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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December

December 15 - 17
Rumble on the River

Youth Hockey Tourney at the Ice Arena

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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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December 29 - 1
Jerusalem 4D Film

Back for a second run, JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world’s most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through ... Read More

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January

January 3
Theisen’s Wags at the Flags

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags is a concept developed by the Five Flags Center in downtown Dubuque. After noticing that there was not one place in the tri-state area owners ... Read More

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January 6
Retro Rewind

Join us for THE Winter Party for Gearheads. Live bands, pinup contest, car show, vendors, vintage motorcycles, and a fuel injected film festival. Seeya at the Five Flags Theater and ... Read More

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January 8 - 10
Special Olympics Iowa

Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) is a nonprofit organization serving Iowans with intellectual disabilities since 1968. SOIA serves athletes in each if Iowa’s 99 counties, and provides training and competitions in ... Read More

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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 13 - 15
Ice Fest

The Museum & Aquarium’s annual winter festival, including ice sculptures, historic demonstrations, winter crafts, sledding, games, and more!

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January 14
Triple D Winter Race

A winter endurance trial event that traverse Dubuque County in the dead of winter by bike, ski, and foot.

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January 20
Locker Room Legends Fan Fest

Locker Room Legends is a one day celebration of the most accomplished and celebrated stars of all-time, both current and retired. Join these stars at the Celebrity Dinner on Saturday, ... 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 20
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra/ Ultimate Rock Hits

The DSO joins with local rock bands to present an amazing symphonic rock experience! These concerts feature chart topping hits from the 1970’s to the present and have included covers ... 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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January 26
Live Music Crawl

Join participating venues for a Live Music Crawl featuring local bands! Includes free trolley transportation, live music, and hors d’oeurves at each location.

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January 27 - 28
Winter Iowa Games

The Iowa Games began in August of 1987 as a weekend event, featuring 16 sports and 7,104 participants (nearly a record number at that time for a first-year state games). ... Read More

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February

February 3
Jim Brickman , An Evening of Romance

Jim Brickman, award-winning songwriter and pianist, presents his most entertaining romantic concert of the year, An Evening of Romance. Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends emotion and humor with music ... Read More

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February 4
Traxxas Monster Truck Tour

Hey TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour Fans! The Fastest Name in R/C trucks have come to life! Full size TRAXXAS Trucks take on a World Class line-up to see you will ... Read More

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February 7 - 13
Du-BREW-que History Exhibit

Learn about Dubuque’s brewing roots in this local exhibit featuring beer and brewing memorabilia from the city’s past.

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February 8
Night in N’Awlins

Shake off the winter blues at the Museum Store’s New Orleans party featuring wine tastings, live music, free treats. cash bar and discounts on all Museum Store purchases!

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February 9
Lee Brice

American country singer and songwriter, Lee Brice, will be performing at the Five Flags Center Friday, February 9th. Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone ... Read More

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February 10
Buddy Holly Dance

The East Dubuque Drum Corps will host their annual Buddy Holly Dance on Saturday, February 10 from 8pm to 12am. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available in the fair ... Read More

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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 11
Mystery Dinner Theater: Marriage is Murder

Looking for a Killer Night out on the town? The Baron Klaus and Baroness Hilda von Ludwig cordially invite you to the engagement party of their only daughter Heidi to ... 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 14
Valentine’s Dinner

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium sets the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14. The Museum & Aquarium is hosting its seventh annual Valentine’s Day ... Read More

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February 15
Du-BREW-que Hoppy Hour Events

Join the Museum & Aquarium, along with local brewers, for after hours hoppy hour events February 15, March 15 and April 19. Enjoy the Du-BREW-que History exhibit and unwind with ... Read More

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February 15
Bill Engvall

Grammy nominated blue collar comedian, Bill Engvall, will perform his new stand-up routine at the Five Flags Center on February 15, 2018 at 7:30PM. Most recently, Bill was a contestant ... Read More

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February 17
Dubuque On Ice BrewFest

Dubuque on Ice Brewfest is a celebration of the best craft breweries, artisan cheese, craft distilleries, chocolate, cider companies, specialty sausage and more. Enjoy sampling a variety of unique craft ... 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
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra/ A Confession of the Soul: Sibelius 2

DSO Concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch is featured in Mozart’s glorious “Turkish” Violin Concerto. The Capriol Suite continues the orchestra’s season-long exploration of lively dance suites, and Sibelius’ Second Symphony brings mystery ... 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 2 - 4
Mississippi River Gymnastics Classic

Love gymnastics competition? Then this is the place to be. A two-day competition at the Five Flags Center will feature teams from all around the Midwest.

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March 3
Nashville Celts: Celtic Roots of Great American Music

March 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. The music of The Nashville Celts, led by musician, songwriter, and producer Rick Blair, is uniquely original. Blair credits the group’s popularity to their ... Read More

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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 9 - 10
Theisen’s SnoCross National

Held at Sundown Mountain, Theisen’s SnoCross National is part of the ISOC series, which is the premier snowmobiling racing organization in the world, providing safe, competitive racing for the top ... Read More

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March 9
Chicago the Band

The Legendary rock and roll band with horns, CHICAGO, is returning to Dubuque, Iowa Friday, March 9th, 2018. Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the ... Read More

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March 10
Newsboys

Newsboys are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. They have released 17 studio albums, 6 of which have been ... Read More

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March 10
Ride the Shamrock Bike Ride

Bike Ride that travels from Dyersville to Farley the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day.

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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 10
Swing Into Swing

Join the Bell Tower Theater for a concert will thrill swing music lovers of all ages. the 8-piece Ken Kilian Swingtet along with vocalist Amy Dolan will perform everything from ... Read More

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March 11
Mystery Dinner Theater: Irish Wake

Imagine the ballad “Finnegan’s Wake” transformed into the Irish version of “one of those Italian weddings,” only in place of the nuptials, there’s a funeral. Then you’ve pretty much got ... Read More

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March 15
Du-BREW-que Hoppy Hour Events

Unwind after work at the most unique “hoppy” hour event in the city. Enjoy the Du-BREW-que History exhibit and sample beers from local brewers. Each evening of this monthly event ... Read More

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March 15
Three Dog Night

Legendary music icons, THREE DOG NIGHT, celebrating nearly 5 decades, claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music is coming to the Five Flags Center in downtown Dubuque, ... Read More

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March 16 - 18
Beyond the Stars Regional Dance Competition

Beyond The Stars is a family owned company built on strong moral values and a love for dance. Now in our 13th year, we promise that our focus will never ... Read More

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March 17
Gaelic Gallop

In conjunction with Dyersville’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Gaelic Gallop is composed of an 8k and 2mile fun run.

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March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Parade

parade, bike Ride, Gaelic Gallop

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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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March 24
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra/ Spring Family Concert

Ignite your child’s imagination and love of music with this delightful, engaging, kid-sized DSO concert: a wonderful experience for the whole family! Memorable movie themes from Raiders of the Lost ... Read More

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March 25
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra/ Star Crossed Lovers

“Romeo and Juliet” has inspired many composers over the centuries, and these concerts will present amazing, dramatic music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gounod, Bernstein, and others. Acting the title roles with ... Read More

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March 31 - 1
Dubuque Early Bird

Adult softball tournament held at the Dubuque Sports Complex.

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March 31
Lisa Lampanelli Live

Extreme Explicit Language. This is geared towards a 21+ audience. Lisa Lampanelli has been known for more than a quarter-century as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than ... Read More

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April

April 2 - 8
Meerkats 4D Film

Filmed over the course of a year, National Geographic’s Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary – not to mention adorable – family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these ... Read More

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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 5 - 8
Dueling Dog World Championships

Bring the family down and watch as dogs leap through the air and into a pool competing for prizes and personal records.

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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 9 - 14
Architecture Days

A week of programming focused on architecture in downtown. Events include walking tours, seminars, and 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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April 15
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra/ West Side Story

The DSO presents an extraordinary collaboration between orchestra, the Heartland Ballet, and talented singers who have grown up in the Dubuque area and have moved on to careers in Broadway ... Read More

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April 19
Du-BREW-que Hoppy Hour Events

Unwind after work at the most unique “hoppy” hour event in the city. Enjoy the Du-BREW-que History exhibit and sample beers from local breweries. Each evening will feature a local ... Read More

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April 20 - 22
True Amateur Tournaments Bowling

A 3 day scholarship tournament geared towards promoting youth bowling and allows students the opportunity to win college financial assistance.

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April 21
Party for the Planet!

In preparation of Earth Day, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is hosting special conservation activities for children and adults alike. Representatives from the Museum & Aquarium will be ... Read More

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April 26 - 29
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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May

May 3
Mac and Cheese Fest Dubuque

The best of both World’s combine for an amazing experience like no other. Foodies and Craft Beer Lovers unite to taste more than 25 varieties of Mac & Cheese paired ... Read More

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May 4 - 6
Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival

The Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival is a life-enhancing celebration of yoga for EVERYONE – all shapes, sizes, ages, genders and levels of fitness and experience welcome – beginners included.

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May 4 - 5
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 4
Shaun Johnson: Big Band Experience

May 4, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience is a rare newcomer to traditional pop…fusing a big band spirit with an inventive edge…more risky than Buble, ... Read More

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May 5
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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May 12 - 27
Living in the Age of Airplanes 4D Film

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES reminds us how the airplane has profoundly changed the world and our lives. Beautifully filmed in 18 countries, across all 7 continents, the film ... Read More

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May 18 - 20
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 18 - 20
Mississippi River High School Rodeo

Rodeo competition geared towards high school aged kids.

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May 19
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra/ Ultimate Country Hits

The DSO has “gone country” with local bands to celebrate country’s greats from classic legends to contemporary to folk and bluegrass. This show will leave your heart poundin’ and your ... Read More

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June

June 1 - 2
Summer Farm Toy Show

New, Custom and Antique Farm Toys. Parts, display contest, Model contest, workshops. Kid’s Pedal Pull on Saturday

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June 1 - 2
Summer Farm Toy Show

Two day show of colorful farm toy fun! Buy, Sell, and Trade for your favorite brands! Annual events include a Display Contest, Farm Toy Model Contest, and tractor parade through ... Read More

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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 8 - 9
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 9
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 9
Makers’ Faire

In its third year, the Makers’ Faire welcomes craftspeople demonstrating arts such as blacksmithing, lead casting, log bench building, net making, fly tying, butter churning, rag doll making, wool spinning, ... Read More

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June 9
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 - 14
Beyond the Stars National Dance Competition

Beyond The Stars is a family owned company built on strong moral values and a love for dance. Now in our 13th year, we promise that our focus will never ... Read More

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June 12 - 15
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 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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June 23
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 24
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra/ Summer Melodies

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is featured as part of the Music in the Gardens free concert series at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Come gather on the lawn with ... Read More

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July

July 3
Dubuque Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular

Held along the banks of the Mississippi River, the event salutes the nation and the men and women of the armed forces with twilight aerial demonstrations and fireworks.

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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
Fourth of July Ice Cream Social

The Dubuque County Historical Society’s time-honored Independence Day celebration returns to the Mathias Ham Historic Site on the Fourth of July. Visitors can tour the rooms of the stately Ham ... Read More

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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 16 - 22
Mississippi Valley Tennis Open

Junior and adult tennis tournament.

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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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July 24 - 29
Dubuque County Fair

65th Annual featuring entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors, 4H exhibits and more!

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August

August 2
Taste of Dubuque & Taste on Tap

Dubuque’s premiere summer event, Taste of Dubuque and Taste on Tap, returns to the campus of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and provides a perfect opportunity to sample ... Read More

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August 4
Port of Dubuque Marina’s Fifth Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Free music performed on the Mississippi River Museum plaza at 6 pm. A lighted boat parade along the riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque at 9pm. Start Time: 6 pm ... Read More

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August 10 - 11
Ride Across Wisconsin

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

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August 10
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 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 12
Ghost Sunday Comedy Show

Watch the Ghost Players emerge from the magical corn at the Field of Dreams Movie Site to entertain the crowd with their special blend of family-friendly comedy with a special ... 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
Irish Hooley

The popular festival will kick open the gates at noon on August 25, 2018. This Saturday event runs from noon to 10:30 pm at the Dubuque Star Brewery and Alliant ... 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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September

September 1 - 3
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 - 2
Team of Dreams 2018

TEAM OF DREAMS EVENT ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 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 3
New Vienna Labor Day Picnic

Serving a deep-fried chicken and ham dinner with all the trimmings at the New Vienna Community Hall from 10:30 am to 6 pm. Entertainment from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Bingo, ... Read More

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September 7
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 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 8
At the Hop 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 15
Oktoberfest & Duber Bier Mile

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
Stand-Up Comedian Lucas Bohn: Lesson Plans to Late Night

Lucas Bohn is energetic with an edge. The perfect blend of schoolboy charm and bad-boy charisma, his comedy is both smart and audacious. Known as the little guy who generates ... Read More

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September 23
Mystery Dinner Theater: Murder at the Fish Fly Club

A night of mystery and intrigue in the wild and romantic era of the roaring 20’s! Buzz Nessman, the owner of Dubuque’s most popular speakeasy—the Fish Fly Club—has just been ... Read More

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September 24
Freud’s Last Session – C.S. Lewis Meets Sigmund Freud

Set in Sigmund Freud’s London home on the day England entered World War II, “Freud’s last Session” is an imaginary meeting between Freud, “the Father of psychology,” and C.S. Lewis, ... Read More

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September 25
Freud’s Last Session – C.S. Lewis Meets Sigmund Freud

Set in Sigmund Freud’s London home on the day England entered World War II, “Freud’s last Session” is an imaginary meeting between Freud, “the Father of psychology,” and C.S. Lewis, ... Read More

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September 29 - 30
Czipar’s Apple Festival

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

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September 29 - 30
DBQ Con

If you are a gamer or a comic book lover then D-B-Q Con will be for you! D-B-Q Con will have vendors displaying and selling comic book and comic book ... Read More

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October

October 4
Dyersville Farmers’ Market

Dyersville Farmers Market runs every Thursday through October 11 at Dyersville Commercial Club Park, 2-5:30 pm

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October 4
Baconfest

This unique bacon-themed evening features taste-testing and voting on the best bacon dishes from area restaurants, grocery stores, BBQ pits, and caterers. Local chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare ... Read More

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October 4
Manhu from China

Hailing from the Stone Forest of Yunnan Province in southwestern China, Manhu brings to life the traditions of the Yi people, an ethnic minority group with a rich musical history. ... Read More

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October 5
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 6
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 6
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 - 14
Clarke University Homecoming

Homecoming celebration for Clarke University students and alumni.

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October 12 - 14
Loras College Homecoming

Homecoming celebrations for Loras College students and alumni.

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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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October 13
Sundown Mountain Dirty Dozen 5K

Get dirty and master the obstacles at Sundown Mountain.

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October 18
Witches Night Out

Halloween fun isn’t just for kids! The Museum Store at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host “Witches Night Out,” from 6-9 p.m., in the National River Center. ... Read More

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October 24
David Caserta’s Haunted Illusions

Treat your family to an evening of mind-blowing magic and comedy that gets the whole audience into the act. You’ll be stunned and amazed as master illusionist David Caserta has ... Read More

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October 25 - 28
University of Dubuque Homecoming

Homecoming celebration for University of Dubuque students and alumni.

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November

November 2 - 4
Dubuque Food & Wine Festival

Features gourmet food and wine from extraordinary Dubuque establishments.

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November 2 - 4
National Farm Toy Show

Called the “Granddaddy” of all toy shows, this show hosts wonderful farm toy vendors in three locations: the National Farm Toy Museum, Beckman High School, and Dyersville Commercial Club Park. ... Read More

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November 2 - 4
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 - 4
Rumble By The River

Rumble By The River is a youth & adult wrestling tournament held at the Five Flags Center. Age divisions started at 6 & under and went up to 19 & ... Read More

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November 4
Dubuque Model Railroad Show

Model Railroad Show & Swap Meet. Buy, Sell, Trade, Displays. 15,000 sq ft of trains, 175+ vendor tables.

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November 9
Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass “Brothers in the Battlefield: The Power of Love”

In conjunction with Quilts of Valor Gallery exhibit and recognition; This narrated multi-media program is one of Big Brass’ most popular concerts all around the United States. With a core ... Read More

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November 10 - 11
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 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 11
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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November 16 - 13
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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November 16
An Evening with Rita Moreno

In pairing an evening of story with song, Rita Moreno is both master chef and sommelier. The table is set with a full course that includes-some of Rita’s favorites from ... Read More

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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 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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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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December

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 9
The Doowop Project

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the ... 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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