Tri-State Events

July 2024

Friday, July 19

Friends of the Galena Library Pre-Owned Book Sale
July 19 @ 9 AM–6 PM
July 20 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Galena Middle School (Galena, IL)
Join the Friends of the Galena Public Library for their Pre-Owned Book Sale on July 17 at 4–7 p.m. (Friends only), July 18–19 at 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and July 20 at 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at Galena Middle School in Galena, IL. Thousands of books will be available including adult, teen, children’s, best sellers, classics, biographies, gardening, art, history, large print, mystery, travel, poetry, Western, science fiction, crafts, sports, pets, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and audiobooks. The bake sale starts on Wednesday night and continues until all the baked goods are sold. Bring your own bag and receive a free book. Join Friends of the Galena Public Library and shop on Wednesday night. Proceeds from the sale are used towards subscriptions to Book Page, Flipster Digital Magazine, Ancestry.com and Axis 360; adult and children’s special programs, large print books, Playaway audio books, LitFest and the Galena Little Free Libraries. 1230 Franklin St, Galena, IL. GalenaLibrary.org.

Seussical
Friday, July 19 @ 10:30 AM and 7 PM
Saturday, July 20 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Addams Family
July 19 and 20 @ 7:30 PM
July 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, featuring an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

North American Trainer Association
July 19–21
Dubuque Regional Airport

The Dubuque Regional Airport hosts members of the North American Trainer Association (NATA) as they bring historical aircraft to the airport. An estimated 40 World War II era AT-6 Texans will gather for their annual pre-Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture formation practice and qualification. Other WWII era military training aircraft will include P-51 Mustangs and Corsairs. They will operate from the general aviation apron. NATA is celebrating its 38th year in 2024. The association has nearly 1,000 members worldwide. The first “formation clinic” was held in Boscobel, WI, and has traveled to various Midwest locations since. Dubuque has been home to NATA’s annual clinic for the past 18 years. The gathering serves as a warm-up for the group’s participation in the EAA AirVenture event in nearby Oshkosh, WI. An observation area off Aviation Drive near the Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal will be open to the public. There is no set schedule, but optimal viewing times for spectators are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and plenty of sunscreen. 10965 Aviation Dr. 563-589-4128.

Find Waldo Local
July 19–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 19–21
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)
Famous for live music! This year is no different with Lainey Wilson, Creed, Cody Johnson, and Hailey Whitters. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Spelling Bee & Old-fashioned Games
Saturday, July 20 @ 10 AM–2 PM
Belden School (Galena, IL)

Step back in time and have some old-fashioned fun! Bring the kids and learn about the one-room schoolhouse and play some games like they used to in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Volunteer docents are onsite and share stories of the 1859 limestone one-room schoolhouse off Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory. Laura Ingalls Wilder, portrayed by Tessa Flak, Director of the Galena–Jo Daviess County Historical Society, will assist in the Second Annual Spelling Bee and old-fashioned tug-of-war at Belden School. The Spelling Bee is for 8 to 12-year-olds and everyone attending may participate (even adults) in the tug-of-war. Spelling Bee words will be chosen from an old 1800s textbook and students will compete with children from the following age groups: 8 to 10-year-olds and 11 to 12-year-olds. Refreshments will be served. Tessa Flak, has a vast knowledge of the “little woman on the prairie.” Throughout high school and college, she worked at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, IA, as a tour guide, and volunteered on the board of directors. Later she became the executive director at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, SD. Free, donations appreciated. 52 Heatherdowns Ln, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Saturday, July 20

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: July 20 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th 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: July 20 @ 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: July 20 @ 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.

UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi
July 20 and 21 @ 9 AM
Grand River Center

The 2025 XPC Arnold Classic Qualifier hosts men and women competing in full power, bench only, ironman, and deadlift only contests. Spectators: $15 One day, $25 two days, free ages 10 and younger. 500 Bell St. upapower.com.

Friends of the Galena Library Pre-Owned Book Sale
July 20 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Galena Middle School (Galena, IL)
Join the Friends of the Galena Public Library for their Pre-Owned Book Sale on July 17 at 4–7 p.m. (Friends only), July 18–19 at 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and July 20 at 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at Galena Middle School in Galena, IL. Thousands of books will be available including adult, teen, children’s, best sellers, classics, biographies, gardening, art, history, large print, mystery, travel, poetry, Western, science fiction, crafts, sports, pets, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and audiobooks. The bake sale starts on Wednesday night and continues until all the baked goods are sold. Bring your own bag and receive a free book. Join Friends of the Galena Public Library and shop on Wednesday night. Proceeds from the sale are used towards subscriptions to Book Page, Flipster Digital Magazine, Ancestry.com and Axis 360; adult and children’s special programs, large print books, Playaway audio books, LitFest and the Galena Little Free Libraries. 1230 Franklin St, Galena, IL. GalenaLibrary.org.

Mt Pleasant Home 150th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, July 20 @ Noon–4 PM
Mt Pleasant Home

Originally a home for children and elderly women, Mt Pleasant Home is now a home for women and men who enjoy worry-free living. Everyone is welcome to take a tour of the home and relax on the quiet grounds. There will be a toy giveaway of toys children might have had 150 years ago, such as wooden tops, marbles, jacks, and pinwheels. Plus cake and ice cream. Free. 1695 Mt Pleasant St. mtpleasanthome.org.

Big Duffer Hospice Golf Outing
Saturday, July 20 @ 1 PM
Lacoma Golf (East Dubuque, IL)

Golf 18-holes (12:15 p.m. registration,1 p.m. shotgun start) or 9-holes (2:30 p.m. registration, 3 p.m. start) with co-workers, friends, or family. Both options include a steak dinner, a golf cart, and green fees. Teams consist of four players. If you are not a golfer, you are welcome to join for the steak dinner at 6 p.m. Support the care the Hospice of Dubuque team provides to Tri-State patients and their families during a vulnerable time of life. They bring peace, dignity, and comfort to more than 800 patients and their families each year. $35–$80. 8080 Timmerman Dr, East Dubuque, IL. 566-582-1220. hospiceofdubuque.org.

Galena Brew Fest
Saturday, July 20 @ 1–4 PM
Chestnut Mountain Resort (Galena, IL)
Savor local and regionally crafted brews, wine, and spirits atop the beautiful mountain, overlooking the Mississippi River. 8700 W Chestnut Mountain Rd, Galena, IL. GalenaARC.org/galena-brew-fest.

Field of Dreams Ghost Player Games: First Pitch by University of Iowa Women’s Basketball Players
Every Other Saturday through August 17: July 20 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)
Three University of Iowa Women’s Basketball players will throw out the first pitch. Sydney Affolter, Taylor McCabe, and Hannah Stuelke will be available for free autographs before the performance at 10–11:30 a.m. Visitors may present one item per player for signatures. Affolter, McCabe, and Stuelke were key contributors to the Hawkeyes back-to-back runs to the national championship game. Cedar Rapids-native Stuelke earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors last season and was the 2022–23 Sixth Player of the Year in the conference. Affolter was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team this past season as a junior. McCabe saw a significant increase in her role as a sophomore and has developed into a impactful 3-point threat. The Ghost Player performance, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Show on Dirt,” features family- friendly entertainment centered around hi-jinks on the baseball diamond. Concessions and autographs available. Just bring your chair and sunscreen. Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. FieldOfDreamsMovieSite.com.

Seussical
Saturday, July 20 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Shows
Every Other Saturday through August 17: July 20 @ 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.

Johnny Rogers
Saturday, July 20 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)
The Johnny Rogers Show “The History of Rock n’ Roll” is the story of Buddy and Beyond. Performing in London, the Netherlands, Germany, and all over the United States. Johnny will transport you back in time when you could go to your favorite malt shops with your favorite girl and dance to your favorite bands. The show will start with Johnny’s uncanny portrayal of the late Buddy Holly and go on with a tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, and many more. The show will climax with Johnny’s portrayal the late Elvis Presley. $25 ADV/$28 door adults, $15 ADV/$18 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

The Addams Family
July 20 @ 7:30 PM
July 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, featuring an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Pendulum Hearts
Saturday, July 20 @ 9 PM
The Lift
The Pendulum Hearts conjure up a hip-shaking, two-stepping cocktail of western swing, jazz manouche, and honky-tonk. The members consist of Chase Risinger, Tony Perez, and a rotating cast of rhythm section players and soloists. You’re in for a fun evening of whimsical songwriting, spirited solos, and the undeniable urge to grab a partner and boogie. Free. 180 Main St, Lower Level. facebook.com/theliftdubuque.

North American Trainer Association
July 20–21
Dubuque Regional Airport

The Dubuque Regional Airport hosts members of the North American Trainer Association (NATA) as they bring historical aircraft to the airport. An estimated 40 World War II era AT-6 Texans will gather for their annual pre-Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture formation practice and qualification. Other WWII era military training aircraft will include P-51 Mustangs and Corsairs. They will operate from the general aviation apron. NATA is celebrating its 38th year in 2024. The association has nearly 1,000 members worldwide. The first “formation clinic” was held in Boscobel, WI, and has traveled to various Midwest locations since. Dubuque has been home to NATA’s annual clinic for the past 18 years. The gathering serves as a warm-up for the group’s participation in the EAA AirVenture event in nearby Oshkosh, WI. An observation area off Aviation Drive near the Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal will be open to the public. There is no set schedule, but optimal viewing times for spectators are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and plenty of sunscreen. 10965 Aviation Dr. 563-589-4128.

Find Waldo Local
July 20–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 20–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 20–21
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)
Famous for live music! This year is no different with Lainey Wilson, Creed, Cody Johnson, and Hailey Whitters. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Sunday, July 21

Sensory Days
Sunday, July 21 @ 8–10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium welcomes anyone who may benefit from a sensory-friendly environment. Across campus at both the Mississippi River Discovery Center and the National River Center, the Museum will have dimmed lighting, limited extra and ambient sounds, and no distracting exhibit motions during this public event. All the River Museum’s animals and exhibits will be available for viewing by attendees. $11.95 Non-members, free for members. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.org.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: July 21 @ 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.

Convivium Urban Farmstead Open House
Sunday, July 21 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Explore Convivium’s facilities and neighborhood gardens and learn more about their programming and community outreach efforts around food insecurity. There will be farm tours on the hour starting at 9 a.m. There will also be free food and drinks on the back parking lot from noon until 2 p.m. The coffee house and restaurant will be open for normal hours. All ages. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi
Sunday, July 21 @ 9 AM
Grand River Center

The 2025 XPC Arnold Classic Qualifier hosts men and women competing in full power, bench only, ironman, and deadlift only contests. Spectators: $15 One day, $25 two days, free ages 10 and younger. 500 Bell St. upapower.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October 20: July 21 @ 9 AM–Noon
Veterans Memorial Plaza
Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee, donuts, and drinks will be for sale. Proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 1795 Admiral Sheehy Dr. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Pressed Flower Art
Sunday, July 21 @ 10 AM–Noon
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center
Create your own pressed flower art on handmade paper. Flowers are supplied and the “recipe” to follow for placement will be provided. Enjoy a light breakfast on the Hafeman Veranda. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Cooking Class: Tortellini and Agnolotti
Sunday, July 21 @ 11 AM–1:30 PM
Goldmoor Inn (Galena, IL)

Learn how to make pasta dough and how to shape tortellini and agnolotti. Participants will be able to take pasta dough home to make pasta with family and friends and also take home pasta made in class to enjoy with friends and family. Ticket includes one glass of wine/champagne, one charcuterie board (per 3 people), main course of morel agnolotti, and a mini strawberry trifle dessert. $90. 9001 W Sand Hill Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-3925. goldmoor.com.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays
Bigtooth with Denny and the Folk-ups: Sunday, July 21 @ Noon–6 PM
Greg Garing with the Mutual Admiration Society: Sunday, August 4 @ Noon–6 PM
Art Stevenson and High Water with Mississippi Acoustic Trio: Sunday, August 18 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park
The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays series. Promoted by The Dubuque County Conservation Board, this popular event draws music performers from all around the country and began as an effort to bring bluegrass music to an outdoor setting by the Mississippi River at Mud Lake Park. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the Pickers Pick-nic starting at noon and going until 2 p.m. It’s the perfect setting to meet and play with other aspiring pickers. Guest instructors help with tuning, answer questions, and then organize the jam sessions. Then at 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act at 3:30 p.m., entertaining until approximately 6 p.m. Asking attendees only for freewill donations, the society’s goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays the next year. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park, along with food concessions and special Mud Lake Bluegrass souvenirs (shirts, instrument, and raffles). No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers, and it is recommended that people bring lawn chairs. People are also encouraged to bring their own instruments and participate in the free music clinics prior to main stage acts. Freewill donations. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Seussical
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Walking to Fix Our Democracy
Sunday, July 21 @ 2 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
One man is taking to America’s roads to say that all is not lost, and “we the people” have the power to rescue our democracy. Retired Vermont lawyer and businessman Rick Hubbard started his Walking to Fix Our Democracy quest from Pasadena, CA in October of 2022, and will be stopping in Dubuque on Sunday, July 21, to speak at 2 p.m. at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. Hubbard wants to empower voters across the land to raise awareness and advocate in their own communities for proper representation. R.R.S. Stewart will also be speaking about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 1923. Stewart is a teacher and the Treasurer for Dubuque Branch NAACP. Sponsoring both events is the League of Women Voters of Dubuque. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. Free. 360 W 11th St. fixourdemocracy.us.

The Addams Family
July 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, featuring an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Fast Times at Stone Cliff High
Sunday, July 21 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

It’s been years since you last roamed the halls of Stone Cliff High, which officially closed 10 years ago. However, the school spirit is still alive amongst graduates, and—according to the reunion planning committee, it’s time to bust out those shoulder pads and flip up those collars, as this year’s reunion—extended to ALL graduates—is ‘80s themed. Why not, you think as you don your leg warmers? It’s all in good fun… until the night takes a dark twist. One of your fellow graduates (or perhaps a teacher, coach, or staff member?) is out for some righteous revenge. But why? What buzzkill is about to share why dreams were shattered and lives ruined? Brace yourself for a gnarly night of surprises, suspense, and, most of all, big hair. This Totally Tubular Night Murder, Mayhem, and Mixed Tapes includes an ‘80s trivia contest and four “corpse” meal. $85. RSVP by July 13. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Music in the Gardens: 10 of Soul
Sundays through August: July 21 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
This high-energy 11-piece band brings to the stage a dynamic range of classic soul, funk, and pop. 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.

North American Trainer Association
July 21
Dubuque Regional Airport

The Dubuque Regional Airport hosts members of the North American Trainer Association (NATA) as they bring historical aircraft to the airport. An estimated 40 World War II era AT-6 Texans will gather for their annual pre-Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture formation practice and qualification. Other WWII era military training aircraft will include P-51 Mustangs and Corsairs. They will operate from the general aviation apron. NATA is celebrating its 38th year in 2024. The association has nearly 1,000 members worldwide. The first “formation clinic” was held in Boscobel, WI, and has traveled to various Midwest locations since. Dubuque has been home to NATA’s annual clinic for the past 18 years. The gathering serves as a warm-up for the group’s participation in the EAA AirVenture event in nearby Oshkosh, WI. An observation area off Aviation Drive near the Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal will be open to the public. There is no set schedule, but optimal viewing times for spectators are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and plenty of sunscreen. 10965 Aviation Dr. 563-589-4128.

Find Waldo Local
July 21–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 21–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 21–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 21
Great Jones County Fair (Monticello, IA)
Famous for live music! This year is no different with Lainey Wilson, Creed, Cody Johnson, and Hailey Whitters. 800 N Maple St, Monticello, IA. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
July 21–27
Kramer Aquatic Center (Manchester, IA)

Calling all thrill seekers: Check out this whitewater kayaking course. Grab ahold of the paddle and take on a new adventure. $95. 200 Stearns Dr, Manchester, IA. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

Monday, July 22

Loras College Volleyball Camps
July 22–24
Grades 1–5 @ 9:30 AM–Noon
Grades 6–12 @ 1–3:30 PM
Loras College Athletic and Wellness Center

The camp separates younger athletes from older and offers a sibling discount. Includes T-shirt. $100. 1600 Cox St. lorasvolleyballcamps.com.

Teen Theatre Intensive Camp
July 22–26 @ 1–4 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

Students will learn and perform a radio show. Perform sound effects, disappear into different characters, and get the feel of an actual radio show at the center, culminating with a performance of the show on Friday, July 26, at 3 p.m. Ages 13–17. $125. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Find Waldo Local
July 22–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 22–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 22–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

Tuesday, July 23

Miracle League at Field of Dreams
Tuesday, July 23
9:30 AM–2 PM @ Miracle League of Dubuque (2790 Miracle League Dr)
5:30–9:30 PM @ Field of Dreams Movie Site (28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA)

Miracle League baseball teams from Dubuque IA, Sioux City IA, and the south hills of Pittsburgh PA will participate in competition and games this summer at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The Field of Dreams will offer field rentals and operational expertise this summer to allow children and adults with special needs to have a big league and Hollywood-like experience. The travel team in the south hills of Pittsburgh was started by 3x All-Star and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Sean “The Mayor” Casey about 3 years ago. His organization took to the road in a charter bus and police escort to Cincinnati where they played games vs the Joe Nuxhall league. Since then, this group has traveled to Altoona PA, Hershey PA, Hamilton NJ, and their most recent trip was to host an all-inclusive tournament at the Ripken complex in Pigeon Forge, TN. Miracle League teams play on turf or rubberized fields that accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children and adults with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and will let them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. It’s a full day of baseball, and all are welcome to come watch, cheer, and support some of the best athletes the Miracle League has to offer. Opening ceremonies and games at the Miracle League of Dubuque followed by games at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. miracleleaguedubuque.com.

Seussical
Tuesday, July 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

71st Annual Dubuque County Fair: Bring on the Fun at Fair 71
July 23–28
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The ever-popular Dubuque County Fair comes around for the 71st time to entertain the Tri-State area with music, food, rides, displays, animals, and so much more. “It’s about 4-H, it’s about FFA, it’s about friends, and it’s about having fun,” says Dubuque County Fair Manager Kevin Kotz. A free admission day on Tuesday, July 23 makes the fair truly accessible to everyone. Also, like last year, the fair is hosting a free concert that first night with a tribute concert celebrating Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Wednesday night brings racing to the fairgrounds in multiple auto classes. That day also celebrates kids special activities and prizes all day. A second free concert comes to the grandstands for country night at 7:30 p.m. as rising stars Alexandra Kay with Haley Mae Campbell take the stage. With a big heartbreaking rainout last year, everyone is hoping for a great night to host a re-do on last year’s huge rock concert night on Friday, July 26. Hard rockers Skillet and Theory of a Deadman return for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets range $25–$50 or sit on the hillsides for free. Grandstand admission DOES NOT include gate admission. Saturday brings a different kind of track competition with the return of the ECIPA/Badger State Tractor Pull. And what would Sunday afternoon at the fair be without the demolition derby? If you stick around, the evening concludes with more great track action at 6:30 p.m. as Julien Dubuque Classic Stock Car Racing takes over the oval. Daily attractions include midway, Balloon Stunt Show, Sea Lion Splash, Meet Rocky the T-Rex and Axe Throwing run multiple times daily starting at 1 p.m. Exhibit buildings open most days at 10 a.m. No carry-ins. $10 Ages 12 and older, free ages 11 and younger, free for everyone on Tuesday. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1999. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 23–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 23–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 23–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

Wednesday, July 24

2024 Data Walk
Wednesday, July 24 @ 4–6 PM
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque McCarthy Center

Take a free look at the Dubuque region’s demographic changes and immigration patterns. People from all over the world have made Dubuque their home, helping make our region a vibrant, thriving place. Gather together to learn more about our community’s immigration landscape. The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s 2024 Data Walk will focus on immigration in Dubuque, highlighting opportunities and challenges that stem from demographic shifts. Come enjoy snacks and refreshments while browsing displays and engaging in thought-provoking conversations with your neighbors and our staff. These topics will spark your imagination, help you build connections and inspire solutions. Let’s create Dubuque’s future together. Free. 700 Locust St. 563.588.2700. dbqfoundation.org.

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: July 24 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Natural Watercolor Making
July 24–25 @ 5 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center (Peosta, IA)

Learn how art can not only be relaxing but also sustainable. On day 1, make your own watercolors, paintbrushes, and nature journals. On day 2, go on a small hike and then stop to paint the natural world around you. RSVP required. All ages. Free. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Sourdough Bread Making
Wednesday, July 24 @ 6–8 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

During this hands-on workshop with instructor Diana Berman of The Tangy Loaf, you will learn the fundamentals of sourdough bread. Learn how to create your own starter, how to feed it, and how to maintain it. You will also learn how to shape, knead, and bake your own bread. Price includes lesson, mixing tool, dough scraper, ingredients, and a dough to take home ready for you to bake. Ideal if you are new to sourdough! At the end of the class, taste the bread along with different kinds of spreads, jams, and butters. Bring your favorite wine, beer, or beverage to enjoy during class. Bring a 4-quart bowl (with or without a lid) and a clean tea towel/flour sack. $75. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/cooking-classes.

Seussical
Wednesday, July 24 @ 7 PM
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

71st Annual Dubuque County Fair: Bring on the Fun at Fair 71
July 24–28
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The ever-popular Dubuque County Fair comes around for the 71st time to entertain the Tri-State area with music, food, rides, displays, animals, and so much more. “It’s about 4-H, it’s about FFA, it’s about friends, and it’s about having fun,” says Dubuque County Fair Manager Kevin Kotz. A free admission day on Tuesday, July 23 makes the fair truly accessible to everyone. Also, like last year, the fair is hosting a free concert that first night with a tribute concert celebrating Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Wednesday night brings racing to the fairgrounds in multiple auto classes. That day also celebrates kids special activities and prizes all day. A second free concert comes to the grandstands for country night at 7:30 p.m. as rising stars Alexandra Kay with Haley Mae Campbell take the stage. With a big heartbreaking rainout last year, everyone is hoping for a great night to host a re-do on last year’s huge rock concert night on Friday, July 26. Hard rockers Skillet and Theory of a Deadman return for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets range $25–$50 or sit on the hillsides for free. Grandstand admission DOES NOT include gate admission. Saturday brings a different kind of track competition with the return of the ECIPA/Badger State Tractor Pull. And what would Sunday afternoon at the fair be without the demolition derby? If you stick around, the evening concludes with more great track action at 6:30 p.m. as Julien Dubuque Classic Stock Car Racing takes over the oval. Daily attractions include midway, Balloon Stunt Show, Sea Lion Splash, Meet Rocky the T-Rex and Axe Throwing run multiple times daily starting at 1 p.m. Exhibit buildings open most days at 10 a.m. No carry-ins. $10 Ages 12 and older, free ages 11 and younger, free for everyone on Tuesday. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1999. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 24–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 24–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 24–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

Thursday, July 25

RePurpose Dance Party
Thursday, July 25 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

What’s old is new again! Come dressed in a repurposed style and dance to songs from the 1960s–2000s. Create instruments from reusable items. Ages 4–8. RSVP required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. carnegiestout.org/events.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October 3: July 25 @ 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: July 25 @ 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: The Mighty Mudcats
Thursdays through September 26: July 25 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
With over four decades of musical accolades for each of The Mighty Mudcats individually, this five-piece band mixes a wide variety of covers that take in ageless danceable rock and blues genres to create their own mix of fan-inspired music. Each of the artists have pursued, honed, and achieved their own individual thresholds of musical interest to not only entertain their audiences, but also to thoroughly enjoy what they do best: Play great music together. Open to all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. Free. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live @ the Plaza: Bark at the Plaza
Every Other Thursday through August 22: July 25 @ 5–8 PM
Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly, free-to-attend event will feature beverages from Pecatonica Brewing Company, bites from Adobos Food Truck, and music provided by the Danny Parker Project. Visit the Plaza to enjoy live music, food trucks, and community. This event is sponsored by Safe Haven. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Great Museum Race
Thursday, July 25 @ 6–9 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The River Museum campus will be transformed into a thrilling adventure racecourse with lots of laughs, excitement, activities, and games. Teams of 4–6 registrants will race against the clock to win games, challenges, brainteasers, and other activities. Every team will register at the Pit Stop to track their time and take a required fuel stop. Before getting their next clue, participants in any one of the 15 activity stations will need to throttle their way through the obstacle. Throughout the race, there will be detours and roadblocks to give teams a little variation. Space is limited. Ages 21+. $80 Members, $100 non-members. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.org.

Tri-State Wind Symphony: Concert Directors Pohland, Hauta, Matthews, and Resnick
Thursday, July 25 @ 6:15 PM
Alliant Energy Amphitheater

Dubuque’s summer community band, the Tri-State Wind Symphony, celebrates its 30th season with five “Music by the River” concerts. The TSWS band performs American style music in an informal, casual outdoor setting. The Accordion Divas, which are the TSWS warm up group, kick things off at 6:15 p.m. followed by the main event at 7 p.m. Bring a chair, lay on the hill or sit on the rock wall as the 100 plus volunteer adult and student musicians share their time and talents. Rain site: Westminster Presbyterian Church (2155 University Ave.) Free. 600 Star Brewery Dr. tsws.org.

21st Annual Shullsburg Music in the Park
Craig Gerdes Band: Thursday, July 25 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
Moment’s Notice: Thursday, August 1 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
The Beaux: Thursday, August 8 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
Badger Park (Shullsburg, WI)

Steeped in the white lines, black tar and diesel smoke of the American highway, Tough As Nails, the latest LP from Craig Gerdes, is raw and real, a document of a road-tested band. Ever since the central-Illinois songwriter released his lauded 2018 debut LP, Smokin’ Drinkin’ & Gamblin’, he’s been on tour almost constantly, playing upwards of 150 shows per year, including opening slots and festival support for top country and Americana artists from Tyler Childers and Paul Cauthen to Jamey Johnson and Cody Jinks, as well as a lengthy run with hard-rocker-turned-country-star Aaron Lewis. “Life can be tough and we all need each other,” Gerdes says. “Music is a great vehicle for that. If that’s a way we can bring people together, that’s what we’re gonna do—make a difference in their lives through the music, and bring them together around a common passion. And the more they’re together, the more they find out just how much they have in common.” Food and beverage will be provided by the Russell Law Office – Annual Pig Roast Fundraiser for the Shullsburg Girls’ Basketball Team with serving starting at 6 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets. Free nightly prize drawings. All ages. Free. 279 W Estey St, Shullsburg, WI. ShullsburgMusicInThePark.com.

Seussical
Thursday, July 25 @ 7 PM
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Goldenrods, Denny Garcia
Thursday, July 25 @ 9 PM
The Lift
St. Louis, MO’s The Goldenrods can be best described as “country and Midwestern.” They perform charming original material as well as regional classics from across middle America.  They play two steps, waltzes, and polkas; songs both happy and sad, silly and serious, often sung in harmony. The Goldenrods are fronted by Ryan Koenig (ex Pokey LaFarge) singing and playing fiddle, octave mandolin, plectrum banjo, and guitar. The band is completed with Jess Adkins (So Grand Polka Band) singing and playing accordion and guitar, as well as Kellie Everett (The Hooten Hallers) singing and playing upright bass. Local troubadour Denny Garcia opens. Free. 180 Main St, Lower Level. facebook.com/theliftdubuque.

71st Annual Dubuque County Fair: Bring on the Fun at Fair 71
July 25–28
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The ever-popular Dubuque County Fair comes around for the 71st time to entertain the Tri-State area with music, food, rides, displays, animals, and so much more. “It’s about 4-H, it’s about FFA, it’s about friends, and it’s about having fun,” says Dubuque County Fair Manager Kevin Kotz. A free admission day on Tuesday, July 23 makes the fair truly accessible to everyone. Also, like last year, the fair is hosting a free concert that first night with a tribute concert celebrating Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Wednesday night brings racing to the fairgrounds in multiple auto classes. That day also celebrates kids special activities and prizes all day. A second free concert comes to the grandstands for country night at 7:30 p.m. as rising stars Alexandra Kay with Haley Mae Campbell take the stage. With a big heartbreaking rainout last year, everyone is hoping for a great night to host a re-do on last year’s huge rock concert night on Friday, July 26. Hard rockers Skillet and Theory of a Deadman return for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets range $25–$50 or sit on the hillsides for free. Grandstand admission DOES NOT include gate admission. Saturday brings a different kind of track competition with the return of the ECIPA/Badger State Tractor Pull. And what would Sunday afternoon at the fair be without the demolition derby? If you stick around, the evening concludes with more great track action at 6:30 p.m. as Julien Dubuque Classic Stock Car Racing takes over the oval. Daily attractions include midway, Balloon Stunt Show, Sea Lion Splash, Meet Rocky the T-Rex and Axe Throwing run multiple times daily starting at 1 p.m. Exhibit buildings open most days at 10 a.m. No carry-ins. $10 Ages 12 and older, free ages 11 and younger, free for everyone on Tuesday. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1999. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 25–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 25–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 25–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

26th Annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July 25–27
St. Feriole Island Park (Prairie du Chien, WI)
Two Days! Two Stages! Ten Bands! The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island Park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age. Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear, and good, friendly people all around, you’ll realize you’re at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. You’ll soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger! Blues and roots music from Chicago blues to West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi hill country blues, New Orleans horns, and Texas boogie, zydeco, gospel, blues rock—Prarie Dog Blues Fest has it all! The 2024 Blues Fest lineup is hot! Thursday, July 25, brings the PDBF Kick-Off Party with free admission featuring the Kris Lager Band at the beer tent stage (and again on Friday). Then, on Friday, July 26, the lineup features Mud Morganfield (Muddy Water’s son), Albert Castiglia, and Wayne Baker Brooks. Saturday, July 27, brings the Stefan Geisinger Band, Alastair Greene, Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted, Parker Barrow, and Eric Johanson with Terry Quiett in the beer tent. Bring a comfortable chair, and if you decide you don’t want to move, the famous Prairie Dog Beer Girls will come right to you in the crowd to get you your refills! Of course, if you don’t move at all, you’ll miss the great bands on the beer tent stage. Traveling from Dubuque, you’ll love to know that there is on-site camping, and shuttles run to all hotels in town. Food and drinks along with campfires are allowed in the campgrounds, and its an easy walk in and out of the music grounds. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that! Inside the music grounds, there are plenty of food and drinks from barbecue and Asian to American and Italian. There is a huge beer tent that has its own stage, and there are options ranging from non-alcohol drinks to wine to large brewery beers to a nice selection of craft draft beers. Other vendors on site offer jewelry, clothing, and other handmade items such as blown glass made by a glass blower on site. Downtown is an easy two-block walk off the island where you can find many pubs and restaurants also featuring live music this weekend. $45 ADV/$50 gate one day, $80 ADV/$90 gate two days, free ages 12 and younger, $100 ADV/$110 gate two-day camping up to four people. 101 N 4th St, Prairie du Chien, WI. PrairieDogBlues.com.

Friday, July 26

Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour: B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” & B-25 Mitchell “Show Me”
July 26–28 @ 9 AM–5 PM
Dubuque Regional Airport

Two of the rarest World War II bombers, the B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” and the B-25 Mitchell “Show Me,” will be seen in the skies over Dubuque. The bombers will be accompanied by a T-6 Texan, a PT-13 Stearman, and an RC-45J Expeditor. The AirPower History Tour brings the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to airports across North America each year. Visitors to the Dubuque Regional Airport will be able to view all aircraft up close, purchase rides, and tour the B-29 and B-25 when the aircraft are not flying. The T-6, the PT-13, and RC-45J will be offering rides all three days. The B-29 will fly on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The B-25 will do flights each day at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cockpit tours of the B-29 will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. $20 Adults, $10 ages 11–17, free ages 10 and younger. 10965 Aviation Dr. AirPowerTour.org.

Juggling Jeff
Friday, July 26 @ 10–11 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Packard Pavilion
An interactive comedy show with high energy, improvisation, danger, suspense, ridiculousness, audience participation, and more. All ages. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

43rd Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival
Friday, July 26 @ 4–10:45 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 1–10:45 PM
Sunday, July 28 @ 9:30 AM–2:40 PM
1356 110th St, Strawberry Point, IA
The Backbone Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its 43rd annual year on July 26–28 as one of the longest running bluegrass, folk, gospel, and acoustic music festivals in the Midwest. The performers booked for the 2024 Backbone Bluegrass Festival include Grammy award nominees Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley, Jerry Salley, and Special Consensus. The Rick Faris Band was IBMA New Entertainer of the Year and is a millennial generation favorite. The remaining lineup is made up of top regional and local bands. See stage shows with professional musicians and open stage performances where amateurs get an opportunity to perform. There is a three-day music camp and songwriters’ workshop plus featured workshops for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass as well as harmony singing and instrument repair. There are scavenger hunts for the children, meet and greet artists autograph sessions, and campfire jams throughout the day and the night. Organizers take pride in the fact that their festival is an affordable, diverse, family-friendly, and handicapped-accessible event held in the picturesque setting of northeast Iowa on a 20-acre timber site that has been developed to include camping sites, a permanent stage, shower houses, and kitchen. $15–$55, free ages 11 and younger. 1356 110th St, Strawberry Point, IA. BackboneBluegrass.com.

Bee Sweet: Honey Tasting and Cookie Decorating Class
Friday, July 26 @ 6–8 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

The dual learning experience begins with a full-sensory honey tasting experience led by Dry Creek Beekeeping. Next up, Pies and Cakes by Mackensie will lead attendees in learning the basics of cookie decorating with royal icing on bee-themed cookies. $50. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org.

Seussical
Friday, July 26 @ 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

71st Annual Dubuque County Fair: Bring on the Fun at Fair 71
July 26–28
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The ever-popular Dubuque County Fair comes around for the 71st time to entertain the Tri-State area with music, food, rides, displays, animals, and so much more. “It’s about 4-H, it’s about FFA, it’s about friends, and it’s about having fun,” says Dubuque County Fair Manager Kevin Kotz. A free admission day on Tuesday, July 23 makes the fair truly accessible to everyone. Also, like last year, the fair is hosting a free concert that first night with a tribute concert celebrating Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Wednesday night brings racing to the fairgrounds in multiple auto classes. That day also celebrates kids special activities and prizes all day. A second free concert comes to the grandstands for country night at 7:30 p.m. as rising stars Alexandra Kay with Haley Mae Campbell take the stage. With a big heartbreaking rainout last year, everyone is hoping for a great night to host a re-do on last year’s huge rock concert night on Friday, July 26. Hard rockers Skillet and Theory of a Deadman return for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets range $25–$50 or sit on the hillsides for free. Grandstand admission DOES NOT include gate admission. Saturday brings a different kind of track competition with the return of the ECIPA/Badger State Tractor Pull. And what would Sunday afternoon at the fair be without the demolition derby? If you stick around, the evening concludes with more great track action at 6:30 p.m. as Julien Dubuque Classic Stock Car Racing takes over the oval. Daily attractions include midway, Balloon Stunt Show, Sea Lion Splash, Meet Rocky the T-Rex and Axe Throwing run multiple times daily starting at 1 p.m. Exhibit buildings open most days at 10 a.m. No carry-ins. $10 Ages 12 and older, free ages 11 and younger, free for everyone on Tuesday. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1999. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 26–27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 26–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 26–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

26th Annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July 26–27
St. Feriole Island Park (Prairie du Chien, WI)
Two Days! Two Stages! Ten Bands! The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island Park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age. Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear, and good, friendly people all around, you’ll realize you’re at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. You’ll soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger! Blues and roots music from Chicago blues to West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi hill country blues, New Orleans horns, and Texas boogie, zydeco, gospel, blues rock—Prarie Dog Blues Fest has it all! The 2024 Blues Fest lineup is hot! Thursday, July 25, brings the PDBF Kick-Off Party with free admission featuring the Kris Lager Band at the beer tent stage (and again on Friday). Then, on Friday, July 26, the lineup features Mud Morganfield (Muddy Water’s son), Albert Castiglia, and Wayne Baker Brooks. Saturday, July 27, brings the Stefan Geisinger Band, Alastair Greene, Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted, Parker Barrow, and Eric Johanson with Terry Quiett in the beer tent. Bring a comfortable chair, and if you decide you don’t want to move, the famous Prairie Dog Beer Girls will come right to you in the crowd to get you your refills! Of course, if you don’t move at all, you’ll miss the great bands on the beer tent stage. Traveling from Dubuque, you’ll love to know that there is on-site camping, and shuttles run to all hotels in town. Food and drinks along with campfires are allowed in the campgrounds, and its an easy walk in and out of the music grounds. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that! Inside the music grounds, there are plenty of food and drinks from barbecue and Asian to American and Italian. There is a huge beer tent that has its own stage, and there are options ranging from non-alcohol drinks to wine to large brewery beers to a nice selection of craft draft beers. Other vendors on site offer jewelry, clothing, and other handmade items such as blown glass made by a glass blower on site. Downtown is an easy two-block walk off the island where you can find many pubs and restaurants also featuring live music this weekend. $45 ADV/$50 gate one day, $80 ADV/$90 gate two days, free ages 12 and younger, $100 ADV/$110 gate two-day camping up to four people. 101 N 4th St, Prairie du Chien, WI. PrairieDogBlues.com.

Saturday, July 27

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: July 27 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th 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: July 27 @ 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.

Potosi Tennyson Driftless Gate Market
Every Other Saturday through September 21: July 27 @ 8 AM–Noon
St. Andrew & Thomas School (Potosi, WI)

The Potosi-Tennyson Market has become a hub for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique shopping experience and an opportunity to meet the people behind the products. The vendors include small farms, artists, hobbyists, crafters, service providers, and more who are all committed to community involvement and help promote local growth. 100 HWY 61, Potosi WI. PotosiTennysonMarket.com.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 27 @ 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.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: July 27 @ 8 AM–Noon
3rd Ave SW and 3rd St, Dyersville, IA

Head to the grassy square between Xavier School and the north fork of the Maquoketa River to find a variety of local vendors, food trucks, live music, and activities. DyersvilleDowntownMarket.com.

Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour: B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” & B-25 Mitchell “Show Me”
July 27–28 @ 9 AM–5 PM
Dubuque Regional Airport

Two of the rarest World War II bombers, the B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” and the B-25 Mitchell “Show Me,” will be seen in the skies over Dubuque. The bombers will be accompanied by a T-6 Texan, a PT-13 Stearman, and an RC-45J Expeditor. The AirPower History Tour brings the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to airports across North America each year. Visitors to the Dubuque Regional Airport will be able to view all aircraft up close, purchase rides, and tour the B-29 and B-25 when the aircraft are not flying. The T-6, the PT-13, and RC-45J will be offering rides all three days. The B-29 will fly on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The B-25 will do flights each day at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cockpit tours of the B-29 will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. $20 Adults, $10 ages 11–17, free ages 10 and younger. 10965 Aviation Dr. AirPowerTour.org.

3rd Annual Spring Green ChamberFest
Saturday, July 27 @ 11 AM
Spring Green General Store (Spring Green, WI)

The Spring Green General Store’s third annual ChamberFest is an outdoor classical chamber music festival. More-Than-Human, a new program curated by artistic director and cellist Zou Zou Robidoux, features chamber music inspired by the natural world and is preceded by a children’s concert featuring Alys Dickerson of American Players Theatre. Join Alys Dickerson and a trio of ChamberFest musicians for a musical story time featuring works by Scott Joplin, Antonio Vivaldi, and more. This fun and inclusive concert invites music lovers of all ages to learn more about the instruments, ask questions about the music and featured composers, and enjoy the art of storytelling with a live soundtrack. More-Than-Human explores themes of land, climate, animals, and nature with works by Caroline Shaw, The Danish String Quartet, and more. Robidoux is joined by violinists Vinicius Sant’Ana and Maynie Bradley, violinist-violist Sahada Buckley, and cellist James Waldo, all members of the Listen Closely Chamber Music Collective. Rain site: Spring Green Community Library (230 E Monroe St). Free, $20 suggested donation. 137 S Albany St, Spring Green, WI. 608-588-7070. SpringGreenGeneralStore.com.

43rd Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, July 27 @ 1–10:45 PM
Sunday, July 28 @ 9:30 AM–2:40 PM
1356 110th St, Strawberry Point, IA
The Backbone Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its 43rd annual year on July 26–28 as one of the longest running bluegrass, folk, gospel, and acoustic music festivals in the Midwest. The performers booked for the 2024 Backbone Bluegrass Festival include Grammy award nominees Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley, Jerry Salley, and Special Consensus. The Rick Faris Band was IBMA New Entertainer of the Year and is a millennial generation favorite. The remaining lineup is made up of top regional and local bands. See stage shows with professional musicians and open stage performances where amateurs get an opportunity to perform. There is a three-day music camp and songwriters’ workshop plus featured workshops for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass as well as harmony singing and instrument repair. There are scavenger hunts for the children, meet and greet artists autograph sessions, and campfire jams throughout the day and the night. Organizers take pride in the fact that their festival is an affordable, diverse, family-friendly, and handicapped-accessible event held in the picturesque setting of northeast Iowa on a 20-acre timber site that has been developed to include camping sites, a permanent stage, shower houses, and kitchen. $15–$55, free ages 11 and younger. 1356 110th St, Strawberry Point, IA. BackboneBluegrass.com.

Seussical
Saturday, July 27 @ 2 PM and 7 PM
Bell Tower Theater

The 17th Annual Kids-for-Kids Summer Musical will be Seussical. This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life. Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show will be performed by two casts of kids ages 7 to 16 from throughout the area. Tickets are $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

1838 Erben Organ Benefit Recital: Charles Barland
Saturday, July 27 @ 4:30 PM
Grace Episcopal Church (Galena, IL)
Charles Barland is a Professor of Music and University Organist at University of Dubuque. A native of Eau Claire, WI, Dr. Charles Barland earned a bachelor of arts degree at Carroll University, a master of arts degree at the University of Iowa, and the doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Kansas. Donations appreciated for historic preservation of the instrument. Free. 107 S Prospect St, Galena, IL. facebook.com/FullyGrace.

An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln
Saturday, July 27 @ 5:30–9 PM
DeSoto House Hotel (Galena, IL)

Mr. Abraham Lincoln requests your attendance as he once again addresses the people of Galena from his place on the historic balcony of the DeSoto House Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln invite you to join them for dinner and theater in the ballroom following the address. $55. 230 S Main St, Galena, IL. 815-777-0090. desotohouse.com.

Blues on the River: Bob Dorr and the Blues Two Plus One
Saturday, July 27 @ 7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery
Bob Dorr’s legacy with the Blue Band began in June 1981. Although Dorr is talented on various instruments including the harmonica and percussion, his voice is his best instrument. Not only has Dorr made his own band a success, but he has helped provide valuable exposure for other regional bands through the use of his highly popular radio shows on Iowa Public Radio and as producer of the highly regarded Iowa Blues compilations for Hot Fudge Music. Attendees can enter to win a 5-day mountain retreat vacation in the Smith’s vacation home in Silverthorne, CO. A 50/50 raffle supports United Way. $25 ADV/$30 Door. 600 Star Brewery Dr. stonecliffwinery.com.

Wrëking Crüe: The Mötley Crüe Experience
Saturday, July 27 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
The nationally touring tribute band has a stage shows like no other, spanning more than six different era recreations down to the finest detail. Don’t miss the exciting, energetic party atmosphere of an ‘80s Crüe concert! Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

71st Annual Dubuque County Fair: Bring on the Fun at Fair 71
July 27–28
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The ever-popular Dubuque County Fair comes around for the 71st time to entertain the Tri-State area with music, food, rides, displays, animals, and so much more. “It’s about 4-H, it’s about FFA, it’s about friends, and it’s about having fun,” says Dubuque County Fair Manager Kevin Kotz. A free admission day on Tuesday, July 23 makes the fair truly accessible to everyone. Also, like last year, the fair is hosting a free concert that first night with a tribute concert celebrating Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Wednesday night brings racing to the fairgrounds in multiple auto classes. That day also celebrates kids special activities and prizes all day. A second free concert comes to the grandstands for country night at 7:30 p.m. as rising stars Alexandra Kay with Haley Mae Campbell take the stage. With a big heartbreaking rainout last year, everyone is hoping for a great night to host a re-do on last year’s huge rock concert night on Friday, July 26. Hard rockers Skillet and Theory of a Deadman return for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets range $25–$50 or sit on the hillsides for free. Grandstand admission DOES NOT include gate admission. Saturday brings a different kind of track competition with the return of the ECIPA/Badger State Tractor Pull. And what would Sunday afternoon at the fair be without the demolition derby? If you stick around, the evening concludes with more great track action at 6:30 p.m. as Julien Dubuque Classic Stock Car Racing takes over the oval. Daily attractions include midway, Balloon Stunt Show, Sea Lion Splash, Meet Rocky the T-Rex and Axe Throwing run multiple times daily starting at 1 p.m. Exhibit buildings open most days at 10 a.m. No carry-ins. $10 Ages 12 and older, free ages 11 and younger, free for everyone on Tuesday. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1999. DBQfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 27
Various Locations in Dubuque

The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 22 local businesses throughout our community this July. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2024, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses in the Upper and Lower Main Street neighborhoods, Millwork District, Cable Car Square, and the River Harbor.  Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” passport at River Lights Bookstore from July 1–27, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo you spot, you can get their passport stamped or signed by the participating shop. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and prizes from the participating shops. Waldo hunters can come to River Lights Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 to see if they’ve won. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 27–28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 27–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

26th Annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July 27
St. Feriole Island Park (Prairie du Chien, WI)
Two Days! Two Stages! Ten Bands! The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island Park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age. Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear, and good, friendly people all around, you’ll realize you’re at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. You’ll soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger! Blues and roots music from Chicago blues to West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi hill country blues, New Orleans horns, and Texas boogie, zydeco, gospel, blues rock—Prarie Dog Blues Fest has it all! The 2024 Blues Fest lineup is hot! Thursday, July 25, brings the PDBF Kick-Off Party with free admission featuring the Kris Lager Band at the beer tent stage (and again on Friday). Then, on Friday, July 26, the lineup features Mud Morganfield (Muddy Water’s son), Albert Castiglia, and Wayne Baker Brooks. Saturday, July 27, brings the Stefan Geisinger Band, Alastair Greene, Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted, Parker Barrow, and Eric Johanson with Terry Quiett in the beer tent. Bring a comfortable chair, and if you decide you don’t want to move, the famous Prairie Dog Beer Girls will come right to you in the crowd to get you your refills! Of course, if you don’t move at all, you’ll miss the great bands on the beer tent stage. Traveling from Dubuque, you’ll love to know that there is on-site camping, and shuttles run to all hotels in town. Food and drinks along with campfires are allowed in the campgrounds, and its an easy walk in and out of the music grounds. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that! Inside the music grounds, there are plenty of food and drinks from barbecue and Asian to American and Italian. There is a huge beer tent that has its own stage, and there are options ranging from non-alcohol drinks to wine to large brewery beers to a nice selection of craft draft beers. Other vendors on site offer jewelry, clothing, and other handmade items such as blown glass made by a glass blower on site. Downtown is an easy two-block walk off the island where you can find many pubs and restaurants also featuring live music this weekend. $45 ADV/$50 gate one day, $80 ADV/$90 gate two days, free ages 12 and younger, $100 ADV/$110 gate two-day camping up to four people. 101 N 4th St, Prairie du Chien, WI. PrairieDogBlues.com.

Sunday, July 28

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: July 28 @ 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.

Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour: B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” & B-25 Mitchell “Show Me”
July 28 @ 9 AM–5 PM
Dubuque Regional Airport

Two of the rarest World War II bombers, the B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” and the B-25 Mitchell “Show Me,” will be seen in the skies over Dubuque. The bombers will be accompanied by a T-6 Texan, a PT-13 Stearman, and an RC-45J Expeditor. The AirPower History Tour brings the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to airports across North America each year. Visitors to the Dubuque Regional Airport will be able to view all aircraft up close, purchase rides, and tour the B-29 and B-25 when the aircraft are not flying. The T-6, the PT-13, and RC-45J will be offering rides all three days. The B-29 will fly on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The B-25 will do flights each day at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cockpit tours of the B-29 will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. $20 Adults, $10 ages 11–17, free ages 10 and younger. 10965 Aviation Dr. AirPowerTour.org.

43rd Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival
Sunday, July 28 @ 9:30 AM–2:40 PM
1356 110th St, Strawberry Point, IA
The Backbone Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its 43rd annual year on July 26–28 as one of the longest running bluegrass, folk, gospel, and acoustic music festivals in the Midwest. The performers booked for the 2024 Backbone Bluegrass Festival include Grammy award nominees Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley, Jerry Salley, and Special Consensus. The Rick Faris Band was IBMA New Entertainer of the Year and is a millennial generation favorite. The remaining lineup is made up of top regional and local bands. See stage shows with professional musicians and open stage performances where amateurs get an opportunity to perform. There is a three-day music camp and songwriters’ workshop plus featured workshops for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass as well as harmony singing and instrument repair. There are scavenger hunts for the children, meet and greet artists autograph sessions, and campfire jams throughout the day and the night. Organizers take pride in the fact that their festival is an affordable, diverse, family-friendly, and handicapped-accessible event held in the picturesque setting of northeast Iowa on a 20-acre timber site that has been developed to include camping sites, a permanent stage, shower houses, and kitchen. $15–$55, free ages 11 and younger. 1356 110th St, Strawberry Point, IA. BackboneBluegrass.com.

Cooking 101: Fresh Vegetables
Sunday, July 28 @ 3–5 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

If you are perplexed about how to work with fresh vegetables—cut/slice, cook, roast, preserve. If you let your veggies linger a little too long in the fridge and end up throwing them away. If your mom cooked veggies until they were mush—or even if you do! This class is for you. Learn how to process and cook with fresh vegetables, and what is in season and when so that we can get the best quality and price. Take home recipes and preservation techniques to get the most out of your veggies. Learn tips and tricks for stretching the life of your vegetables and reducing food waste. 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.

Asher Cataldo, Bryce Reeg, Logan Wheat, and Layla Cataldo
Sunday, July 28 @ 3 PM
Beer in the Barn Brewery (St. Donatus, IA)
Raised in the middle of Tennessee and writing music since the age of 8, singer-songwriter Asher Cataldo, shares a wide style of music ranging from classic country, modern country, folk, hip-hop and blues. Joining him at the Gehlen Barn is Bryce Reeg, a Bellevue, IA native, another singer-songwriter now living in Tennessee to expand his musical talents. Logan Wheat, from Fayetteville, TN blends traditional country music with his own unique style, adds to the talent of this group. Finally, Layla Cataldo is joining the tour this year to share her beautiful voice and guitar skills. Influenced heavily by her musical family in Tennessee, she is an amazing addition to this talented group of musicians. Free. 101 Main St, St. Donatus, IA. gehlenhouseandbarn.com.

Music in the Gardens: Kids from Wisconsin
Sundays through August: July 28 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Song-and-dance band. 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.

71st Annual Dubuque County Fair: Bring on the Fun at Fair 71
July 28
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The ever-popular Dubuque County Fair comes around for the 71st time to entertain the Tri-State area with music, food, rides, displays, animals, and so much more. “It’s about 4-H, it’s about FFA, it’s about friends, and it’s about having fun,” says Dubuque County Fair Manager Kevin Kotz. A free admission day on Tuesday, July 23 makes the fair truly accessible to everyone. Also, like last year, the fair is hosting a free concert that first night with a tribute concert celebrating Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Wednesday night brings racing to the fairgrounds in multiple auto classes. That day also celebrates kids special activities and prizes all day. A second free concert comes to the grandstands for country night at 7:30 p.m. as rising stars Alexandra Kay with Haley Mae Campbell take the stage. With a big heartbreaking rainout last year, everyone is hoping for a great night to host a re-do on last year’s huge rock concert night on Friday, July 26. Hard rockers Skillet and Theory of a Deadman return for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets range $25–$50 or sit on the hillsides for free. Grandstand admission DOES NOT include gate admission. Saturday brings a different kind of track competition with the return of the ECIPA/Badger State Tractor Pull. And what would Sunday afternoon at the fair be without the demolition derby? If you stick around, the evening concludes with more great track action at 6:30 p.m. as Julien Dubuque Classic Stock Car Racing takes over the oval. Daily attractions include midway, Balloon Stunt Show, Sea Lion Splash, Meet Rocky the T-Rex and Axe Throwing run multiple times daily starting at 1 p.m. Exhibit buildings open most days at 10 a.m. No carry-ins. $10 Ages 12 and older, free ages 11 and younger, free for everyone on Tuesday. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1999. DBQfair.com.

Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week
July 28
Various Locations in Platteville, WI
Platteville’s Hometown Festival Week is a flurry of activity celebrating the Wisconsin community. Let’s go over everything that’s happening on July 20–28. The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20 with the Platteville Farmer’s Market at City Park at 8 a.m.–noon, Southwest Music Festival at 2nd Street at noon–midnight, and Cruise In On Main at Downtown Main Street at 3–8 p.m. The music festival features the Adam Bartels Band at 1 p.m., The Boy Band Night at 5 p.m., and headliner Cherry Pie at 9 p.m. The cruise boasts cars, food, music, and 50/50 raffle and is free. Next up is the Southwest Healthy’s Berry Fest at Legion park on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:30–7:30 p.m. Learn about healthy living practices plus enjoy food, games, prizes, and fun for all ages. Wednesday, July 24 celebrates Katie’s Garden 20th Anniversary at Katie’s Garden from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King, kid activities, food, duck race, garden tour at 6 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Head over to City Park on Thursday, July 25 for Party in the Park “Salute to Volunteers” at 5–6 p.m. plus free hotdogs while supplies last. Music in the Park follows at 6–8 p.m. with music by Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band. Friday, July 26 brings a Fish Boil to Trinity Episcopal Church at 5–7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 brings back the Platteville Farmer’s Market to City Park at 8 a.m.–noon in addition to the Hometown Festival Art & Craft Fair at 8 a.m.–2 p.m., also at City Park. Enjoy music in the gazebo with Roy Schroedl at 9 a.m., Echorus at 10 a.m., Tristan Hirsch at 11 a.m, Lexi Healy at noon, and Tristan Hirsch and Kelsey Klar at 1 p.m. The festival closes out on Sunday, July 28 with the Southwest Christian Music Festival at 1–4:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for this collaboration of church musicians. Participate in the Hometown Fest Week Treasure Hunt all week long thanks to the Platteville Public Library. Use the Beanstack app to locate secret code words hidden across town This fun-filled festival is sure to keep you entertained all week long! 608-348-8888. platteville.com.

Jackson County Fair
July 28–29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

Monday, July 29

TSA PreCheck Enrollment Event
July 29–August 2 @ 9 AM–Noon and 1–5 PM
Dubuque Regional Airport Capt. Robert L. Martin Terminal

The Dubuque Regional Airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will host a week-long TSA PreCheck enrollment event. Applicants do not need an airline ticket to access the enrollment center. TSA recommends that interested individuals pre-enroll and make an appointment online at Identogo.com/precheck. Walk-in appointments will be accepted as space and personnel are available. Travelers who are enrolled in TSA PreCheck can participate in an expedited screening process at more than 200 airports across the United States. They are allowed to keep their shoes, belts, and light jackets on, and can leave their laptops and liquid 3-1-1 bags inside their carry-on when processing through an airport security checkpoint. The application fee covers a five-year membership. The fee must be paid at the enrollment center by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Enrollees will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship or legal residency status. $78. 10965 Aviation Dr. identogo.com/precheck.

Jackson County Fair
July 29
Jackson County Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

Enjoy a variety of county fair events including fair queen, open horse show, parade, enduro race, Circle S Mobile Safari, Steamers Thrill Show, Polka Dot Entertainment, cooking with kids, kids pedal pull, stock car races, truck & tractor pull, Riley talent show, car show, hug a hog contest, antique & classic tractor show, and night of destruction. Music includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Muscadine Bloodline on Friday and Jadynce Jean and Justin Moore on Saturday. $15, free ages 12 and younger. 1212 E Quarry St, Maquoketa, IA. jacksoncountyiowafair.com.

Tuesday, July 30

Disability & Inclusion Expo
Tuesday July 30 @ 5–8 PM
Northeast Iowa Community College Peosta Room #104A (Peosta, IA)

Visit with Dubuque County Disabilities Council (DCDC) members, community partners, and area vendors to learn more about the DCDC and inclusive activities and/or organizations in Dubuque County that share a passion in creating more opportunities and dismantling barriers for people with disabilities in Dubuque County. Vendor booths will be open throughout the event with a presentation hour starting at 6 p.m. Learn about Track Chairs, hayrides, and other events; voter education and outreach; and free ADA compliance support and training modules for workplaces to explore and overcome implicit biases around individuals with disabilities. 8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA. dubuquecountyiowa.gov/303.

Colm & Laura Keegan w/ Brian McGrane
Tuesday, July 30 @ 7 PM
Galena Center For the Arts (Galena, IL)
This trio, featuring Irish and Scottish influences, brings a unique blend of original and traditional melodies to Galena. Seating is limited. $15 Adults, $5 Students. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Wednesday, July 31

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: July 31 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Dubuque Harley Davidson Bike Nights
Last Wednesday through August: July 31 @ 6–9 PM
McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson

Bikes night aren’t just for bikes anymore! Classic cars, Jeeps, off-road vehicles, or anything with wheels is welcome. $1,000s in prizes each night. Live music, drinks, and food available. 145 N Crescent Ridge. DubuqueHarley-Davidson.com.

August 2024

Thursday, August 1

Taste of Summer Series
Thursday, August 1 @ 5–9 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
A “Taste of Dubuque” scaled down… but three times! Free to attend, enjoy mouth-watering food favorites from a handful of great food trucks and two live bands each night. 8/1: Caroline’s Restaurant, Birds Chicken Food Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Vesperman Farms Ice Cream Truck plus music by Boys of Lloyd and Dirt Road Rockers. Awards for best dishes each time. Free to attend. 350 E 3rd St. RiverMuseum.org.

21st Annual Shullsburg Music in the Park
Moment’s Notice: Thursday, August 1 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
The Beaux: Thursday, August 8 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
Badger Park (Shullsburg, WI)

Playing their unique brand of original blues, funk, and soul, Moment’s Notice is a group of eclectic musicians known internationally for recording and touring with many well-known bands. With George Moye, “Dr. Funk” on bass, Jason Medieros on guitar, Pierre Lewis on keyboard, Marcus Bohn on drums, and Allen Kirk on guitar and vocals, Moment’s Notice comes together to bring you a guaranteed great time with spontaneous grooves and musical fun. Food and beverage will be provided by Gleason Cattle Company, with serving starting at 6 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets. Free nightly prize drawings. All ages. Free. 279 W Estey St, Shullsburg, WI. ShullsburgMusicInThePark.com.

Jo Daviess County Fair
August 1–4
Jo Daviess County Fairgrounds (Warren, IL)

Experience the historic Jo Daviess County Fair, the longest-running consecutive fair in Illinois! Since 1860, this family-friendly event has offered a variety of exciting activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy the lively beer tent, thrilling derby, and colorful carnival. Be sure to catch the pageant, showcasing local talent and beauty, and the mud volleyball tournament for some friendly competition. With so much to see and do, the Jo Daviess County Fair is the perfect place to create lasting memories with your loved ones. $15 Adults, $5 ages 7–17, free ages 6 and younger, $30 pit pass. 101 High St, Warren, IL. 815-275-8879. jodaviesscountyfair.org.

Friday, August 2

Food Festival Fridays
1st Friday through September: August 2 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Washington Park

Join area food vendors in Washington Park for a lunchtime food fest. 365ink Magazine brings the perfect side dish to your chicken sandwich, pizza, or coffee: local, live music! Aug. 2 features Birds., Hibachi Time, Dinger’s D’Lite’s, Magoo’s Pizza, Bob & Lou’s, and Elle & Beck’s Coffee & Gelato and music by Joie Wails. The festival closes out on Sept. 6 with Birds., Hibachi Time, Dinger’s D’Lite’s, Magoo’s Pizza, and Bob & Lou’s and music by Sarah Day. Hosted by Dubuque Main Street and sponsored by MidWestOne Bank. Free. 700 Locust St. dubuquemainstreet.com.

3- Hour Beekeeping Bootcamp
Friday, August 2 @ Noon–3 PM
Dry Creek Beekeeping (Elizabeth, IL)

Learn from experienced beekeeper and get easy-to-follow instructions and the hands-on experience you need to get started off on the right foot with this exciting hobby or business. Ages 13+. $125. 489 S Clark Ln, Elizabeth, IL. 815-297-3366. drycreekbeekeeping.com.

Cascade Rockin’ on the River: Flatbed Four, Mark Zalaznik
Friday, August 2 @ 7–11 PM
Riverview Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)
The Quad Cities’ band Flatbed Four play your favorite hits from the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruce Springsteen, and The Rolling Stones plus a little country for a good mix. Mark Zalaznik opens. Bring your cooler and lawn chairs for a night of great music. Food available for purchase. $10. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA.  facebook.com/RockinOnTheRiverCascade.

Upchurch: Tune-In Tour ’24 With Special Guests t2., Brodnax, and JJ Lawhorn
Friday, August 2 @ 8 PM
Back Waters Stage
The more serious alter ego of comic hick-hop performer Upchurch the Redneck, Ryan Upchurch established a sideline career as a singer, performing songs significantly warmer and more personable than his purposefully rowdy rap material. After Upchurch started posting the videos online, word about his work began to spread, and as he developed a fan base for his “hick-hop” music, he released an EP, Cheatham County, in May 2015. The EP rose to No. 29 on the country albums chart, and Upchurch the Redneck’s recording career was on its way. Upchurch is joined by special guests special guests t2., Brodnax, and JJ Lawhorn. Q Casino + Resort’s Back Waters Stage presented by MidwestOne Bank returns with a slate of star-studded entertainment. Rain or shine. All ages. $64.99 GA, $84.99 Turpin Tailgate Zone. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show
August 2–3
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show features product booths, demo booths, information booths, door prizes, classes, hands-on opportunities in the scroll saw corral, a show & tell area to showcase your achievements, a woodworking contest (with opportunities to enter scroll sawing, wood turning and woodcarving), and a Friday evening dinner. The show is dedicated to Dirk Boelman. 14569 Old Highway Rd. midwesttradeshow.com.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 2 and 3
Epworth, IA

Celebrate Epworth with two days of music, kids activities, live auction, and food and beverages. Friday includes an ice cream social and live music at Tower Park with Boys of Lloyd and Hard Salami. Saturday kicks off early with a workout at the tennis courts followed by the WDHS 8K walk/run. Then enjoy the parade, truck and tractor show, and live auction. Saturday night features a BBQ cookoff and live music by Big John Hammer & the Rusty Nails and Crazy Delicious. No carry ins. Free. facebook.com/tncdays.

Jo Daviess County Fair
August 2–4
Jo Daviess County Fairgrounds (Warren, IL)

Experience the historic Jo Daviess County Fair, the longest-running consecutive fair in Illinois! Since 1860, this family-friendly event has offered a variety of exciting activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy the lively beer tent, thrilling derby, and colorful carnival. Be sure to catch the pageant, showcasing local talent and beauty, and the mud volleyball tournament for some friendly competition. With so much to see and do, the Jo Daviess County Fair is the perfect place to create lasting memories with your loved ones. $15 Adults, $5 ages 7–17, free ages 6 and younger, $30 pit pass. 101 High St, Warren, IL. 815-275-8879. jodaviesscountyfair.org.

Saturday, August 3

Field of Dreams Ghost Player Games: First Pitch by Ben Zobrist
Every Other Saturday through August 17: August 3 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)
Ben Zobrist, the most valuable player of the 2016 World Series, will throw out the first pitch. The retired Major League Baseball player will be available for autographs and photos before the performance at 10–11:30 a.m. Zobrist spent 14 years in Major League Baseball as a multi-positional player. A three-time All-Star, he was a member of consecutive World Series-winning teams with the Kansas City Royals in 2015 and the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He was named the 2016 World Series MVP. Zobrist made his big-league debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006 and played nine seasons with the club. In 2015, he spent the first half of the season in Oakland before being traded to the Royals and contributing to the team’s championship run. He spent the final three years of his career with the Cubs before retiring after the 2019 season. The Ghost Player performance, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Show on Dirt,” features family- friendly entertainment centered around hi-jinks on the baseball diamond. Concessions and autographs available. Just bring your chair and sunscreen. Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. FieldOfDreamsMovieSite.com.

Eagle Pointe Fair Day
Saturday, August 3 @ 1:30–4:30 PM
Eagle Pointe Place

Enjoy an afternoon of festivities for all ages! Carnival games, fair food, caricature artist, live music from Secrets, and more. Local food trucks will also be on site. RSVP. 2700 Matthew John Dr. 815-281-1648. trustwellliving.com.

Honey & Mead Tasting Workshop
Saturday, August 3 @ 2–3:15 PM
Eagle Ridge Resort (Galena, IL)

Enjoy a full sensory honey tasting experience as you taste light, medium, and dark colored honeys as well as creamed, crystallized, and direct from the comb honey. Engage all of your senses as you use a flavor wheel to identify the aromas and flavors you experience as you taste each honey. At the end of the tasting, each attendee will receive a glass of honey mead wine to further enjoy honey in another delightful way. RSVP by Aug. 2. $35. 444 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena, IL. 815-297-3366. drycreekbeekeeping.com.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Shows
Every Other Saturday through August 17: August 3 @ 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.

Confluence on the River Art Show
Saturday, August 3 @ 5–8 PM
Great River Gallery (Bellevue, IA)

Confluence on the River is the fitting name of this social event that marks the convergence of three area arts groups at one location. ARRT is an affiliation of more than 60 artists, galleries, and artisanal food and/or beverage vendors in our Driftless Region that, among other things, produces an exclusive year-round art tour guide. The Scenic Art Loop strives to unite the vibrant arts community of our Tri-State Region. The Bellevue Arts Council has curated an exciting exhibition of art by the Scenic Art Loop by ARRT artists for the ambiance of the EIAS members’ social gathering and for the enjoyment of the general public. All the artwork will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting BAC. Wine and hors d’oeuvres provided. 309 S Riverview St, Bellevue, IA. bellevueartscounciliowa.org.

Shrek the Musical JR.
Saturday, August 3 @ 7 PM
Sunday, August 4 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task—if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Featuring area students ages 8–18. $12 ADV/$15 door adults, $8 ADV/$10 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Davina and the Vegabonds, Robert Ellis, LoJo Russo
Saturday, August 3 @ 8 PM
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers (Maquoketa, IA)
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time. To this day, Davina still refers to music as “my first and eternal love.” Despite early dalliances with classical piano and guitar, she developed a heavy drug habit in high school, which morphed into heroin dependency, left her homeless, sent her in and out of jail, and brought on all manner of trouble. Kicking dope on the streets, she “got clean, started the band, and worked [her] ass off every day since.” $30. 5013 288th Ave, Maquoketa, IA. codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

Stargazing in The Galena Territory
August 3 @ 8:30–10:30 PM
September 7 @ 7:30–9:30 PM
October 26 @ 6–8 PM
The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Enjoy an unforgettable evening under the stars at this stargazing event. Whether you’re a seasoned stargazer or a curious beginner, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the constellations, stars, and fascinating stories behind them from experienced professional and amateur astronomers. Bring your telescope or observe through those provided and explore the wonders of the night sky. Don’t forget to pack a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating; remember that the event is weather-dependent. Come and be amazed by the beauty and mysteries of the universe. Free. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. thegalenaterritory.com.

Movie Screening: Are You Dead Yet?
Saturday, August 3 @ 9 PM
The Jester’s Lounge

Are You Dead Yet? is a horror movie inspired by the ’80s slasher craze of the time. Iowa natives set out to make a tribute film to the era. The movie follows four adventurers who journey into Hell’s Forest, woods residing deep in the heart of Minnesota with a legend surrounding it that the forest eats whoever enters it alive. What they find instead is a maniac in a paper mache mask living off the land who kills anyone who enters his domain. Can the four friends survive long enough to tell the tale or will they succumb to the wrath of Mache? Director and writer Jayme Schmitt enlisted the help of his local friends to produce this movie on a mere budget of $2,000. The film features IMary Beecher, Sasha Benton, Kati Tori, Dusty Meier, James Rolfe, and Jayme Schmitt. $10. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/thejesterslounge.

Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show
August 3
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

The Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show features product booths, demo booths, information booths, door prizes, classes, hands-on opportunities in the scroll saw corral, a show & tell area to showcase your achievements, a woodworking contest (with opportunities to enter scroll sawing, wood turning and woodcarving), and a Friday evening dinner. The show is dedicated to Dirk Boelman. 14569 Old Highway Rd. midwesttradeshow.com.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 3
Epworth, IA

Celebrate Epworth with two days of music, kids activities, live auction, and food and beverages. Friday includes an ice cream social and live music at Tower Park with Boys of Lloyd and Hard Salami. Saturday kicks off early with a workout at the tennis courts followed by the WDHS 8K walk/run. Then enjoy the parade, truck and tractor show, and live auction. Saturday night features a BBQ cookoff and live music by Big John Hammer & the Rusty Nails and Crazy Delicious. No carry ins. Free. facebook.com/tncdays.

Jo Daviess County Fair
August 3–4
Jo Daviess County Fairgrounds (Warren, IL)

Experience the historic Jo Daviess County Fair, the longest-running consecutive fair in Illinois! Since 1860, this family-friendly event has offered a variety of exciting activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy the lively beer tent, thrilling derby, and colorful carnival. Be sure to catch the pageant, showcasing local talent and beauty, and the mud volleyball tournament for some friendly competition. With so much to see and do, the Jo Daviess County Fair is the perfect place to create lasting memories with your loved ones. $15 Adults, $5 ages 7–17, free ages 6 and younger, $30 pit pass. 101 High St, Warren, IL. 815-275-8879. jodaviesscountyfair.org.

Sunday, August 4

Sundaes in the Gardens
Sunday, August 4 @ 11 AM–3 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
From food to sculptures to music and more, artistry takes center stage at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Free sundaes noon–1:30 p.m. plus food, coffee, arts and crafts sale, and more. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays
Greg Garing with the Mutual Admiration Society: Sunday, August 4 @ Noon–6 PM
Art Stevenson and High Water with Mississippi Acoustic Trio: Sunday, August 18 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park
The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays series. Promoted by The Dubuque County Conservation Board, this popular event draws music performers from all around the country and began as an effort to bring bluegrass music to an outdoor setting by the Mississippi River at Mud Lake Park. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the Pickers Pick-nic starting at noon and going until 2 p.m. It’s the perfect setting to meet and play with other aspiring pickers. Guest instructors help with tuning, answer questions, and then organize the jam sessions. Then at 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act at 3:30 p.m., entertaining until approximately 6 p.m. Asking attendees only for freewill donations, the society’s goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays the next year. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park, along with food concessions and special Mud Lake Bluegrass souvenirs (shirts, instrument, and raffles). No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers, and it is recommended that people bring lawn chairs. People are also encouraged to bring their own instruments and participate in the free music clinics prior to main stage acts. Freewill donations. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Shrek the Musical JR.
Sunday, August 4 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task—if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Featuring area students ages 8–18. $12 ADV/$15 door adults, $8 ADV/$10 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OhnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Music in the Gardens: Ocean’s Rat Pack
Sundays through August: August 4 @ 6 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Rat Pack tribute band. The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Jo Daviess County Fair
August 4
Jo Daviess County Fairgrounds (Warren, IL)

Experience the historic Jo Daviess County Fair, the longest-running consecutive fair in Illinois! Since 1860, this family-friendly event has offered a variety of exciting activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy the lively beer tent, thrilling derby, and colorful carnival. Be sure to catch the pageant, showcasing local talent and beauty, and the mud volleyball tournament for some friendly competition. With so much to see and do, the Jo Daviess County Fair is the perfect place to create lasting memories with your loved ones. $15 Adults, $5 ages 7–17, free ages 6 and younger, $30 pit pass. 101 High St, Warren, IL. 815-275-8879. jodaviesscountyfair.org.

Monday, August 5

Loras College Mens Basketball Skills Camp
August 5–8 @ 8:30–11:30 AM
Loras College Athletic & Wellness Center

The 4-day basketball camp is taught by the Loras College mens basketball players and coaches. Kids will learn the game of basketball while having fun with friends. $149. 1450 Alta Vista St. 563-588-7738. mensbasketball.duhawkcamps.com.

Wednesday, August 7

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: August 7 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Thursday, August 8

21st Annual Shullsburg Music in the Park
The Beaux: Thursday, August 8 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
Badger Park (Shullsburg, WI)

The Beaux are a six-member ’60s through ’90s classic rock cover band. Recently ranked No. 1 among rock bands in the area by ReverbNation, they pay tribute to more than 100 artists including Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Journey, Styx, Joan Jett, Creedance Clearwater, Bob Seger, Marshall Tucker, ZZ Top, and more. Known for their great vocals from five vocalists, they have a set list of well over 150 songs. The Shullsburg Lions Club will be holding their annual fundraiser that evening as the food and beverage vendor starting at 6 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets. Free nightly prize drawings. All ages. Free. 279 W Estey St, Shullsburg, WI. ShullsburgMusicInThePark.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 8–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Friday, August 9

Art on the River Reception
Friday, August 9 @ 5–7 PM
Grand River Center

The evening will commence with live music, light hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar on the patio of the Grand River Center. Eleven new sculptures have been selected for the City of Dubuque’s 18th annual temporary public art exhibit, Art on the River. The 2024–2025 theme “Culture & Conversation” is meant to engage the community in conversations with each other and the artists behind the works; to encourage, challenge, and educate; help overcome barriers; and foster economic growth and community prosperity. Spanning the length of the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque, the sculptures will be installed in late July 2024 and be on display through July 2025. All Art on the River sculptures are available for purchase with a portion of artwork sales retained to sustain the Art on the River program, which is currently funded through the City’s general operating budget. All ages. Free. 500 Bell St. 563-513-5636. cityofdubuque.org/artontheriver.

Shalom Movie Night: Uranium Derby w/ Brittany Prater
Friday, August 9 @ 6–8 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center and Online

Uranium Derby is a feature-length documentary about Ames, IA, investigating the serious and persistent dangers of toxic nuclear waste generated in Ames during the 1940s Manhattan Project. Much of this highly radioactive waste material was buried in sites around the city, several of which are residential areas today. Brittany Prater, herself an Ames-native, delves into the history behind this dangerous waste, the potential ramifications for human health and the environment, and the politics which have kept this situation from gaining a wider awareness with the public. Following the film, Prater will offer a question-and-answer period for discussion. RSVP by Aug. 9. $10. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. ShalomRetreats.org.

Is There Life After 50?
August 9–10, 15–17, and 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
August 11, 18, and 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit With Special Guest Shemekia Copeland
Friday, August 9 @ 8 PM
Back Waters Stage

A Jason Isbell record always lands like a decoder ring in the ears and hearts of his audience, a soundtrack to his world and magically to theirs, too. Weathervanes carries the same revelatory power. This is a storyteller at the peak of his craft, observing his fellow wanderers, looking inside and trying to understand, reducing a universe to four minutes. Also know for his tenure in Drive By Truckers, Isbell has won six Grammy Awards. You may know his acting chops from Deadwood: The Movie and Killers of the Flower Moon, but it’s amazing songs like “24 Frames,” “Elephant,” “If We Were Vampires,” and “Cover Me Up” from three No. 1 albums that will bring the house down. Five-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland opens. This musical force also won 15 Blues Music Awards from 47 nominations including seven Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards, most recently in 2020 and 2021. She’s legit, folks! Q Casino + Resort’s Back Waters Stage presented by MidwestOne Bank returns with a slate of star-studded entertainment. Rain or shine. All ages. $59.99 GA, $79.99 Turpin Tailgate Zone. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 9–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Saturday, August 10

Potosi Tennyson Driftless Gate Market
Every Other Saturday through September 21: August 10 @ 8 AM–Noon
St. Andrew & Thomas School (Potosi, WI)

The Potosi-Tennyson Market has become a hub for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique shopping experience and an opportunity to meet the people behind the products. The vendors include small farms, artists, hobbyists, crafters, service providers, and more who are all committed to community involvement and help promote local growth. 100 HWY 61, Potosi WI. PotosiTennysonMarket.com.

Picnic + Play
Saturday, August 10 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The first annual back-to-school picnic invites DJ Combat D Productions plus food by Hy-Vee and ice cream by Vesperman Farms to the arboretum for a family-friendly picnic. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

East Dubuque Wingfest
Saturday, August 10 @ 11 AM–11 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

Sponsored by the East Dubuque Business & Tourism right on Sinsinawa Avenue, Wingfest features delicious chicken wings in nearly every variety imaginable, plus cold beer, live music, kids’ games, and more. facebook.com/OSinEast.

Key City Beer & Seltzer Festival
August 10 and 11
VIP @ Noon–5 PM
GA @ 1–5 PM
Town Clock Plaza

The 2nd annual tasting event is designed to bring together craft beer lovers from all walks of life and provide them with an opportunity to explore local and regional breweries. There are a few changes this year including the addition of seltzer tastings, more shade, a lower VIP cost, and a food court that will be open to the public. Ticket holders will receive entry into the event, unlimited tastings of local and regional craft beer and seltzers, and a souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets will also be available that include 1-hour early entry, unlimited tasting, a swag bag, a T-shirt, and $15 in credits for the food court. Hosted by Dubuque Main Street. 700 Main St. dubuquemainstreet.org.

Ice Nine Kills & In This Moment: Kiss Of Death Part 2 With Special Guests Avatar and TX2
Saturday, August 10 @ 6:15 PM
Back Waters Stage

Ice Nine Kills makes music both timeless and timely, mixing metal, hardcore, and punk, with accessible power on fan favorites like “Hell in the Hallways,” “Merry Axe-Mas,” and “The Nature of the Beast.” New hard-rock-and-horror anthems like “Hip to be Scared” and “Assault & Batteries” demonstrate lead vocalist Spencer Charnas’s fascination with fright, pop culture obsession, and his expertise with inescapably wicked melodic hooks and clever twists of phrase as heard in the Top 10 Mainstream Rock single “A Grave Mistake” and Top 20 hit “Savages.” In This Moment, a touring juggernaut who’ve slayed stages worldwide at Ozzfest, Warped Tour, Download, Knotfest, and Rocklahoma, put out Mother in 2020, earning “The In-Between” the band’s first Grammy nod. Special guests Avatar and TX2 open. Q Casino + Resort’s Back Waters Stage presented by MidwestOne Bank returns with a slate of star-studded entertainment. Rain or shine. All ages. $64.99 GA, $84.99 Turpin Tailgate Zone. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Is There Life After 50?
August 10, 15–17, and 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
August 11, 18, and 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Frontmen
Saturday, August 10 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
The Frontmen features the dynamic voices of ’90s country legends: Richie McDonald (formerly of Lonestar), Larry Stewart (of Restless Heart) and Tim Rushlow (formerly of Little Texas). With their combined amazing vocal and instrumental talents, The Frontmen deliver a high energy show packed with fan-favorites from their three award-winning and critically-acclaimed bands, and also songs from some of the artists who have influenced them. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

DBQfest
August 10–11
Washington Park

The longest running fine arts festival in Iowa, DBQfest ART MUSIC CULTURE celebrates its 46th year. The free, all-arts festival, brought to you by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, features a juried art fair, interactive art and live music, hands on art for all ages, and more. 700 Locust St. DBQfest.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 10–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Sunday, August 11

Key City Beer & Seltzer Festival
August 11
VIP @ Noon–5 PM
GA @ 1–5 PM
Town Clock Plaza

The 2nd annual tasting event is designed to bring together craft beer lovers from all walks of life and provide them with an opportunity to explore local and regional breweries. There are a few changes this year including the addition of seltzer tastings, more shade, a lower VIP cost, and a food court that will be open to the public. Ticket holders will receive entry into the event, unlimited tastings of local and regional craft beer and seltzers, and a souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets will also be available that include 1-hour early entry, unlimited tasting, a swag bag, a T-shirt, and $15 in credits for the food court. Hosted by Dubuque Main Street. 700 Main St. dubuquemainstreet.org.

Is There Life After 50?
August 11, 18, and 24–25 @ 2 PM
August 15–17 and 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Murder at the Fish Fry Club
Sunday, August 11 @ 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 Aug. 3. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Music in the Gardens: Fortunate Sons
Sundays through August: August 11 @ 6 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
A tribute to Creedence Clearwater. The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

DBQfest
August 11
Washington Park

The longest running fine arts festival in Iowa, DBQfest ART MUSIC CULTURE celebrates its 46th year. The free, all-arts festival, brought to you by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, features a juried art fair, interactive art and live music, hands on art for all ages, and more. 700 Locust St. DBQfest.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 11–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Monday, August 12

Loras College Basketball Skills Camp
August 12–15 @ 9 AM–1:30 PM
Loras College Athletic & Wellness Center

Date change—the camp will now be held on Aug. 12–15. Girls in 3rd through 8th grade will improve individual skills (offensively and defensively), work with ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and 5-on-5 game play. Hosted by Loras College Women’s Basketball. $149. 1450 Alta Vista St. 563-588-7947. lorasgirlsbasketballcamp.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 12–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Tuesday, August 13

Iowa State Fair
August 13–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Wednesday, August 14

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: August 14 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Grant County Fair
August 14–18
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Featuring 4-H, FFA, youth projects, carnival rides, demolition derby, and other entertainment. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. GrantCountyFairWI.org.

Iowa State Fair
August 14–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Thursday, August 15

Is There Life After 50?
August 15–17 and 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
August 18 and 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Grant County Fair
August 15–18
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Featuring 4-H, FFA, youth projects, carnival rides, demolition derby, and other entertainment. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. GrantCountyFairWI.org.

Iowa State Fair
August 15–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Friday, August 16

Music on Main St: Al Holiday and the Eastside Rhythm Band, Jason Walsmith, and Kendra Swanson
Friday, August 16 @ 5–9 PM
Town Clock Plaza

Music on Main Street brings three concerts to Dubuque’s Town Clock Plaza on Main Street this summer. Enjoy free live music and food and cold beverages with Dubuque Main Street. The series closes with Al Holiday and the Eastside Rhythm Band, Jason Walsmith, and Kendra Swanson on Aug. 16. Free. 680 Main St. DubuqueMainStreet.com.

Is There Life After 50?
August 16–17 and 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
August 18 and 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Spirit of Woodstock Days
August 16–18
Council Hill Station (Council Hill, IL)

Celebrating the 55th anniversary of peace, love, and music. Enjoy great live music and food in a tranquil country setting. 6521 N Hill Rd, Scales Mound, IL. facebook.com/CouncilHillStation.

Cascade Hometown Days
August 16–18
Downtown Cascade, IA

Cascade comes together and shows their community spirit and pride with three days of music, food, games, and fun. Expect a parade, vendor fair, car show, water ball fights, beanbag tourneys, a church breakfast, live music, and food! CascadeHometownDays.com.

Grant County Fair
August 16–18
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Featuring 4-H, FFA, youth projects, carnival rides, demolition derby, and other entertainment. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. GrantCountyFairWI.org.

Iowa State Fair
August 16–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Saturday, August 17

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Shows
Every Other Saturday through August 17: August 17 @ 4 PM
South of Lock 12 (Bellevue, 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.

Field of Dreams Ghost Player Games
Every Other Saturday through August 17: August 17 @ 6 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)
The Ghost Player performance, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Show on Dirt,” features family- friendly entertainment centered around hi-jinks on the baseball diamond. Concessions and autographs available. Just bring your chair and sunscreen. Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. FieldOfDreamsMovieSite.com.

Is There Life After 50?
August 17 and 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
August 18 and 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Spirit of Woodstock Days
August 17–18
Council Hill Station (Council Hill, IL)

Celebrating the 55th anniversary of peace, love, and music. Enjoy great live music and food in a tranquil country setting. 6521 N Hill Rd, Scales Mound, IL. facebook.com/CouncilHillStation.

Cascade Hometown Days
August 17–18
Downtown Cascade, IA

Cascade comes together and shows their community spirit and pride with three days of music, food, games, and fun. Expect a parade, vendor fair, car show, water ball fights, beanbag tourneys, a church breakfast, live music, and food! CascadeHometownDays.com.

Grant County Fair
August 17–18
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Featuring 4-H, FFA, youth projects, carnival rides, demolition derby, and other entertainment. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. GrantCountyFairWI.org.

Iowa State Fair
August 17–18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Sunday, August 18

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays
Art Stevenson and High Water with Mississippi Acoustic Trio: Sunday, August 18 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park
The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays series. Promoted by The Dubuque County Conservation Board, this popular event draws music performers from all around the country and began as an effort to bring bluegrass music to an outdoor setting by the Mississippi River at Mud Lake Park. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the Pickers Pick-nic starting at noon and going until 2 p.m. It’s the perfect setting to meet and play with other aspiring pickers. Guest instructors help with tuning, answer questions, and then organize the jam sessions. Then at 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act at 3:30 p.m., entertaining until approximately 6 p.m. Asking attendees only for freewill donations, the society’s goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays the next year. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park, along with food concessions and special Mud Lake Bluegrass souvenirs (shirts, instrument, and raffles). No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers, and it is recommended that people bring lawn chairs. People are also encouraged to bring their own instruments and participate in the free music clinics prior to main stage acts. Freewill donations. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Is There Life After 50?
August 18 and 24–25 @ 2 PM
August 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Music in the Gardens: Anthem’s Grand Illusion
Sundays through August: August 18 @ 6 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
A tribute to the music of Styx. Performing all the hits of Styx from their classic catalog. The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Spirit of Woodstock Days
August 18
Council Hill Station (Council Hill, IL)

Celebrating the 55th anniversary of peace, love, and music. Enjoy great live music and food in a tranquil country setting. 6521 N Hill Rd, Scales Mound, IL. facebook.com/CouncilHillStation.

Cascade Hometown Days
August 18
Downtown Cascade, IA

Cascade comes together and shows their community spirit and pride with three days of music, food, games, and fun. Expect a parade, vendor fair, car show, water ball fights, beanbag tourneys, a church breakfast, live music, and food! CascadeHometownDays.com.

Grant County Fair
August 18
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Featuring 4-H, FFA, youth projects, carnival rides, demolition derby, and other entertainment. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. GrantCountyFairWI.org.

Iowa State Fair
August 18
Iowa State Fairgrounds (Des Moines, IA)

Eleven days of attractions, rides, great food, butter cows, and grandstand concerts by Lauren Daigle,Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Jelly Roll, Greta Van Fleet, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crüe, Gabriel Iglesias, The Avett Brothers, NeYo, and Kids Bop Live. 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. IowaStateFair.org.

Wednesday, August 21

Lunch & Learn: Honey Bees
Wednesday, August 21 @ Noon–1 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Honey bees are incredible creatures that have a unique relationship with humans. We rely on them for pollination, honey, and so much more! Order lunch and join Convivium Farm Manager AJ Shultz for this one-hour Lunch & Learn. AJ will share his fascination with honey bees, detailing how they function within the hive, create queens, clean their space, and much more. Note: This class is not a beekeeping class, but rather an exploration of honey bees. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: August 21 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Distinctively Dubuque
Session 3: Wednesdays: August 21–September 18 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Session 4: Wednesdays: October 2–October 30 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Various Locations in Downtown Dubuque

Distinctively Dubuque is a five-night course hosted by high-energy presenters with in-depth knowledge of the Greater Dubuque region and is designed for individuals who are new to the area within the last five years. Each night explores a different topic at a different venue and includes dinner, highlighting quintessential Dubuque dining experiences. Free. 563-557-9049. mandid@greaterdubuque.org. greaterdubuque.org.

Thursday, August 22

Is There Life After 50?
August 22–23 @ 7:30 PM
August 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Friday, August 23

Summer Stroll & Stories
Friday, August 23 @ 7–9 PM
Linwood Cemetery

Stroll along the paths with GRIPS, to graves of the movers and shakers of Dubuque buried at the beautiful and serene Linwood Cemetery. Enjoy tales of the Tri-State area’s past. Relish in the warmth and sunshine of the season. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m. Minors must be accompanied by adult. Ages 10+. RSVP required. $10. 2736 Windsor Ave. 563-213-9043. gripsghosthunt.com.

Is There Life After 50?
August 23 @ 7:30 PM
August 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Summer’s Last Blast
August 23–24
Back Waters Stage

Great live music spread across three big days. Music includes the Spazmatics, Dirt Road Rockers, and the final show from Dubuque’s own legendary rockers, Menace! All ages. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. MusicAndMoreDBQ.com.

Saturday, August 24

Potosi Tennyson Driftless Gate Market
Every Other Saturday through September 21: August 24 @ 8 AM–Noon
St. Andrew & Thomas School (Potosi, WI)

The Potosi-Tennyson Market has become a hub for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique shopping experience and an opportunity to meet the people behind the products. The vendors include small farms, artists, hobbyists, crafters, service providers, and more who are all committed to community involvement and help promote local growth. 100 HWY 61, Potosi WI. PotosiTennysonMarket.com.

Irish Hooley
Saturday, August 24 @ Noon–10 PM
Alliant Energy Amphitheater

The Irish Hooley features a live traditional Irish music lineup not yet announced. Plus the McNulty School’s Irish Dancers, Dubuque Fire Pipe & Drums, and more! 600 Star Brewery Dr. IrishHooley.org.

16th Annual Potosi Brewfest
Saturday, August 24 @ 1–4:30 PM
Holiday Gardens (Potosi, WI)

Admission includes an opportunity to sample more than 60 vendors featuring craft brewers, home brewers, wineries, meats, and Wisconsin cheeses. Plus live music, a tour of the National Brewery Museum, and a commemorative tasting glass. 101 Brewery Hollow Rd, Potosi, WI. PotosiBrewery.com.

Is There Life After 50?
August 24–25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Summer’s Last Blast
August 24
Back Waters Stage

Great live music spread across three big days. Music includes the Spazmatics, Dirt Road Rockers, and the final show from Dubuque’s own legendary rockers, Menace! All ages. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. MusicAndMoreDBQ.com.

Sunday, August 25

Is There Life After 50?
August 25 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Summer brings the hilarious story of three wives who trick their unsuspecting husbands into spending their yearly vacation at a “health resort.” Will pizza, beer, and The Godfather win out over salad, sparkling water, and Jazzercise? This battle of the sexes divides the cabin in half as they answer the question: Is there really life after 50? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Music in the Gardens: Jonny Lyons & the Pride
Sundays through August: August 25 @ 6 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Old-time rock ‘n’ roll and soul recreating the electrifying energy from ‘50s and ‘60s sock hops to the soulful sounds of ‘60s and ‘70s R&B music. The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Monday, August 26

Summer Prairie Walk with a Naturalist
Monday, August 26 @ 9–10 AM
Mount St. Francis Prairie

Walk the trails through the expansive beauty of the 80-acre prairie at Mount St. Francis, while learning interesting facts about the prairie ecosystem from Kaytlan Moeller, Outreach Coordinator for Dubuque County Conservation. Enjoy a delightful discussion and the sounds of nature. Feel free to linger after the end of the program and walk around for a while on your own. RSVP required by Aug. 23. Freewill donation. 3390 Windsor Ave. 563-582-3592. ShalomRetreats.org.

Tuesday, August 27

Chakradance Introductory Session
Tuesday, August 27 @ 6–7 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Chakradance is a movement practice, which uses spontaneous dance for the purpose of healing and retuning your whole mind-body-spirit energy system. Join Lindsay Bodenhofer, licensed Chakradance Facilitator, on this inward-focused journey to cultivate a deep sense of balance and well-being. No chakra knowledge or dance experience is necessary.

Please note that this is an introductory session, intended to whet your appetite for a 9-week Chakradance Series with Lindsay which will take place on Tuesday evenings at Shalom during the entire months of October and November. RSVP by Aug. 26. $15. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. ShalomRetreats.org.

Readings Under the Influence
August 27 and October 29 @ 7 PM
Smokestack

RUI is a themed, interactive live and local arts showcase. As far as giving you an understanding of how it all goes and what to expect, well, it’s different every time. Sometimes it’s edgy, sometimes sweet, sometimes controversial, sometimes downright vicious, but always artful. RUI also loves audience participation, and they love giving away their infamous “Burden Prizes,” so prepare for nerdy, wordy trivia outbursts between readings as well as a shots-infused, volunteerish interactive audience participation game. Feeling chill and inspired? Sit a while in the Writer’s/Artist’s Corner, wherein you may dump those inspired musings onto paper. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Free. 62 E 7th St. facebook.com/RUIDBQ.

Wednesday, August 28

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: August 28 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Dubuque Harley Davidson Bike Nights
Last Wednesday through August: August 28 @ 6–9 PM
McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson

Bikes night aren’t just for bikes anymore! Classic cars, Jeeps, off-road vehicles, or anything with wheels is welcome. $1,000s in prizes each night. Live music, drinks, and food available. 145 N Crescent Ridge. DubuqueHarley-Davidson.com.

Sourdough Bread Making
Wednesday, August 28 @ 6–8 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

During this hands-on workshop with instructor Diana Berman of The Tangy Loaf, you will learn the fundamentals of sourdough bread. Learn how to create your own starter, how to feed it, and how to maintain it. You will also learn how to shape, knead, and bake your own bread. Price includes lesson, mixing tool, dough scraper, ingredients, and a dough to take home ready for you to bake. Ideal if you are new to sourdough! At the end of the class, taste the bread along with different kinds of spreads, jams, and butters. Bring your favorite wine, beer, or beverage to enjoy during class. Bring a 4-quart bowl (with or without a lid) and a clean tea towel/flour sack. $75. 11084 US HWY 20 W, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/cooking-classes.

Disturbed with Plush
Wednesday, August 28 @ 7:30 PM
Back Waters Stage
Disturbed, a multi-platinum, two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated metal band will be joined on stage by Plush, an all-female rock band, for a full night of live, hard rocking music. Emerging out of Chicago at the turn of the century with an insidious, infectious and inimitable vision without comparison, Disturbed has quietly dominated hard rock on their own terms. They’ve claimed a place at the forefront of 21st century rock with record-breaking success, sales of over 17 million-plus units, nearly 8 billion streams and sold out shows around the globe. The quartet have notched five consecutive No. 1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, occupying rarified air alongside Metallica—the only other hard rock group to accomplish this feat. Since their influential 5x-platinum debut The Sickness in 2000, they have built a bulletproof catalog highlighted by a procession of smashes, including the platinum “Stupify,” “Inside The Fire” and “Land of Confusion,” 2x-platinum “Stricken,” 6x-platinum “Down With The Sickness” and 7x-platinum “The Sound of Silence,” to name a few. Plush is a rock band with a mission to bring rock back to the forefront of the music industry. Their music features the Billboard Top 40 charting singles “Hate,” “Better Off Alone” and “Left Behind.” Plush has been electrifying audiences during recent live performances across the United States supporting Kiss, Alice In Chains, Evanescence, Daughtry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, among others. Q Casino + Resort’s Back Waters Stage presented by MidwestOne Bank returns with a slate of star-studded entertainment. Rain or shine. All ages. $79.99 GA, $99.99 Turpin Tailgate Zone. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Thursday, August 29

Riley Green: Live in Concert With Special Guest TBA
Thursday, August 29 @ 8 PM
Back Waters Stage

Riley Green has been compelling country music fans to raise a drink, shed a tear, and, above all, celebrate where they are from, since first releasing his self-titled EP in 2018. His songs like the No. 1 Platinum hit “There Was This Girl”’ the 2X-Platinum-certified heart-tugger “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” which he performed live at the 55th ACM Awards; and his chart-topping collab with Thomas Rhett, “Half of Me” have made Riley synonymous with what country music does best: making listeners feel something with his no-gimmick, relatable writing and classic feel. Fresh off tours with Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs, Green has made a much-deserved turn to headliner status. Q Casino + Resort’s Back Waters Stage presented by MidwestOne Bank returns with a slate of star-studded entertainment. Rain or shine. All ages. $74.99 GA, $94.99 Turpin Tailgate Zone. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Saturday, August 31

Day at the Farm: Picnic & Play
Saturday, August 31 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

Begin with a beautiful picnic in the lawn overlooking the fields and horses playing. Feel free to pack your own picnic or enjoy a complimentary picnic basket including a family-style charcuterie board that features a variety of locally sourced cheeses. Then, head out and about to tour the farm and interact with the animals. So many new opportunities or experiences to be had—milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, help with farm chores, or get cuddly with one of the farm friends (goat, sheep, pig, pony or, maybe a duck). Lots of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you’d like. Plus, Gunner will be saddled up for pony rides (up to 100 lbs.)! Finally, wrap it up back in the shop with ice cream. Choose to enjoy some good conversation in the shop or maybe a little more playtime with the animals. The Berning kids will be happy to lead your little ones back to Little Kingdom for some more interactions with the farm friends. A very family-friendly event to kick-off your weekend or a fun day-date. Includes complimentary sparkling canned waters, wines or seltzers, chocolate, white or strawberry milk, soda and bottled water. $65. 8850 N Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. berningacres.com/visit.

Six-Oh-Ate Food Truck Festival
Saturday, August 31 @ 5–8 PM
Water St, Shullsburg, WI

A great selection of food trucks is backed up by live music and more. ExperienceShullsburg.com.

September 2024

Monday, September 2

10th Annual Blueberry Jam Music Festival
Monday, September 2
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)
The annual Sandy Hook party welcomes The Brews Brothers and the Tiger Kings for a fundraiser for the Garrett Wade Stephens Memorial Fund and other local charities. 2 PM. 3836 Sandy Hook Rd, Hazel Green, WI. facebook.com/SandyHookTavern.

Wednesday, September 4

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: September 4 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Friday, September 6

36th Annual Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 6–8 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park
Teams from multiple states and Canada compete in 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, racing on the mighty Mississippi. Races are free to watch. Shuttle service is provided. 1851 Admiral Sheehy Dr. DubuqueDragonBoat.org.

77th Annual Platteville Dairy Days
September 6–8 @ 8 AM
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)
Something for everyone to enjoy and great food, too. Amusement rides, live music, parade, flea market, cattle show, talent show, tractor pulls, and more. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. PlattevilleDairyDays.com.

Food Festival Fridays
1st Friday through September: September 6 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Washington Park

Join area food vendors in Washington Park for a lunchtime food fest. 365ink Magazine brings the perfect side dish to your chicken sandwich, pizza, or coffee: local, live music! The festival closes out on Sept. 6 with Birds., Hibachi Time, Dinger’s D’Lite’s, Magoo’s Pizza, and Bob & Lou’s and music by Sarah Day. Hosted by Dubuque Main Street and sponsored by MidWestOne Bank. Free. 700 Locust St. dubuquemainstreet.com.

Night at the Farm: Cows, Beers and Cheese Curds
Saturday, September 6 @ 6–8 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

A VIP event hosted by Matt and Natalie Berning along with their amazing crew. Begin in the farm shop with beverages and farm intro. Then, head out and about to tour the farm and interact with the animals. So many new opportunities or experiences to be had—milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony). Lots of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you’d like. Finally, wrap it up back in the shop for a view of the sunset over the farm with your own complimentary basket of a variety of locally sourced cheese curds and a beverage. $55. 8850 N Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. berningacres.com/visit.

Saturday, September 7

36th Annual Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 7–8 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park
Teams from multiple states and Canada compete in 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, racing on the mighty Mississippi. Races are free to watch. Shuttle service is provided. 1851 Admiral Sheehy Dr. DubuqueDragonBoat.org.

77th Annual Platteville Dairy Days
September 7–8 @ 8 AM
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)
Something for everyone to enjoy and great food, too. Amusement rides, live music, parade, flea market, cattle show, talent show, tractor pulls, and more. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. PlattevilleDairyDays.com.

Day at the Farm: Cows, Kids & Curds
Saturday, September 7 @ 2–4 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

Begin in the farm shop with beverages and cheese curds while learning about the farm history and background. Then, head out and about to tour the farm and interact with the animals. So many new opportunities or experiences to be had—milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, help with farm chores, or get cuddly with one of the farm friends (goat, sheep, pig, pony or, maybe a duck). Lots of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you’d like. Finally, wrap it up back in the shop if you choose, sampling a variety of locally sourced cheeses curds and ice cream. Choose to enjoy some good conversation and curds in the shop or maybe a little more playtime with the animals. The Berning kids will be happy to lead your little ones back to Little Kingdom for some more interactions with the farm friends. Or, maybe they want to saddle up on Gunner for a pony ride! A very family-friendly event to kick off your weekend or night. All ages. $55. 8850 N Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. berningacres.com/visit.

Potosi Tennyson Driftless Gate Night Market
Every Other Saturday through September 21: September 7 @ 4–8 PM
Hickory Hill Park (Potosi, WI)

Market moves to Hickory Hill Park this week for the night market. The Potosi-Tennyson Market has become a hub for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique shopping experience and an opportunity to meet the people behind the products. The vendors include small farms, artists, hobbyists, crafters, service providers, and more who are all committed to community involvement and help promote local growth. 605 Park St, Potosi WI. PotosiTennysonMarket.com.

Night at the Farm: Cows, Wine & Charcuterie
Saturday, September 7 @ 6–8 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

A VIP event hosted by Matt and Natalie Berning along with their amazing crew. Begin in the farm shop with beverages and farm intro. Then, head out and about to tour the farm and interact with the animals. So many new opportunities or experiences to be had—milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony). Lots of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you’d like. Finally, wrap it up back in the shop for a view of the sunset over the farm with your own complimentary charcuterie boat featuring a variety of locally sourced cheeses while sipping on a beverage. $65. 8850 N Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. berningacres.com/visit.

Stargazing in The Galena Territory
September 7 @ 7:30–9:30 PM
October 26 @ 6–8 PM
The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Enjoy an unforgettable evening under the stars at this stargazing event. Whether you’re a seasoned stargazer or a curious beginner, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the constellations, stars, and fascinating stories behind them from experienced professional and amateur astronomers. Bring your telescope or observe through those provided and explore the wonders of the night sky. Don’t forget to pack a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating; remember that the event is weather-dependent. Come and be amazed by the beauty and mysteries of the universe. Free. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. thegalenaterritory.com.

Sunday, September 8

36th Annual Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 8 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park
Teams from multiple states and Canada compete in 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, racing on the mighty Mississippi. Races are free to watch. Shuttle service is provided. 1851 Admiral Sheehy Dr. DubuqueDragonBoat.org.

77th Annual Platteville Dairy Days
September 8 @ 8 AM
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)
Something for everyone to enjoy and great food, too. Amusement rides, live music, parade, flea market, cattle show, talent show, tractor pulls, and more. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. PlattevilleDairyDays.com.

Wednesday, September 11

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: September 11 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Friday, September 13

3rd Annual JDIFF Bushwood Classic (Rescheduled)
Friday, June 13 @ 12:30 PM
Bunker Hill Golf Course

The third annual Caddyshack-themed JDIFF Bushwood Classic is an 18-hole scramble featuring a raffle, silent auction, and dinner plus fun surprises throughout the course. Best of all, it supports the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Dress in your Caddyshack best, as prizes will be given for best attire. Includes golf fees, cart, and dinner. Grab ‘n go lunch options available for purchase. $150/person, $500/foursome. 2200 Bunker Hill Rd. julienfilmfest.com.

Saturday, September 14

Fishtival
Saturday, September 14 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Downtown Bellevue, IA
Celebrate art, fish, and the Mississippi River with activities for everyone including art show and sale and kids’ projects. facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil.

Dubuque’s Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 14 @ 11 AM–6 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Dubuque’s largest Oktoberfest celebrating German heritage moves back to Saturday. Enjoy a day full of traditional German food, drinks, music, and dance. Plus wiener dog races and the Tri-States Championship Bier Stein holding contest. Proceeds benefit campers at Camp Albrecht Acres. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. DBQOktoberfest.org.

Bloktoberfest
Saturday, September 14 @ Noon–5 PM
Millwork District
With an exhilarating lineup of BMX, skateboarding, kids’ events, art, yoga, and a delightful array of local food and beverages available for purchase, the free festival promises to be a sensational celebration of our community, creativity, lifestyle, and recreation. 1085 Washington St. BloktoberfestDubuque.com.

The Price is Right Live
Saturday, September 14 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena
Get ready for the ultimate game show experience! A celebrity host will pull crowd members to play classic games for real prizes. 405 Main St. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Satisfaction
Saturday, September 14 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show is the touring tribute show to the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard and Pollstar highly rated show is now entering its 22nd year in production with more than 4,000 performances listed to their credit. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and cast bring a colorful performance to over 50 years of classic hits. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

Wednesday, September 18

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: September 18 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Friday, September 20

32nd Annual Gutterberg Germanfest
Friday, September 20 @ 3 PM
Saturday, September 21 @  @ 8:30 AM
600 S River Park Dr, Guttenberg, IA
Yeah, it’s a bit out of town, but it’s well worth the drive. Open-air festival market, festival tent, and biergarten, dinners, dances, stein contests, German Music, wiener dog races, and more. GuttenbergIowa.net/Germanfest.

Saturday, September 21

Potosi Tennyson Driftless Gate Market
Every Other Saturday through September 21: September 21 @ 8 AM–Noon
St. Andrew & Thomas School (Potosi, WI)

The Potosi-Tennyson Market has become a hub for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique shopping experience and an opportunity to meet the people behind the products. The vendors include small farms, artists, hobbyists, crafters, service providers, and more who are all committed to community involvement and help promote local growth. 100 HWY 61, Potosi WI. PotosiTennysonMarket.com.

32nd Annual Gutterberg Germanfest
Saturday, September 21 @  @ 8:30 AM
600 S River Park Dr, Guttenberg, IA
Yeah, it’s a bit out of town, but it’s well worth the drive. Open-air festival market, festival tent, and biergarten, dinners, dances, stein contests, German Music, wiener dog races, and more. GuttenbergIowa.net/Germanfest.

10th Annual West Dubuque Wingfest
Saturday, September 21 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Farley City Park (Farley, IA)
Competitors cook up approximately 10,000 wings with live entertainment, volleyball, baggo, human foosball, and a wing eating contest. Plus, kids’ entertainment, a dunk tank, and more, all to support West Dubuque High School. facebook.com/Western.Dubuque.

Hempstead Class of 1979 – 45 Year Reunion
Saturday, September 21 @ 3–10 PM
Derby Grange Golf & Recreation Center Barn

Start the reunion with the football game at Dalzell Field on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. On Sept. 21, join for a casual gathering at Derby Grange. Happi Hibachi will have food available to purchase, Derby Grange will sell non-alcoholic beverages, and BYO alcoholic beverages. 13079 Derby Grange Rd. hhsclof79@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 22

Pumpkin + Gourd Wagon
Sunday, September 22 @ 10AM–3 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Growing the most unique varieties of pumpkins and gourds, come get your fall decorations! Pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, squash, and broom corn bunches. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Garden Tea Blending Lab
Sunday, September 22 @ 1–3 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center
Rose and lavender tea-blending lab with Grace Deane, Master Herbalist and Tea Blender. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Wednesday, September 25

Mid-Week Market
Wednesdays through September: September 25 @ 5–8 PM
11th and Iowa St

Spend your Wednesdays where Dubuque Farmers’ Market first started with fresh local produce, a beer garden and pizza from Jubeck New World Brewing, and live music. facebook.com/midweekmarketmusic.

Thursday, September 26

Mac & Cheese Fest
Thursday, September 26 @ 6–8 PM (VIP @ 5 PM)
Five Flags Center
Mac & Cheese Fest draws the area’s top chefs and breweries to serve up their own unique spin on mac and cheese. Foodies and craft beer lovers unite to taste more than 20 varieties of mac and cheese paired with over 50 craft beers all while raising funds for the University of Iowa Hospitals NICU and Rauen Family Foundation. Boogie Monster brings the funk to the stage while you make your way through all of the mac and cheese. VIP grants tasters early access at 5 p.m., a festival koozie, drawstring swag bag, and official festival T-shirt. $39 GA, $59 pre-sale only VIP. 405 Main St. macandcheesefestdbq.com.

Saturday, September 28

Dubuque Largest Flea Market And Garage Sale
Saturday, September 28 @ 8 AM–3 PM
Tri-State Independent Blind Society

Browse more than 100 tables full of great items at the garage sale/flea market plus baked goods, direct sales, crafts, and more. $5 Early bird entry (8–10 a.m.), $2 regular entry (10 a.m.–3 p.m.). 1068 Cedar Cross Rd. 515-298-3968. dsdelights-101810.square.site.

Dubuque Latinx Fiesta
Saturday, September 28 @ 1–7 PM
Smokestack
Everyone is invited to celebrate the diverse cultures, art, music and cuisine of Latin America for free. Shop diverse vendors and resources and enjoy performances and an art exhibit. 62 E 7th St. DubuqueUnidos.com.

October 2024

Wednesday, October 2

Distinctively Dubuque
Session 4: Wednesdays: October 2–October 30 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Various Locations in Downtown Dubuque

Distinctively Dubuque is a five-night course hosted by high-energy presenters with in-depth knowledge of the Greater Dubuque region and is designed for individuals who are new to the area within the last five years. Each night explores a different topic at a different venue and includes dinner, highlighting quintessential Dubuque dining experiences. Free. 563-557-9049. mandid@greaterdubuque.org. greaterdubuque.org.

Friday, October 4

Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen
Friday, October 4 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena
Straight from England, the most amazing Queen tribute scored a No. 1 hit when they were asked to recreate Queen’s harmonies for “The Real Life” with Fatboy Slim. 405 Main St. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Saturday, October 5

27th Annual Shullsburg Cheesefest
Saturday, October 5 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Water St, Shullsburg, WI
A full day of cheese love, from the fireman’s breakfast to vendors, foods, crafts, and cheese tasting. Live music plus kids’ activities like a milking contest, pedal tractor pull, and more. facebook.com/ShullsburgCheesefest.

Galena Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 5 @ Noon–10 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)
Nonstop live music, wiener dog races, polka dancing and lessons, German-style food and beverages, bounce-house and games for the kids, and more. 91 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL. GalenaLions.org.

Harvest Hoedown
Saturday, October 5 @ 5–10 PM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Grab your boots and hat and bring the whole family for a night full of wagon rides, bounce houses, lawn games, a mechanical bull, s’mores and a barn dance! Each ticket purchase includes one free non-alcoholic drink. Food and drink (alcohol and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase, including hot dogs, brats and more. $20/Adult, $10/child. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-9550. shenandoahridingcenter.com.

Tuesday, October 8

Make Your Own Fall Swag Workshop
Tuesday, October 8 @ 6–8 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center
Create a fall swag with broom corn, Amaranth, Indian corn, and dried flowers. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Friday, October 11

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 11–12, 17–19, and 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
October 13, 20, and 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, October 12

Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers
2nd Saturday through April: October 12 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Northeast Iowa School of Music is pleased to present Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP) preschool concert series. L&MOP is a monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Audience members should come prepared to sing, play instruments, and dance a bit with their family. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music and a lollipop. All ages. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-690-0151. nisom.com.

Girls’ Night Out
Saturday, October 12 @ 4–6 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center
Create a custom-pressed flower ornament frame from your own choice of many pre-pressed flowers provided. Enjoy charcuterie boards and more. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 12, 17–19, and 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
October 13, 20, and 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Sunday, October 13

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 13, 20, and 26–27 @ 2 PM
October 17–19 and 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Thursday, October 17

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 17–19 and 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
October 20 and 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Friday, October 18

Twenty Dirty Hands Self-Guided Pottery Tour
Friday, October 18 @ 10 AM–6 PM
Saturday, October 19 @ 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday, October 20 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Lacy Mansion (1640 Main St)
Cricket Hill Pottery (2910 Brick Mason Ln, Asbury IA)
Galena Clay Works (704 Dewey Ave, Galena IL)
The Pottery (202 S West St, Galena IL)
3573 Hwy 11, Hazel Green, WI
Eshelman Pottery (238 N Main St, Elizabeth IL)
Mississippi Mud Studios (403 Pershing Rd, Maquoketa IA)

Immerse yourself in creativity and meet talented clay artists on the annual 3-day Twenty Dirty Hands Self-Guided Pottery Tour. Visit seven pottery studios where 25 artists will showcase their creations while enjoying the fall colors at the convergence of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. This event offers a unique opportunity for behind-the-scenes views of private studios as you support local artists. Each stop offers functional pottery and sculpture by multiple artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with local artists and add a touch of artistry to your life. Free. 563-341-7213. twentydirtyhands.com.

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 18–19 and 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
October 20 and 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, October 19

Twenty Dirty Hands Self-Guided Pottery Tour
Saturday, October 19 @ 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday, October 20 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Lacy Mansion (1640 Main St)
Cricket Hill Pottery (2910 Brick Mason Ln, Asbury IA)
Galena Clay Works (704 Dewey Ave, Galena IL)
The Pottery (202 S West St, Galena IL)
3573 Hwy 11, Hazel Green, WI
Eshelman Pottery (238 N Main St, Elizabeth IL)
Mississippi Mud Studios (403 Pershing Rd, Maquoketa IA)

Immerse yourself in creativity and meet talented clay artists on the annual 3-day Twenty Dirty Hands Self-Guided Pottery Tour. Visit seven pottery studios where 25 artists will showcase their creations while enjoying the fall colors at the convergence of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. This event offers a unique opportunity for behind-the-scenes views of private studios as you support local artists. Each stop offers functional pottery and sculpture by multiple artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with local artists and add a touch of artistry to your life. Free. 563-341-7213. twentydirtyhands.com.

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 19 and 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
October 20 and 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Sunday, October 20

Twenty Dirty Hands Self-Guided Pottery Tour
Sunday, October 20 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Lacy Mansion (1640 Main St)
Cricket Hill Pottery (2910 Brick Mason Ln, Asbury IA)
Galena Clay Works (704 Dewey Ave, Galena IL)
The Pottery (202 S West St, Galena IL)
3573 Hwy 11, Hazel Green, WI
Eshelman Pottery (238 N Main St, Elizabeth IL)
Mississippi Mud Studios (403 Pershing Rd, Maquoketa IA)

Immerse yourself in creativity and meet talented clay artists on the annual 3-day Twenty Dirty Hands Self-Guided Pottery Tour. Visit seven pottery studios where 25 artists will showcase their creations while enjoying the fall colors at the convergence of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. This event offers a unique opportunity for behind-the-scenes views of private studios as you support local artists. Each stop offers functional pottery and sculpture by multiple artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with local artists and add a touch of artistry to your life. Free. 563-341-7213. twentydirtyhands.com.

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 20 and 26–27 @ 2 PM
October 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Thursday, October 24

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
October 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Friday, October 25

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 25 @ 7:30 PM
October 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, October 26

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 26–27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Stargazing in The Galena Territory
Saturday, October 26 @ 6–8 PM
The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Enjoy an unforgettable evening under the stars at this stargazing event. Whether you’re a seasoned stargazer or a curious beginner, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the constellations, stars, and fascinating stories behind them from experienced professional and amateur astronomers. Bring your telescope or observe through those provided and explore the wonders of the night sky. Don’t forget to pack a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating; remember that the event is weather-dependent. Come and be amazed by the beauty and mysteries of the universe. Free. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. thegalenaterritory.com.

Sunday, October 27

Love, Lies & the Lottery
October 27 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Celebrate Arts & Humanities month with the Iowa premiere of Love, Lies & the Lottery. Peter is an unlucky guy. With a treacherous soon-to-be ex-wife, an overbearing mother, and a not-so-bright best friend, he just can’t catch a break. When he finds a winning lottery ticket worth $510 million, his luck seems to turn around, but with just a couple of days left to cash in the ticket, this bizarre band of characters must navigate mistaken identities, psychics, and the home shopping network to secure the grand prize. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Spooktacular
Sunday, October 27 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Legendary Hollywood directors are in town to cast and shoot their new big-budget killer thriller when life suddenly imitates art in a very real and bloody way. Popular horror stars Leslie Craven, Bella Lagossi, Jason Krueger, and Freddie Voorhees vie for parts in this open-call slasher flick when suddenly someone literally gets CUT from the film. Stir in wildly adventurous props mistress Leanne Chaney and Russian Cinematographer Igor Karloff, and it’s hard to tell where the laughter ends and the horror begins. Includes a four “corpse” meal and a show. $85. RSVP by Oct. 19. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Tuesday, October 29

Readings Under the Influence
October 29 @ 7 PM
Smokestack

RUI is a themed, interactive live and local arts showcase. As far as giving you an understanding of how it all goes and what to expect, well, it’s different every time. Sometimes it’s edgy, sometimes sweet, sometimes controversial, sometimes downright vicious, but always artful. RUI also loves audience participation, and they love giving away their infamous “Burden Prizes,” so prepare for nerdy, wordy trivia outbursts between readings as well as a shots-infused, volunteerish interactive audience participation game. Feeling chill and inspired? Sit a while in the Writer’s/Artist’s Corner, wherein you may dump those inspired musings onto paper. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Free. 62 E 7th St. facebook.com/RUIDBQ.

November 2024

Saturday, November 2

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 2 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 2 @ 9 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to stained glass and bath bombs. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

GIT Improv
Saturday, November 2 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Bell Tower favorites GIT Improv will be back for two shows in 2024. These master comedians offer improv comedy at its best. Every performance is a brand-new adventure as they create a unique show right before your very eyes using suggestions from you and your fellow audience members. Tickets are $24. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, November 9

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 9 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers
2nd Saturday through April: November 9 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Northeast Iowa School of Music is pleased to present Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP) preschool concert series. L&MOP is a monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Audience members should come prepared to sing, play instruments, and dance a bit with their family. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music and a lollipop. All ages. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-690-0151. nisom.com.

Saturday, November 16

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 16 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 16 @ 9 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to stained glass and bath bombs. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Sunday, November 17

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Fast Times at Stone Cliff High
Sunday, November 17 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

It’s been years since you last roamed the halls of Stone Cliff High, which officially closed 10 years ago. However, the school spirit is still alive amongst graduates, and—according to the reunion planning committee, it’s time to bust out those shoulder pads and flip up those collars, as this year’s reunion—extended to ALL graduates—is ‘80s themed. Why not, you think as you don your leg warmers? It’s all in good fun… until the night takes a dark twist. One of your fellow graduates (or perhaps a teacher, coach, or staff member?) is out for some righteous revenge. But why? What buzzkill is about to share why dreams were shattered and lives ruined? Brace yourself for a gnarly night of surprises, suspense, and, most of all, big hair. This Totally Tubular Night Murder, Mayhem, and Mixed Tapes includes an ‘80s trivia contest and four “corpse” meal. $85. RSVP by Nov. 9. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Saturday, November 23

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 23 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

23rd Annual Attitude of Gratitude
Saturday, November 23 @ 4:30–9 PM
Grand River Center

The 23rd annual Attitude of Gratitude is the largest fundraiser of the year for Opening Doors. Doors at 4:30 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m. The event features entertainment, plated dinner, silent and live auction, three raffles, and an inspirational message from a woman who has achieved success through Opening Doors’ program. Proceeds support women and children who are experiencing homelessness. $100. 500 Bell St. openingdoorsdbq.org/AOG.

December 2024

Sunday, December 1

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Ho, Ho, Homicide
Sunday, December 1 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

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 kids’ bike on the market—Zuzu’s Pedals—has some production issues. On top of that, Mrs. Claus is worried about Santa’s diet but mostly about his sugary-sweet secretary, Candy Cane. Add in some elves, an environmentalist checking everything twice, and a perky Customer Service Rep who covers Santa’s Ho, Ho Hotline, and you’ve got a Ho, Ho, Hilarious Homicide. Includes a four “corpse” meal and a show. $85. RSVP by Nov. 23. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Friday, December 6

Seasonal Allergies
December 6–7, 12–14, and 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
December 8, 15, 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, December 7

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 7 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 7 @ 9 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to stained glass and bath bombs. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Seasonal Allergies
December 7, 12–14, and 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
December 8, 15, 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Sunday, December 8

Seasonal Allergies
December 8, 15, 21–22 @ 2 PM
December 12–14 and 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Thursday, December 12

Seasonal Allergies
December 12–14 and 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Friday, December 13

Seasonal Allergies
December 13–14 and 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, December 14

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 14 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Lollipops & Music for Our Preschoolers
2nd Saturday through April: December 14 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Northeast Iowa School of Music is pleased to present Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP) preschool concert series. L&MOP is a monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Audience members should come prepared to sing, play instruments, and dance a bit with their family. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music and a lollipop. All ages. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-690-0151. nisom.com.

Seasonal Allergies
December 14 and 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Sunday, December 15

Seasonal Allergies
December 15 and 21–22 @ 2 PM
December 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Brew Ha Ha Players Present: Cutthroat Christmas
Sunday, December 15 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The Cutter’s Tree Farm is Iowa’s ultimate destination for Christmas trees, boasting a dazzling collection of all 16 varieties, from perfectly pruned pines to beautiful balsams. But as the holiday season approaches, a prickly pine parasite threatens to upend the entire inventory. While President Pine (more inclined toward Christmas Cocktails than serious business) remains nonchalant, the rest of the team faces the grim reality of lost jobs, and we soon discover that trees aren’t the only thing on the chopping block. This holiday whodunnit is a hoot. Includes a four “corpse” meal and a show. $85. RSVP by Dec. 7. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100. stonecliffwinery.com.

Thursday, December 19

Seasonal Allergies
December 19–20 @ 7:30 PM
December 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Friday, December 20

Seasonal Allergies
December 20 @ 7:30 PM
December 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, December 21

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 21 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 21 @ 9 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to stained glass and bath bombs. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Seasonal Allergies
December 21–22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Sunday, December 22

Seasonal Allergies
December 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

What are the holidays without a little chaos? Julia’s life is turned upside down when her soon-to-be-divorced brother shows up unexpectedly and stays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Don’t miss the local premiere this funny, heartwarming comedy about friends, family, and holiday stresses. Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.