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June 2024

Wednesday, June 19

Lunch & Learn: Managing Your Garden Pests
Wednesday, June 19 @ Noon–1 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Squash vine borer killing your zucchini? Cabbage worms putting holes in your kale? Order lunch and join Convivium Farm Manager AJ Shultz for an introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) during this one hour Lunch and Learn. Take away some interesting and effective techniques to control pests in your garden this year. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: June 19 @ 4–7 PM
Veteran’s Memorial Park (Cuba City, WI)

Featuring a variety of market-related goods. 100 S Washington St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. facebook.com/CubaCityMarket.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 19–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: June 19 @ 6:30–7:30 PM
The Innovation Lab

Come together for an evening of socialization and education. She Unites features rotating speakers, talking about anything and everything pertaining to women in a chill environment. Make a new friend, have authentic conversations, and leave with inspiration to power you through. All are welcome. All are worthy. All belong. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Free. 210 Jones St. SheUnitesIowa.com/events.

Thursday, June 20

Magician Mikayla Oz
Thursday, June 20 @ 10 AM
James Kennedy Public Library (Dyersville, IA)

Enjoy this fast-paced, interactive, hilarious show complete with hands-on magic training and an appearance from Bubbles the Magic Bird. 320 1st Ave E, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8912. dyersville.lib.ia.us.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October 5: June 20 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: June 20 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays; Johnnie Walker
Thursdays through September: June 20 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 20–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Pedals & Petals
Thursday, June 20 @ 6–8 PM
Heritage Trail and Pond

Celebrate the summer solstice with a beautiful bike ride along Heritage Trail and learn about and collect elderflower. Learn about elder folklore, about the flowers’ medicinal properties and energetics, and elder’s ecological connections. Discuss ethical wildcrafting practices, proper plant identification, harvesting, and processing techniques of the flowers before venturing out to harvest along the Heritage Trail. Once our flowers have been collected, head back to Heritage Pond to make an elderflower cordial for each participant to take home. There will also be a premade (non-alcoholic) cordial and elderflower tea for everyone to try and enjoy together. Taught by Natalie Roling, an herbalist, educator, and enthusiast of food as medicine. She is currently working towards her certification in herbalism with goals of bringing the healing powers of plants and nature connection into people’s lives through her newly formed business, Taproot Apothecaries. $26. 11330 Rupp Hollow Rd. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Tallgrass Ensemble
Thursday, June 20 @ 6:30 PM
Voices Studios
Spend an evening with the Chicago-based Tallgrass String Ensemble as they play selections from the Duke Ellington songbook. Featuring Emily Graef, Julian Graef, Anita Graef, and Sheri Zhang. Doors at 5 p.m. Free. 1585 Central Ave. VoicesStudios.org.

Songwriters Showcase: SOLSTICE w/ Martin Koop
Thursday, June 20 @ 7 PM
Galena Center For the Arts (Galena, IL)
Songwriter Showcase encourages the creation and sharing of original music by regional singer songwriters. June’s featured artist, Martin Koop remains inescapably a rust belt songwriter from the heart of it all. His songs are culled from the steel mills, corn-fields, highways, dirt roads, and fishing holes of the hardscrabble heartland. The Showcase will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Refreshments available. Free. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. GalenaCenterForTheArts.org.

School of Rock
June 20, 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. 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 star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

36th Annual Jackson County Pro Rodeo
June 20–22 @ 5 PM
Bellevue Horsemen’s Club (Bellevue, IA)
When it comes to summertime in the Bellevue area, it doesn’t get much better than taking in the local rodeo. In fact, the Jackson County Pro Rodeo is ranked as one of the top five small rodeos in the United States by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and people from across the Midwest come to enjoy the unique three-day event, which is filled with cowboys, cowgirls, queens, food, music and wholesome fun. The Kickoff Party on June 19 will give you a taste of the main event with a kids’ All Around Jr. Cowboy, Little Miss Rodeo, and Rodeo Clown competition. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., judging at 7 p.m. Free mutton bustin’ for any child 60 pounds and under. Plus, live music. Gates open at 6 pm On June 20–22, gates open at 5 p.m. with the kids’ corral at 5:30–7 p.m., (petting zoo; roping; bounce houses; face in hole pictures; stick horse races; and autographs with cowboys, cowgirls, clowns, and Miss Rodeo lowa), rodeo at 7:30 p.m., pig scramble before intermission, and fireworks and live music after the rodeo (River Moonshine on June 20, The Ditch Lilies on June 21, and Big John Hammer & The Rusty Nails on June 22). Hear from veteran announcer Roger Mooney, and be entertained by award-winning rodeo clown Austin Singley. Additional events include mutton bustin’ on June 20 and 21 and a wild horse race on June 21 and 22, both after intermission. Enjoy events including steer wrestling, team roping, bronc and bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and team and tie-down roping. Food stands, mechanical bulls, live music and beer are also part of the event. No carry ins or coolers. Rain or shine. Free parking. $15 ADV/$20 gate Adults, $10 ADV/$15 gate ages 5–10, free ages 4 and younger. 25125-297th Ave, Bellevue, IA. JacksonCountyProRodeo.com.

Friday, June 21

Party for a Purpose
Friday, June 21 @ 5–8 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Party for a Purpose is a gala, live auction, and silent auction to raise funds for Almost Home, a homeless men with children shelter located at St John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Dubuque. Enjoy a kids zone; silent auction with art, golf, restaurant certificates, and more; live music is provided by DR Band; cash bar; and food concessions. Almost Home’s goal is to provide safe, supervised shelter services for families experiencing homelessness. Free. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-495-0885. almosthomedbq.org.

Great Galena Balloon Race
June 21 @ 5 PM
June 22 and 23 @ 5 AM
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa North Course (Galena, IL)
Prepare for an exhilarating weekend as the Great Galena Balloon Race returns for its annual celebration. This three-day event promises an array of entertainment including more than 20 hot air balloons, three races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, and activities for the whole family. First up are the night events on Friday and Saturday, running from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Wundos on both nights starting at 5:30 p.m. along with the hot air balloon race at 6 p.m., hot air balloon night glow at 8:30 p.m., and inflatables for the kids at 5–9 p.m. On Saturday, the classic car show starts at 6 p.m., and the Great Galena Art Show takes over the Big Tent with local artists showing and selling amazing art. Balloon rides are available through BuyABalloonRide.com. Come watch the balloons fly at 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Crack of Dawn Balloon Race, weather permitting. Pilots try to find a mark that’s hidden somewhere on the 6,800 acres of the Galena Territory. When it’s found, the pilot drops a weight as close to the target as possible to win the grand prize and bragging rights. As you immerse yourself in the festivities, remember to bring a blanket or chair and your appetite as food and drinks will be available for purchase. No carry ins. Pets with responsible owners are welcome. Beyond the excitement, there’s a meaningful cause driving the event forward. The Great Galena Balloon Race benefits JDRF and Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes. Both organizations dedicated to enriching the lives of children with diabetes. Since its inception in 2002, the event has raised more than $350,000. $5. 400 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena, IL. GreatGalenaBalloonRace.com.

36th Annual Jackson County Pro Rodeo
June 21–22 @ 5 PM
Bellevue Horsemen’s Club (Bellevue, IA)
When it comes to summertime in the Bellevue area, it doesn’t get much better than taking in the local rodeo. In fact, the Jackson County Pro Rodeo is ranked as one of the top five small rodeos in the United States by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and people from across the Midwest come to enjoy the unique three-day event, which is filled with cowboys, cowgirls, queens, food, music and wholesome fun. The Kickoff Party on June 19 will give you a taste of the main event with a kids’ All Around Jr. Cowboy, Little Miss Rodeo, and Rodeo Clown competition. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., judging at 7 p.m. Free mutton bustin’ for any child 60 pounds and under. Plus, live music. Gates open at 6 pm On June 20–22, gates open at 5 p.m. with the kids’ corral at 5:30–7 p.m., (petting zoo; roping; bounce houses; face in hole pictures; stick horse races; and autographs with cowboys, cowgirls, clowns, and Miss Rodeo lowa), rodeo at 7:30 p.m., pig scramble before intermission, and fireworks and live music after the rodeo (River Moonshine on June 20, The Ditch Lilies on June 21, and Big John Hammer & The Rusty Nails on June 22). Hear from veteran announcer Roger Mooney, and be entertained by award-winning rodeo clown Austin Singley. Additional events include mutton bustin’ on June 20 and 21 and a wild horse race on June 21 and 22, both after intermission. Enjoy events including steer wrestling, team roping, bronc and bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and team and tie-down roping. Food stands, mechanical bulls, live music and beer are also part of the event. No carry ins or coolers. Rain or shine. Free parking. $15 ADV/$20 gate Adults, $10 ADV/$15 gate ages 5–10, free ages 4 and younger. 25125-297th Ave, Bellevue, IA. JacksonCountyProRodeo.com.

King Explosion: Three Decades of the King
Friday, June 21 @ 7 PM
Saturday, June 22 @ 4 & 7 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Elvis Presley is the singularly most recognized performer in the world, and even more than 40 years after his death, his name only revives images of a singer, performer, actor, and the ultimate showman that could hold an audience in the palm of his hand. Ronny Craig Entertainment and Brown Productions are pleased to present a tribute to Elvis in a spectacular musical show called King Explosion. King Explosion captures the greatest moments of Elvis’ career highlighted by the King of Rock and Roll’s introduction to the world in the 1950s; the infamous 1968 television appearance that marked Elvis’ return to live performances; and of course, the concert years that are now so symbolized by the powerful vocals, high-energy stage performances, and the legendary jumpsuits. Each 90-minute show stars Riley Jenkins, star of the Million Dollar Quartet Musical in Branson, MO; Michael Chambliss, 2014 Images of the King World Champion; and Jimmy Holmes, 2023 Images of The King World Championship. All backed by the Change of Habit Band and hosted by world famous MC Ronny Craig. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

Urinetown
June 21–22 and 27–29 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 and 30 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

School of Rock
June 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. 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 star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Sing Along with Corey Eno Ruffin
Friday, June 21 @ 9 PM
The Lift
Corey Eno Ruffin, ex Super Happy Funtime Burlesque frontman, is heading back to The Lift for a super special solo show. Have you ever spent 15 years of your life living on a bus with a group of 14 other like minded freaks, traveling the country and performing a very surreal and shamanistic blend of music and sex comedy in theaters and dive bars? Did you, when COVID hit, disband the show and flee the country? Did you end up living in the rural Mexican state of Chiapas and ride out a very uncertain time and a very uncertain future; only end up abandoning all possessions and connections and spend the next four years traveling the western world full time? Corey did. Nine countries and 40 states later, Corey has a story to tell. Taking to the stage in an all new and solo performance of story and songs (all intended to be sing along), he’s coming back to the old haunts to catch up with the fans. He wants to spread a little joy, he wants to tell some tales, he wants to sing along with you, and he promises to keep his clothes on. Free. 180 Main St, Lower Level. facebook.com/theliftdubuque.

Make Music Platteville
Friday, June 21
Various Locations in Platteville, WI

Make Music Platteville is an annual one-day, citywide, free day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. This year marks Platteville’s 7th year in the international summer solstice music celebration. They join more than 1,000 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Platteville will turn backyards, front porches, museums, and parks into a virtual stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills. Free. makemusicday.org/platteville.

Saturday, June 22

Great Galena Balloon Race
June 22 and 23 @ 5 AM
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa North Course (Galena, IL)
Prepare for an exhilarating weekend as the Great Galena Balloon Race returns for its annual celebration. This three-day event promises an array of entertainment including more than 20 hot air balloons, three races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, and activities for the whole family. First up are the night events on Friday and Saturday, running from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Wundos on both nights starting at 5:30 p.m. along with the hot air balloon race at 6 p.m., hot air balloon night glow at 8:30 p.m., and inflatables for the kids at 5–9 p.m. On Saturday, the classic car show starts at 6 p.m., and the Great Galena Art Show takes over the Big Tent with local artists showing and selling amazing art. Balloon rides are available through BuyABalloonRide.com. Come watch the balloons fly at 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Crack of Dawn Balloon Race, weather permitting. Pilots try to find a mark that’s hidden somewhere on the 6,800 acres of the Galena Territory. When it’s found, the pilot drops a weight as close to the target as possible to win the grand prize and bragging rights. As you immerse yourself in the festivities, remember to bring a blanket or chair and your appetite as food and drinks will be available for purchase. No carry ins. Pets with responsible owners are welcome. Beyond the excitement, there’s a meaningful cause driving the event forward. The Great Galena Balloon Race benefits JDRF and Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes. Both organizations dedicated to enriching the lives of children with diabetes. Since its inception in 2002, the event has raised more than $350,000. $5. 400 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena, IL. GreatGalenaBalloonRace.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: June 22 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: June 22 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: June 22 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Car, Truck, and Jeep Show
Saturday, June 22 @ 9 AM–8 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Cars, trucks, Jeeps, and motorcycles are welcome. Hosted by Toys for Trucks. Registration $15 ADV/$20 day of, free to attend. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

23rd Annual Tour of Gardens
Saturday, June 22 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Various Locations in Dubuque

The Dubuque County Master Gardeners and Dubuque County Gardeners, Inc. showcase six beautiful, local gardens offering a nice blend of natives, perennials, annuals, fruits, vegetables, shrubs and mature trees. Prepare to be inspired and discover new ideas to incorporate into your own garden or landscape. Your ticket includes admission to each of the six gardens plus three workshop opportunities. This year’s featured gardens and workshops include: Secret City Garden (1325 Bluff St, Zachary Lampe and Jason Norton); Spirit of Mother Earth (1133 Highland Pl, Deborah LaBeau); Westminster Mission Garden (2155 University Ave, Rich Henderson) and Raised Bed Gardening Workshop with Rich Henderson, Dubuque County Master Gardener at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Victoria’s Secret Garden (1100 Victoria Pl, Pam and Burt Goffinet); A Magical Mystery Tour (3538 Eclipse Cir, Peggy and Paul Kaune) and Cut & Come Again-Dazzling Dahlias Workshop with Laura Hodge, Wild Bull Flower Farm at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m; and Hilltop View Gardens (16421 Herod Ln, Tanya and Todd Vanderlinde and Lydia and Logan VanderBush) and Annual Planting Trends Workshop with Sara Carpenter, Steve’s Ace Home & Garden at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Discount advance tickets are available at the ISU Extension office, 14858 W. Ridge Lane, Suite 2 until June 14 or at the Dubuque Arboretum’s Music in the Park concerts on June 2 and 9. Rain or shine. $8 ADV/$10 day of. 563-583-6496. dbqtourofgardens.com.

Platteville Fire Department Sesquicentennial Celebration
Saturday, June 22 @ 10 AM
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

Join the Platteville Fire Department in celebrating 150 years of volunteer service to the community. Head to Legion Field for this all-day event of activities and games for kids and adults, firefighter water fights, a fire truck parade, and live music from Ashley Barron, Jarrod Turner, Michael Mikrut Band, Adam Bartels Band, and Sarah Day. 400 Pitt St, Platteville, WI. platteville.com.

Shenanigans Veterans Freedom Center
Ride & Benefit
Saturday, June 22 @ 11 AM
Eichman’s Bar
The biggest bike ride around starts at Eichman’s Bar with four stops. Leave at 11 AM and return at 3:30 PM for outdoor festivities: live music, raffles, hog roast (3–5:30 PM), silent auctions, and kids’ entertainment. You don’t have to ride to party! Registration at 9:30 AM. 11941 US-52. VeteransFreedomCenter.net.

Safety First—Gun Sense in Our Communities Rally
Saturday, June 22 @ Noon
Jackson Park

Enjoy speakers, live music, free snacks, free drinks, and a chance to learn more about how you can make our communities safe from gun violence. Co-sponsored by Dubuque Coalition for Nonviolence and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. 1500 Main St. facebook.com/DBQCNV.

Hello Summer: Soulful BBQ
Saturday, June 22 @ Noon–4 PM
Trustwell Living

Join us for an afternoon BBQ party to celebrate community the start of summer. Soul food provided by Eagle Pointe staff and families. Popsicles and balloon animals sponsored by The Authentic Connection. Live music begins at 1:30 p.m., bounce house, yard games, and much more all afternoon. Free. 2700 Matthew John Dr. 563-495-0965. trustwellliving.com.

Corkless in Galena: A Festival of Wine, Food, Music, Art, and Fun
Saturday, June 22 @ Noon–6 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)
Spend an afternoon sipping handmade wines of five Illinois wineries, taste fabulous food from regional food trucks, and listen to live music while visiting with local artists showcasing incredible handmade creations. Sample Illinois handcrafted wines from Massbach Ridge Winery, August Hill Winery, Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery, and West of Wise. Listen to music by Kelly Steward and The Restless Hearts of Rockford, IL starting at noon playing indie-flavored neo-traditional country. They are followed by headliner the Jordan Danielsen Band at 3 p.m., playing a mix of acoustic ballads and blues with a touch of hip hop. Enjoy tasty food and beverages from Birds Serious Chicken, Bonfire Pizza Company, Elle and Becks Coffee Company and Gelato Trailer, and Just Cheddar-Deep Fried Cheese Curds. Touch your inner artist as you stroll viewing creations of area artists Cindy Legate of Twisted by Design, Christina Cruz, Andrew Raeside, and Henry Matthiessen III of Stoned Art Studio and Gallery. The Scenic Art Loop will also be showcasing their Driftless Region art guides. A covered tent with seating will be on hand, or bring your chairs, small tents, or coverings. Well-behaved pets on leashes are also invited. Tickets are $20 and include a Corkless Festival glass and five tasting tickets for wine or food. The presale tickets, available through June 21, are also $20 but also include a $5 bottle voucher. Tickets for designated drivers and tasters younger than 21 years of age are $5. Parking is free. 91 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL. CorklessGalena.com.

King Explosion: Three Decades of the King
Saturday, June 22 @ 4 & 7 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Elvis Presley is the singularly most recognized performer in the world, and even more than 40 years after his death, his name only revives images of a singer, performer, actor, and the ultimate showman that could hold an audience in the palm of his hand. Ronny Craig Entertainment and Brown Productions are pleased to present a tribute to Elvis in a spectacular musical show called King Explosion. King Explosion captures the greatest moments of Elvis’ career highlighted by the King of Rock and Roll’s introduction to the world in the 1950s; the infamous 1968 television appearance that marked Elvis’ return to live performances; and of course, the concert years that are now so symbolized by the powerful vocals, high-energy stage performances, and the legendary jumpsuits. Each 90-minute show stars Riley Jenkins, star of the Million Dollar Quartet Musical in Branson, MO; Michael Chambliss, 2014 Images of the King World Champion; and Jimmy Holmes, 2023 Images of The King World Championship. All backed by the Change of Habit Band and hosted by world famous MC Ronny Craig. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Shows
Every Other Saturday through August 17: June 22 @ 4 PM
Lake Street (Sabula, IA)
Watch Bellevue’s own water ski show team for free along Riverview St. Enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music, and powerful towboats. They are one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Check them out north of Lock 12 for practice or south of Lock 12 for one of their shows. Ski Bellevue is always looking for new members of all ages and skill levels. You can join as a water skier, boat or safety crew member, support staff, and much more. Free. facebook.com/SkiBellevue.

Urinetown
June 22 and 27–29 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 and 30 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

School of Rock
June 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. 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 star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Beatles vs Stones—A Musical Showdown
Saturday, June 22 @ 8 PM
Five Flags Theater

The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off as Yoshis hosts Beatles vs. Stones—A Musical Showdown. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the country’s top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles’ career. They engage in a musical “showdown” of the hits against premier Stones tribute band Satisfaction—The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. The nationally touring show recently concluded a three month residency at the Harrah’s Reno showroom and a two month residency at the Harrah’s Laughlin showroom. $35–$65. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

36th Annual Jackson County Pro Rodeo
June 22 @ 5 PM
Bellevue Horsemen’s Club (Bellevue, IA)
When it comes to summertime in the Bellevue area, it doesn’t get much better than taking in the local rodeo. In fact, the Jackson County Pro Rodeo is ranked as one of the top five small rodeos in the United States by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and people from across the Midwest come to enjoy the unique three-day event, which is filled with cowboys, cowgirls, queens, food, music and wholesome fun. The Kickoff Party on June 19 will give you a taste of the main event with a kids’ All Around Jr. Cowboy, Little Miss Rodeo, and Rodeo Clown competition. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., judging at 7 p.m. Free mutton bustin’ for any child 60 pounds and under. Plus, live music. Gates open at 6 pm On June 20–22, gates open at 5 p.m. with the kids’ corral at 5:30–7 p.m., (petting zoo; roping; bounce houses; face in hole pictures; stick horse races; and autographs with cowboys, cowgirls, clowns, and Miss Rodeo lowa), rodeo at 7:30 p.m., pig scramble before intermission, and fireworks and live music after the rodeo (River Moonshine on June 20, The Ditch Lilies on June 21, and Big John Hammer & The Rusty Nails on June 22). Hear from veteran announcer Roger Mooney, and be entertained by award-winning rodeo clown Austin Singley. Additional events include mutton bustin’ on June 20 and 21 and a wild horse race on June 21 and 22, both after intermission. Enjoy events including steer wrestling, team roping, bronc and bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and team and tie-down roping. Food stands, mechanical bulls, live music and beer are also part of the event. No carry ins or coolers. Rain or shine. Free parking. $15 ADV/$20 gate Adults, $10 ADV/$15 gate ages 5–10, free ages 4 and younger. 25125-297th Ave, Bellevue, IA. JacksonCountyProRodeo.com.

Sunday, June 23

Great Galena Balloon Race
June 23 @ 5 AM
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa North Course (Galena, IL)
Prepare for an exhilarating weekend as the Great Galena Balloon Race returns for its annual celebration. This three-day event promises an array of entertainment including more than 20 hot air balloons, three races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, and activities for the whole family. First up are the night events on Friday and Saturday, running from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Wundos on both nights starting at 5:30 p.m. along with the hot air balloon race at 6 p.m., hot air balloon night glow at 8:30 p.m., and inflatables for the kids at 5–9 p.m. On Saturday, the classic car show starts at 6 p.m., and the Great Galena Art Show takes over the Big Tent with local artists showing and selling amazing art. Balloon rides are available through BuyABalloonRide.com. Come watch the balloons fly at 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Crack of Dawn Balloon Race, weather permitting. Pilots try to find a mark that’s hidden somewhere on the 6,800 acres of the Galena Territory. When it’s found, the pilot drops a weight as close to the target as possible to win the grand prize and bragging rights. As you immerse yourself in the festivities, remember to bring a blanket or chair and your appetite as food and drinks will be available for purchase. No carry ins. Pets with responsible owners are welcome. Beyond the excitement, there’s a meaningful cause driving the event forward. The Great Galena Balloon Race benefits JDRF and Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes. Both organizations dedicated to enriching the lives of children with diabetes. Since its inception in 2002, the event has raised more than $350,000. $5. 400 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena, IL. GreatGalenaBalloonRace.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: June 23 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

HerbFest 2024
Sunday, June 23 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Herb Garden

The herb of the year is yarrow. Enjoy a silent auction, herb garden tours, tasty tidbits, handcrafted items, herbal sample plants, and more. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Conservation Equipment Petting
Sunday, June 23 @ 10 AM–Noon
Swiss Valley Park and Campgrounds (Peosta, IA)

Join the Dubuque County Conservation Park Rangers for a unique and exciting Conservation Equipment Petting Zoo. Ever wondered what a Park Ranger does? Are you fascinated by machinery and equipment? Do you want to see these incredible tools up close? Then come and explore the petting zoo, where you can touch and learn about real equipment. You’ll have the chance to see and interact with dump trucks, skid steers, tractors, burn equipment, mini excavators, Park Ranger law enforcement trucks, UTVs, and more. Don’t miss this hands-on opportunity to discover the amazing equipment that helps our Park Rangers maintain and protect our parks! Pack a lunch and enjoy it at the Swiss Valley Park and the Sycamore Pavillion after the event. Free. 13069 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Horse Play
Sunday, June 23 @ 10–11:15 AM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

What do horses eat? Do they have special diets? What do we do if a horse needs to see a vet? These are just a few examples of what you’ll discuss during your visit to Shenandoah Riding Center. Shenandoah’s horses absolutely love attention, making them the perfect introduction to interacting with equines for younger or more apprehensive humans, families or groups. Over the course of your visit, you will engage in several different horse-related activities. You will groom, tack, and lead the horses around the property. There will also be a tour of the barn, showing visitors the functions of a farm and what it takes to care for these amazing animals. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by a paying adult. $25. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-9550. shenandoahridingcenter.com.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Presenration
Sunday, June 23 @ 1 PM
Carnegie Stout Public Library
Join Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commissioner Tricia J. Baum for a presentation on mid-century modern architecture. Baum will provide an overview of mid-century architecture, including identifying characteristics and examples found in Dubuque County. Tricia Baum has a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works as an architectural historian and preservation consultant in Dubuque, Iowa, where she also serves as the Dubuque County Historic Preservation Commissioner. Free. 360 W 11th St. dubuquecountyiowa.gov/576.

Urinetown
June 23 and 30 @ 2 PM
June 27–29 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

School of Rock
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. 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 star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Cooking 101: Herbs, Spices, & Sauces
Sunday, June 23 @ 3–5 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

If want to learn to how to be less reliant on recipes and more reliant on spices, herbs and sauces to make up your own meals, this is the class for you. Join Convivium Co-Founder Leslie Shalabi for this exciting new class, which is part of their “Cooking 101” series. It is for the person who has very limited cooking knowledge and wants to become more confident in the kitchen. This series will be a combination of classroom learning, demonstration, and some limited hands-on experience. $25–$37.50. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Murder at the Fish Fry Club
Sunday, June 23 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

A night of mystery and intrigue in the wild and romantic era of the roaring ’20s! Buzz Nessman, the owner of Dubuque’s most popular speakeasy—the Fish Fly Club—has just been murdered. Was it the prohibitionist NA O’Doul or Buzz’s jealous business partner Bootleg Willie? Maybe it was the jazz singer Bea Sharpe or perhaps Betty Jane—Buzz’s sweet-but-not-so-innocent mistress. Join the bumbling detective, Jack Slickman, as the murder unfolds before your very eyes. Includes a four “corpse” meal and a show. $85. RSVP by June 15. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Music in the Gardens: Luke Viertel & Amy Friedl Stoner w/ Skyline Band
Sundays through August: June 23 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Iowa-born singer-songwriter Luke Viertel and singer-cabaret vocalist Amy Friedl Stoner. The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arts Council. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

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