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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August

August 24
Peosta Community Centre Glow Run/Walk 5K

Are you ready to glow? Because it’s that time of year again! Come out with friends and family in your most flourecent outfit to run, walk, and have fun at ... Read More

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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 25
National Toy Truck’n Construction Show

Check out this show in the tri-state area for one year only featuring replica toy truck and construction equipment for sale from knowledgeable dealers. Located in Dyersville, Iowa at the ... Read More

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August 26 - 27
A Grand Extravaganza!

Quickly becoming one of the year’s highlights, The Grand Opera House ends the season with a variety program featuring the talents of a multitude of the areas most talented singers, ... Read More

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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 26
1 Mile Kids Fun Run

The Saturday morning 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, gives kids a chance to lace up their shoes and show their parents how its done before the Peosta Days celebration gets ... 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 13
Celebration Belle – Classic Oldies Cruise

Cruising in Dubuque!! Join us for a Classic Oldies Cruise! This is a special date we also have an Oktoberfest Cruise on our other deck! Call our office for information ... Read More

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September 13
Celebration Belle’s Oktoberfest Cruise

Cruising from Dubuque, Iowa! Join us for our annual Oktoberfest Cruise! Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen will have your toes a tapping and the dance floor full! You can ... Read More

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September 13
Celebration Belle’s Oktoberfest Cruise

Cruising from Dubuque, Iowa! Join us for our annual Oktoberfest Cruise! Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen will have your toes a tapping and the dance floor full! You can ... Read More

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September 14
Lunch & Learn: Architecture in Art

The ArchiTrek series will kick off with a Lunch & Learn talk, Architecture in Art, on Thursday, September 14 at 12:15 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. The talk will ... 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
Walk & Talk

Walk &Talk tours are 45-60 minute lunchtime tours in downtown Dubuque. Today, we will be touring the Historic Federal Building. The tour will focus on form & function with interior/exterior ... Read More

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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 26
Cruise to Prairie du Chien, WI ~ The Celebration Belle

Boarding out of Dubuque, IA! This is a Fall Cruise you don’t want to miss! We will cruise North on the Mississippi to Prairie du Chien, WI. Cruise times for ... 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 3
Haunted History Walk

Great River Investigative Paranormal Society is hosting a “Haunted History Walk” in Linwood Cemetery at 2735 Windsor Ave in Dubuque, IA this October! Walk with a paranormal group as they ... Read More

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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 - 15
Young Frankenstein: The Mel Brooks Musical

Mel Brooks has adapted his classic movie into a stage Musical! With all the hilarity of the original, plus some added theatricality for the stage, Young Frankenstein is sure to ... Read More

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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
All Day Fall Cruise on the Celebration Belle!

Boarding out of Dubuque, IA! We are bringing back our Round Trip Fall Day Long Cruise; departing from Dubuque, IA, cruising to Guttenberg, IA and back to Dubuque. The small ... Read More

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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
All Day Cruise on the Celebration Belle!

Come aboard the Celebration Belle for a full day of fun! Boarding out of Dubuque, IA! Cruise times for this date: boarding in Dubuque, IA at 6:30 am departs dock ... 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 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 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 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 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 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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June

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 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 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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