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August 2022

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: August 10 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

Overcome your fear of speaking in front of a group and develop the skills to give an organized, dynamic, and interesting presentation while also building your confidence. Ages 18+. Free. 360 W 11th St. facebook.com/ToastmastersSpeakeasyClub.

Eating with the Seasons
Wednesday, August 10 @ 6–7:30 PM
Clarke University

Summer berries are some of the best seasonal treats! Join us to learn more about summer berries, what’s ready, when, and where to find them! The second half of the workshop will focus on simple ferments to preserve those summer berries, either with yeast or lactic acid, and have a chance to taste samples! We will discuss sanitation techniques, fermenting vessels, and then set up a simple lactic acid ferment using whey that you can replicate at home. $10. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-583-6496. facebook.com/dubuquecountyextension.

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: August 10 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Have a drink with environmentally-minded friends and discuss local issues concerning global environmental challenges with grassroots advocacy, collaborative actions and science-based resources which support transparency, accountability, and citizen empowerment. 62 E 7th St. GreenDubuque.org.

Beyond the Game
August 10–12
Various Locations in Dyersville and Dubuque
Immerse yourself in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. Highlights include the MiLB at Field of Dreams with Quad Cities River Bandits vs Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 9; Who’s on 2nd? Tailgate Party on Aug. 9; autographs with baseball legends at an Fest on Aug. 10 and 11; MLB at Field of Dreams with Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11; MLB at Field Of Dreams Viewing Party on Aug. 11; regional live music on Aug. 11 and 12; USA Patriots vs Field of Dreams Ghost Players Game on Aug. 12; and Concert with Spazmatics and not Quite Brothers on Aug. 12. Additionally, you can see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; inflatables, face painting, and more are hosted in the Kids Zone; beer and food vendors are available; and the If You Build it Exhibit will be open for viewing. Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience presented by Travel Iowa and MidWestOne. BeyondTheGameIowa.com.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 10–13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI, and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point. The historic mining towns of Mineral Point and Dodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Politics & Eggs: Senator Joni Ernst
Thursday, August 11 @ 11 AM–12:15 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of events, coined Politics & Eggs, featuring federal elected officials and candidates for federal office this fall. Expect prepared remarks by the officials followed by extended audience Q&A. RSVP. 200 Main St. 319-270-7462. DubuqueChamber.com.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 11 @ 1 PM
August 12 @ 1 and 7:30 PM
August 13 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. $15 Adults; $10 Youth. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Quick Breads: Griddle Cakes Kids Class
Thursday, August 11 @ 3–5 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead
Quick Breads: Griddle cakes is a special class just for kids! In this hands-on class, part of our quick breads class series, kids will learn how to make the perfect waffle and pancake from scratch, tasty toppings included! This is a hands-on class designed to help kids become confident in making these delicious breakfast classics, and students will get to eat their creations at the end of class. Ages 10+. $25. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 11 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. Kids ages 4–12 are invited to participate in the free Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) hosted by Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach and Project Rooted. On select days, participating children will enjoy a fun 20-minute activity and receive $5 of Rooted Bucks to be used (by kids) on fresh produce at the market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. PoP Club dates are: June 16, 30; July 14, 28; August 25; and September 8, 22. For PoP info, call 563-583-6496. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA.

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: August 11 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: August 11 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 11 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

HeartMath Introductory Sessions – Thursday Evenings are for Healing
Thursday, August 11 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Statera

For more than 25 years, HeartMath Institute has been researching the heart-brain connection and learning how the heart influences our perceptions, emotions, intuition, and health. HeartMath helps you tap into the power and intelligence of your heart—your heart’s intuition—which awakens you to the best version or yourself. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

Chow Bella Book Group: The Kitchen Front
Thursday, August 11 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for foodies. Discuss The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Sips, Nibbles & Novels: The Hundred-Foot Journey
Thursday, August 11 @ 6:30 PM
Kelli’s Place (Benton, WI)

Discuss The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. 67 E Main St, Benton, WI. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Movie Screening: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Thursday, August 11 @ 7:30–10 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Starring Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) is a fantasy adventure comedy about an unlikely hero who must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse while trying to finish her taxes. The movie is 2 hours 19 minutes long and is rated R for “some violence, sexual material and language.” Closed captioning or subtitles will be turned on. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 11–13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI, and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point. The historic mining towns of Mineral Point and Dodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Beyond the Game
August 11–12
Various Locations in Dyersville and Dubuque
Immerse yourself in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. Highlights include the MiLB at Field of Dreams with Quad Cities River Bandits vs Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 9; Who’s on 2nd? Tailgate Party on Aug. 9; autographs with baseball legends at an Fest on Aug. 10 and 11; MLB at Field of Dreams with Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11; MLB at Field Of Dreams Viewing Party on Aug. 11; regional live music on Aug. 11 and 12; USA Patriots vs Field of Dreams Ghost Players Game on Aug. 12; and Concert with Spazmatics and not Quite Brothers on Aug. 12. Additionally, you can see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; inflatables, face painting, and more are hosted in the Kids Zone; beer and food vendors are available; and the If You Build it Exhibit will be open for viewing. Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience presented by Travel Iowa and MidWestOne. BeyondTheGameIowa.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 11–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Painting Workshop: Capturing Galena
August 12–13 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

With your own portable ink pens, small watercolor set, and sketchpad, enjoy capturing the wonderful architecture of Galena, IL, with its charming downtown area and abundant historical buildings. Ann Thomas will share her techniques for laying down quick pen and ink line images, and then adding tone, texture, contrast, and vibrant color to create spontaneous-energy filled drawings. Ann encourages students to bring the tools they already have and with which they are comfortable. This is a very portable class, and the media used should be quick drying and easy to carry. Includes box lunch each day. $225. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. galenacenterforthearts.com.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Splendor
Friday, August 12 @ 10:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo
The American Splendor is part of the American Cruise Lines’ fleet and was formerly known as the America. In early 2022 the ship received a total redesign. The riverboat accommodates 185 passengers and has 98 staterooms. Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: August 12 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Music on Main StreetGizzae
Friday, August 12 @ 5–9 PM

Town Clock Plaza
This Chicago Reggae band of 25+ years features songs heavily influenced by Soca and Calypso, other genres such as jazz and rock, and then they’ll transition into Bob Marley reggae/blues finale to satisfy the keyboard and guitar solo fans. Dubuque Main Street announces the return of Music on Main Street with three concerts slated for 2022. Each concert is free to attend and held under Dubuque’s Town Clock on Main St. Food and beverage sales start at 5 p.m., and the band plays from 6 to 9 p.m. These concerts replace the former event started in 1992 known as Dubuque… And All That Jazz! Free. 7th & Main St. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org.

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper
August 12–13, 18–20, and 25–27 @ 7:30 PM
August 14, 21, and 28 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back! It’s 1979, and the parishioners are celebrating the Centennial of First Cornucopia Lutheran Church. It’s 100 years of history in toe-tapping song and dance served up with a healthy portion of laughs and a side of hot dish and egg coffee. Thursdays are Girls Night Out; all audience members age 21 and older receives a free glass of wine. $11.50 Early Bird (Aug. 12 and 13); $23. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 12 @ 1 and 7:30 PM
August 13 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. $15 Adults; $10 Youth. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Sounds From the Cellar: Hayes Noble, Liliana Asta
Friday, August 12 @ 7:30 PM
Galena Center For the Arts (Galena, IL)

Sounds From the Cellar kicks off with two musicians from Galena High School. Hayes Noble will headline with his ‘90s indie rock band, and singer-songwriter Liliana Asta will open the show with an acoustic folk-pop set. The monthly concert series is devoted to music from off the beaten path. Sounds From the Cellar will provide local youth an opportunity to not only attend but also perform and produce shows that explore a wide variety of genres and styles. Doors open at 7 p.m. $5. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 12–13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI, and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point. The historic mining towns of Mineral Point and Dodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Beyond the Game
August 12
Various Locations in Dyersville and Dubuque
Immerse yourself in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. Highlights include the MiLB at Field of Dreams with Quad Cities River Bandits vs Cedar Rapids Kernels on Aug. 9; Who’s on 2nd? Tailgate Party on Aug. 9; autographs with baseball legends at an Fest on Aug. 10 and 11; MLB at Field of Dreams with Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11; MLB at Field Of Dreams Viewing Party on Aug. 11; regional live music on Aug. 11 and 12; USA Patriots vs Field of Dreams Ghost Players Game on Aug. 12; and Concert with Spazmatics and not Quite Brothers on Aug. 12. Additionally, you can see the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales; inflatables, face painting, and more are hosted in the Kids Zone; beer and food vendors are available; and the If You Build it Exhibit will be open for viewing. Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience presented by Travel Iowa and MidWestOne. BeyondTheGameIowa.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 12–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 13 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Mines of Spain Trail Races
Saturday, August 13 @ 7:30 AM
Mines of Spain

Join for a 4 mi, 7 mi, and half marathon run on some of Eastern Iowa’s best and most challenging trails. Free Mini-Mines Trail Race for kids ages 12 and under on Friday evening during packet pickup. The routes through Mines of Spain will challenge you with their difficulty and inspire you with their beauty as they climb the bluffs for views of the Mississippi, make their way through tall grass prairies and weave through dense hardwood forests. In keeping with the beauty of the natural environment, the races will be as environmentally-friendly and sustainable as possible with local food and beer along with cup free racing and a zero waste approach from pre race to post race. Profits will be returned to the Friends of the Mines of Spain to help maintain the trails. 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. minesofspaintrailraces.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 13 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 13 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

Browse a variety of vendors. 1336 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-3535. facebook.com/cajunjacks.

Touch-a-Truck
August 13 @ 10–11:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Parents As Teachers and the Carnegie-Stout Public Library invite you to climb aboard a fire truck or other cool vehicle! This is a unique opportunity for children to climb, explore, and discover their favorite vehicle on wheels. No rain date. All ages. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

15th Market House Square Arts Festival
August 13–14 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Old Market House (Galena, IL)

Take a piece of Galena Country with you! Local and regional artists showcase their paintings, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, baskets, and more. Free. 123 N Commerce St, Galena. IL.

Doing it for Danny Memorial Ride
Saturday, August 13 @ 10:30 AM
1st & Main

Doing it for Danny is a memorial ride for Dan Thoma who was killed in a car crash Nov. 18, 2021, days before his 25th birthday. The ride starts at 1st & Main followed by Bubbas Bar (LaMotte, IA), Jeronimos (Springbrook, IA), Burkeys (Key West, IA), and Mason Dixon (Dubuque). Poker run and 50/50 raffles throughout the day. Proceeds from this ride will fund a scholarship the family has established for a Dubuque Senior High School wrestler. Cash donations can be made at any time at Dupaco under the “Danny Thoma Memorial Fund.” $10 per person, $15 per couple, $15 per car.

Roofs 4 Vets Benefit & Ride
Saturday, August 13 @ Noon
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Follow the route from the fairgrounds to Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ in Bellevue, IA; to Coe’s in Bernard, IA; to Downtown Lounge in New Vienna, IA; and back to the fairgrounds. Silent and live auctions, live music from Harvey Headbanger and The Slow Retreat, and delicious food. Registration at  10:30 a.m., kickstands at noon. $15 per person, $20 per couple, $10 bands only (no ride). 14569 Old Highway Rd.

India Independence Day Luncheon Celebration
Saturday, August 13 @ Noon–2 PM
Multicultural Family Center

Join the MFC and community members originally from India for this important day! This fun-filled luncheon will include authentic Indian food, music, dance, and an educational presentation. India Independence Day, celebrated throughout India on the 15th of August every year, is a national holiday commemorating the nation’s independence from British colonialism of more than 200 years. Space is limited. Free. 1157 Central Ave. MFCdbq.org.

East Dubuque Wingfest XVII
Saturday, August 13 @ Noon–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East, Dubuque, IL

For its 17th year, East Dubuque Wingfest is wingin’ this summer, solidified as the biggest annual event in downtown East Dubuque, IL. It’s such a big family-friendly good time, that they moved the community’s fireworks celebration from the week before the 4th of July to this night! Plus, they throw in a great, FREE concert by Nashville recording artists J.B. Crockett and Mark Burke too! Get your $10 tasting cards and go to town starting at 2 p.m. Beer, kid-friendly drinks, and other food will be available for purchase. Win some prizes with beer and meat paddles from 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be free inflatable rides and kids’ fun and games from noon to 8 p.m. Live music is on the menu all day as local favorites Secrets bring the golden age of rock and roll to life from 1 to 5 p.m. Then the touring acts, both from Nashville, hit the stage with up-and-comer Mark Burke taking the main stage at 5 p.m. and J.B. Crockett headlining at 7 p.m. until the sun goes down. The fireworks will launch when the sun sets, after 9 p.m. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. It’s also the last day to get your East Dubuque Lions Club raffle tickets for a chance to win that awesome UTV vehicle or $10,000 in cash! Ask a Lion or look for the tent at the event to get your ticket!

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper
August 13, 18–20, and 25–27 @ 7:30 PM
August 14, 21, and 28 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back! It’s 1979, and the parishioners are celebrating the Centennial of First Cornucopia Lutheran Church. It’s 100 years of history in toe-tapping song and dance served up with a healthy portion of laughs and a side of hot dish and egg coffee. Thursdays are Girls Night Out; all audience members age 21 and older receives a free glass of wine. $11.50 Early Bird (Aug. 12 and 13); $23. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 13 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company collaborate on an upcoming youth production building upon both companies’ current summer youth programming to create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. $15 Adults; $10 Youth. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: August 13 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

Local and aspiring poets are invited to provide support and encouragement for poets seeking honest feedback on their work. RSVP. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. driftlesspoets.com.

Rockzilla Tour: Papa Roach and Falling in Reverse with Special Guests Hollywood Undead and Bad Wolves
Saturday, August 13 @ 6:30 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Take a white-knuckle ride that swerves between lanes of rap-rock, electronic rock, and good ol’ rock n’ roll. The quartet that is Papa Roach has spent more than 20 years veering across freeways that most bands barely have the nerve to occupy, creating a diverse and fearless discography that’s featured hits like “Last Resort,” “Help,” “Scars,” “Falling Apart,” “Swerve,” “Kill the Noise” and many others. Then, shift gears and discover the fine line between genius and insanity that is Falling in Reverse. Experience the vicious bite and playful innuendo of hits such as “Popular Monster,” “The Drug in Me is You,” “Good Girls Bad Guys,” and “I’m Not a Vampire” as this post-hardcore quartet keeps the energy rising. The rock hits will be “Comin’ in Hot” all night with Hollywood Undead, hailing from the streets of Tinseltown. Experiencing the band’s mix of brash hip-hop, rock, and metalcore in tracks like “Undead,” “Everywhere I Go,” “Bullet,” “Day of the Dead,” and “Comin’ in Hot” may be one of a few things happening that you may not want to share with your mom. Tilt your head back and howl into the sky as platinum-certified, heavy metal outfit Bad Wolves kicks off a cram-packed evening of unapologetic hard rock. The LA-based quintet’s unpredictable metallic intensity and impressive instrumental proficiency will shine as bright as the full moon as they perform hits such as “Killing Me Slowly,” “Remember When,” “Sober” and their haunting cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” This will be a nearly five-hour rock and roll feast! Rain or shine. All ages. $49.50+. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

B2 Fighting Series- Live MMA Event
Saturday, August 13 @ 7 PM
Grand River Center

The B2 Fighting Series is the premier developmental league for mixed martial arts. The organization aims to help amateur and professional fighters succeed and further their careers. By traveling to numerous locations, the organization puts on events where the top MMA prospects in the nation can display their skillsets. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase. $35. 500 Bell St. 502-230-7228. b2fs.com.

Meteors on the Mound
Saturday, August 13 @ 8–11 PM
Horseshoe Mound Preserve (Galena, IL)

The Perseid meteor shower happens every year in early August as Earth passes through an asteroid belt. With clear skies, we can see shooting stars all night long. Guest presenter Walter Trentadue will talk about this natural phenomenon and offer a look through powerful telescopes to view celestial bodies. Bring a lawn chair and picnic blanket to enjoy the evening. If you have a telescope, bring it along. $10. 1679 N Blackjack Rd, Galena, IL. 815-858-9100. jdcf.org.

9th Annual Paint The Point
August 13
Mineral Point, WI

Forty-five artists from Florida to New York to Colorado will travel to Mineral Point, WI, and set up their easels and canvases for the 9th annual plein air competition, Paint The Point. The historic mining towns of Mineral Point and Dodgeville, along with the idyllic surrounding countryside, present myriad scenic vistas for artists to capture. Artists will vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes in four separate competitions: main, postcard-size, nocturne, and quick paint. Paintings will be displayed and sold on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (304 High St, Mineral Point, WI). artsmp.org/paint-the-point.

Kayak 5K Fun Paddle
August 13
Lake Galena (Galena, IL)

Join the signature Kayak 5K, 360-meter and 720-meter sprints for single and tandem kayak and single and double canoes for adults and youth. The flatwater event is fun for everyone! Outside kayaks and canoes are welcome but must be registered in the owner’s home state and free of any aquatic invasive species. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available for rent. All proceeds will be donated to the Galena Food Pantry. 444 Eagle Ridge Dr Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 13–21
Des Moines, IA

10 days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Skillet, Brooks & Dunn, Nelly, Demi Levato, Alanis Morisette, ZZ Top w/ Hearts Ann Wilson, John Crist, Kane Brown, Disturbed, Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. iowastatefair.org.

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