Tri-State Events

June 2022

Filling Your Cup
Thursday, June 30 @ 7:30–9 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque Grande Ballroom

Filling Your Cup is a new event for Opening Doors. This uplifting coffee-themed event features international speaker and award-winning author Annie Meehan. “Annie’s young life mirrored the stories of the women and children we serve every day at Opening Doors,” commented Ann Lorenz, Development & Marketing Director. “She escaped a cycle of negativity, poverty and abuse to live an exceptional life.” Annie’s book, Be the Exception, won the National Ben Franklin award. Guests can also visit a variety of vendor booths. Ticket price includes breakfast buffet; a copy of Be the Exception, and a coffee-themed gift bag. Opening Doors is a nonprofit organization who helps women and children who are experiencing homelessness. $35. 200 Main St. 563-582-7480. openingdoorsdbq.org/cup.

Slimy Gooey Gross
Thursday, June 30 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Prescott School Neighborhood Resource Center

Do you enjoy the slimy and yucky side of science? Become an expert and take home your own worm bin. Discover what snot is made of and make fake blood and wounds. Lunch provided. Ages 6–10. RSVP. $21 Resident; $25 non-resident; free available. 1151 White St. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Moana JR. Auditions
Thursday, June 30 @ 10 AM–Noon and 1–2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Students of all genders from ages 8 (or going into 2nd grade) through 18 are invited to audition. The cost for kids to participate is $50. For families with more than one child the cost will be $50 for first child, $25 for second and $15 for child number 3 and more. A limited number of no cost or low cost scholarships are available. Rehearsals are July 5–Aug. 5, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until noon. Every child will not need to be at every rehearsal every day. Adult volunteers are needed as well. Performances are on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Cooking Camp
June 30; July 14, 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury
July 18; August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Grades 3+. Registration required. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Summer Youth Art Thursdays: Paper Making
Thursday, June 30 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Create paper from scratch using recyclable materials; personalize your paper with the colors, textures, and scents of nature. You will make a journal and a small vessel out of your paper. Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director. Classes include all supplies and a snack. Ages 6–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: June 30 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: June 30 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: June 30 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. No event on July 28 and Aug. 18.

Social Hour at Steeple Square
Thursday, June 30 @ 5–7:30 PM
Steeple Square

Join for drinks, snacks, and music. Dupaco Community Credit Union Leadership Bob Hoefer, Joe Hearn, Matt Dodds, and Dave Klavitter bartend for tips. All event proceeds benefit Steeple Square. Free. 101 E 15th St. 563-235-3584. steeplesquare.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: June 30 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

A unique assortment of cars, trucks, and motorcycles gather on Sinsinawa Ave. in East Dubuque, IL. Great food and cold beverages are available as always from the bars along the vehicle display area in downtown East Dubuque. Plus, live music each week! All years of classic, muscle, and unique cars along with trucks and motorcycles are invited to join. Drive down and enjoy a night with old friends! facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live at the Plaza
Last Thursday through September: June 30 @ 5–7 PM

Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
June’s Live at the Plaza event will celebrate diversity and inclusion with special Amazing For All giveaways. This family-friendly event features regional musicians, performers, food and drink. Visit the plaza to pick up a Live at the Plaza Passport with a list of open-late businesses and opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Booked After Dark Book Club
Thursday, June 30 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, and noir. Discuss The Martian by Andy Weir. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

Tri-State Wind Symphony
Thursdays: June 30 and July 14 and 28 @ 7 PM
Alliant Amphitheater
Enjoy the evening by the Mississippi River while the Tri-State Wind Symphony (TSWS) invites you shares the melody, harmony, rhythm, and beautiful art form of music with you. Bring a picnic, a four-legged friend, and a smile. TSWS reaffirms the community band movement through musical education, individual growth, and diverse programs for the enjoyment of the audience and musicians alike. Any high school or older adult who is able to play moderately advanced pieces may perform in any of the five concerts. Rehearsals are held the two Tuesdays prior to each performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center. Free. 600 Star Brewery Dr. hinrichsen.susan@gmail.com. tsws.org.

July 2022

Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo
July 1 and 2 @ 10 AM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. each day, but the Family Fair begins at 10 a.m. Start the day off with the Family Fair where kids can enjoy an inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, games, and petting zoo. Then, enjoy two nights of amazing entertainment by Big Hat Rodeo through eight fiercely competitive and exhilarating competitions, where more than 150 cowboys and cowgirls will compete for $30,000, featuring World Champion contestants and livestock. This year the Cowgirl Hustle Drill Team will also perform. Each night features spectacular fireworks directly following the rodeo competition. Gates open at 4 p.m. July 1 is Family Fun Night and features cowboys and clowns photo opportunities while July 2 hosts a concert with country singer John King at 4:45 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The venue offers bleacher seating, but visitors are welcome to bring a blanket and sit on the hillside. Pets are not allowed. The Family Fair is $5. Advance tickets for July 1 are $20 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 5–12 while July 2 tickets are $30 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 5–12. Tickets increase by $5 at the gate. Ages 4 and under are free. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. FreedomReinsProRodeo.com.

First Fridays
Friday, July 1
Noon–8 PM @ Stoned Art Studio & Gallery (1800 Central Ave)
5–8 PM @ Art Factory (120 E 9th St, Ste 200)
6–7 PM @ Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 W 11th St)
6–8 pm @ Planted. (245 W 1st St)
6:30–7:30 PM @ River Lights Bookstore (1098 Main St)
Stoned Art Studio and Gallery features Henry Matthiessen III’s art and Driftless Region photography. Blues, jazz music, and refreshments will be on hand. Art Factory hosts Going in Circles abstract works by Hieyler Talley. Carnegie-Stout Public Library welcomes solo artist Brion Bowman for a live Music @ your library® concert.Bowman is a trained pianist, singer, and songwriter strongly influenced by classic jazz and soul. His music is harmonically complex, smooth, and moving. A fresh talent in the Dubuque area, Bowman performs both original songs and covers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Adults age 21 and older may bring their own wine or beer. Planted. offers a different perspective this month, a “bird’s eye” view body of photography showcasing some beautiful views of Dubuque by Elevated Images. Michael Williams is a drone pilot and aerial photographer native to Dubuque. What began as a interest for flying remote control helicopters has developed into an passion for drone technology. Mike has been flying drones for nearly eight years and offers beautiful, aerial photographs of nearly a dozen countries around the world. River Lights Bookstore joins the First Fridays offerings with a literary open mic. Readers and performers will have three minutes or less to share their original work: fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Anyone who doesn’t want to read but loves a good literary performance, is welcome to drop in for a listen. Register to read: email info@riverlights.com, call the bookstore at 563-556-4381, or check in at the door.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: July 1 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

3rd Annual Elizabeth Freedom Fest
Friday, July 1 @ 4 PM–Midnight
Terrapin Park (Elizabeth, Il)
Bring the family out to this free celebration! The event kicks off with food and beverages, bingo, bounce houses, henna tattoos, yard games, and military vehicles on display. Come dressed to show your patriotism! There will be awards for the most patriotic outfits. The US Army Golden Knights parachute jump right into Terrapin Park at 7 p.m. Kids are invited to help roll up the parachutes after the jump plus they can get photos and autographs from the Golden Knights. Stick around and enjoy the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Live music includes Kara Gordon at 5 p.m., Ten Gallon Hat at 8 p.m., and Sam Brewer keeps the party going after the fireworks. Vendors include Hanover VFW #5300, G.E.A.R, Community of Christians, Lola’s Deli, Emmy Lou’s, Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Custer’s Last Stand, Vietnam Veterans #928 of NW IL, You Ate the Bone BBQ, Embolden Ministries, Erin Keyser, Donny Does It All LLC, and more! 350 West St, Elizabeth, Il. facebook.com/VillageOfElizabethIL.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: July 1 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Find Waldo Local
July 1–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: July 2 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

FAJ Squad Pancreatic 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, July 2 @ 8 AM
Theisen’s Supply
#KickPanCan at the 6th annual walk. Fun for all ages with food, music, and a raffle. The mission is to bring hope and treatment to everyone touched by pancreatic cancer. 6201 Chavenelle Rd. 563-543-7127. mwof.org.

Cascade Community Market
1st Sat through August: July 2 @ 8 AM–Noon
Riverview Park (Cascade, IA)

Browse a variety of vendors with products such as earrings, tables, woodwork, home decor, rag rugs, herbal teas, nail polish strips, and more! Participation is free for vendors and attendees. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. 563-690-8611. cascadechamber.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 2 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: July 2 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Early Explorers: K is for Kite
1st Saturday: July 2 @ 10 AM
1st Tuesday: July 5 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Join each month and discover the ABCs of the world around us. Hands-on and active activities including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. $10 for non-members; $8 for members; adult free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com/early-explorers.

Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo
July 2 @ 10 AM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. each day, but the Family Fair begins at 10 a.m. Start the day off with the Family Fair where kids can enjoy an inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, games, and petting zoo. Then, enjoy two nights of amazing entertainment by Big Hat Rodeo through eight fiercely competitive and exhilarating competitions, where more than 150 cowboys and cowgirls will compete for $30,000, featuring World Champion contestants and livestock. This year the Cowgirl Hustle Drill Team will also perform. Each night features spectacular fireworks directly following the rodeo competition. Gates open at 4 p.m. July 1 is Family Fun Night and features cowboys and clowns photo opportunities while July 2 hosts a concert with country singer John King at 4:45 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The venue offers bleacher seating, but visitors are welcome to bring a blanket and sit on the hillside. Pets are not allowed. The Family Fair is $5. Advance tickets for July 1 are $20 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 5–12 while July 2 tickets are $30 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 5–12. Tickets increase by $5 at the gate. Ages 4 and under are free. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. FreedomReinsProRodeo.com.

Tri-State US Army Golden Knights Jump
Saturday, July 2 @ 10:30 AM
Southwestern High School L B Carnes Football Field (Hazel Green, WI)

There are several opportunities to see the US Army Golden Knights jump in the Tri-State area. 1105 Maple St, Hazel Green, WI. fireworks.radiodubuque.com.

Ghost Saturday Show
Saturdays: July 2, 16, and 30 and September 3 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

Make the trek to the Field of Dreams Movie Site and watch the iconic Ghost Players come out of the corn as they put on a special, FREE, interactive hour and a half comedy show coined the “Greatest Show on Dirt!” This is a memorable experience for the entire family that is sure to put a smile on your face! Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Consider making this experience even more magical by becoming a VIP! Enjoy the show from the best seat in the house: the porch of the Field of Dreams Farm House along with other great benefits. Visit the event webpage to learn more about becoming a VIP and to purchase tickets. Get yours today before they are gone! Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ghost-saturday-shows.

Meet the Dubuque Jaycees & Radio Dubuque Fireworks and Air Show Spectacular Pilots
Saturday, July 2 @ 3:30–5:30 PM
Dubuque Regional Airport Old Terminal

You can see the aircraft that will be flying in this year’s July 3rd Air Show and meet the pilots flying the planes! fireworks.radiodubuque.com.

Rockin’ On The River
The Mississippi Band 50th Anniversary: Saturday, July 2 @ 6 PM
Nashville Artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charente: Saturday, August 6 @ 6 PM
Cascade Riverview Ampitheater (Cascade, IA)
Dave Hummel, Cricket, Denny Garcia, and Jay Tigges come together for this 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame show. After winning the Sundown Country Music Festival, The Mississippi Band went on the road from 1977 to 1983 playing concerts with Hank Williams Jr., Ernest Tubb, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sha Na Na, and Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. The band was hired in 1981 to appear in the movie Take This Job and Shove It. They were inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Molly Shannon opens. Gates open at 5 p.m. BYO blanket and chairs. Food vendor available. $20 ADV/$25 door, ages 10 and under free. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. facebook.com/rockinontherivercascade.

Tri-State US Army Golden Knights Jump
Saturday, July 2 @ 7 PM
Kennedy Mall Mining Company at the Phoenix Theatres jump zone
There are several opportunities to see the US Army Golden Knights jump in the Tri-State area. 555 JFK Rd. fireworks.radiodubuque.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 2–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Bellevue Heritage Days
July 2 and 3
Cole Park and South Riverview (Bellevue, IA)
The party gets started a day early on Friday, July 1 with the Brown Bottle Bandits at Off Shore Event Center from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 2 events take place at Cole Park and include an American Legion flag burning and a youth dance with prizes. Enjoy music at the American Legion. Cole Park music lineup includes Sushi Roll at 5:30 p.m. and The LoveMonkeys at 9 p.m. Then comes Sunday, July 3 with a jam-packed day of entertainment! First up is the parade at 10 a.m. Lineup begins at Horizon Lanes. Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place. Activities in Cole Park begin with the Bellevue EMS’s 50th ceremony immediately after the parade. Also enjoy dance performances, pedal tractor pull, bingo, Ron Moraga Caricatures, free swim, car and tractor show, “blow up a car,” chainsaw carvings, petting farm, pony rides, bags tournament, food and beverages, showdown, and concessions. Music in the refreshment garden by Jeff Theisen at noon, TAN + JAE at 2:30 p.m., and Standing Hampton at 5 p.m. Over on South Riverview you can find the BBQ cookoff, Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show, food and refreshment vendors, and the Bellevue Chamber’s cash drawings. Outdoor music at Lock 12 includes Pat Kettmann at 4 p.m. and Acoustic D.O.G.S. at 7:30 p.m. Midwest Inflatables will be set up both days at Cole Park with an inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, toddler inflatable, laser tag, and mini golf. Conducted by the Bellevue Fire Department in the municipal parking lot, fireworks begin at dusk. Rain date is Monday, July 4. A $5 Heritage Days button or (new) silicon bracelet is required for entry to all festivities for anyone and any age looking to play. Advance purchases are available at local businesses, or purchase the day of in the refreshment garden. facebook.com/BellevueHeritageDays.

Shullsburg 4th of July Celebration
July 2–4
Badger Park and Main Street, Shullsburg, WI
Highlights include the HomeTown ThrowDown kickoff party, BBQ competition, musical performances, parade, pie auction, and, of course, fireworks! Shullsburg’s HomeTown ThrowDown Party starts July 2 at 4 p.m. at Badger Park with no gate fees. Bring your friends, and grab dinner at one of the food trucks. Music will start at 5 p.m. with the Leftovers followed by the Spazmatics. All the awesome sounds, styles, and way-cool dance steps from the 1980’s we’d love to forget plus skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses. On Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m., BBQ in Badger Park brings out all of the area grill masters as they compete for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights! Judging categories include pork, beef ribs, pasty, and people’s choice. Then, Kansas boy Logan Mize takes teh stage at 7 p.m. followed by ACM-Nominated Mitchell Tenpenny at 9 p.m. Tenpenny is a singer, songwriter, producer and performer. His current radio single is “Truth About You” and his new album release is The Low Light Sessions EP. BBQ and live music… what more could you want? Tickets for both are $30. Don’t miss the parade down Water Street on Monday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m., complete with historical portrayers in costume, festive floats, and marching bands. Food stands will be offering everything from cheese curds to brats and brews. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs you will want to stay for the day to enjoy carnival rides in the park. Head back to Badger Park on July 4 for the pie auction at 7 p.m. All proceeds go towards the fireworks display. Be sure to close out the evening with fireworks in Badger Park “one of the best fireworks displays in Wisconsin.” Shullsburg4thOfJuly.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: July 3 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Tri-State US Army Golden Knights Jump
Sunday, July 3 @ 10:30 AM
Nativity Catholic Church Field
There are several opportunities to see the US Army Golden Knights jump in the Tri-State area. 1225 Alta Vista St. fireworks.radiodubuque.com.

Fourth at the Fort
Sunday, July 3 @ Noon–2 PM
Apple River Fort State Historic Site (Elizabeth, IL)
Celebrate our nation’s birth the 1832 way! Play a game of town ball (the precursor to baseball), cool off with a water race, and listen to speeches, toasts, and petitions. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch or take out from your favorite restaurant, and enjoy the fun. Suggested donations are $4 for adults and seniors and $2 for children. 311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth, IL. 815-858-2028. AppleRiverFort.org.

Sunday Funday Bike Show
July 3 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)

Great bikes, BBQ brisket, and live music by Ratchet Jaw, just like our founding fathers intended! Register your bike between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 7 p.m.

36th Annual Dubuque Jaycees & Radio Dubuque Fireworks and Air Show Spectacular
Sunday, July 3
Air Show @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Fireworks @ Dusk
AY McDonald Park/Hawthorne St

The Independence Day celebration kicks off in A.Y. McDonald Park next to the Hawthorne Boat Ramp, just below Lock and Dam #11. The celebration always takes place on July 3. The daytime Salute To Our Heroes Air Show includes Military Swearing in Ceremony, Air Show Announcer Bill Walsh, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Full Throttle Formation Team, US Navy Growler Legacy Flight, US Air Force Demo Team with Heritage Flight, Memorial Salute, and Missing Man Formation. Once the sun begins to go down, around 9 p.m., check the skies for the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team night jump. Then, the Fireworks Spectacular begins around dusk (9:30 p.m.). Enjoy the biggest fireworks display around at dusk over the mighty Mississippi. fireworks.radiodubuque.com.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Sunday, July 3 @ 6 PM
Saturdays: July 16; August 6 and 20 @ 4 PM
South of Lock 12 (Bellevue, IA)

Come enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is Bellevue’s own water ski show team, one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Watch them practice north of Lock 12 or see their shows south of Lock 12. 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. 563-590-0990. facebook.com/skibellevue.

Music in the Gardens: Neil Berg
Sundays through August: July 3 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Dubuque Jaycees/Radio Dubuque Fireworks on the River
July 3
A.Y. McDonald Park
It’s only the biggest and best fireworks display for hundreds of miles around! Located in the Hawthorne St area by A.Y. McDonald Park, you’ll want to get there early for the best spots. Bring blankets, chairs, and coolers, and sit back for an amazing air show in the early evening followed by a stunning fireworks display set to music at about 9:45 p.m.

Find Waldo Local
July 3–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Bellevue Heritage Days
July 3
Cole Park and South Riverview (Bellevue, IA)
The party gets started a day early on Friday, July 1 with the Brown Bottle Bandits at Off Shore Event Center from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 2 events take place at Cole Park and include an American Legion flag burning and a youth dance with prizes. Enjoy music at the American Legion. Cole Park music lineup includes Sushi Roll at 5:30 p.m. and The LoveMonkeys at 9 p.m. Then comes Sunday, July 3 with a jam-packed day of entertainment! First up is the parade at 10 a.m. Lineup begins at Horizon Lanes. Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place. Activities in Cole Park begin with the Bellevue EMS’s 50th ceremony immediately after the parade. Also enjoy dance performances, pedal tractor pull, bingo, Ron Moraga Caricatures, free swim, car and tractor show, “blow up a car,” chainsaw carvings, petting farm, pony rides, bags tournament, food and beverages, showdown, and concessions. Music in the refreshment garden by Jeff Theisen at noon, TAN + JAE at 2:30 p.m., and Standing Hampton at 5 p.m. Over on South Riverview you can find the BBQ cookoff, Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show, food and refreshment vendors, and the Bellevue Chamber’s cash drawings. Outdoor music at Lock 12 includes Pat Kettmann at 4 p.m. and Acoustic D.O.G.S. at 7:30 p.m. Midwest Inflatables will be set up both days at Cole Park with an inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, toddler inflatable, laser tag, and mini golf. Conducted by the Bellevue Fire Department in the municipal parking lot, fireworks begin at dusk. Rain date is Monday, July 4. A $5 Heritage Days button or (new) silicon bracelet is required for entry to all festivities for anyone and any age looking to play. Advance purchases are available at local businesses, or purchase the day of in the refreshment garden. facebook.com/BellevueHeritageDays.

Shullsburg 4th of July Celebration
July 3–4
Badger Park and Main Street, Shullsburg, WI
Highlights include the HomeTown ThrowDown kickoff party, BBQ competition, musical performances, parade, pie auction, and, of course, fireworks! Shullsburg’s HomeTown ThrowDown Party starts July 2 at 4 p.m. at Badger Park with no gate fees. Bring your friends, and grab dinner at one of the food trucks. Music will start at 5 p.m. with the Leftovers followed by the Spazmatics. All the awesome sounds, styles, and way-cool dance steps from the 1980’s we’d love to forget plus skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses. On Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m., BBQ in Badger Park brings out all of the area grill masters as they compete for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights! Judging categories include pork, beef ribs, pasty, and people’s choice. Then, Kansas boy Logan Mize takes teh stage at 7 p.m. followed by ACM-Nominated Mitchell Tenpenny at 9 p.m. Tenpenny is a singer, songwriter, producer and performer. His current radio single is “Truth About You” and his new album release is The Low Light Sessions EP. BBQ and live music… what more could you want? Tickets for both are $30. Don’t miss the parade down Water Street on Monday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m., complete with historical portrayers in costume, festive floats, and marching bands. Food stands will be offering everything from cheese curds to brats and brews. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs you will want to stay for the day to enjoy carnival rides in the park. Head back to Badger Park on July 4 for the pie auction at 7 p.m. All proceeds go towards the fireworks display. Be sure to close out the evening with fireworks in Badger Park “one of the best fireworks displays in Wisconsin.” Shullsburg4thOfJuly.com.

Platteville’s 4th of July Celebration
Sunday, July 4 @ 8 AM
Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, City Park, and Legion Field
(Platteville, WI)
Clare Bank’s 5K Walk/Run at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums begins at 8 a.m. Register at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $10 with a t-shirt or free for kids under 12 if they do not want a shirt. Heritage Day at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a Declaration of Independence reading, mine tours and train rides, demonstrations, arts and crafts for kids, food by the Platteville Music Boosters, music by The Wundos, and antique tractors and cars on display. The Patriotic Program at 10 am. in City Park welcomes a keynote address by Gary Tuescher titled “The Declaration—A Reminder” and music by Ian McCann and Nancy Fairchild. Bring your lawn chairs. Presented by the Platteville Veterans Honor Roll Association. Additionally, events at Legion Field include the Platteville Jaycee’s annual bean bag tournament at 3 p.m., bouncy house,live music by Adam Bartels Band, cheese curds, additional food, and fireworks at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan to make it a great memorable family event! platteville.com.

Audrey Hammer 4th of July Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 4 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site
The Mathias Ham Historic Site is celebrating Independence Day this year with its newly renamed annual Audrey Hammer 4th of July Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Attendees will enjoy live music by The Americana Band. Victorian games will be held in the yard for children including sack races, horseshoes, jacks, and more. Crafts will also take place as well throughout the day. Picnic foods, cakes, and ice cream will be available for purchase. Free tours of the historic Ham House, the Humke one-room school, the replica lead mine, and the Arriandeau log cabin will run all day with live demonstrations and thunderous cannon fire adding to the experience of Independence Day. Free-will donations will be accepted with proceeds benefitting the Mathias Ham Historic Site, a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society. Audrey Hammer was a long-time tour guide at the Ham Site and volunteered at the ice cream social annually. A former teacher, Hammer had a passion for education and service to community. 2241 Lincoln Ave. RiverMuseum.com.

Tri-State US Army Golden Knights Jump
Monday, July 4 @ 1 PM
Cassville, WI
There are several opportunities to see the US Army Golden Knights jump in the Tri-State area. fireworks.radiodubuque.com.

28th Annual Galena Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 4 @ 2–10 PM
Green Street Plaza and Grant Park (Galena, IL)
Galena celebrates Independence day on Monday, July 4 starting at 2 p.m. in Green Street Plaza with food and music followed by fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Spend the afternoon browsing the shops in Galena, noshing on food (consider trying some of the vittles Sunil mentions in this issue’s dining column!), and taking in the sounds of 2nd Generation Band and Ten Gallon Hat. At dusk, be ready to witness a spectacular fireworks display launched from Grant Park! Live music and fireworks are free to enjoy. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. facebook.com/KiwanisGalena.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: July 4 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Galena Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
July 4 @ 6 PM
Downtown Galena, IL

Annual community parade featuring floats, bands, marchers, and more. After the parade, enjoy live music at the Green St. Plaza until the fireworks begin. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. KiwanisClubOfGalena.org.

Audrey Hammer 4th of July Ice Cream Social
July 4
Mathias Ham Historic Site
The Dubuque County Historical Society, celebrates Independence Day in good ol’ fashioned style at the historic Ham House at the corner of Shiras and Lincoln Ave, just below Eagle Point Park. The afternoon event features music, food, free tours of the mansion, historic crafts, and games. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Find Waldo Local
July 4–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Shullsburg 4th of July Celebration
July 4
Badger Park and Main Street, Shullsburg, WI
Highlights include the HomeTown ThrowDown kickoff party, BBQ competition, musical performances, parade, pie auction, and, of course, fireworks! Shullsburg’s HomeTown ThrowDown Party starts July 2 at 4 p.m. at Badger Park with no gate fees. Bring your friends, and grab dinner at one of the food trucks. Music will start at 5 p.m. with the Leftovers followed by the Spazmatics. All the awesome sounds, styles, and way-cool dance steps from the 1980’s we’d love to forget plus skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses. On Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m., BBQ in Badger Park brings out all of the area grill masters as they compete for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights! Judging categories include pork, beef ribs, pasty, and people’s choice. Then, Kansas boy Logan Mize takes teh stage at 7 p.m. followed by ACM-Nominated Mitchell Tenpenny at 9 p.m. Tenpenny is a singer, songwriter, producer and performer. His current radio single is “Truth About You” and his new album release is The Low Light Sessions EP. BBQ and live music… what more could you want? Tickets for both are $30. Don’t miss the parade down Water Street on Monday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m., complete with historical portrayers in costume, festive floats, and marching bands. Food stands will be offering everything from cheese curds to brats and brews. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs you will want to stay for the day to enjoy carnival rides in the park. Head back to Badger Park on July 4 for the pie auction at 7 p.m. All proceeds go towards the fireworks display. Be sure to close out the evening with fireworks in Badger Park “one of the best fireworks displays in Wisconsin.” Shullsburg4thOfJuly.com.

Early Explorers: K is for Kite
1st Tuesday: July 5 @ 10 AM
1st Tuesday: August 2 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Join each month and discover the ABCs of the world around us. Hands-on and active activities including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. $10 for non-members; $8 for members; adult free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com/early-explorers.

Hoof It Goat Camp
Hoof It (Galena, IL)
Session 2: July 5–7 @ 1–4:30 PM & July 8 @ 7 PM (Family bonfire)

Eexplore and learn about goats from daily care and chores, scavenger hunts, fun activities, and arts and crafts. Explore and learn about the surrounding land, what animals inhabit it, and learn to tell the difference between animal tracks. Activities and crafting projects vary but may include making animal track molds, best goat selfies, wooden jewelry/key chain making, goat painting (actually paint on a goat!), scavenger hunts, and of course, goat trekking. As a conclusion to GOAT camp, campers and their families are invited for a bonfire with s’mores. More dates may be added based on demand. Ages 5–12. $250. 616 S Devil’s Ladder Rd, Galena, IL. 563-663-6944. HoofIt-Galena.com/kids-camp.

Crime Lab
Tuesday, July 5 @ 1:30–3:30 PM
Slattery Center
CSI for kids! Come join us as we investigate a crime scene and explore forensic science. We will examine fingerprints, hair, and fibers and identify clues. This will be a fun and exciting way to learn, and problem solve with your friends! Ages 7–11. RSVP. $16 Resident; $19 non-resident. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Story in Crisis: Connecting Scripture & Creation
Tuesday, July 5 @ 7–8 PM
Online

The way we read and understand the foundational stories of who we are, who God is and how and why we were created lies at the root of the enormous challenges we now face as a society. This presentation will offer an ecological reading of the Bible that offers a way of understanding this crucial moment from a scriptural perspective. Lead by Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa Mound’s Ecological Programming Coordinator. RSVP by July 4. $15. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Find Waldo Local
July 5–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

FREADOM Book Club: Lolita
Wednesday, July 6 @ 7 PM
Jubeck New World Brewing

A book club celebrating banned books. Discuss Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. 115 W 11th St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 6–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Summer Youth Art Thursdays: Gourd Mask on a Canvas
Thursday, July 7 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Have fun making an art piece similar to a Toni Klingler original. Decorate a gourd half with paint, feathers and beads and attach to a painted canvas for a unique art piece. Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director and Toni Klingler. Classes include all supplies and a snack. Ages 6–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: July 7 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: July 7 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: July 7 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Taste of Summer Series
Thursdays: July 7 and August 4 @ 5–9 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Guests are invited to attend this after-hours event in outdoor spaces on the River Museum campus where food vendors will compete for the prize of “Crowd Favorite” at each of the three events. July 7 hosts Lawrence Brothers BBQ, Birds. Fried Chicken, Versus, Hot Diggity Dogz, and Elle & Becks with music by Eric Chesser. Food and beverages are available beginning at 5 p.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; a limited number of picnic tables will be available. All ages. Free. 350 E 3rd St. RiverMusem.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: July 7 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Find Waldo Local
July 7–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Food Truck Fridays
Fridays: July 8, August 19, and September 9 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Washington Park

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Sarah Lentini on July 8, John Moran on Aug. 19, and Joie Wails on Sept. 9. Live music is sponsored by 365ink Magazine. Schedules, vendors, and details may be subject to change. 700 Locust St. TravelDubuque.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: July 8 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Downtown Summer Nights
July 8 @ 6:30–10 PM
Downtown Dyersville, IA

Not to miss out on the fun, Dyersville hosts its own summer festival series, Downtown Friday Night. Besides live music, the event includes food and games for kids. Free.

Music on the March
Friday, July 8 @ 7 PM
Dubuque Senior High School Dalzell Field
The show begins at 7 p.m. with the box office opening at 3 p.m. and gates at 5:30 p.m. Dubuque’s Summer Tradition features seven of the world’s top drum and bugle corps including the hosts, Colts and Colt Cadets, as well as the seven-time Drum Corps International World Champion The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL. The competition also includes Conquest from Geneseo, IL; Sound Of Sun Prairie from Sun Prairie, WI; two-time DCI World Champions Madison Scouts from Madison, WI; and Blue Stars from La Crosse, WI. The competition closes with an encore performance by the Colts followed by their Age Out recognition. The Colts are excited to realize the culmination of their long journey. Originally planned for the 2020 season, “The Silk Road” is being brought to life for Drum Corps International’s 50th Anniversary season. The visual authenticity of the program will feature wagons, crates and, as you expect, an abundance of fabric and garments. The silk moth begins the evolution from thread to fabric. And the show concludes in a dazzling display of silk. The soundtrack is captured through the sounds of Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass (“Meetings Along The Edge”), The Silk Road Ensemble (“Arabian Waltz”), Joe Hisaishi (“The Dragon Boy”), Aurel Hollo (“José / beFore John 5”), Aaron Zigman (“Divas & Dunes”), and Led Zeppelin (“Kashmir”). 1800 Clarke Dr. Colts.org.

Berning Acres Night at the Farm: Cows, Beer & Cheese Curds
Friday, July 8 @ 7–9 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

Experience all the fun of camp while enjoying cold beverages (beer and bottled water available). Milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, or help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony). There are plenty of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you’d like! Wrap it up back in the shop for a view of the sunset over the farm while sampling a variety of locally-sourced cheeses, (curds, spreads, slices) alongside some flavored meats as well. Ages 21+. $40. 8850 N Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. berningacres.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 8–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: July 9 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 9 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: July 9 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Farm Fun Day
July 9 @ 10 AM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Join the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau at the Shenandoah Riding Center for a farm fun day. Milk a cow, make ice cream and butter, visit the petting zoo, make a circle of earth bracelet, and more. Free. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-9550. thegalenaterritory.com.

Archery 101
Saturday, July 9 @ 11 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve (Peosta, IA)

Come try the challenge of shooting a bow and arrow. Staff will give instructions on shooting technique and safety. The bows used are compound bows suitable for different sizes and strengths of archers. Bow weight varies from 10 to 20 pounds. Ample time will be given to practice. All necessary equipment is provided. A parent or chaperone must stay with children under 16. Ages 10+. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

25th Annual Asbury’s Music in the Park
July 9 @ Noon–10 PM
Asbury Park (Asbury, IA)
The Asbury Area Civic and Recreation Foundation hosts their annual Music in the Park Festival on Saturday, July 9, from noon to 10 p.m. This is a free family event with a variety of music, entertainment, food, children’s games, and family activities. Entertainment during the day includes inflatables, a petting zoo, magic, balloons, face painting, and children’s games. Live music in the Wagner Pavilion is provided by Stolen Grace, Ralph Kluseman and Johnnie Walker, Hangin Around Band, Collective Sound, and Brushfire Bandits. The evening begins with the headline band performance. This year, Funktastic 5 performs on the main stage from 7 to 10 p.m. The amazing funk and R&B band from the Quad Cities has been bringing the funk since 2003. Numerous food vendors provide great selections all day along with ice cold beer from AACRF. No food or beverage carry-ins allowed. Shuttle service will be available with stops throughout the City of Asbury as well as several outlying areas. facebook.com/AsburyMusicinthePark.

Helen Russell & Company
Saturday, July 9 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Elvis and Helen Russell bring a little bit of country and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, IA on Saturday, July 9 at a special 2 p.m. matinee event. They are located in the Lake of the Ozarks area at Osage Beach, MO. Many folks remember Helen as an entertainer with Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry, where her abilities as a vocalist and instrumentalist were enjoyed six nights a week for 19 seasons. Well folks, she is now better than ever! Enjoy family-friendly entertainment with audience participation. With Elvis on bass, they also feature keyboard, banjo and drums. The high energy, toe-tappin’, live award-winning music shows and entertainment feature classic country, Bluegrass, classic rock, gospel, comedy, and impersonations. $22 in advance or $25 at the door for adults and $13 in advance or $15 at the door for students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: July 9 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

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

Berning Acres Night at the Farm: Cows, Wine & Charcuterie
Saturday, July 9 @ 7–9 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

Experience all the fun of camp while enjoying a beverage. Milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, or help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony). There are plenty of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you’d like! Wrap it up back in the shop for a view of the sunset over the farm while enjoying wine and a beautiful charcuterie board that features goat and dairy cow cheeses. Beer, sparkling water, and bottled water will be available as well. Ages 21+. $45. 8850 N Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. berningacres.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 9–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: July 10 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays: Armchair Boogie
Sunday, July 10 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

Kicking things off on July 10 is Armchair Boogie. Starting in 2015 from a front porch in the college town of Stevens Point, WI, Armchair Boogie is known for their pickin’ skills and infectious grooves. Defined as “Funk Grass Americana,” and while not traditional Bluegrass, the rippin’ guitar and driving banjo makes this band a foot stompin, hand clapping, feel good time. Call it “Newgrass.” The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays Series. This free event draws music performers from all around the country on Sundays July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the “Pickers Pick-nic” at noon. 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. At 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park along with concessions and souvenirs. No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers. Bring your own instrument if you’d like to participate in the Pickers Pick-nic and a lawn chair to relax in and enjoy the show. Asking attendees only for free-will donations, the goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays next year. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. 563-590-4004. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Music in the Gardens: Secrets
Sundays through August: July 10 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Find Waldo Local
July 10–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Rock of All Ages
July 11–July 15 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Rocks come in all different shapes and sizes! From fossils to lava rock, each one has a different origin. How in the world did they get here? Dig up the details on different types of rocks and where they come from. Scholarships and wrap-around care are available. Entering grades 1–5. $200 Member; $240 Non-Member. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/summercamps.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: July 11 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Find Waldo Local
July 11–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 11–17
Delaware County Fairgrounds (Manchester, IA)

Carnival rides; grandstand shows; grounds acts including high wire shows, incredible exotic animals, and a transforming car act; salsa judging contest with free taste testing; a kids’ pedal tractor pull; wristwrestling; 3-on-3 streetball tournament; kickball tournament; draft horse show; basketball game with the Harlem Wizards; Tough Truck Races; and demo derby. Concerts with country artist Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour including Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Young MC. Once you pay your admission, everything inside the gates is available to watch and see at no extra cost other than the food. You can upgrade your concert tickets to be on the track for Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour for a price, but you can also sit in the grandstands and enjoy the show for free. $12 Adults; $3 ages 11 and under. 200 E Acers St, Manchester, IA. delawarecofair.com.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: Celebration Belle
Tuesday, July 12 @ 5:30 PM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

When Celebration Belle docks, nearly 200 passengers will disembark and experience a grand Dubuque welcome. This year marks the 39th year of cruising for the riverboat. Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Who Picked this Book? Book Club: Tripping Arcadia
Tuesday, July 12 @ 6 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library First Floor Program Room

Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist is an atmospheric and suspenseful story of family, privilege, revenge, and gothic romance. What’s more destructive—the bacchanalian orgies of the wealthy or vengeance in the name of family loyalty? Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. Ages 18+. RSVP required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2224. carnegiestout.org.

The Liturgical Calendar: Connecting Spirituality, Earth and Sacred Time
Tuesday, July 12 @ 7–8 PM
Online

This online presentation will introduce and deepen our understanding of one of the profound gifts that the church has to offer–the spiraling odyssey of the liturgical year. We will delve into holy days, feast days and the different seasons of the year, connecting them to the rhythms of the land. This will be an opportunity to learn different practices and traditions that can be incorporated into your personal, familial and communal spiritual journey. Lead by Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa Mound’s Ecological Programming Coordinator. RSVP by July 11. $15. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Find Waldo Local
July 12–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 12–17
Delaware County Fairgrounds (Manchester, IA)
Carnival rides; grandstand shows; grounds acts including high wire shows, incredible exotic animals, and a transforming car act; salsa judging contest with free taste testing; a kids’ pedal tractor pull; wristwrestling; 3-on-3 streetball tournament; kickball tournament; draft horse show; basketball game with the Harlem Wizards; Tough Truck Races; and demo derby. Concerts with country artist Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour including Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Young MC. Once you pay your admission, everything inside the gates is available to watch and see at no extra cost other than the food. You can upgrade your concert tickets to be on the track for Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour for a price, but you can also sit in the grandstands and enjoy the show for free. $12 Adults; $3 ages 11 and under. 200 E Acers St, Manchester, IA. delawarecofair.com.

LEGOS—Building Block to Engineering
July 13 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Multicultural Family Center

Explore with the LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robots! In this beginner coding camp, youth will be introduced to basic coding concepts through block-based coding programs. This camp builds problem-solving and creativity skills while having a blast with LEGOS! Bring a sack lunch. The program is in partnership with Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach. Registration is required. Space is limited. Completed grades 3–5. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. mfcdbq.org.

Youth Pottery–Sculptures
Wednesdays: July 13 and 27 @ 1–3 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Youth grades 3–8 use hand-building techniques to create their own 3 dimensional sculpture from clay on July 13 followed by a day to glaze on July 27. If time allows, instructor Steph O’Shaughnessy, ARC Pottery Instructor, will give a pottery wheel demonstration and everyone can get a try at the wheel. Fee includes clay, glazes and two instructor firings. $30 (normally $45, but $15 is covered by the Bill Farrell Memorial Scholarship Fund). 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/pottery-studio.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: July 13 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: July 13 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

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

Summer Nights at the Plaza: Bix Beiderbecke – Hometown Hero
Tuesday, July 13 @ 6–8 PM
Ryland Park (Lancaster, WI)

Presented by Larry Busch and the Dixieland All-Stars. Bix was a cornetist and composer from Davenport, IA, and was one of the most influential jazz artists of the 1920s. The Dixieland All-Stars are made up of six talented local musicians and will share Bix’s music along with some other fun Dixieland tunes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and save room for dessert. Vesperman’s Ice Cream truck will be onsite for all three events. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Rain site is the High School Hillery Auditorium (806 E Elm St). Free. 113 W Elm St, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-7304. SchreinerMemorialLibrary.org.

Find Waldo Local
July 13–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 13–17
Delaware County Fairgrounds (Manchester, IA)
Carnival rides; grandstand shows; grounds acts including high wire shows, incredible exotic animals, and a transforming car act; salsa judging contest with free taste testing; a kids’ pedal tractor pull; wristwrestling; 3-on-3 streetball tournament; kickball tournament; draft horse show; basketball game with the Harlem Wizards; Tough Truck Races; and demo derby. Concerts with country artist Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour including Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Young MC. Once you pay your admission, everything inside the gates is available to watch and see at no extra cost other than the food. You can upgrade your concert tickets to be on the track for Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour for a price, but you can also sit in the grandstands and enjoy the show for free. $12 Adults; $3 ages 11 and under. 200 E Acers St, Manchester, IA. delawarecofair.com.

Golf Outing Fundraiser
July 14 @ 11 AM–8 PM
Galena Golf Club (Galena, IL)

Join the Galena Center for the Arts for a golf outing to help finish their new building. 11557 US Highway 20 W, Galena, IL. galenacenterforthearts.com.

Cooking Camp
July 14, 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury
July 18; August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Grades 3+. Registration required. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Summer Youth Art Thursdays: Yarn Bomb a Heart Wreath
Thursday, July 14 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Yarn bomb a heart armature, create yarn tassels and pom pom embellishments and create a fun heart wreath. Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director. Classes include all supplies and a snack. Ages 6–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: July 14 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: July 14 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

My Story, My Voice (as Revealed Through Genealogy) By Kim Carr
Thursday, July 14 @ 4–7 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)

On January 6, 1866, nine men and three women were forcibly sent to the Kalaupapa Peninsula on the island of Molokai, HI. They were sent there to live out the rest of their lives because, through no fault of their own, they were infected with a disease that at that time had no cure. Those 12 were the first of the 8,000+ people who would call Kalaupapa their home, with just a few still currently living there. The disease is Hansen’s Disease, which prior to 1873, was called Leprosy. Its prevalence in Hawaii was the reason so many people were sent to Kalaupapa. In her presentation, Kim Carr will talk about the disease that afflicted so many people and how the infected were treated by their families, the general public, and sadly, the United States Government. Carr’s maternal grandmother was forced to live at Kalaupapa, having to say goodbye to not only her parents and siblings but also her husband and two children. She will also talk about how this population is now being honored and celebrated through art, writing, and music. Hosted by Maquoketa Art Experience and the Maquoketa Public Library. Free. 124 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9925. maquoketa-art.org.

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: July 14 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

August market will be held on Aug. 18. This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup includes The Resistors on July 14 and Michael Breitbach & The Broken Rubber Band on Aug. 18 with September and October entertainment TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: July 14 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: July 14 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Page & Palette Book Group: The Bohemians
Thursday, July 14 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for art lovers. Discuss The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik. Welcome to SoHo at the onset of the eighties: a gritty, not-yet-gentrified playground for artists and writers looking to make it in the big city. Among them: James Bennett, a synesthetic art critic for the New York Times whose unlikely condition enables him to describe art in profound, magical ways, and Raul Engales, an exiled Argentinian painter running from his past and the Dirty War that has enveloped his country. As the two men ascend in the downtown arts scene, dual tragedies strike, and each is faced with a loss that acutely affects his relationship to life and to art. It is not until they are inadvertently brought together by Lucy Olliason–a small town beauty and Raul’s muse–and a young orphan boy sent mysteriously from Buenos Aires, that James and Raul are able to rediscover some semblance of what they’ve lost. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Tri-State Wind Symphony
Thursdays: July 14 and 28 @ 7 PM
Alliant Amphitheater
Enjoy the evening by the Mississippi River while the Tri-State Wind Symphony (TSWS) invites you shares the melody, harmony, rhythm, and beautiful art form of music with you. Bring a picnic, a four-legged friend, and a smile. TSWS reaffirms the community band movement through musical education, individual growth, and diverse programs for the enjoyment of the audience and musicians alike. Any high school or older adult who is able to play moderately advanced pieces may perform in any of the five concerts. Rehearsals are held the two Tuesdays prior to each performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center. Free. 600 Star Brewery Dr. hinrichsen.susan@gmail.com. tsws.org.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 14 @ 7 PM
July 15–16 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 17 @ 2 PM
July 21 @ 7 PM
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Find Waldo Local
July 14–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 14–17
Delaware County Fairgrounds (Manchester, IA)
Carnival rides; grandstand shows; grounds acts including high wire shows, incredible exotic animals, and a transforming car act; salsa judging contest with free taste testing; a kids’ pedal tractor pull; wristwrestling; 3-on-3 streetball tournament; kickball tournament; draft horse show; basketball game with the Harlem Wizards; Tough Truck Races; and demo derby. Concerts with country artist Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour including Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Young MC. Once you pay your admission, everything inside the gates is available to watch and see at no extra cost other than the food. You can upgrade your concert tickets to be on the track for Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour for a price, but you can also sit in the grandstands and enjoy the show for free. $12 Adults; $3 ages 11 and under. 200 E Acers St, Manchester, IA. delawarecofair.com.

Leonardo Music for Kids
July 15 @ 10 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Bring your dancing shoes and best air guitar moves because it’s time to go ROCKIN’! Leonardo is a Parents’ Choice Award-winning family musician from Chicago, strumming nationwide on his electric orange guitar. He performs a humorous high-energy concert that entertains, educates, and empowers all little rockers. Join the Carnegie-Stout Public Library for an outdoor library program. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are located at and sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. All ages. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 15–16 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 17 @ 2 PM
July 21 @ 7 PM
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: July 15 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: July 15 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Music on Main Street: Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys
Friday, July 15 @ 5–9 PM
Town Clock Plaza

The series continues on Friday, July 15 with Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys. This Iowa-based band is known for being an excellent dance band as well as making the crowd feel like “one of the guys” by bringin’ true country music back one honky-tonk at a time for a boot-scootin’ good show. Come early at 5 p.m. for Brion Bowman, entertainer and music instructor at Centrally Rooted. Music on Main Street returns with two more Friday night installments under the Town Clock. Each concert is free to attend. Food and beverage sales start at 5 p.m., and the band plays from 6 to 9 p.m. These concerts replace the former event started in 1992 known as Dubuque… And All That Jazz! 7th & Main St. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org.

for King & Country
Friday, July 15 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena

Grammy Award-winning Christian pop duo for King & Country come to Dubuque for the first time on Friday, July 15 when they play at the Five Flags Center. Dante Bowe of Bethel and Maverick City Music joins as a supporting act. for King & Country has emerged as one of the top crossover Christian pop acts of the past decade. Comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, the duo has landed each of their five studio albums into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Christian Albums chart, with 2018’s “Burn the Ships” and this year’s What are We Waiting For? also cracking the Top 10 of the magazine’s overall album sales chart. Fans will recognize for King & Country from songs like the platinum-certified “God Only Knows,” which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and spawned a remix featuring Dolly Parton. The group has also collaborated with such artists as Tori Kelly, Timbaland, and Christian pop stars Kirk Franklin and Needtobreathe. for King & Country has won a total of four Grammy Awards, claiming two trophies in the Best Christian Music Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music: Performance/Song categories. They have also won a Billboard Music Award and ten GMA Dove Awards, considered the Grammys of Christian music. $20–$125. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Extreme Dwarfanators Wrestling
Friday, July 15 @ 8 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

This is a body slamming activity… midget style! The world’s smallest wrestlers are competing for the title. Midgets vs. Dwarfs in an all-out Pro Wrestling War. Extreme Dwarfanators Wrestling will shock and delight you. Enjoy the baddest little show on earth! $40 Ringside, $25 GA, $5 door. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 15–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 15–17
Delaware County Fairgrounds (Manchester, IA)
Carnival rides; grandstand shows; grounds acts including high wire shows, incredible exotic animals, and a transforming car act; salsa judging contest with free taste testing; a kids’ pedal tractor pull; wristwrestling; 3-on-3 streetball tournament; kickball tournament; draft horse show; basketball game with the Harlem Wizards; Tough Truck Races; and demo derby. Concerts with country artist Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour including Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Young MC. Once you pay your admission, everything inside the gates is available to watch and see at no extra cost other than the food. You can upgrade your concert tickets to be on the track for Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour for a price, but you can also sit in the grandstands and enjoy the show for free. $12 Adults; $3 ages 11 and under. 200 E Acers St, Manchester, IA. delawarecofair.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: July 16 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 16 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: July 16 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Grief Retreat: Journey Toward Wholeness
Saturday, July 16 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Throughout our life we experience the loss of people, places and things. We will take time to reflect on our losses and to discover how loss can lead to greater wholeness and holiness. Lunch will be provided. Lead by Sister Mary Hopkins. RSVP by July 11. $50. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

She Unites Recess: Kayaking
Saturday, July 16 @ 9:30–11:30 AM
Mud Lake

Dubuque County Conservation will take the kayaking group on an hour and a half or so paddle on the easy current of the Mississippi Backwaters. Meet at the Mud Lake parking lost. 20 kayaks with life vests are available to rent for free. All are welcome regardless of experience. She Unites Recess programming is She Unites’s intentional community-building activity-based program. They are on a mission to connect amazing women through unique opportunities that get them out of their comfort zones. RSVP required. Free. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Victorian Cooking Class: Sally Lunn
July 16 @ 1 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

This is a yeast bread recipe from the 1700s but with an Iowa twist. Mrs. Welch’s Recipes was a cookbook that published it as a “quick bread” in 1884. Mrs. Welch was a teacher from Ames, IA. The Victorian cooking class focuses on what would have been available in Iowa during this time period and what may have been served to the Ham family themselves. Class size is limited. RSVP. $15. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545 x218. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Ghost Saturday Show
Saturdays: July 16 and 30 and September 3 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

Make the trek to the Field of Dreams Movie Site and watch the iconic Ghost Players come out of the corn as they put on a special, FREE, interactive hour and a half comedy show coined the “Greatest Show on Dirt!” This is a memorable experience for the entire family that is sure to put a smile on your face! Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Consider making this experience even more magical by becoming a VIP! Enjoy the show from the best seat in the house: the porch of the Field of Dreams Farm House along with other great benefits. Visit the event webpage to learn more about becoming a VIP and to purchase tickets. Get yours today before they are gone! Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ghost-saturday-shows.

Galena Brew Fest
July 16 @ 1–4 PM
Chestnut Mountain and Resort (Galena, IL)

Savor local- and regionally-crafted brews, wine, and spirits atop the beautiful mountain at Chestnut Mountain Resort, overlooking the Mississippi River. galenaarc.org/galena-brew-fest.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 16 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 17 @ 2 PM
July 21 @ 7 PM
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Saturdays: July 16; August 6 and 20 @ 4 PM
South of Lock 12 (Bellevue, IA)

Come enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is Bellevue’s own water ski show team, one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Watch them practice north of Lock 12 or see their shows south of Lock 12. 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. 563-590-0990. facebook.com/skibellevue.

Southwest Music Fest
July 16 @ 5 PM–Midnight
2nd Street, Platteville, WI

Join the Platteville Regional Chamber for their annual music festival featuring The Spazmatics and Madison County. Also enjoy games, raffle, pull tabs, and more. No carry ins, no large bags, and bring your own lawn chair. Ages 21+. $15 Adv/$20 door. 608-348-8888. platteville.com/events/southwest-music-festival.

Adult Murder Mystery Event: Waves of Danger
Saturday, July 16 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Third Floor Auditorium

A relaxing cruise in the Caribbean docks at a port not on the itinerary… murder! Become a passenger on the S.S. Carnage to help find the killer or maybe be the killer yourself. Can you stay afloat in the Waves of Danger? Ages 18+. RSVP required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Seether w/ 10 Years and Nonpoint
Saturday, July 16 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global fanbase in addition to three platinum and two gold albums, 22 No. 1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams worldwide across all platforms. Seether is Billboard’s No. 8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their latest LP, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War), was released last summer. A primal mix of euphoria and misery, the new album ranks among the strongest material of Seether’s career and includes the recent No. 1 singles “Dangerous,” “Bruised and Bloodied,” and “Wasteland.” The all-ages shows are held rain or shine. $49.50 GA; $69.50: Turpin VIP. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: July 16 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 16–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 16–17
Delaware County Fairgrounds (Manchester, IA)
Carnival rides; grandstand shows; grounds acts including high wire shows, incredible exotic animals, and a transforming car act; salsa judging contest with free taste testing; a kids’ pedal tractor pull; wristwrestling; 3-on-3 streetball tournament; kickball tournament; draft horse show; basketball game with the Harlem Wizards; Tough Truck Races; and demo derby. Concerts with country artist Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour including Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Young MC. Once you pay your admission, everything inside the gates is available to watch and see at no extra cost other than the food. You can upgrade your concert tickets to be on the track for Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour for a price, but you can also sit in the grandstands and enjoy the show for free. $12 Adults; $3 ages 11 and under. 200 E Acers St, Manchester, IA. delawarecofair.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: July 17 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: July 17 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee and donuts available, proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 3925 Dodge St. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 17 @ 2 PM
July 21 @ 7 PM
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: July 17 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Murder at the Fish Fly Club
July 17 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

A night of mystery and intrigue in the wild and romantic era of the roaring 20’s! Buzz Nessman, the owner of Dubuque’s most popular speakeasy—the Fish Fly Club—has just been 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 course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Music in the Gardens: David Weld & The Imperial Flames
Sundays through August: July 17 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Find Waldo Local
July 17–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 17
Delaware County Fairgrounds (Manchester, IA)
Carnival rides; grandstand shows; grounds acts including high wire shows, incredible exotic animals, and a transforming car act; salsa judging contest with free taste testing; a kids’ pedal tractor pull; wristwrestling; 3-on-3 streetball tournament; kickball tournament; draft horse show; basketball game with the Harlem Wizards; Tough Truck Races; and demo derby. Concerts with country artist Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour including Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base, and Young MC. Once you pay your admission, everything inside the gates is available to watch and see at no extra cost other than the food. You can upgrade your concert tickets to be on the track for Jake Owen and the I Love the 90s Tour for a price, but you can also sit in the grandstands and enjoy the show for free. $12 Adults; $3 ages 11 and under. 200 E Acers St, Manchester, IA. delawarecofair.com.

Fish From Around the World
July 18–22 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

There’s something fishy about this camp! Explore the lives of fish from around the world. From lakes to rivers to oceans, discover why some fish live in fresh water while others live in salt water. Encounter fish that live in the Mississippi River and compare them with those that live on the other side of the earth. Scholarships and wrap-around care are available. Entering grades 1–2. $200 Member; $240 Non-Member. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/summercamps.

Mystery at the Museum
July 18–22 @ 9 AM–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Something is missing from the museum! Come help find it! In order to solve the mystery, campers will explore the various exhibits in the museum, conduct interviews, and dust for fingerprints. Can you solve the puzzle? Scholarships and wrap-around care are available. Entering grades 3–5. $200 Member; $240 Non-Member. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/summercamps.

Road Less Traveled Theatre: Treasure Island Preview
July 18 @ 10:30–11 AM
Dubuque County Library Asbury
July 18 @ 1:30–2 PM
Dubuque County Library Peosta
July 20 @ 1:30–2 PM
Dubuque County Library Farley
July 21 @ 1:30–2 PM
Dubuque County Library Epworth
July 21 @ 6–6:30 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Arrgh! Watch out for the dastardly Long John Silver! Local community theatre, The Road Less Traveled Theatre, will present a preview of their summer kids’ show, Treasure Island. Stick around after the preview for a Q&A with the kids in the cast. All ages. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: July 18 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Teen Murder Mystery
July 18 @ 6 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

When the cast and crew of a Broadway review discovered a murder most foul, suspicions and old grudges loom large in the footlights! Audience members play the suspects and share the stage with a professional team to guide them through the highs and lows of a hilarious Broadway-themed improv mystery performance. It’s tragedy AND comedy tonight. Ages 13–17. RSVP. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Cooking Camp
July 18; August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross
July 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury

Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Grades 3+. Registration required. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: July 18 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Find Waldo Local
July 18–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Mighty Builders
Tuesday, July 19 @ 9–11 AM
Slattery Center
Calling all builders! We need your help designing a house, making a bridge, and more. So, fire up those creative minds and get ready to problem solve! We will use a variety of fun and interesting tools to complete the challenges of the day. Ages 4–7. RSVP. $18 Resident; $22 non-resident. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Captain Robert L. Martin Terminal Naming
Tuesday, July 19 @ 6 PM
Dubuque Regional Airport Terminal

The Dubuque Regional Airport Terminal Naming Ceremony honors Captain Robert L. Martin. Captain Martin is a hometown hero born in Dubuque and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He was one of the original Tuskegee Airman, a WWII Black segregated aviator group. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Free. 10965 Aviation Dr. 563-589-4237. kspisak@cityofdubuque.org. flydbq.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 19–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Lunch & Learn: Everything Tomatoes
Wednesday, July 20 @ Noon–1 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

From general information to specific pruning techniques – come learn everything you need to know about growing tomatoes. Order lunch and join Convivium Farm Manager, A.J. for this informative session on all things tomatoes – from general information to specific pruning techniques – bring your questions and leave with the confidence to successfully grow tomatoes in your garden this year. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Road Less Traveled Theatre: Treasure Island Preview
July 20 @ 1:30–2 PM
Dubuque County Library Farley
July 21 @ 1:30–2 PM
Dubuque County Library Epworth
July 21 @ 6–6:30 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Arrgh! Watch out for the dastardly Long John Silver! Local community theatre, The Road Less Traveled Theatre, will present a preview of their summer kids’ show, Treasure Island. Stick around after the preview for a Q&A with the kids in the cast. All ages. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: July 20 @ 4–7 PM
Presidential Plaza (Cuba City, WI)

A variety of produce, canned goods, crafts, and more. 207 S Main St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. CubaCity.org.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: July 20 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: July 20 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: July 20 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally
July 20–24
Hotel Julien Dubuque

H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 20–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 20–24
Monticello, IA

Famous for live music! This year is no different with Hank Williams Jr., Brothers Osbourne, Lee Brice, Lady A, and Blanco Brown. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Summer Organ Sampler Concerts
Jonathan Gregoire: July 21 @ 11:30 AM
Jan Kraybill: August 18 @ 11:30 AM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Jonathan Gregoire, DMA, performs on Thursday, July 21. Praised for his “top-notch technique and musicianship” by the Dallas Morning News, Gregoire is an imaginative organist, pianist, and advocate for the power music has to transform lives. He won the 2017 Southern Methodist University Concert Competition. The University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s Summer Organ Sampler Concerts return this summer with 30-minute presentations that showcase the custom-crafted John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ. The concerts are held at 11:30 a.m. in University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall in cooperation with Sinsinawa Mound Center’s Summer Organ Concert Series. Free. 2255 Bennett St. www.dbq.edu.

Summer Youth Art Thursdays: Basket Weaving
Thursday, July 21 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

The ARC welcomes back local artist Toni Klingler to teach us how to weave a colorful basket. If you have taken this class before, take it again and improve your weaving skills and learn some new techniques. Classes include all supplies and a snack. Ages 8–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Road Less Traveled Theatre: Treasure Island Preview
July 21 @ 1:30–2 PM
Dubuque County Library Epworth
July 21 @ 6–6:30 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Arrgh! Watch out for the dastardly Long John Silver! Local community theatre, The Road Less Traveled Theatre, will present a preview of their summer kids’ show, Treasure Island. Stick around after the preview for a Q&A with the kids in the cast. All ages. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: July 21 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: July 21 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: July 21 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: July 21 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Dubuque Harley Davidson Bike Nights
3rd Thursday through August: July 21 @ 6–9 PM
McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle enthusiasts gather for outdoor parties featuring live music, great food, cold beer, and more. Music lineup includes Moonshine Run on June 16, Dealbreakers on July 21 and Rock Steady on Aug. 18. Register to win a 2022 Haley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight. 145 N Crescent Ridge. 563-557-3735. dubuqueharley-davidson.com.

Antiracism Book Club: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
3rd Thursday: July 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer. The received idea of Native American history—as promulgated by books like Dee Brown’s mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee—has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear—and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence—the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don’t know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 21 @ 7 PM
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally
July 21–24
Hotel Julien Dubuque

H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 21–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 21–24
Monticello, IA

Famous for live music! This year is no different with Hank Williams Jr., Brothers Osbourne, Lee Brice, Lady A, and Blanco Brown. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Countess
Friday, July 22 @ 7:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: July 22 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 22–23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Youth Cooking Class: Dirt Cake Garden
Friday, July 22 @ 2:30–4 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Learn to make a Dirt Cake Garden complete with gummy worms and garden fun! Gardens will be created in class and taken home to enjoy with the family. Includes all ingredients and a quart jar to make your garden in. Instructed by Lynn Kaufman. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Adult Cooking Class: Summer Chicken & Pepper Pie
Friday, July 22 @ 6–7:30 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Everyone loves fresh sweet peppers in the summer! Learn to create this yummy open-faced pie loaded with chicken, peppers, onions, and tomatoes—packed with flavor. Your pie will be ready to take home to bake and enjoy! Bring a sheet pan/cookie sheet to transport your pie. Includes all ingredients. Instructed by Lynn Kaufman. Can register solo or as a couple. $38 per pie. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 24 and 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally
July 22–24
Hotel Julien Dubuque

H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 22–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 22–24
Monticello, IA

Famous for live music! This year is no different with Hank Williams Jr., Brothers Osbourne, Lee Brice, Lady A, and Blanco Brown. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: July 23 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 23 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: July 23 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America Jedi Training Camps
July 23 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Grandview United Methodist Church

Campers are invited to train in the ways of the Force! From Jedi crafting and Wookie games, water to sharpshooting archery and bb guns, campers will be kept busy the entire day. Local Padawan Day Camps are single-day adventures for all youth. You do not need to be a current Scout to participate. Parents and guardians attend for free. Includes a Day Camp t-shirt, event patch, and lots of memories. Entering grades K–5. $35. 563-556-4343. ScoutsIowa.org.

Book Signing: Susan Hellert
July 23 @ 1–2 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

Author Susan Hellert provides a small program on her research while writing The Langworthys of Dubuque: The Key City’s First Family with a book signing to follow. Free. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545 x218. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Being Turned by Mystery: A Retreat Within the Ever-Opening Circle
Saturday, July 23 @ 1–5 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Many spiritual traditions see the circle as a symbol of transformation­­- from the Medicine Wheel to the Labyrinth to the Sufi mystic’s ecstatic spinning dance. Even the Hokey Pokey! We seem to know turning around is “what it’s all about!” This retreat offers teachings and practices for those who choose to enter the circle of transformation. Two 13th century religious teachers, the Dominican Meister Eckhart and the Zen Master Eihei Dogen use the circle as a symbol of ever expanding love and wisdom. We will discover each phase of the circle’s moving energy through presentation on their teachings, mediation and dialogue. There will be a variety of practice choices: outdoors, with art, poetry or journaling. We will honor noble silence. Presented by Paula Hirschboeck. RSVP by July 21. $25. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 23 @ 2 and 7 PM
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Hollywood Dubuque—Mid-America H.O.G. Rally: Pork Tornadoes with Special Guest Electric Shock
Saturday, July 23 @ 6 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

The official send-off party for the first event Mid-America H.O.G. Rally hosted in Dubuque, IA, this totally free party is open everyone with two great regional acts filling the night with music. Perfect for a “H.O.G.” Rally, the Pork Tornadoes are a force like no other, creating a party wherever they go, followed by a ravenous fan base. Every song will leave you singing along and begging for more. Their live show does the talking for them, as well as their signature taglines “Your Girlfriend’s Favorite Band” and “BeardPop.” Opening is AC/DC tribute rockers Electric Shock. Another perfect fit for a H.O.G. Rally! They’ve been perfecting the AC/DC show with a high energy performance, faithfully replicating the legendary band both musically and visually, proving they are the nation’s No. 1 AC/DC show! Rain or shine. All ages. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 23, 28, 29 and 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 24 and 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally
July 23–24
Hotel Julien Dubuque

H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 23–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 23–24
Monticello, IA

Famous for live music! This year is no different with Hank Williams Jr., Brothers Osbourne, Lee Brice, Lady A, and Blanco Brown. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: July 24 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays: Catfish Keith with special guests Driftwood Denny and the Folk-Ups
Sunday, July 24 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

World-touring acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith has an innovative style of foot stomping, deep delta blues and American root. Driftwood Denny and the Folk-Ups is a grouping of our area’s best and favorite musicians: Denny Garcia, multi-instrumentalist; AJ Steils on guitar; Tim Knaus on the bass; and Tim Connelly on drums. The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays Series. This free event draws music performers from all around the country on Sundays July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the “Pickers Pick-nic” at noon. 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. At 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park along with concessions and souvenirs. No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers. Bring your own instrument if you’d like to participate in the Pickers Pick-nic and a lawn chair to relax in and enjoy the show. Asking attendees only for free-will donations, the goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays next year. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. 563-590-4004. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical
July 24 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the animated series, the stakes are higher than ever as Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! $10. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 24 and 31 @ 2 PM
July 28, 29 and 30 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Music in the Gardens: Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
Sundays through August: July 24 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Mid-America H.O.G. Rally
July 24
Hotel Julien Dubuque

H.O.G. Rider Family celebrates the 1st Mid-America H.O.G. Rally in Iowa. Ride the open rolling hills of the Heartland of America and tour up and down the shores of the winding Mississippi River. A long weekend full of social events, rides, river cruises, movies, music, bike shows, and more. facebook.com/MidAmericaHOGRally.

Find Waldo Local
July 24–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Great Jones County Fair
July 24
Monticello, IA

Famous for live music! This year is no different with Hank Williams Jr., Brothers Osbourne, Lee Brice, Lady A, and Blanco Brown. GreatJonesCountyFair.com.

Forever Forest
July 25–29 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

An adventure awaits as campers explore the River Museum’s newest exhibit, Forever Forest. Discover how we use the forest to live, work, and play. Trek around the forest searching for animals that live there and examine all the parts of a tree. Find out what everyday products come from trees and how to make them sustainable. Scholarships and wrap-around care are available. Entering grades 1–5. $200 Member; $240 Non-Member. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/summercamps.

Dinosaurs
Monday, July 25 @ 9–11 AM
Slattery Center
Explore life as a dinosaur! Learn fun dinosaur facts, excavate fossils, and enjoy dinosaur-themed crafts, stories, and games. Ages 4–7. RSVP. $12 Resident; $15 non-resident. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Nerf Camp
Monday, July 25 @ 1–4 PM
Slattery Center

Join the Nerf Challenge and put your shooting skills to the test! We will create a fun and challenging Nerf course for you to show off your blaster speed and precision. This is a non-contact event with pre-assigned targets. Ages 7–10. RSVP. $18 Resident; $22 non-resident. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: July 25 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Find Waldo Local
July 25–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Dubuque County Fair
July 26–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. DBQFair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 26–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Sinsinawa Mound Farmer’s Market
4th Wednesday through September: July 27 @ 4–7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm (Sinsinawa, WI)

Featured vendors include Collaborative Farmers: Sandhill Farms & City Girl Farming, The Mound’s Farm, Sinsinawa Bakery, and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Shop. 2551 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/farm.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: July 27 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Tribute to George Strait
July 27 @ 5:30 PM
Ehrler Ranch Special Event Barn (Galena, IL)

Join Gordy & Debbie, straight from Branson, MO, for a tribute to George Strait. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., and show to follow. Cash bar available. 11866 W Chetlain, Galena, IL. 815-893-9202.

Dubuque County Fair
July 27–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. DBQFair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 27–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Duchess
Thursday, July 28 @ 7:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Cooking Camp
July 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury
August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Grades 3+. Registration required. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Summer Youth Art Thursdays: Shibori Fabric Dyeing
Thursday, July 28 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Use the Japanese method of fabric dyeing to create sensational fabric pieces using all-natural Indigo dye. You will make a bandana (can also be used as a dresser scarf) and a fun art piece. Instructor: Liz Larson, ARC Art Director. Classes include all supplies and a snack. Ages 6–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/art-classes.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: July 28 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: July 28 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

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

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: July 28 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live at the Plaza
Last Thursday through September: July 28 @ 5–7 PM

Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly event features regional musicians, performers, food and drink. Visit the plaza to pick up a Live at the Plaza Passport with a list of open-late businesses and opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Artist Michael Albert Workshop
July 28 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Nationally-known pop artist Michael Albert hosts a workshop on his work known as Cerealism! Come prepared to create and take home a unique piece of art. Michael is the author of An Artist’s America, a picture book retrospective of his art collection. Mr. Albert will talk about his book, his art, and will teach his trademark style of art, “Cerealism,” a technique of collage work made from cereal boxes. Ages 12–18. RSVP. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Tri-State Wind Symphony
Thursday, July 28 @ 7 PM
Alliant Amphitheater
Enjoy the evening by the Mississippi River while the Tri-State Wind Symphony (TSWS) invites you shares the melody, harmony, rhythm, and beautiful art form of music with you. Bring a picnic, a four-legged friend, and a smile. TSWS reaffirms the community band movement through musical education, individual growth, and diverse programs for the enjoyment of the audience and musicians alike. Any high school or older adult who is able to play moderately advanced pieces may perform in any of the five concerts. Rehearsals are held the two Tuesdays prior to each performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center. Free. 600 Star Brewery Dr. hinrichsen.susan@gmail.com. tsws.org.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 28, 29 and 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dubuque County Fair
July 28–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. DBQFair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 28–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Annual Galena Public Library Pre-read Book Sale
July 29 @ 9 AM–7 PM
July 30 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Crossroads Community Church (Galena, IL)

Browse through thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles all organized to make your shopping easier. The Friends of the Galena Library have been hard at work all spring and summer to put together one of the best book sales in the Tri-State area. All proceeds from the book sale will go to support the Galena Public Library and its work as a community resource. Free admission. 900 Galena Square Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.

BMX Bike Show
July 29 @ 10 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Are you ready for some ACTION? Come see Dialed Action Sports in an energetic and choreographed BMX bike show. See some of the best riders in the sport doing the biggest and craziest tricks. You will see backflips, 360s, no handers, and many more tricks all the while learning about bicycle safety and responsible choices. Join the Carnegie-Stout Public Library for an outdoor library program. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are located at and sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. All ages. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: July 29 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 29 and 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dubuque County Fair
July 29–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. DBQFair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 29–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: July 30 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: July 30 @ 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.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: July 30 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: July 30 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Annual Galena Public Library Pre-read Book Sale
July 30 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Crossroads Community Church (Galena, IL)

Browse through thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles all organized to make your shopping easier. The Friends of the Galena Library have been hard at work all spring and summer to put together one of the best book sales in the Tri-State area. All proceeds from the book sale will go to support the Galena Public Library and its work as a community resource. Free admission. 900 Galena Square Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.

Ghost Saturday Show
Saturdays: July 30 and September 3 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

Make the trek to the Field of Dreams Movie Site and watch the iconic Ghost Players come out of the corn as they put on a special, FREE, interactive hour and a half comedy show coined the “Greatest Show on Dirt!” This is a memorable experience for the entire family that is sure to put a smile on your face! Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Consider making this experience even more magical by becoming a VIP! Enjoy the show from the best seat in the house: the porch of the Field of Dreams Farm House along with other great benefits. Visit the event webpage to learn more about becoming a VIP and to purchase tickets. Get yours today before they are gone! Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ghost-saturday-shows.

Sacred Land – Wild Church: Lammas
July 30 @ 3–4:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)

Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: these outdoor gatherings are centered on honoring sacred land and sacred time. In a time of  planetary upheaval it is crucial to recover our elemental sense of connection and kinship with Creator and Creation. We are inspired by Celtic tradition and the Wild Church network. We will meet inside the main entrance and proceed outdoors. Faciliated by Eric Anglada, Ecological Programming Coordinator at Sinsinawa Mound. Free. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Star Gazing
Saturdays: July 30 and August 27 @ 8:30 PM
Saturday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Dubuque County Fair
July 30–31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. DBQFair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 30–31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: July 31 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: July 31 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The modern musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, is based on the 1988 MGM film of the same name. Set in the exotic French Riviera, Lawrence Jameson makes his living by smooth talking rich, single women out of their money. He has been in the trade for many years and has got his technique down to a tee. But then he bumps into Freddy Benson… Freddy takes a humbler, more laid-back approach, swindling women with emotional lies about his grandmother’s failing health and his own economic struggles. Hilarity and confusion ensue as the two men pull out all the steps to prove they are the best con man in town. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Tom Montgomery Fate Presentation and Discussion
Sunday, July 31 @ 2 PM
Maquoketa Art Experience (Maquoketa, IA)

In the travel memoir The Long Way Home, Tom Montgomery Fate ventures from his small town upbringing to vastly different cultures around the globe and comes to define “home” not as a physical location, but as a way of belonging. Whether he is bobbing in a canoe in the freezing rain with his son on a Canadian lake, praying with Lakota elders in a sweat lodge in South Dakota, or teaching English in a remote Filipino village, these are not stories of arrival. They are detours of discovery, a spiritual wayfinding through the wilderness of time and memory. Tom Montgomery Fate is a professor emeritus at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn IL, where he taught creative writing and literature courses for more than 30 years. He is the author of five other nonfiction books. 124 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9925. maquoketa-art.org.

Music in the Gardens: Kids from Wisconsin
Sundays through August: July 31 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Dubuque County Fair
July 31
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
The 69th annual Dubuque County Fair is a celebration for all of Dubuque County with carnival rides, concerts, stock car races, tractor pull, demolition derby, animals, displays, and loads of food and fun for everyone. DBQFair.com.

Find Waldo Local
July 31
Various Locations in Dubuque

Where’s Waldo? In Dubuque, of course! 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 10th anniversary in 2022, Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses, including Bicycle World, Calico Bean Market, Freddie’s Popcorn, Midwest Girl, Planted, and White Florist. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Dubuque!” stamp card at River Lights Bookstore, which contains the names of all the participating sites; with each Waldo they spot, they can get their card 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 paraphernalia. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

August 2022

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 1 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Cooking Camp
August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

Rustle up some camp-themed grub! Learn to cook a simple dish. Grades 3+. Registration required. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

Early Explorers: L is for Leaf
1st Tuesday: August 2 @ 10 AM
1st Saturday: August 6 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Join each month and discover the ABCs of the world around us. Hands-on and active activities including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. $10 for non-members; $8 for members; adult free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com/early-explorers.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 4 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

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

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: August 4 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Taste of Summer Series
Thursday, August 4 @ 5–9 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Guests are invited to attend this after-hours event in outdoor spaces on the River Museum campus where food vendors will compete for the prize of “Crowd Favorite” at each of the three events. Aug. 4 closes things out with The Crepe Iron (check out our dining column for more info on these folks!), Magoo’s Pizza, Happi Hibachi, and Vesperman Farms Ice Cream Truck with music by Boys of Lloyd and Boogie Monster. Food and beverages are available beginning at 5 p.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; a limited number of picnic tables will be available. All ages. Free. 350 E 3rd St. RiverMusem.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 4 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 4–6
Epworth, IA

Two days of celebrating the community with live music, foot races, a parade, kids’ amusements, an auction, a BBQ competition, a street dance, and more. Friday music is the Ten Gallon Hat Band and Mark Zalaznik. Saturday music by Sushi Roll. facebook.com/tncdays.

County Line Country Fest
August 4–6
38325 Bouska Rd, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Witness an exciting musical festivity brought to you by County Line Country Fest. Combining family-friendly camping with great musical acts, the three-day event is packed with fun-filled activities for everyone. The lineup includes Aug. 4 Tracy Lawrence; Aug. 5 Justin Moore, Gary Allan, Craig Morgan, The Cadillac Three; and Aug. 6 Chris Janson, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr, Neal McCoy. Camping available. 608-306-1457. countylinecountryfest.com.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: August 5 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

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

First Fridays
1st Friday: August 5
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 5–6
Epworth, IA

Two days of celebrating the community with live music, foot races, a parade, kids’ amusements, an auction, a BBQ competition, a street dance, and more. Friday music is the Ten Gallon Hat Band and Mark Zalaznik. Saturday music by Sushi Roll. facebook.com/tncdays.

County Line Country Fest
August 5–6
38325 Bouska Rd, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Witness an exciting musical festivity brought to you by County Line Country Fest. Combining family-friendly camping with great musical acts, the three-day event is packed with fun-filled activities for everyone. The lineup includes Aug. 4 Tracy Lawrence; Aug. 5 Justin Moore, Gary Allan, Craig Morgan, The Cadillac Three; and Aug. 6 Chris Janson, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr, Neal McCoy. Camping available. 608-306-1457. countylinecountryfest.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 6 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 6 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Cascade Community Market
1st Sat through August: August 6 @ 8 AM–Noon
Riverview Park (Cascade, IA)

Browse a variety of vendors with products such as earrings, tables, woodwork, home decor, rag rugs, herbal teas, nail polish strips, and more! Participation is free for vendors and attendees. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. 563-690-8611. cascadechamber.org.

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 6 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Early Explorers: L is for Leaf
1st Saturday: August 6 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Join each month and discover the ABCs of the world around us. Hands-on and active activities including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. $10 for non-members; $8 for members; adult free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com/early-explorers.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Saturdays: August 6 and 20 @ 4 PM
South of Lock 12 (Bellevue, IA)

Come enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is Bellevue’s own water ski show team, one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Watch them practice north of Lock 12 or see their shows south of Lock 12. 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. 563-590-0990. facebook.com/skibellevue.

Rockin’ On The RiverNashville Artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charente
Saturday, August 6 @ 6 PM

Cascade Riverview Ampitheater (Cascade, IA)
Nashville artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charette head to Cascade to close out the 2022 Rockin’ On The River series. Gates open at 5 p.m. BYO blanket and chairs. Food vendor available. $20 ADV/$25 door, ages 10 and under free. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. facebook.com/rockinontherivercascade.

Moana JR.
Saturday, August 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 7 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Moana JR. features area students. See the line where the sky meets the sea? You’ll love this thrilling and heartwarming stage adaptation of the coming-of-age tale of Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. She and the demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as she learns to harness the power that lies within. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite songs by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” With its empowering message of bravery, Moana JR. is sure to awaken your inner hero! $10 adv/$13 door adults; $8 adv/$10 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival
August 6–7
Washington Park
The longest running fine arts festival in Iowa, DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival celebrates its 44th year. The free all arts festival, brought to you by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, features an art fair, book release, interactive art and live music in Washington Park, a reading and release by the Dubuque Area Writers Guild, hands on art for all ages, and much more. dubuquefest.org.

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 6
Epworth, IA

Two days of celebrating the community with live music, foot races, a parade, kids’ amusements, an auction, a BBQ competition, a street dance, and more. Friday music is the Ten Gallon Hat Band and Mark Zalaznik. Saturday music by Sushi Roll. facebook.com/tncdays.

County Line Country Fest
August 6
38325 Bouska Rd, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Witness an exciting musical festivity brought to you by County Line Country Fest. Combining family-friendly camping with great musical acts, the three-day event is packed with fun-filled activities for everyone. The lineup includes Aug. 4 Tracy Lawrence; Aug. 5 Justin Moore, Gary Allan, Craig Morgan, The Cadillac Three; and Aug. 6 Chris Janson, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr, Neal McCoy. Camping available. 608-306-1457. countylinecountryfest.com.

Mineral Point Gallery Nights
August 6 and December 3
Mineral Point, WI

Mineral Point, WI is a small town among the Driftless hills that offers more than just charm: It also nurtures a rich community of working artists, from potters to painters, woodworkers to printmakers. A downtown stroll takes you past artist-owned galleries, studios in converted historic buildings, and endless points of creative inspiration. See new works and works-in-progress—and enjoy chatting with local artisans about their craft along the way. 608-987-3201. mpgallerynight.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 7 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays: Sortin’ the Mail
Sunday, August 7 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

Sortin’ the Mail is a two-time “Bluegrass Entertainers of the Year” at the Madison area music awards. The Mud Lake Music Society in partnership with the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation announce the return of the Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays Series. This free event draws music performers from all around the country on Sundays July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7. With a focus on audience involvement, each event kicks off with the “Pickers Pick-nic” at noon. 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. At 2 p.m., the main stage fires up with a regional opening act followed by a national touring act from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Camping spaces are available at Mud Lake Park along with concessions and souvenirs. No alcohol is served, but visitors may bring their own coolers. Bring your own instrument if you’d like to participate in the Pickers Pick-nic and a lawn chair to relax in and enjoy the show. Asking attendees only for free-will donations, the goal is to raise enough money to cover costs and retain a small fund to continue Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays next year. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. 563-590-4004. facebook.com/mudlakebluegrass.

Moana JR.
Sunday, August 7 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Moana JR. features area students. See the line where the sky meets the sea? You’ll love this thrilling and heartwarming stage adaptation of the coming-of-age tale of Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. She and the demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as she learns to harness the power that lies within. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite songs by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” With its empowering message of bravery, Moana JR. is sure to awaken your inner hero! $10 adv/$13 door adults; $8 adv/$10 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

Music in the Gardens: Walking Molly
Sundays through August: August 7 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival
August 7
Washington Park
The longest running fine arts festival in Iowa, DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival celebrates its 44th year. The free all arts festival, brought to you by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, features an art fair, book release, interactive art and live music in Washington Park, a reading and release by the Dubuque Area Writers Guild, hands on art for all ages, and much more. dubuquefest.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 8 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Summer Nights at the Plaza: The Wundos
Tuesday, August 9 @ 6–8 PM
Ryland Park (Lancaster, WI)

The Wundos, a Platteville, WI favorite, entertains with rock and roll favorites, country pop classics, original tunes, and jingles. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and save room for dessert. Vesperman’s Ice Cream truck will be onsite for all three events. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Rain site is the High School Hillery Auditorium (806 E Elm St). Free. 113 W Elm St, Lancaster, WI. 608-723-7304. SchreinerMemorialLibrary.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond the Game: An Iowa Baseball Experience
August 11–12
Dyersville, IA

An Iowa Baseball Experience presented by Travel Iowa and Midwest One Bank is a partnership and series of events where you can become immersed in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven.

MLB Field of Dreams Game: Cubs vs. Reds
August 11
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

The Chicago Cubs are basically playing a home game at the Field of Dreams hosting the Cincinnati Reds in the legendary game’s second year. You can go if you win the ticket lottery and can afford the ticket. Good luck. Many free community events exist “Beyond the Game.” fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 11–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Splendor
Friday, August 12 @ 10:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

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

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

Town Clock Plaza
Dubuque Main Street announces the return of Music on Main Street with three concerts slated for 2022. Each concert is free to attend and held under Dubuque’s Town Clock on Main St. Food and beverage sales start at 5 p.m., and the band plays from 6 to 9 p.m. These concerts replace the former event started in 1992 known as Dubuque… And All That Jazz! Free. 7th & Main St. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org.

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

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

Beyond the Game: An Iowa Baseball Experience
August 12
Dyersville, IA

An Iowa Baseball Experience presented by Travel Iowa and Midwest One Bank is a partnership and series of events where you can become immersed in events throughout the Dyersville area and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven.

Iowa State Fair
August 12–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doing it for Danny is a memorial ride for Dan Thoma who was killed in a car crash Nov. 18, 2021, days before his 25th birthday. The ride starts at 1st & Main followed by Bubbas Bar (LaMotte, IA), Jeronimos (Springbrook, IA), Burkeys (Key West, IA), and Mason Dixon (Dubuque). Poker run and 50/59 raffles throughout the day. Proceeds from this ride will fund a scholarship the family has established for a Dubuque Senior High School wrestler. Cash donations can be made at any time at Dupaco under the “Danny Thoma Memorial Fund.” $10 per person, $15 per couple, $15 per car.

East Dubuque Wingfest & Fireworks
August 13 @ 11 AM–11 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Sponsored by the East Dubuque Business & Tourism right on Sinsinawa Ave, Wingfest features delicious chicken wings in nearly every variety imaginable, plus cold beer, live music, kids games, and more. Evening live music by JB Crockett and East Dubuque Fireworks at dusk!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa State Fair
August 13–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 14 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

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

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

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
August 14 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

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

Music in the Gardens: Tapestry
Sundays through August: August 14 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Sam Hunt with Special Guests Warren Zeiders and Sean Stemaly
Sunday, August 14 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Multi-Platinum-selling, award-winning hitmaker Sam Hunt’s sophomore album Southside debuted to critical acclaim and was one of the top country albums of 2020 landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Named one of the Best Albums of the Year by The New York Times and US Weekly, the Platinum-selling project features 12 songs all written by Hunt including his No. 1 hits “Kinfolks,” “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2020 “Hard To Forget,” and his three-week No. 1, 8x Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.” Hunt’s latest song “23” is playing on country radio now. This follows Hunt’s Grammy-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut album, Montevallo, which also topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and produced four No. 1 singles. All 10 tracks on Montevallo are RIAA certified with six achieving Platinum or Multi-Platinum status including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town,” and “Make You Miss Me.” Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, Hunt has received accolades from Associated Press, Billboard, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Since Monteallo’s 2014 release, Hunt has accumulated over 11 billion global streams and has earned 39 million RIAA certified units. Rain or shine. All ages. $69.50+. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Iowa State Fair
August 14–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 15 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: August 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Iowa State Fair
August 15–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Iowa State Fair
August 16–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: August 17 @ 4–7 PM
Presidential Plaza (Cuba City, WI)

A variety of produce, canned goods, crafts, and more. 207 S Main St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. CubaCity.org.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: August 17 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: August 17 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: August 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Iowa State Fair
August 17–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Summer Organ Sampler Concerts
Jan Kraybill: August 18 @ 11:30 AM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Jan Kraybill, DMA, closes the series on Thursday, Aug. 18. Kraybill is a musical leader, dynamic speaker, performer, educator, organ consultant, and enthusiastic advocate for the power of music to change lives for the better. She attained the American Guild of Organists’ Fellow certificate, organists’ highest certification level, in 2010. The University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s Summer Organ Sampler Concerts return this summer with 30-minute presentations that showcase the custom-crafted John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ. The concerts are held at 11:30 a.m. in University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall in cooperation with Sinsinawa Mound Center’s Summer Organ Concert Series. Free. 2255 Bennett St. www.dbq.edu.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 18 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: August 18 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: August 18 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

August market will be held on Aug. 18. This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup includes The Resistors on July 14 and Michael Breitbach & The Broken Rubber Band on Aug. 18 with September and October entertainment TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

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

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 18 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Dubuque Harley Davidson Bike Nights
3rd Thursday through August: August 18 @ 6–9 PM
McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle enthusiasts gather for outdoor parties featuring live music, great food, cold beer, and more. Music lineup includes Moonshine Run on June 16, Dealbreakers on July 21 and Rock Steady on Aug. 18. Register to win a 2022 Haley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight. 145 N Crescent Ridge. 563-557-3735. dubuqueharley-davidson.com.

Antiracism Book Club: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
3rd Thursday: August 18 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer. The received idea of Native American history—as promulgated by books like Dee Brown’s mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee—has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear—and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence—the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don’t know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Iowa State Fair
August 18–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Food Truck Fridays
Fridays: August 19 and September 9 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Washington Park

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Sarah Lentin on July 8, John Moran on Aug. 19, and Joie Wails on Sept. 9. Live music is sponsored by 365ink Magazine. Schedules, vendors, and details may be subject to change. 700 Locust St. TravelDubuque.com.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: August 19 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: August 19 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Larry Fleet
Friday, August 19 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater
The blue-collar, Tennessee native’s chance encounter with Jake Owen led to an opening slot on the road. Soon Fleet was sharing the stage with Willie Nelson and co-writing with artists like Rhett Akins, Brett James, and Kendell Marvel. He’s now turning heads now with full-length album, Stack of Records, the follow-up to his aptly titled first project, Workin’ Hard including the breakout hit “Where I Find God” which has amassed over 22 million official music video views. Fleet is on the road now supporting Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ Tour but takes a sideline to visit Five Flags. $22–$46. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Friday, August 19 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 20 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The Grand’s annual summer youth musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This student adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot hilariously retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.” 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 19–22
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, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

Iowa State Fair
August 19–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 20 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 20 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 20 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

8th Annual Elkader Art in the Park
August 20 and 21 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Founders Park (Elkader, IA)

Art in the Park is a regionally recognized, juried Fine Art Festival in Elkader, IA. Experience fine art, live music and entertainment, delicious food, wine tasting, youth activities, live workshops, and family fun at the eighth annual festival alongside the Turkey River. Brought to you by the Main Street Elkader Cultural and Entertainment District. 306 S Main St, Elkader, IA. 563-245-2770. artintheparkelkader.com

Victorian Cooking Class
August 20 @ 1 PM: Apple Cornmeal Pancakes
Mathias Ham Historic Site

This Civil War-era recipe utilizes all of the popular tastes from the Southern states. The Victorian cooking class focuses on what would have been available in Iowa during this time period and what may have been served to the Ham family themselves. Class size is limited. RSVP. $15. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545 x218. RiverMuseum.com/events.

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Saturday, August 20 @ 2 and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The Grand’s annual summer youth musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This student adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot hilariously retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.” 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Saturday, August 20 @ 4 PM
South of Lock 12 (Bellevue, IA)

Come enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is Bellevue’s own water ski show team, one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Watch them practice north of Lock 12 or see their shows south of Lock 12. 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. 563-590-0990. facebook.com/skibellevue.

Alley Stage Reading Series: Western Swing by Marnie Bullock Dresser
August 20 @ 4–6 PM
Shake Rag Alley Alley Stage (Mineral Point, WI)

A young woman travels to Montana, hoping to be named the literary executor for a young poet who has died tragically. When she arrives, she discovers the poet’s mother wants her for much more than just arranging the last poems her son wrote. This is only the first of many twists in a play that navigates ethics the same way it navigates tubing on the river–the rocks are sharp and there is blood involved. Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for their second staged-reading series. Four playwrights will present original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script. Start with Afternoon Tea, which will be available in the Shake Rag Alley Art Cafe at 3 pm. Local musicians will provide entertainment on the patio. Patio tables and chairs are available, or bring a blanket to spread out and enjoy the day on the Green. At 4 p.m., the actors and moderator will take the stage with their scripts. Stay after the play and share your feedback with the playwright. Rain site is Lind Pavilion (411 Commerce St.). $5. 18 Shake Rag Alley Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: August 20 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 20–22
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, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

Iowa State Fair
August 20–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 21 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: August 21 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee and donuts available, proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 3925 Dodge St. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

8th Annual Elkader Art in the Park
August 21 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Founders Park (Elkader, IA)

Art in the Park is a regionally recognized, juried Fine Art Festival in Elkader, IA. Experience fine art, live music and entertainment, delicious food, wine tasting, youth activities, live workshops, and family fun at the eighth annual festival alongside the Turkey River. Brought to you by the Main Street Elkader Cultural and Entertainment District. 306 S Main St, Elkader, IA. 563-245-2770. artintheparkelkader.com

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Sunday, August 21 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The Grand’s annual summer youth musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This student adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot hilariously retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.” 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: August 21 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: COOTIES
August 21 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Epi-Con, the ultimate annual convention for epidemics, is a fan favorite for people excited for a sneak peek at the latest and greatest deadly diseases. Epi-Con is also home for those who might benefit financially or professionally from a world-wide pandemic. But, did researchers go too far with their creation of this year’s Virus of the Year? One thing’s for sure, no one is going anywhere after the keynote speaker is suddenly killed, and it’s up to you, the audience, to help solve what or who truly is the killer. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Sunday Funday Car Show
Sunday, August 21 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)
Open to all “show quality” modes of transportation, organized by Larry Oyen. Rib feed and live music by Meatbplow. Register your vehicle between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 7 p.m.

Music in the Gardens: 10 of Soul
Sundays through August: August 21 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 21–22
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, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

Iowa State Fair
August 21
Des Moines, IA

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

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 22 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 22
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, and tons of live music and food! facebook.com/cascadehometowndays.

ZZ Top Raw Whisky Tour w/ Gov’t Mule
Tuesday, August 23 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena

ZZ Top has been at it for well over a half century, and “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” is delivering rock, blues, and boogie to the Five Flags Arena on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. with Gov’t Mule. Their 1973 album, Tres Hombres, catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. Eliminator, their 1983 album, was something of a paradigm shift for ZZ Top. Their roots blues skew was intact but added to the mix were tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with such tracks as “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” on the nascent MTV. It was one of the music industry’s first albums to have been certified Diamond, far beyond Gold and Platinum and a reflection of US domestic sales exceeding 10 million units. The band’s line-up of the bearded Gibbons and Hill and Beard, who ironically is clean shaven, remained intact for more than 50 years until Dusty’s passing. When Dusty first fell ill, he annunciated Elwood Francis, the band’s long-standing guitar tech, as his “designated hitter.” Elwood whose musical chops and chin whiskers do Dusty’s legacy proud, continues to handle bass duties now and into the future. Gov’t Mule has a career spanning more than 25 years with some 20 live and studio albums. They are known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres—rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between. Theirs is a sound that feeds off spontaneity and improvisation, a signature style that pays little heed to expectation, predictability, or needless repetition. $55–$150. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Sinsinawa Mound Farmer’s Market
4th Wednesday through September: August 24 @ 4–7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm (Sinsinawa, WI)

Featured vendors include Collaborative Farmers: Sandhill Farms & City Girl Farming, The Mound’s Farm, Sinsinawa Bakery, and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Shop. 2551 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/farm.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: August 24 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: August 25 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: August 25 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: August 25 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: August 25 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live at the Plaza
Last Thursday through September: August 25 @ 5–7 PM

Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly event features regional musicians, performers, food and drink. Visit the plaza to pick up a Live at the Plaza Passport with a list of open-late businesses and opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Queen
Friday, August 26 @ 7:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: August 26 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Summer Stroll & Stories
Fridays: August 26 and September 23 @ 7 PM
Linwood Cemetery

Stroll along through the beautiful and serene Linwood Cemetery, to the graves of the movers and shakers of Dubuque. Enjoy tales of the Tri-State area’s past. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 7 p.m. (approx 2 hours). Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 10+. RSVP. $10. 2736 Windsor Ave. 563-213-9043. gripsghosthunt.com.

Summer’s Last Blast: Spazmatics and Menace
August 26–27
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Great live music spread across two big days at Q Casino Back Waters Stage. Friday music includes the Spazmatics and Menace. Saturday brings Alisabeth Von Presley, Johnny Trash, and Rock Steady. These are all-ages outdoor events with beverages and food available for purchase. Free.

Go The Distanced Cornhole Tournament
August 26–28
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

The Go the Distance Festival is a three-day cornhole event featuring Doubles competition; The Dream Team Invitational. Friday and Saturday will feature four Doubles Qualifier tournaments, with the top six teams of each qualifier advancing to Sunday’s final bracket. These qualifiers are all open to the public for registration! On Sunday, the advancing teams will compete against the ACO “Corny 40”, the top 40 Season 17 ranked ACO players in the world, and their respectively chosen partners. The tournament has a total purse attached to the event of $25,000, with the top 64 teams all guaranteed to walk away with prize money! The winning team will take home a cash prize and a specially designed commemorative trophy. $125. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8404. americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-go-the-distance/tickets.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: August 27 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: August 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.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: August 27 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: August 27 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

17th Annual Irish Hooley
August 27 @ Noon–10 PM
Alliant Energy Amphitheater
The Irish Hooley is back and stuffing all the fun into one day this year. Live music from The Screaming Orphans, Ian Gould, Tallymore, Ballyheighe, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, and The Lads. Plus the McNulty School’s Irish Dancers, Dubuque Fire Pipe & Drums, and more! IrishHooley.org.

14th Annual Potosi Brewfest
August 27 @ 1–4:30 PM (VIP: Noon
–1 PM)
Holiday Gardens (Potosi, WI)

Hosted by Potosi Brewery, admission includes an opportunity to sample the work of nearly 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. potosibrewery.com.

Star Gazing
Saturday, August 27 @ 8:30 PM
Saturday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Summer’s Last Blast: Alisabeth Von Presley, Johnny Trash, and Rock Steady
August 27
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Great live music spread across two big days at Q Casino Back Waters Stage. Friday music includes the Spazmatics and Menace. Saturday brings Alisabeth Von Presley, Johnny Trash, and Rock Steady. These are all-ages outdoor events with beverages and food available for purchase. Free.

Go The Distanced Cornhole Tournament
August 27–28
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

The Go the Distance Festival is a three-day cornhole event featuring Doubles competition; The Dream Team Invitational. Friday and Saturday will feature four Doubles Qualifier tournaments, with the top six teams of each qualifier advancing to Sunday’s final bracket. These qualifiers are all open to the public for registration! On Sunday, the advancing teams will compete against the ACO “Corny 40”, the top 40 Season 17 ranked ACO players in the world, and their respectively chosen partners. The tournament has a total purse attached to the event of $25,000, with the top 64 teams all guaranteed to walk away with prize money! The winning team will take home a cash prize and a specially designed commemorative trophy. $125. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8404. americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-go-the-distance/tickets.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: August 28 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dodgeville Lions Antique Show & Flea Market
Sunday, August 28 @ 8 AM–3 PM
Harris Park Ley Pavilion (Dodgeville, WI)

Show includes quality antique dealers. Rain-free indoor spaces and food available. $3. 600 N Bennett Rd, Dodgeville, WI. 608-935-3926. 

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: August 28 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Music in the Gardens: Endless Summer
Sundays through August: August 28 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 30th season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic. 6/5 Johnny Rogers (Buddy Holly), 6/12 Fortunate Sons (C.C.R.), 6/19 Hunter Fuerste, 6/26 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, 7/3 Neil Berg, 7/10 Secrets, 7/17 David Weld & The Imperial Flames, 7/24 Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac), 7/31 Kids from Wisconsin, 8/7 Walking Molly, 8/14 Tapestry, 8/21 10 of Soul, 8/28 Endless Summer. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Go The Distanced Cornhole Tournament
August 28
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

The Go the Distance Festival is a three-day cornhole event featuring Doubles competition; The Dream Team Invitational. Friday and Saturday will feature four Doubles Qualifier tournaments, with the top six teams of each qualifier advancing to Sunday’s final bracket. These qualifiers are all open to the public for registration! On Sunday, the advancing teams will compete against the ACO “Corny 40”, the top 40 Season 17 ranked ACO players in the world, and their respectively chosen partners. The tournament has a total purse attached to the event of $25,000, with the top 64 teams all guaranteed to walk away with prize money! The winning team will take home a cash prize and a specially designed commemorative trophy. $125. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8404. americancornhole.ticketsauce.com/e/aco-go-the-distance/tickets.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: August 29 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Readings Under the Influence
Tuesday, August 30 @ 7–10 PM
Esther’s Lounge
Your favorite interactive anti-open mic night, Readings Under the Influence (RUI), returns. RUI is different every time. Sometimes it’s edgy, sometimes sweet, sometimes controversial, sometimes downright vicious, but always artful. In the past, there have been multimedia displays, live painters, and dancers, all as accompaniment to the readers sharing their original work. The common thread is art, art, and art, in all of its wondrous manifestations. Free. facebook.com/RUIDBQ.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: August 31 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

September 2022

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: September 1 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 1 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 1 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: September 1 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 1 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: September 2 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 2 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

First Fridays
1st Friday: September 2
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: September 3 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 3 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 3 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Ghost Saturday Show
Saturday, September 3 @ 1 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

Make the trek to the Field of Dreams Movie Site and watch the iconic Ghost Players come out of the corn as they put on a special, FREE, interactive hour and a half comedy show coined the “Greatest Show on Dirt!” This is a memorable experience for the entire family that is sure to put a smile on your face! Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Consider making this experience even more magical by becoming a VIP! Enjoy the show from the best seat in the house: the porch of the Field of Dreams Farm House along with other great benefits. Visit the event webpage to learn more about becoming a VIP and to purchase tickets. Get yours today before they are gone! Free. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ghost-saturday-shows.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 4 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 5 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 8 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 8 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: September 8 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

August market will be held on Aug. 18. This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup includes The Resistors on July 14 and Michael Breitbach & The Broken Rubber Band on Aug. 18 with September and October entertainment TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: September 8 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 8 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 9–11 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park

Drawing teams from multiple states and Ontario, Canada, 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, race on the mighty Mississippi. Shuttle service provided. Tentative scheduling. Free. dubuquedragonboat.org.

Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, September 9 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Washington Park

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Sarah Lentini on July 8, John Moran on Aug. 19, and Joie Wails on Sept. 9. Live music is sponsored by 365ink Magazine. Schedules, vendors, and details may be subject to change. 700 Locust St. TravelDubuque.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 9 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Platteville Dairy Days
September 9–11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

Dairy Days celebrates 75 years! This fun packed weekend starts Friday with a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Park. While at the park, enjoy the arts and crafts fair and plenty of “fair food.”!Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, live music and so much more. Make sure to come back on Sunday for the dairy goat show and music on the main stage. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-8888. plattevilledairydays.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: September 10 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 10–11 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park

Drawing teams from multiple states and Ontario, Canada, 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, race on the mighty Mississippi. Shuttle service provided. Tentative scheduling. Free. dubuquedragonboat.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 10 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 10 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Romantic Galena Reads Book Fair
September 10 @ 10 AM–3 PM
DeSoto House Hotel (Galena, IL)
The 1st annual Romantic Galena Reads book fair hosts around 30 romance authors from all over the country, including bestselling and award-winning authors of every romance genre—contemporary, historical, suspense, western, paranormal, and more—everything from sweet to steamy. Attending authors include bestselling authors Penelope Douglas, Zoe Blake, Marci Bolden, Mickey Miller, Measha Stone, Adrienne Giordano, Dylann Crush, Beth Carter, Evan Grace, PJ Fiala, and many more. Author Nancy Naigle, who has had many of her books made into Hallmark movies, will be there. Cover model Robert Kelly will also be in attendance. Free. 230 S Main St, Galena, IL. wilddeadwoodreads.com/galena.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: September 10 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

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

Alley Stage Reading Series: The Whole Shebang by Deb Meyer
September 10 @ 4–6 PM
Shake Rag Alley Alley Stage (Mineral Point, WI)

A Semi-finalist in the 2021 Garry Marshall New Works Festival, The Whole Shebang is a provocative dark comedy, rich with twists, turns and ulterior motives. The story revolves around Bentley, a wealthy, recovering alcoholic going through a nasty divorce. His egocentric ex, Keli, and life-long friend, Tom, seem to be plotting against him. Krystal, a smart, insightful detective acquaintance from AA, drops in on him in the midst of his struggles, chaos and Keli’s manipulative rage. Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for their second staged-reading series. Four playwrights will present original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script. Start with Afternoon Tea, which will be available in the Shake Rag Alley Art Cafe at 3 pm. Local musicians will provide entertainment on the patio. Patio tables and chairs are available, or bring a blanket to spread out and enjoy the day on the Green. At 4 p.m., the actors and moderator will take the stage with their scripts. Stay after the play and share your feedback with the playwright. Rain site is Lind Pavilion (411 Commerce St.). $5. 18 Shake Rag Alley Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Fishtival
September 10
Downtown Bellevue, IA

Celebrate art, fish, and the Mississippi River with activities for everyone including art show and sale, kids projects, and a street dance all along the beautiful river. facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil.

Platteville Dairy Days
September 10–11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

Dairy Days celebrates 75 years! This fun packed weekend starts Friday with a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Park. While at the park, enjoy the arts and crafts fair and plenty of “fair food.”!Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, live music and so much more. Make sure to come back on Sunday for the dairy goat show and music on the main stage. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-8888. plattevilledairydays.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 11 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Sunday Funday ATV/UTV Jamboree
September 11 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)
AJ’s Steak Feed and live music by the Joe Stamm Band. Register your ATV/UTV between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 7 p.m.

Charlie Berens: Midwest Survival Guide Tour
Sunday, September 11 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena

Wisconsin native Charlie Berens is an Emmy-winning journalist, comedian, host, and creator of the Manitowoc Minute. He brings his Midwest Survival Guide Tour to the Five Flags Arena on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Charlie is a frequent collaborator on Funny or Die. His comedic mashups including “If Jack Dawson Was Really from Wisconsin” have garnered more than 16 million views. In 2017, Charlie began the viral Midwest comedic news series Manitowoc Minute. His fans flock daily to his Facebook page to view his content. He currently has over 1.9 million Facebook followers. After garnering millions of views, he’s toured the United States selling out venues within minutes. Most recently, Charlie’s Midwest-focused sketch comedy videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views. In addition to sketch comedy and the Manitowoc Minute, Charlie also hosts Dark Side Of on Discovery ID. $25–$45. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival
September 11 @ 8 AM–5 PM
Miller Riverview Park

Drawing teams from multiple states and Ontario, Canada, 40-foot-long boats, shaped like dragons and holding 21 people of all ages, race on the mighty Mississippi. Shuttle service provided. Tentative scheduling. Free. dubuquedragonboat.org.

Platteville Dairy Days
September 11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

Dairy Days celebrates 75 years! This fun packed weekend starts Friday with a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Park. While at the park, enjoy the arts and crafts fair and plenty of “fair food.”!Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, live music and so much more. Make sure to come back on Sunday for the dairy goat show and music on the main stage. 1155 N 2nd St, Platteville, WI. 608-348-8888. plattevilledairydays.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 12 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Handbuild Pottery—Mask Making
Tuesdays: September 13 and 27 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Use hand-building techniques to create a 3 dimensional mask from clay on Sept. 13 followed by a day to glaze on Sept. 27. Fee includes clay, glazes and two instructor firings. Grades 3 through adult. $45. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org/pottery-studio.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: September 14 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: September 14 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

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

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 15 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 15 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

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

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 15 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Antiracism Book Club: Halfway Home
3rd Thursday: September 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller. Each year, more than half a million Americans are released from prison and join a population of twenty million people who live with a felony record. Reuben Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends, and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. As The Color of Law exposed about our understanding of housing segregation, Halfway Home shows that the American justice system was not created to rehabilitate. Parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised long after they’ve paid their debt to society. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: September 16 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 16 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: September 17 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays: October 1–29 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 17 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 17 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Dubuque’s Oktoberfest
September 17 @ 11 AM–7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Dubuque’s largest Oktoberfest celebrating our German heritage. Enjoy a day full of traditional German food, drinks, music, and dance. Plus wiener dog races and the Tri-State’s Championship Bier Stein Holding Contest. Proceeds benefit campers at Camp Albrecht Acres.

Star Gazing
Saturday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: September 17 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 18 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: September 18 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee and donuts available, proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 3925 Dodge St. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: September 18 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: A Murder in King Ferdinand’s Court
September 18 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The good people of Thessex join together for the Annual Feast of Friendship and Brute Force, or, as it’s commonly called: “phhbbbt”. But not everyone’s so friendly . . . Hopefully the court jester, Hugh Moore, and the royal taste tester, Saul Menella, will keep the royal family and everyone else in the kingdom alive and well and in good spirits, but don’t count on it… Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 19 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: September 19 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: September 21 @ 4–7 PM
Presidential Plaza (Cuba City, WI)

A variety of produce, canned goods, crafts, and more. 207 S Main St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. CubaCity.org.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: September 21 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: September 21 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Disney Junior Live: Costume Palooza!
Wednesday, September 21 @ 6 PM
Five Flags Arena
This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes together live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. It features favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music. Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious green rain, wind, and smoke keep interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Amazing Friends help save the Costume Palooza? Come see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, Alice, the Puppy Dog Pals, and Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends live on stage! $25–$69. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: September 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 22 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 22 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 29: September 22 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
A unique assortment of all years of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, cold beverages, and live music each week. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 23 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Bownanza On The Mountain
Friday, September 23 @ 5–9 PM
Saturday, September 24 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundown Mountain Resort

Join Sundown for an exciting new two-day 3D archery event coming, sponsored By Gator Outdoors. BOTM will have an on-the-mountain course (adult and amateur), live music, primitive camping, a night shoot, chairlift rides, food trucks (Saturday only), industry archery vendors, money shoot contest, and more. The party starts on Friday night with live music from 5 to 9 p.m. The competition/“just for the thrill of it” shooting begins Saturday. Saturday live music comes from the Boot Jack Band from 1 to 5 p.m. and Rock Steady from 5 to 9 p.m. Food Trucks on Saturday include Jeronimo’s Bar and Grill, Stalker’s Pub, and more. You’ll need your own equipment, and they welcome any kind of bow from traditional longbows to modern compound models. Limited trailside camping is available at the base of the hill (one vehicle/one tent). They will have a separate designated campsite at the top of the hill for RV campers in their easy access camping area. No hookups for water or electricity or on-site shower facilities. Spectators: $5 adults; free ages 5 and under. Bow shooting: $35 adults, $15 ages 6–13. $20 two-day primitive camping. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Summer Stroll & Stories
Friday, September 23 @ 7 PM
Linwood Cemetery

Stroll along through the beautiful and serene Linwood Cemetery, to the graves of the movers and shakers of Dubuque. Enjoy tales of the Tri-State area’s past. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 7 p.m. (approx 2 hours). Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 10+. RSVP. $10. 2736 Windsor Ave. 563-213-9043. gripsghosthunt.com.

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

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: September 24 @ 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.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 24 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: September 24 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

West Dubuque Wingfest
September 24 @ 11 AM
Farley Park (Farley, IA)

Competitors cooking up about 10,000 wings with live entertainment, games, and a wing eating contest. Plus kids entertainment, a dunk tank, and more! Sponsored by Western Dubuque Fine Arts Booster Club.

Bownanza On The Mountain
Saturday, September 24 @ Noon–10 PM
Sundown Mountain Resort

Join Sundown for an exciting new two-day 3D archery event coming, sponsored By Gator Outdoors. BOTM will have an on-the-mountain course (adult and amateur), live music, primitive camping, a night shoot, chairlift rides, food trucks (Saturday only), industry archery vendors, money shoot contest, and more. The party starts on Friday night with live music from 5 to 9 p.m. The competition/“just for the thrill of it” shooting begins Saturday. Saturday live music comes from the Boot Jack Band from 1 to 5 p.m. and Rock Steady from 5 to 9 p.m. Food Trucks on Saturday include Jeronimo’s Bar and Grill, Stalker’s Pub, and more. You’ll need your own equipment, and they welcome any kind of bow from traditional longbows to modern compound models. Limited trailside camping is available at the base of the hill (one vehicle/one tent). They will have a separate designated campsite at the top of the hill for RV campers in their easy access camping area. No hookups for water or electricity or on-site shower facilities. Spectators: $5 adults; free ages 5 and under. Bow shooting: $35 adults, $15 ages 6–13. $20 two-day primitive camping. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: September 25 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: September 25 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: September 26 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Riverboat Ribbon Cutting: American Symphony
Tuesday, September 27 @ 7:30 AM
American Trust River’s Edge Plaza Gazebo

Travel Dubuque, along with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, will be welcoming all of the large excursion riverboats this summer as they make their first stops in Dubuque. 400 E 3rd St. traveldubuque.com.

Sinsinawa Mound Farmer’s Market
4th Wednesday through September: September 28 @ 4–7 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm (Sinsinawa, WI)

Featured vendors include Collaborative Farmers: Sandhill Farms & City Girl Farming, The Mound’s Farm, Sinsinawa Bakery, and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Shop. 2551 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/farm.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: September 28 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: September 29 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Market on the Mississippi
Thursdays through September: September 29 @ 4–6 PM
Water Street near Riverview Plaza (Bellevue, IA)
Browse fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts, and more while enjoying live music and outdoor seating along the Mississippi River. 563-872-5830. bellevueiachamber.org.

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

Live at the Plaza
Last Thursday through September: September 29 @ 5–7 PM

Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
September’s event will celebrate Hispanic Heritage, featuring local Latino musicians and businesses. This family-friendly event features regional musicians, performers, food and drink. Visit the plaza to pick up a Live at the Plaza Passport with a list of open-late businesses and opportunities to secure promotional deals and prizes. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: September 30 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

October 2022

Swiss Valley Trail Races
Saturday, October 1 @ 7 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Center (Peosta, IA)

This trail run features all the best of the Dubuque County landscape including creek crossings, steep inclines, and rugged terrain. The run will offer three distance options: 5.2 miles, 25k, and 50k all set against the beautiful backdrop of Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. All proceeds from the run will benefit the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation who help support Dubuque County parks and environmental education. Free camping and showers. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=88646.

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

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 1 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 1 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Galena Oktoberfest
October 1 @ Noon–10 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

Non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka dancing and lessons, German-style food and beverages, bounce house and games for the kids, and more. $5 Adults and teens; kids are free. GalenaLions.org/Galena-Oktoberfest.asp.

Tri-States’ Largest Chili Cook-Off
October 1 @ 1 PM
Cable Car Square
Historic Cable Car Square transforms into an aromatic chili tasting and competition starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy live music, cold beer, kids games, food, and entertainment at this family-friendly event. Tasting begins at 1 p.m. $5.

Alley Stage Reading Series: Write You Down by Deanna Strasse
October 1 @ 4–6 PM
Shake Rag Alley Alley Stage (Mineral Point, WI)

Write You Down is a fantasy parable, centered around Maggie Rellmers who lives in dreams. In her world, the full moon is constantly out, it’s always summer, and the dashing English actor George Marx is in love with her. Here, she can hide and dream of Bavarian kings and scoff at the world that cannot grasp what it means to live. But Maggie is about to get her wake-up call if George has anything to say about it. Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for their second staged-reading series. Four playwrights will present original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script. Start with Afternoon Tea, which will be available in the Shake Rag Alley Art Cafe at 3 pm. Local musicians will provide entertainment on the patio. Patio tables and chairs are available, or bring a blanket to spread out and enjoy the day on the Green. At 4 p.m., the actors and moderator will take the stage with their scripts. Stay after the play and share your feedback with the playwright. Rain site is Lind Pavilion (411 Commerce St.). $5. 18 Shake Rag Alley Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: October 2 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 3 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: October 6 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 6 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: October 7 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 7 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

First Fridays
1st Friday: October 7
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

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

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

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

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

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

Jeeps On The Mountain
Saturday, October 8 @ Noon–8 PM
Sundown Mountain Resort

Enjoy live music, food trucks, cash bar, Jeep Show, primitive camping, off-road mountain trails on designated trails, and more. Take your Jeep or any four-wheel drive vehicle over a mud pit, stream, and expanded obstacle course. This is a dog-friendly event. All dogs must be on a leash, and any dog displaying aggressive behavior will need to leave the property. Dog owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets. No open alcohol containers will be allowed on the trail. Join the “Jeeps On The Mountain 2022 sponsored by Turpin Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM” Facebook Group for discussions, announcements, and more. $20 Adults, $10 ages 6–12, free ages 5 and under; $20 trail pass per vehicle; $15 primitive camping per site per night. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: October 8 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

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

The Fab Four
Saturday, October 8 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The California-based quartet have been reviving Beatlemania with their spot-on impersonations since 1997, and practice has made perfect—the band’s tours consistently satisfy the Beatle-shaped hole in fans’ souls, drawing rave reviews for their extensively researched, down-to-the-mannerisms enactments of late great band’s legendary live concerts. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: October 9 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, regional meat, flowers, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 10 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: October 12 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: October 12 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

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

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 13 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: October 13 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

August market will be held on Aug. 18. This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. The music lineup includes The Resistors on July 14 and Michael Breitbach & The Broken Rubber Band on Aug. 18 with September and October entertainment TBA. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 14 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 15 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 15 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 15 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Donnie Baker
October 15 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Donnie Baker, real name Ron Sexton, is a comedy character that is “trapped in the eighties” and “will never admit defeat.” With known catchphrases such as “I’ll say it right to your face,” “I swear to God,” and “State Law!”, Sexton plays the archetype of the Kentucky redneck caricature. Baker first made an appearance on The Bob & Tom Show in 2005, when Sexton was doing voice work on a number of characters for popular episodes. Basing his writing on people that he met at high school, Sexton says that after travelling to perform Donnie Baker, he realized just how universal the character was. 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: October 15 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: October 16 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee and donuts available, proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 3925 Dodge St. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: October 16 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 17 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: October 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: October 19 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: October 19 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: October 19 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

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

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

Antiracism Book Club: Halfway Home
3rd Thursday: October 20 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller. Each year, more than half a million Americans are released from prison and join a population of twenty million people who live with a felony record. Reuben Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends, and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. As The Color of Law exposed about our understanding of housing segregation, Halfway Home shows that the American justice system was not created to rehabilitate. Parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised long after they’ve paid their debt to society. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: October 21 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 21 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 22 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

The Fair Flea & Antique Frenzy
October 22 and 23 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds 4H Building

Over 100 tables available with a variety of goods for purchase. $1. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

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

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 22 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Star Gazing
Saturday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club (Galena, IL)

Bring your telescope or share one at the Onwers’ Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. All ages. Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. thegalenaterritory.com.

The Fair Flea & Antique Frenzy
October 23 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds 4H Building

Over 100 tables available with a variety of goods for purchase. $1. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 24 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: October 26 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Readings Under the Influence
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7–10 PM
Esther’s Lounge
Your favorite interactive anti-open mic night, Readings Under the Influence (RUI), returns. RUI is different every time. Sometimes it’s edgy, sometimes sweet, sometimes controversial, sometimes downright vicious, but always artful. In the past, there have been multimedia displays, live painters, and dancers, all as accompaniment to the readers sharing their original work. The common thread is art, art, and art, in all of its wondrous manifestations. Free. facebook.com/RUIDBQ.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 27 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 28 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

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

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 29 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 29 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: October 30 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Helloween
October 30 @ 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 course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 31 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

November 2022

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: November 3 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 4 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

First Fridays
1st Friday: November 4
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 5 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 7 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 9 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: November 9 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 11 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 12 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: November 12 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

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

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 14 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: November 16 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: November 16 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: November 16 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Create a different project each month using new materials and techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Antiracism Book Club: The Yellow House
3rd Thursday: November 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 18 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 19 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

I Know Jack Foundation Fundraiser
Saturday, November 19 @ 2 PM
The Corner Taproom (Cascade, IA)

I Know Jack Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was inspired by Jack Hoeger who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of 5. Jack fought hard throughout treatment and has been in remission ever since. The foundation helps tell Jack’s story and creates fundraising and lobbying opportunities to support cancer funding. Their mission is to raise funds to support cancer patients and their families from diagnosis to survivorship. 201 1st Ave, Cascade, IA. 563-852-3700. facebook.com/CornerTaproom.

21st Annual Attitude of Gratitude
Saturday, November 19 @ 6:30 PM
Grand River Center

Attitude of Gratitude is the largest fundraiser of the year for Opening Doors. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails and music by Tapestry, along with an up-close look at the fabulous auction items. Program starts at 6:30 p.m. with hosts Bobbi Earles and Jeff Vaassen. Event features an inspiring story from a former resident. Online bidding on auction items opens Nov. 1. $75. 500 Bell St. 563-582-7480. openingdoorsdbq.org/AOG.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: November 19 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: November 20 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: A Murder in King Ferdinand’s Court
November 20 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The good people of Thessex join together for the Annual Feast of Friendship and Brute Force, or, as it’s commonly called: “phhbbbt”. But not everyone’s so friendly . . . Hopefully the court jester, Hugh Moore, and the royal taste tester, Saul Menella, will keep the royal family and everyone else in the kingdom alive and well and in good spirits, but don’t count on it… Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 21 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: November 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 23 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 25 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 36 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: November 27 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 28 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

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

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

December 2022

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: December 1 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 2 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

First Fridays
1st Friday: December 2
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 3 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 3 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Mineral Point Gallery Nights
December 3
Mineral Point, WI

Mineral Point, WI is a small town among the Driftless hills that offers more than just charm: It also nurtures a rich community of working artists, from potters to painters, woodworkers to printmakers. A downtown stroll takes you past artist-owned galleries, studios in converted historic buildings, and endless points of creative inspiration. See new works and works-in-progress—and enjoy chatting with local artisans about their craft along the way. 608-987-3201. mpgallerynight.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 5 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 9 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 10 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: December 10 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

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

Mystery Dinner Theater: Ho, Ho, Homicide
December 11 @ 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 his sugary-sweet secretary Candy Cane. Add in some elves, an environmentalist who’s 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 course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 12 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: December 14 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: December 14 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

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

Antiracism Book Club: The Yellow House
3rd Thursday: December 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 16 @ 16 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 17 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 17 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: December 17 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: December 18 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Cut Loose Tree Farm
December 18 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Cut Loose Tree Farm is the only tree farm in Iowa that carries all 16 varieties of Christmas trees. They’re known for their perfectly pruned pines and beautiful balsams. But, it’s just before Christmas and a parasite has proven to put inventory in peril. President Pine (who prefers Christmas Cocktails rather than taking the family tree business too seriously) isn’t too concerned. Everyone else is, as jobs are on the chopping block. But wait! That chopping block just got more interesting…Who’s on it? Marketing Director, Sappy Selfie? The company’s accountant-and-resident karaoke queen, Merryoke? Perhaps Jack Frost or Holly N. Ivy is in the know…or maybe they’re about to be butchered themselves. It’s a prickly place for Christmas capers this fine December, for sure. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 19 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: December 19 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Cultivate a community who is good without God. Free. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: December 21 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

Connecting Tri-State professionals with each other, various organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/BIPOCcollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: December 21 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 23 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: December 25 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

Join for brunch and good company. Contact Maureen Tyne for location, newsletter, and more information. 815-297-3308.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: December 26 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: December 28 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: December 30 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.