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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September

September 21
The Bricklayers of Oz

Created to celebrate Chicago Dance Crash’s 15th anniversary season, “Bricklayers” goes back to Crash’s roots of “big pop culture” with an original prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of ... 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 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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September 29
Dubuque Chorale Songfest

The Dubuque Chorale and Cadenza welcomes the Julien Chamber Choir, Music Men Barbershop Chorus, and collegiate choirs from Clarke University, Emmaus Bible College, Loras College, University of Dubuque, and University ... Read More

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October

October 3 - 26
Haunted History Walk

Walk with a paranormal group as they investigate the history and people of Dubuque’s past. Great River Investigative Paranormal Society (GRIPS) will take people along the beautiful and peaceful paths ... Read More

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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 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 5
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
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 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 6
Chanticleer

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, the San Francisco based Grammy award-winning, 12-voice ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. Their 2018-19 concert tour, “Then ... Read More

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October 11
The Millwork Night Market

Artists. Craft Beer. Eateries. Music. Produce. Can’t get up early enough to make it to Saturday morning market, but still want to get your produce…and see live music? And drink ... Read More

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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 19
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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October 19
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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October 19
Freud’s Last Session

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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October 20
Fall Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert

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

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October 23
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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October 26
An Evening with Lonestar

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995 and ... Read More

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October 27
29th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show

Make plans now to attend the 29th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, October 27th at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This is the area’s largest ... Read More

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October 28
FPA Cabaret

Wrap up Homecoming weekend with this special musical event to benefit the University of Dubuque choir program. Students from the Fine and Performing Arts Department will present modern pop and ... Read More

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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 3
Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play

The play that the New York Times heralded as “head spinning and brilliant” is a dynamic exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology ... 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 4
Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play

The play that the New York Times heralded as “head spinning and brilliant” is a dynamic exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology ... Read More

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November 5
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker ~ Dove of Peace Tour! Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, ... Read More

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November 7
Fall Gospel Choir Concert

The University of Dubuque Department of Fine and Performing Arts Gospel Choir performs their fall concert.

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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 Sleeping Beauty

This musical adaptation from the original story by Charles Perrault follows the plot of the traditional fairy tale, but it adds delightful surprises and comic situations. The Fairies’ wondrous gifts ... 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 16
The Wonder Bread Years

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years, starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer and The Tonight Show regular), is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks ... 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
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 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 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 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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January

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 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 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 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 23
Great River Wind Symphony

The Great River Wind Symphony will present its yearly concert in the acoustically unparalleled John and Alice Butler Hall. The 100-member wind symphony is comprised of musicians from the University ... Read More

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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
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 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 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
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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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
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 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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