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Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 26: August 17
7 AM–Noon @ Near Iowa & 12th St
Now in its 174th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market, is open every Saturday 7 a.m.–noon, May through September and 8 a.m.-noon in October. Stretching from the area around City Hall at Iowa and 13th Sts. going down Iowa St. to 10th St., the market has grown in recent years to attract vendors offering a larger variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, plants, and on-site prepared foods.  To receive regular updates on what’s available at the Dubuque Farmers’ Market and more, follow the Dubuque Farmers’ Market on Facebook. For more information, call Dubuque Main Street at 563-588-4400 or visit

Through the Lens of a Master
Saturday, August 17 @ 2 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Award winning photographer Gary Fagan presents Wildlife Photography Through the Lens of a Master. This program is free and open to the public. Are you interested in wildlife and want to learn about the art of wildlife photography?  Join master photographer Gary Fagan as he draws on over 30 years of experience to show you what it takes to be a wildlife photographer. Learn how to capture wildlife in their natural environment, what equipment to use, and the technical aspects of shooting wildlife photos.  If you have a passion for outdoor photography and want to capture the spirit of wildlife through your camera, join this inspiring and educational program. Fagan’s artwork is currently on exhibit with the Art @ your library® show in the second floor rotunda through September 23, 2019. Learn more about this program and all of the services and programs the Library has to offer at

4th Annual Cascade Hometown Days
Saturday, August 17 @ 7:30 AM
Sunday, August 18 @ 9 AM
Riverview Park (101 Pierce St SW, CasCADE, IA)
The 4th Annual Cascade Hometown Days event titled “Happy Birthday Cascade—Celebrating 185 Years!” is scheduled for Aug. 16–18, mainly held in Riverview Park but also in some other nearby locations.
Kicking off the event on Friday, Aug. 16 is a birthday party for Cascade. The party begins at 5 p.m. in Riverview Park with free food and fun. There will be activities for the kids and a cupcake eating contest at 6 p.m.. The band Badfish will get the party rocking from 8 to 11 p.m.
At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday there will be a 5K Cascade Hometown Days Road Race followed by a parade at 11 a.m. There are also many activities and events scheduled throughout the day including a vendor market, photo booth, sand volleyball tournament, live music, bean bag tournament, and free kids activities. There will also be food vendors present throughout the day along with additional fun activities for both kids and adults. On Sunday the 18th there will be a pancake breakfast and church service in the park and vintage tractor pull.
Due to the generous sponsors, most of the activities and entertainment will be free for all. There will be charges for food and drink, and other non-profit groups will be hosting some activities for a fee going back to their group. To end the evening on Saturday, The Jesters, a Tom Petty tribute band, will be playing followed by a short display of fireworks—for FREE.
The Cascade Hometown Days committee was originally formed to create an event that can be built on year after year which allows everyone to come together and share in our community spirit and pride. Cascade Hometown Days is a non-profit entity. For more information, visit

Shake Rag Summer Garage Sale
Saturday, August 17 @ 7:30 AM–Noon
Lind Pavilion (411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI)
Piles of art supplies and materials, as well as donated household and collector items will be available and ready to relocate. Donations will be accepted Aug. 12–14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cardiovascular Health and Fitness
Saturday, August 17 @ 9–9:50am
Statera Lower Level, Open Studio (3375 Lake Ridge Dr)
Learn all about what cardiovascular health is and how to train safely and effectively to achieve your fitness goals. This workshop will include a 30 minute cardio workout using machines and body weight resistance exercises, so please wear comfortable clothing and supportive gym shoes. All ages and ability levels welcome. ~with Candace Pickett, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Instructor. $10. 563-207-8932.

Fishtival Art Festival
Saturday, August 17, 10 AM–4 PM
@ Riverview Park (Bellevue, IA)
The Bellevue Arts Council will hold its annual Fishtival Arts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to celebrate the creative arts in a beautiful setting along the Mississippi River. The free festival includes local and regional artists exhibiting and selling their work, arts activities for children and families, and a visit from a Mississippi River mermaid.
There will also be a chalk-art contest, weather permitting. A silent auction will take place in the air-conditioned Great River Gallery, featuring prints and original artwork that have been donated to the Bellevue Arts Council. Proceeds from the auction will support the Bellevue Arts Council’s scholarship fund. Vendor booths and food vendors will be available as well as meals in nearby restaurants.
A waterski performance by Ski Bellevue will start at 4 p.m., viewable from the south riverbank. A street dance sponsored by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Riverview and Court streets.
This event will be a great opportunity for visitors to check out the public art piece “Fishstacks” designed by Bellevue artist Ronald K. Hansen and fabricated by TriState Metals in Dubuque.
For more information, visit

Elkader Art in the Park Fine Art Festival
Saturday, August 17 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday, August 18 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Founders’ Park (Elkader, IA)
Northeast Iowa will host its fifth annual Art in the Park Fine Art Festival, held on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Founders’ Park on the bank of the Turkey River in historic Elkader, IA.
The festival will feature 50 fine artists from across the region who have been juried into the 2019 event. They will offer a variety of artwork showcasing ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, metal, sculpture, wood, and more. Fine art festivals give visitors a chance to purchase, view, and enjoy original art and meet the artists who create it.
This summer along with Art in the Park, Elkader is celebrating several new murals that have been completed throughout the Art in the Alley Project.
In addition to viewing and purchasing original fine art from the region’s best artists, there will be a musical lineup that includes Strawberry Point entertainer Beau Timmerman, Feed the Dog out of Wisconsin, Cedar Rapids favorite Craig Erickson, Minneapolis singer Savannah Smith, and more.
There will be kid’s art activities, an area youth art exhibit, a silent auction of “Creative Chairs” (a community art project), wine tastings, and food vendors.
Jillian Herrmann, one of the event’s founders, shared, “Each year the event has grown, and we believe that’s happened due to the enthusiastic support of the volunteers and sponsors who are eager to celebrate and support the arts in our community.”
Art in the Park is an event of Main Street Elkader and supported by the community and volunteers that make it possible. For more information, visit

Spirit of Woodstock
August 17-18
11 AM @ Council Hill Station
50th Anniversary of three days of love and music starts at 11 AM each day featuring Kofi Baker (Ginger Baker’s son), Cary Morin, Driftless Sisters, Lexi Parr, The Resistors, A Few Blind Mice, Medicinal Purposes, Not Dead Yet, McDonald & Jones, Nate Jenkins, Backseat Betty, Jim Post & more. 6521 N Hill Rd, Scales Mound, IL. 815-776-9503.

Meet and Greet Sharks
Saturday, August 17 @ 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Meet and greet our shark friends in their mobile shark touch tank!

Lunch Time Book Group: Born a Crime
Saturday, August 17 @ Noon
River Lights Book Store (1098 Main St)
Jon the Lunch Time Book Group for Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

Ain’t Retirement Grand
August 17, 18, and 25 @ 2 PM
August 17, and 21–24 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)
Ain’t Retirement Grand! is a hilarious musical that confirms that retirement is grand and takes the Bell Tower Theater stage Aug. 9–25. The vaudeville-esque show celebrates the joys and demands of being a senior citizen. From driving and early bird specials to HMOs and writing a will, nothing is off limits in this upbeat, catchy romp through retirement.
Aug. 9 and 10 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. This show is recommended for mature audiences. For information and to purchase tickets call 563-588-3377 or visit

Disney’s Lion King Jr.
August 17 @ 7:30 PM
August 17 and 18 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor, Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. Join two casts of the area’s most talented young performers for four performances at the Grand Opera House on Aug. 16–18. Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters take a journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Tickets are 15 for adults and $10 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show
Saturday, August 17 @ 4 PM
701 South Riverview Street (Bellevue, IA)
Come and check out north of Lock and Dam 12 for practice, or south for any shows. All shows are free! Come and enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is always looking for new members of all ages and skill levels. You can join as a water skier, boat and safety crewmember, show announcer, and much more!

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles
Saturday, August 17, 4 & 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
For more than two decades, Hotel California has traveled the world and thrilled fans by replicating a showcase of Eagles megahits, including “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “Hotel California.” The band also pays tribute to the Eagles’ later studio recordings, including “Get Over It” and “Love Will Keep Us Alive.” The show includes select titles from the solo work of the celebrated band members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.
The members of Hotel California have shared billing or played with top artists, including Peter Frampton, Smokey Robinson, Van Halen, James Brown, and Huey Lewis and The News. Through a blend of vocal mastery and authentic instrumentation with special instruments, Hotel California delivers a stage spectacle that brings the magic and mystique of the Eagles’ songs to life for fans of every generation. Tickets from $20. Visit

Illusions Midwest Drag Show
Third Saturday of Every Month: August 17 @ 10 PM
Illusions Midwest takes over Smokestack, third Saturday of every month. Showtime 10 pm, Admission $10 for a Killer Party featuring the Illusions cast and special guest drag queens and kings! 62 E 7th St.

Iowa State Fair
August 17-18
Des Moines, IA
10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows and grandstand concerts by For King & Country, Chainsmokers, Slipknot, Zac Brown Band,Dan+Shay, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Foreigner, Luke Bryan, Pentatonix and Hootie & The Blowfish.

Grant County Fair
August 17–18
Grant County Fairgrounds (Lancaster, WI)
Grant County Fair featuring 4-H, FFA and youth projects, carnival rides, demolition derby and other entertainment.

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