a unique show right before your ... Read More

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January 26
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents an original adaptation of this classic fairy tale featuring a cast of local youth. A young princess named Show White finds herself in peril when her ... Read More

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February

February 1
Femmes of Rock

The Femmes of Rock show takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more can be expected ... Read More

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February 2
Faculty Recital

University of Dubuque Fine and Performing Arts Faculty perform a variety of pieces to showcase their talents.

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February 2
Fighting Saints vs. Fargo Force

Fighting Saints vs. Fargo Force

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February 8
All Bark, No Bite

Charlotte and Eugene live a quiet, no-nonsense lifestyle. Robert and Bella are boisterous and messy. See what happens to their relationships when Charlotte and Robert get together…Did we mention that ... Read More

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February 9
Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. College Night. Blue Zone ticket +$5 in Saints Bucks for $10 with a valid College ID

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February 14
LUMA

LUMA leaves your body in the dark and takes you out of your mind. Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color, and motion where thinking stops ... Read More

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February 15
Fighting Saints vs. Green Bay Gamblers

Fighting Saints vs. Green Bay Gamblers. Superhero night at the rink. Dress to impress as you favorite superhero.

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February 20
STOMP

Stomp is a joyful, witty, and wordless show that has been seen all over the world. An eight-member cast with energy to burn creates beautiful music and sly humor with ... Read More

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February 22
Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

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February 26
Dr. Charles Barland Faculty Organ Recital

Charles Barland, DMA, Professor of Music and Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Dubuque, performs his annual organ recital. The University of Dubuque ... Read More

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March

March 1
Fighting Saints vs. Chicago Steel

Fighting Saints vs. Chicago Steel. Dr. Seuss Night. The Saints will have a book drive and a sock drive at the game.

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March 1
Guys in Ties

Guys in Ties is an elite traveling improv comedy troupe who present hilarious and unforgettable shows by combining wit, intelligence, humor, and downright fun! Audience members end up as the ... Read More

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March 2
A Celtic Celebration

Rousing and raucous, Scythian plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European, and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting. Kennedy’s Kitchen is family and friends inviting you ... Read More

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March 4
The Giver

Newberry Award winning book with over 10 million copies sold, The Giver has been a cultural phenomenon. As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about ... Read More

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March 6
Fighting Saints vs. Chicago Steel

Fighting Saints vs. Chicago Steel. College Night. Blue Zone Ticket +$5 in Saints Bucks for $10 with a valid College ID.

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March 8
Fighting Saints vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks

Fighting Saints vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks. Pucks and Paws Night. The Saints will be hosting a pet supply drive and all supplies will be donated to the Humane Society.

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March 9
Fighting Saints vs. Des Moines Buccaneers

Fighting Saints vs. Des Moines Buccaneers

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March 15
Fighting Saints vs. Madison Capitols

Fighting Saints vs. Madison Capitols. Youth Hockey Night. The Fighting Saints will wear special St. Patrick’s Day themed jerseys and auction them off after the game. All the proceeds will ... Read More

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March 22
Fighting Saints vs. Tri-City Storm

Fighting Saints vs. Tri-City Storm.

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March 22
Jazz Concert

The University of Dubuque Jazz Ensemble, directed by Austin Seybert, performs their Spring Concert.

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March 23
Unni Boksasp Ensemble from Norway

Unni Boksasp is a warm and imaginative singer who draws you into the heart of Norway. Her fresh arrangements of folk songs and original compositions have twice earned her a ... Read More

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March 23
Fighting Saints vs. Tri-City Storm

Fighting Saints vs. Tri-City Storm. Mascot Mania Night. Bernie will be joined by all the mascots in the area for a wild night. The mascots will take place in a ... Read More

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March 30
Fighting Saints vs. Des Moines Buccaneers

Fighting Saints vs. Des Moines Buccaneers.

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March 30
30 Neo-Futurist Plays From Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Having opened in 1988 and still playing today as the longest-running show in Chicago history, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting “30 ... Read More

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March 31
Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class

Sr. Robert Anne, Nunsense’s streetwise New Yorker, is one fun nun, and she is here to “teach” us how to put together a cabaret act. Mixed with a variety of ... Read More

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March 31
Stuart Little

From the author of Charlotte’s Web comes Stuart Little, a merry musical about a noble mouse born into the Little family who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match ... Read More

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March 31
Fighting Saints vs. Central Illinois Flying Aces

Fighting Saints vs. Central Illinois Flying Aces

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April

April 3
Spring Praise Band and Gospel Choir Concert

Presented by the University of Dubuque Department of Fine and Performing Arts: In a joined effort of praise, the gospel choir and praise team will encourage you with a message ... Read More

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April 5
An Afternoon with Mark Twain

Brilliant theatrical tour-de-force, New York actor Dr. Michael Mauldin undergoes a transformation to achieve an uncanny likeness to the 70-year-old “Grand Old Man of American Letters,” Mark Twain. In his ... Read More

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April 5
Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Autism Awareness Night

Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Autism Awareness Night. The Fighting Saints will raise money for local autism-related causes through ticket sales. In addition the first 1,000 fans will eight ... Read More

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April 5
An Evening with Mark Twain

Brilliant theatrical tour-de-force, New York actor Dr. Michael Mauldin undergoes a transformation to achieve an uncanny likeness to the 70-year-old “Grand Old Man of American Letters,” Mark Twain. In his ... Read More

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April 6
Canadian Brass

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.” The varied Canadian ... Read More

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April 12
Ole!

The musical talents and comedic creativity of Paul Morocco and his two ‘amigos’ fuse harmoniously to form the trio Olé. Each member fights for their pride while playing, spinning, and ... Read More

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April 13
Fighting Saints vs. Waterloo Blackhawks/Fan Appreciation Night

Fighting Saints vs. Waterloo Blackhawks. Fan Appreciation Night Presented by American Trust. The Fighting Saints will celebrate the fans during the final game of the regular season. The first 1,000 ... Read More

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April 14
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is ruined, Ms. Frizzle saves the day! The Magic School Bus blasts off into outer space to explore the solar system. ... Read More

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April 27
Grand Concourse

“Grand Concourse may well break your heart. You may need tissues by the end.” – New York Post. Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup ... Read More

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April 28
Grand Concourse

“Grand Concourse may well break your heart. You may need tissues by the end.” – New York Post. Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup ... Read More

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May

May 3
Lyrics Alive

“Lyrics Alive” offers audiences a tremendous opportunity to witness three of the greatest operatic talents of a generation “cabaret style” in the incredible acoustical setting of John and Alice Butler ... Read More

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May 4
Spring Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert

The University of Dubuque Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents their Spring Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert.

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May 5
Concert Choir Spring Concert

The spring choral concert will feature the University of Dubuque Concert Choir and University of Dubuque Chamber Singers, directed by Kristen Eby, teaching specialist for the Department of Fine and ... Read More

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May 7
Spartaneous Improv Night

Members of the University of Dubuque Spartaneous Improv Troupe will perform comedy skits with suggestions from the audience. It is sure to be a night of laughs.

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May 11
Spring Chamber Singers Concert

The A-Capella Group, directed by Kristen Eby, teaching specialist for the University of Dubuque Department of Fine and Performing Arts, will perform repertoire in a variety of styles including American ... Read More

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June

June 8
Rent School Edition

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for ... Read More

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June 14
Disney’s Newsies

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing ... Read More

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July

July 11
The Wind in the Willows

This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr. Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home threatened by the notorious Chief Weasel and his ... Read More

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July 12
Godspell

A masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, ... Read More

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August

August 8
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Be Our Guest! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s ... Read More

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August 11
Ain’t Retirement Grand

This hilarious musical confirms that retirement is grand! The vaudeville-esque show celebrates the joys and demands of being a senior citizen. From driving and early bird specials to HMOs and ... Read More

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September

September 7
Swingin’ Sixties with the Paul Hemmer Swing Band

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

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September 14
The Great Draw Street Art Competition

Come watch over 70 local artists of all ages compete in our annual street art competition. Vote for your favorite artists and help us fund the 2020 Great Draw Visual ... Read More

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September 14
The Magic of David Casas

This new edition to our 2019 season is great for the whole family. Quad Cities magician David Casas’s high energy and cutting edge performance combines hilarious family friendly comedy, jaw ... Read More

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October

October 13
Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses

Take a trip to the Lovers’ Landing Beach Hotel, a cozy little place that is “The Home of Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses.” Legend has it that no one can ... Read More

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November

November 22 - 20
Roshek Holiday

Join us in reliving the magic of the holiday season! Historically held on the Friday before Thanksgiving, Opening Night reflects the spirit of the Roshek Brothers and kicks off the ... Read More

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December

December 8
A Nice Family Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas – his family’s Christmas. He goes home to ... Read More

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