Events

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale
Saturday, December 7 @ 7:30–11:30 AM
Rockdale United Methodist Church
Cookies, breads, candies, crafts, florals, wreaths, knitted items and more! Your one stop shop for holiday goods. RSVP if you would like to donate anything. Free. 1500 Old Mill Rd. 563-590-5598. rockdaleum.org.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 7–31

Breakfast With Santa: Saturday, December 7 @ 8–11 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

Stuff the Truck for Toys For Tots
Saturday, December 7 @ 8 AM–4 PM
Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto (2900 Dodge St)
The 10th Annual Theisen’s Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots returns Saturday, Dec. 7 to Theisen’s in Dubuque. Radio Dubuque will supercast live at the Dubuque Theisen’s while shoppers take advantage of the annual toy sale. Bag your own great deals or donate a new toy to Toys For Tots. You can also bring in a new toy or cash and donate it at the event. Santa will pop-in during the day for photos with kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and free cookies as well. Local Marines and Marine Corps and Marine Corps League are scheduled to join the fun. The largest single-day fundraiser for the Dubuque Toys For Tots, the event regularly brings in about $10,000 in toys and cash for local youngsters. The goal is to fully support the needs of nearly 5,000 children in Dubuque County, IA; Clayton County, IA; Grant County, WI; and Jo Daviess County, IL.

The Territory Holiday Market
Saturday, December 7 @ 8:30 AM–1:30 PM
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Social Hall (Galena, IL)
Welcome the holiday season with decorations, gift items, art, baked goods, and much more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: December 7–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

A Merry Millwork Market
Saturday, December 7 @ 9 am–2 PM
Schmid Innovation Center Courtyard (955 Washington St)
Shop local for the holidays! Don’t miss your chance to attend this incredibly unique outdoor shopping experience in the heart of Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Warm up under the tents and shop the best of local crafts, sips, and bites. The event will feature several vendors ranging from local artists to unique gifts and clothing. Local food vendors will be on-site selling delicious fare. Swing by the Millwork Collective Booth and take advantage of the complimentary gift wrapping. Santa Claus will arrive at 6 p.m. on Friday evening for a tree lighting ceremony with carols from the Dubuque Music Men. Horse and carriage rides will be available on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $5 per person or $25 for the entire carriage. For more information, visit merrymillworkmarket.com.

Grief Retreat: Journey toward Wholeness
Saturday, December 7 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Throughout life, we experience the loss of people, places, and things. Retreatants will reflect on loss to discover how it can lead to greater wholeness and holiness. Reflection questions include, “What have been the losses in my life?” “How have I dealt with the grief of the loss?” “Do the people who have died live on in my life?” “How do I find hope in the midst of the pain of the loss?” Sister Mary Hopkins, OP, a certified grief specialist, will lead the day. RSVP one week prior to the event start date. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Shopping with Santa
Saturday, December 7 @ 10 AM–2 PM
Peosta Community Centre (Peosta, IA)
Come do some Christmas shopping and let your kids see Santa, get a picture taken with him, and get a small present from him that day! 7896 Burds Rd, Peosta, IA.

Santa Day
Saturday, December 7 @ 10 AM–2 PM
Shake Rag Alley (Mineral Point, WI)
Photos with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are a holiday tradition at Shake Rag. They’ve promised to return for a photo-op appearance from 10 a.m. to noon. At Santa’s Workshops, find everything you need to decorate a one-of-a-kind gingerbread cottage. Christmas crafts and decoration supplies will be provided. Decorate a cookie with frosting and sprinkles. Prices vary per activity. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.com.

Toddler Time
December 7, January 11, February 8, March 7, April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Home for the Holidays
Saturdays: December 7, 14, and 21 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Sundays: December 8, 15, and 22 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site through a series of special events leading up to Christmas. Home for the Holidays will feature specially curated tours highlighting holiday traditions of the Victorian Era with weekly crafts, entertainment, and specialty activities. Sleigh rides, caroling, and a visit from Santa are included in the family fun. $7.50 Adults; $4 children 3-17; free for National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium members. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Family Concert
Saturday, December 7 @ 1 PM
Five Flags Theater
This is a shorter program with holiday music and sing-alongs, approximately one hour in length. Children are invited to get a free photo taken with Santa following the concert. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Ebenezer Duke and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 7 @ 1 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library presents Ebenezer Duke, an original musical re-telling of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. in the third floor Aigler Auditorium. “Ebenezer Duke” is performed by Duke Otherwise, a playful wordsmith, spirited performer, skilled guitarist, and captivating tap dancer. He will share his version of “A Christmas Carol” through song, storytelling, dance, and audience participation. The show is great for all ages, especially families looking for something fun and festive to do during the holiday season. After the program, attendees are invited to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the library rotunda. RSVP required for Ebenezer Duke. dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Catch the Train in Galena
Show: December 7–15
East Dubuque Module Presentation by Phil Jackman: Saturday, December 7 @ 4 PM
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 7 @ 5–7 PM
Katie’s Garden (Platteville, WI)

Enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving via Fire Truck at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, followed by a “Grand Lighting.” Enjoy cocoa and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their Christmas Cabin both evenings. Children’s activities, music of the season and luminaries will make the evenings merry and bright. Free. 275 W Business Hwy 151, Platteville, WI. platteville.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 7–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Holiday Fire In The Sky
Saturday, December 7 @ 6:30 PM
Downtown Galena, IL

Enjoy fireworks over the Galena River. Pre-party at Galena Elks Lodge. ARC kids activities and hot cocoa plus Christmas music on the levee with DJ Doug Collins.

Famous Dead Artists Series: Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz
Saturday, December 7 @ 7 PM
Sunday, December 8 @ 1 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art (701 Locust St)
One of the Museum’s most anticipated annual events, the Famous Dead Artist series brings legendary artists to life through portrayals by local actors at DuMA on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. Iconic artist of the Southwest, Georgia O’Keeffe, played by Lenore Howard, and American photographer and modern art promoter, Alfred Stieglitz, played by Doug Donald, will be the first couple in the 30th Famous Dead Artist program. The event is free, but registration is required. To learn more or to register, call DuMA at 563-588-1851 x115 or visit dbqart.org.

Candlelight Tours
Saturdays: December 7 and 14 @ 7 and 8 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

Visitors have a rare opportunity to tour the Ham House by candlelight, while learning about the architectural and historical significance of the home. Registration is limited to 20 per tour and tickets are required in advance. $10 adults; $7 children. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Muskegon
Saturday, December 7 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

A Christmas Story
December 7 @ 7:30 PM
December 8 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)

After a nearly sold out run in 2016, Grand Opera House Director Frank McClain is restaging this Christmas Classic. Enjoy A Christmas Story on Nov. 29–30 and Dec. 6–7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. A treat for the whole family, A Christmas Story is a stage version of the 1983 classic film based on the memoirs of humorist Jean Shepard. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; and more. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 7, 11–14, and 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 8, 15, and 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net. 

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Traditional Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 7 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 8 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
The Dubuque Chorale, members of the Heartland Ballet Company, and a guest performer join the DSO in an enchanting combination of familiar holiday favorites and exciting new music.
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Classic Journey Live
Saturday, December 7 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Classic Journey Live recreates Journey’s rise from their San Francisco roots to superstardom. The clothes, hairstyles, lights, musical gear, stage, vocals and all the sounds that are Journey combine to create a living tribute to one of rock’s greatest bands. Ages 21+. Tickets are available at the Diamond Club or the Mississippi Moon Bar Box Office inside the Diamond Jo Casino or online at MoonBarRocks.com.

Linsey Alexander
Saturday, December 7 @ 8 PM
Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ (300 Potter Dr, Bellevue, IA)
Linsey Alexander grew up in a poor but honest and hard working family, learning early on that music has the power to lift the spirit and comfort the soul. In Linsey’s own words, “Blues is not hard—it’s just a documentary about life.” From Chicago.

Statue of Liberty
Saturday, December 7 @ 8 PM
Spirits Bar and Grill (1111 Dodge St)
Beginning as a solo project for singer/songwriter Bobby Bradford, Statue of Liberty grew into an acoustic folk-rock duo with the addition of Marywood Kate in 2010. Now back in their hometown of Dubuque, Bradford and Kate look forward to completing their third original album and contributing to the local music community. 

colossalraptors
Saturday, December 7 @ 9 PM
Smokestack (62 East 7th St)
colossalraptors plays rock n’ roll. Sweaty, hook-driven, heavy-blues, soul-crushing rock n’ roll. Hailing from what is at any moment the bitterly cold, frozen north, colossalraptors is Nate Tessum (vocals/ guitar), George Morteo (bass/ vocals), Tim Adams (drums), and Jon Beighley (guitar). colossalraptors’ high-voltage sound is rooted in dusty records, hook-laden guitar, and coiled in snaking basslines with dynamic counter-punching rhythms. Fans of The Black Keys and Jack White will recognize the influence.

Central Express
Fridays and Saturdays: December 7–21
Central Avenue Corridor (1400–2300 Central Ave)
The Central Express is a multiple-week celebration of the arts, pop-up storefronts, and the holidays from Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 in downtown Dubuque’s Central Avenue Corridor. In partnership with building and business owners, Dubuque Main Street will have holiday and arts pop-up shops open, all to demonstrate the Potential on Central. The focus is to fill vacant storefronts with tenants, offer family-friendly activities, engage the local arts community, and line the streets with holiday spirit. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org/central-express.

Roshek Holiday
December 7–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 7–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Home for the Holidays
Sundays: December 8, 15, and 22 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Saturdays: December 14 and 21 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Mathias Ham Historic Site

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site through a series of special events leading up to Christmas. Home for the Holidays will feature specially curated tours highlighting holiday traditions of the Victorian Era with weekly crafts, entertainment, and specialty activities. Sleigh rides, caroling, and a visit from Santa are included in the family fun. $7.50 Adults; $4 children 3-17; free for National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium members. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Holiday High Tea
Sunday, December 8 @ 1:30–3:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served by Downton Abbey devotees in uniform, and a reading of A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg. Terry Mozena will explain the proper way of enjoying your afternoon tea, tier by tier. Paul Hemmer’s reading of A Cup of Christmas Tea will make the story of a young man’s reluctant visit to an elderly aunt at Christmastime, and the unexpected joy it brings, come alive. RSVP. 563-589-4225 x2224.

Remembering Our Loved Ones at Holiday Time
Sunday, December 8 @ 1:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

This ecumenical service will honor family and friends who have died by displaying a personalized ornament on a tree in Queen of Rosary Chapel. This service is a living memorial and provides an opportunity for families and others to experience a new and meaningful ritual. After the service, participants will be able to take the ornament and place it in the home during the holiday season. To remember a loved one(s) with an ornament at this service, please contact Janice at (608) 748-4411, ext. 811. Deadline for ornaments is Nov. 27. RSVP one week prior to the event start date. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Tree Ring Printing
Sunday, December 8 @ 1–3 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center (Peosta, IA)

Capture the history of a tree by using a printmaking technique. Cross sections of trees make for a unique print, frame it and hang it or give it as a Christmas gift. Participants will use ink and paint to capture the growth rings of the tree. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. 563-556-6745. DubuqueCounty.org.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: A Christmas Carol (kids edition), performed by Virginia Repertory Theatre
Sunday, December 8 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
An intimate production of this perennial holiday favorite and perhaps the best loved Christmas story of all time, this musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas. All the joy, sentiment, and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

A Christmas Story
December 8 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)

After a nearly sold out run in 2016, Grand Opera House Director Frank McClain is restaging this Christmas Classic. Enjoy A Christmas Story on Nov. 29–30 and Dec. 6–7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. A treat for the whole family, A Christmas Story is a stage version of the 1983 classic film based on the memoirs of humorist Jean Shepard. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; and more. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 8, 15, and 22 @ 2 PM
December 11–14, and 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net. 

Catch the Train in Galena
Show: December 8–15
The Polar Express Live Reading: Sundays: December 8 and 15 @ 2 PM
Kids Run The Trains: Sunday, December 8 @ 1–4 PM

Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Black Walnuts – a botanical and culinary adventure
Sunday, December 8 @ 4–6 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Join Kaytlan Moeller, Dubuque Country naturalist and Leslie Shalabi, co-founder of Convivium Urban Farmstead for an afternoon of learning about and cooking with black walnuts—harvested from Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. You will learn about the black walnut tree as well as tips and techniques for harvesting and processing black walnuts. Then, you will step into the kitchen with Leslie to learn a number of unique recipes using black walnuts—including a savory black walnut “sausage” filling. $35. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 8–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

paris_monster
Sunday, December 8 @ 9 PM
The Lift (180 Main St)
Beat-driven. Employing heavy elements of funk and soul, paris_monster closes the gaps between synth-pop and garage; between modern detail and old-school grit. Solid earth. Soaring soundscapes. A mass of noise. Volatility. Vocal singularity. The Deli NYC calls paris_monster “a precise, complex and sophisticated mechanism” with “a monstrous instrumental technique,” delivering a sound that “could be the new face of American roots rock.” Free.

Roshek Holiday
December 8–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 8–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 9–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays
Monday, December 9 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Composed of 15 soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, along with music director Marcus Printup, bring a beloved New York tradition to Dubuque with Big Band Holidays. Featuring soulful, big band versions of classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Brazilian Sleigh Ride,” Big Band Holidays is an uplifting program showcasing some of the most charismatic singers on the planet. This concert will be no exception, featuring amazing vocals from Denzal Sinclaire and Alexis Morrast. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Catch the Train in Galena
December 9–15
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Roshek Holiday
December 9–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 9–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 10–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Meats for the Holidays
Tuesday, December 10 @ 6–8 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Ham…turkey…prime rib. Intimidated by traditional holiday meats? Join Chef Tomas for a delicious, educational class where you will learn how to confidently prepare baked ham, roast chicken, stuffed turkey breast and prime rib roast. And the best part? You get to eat the fruits of your labor! $40. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: December 10 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

A Motown Christmas
Tuesday, December 10 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater (405 Main St)
The Motown Experience is a world-class vocal group, featuring past and present members of Motown’s most legendary groups…The Temptations, The Miracles, and The Capitols. Get into the Christmas spirit on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater. A Motown Christmas is a family-oriented show combining Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics. This show features those famous Motown trademarks: dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies all performed in that memorable, soulful Motown style. Tickets are $29–$56 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office. For more information, call 563-589-4254 or visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Catch the Train in Galena
December 10–15
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Roshek Holiday
December 10–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 10–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 11–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 11–14, and 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Catch the Train in Galena
December 11–15
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Roshek Holiday
December 11–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 11–31

Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique & Potosa Spa: Wednesday, December 11
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 11–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 12–31

Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry: Thursday, December 12 @ 5–7 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 12–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Blu Flame
Thursday, December 12 @ 6 PM
Stone Cliff Winery (600 Star Brewery Dr)
Blu Flame features Marcus DeJesus on guitar and Cathy Goodman on vocals, bringing you jazz and a little bossa nova.

Dubuque Audubon Presents “Pelagic Birding Washington State”
Thursday, December 12 @ 6–7 PM
E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center

Dubuque Audubon field trip leader Tony Moline will share his experience and photographs from his recent pelagic birding trip to Washington state. Pelagic trips are far off coast ocean tours that give birders the opportunity to see birds that spend the majority of their lives at sea and are seldom seen from land. Free. 8991 Bellevue Hts.

Soup in a Jar
Thursday, December 12 @ 6–8 PM
Statera

Learn about dehydrating fruits and vegetables then create your own dehydrated soup mix to give as a gift or to keep to yourself. Instructed by Candice Chaloupka. $16; $25 for two. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932.

Movie Screening: Bells of St. Mary’s
December 12 @ 6–8:30 PM
Steeple Square

An organ performance of “Bells of St. Mary’s” will kickoff the movie for the evening. Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Chairs are provided, but you can bring your own or a blanket. Popcorn, soda, beer and wine are available for purchase. $2 Suggested donation. 101 E 15th St. 563-235-3584. SteepleSquare.com.

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Thursday, December 12 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
The producers of Broadway’s smash hit The Illusionists have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production: A Magical Cirque Christmas! Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family. Headlining the list of featured performers is Therese Curatolo, who will serve as the show’s featured vocalist. Curatolo is currently touring with PostModern Jukebox, which made a stop at Five Flags last winter. Curatolo has sung alongside soul legends like Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves. Her voice has been described as both versatile, powerful, and angelic. Additional performers include: Yusaku “Mochi” Mochizuki, juggler; Virginie Gerbeau and Zoe Sanscartier, duo trapeze; Oleksiy “Alex” Mruz, rola bola; and John Archer, magician. Tickets are $27–$125 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office. For more information, call 563-589-4254 or visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Catch the Train in Galena
Show: December 12–15
Restoration of the “Big Boy” Steam Locomotive Presentation by Phil Jackman @ Thursday, December 12 @ 7 PM
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 12–14, and 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Roshek Holiday
December 12–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 12–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Platteville’s Hometown Christmas
Fridays: December 13 and 20 @ 4–8 PM
Main St in Platteville, WI

Businesses will stay open late while you enjoy luminaries, roasted chestnuts, and carolers on Main Street, the place “Where Memories Begin.” Carriage rides through town can be booked through The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums. platteville.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 13–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Michael Carbonaro Live!
Friday, December 13 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
Michael Carbonaro will bring his unique blend of magic and hidden camera tricks to Five Flags Center on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. A performing magician since his youth, Carbonaro went on to study experimental theater at New York University with the aspirations of entertaining audiences through a variety of theatrical mediums, including hidden-camera magic, which he later showcased frequently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Carbonaro’s late night appearances launched him into stardom through his own hit comedic series, The Carbonaro Effect, on truTV. A trickster at heart, Michael performs inventive tricks on unsuspecting members of the public who are unaware that he is a magician. Jaws drop when he causes a car to disappear from under a security guard’s nose or makes alien crabs transform into kittens in a science lab. Carbonaro’s illusions along with his absurd, matter-of-fact explanations—leave real people bewildered and families at home laughing out loud. He has also been seen on Happily Divorced, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI: Miami. Michael’s extensive list of accolades includes the “OUTFEST Best Actor” award as well as the “Magician of the Year” honor, bestowed upon him by the Academy of Magical Arts in 2015. In 2016, he was the inaugural recipient of the Copperfield Prize which recognizes an individual for elevating the art of magic. Tickets are $30.75–$55.75 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office. For more information, call 563-589-4254 or visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 13–14, and 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Dark Side of the Yule with Classical Blast
Friday, December 13 @ 7:30 PM
Turner Hall (Galena, IL)

Christmas meets classic rock in Classical Blast’s live holiday concert, Dark Side of the Yule. The show melds Christmas and rock music in ways never heard before, featuring music by bands like Metallica, Evanescence, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and so many others mashed with holiday classics, baroque carols, classical and originals. Is it Christmas, is it rock, is it pop, is it traditional? It’s all of the above and more, all rolled into a series of musical holiday stories that explore a few of the holiday season’s darker themes. No worries, everyone see the light by the end! $20 adv/$25 door adults; $5 adv/$10 door kids under 14. 115 Bench St, Galena, IL. 708-386-0285. classicalblast.com.

Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts
Friday, December 13 @ 8 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (3868 Badger Rd, Hazel Green, WI)
Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings, Nielsen has released four albums. It started with his debut in 2009 as a solo artist and then his sophomore album in 2012 as Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts—to critical acclaim and an ever-growing fanbase. The Rusted Hearts’ hot streak continued in 2016 with Heavy Metal. Released in October of this year, OHBAHOY is the fourth album from the quintet with the leading track “Hands Up” reaching over 100,000 streams on Spotify. We’re kinda biased, but we think this is a show you’ll regret missing. We don’t get to see Miles as often as we used to, so head to the Hook and check em out! $10.

Johnnie Walker
Friday, December 13 @ 8 PM
Galena Brewing Company (227 N Main St, Galena, IL)
Solo acoustic guitarist with a wide range of rock, country, and blues hits. Free.

Catch the Train in Galena
December 13–15
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Central Express
Fridays and Saturdays: December 13–21
Central Avenue Corridor (1400–2300 Central Ave)
The Central Express is a multiple-week celebration of the arts, pop-up storefronts, and the holidays from Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 in downtown Dubuque’s Central Avenue Corridor. In partnership with building and business owners, Dubuque Main Street will have holiday and arts pop-up shops open, all to demonstrate the Potential on Central. The focus is to fill vacant storefronts with tenants, offer family-friendly activities, engage the local arts community, and line the streets with holiday spirit. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org/central-express.

Roshek Holiday
December 13–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 13–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Dubuque Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14 @ 8 AM–5 PM
E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center

Join Dubuque Audubon members for the annual Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count founded in 1900 helps provide population data for use in conservation. The Dubuque count covers several key areas including Mines of Spain, Swiss Valley, Dubuque City Limits and portions of SW Grant County in WI. Counters will split into groups lead by Audubon members. Meet at the EB Lyons parking lot at 8 am. Stay as long as you like. A compilation will take place at 5 pm at the EB Lyons Nature Center. 8991 Bellevue Hts.

Boomerang Bags
2nd Saturday of Every Month: December 14 @ 9–11 AM
Upcycle DBQ
Make reusable shopping bags and prevent the use of single use plastic bags. 1838 Central Ave. Facebook.com/UpcycleDBQ.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: December 14–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
Saturday, December 14 @ 10 AM
Shake Rag Alley Ellery House (Mineral Point, WI)

The purpose of the group is to provide support and encouragement for serious or aspiring poets seeking honest feedback on their work. RSVP. Free. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. director.shakeragalley@gmail.com. 608-987-3292. ShakeRagAlley.com.

Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 14 @ 10 AM–5 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Enjoy holiday treats, door prizes, and special sales. Sinsinawa Bakery items will be available. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

L&MOP Concert Series: Callie Mescher, Music Together Neurodynamic
Saturdays: December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, and April 11 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The Northeast Iowa School of Music hosts Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP), a free and fun monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music…. and a lollipop!

Scuba Santa
December 14 and 15 @ 11 AM–noon
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (350 E 3rd St)
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating the holidays once again with a visit from Scuba Santa from 11 a.m. to noon on Dec. 14 and 15. Taking a break from his holiday preparations, Santa will be scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico aquarium and taking photos with guests through the glass. Scuba Santa is included with general admission. Visit rivermuseum.com to purchase tickets or call 563-557-9545 for more information.

Home for the Holidays
Saturdays: December 14 and 21 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Sundays: December 15 and 22 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Mathias Ham Historic Site

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site through a series of special events leading up to Christmas. Home for the Holidays will feature specially curated tours highlighting holiday traditions of the Victorian Era with weekly crafts, entertainment, and specialty activities. Sleigh rides, caroling, and a visit from Santa are included in the family fun. $7.50 Adults; $4 children 3-17; free for National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium members. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Second Saturdays at DuMA: Holiday Ornaments
Saturday, December 14 @ 1–2 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

Family-oriented programming with culturally-diverse performing arts acts and hands-on art activities. This month, create holiday ornaments. Free. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851. DBQart.org.

Heart of Christmas Holiday Party: Jim Post and Denny Garcia
Saturday. December 14 @ 1 PM
Pop-Up Boutique (2230 Central Ave)
A very special Holiday show for you! “Heart of Christmas” is a special song to many of us and was written by Jim Post. Join Jim and Denny Garcia as the Pop-Up Boutique celebrates the holidays with music and cheer. The Pop-Up Boutique is part of the Central Express project dedicated to establishing a retail presence in the Central Corridor. A dozen entrepreneurs/artists share the space.

PJ Masks Live! Save the Day
Saturday, December 14 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
PJ Masks Live brings an all new super-heroic live musical show featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ Masks! It all takes place at the Five Flags Areana on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Watch Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains—Romeo, Night Ninja, and Luna Girl. Tickets are $29.50–$59.50 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and Five Flags Center box office. For more information, call 563-589-4254 or visit FiveFlagsCenter.com.

15th Annual Diggs Christmas Auction
Saturday, December 14 @ 4 PM
New Diggings General Store & Inn (2944 Co Rd W, Benton, WI)
New Diggings General Store and Beowulf Motorcycle Club host an amazing afternoon of bidding on goodies to put under your tree this Christmas. This year’s Diggs Christmas Auction kicks off at 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 at New Diggings General Store & Inn in New Diggings, WI. Great food and drinks and a merry atmosphere almost make up for Lou in a Santa suit. Going into its 15th year, this little holiday party raised $10,200 last year for five Tri-State charities and six $1,000 college scholarships. Support the auction by donating an unwrapped gift by Dec. 12, a perishable gift by Dec. 13, or simply show up on Dec. 14 and join in all the fun! Find more at NewDiggs.com or call 608-965-3231.

Living Windows & Luminaria
Saturday, December 14 @ 4–7 PM
Downtown Galena, IL
Don’t miss one of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. Stroll down the Helluva Half Mile Main Street and watch more than 30 windows come alive with holiday-inspired animation. It all takes place in Downtown Galena, IL on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. From Main Street to the hills overlooking Grant Park, all of Galena, IL will be glowing. Enter a land of enchantment on this magical night with more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries on streets, steps and sidewalks. Drive, walk or take a trolley and be amazed at the sight. Local businesses offer extended hours so take advantage and do some holiday shopping then warm up with a candlelit dinner at one of the restaurants.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 14–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Dancing in December
Saturday, December 14 @ 6–10 PM
Steeple Square

Join Adam’s Dance Connection for an evening of social dancing, dance lessons, light snacks and a cash bar to support Steeple Square. $15 before Dec. 10; $20 door. 563-235-3584. events@steeplesquare.com.

Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 14 @ 7 and 8 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

Visitors have a rare opportunity to tour the Ham House by candlelight, while learning about the architectural and historical significance of the home. Registration is limited to 20 per tour and tickets are required in advance. $10 adults; $7 children. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Green Bay
Saturday, December 14 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 14, 20, and 21 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 22 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. A Dubuque annual tradition, this classic ballet features the students of the Academy of Ballet located inside the Grand Opera House. The Nutcracker Ballet tells the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the lands of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Flowers, and the Snow Queen. The highlight of the Dubuque holiday season, this show is not to be missed. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 14 and 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 15 and 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Christmas with The Celts
Saturday, December 14 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
The high-stepping spirited musical selections have audiences clapping along from the first lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” ‘Little Drummer Boy,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “White Christmas,” and John Lennon’s perennial “Happy Christmas.” The show presents a perfect combination of modern Christmas hits, lively Irish Carols, hilarious spontaneous humor, thrilling Irish dancing, a children’s choir and lush string arrangements giving audiences a most memorable interactive Christmas experience. Christmas with The Celts isn’t just a concert; it is a celebration of the holiday spirit, people, community and common connections. It’s about bringing young and old together to celebrate this special time of year. Ages 21+. Tickets are available at the Diamond Club or the Mississippi Moon Bar Box Office inside the Diamond Jo Casino or online at MoonBarRocks.com.

Tete De Mort
Saturday. December 14 @ 8 PM
Galena Brewing Company (227 N Main St, Galena, IL)
An acoustic/electric hard-rock/metal act out of Dubuque, IA that formed in 2015 with the intent to play their originals and favorite rock/metal hits from the 90’s and 2000’s. Initially formed as an acoustic trio, the band has expanded their show to a five-piece electric band delivering heavy riffs and melodic vocals. Free.

Catch the Train in Galena
December 14–15
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Central Express
Fridays and Saturdays: December 14–21
Central Avenue Corridor (1400–2300 Central Ave)
The Central Express is a multiple-week celebration of the arts, pop-up storefronts, and the holidays from Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 in downtown Dubuque’s Central Avenue Corridor. In partnership with building and business owners, Dubuque Main Street will have holiday and arts pop-up shops open, all to demonstrate the Potential on Central. The focus is to fill vacant storefronts with tenants, offer family-friendly activities, engage the local arts community, and line the streets with holiday spirit. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org/central-express.

Roshek Holiday
December 14–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 14–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.
Scuba Santa
December 15 @ 11 AM–noon
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (350 E 3rd St)
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating the holidays once again with a visit from Scuba Santa from 11 a.m. to noon on Dec. 14 and 15. Taking a break from his holiday preparations, Santa will be scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico aquarium and taking photos with guests through the glass. Scuba Santa is included with general admission. Visit rivermuseum.com to purchase tickets or call 563-557-9545 for more information.

Home for the Holidays
Sundays: December 15 and 22 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Saturdays: December 21 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Mathias Ham Historic Site

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site through a series of special events leading up to Christmas. Home for the Holidays will feature specially curated tours highlighting holiday traditions of the Victorian Era with weekly crafts, entertainment, and specialty activities. Sleigh rides, caroling, and a visit from Santa are included in the family fun. $7.50 Adults; $4 children 3-17; free for National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium members. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Catch the Train in Galena
Show: December 15
The Polar Express Live Reading: Sunday, December 15 @ 2 PM
Galena CFA (Galena, IL)
Railway enthusiast Philip Jackman will share his N Scale operating trains on a 32’ by 16’ display featuring a variety of topography, including cities, deserts, canyons, and more. The walls will be covered with railroad themed artwork and historic regional photos of trains and depots. Also view modules from East Dubuque and from other train enthusiasts in the region. Reception on Nov. 29 at 5–7 p.m., Phil Jackman presentations on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.; kids run the trains (with UnPosed Photography taking pictures) on Dec. 8 at 1–4 p.m.; and live reading of The Polar Express on Sundays at 2 p.m. $5 Adults; free for 12 and under. 219 Summit St, Galena, IL. 779-214-0261. galenacenterforthearts.org.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 15 and 22 @ 2 PM

December 20 and 21 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. A Dubuque annual tradition, this classic ballet features the students of the Academy of Ballet located inside the Grand Opera House. The Nutcracker Ballet tells the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the lands of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Flowers, and the Snow Queen. The highlight of the Dubuque holiday season, this show is not to be missed. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 15 and 22 @ 2 PM
December 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Galena Festival of the Performing Arts Presents A Celtic Christmas Concert With Ring of Kerry
Sunday, December 15 @ 2 PM
Turner Hall (115 S Bench St, Galena, IL)
The Galena Festival of the Performing Arts is delighted to present a family-friendly holiday concert featuring the Irish folk band Ring of Kerry on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in Turner Hall. Settle in for a fun-filled Sunday afternoon of Celtic music and charm—a lovely way to usher in the holiday season! Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group that captures the hearts of listeners. All five of its engaging musicians sing and play several instruments. Their holiday spirit and delightful music will have you stamping your feet and enjoying the merriment. So come and have a Hooley Holiday with Ring of Kerry! The concert will be free for all ages; donations are accepted. For more information, visit GalenaFPA.org.

Jim McDonough & His Orchestra & Singers: Holiday Grande 2019
Sunday, December 15 @ 2:30 PM
Five Flags Theater
It’s beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas! “Iowa’s Own Pianist” Jim McDonough and his orchestra and singers have announced a statewide tour this holiday season with a dazzling all-new production benefiting Camp Courageous (CampCourageous.org). This spectacular holiday stage production — new for 2019 — features acclaimed International Steinway Concert and Recording Artist, Jim McDonough at a concert grand piano, his professional 14-piece orchestra, a cast of sensational singers and dancers, elaborate sets and costumes and the true spirit of the season. The tour will deliver the message of Christmas in a production perfect for all generations. “We’ve put together the grandest ‘Holiday Grande’ yet,” McDonough says. “It’s elegant, it’s exciting, it’s filled with spectacular musical arrangements, and it benefits a wonderful organization.” For the past twelve years, McDonough’s holiday tour has benefitted Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. $29–$54. 405 Main St. 563-589-4258. PianoFavorites.com.

Lee Greenwood: A Tennessee Christmas
Sunday, December 15 @ 3 & 7 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Lee Greenwood is a country pop legend with more than 30 albums to his credit. The concert will showcase his warm interpretations of Christmas favorites as well as a rousing rendition of his signature hit “God Bless the USA.”  Ages 21+. Tickets are available at the Diamond Club or the Mississippi Moon Bar Box Office inside the Diamond Jo Casino or online at MoonBarRocks.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 15–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Roshek Holiday
December 15–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 15–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 16–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Dubuque Area Humanists Meeting
Third Monday of every month: December 16 @ 7 PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Discuss a specific topic or invite a speaker to come and share their knowledge about some subject. 1699 Iowa St.

Roshek Holiday
December 16–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 16–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 17–31

World’s Largest Office Party: Thursday, December 17 @ 5–7 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 17–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Roshek Holiday
December 17–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 17–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 18–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 18–31

Holiday Wine Tasting: Friday, December 18 @ 6–8 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 18–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Roshek Holiday
December 18–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 18–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 19–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Oak Ridge Boys Down Home Christmas
Thursday, December 19 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Arena
For almost 30 years, Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys have been a part of their fans’ holiday seasons with their annual Christmas tour. A mixture of traditional and contemporary songs, plus their own classic hits! $33–$123. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 19–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Roshek Holiday
December 19–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 19–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Platteville’s Hometown Christmas
Friday, December  20 @ 4–8 PM
Main St in Platteville, WI

Businesses will stay open late while you enjoy luminaries, roasted chestnuts, and carolers on Main Street, the place “Where Memories Begin.” Carriage rides through town can be booked through The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums. platteville.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 20–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Adult Pottery Painting Night
1st and 3rd Friday of Every Month Through Jan. 17: December 20 @ 5:30–8 PM
Creative Adventure Lab
Creative Adventure Lab provides all the needed supplies, glaze, and will kiln fire your piece and have it finished within a few days. BYOB (adult beverages are allowed). Admission is free, pay only for what you paint. Pieces range in price from $8-50. Ages 16+. 210 Jones St. 563-607-5366. creativeadventurelab.org.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 20 and 21 @ 7:30 PM
December 22 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. A Dubuque annual tradition, this classic ballet features the students of the Academy of Ballet located inside the Grand Opera House. The Nutcracker Ballet tells the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the lands of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Flowers, and the Snow Queen. The highlight of the Dubuque holiday season, this show is not to be missed. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 20–21 @ 7:30 PM
December 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Central Express
Fridays and Saturdays: December 20–21
Central Avenue Corridor (1400–2300 Central Ave)
The Central Express is a multiple-week celebration of the arts, pop-up storefronts, and the holidays from Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 in downtown Dubuque’s Central Avenue Corridor. In partnership with building and business owners, Dubuque Main Street will have holiday and arts pop-up shops open, all to demonstrate the Potential on Central. The focus is to fill vacant storefronts with tenants, offer family-friendly activities, engage the local arts community, and line the streets with holiday spirit. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org/central-express.

Roshek Holiday
December 20–21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 20–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: December 21–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 21 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Sunday, December 22 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Mathias Ham Historic Site

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site through a series of special events leading up to Christmas. Home for the Holidays will feature specially curated tours highlighting holiday traditions of the Victorian Era with weekly crafts, entertainment, and specialty activities. Sleigh rides, caroling, and a visit from Santa are included in the family fun. $7.50 Adults; $4 children 3-17; free for National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium members. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Praying with the Seasons: Winter Solstice
Saturday, December 21 @ 6:30–8:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Join us in honoring the turning of the seasons through song and ritual, celebration and contemplation. All are welcome to this ecumenical gathering. Weather permitting, we will spend time outdoors. RSVP one week prior to the event start date. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 21 @ 7:30 PM
December 22 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. A Dubuque annual tradition, this classic ballet features the students of the Academy of Ballet located inside the Grand Opera House. The Nutcracker Ballet tells the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the lands of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Flowers, and the Snow Queen. The highlight of the Dubuque holiday season, this show is not to be missed. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 21 @ 7:30 PM
December 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

Central Express
Saturday, December 21
Central Avenue Corridor (1400–2300 Central Ave)
The Central Express is a multiple-week celebration of the arts, pop-up storefronts, and the holidays from Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 in downtown Dubuque’s Central Avenue Corridor. In partnership with building and business owners, Dubuque Main Street will have holiday and arts pop-up shops open, all to demonstrate the Potential on Central. The focus is to fill vacant storefronts with tenants, offer family-friendly activities, engage the local arts community, and line the streets with holiday spirit. 563-588-4400. DowntownDubuque.org/central-express.

Roshek Holiday
Saturday, December 21
Roshek Building
The Roshek Holiday brings back the holiday magic of years past with many family-friendly events and activities, including a tree-lighting ceremony on Opening Night, Selfies with Santa, and live music. A special emphasis is placed on the “giving” spirit with the inclusion of the Nonprofit Silent Auction of holiday Items and the Sharing and Caring Tree. Silent auction items will be on display and open for bid from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. In addition, you can donate to the Caring and Sharing Tree to help families during the holiday season or drop off a holiday card for a veteran.You can get selfies with Santa every Saturday Nov. 30 through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 700 Locust St. 563-583-1470.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 21–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Illusions Midwest Drag Show
Third Saturday of Every Month: December 21 @ 10 PM
Smokestack
Illusions Midwest takes over Smokestack, third Saturday of every month. Showtime 10 pm, Admission $10 for a Killer Party featuring the Illusions cast and special guest drag queens and kings! 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 21–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Home for the Holidays
Sunday, December 22 @ 11 AM–4 PM

Mathias Ham Historic Site

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site through a series of special events leading up to Christmas. Home for the Holidays will feature specially curated tours highlighting holiday traditions of the Victorian Era with weekly crafts, entertainment, and specialty activities. Sleigh rides, caroling, and a visit from Santa are included in the family fun. $7.50 Adults; $4 children 3-17; free for National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium members. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com.

Toys For Tots Kids’ Christmas
Sunday, December 22 @ Noon–3 PM
Five Flags Arena (405 Main St)
It’s the biggest, craziest party of the holiday season… it’s for kids 10 and under… and it’s FREE! Marine Corps Toys For Tots is excited to announce the 5th Annual Kids’ Christmas Party presented by Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto and Paramount Ambulance. Taking place on Sunday, Dec. 22, from noon to 3 p.m., the Five Flags Arena will transform into a yuletide display of controlled chaos, as hundreds of Tri-State youngsters converge for the biggest party around. And the best part is, it’s totally FREE! The event is hosted by Marine Corps Toys For Tots of Dubuque and the Dubuque Police Department as a super fun, safe and festive chance for kids to play together, have a blast and go home with a few goodies along the way. The three-hour party will have music and dancing with a live DJ that’s great with kids. Giant inflatable rides will return as will the Paramount Ambulance for kids to check out in person. Kids can also climb aboard a real fire truck and see how Dubuque heroes do their jobs when they get to talk with real firemen. Especially exciting is the Theisen’s free toy giveaway to every child with other surprise goodies giveaways as well. There are plenty for everyone, so there’s no need to line up early, we promise. Get your photo taken with Santa in his sleigh at the party, courtesy of DigitalDubuque.com, and this year you can also get your picture with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in front of a wintery palace backdrop. Photos will be available for free download online. Plus face painting, free cookies, popcorn and milk and punch thanks to the generosity of 365ink Magazine, Diamond Jo Casino, Fareway Foods, Prairie Farms Dairy, DigitalDubuque.com, Five Flags Center, Dollar Tree, the Dubuque Fire Department and Radio Dubuque. For more information, visit facebook.com/DBQToysForTots.

Forest Therapy Walk
Sunday, December 22 @ 1–3:30 PM
Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)

Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing. Therapy is not a naturalist walk. Rather, it is a slow, meditative walk in nature that takes a holistic view to the physiological, mental, emotional, and psycho-spiritual benefits to be derived from an embodied contact with nature and aims to engage humans through their senses, not their intellects. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems and stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. Richard Collins, a guide in Practicum for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, will lead us on this walk which requires no exceptional skill or exertion. RSVP one week prior to the event start date. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 22 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House (135 W 8th St)
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. A Dubuque annual tradition, this classic ballet features the students of the Academy of Ballet located inside the Grand Opera House. The Nutcracker Ballet tells the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the lands of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Flowers, and the Snow Queen. The highlight of the Dubuque holiday season, this show is not to be missed. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling 563-588-1305, or at TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

A Nice Family Christmas
December 22 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater (2728 Asbury Rd)

The Bell Tower Theater’s final comedy of 2019, A Nice Family Christmas, takes the stage Dec. 6–22. It’s Christmas Eve, and a reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a story about a typical family Christmas—his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, battling siblings, and their neurotic spouses—no shortage of material. But when they learn that he’s writing an article about them, the fruitcake hits the fan. Will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together? Dec. 6 and 7 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $10.50. Tickets for all other performances are $21. Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a free glass of wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit BellTowerTheater.net.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 22–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 22–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 23–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 23–31

Festivus Celebration: Monday, December 23 @ 7 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 23–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 24–31

Old Time Christmas Eve Dinner: Tuesday, December 24 @ 5–9 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 24–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: December 24 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 24–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Various Dates: December 25–31

Christmas Day Brunch: Wednesday, December 25 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 25–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 25–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 26–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 26–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 27–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 27–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: December 28–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 28–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 28–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 29–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs NTDP U17
Sunday, December 29 @ 5:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 29–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 30–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 30–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
December 31–January 4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Hotel Julien Dubuque 12 Days of Christmas
Tuesday, December 31 @ 9 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque (200 Main St)

Celebrate the holiday season at Hotel Julien Dubuque during the 12 Days of Christmas. Now in its seventh year, this holiday series features events for all ages designed to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Dubuque community. The series kicks off on Dec. 2 with the hotel’s annual Cyber Monday Gift Card Sale. The Tree Lighting Ceremony, a yearly favorite, will take place on Dec. 4. The event includes the unveiling of the hotel’s 18 ft. live lobby Christmas tree, caroling, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Other family favorite events include Breakfast with Santa scheduled for Dec. 7, Old Fashion Christmas Eve Dinner on Dec. 24, and Christmas Day Brunch at Caroline’s on Dec. 25. The celebrations continue in Riverboat Lounge as well. From the newly added Craft Cocktails with Bryan on Dec. 5 and Holiday Wine Tasting on Dec. 18. to the yearly favorite Jazz It Up with Jingle Barry on the 12th, Riverboat Lounge will be brimming with holiday cheer! Plus, the Seinfeld inspired Festivus Celebration returns on Dec. 23. Returning this year are Shopping with PJ Chapin’s Boutique and Potosa Spa on Dec. 11, World’s Largest Office Party on Dec. 17, and back by popular demand, the return of New Year’s Eve at Hotel Julien Dubquue on Dec. 31. This year’s theme is Boogie ’Til The Ball Drops with entertainment from local funk and soul band Boogie Monster. 563-556-4200. HotelJulienDubuque.com.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
December 31–January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
January 1–4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
January 1–5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
January 2–4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
January 2–5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
January 3–4, 2020 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Adult Pottery Painting Night
1st and 3rd Friday of Every Month Through Jan. 17: January 3 @ 5:30–8 PM
Creative Adventure Lab
Creative Adventure Lab provides all the needed supplies, glaze, and will kiln fire your piece and have it finished within a few days. BYOB (adult beverages are allowed). Admission is free, pay only for what you paint. Pieces range in price from $8-50. Ages 16+. 210 Jones St. 563-607-5366. creativeadventurelab.org.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Waterloo
Friday, January 3 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
January 3–5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: January 4–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Retro Rewind
Saturday, January 4 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Five Flags Center
Enjoy a day of music, shopping, hot rods, kustoms, and vintage motorcycles on display. Check out the vendors selling their original art, shirts, stickers, patches etc. in the automotive vendor area. Vintage guitars will be on display and dealers will be selling off some rare items in the guitar vendor row.

25th Annual Reflections in the Park
January 4 @ 5–10 PM
Louis Murphy Park (1700 S Grandview Ave)
Join Hillcrest Family Services for the 25th annual Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Lights Festival! Drive through the park and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling lights this holiday. Each night the 25th car will receive a $25 Hy-Vee gift card. Santa will visit every Monday. You can pick up advanced tickets for $8 at any Hillcrest or DB&T location or pay $10 per car at the gate. For more information, visit hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-845-0378.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
January 4–5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Sinsinawa Art Gallery: Nativities of the World
January 5

Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, WI)
This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Kenya, and many more countries. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Toddler Time
January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM
January 11, February 8, March 7, April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Steep Canyon Rangers
Friday, January 10 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Perhaps best known for their collaborative work with comedy legend Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers (SCR) has affirmed their place as one of the most versatile bands in contemporary American music. The Grammy Award-winning sextet has spent nearly two decades shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, and folk to create something original. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Boomerang Bags
2nd Saturday of Every Month: January 11 @ 9–11 AM
Upcycle DBQ
Make reusable shopping bags and prevent the use of single use plastic bags. 1838 Central Ave. Facebook.com/UpcycleDBQ.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: January 11–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

L&MOP Concert Series: String Q: Featuring Faculty from Northeast Iowa School of Music
Saturdays: January 11, February 8, March 14, and April 11 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The Northeast Iowa School of Music hosts Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP), a free and fun monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music…. and a lollipop!

Toddler Time
January 11, February 8, March 7, April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
February 4, March 3, April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Chicago
Saturday, January 11 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games
Monday, January 13
Various Locations in Dubuque
More than 400 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the state competing in Alpine and Nordic skiing, figure skating, snowshoeing, speed skating and more. The Grand River Center, Sundown Ski Area, Albrecht Acres and Mystique Community Ice Center will host the competitions and activities. SOIowa.org.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: January 14 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesdays: Jan. 15, 22, and 29; Feb. 12 and 19; and Mar. 4 and 11 @ 4:30–8 PM
Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $4 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Adult Pottery Painting Night
Friday, January 17 @ 5:30–8 PM
Creative Adventure Lab
Creative Adventure Lab provides all the needed supplies, glaze, and will kiln fire your piece and have it finished within a few days. BYOB (adult beverages are allowed). Admission is free, pay only for what you paint. Pieces range in price from $8-50. Ages 16+. 210 Jones St. 563-607-5366. creativeadventurelab.org.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Waterloo
Friday, January 17 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Ultimate Rock Hits
Friday, January 17 @ 8 PM
Saturday, January 18 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
The orchestra joins with local rock bands to present an amazing symphonic rock experience that features chart topping hits from the ‘70s through today—a unique collaboration that has never failed to bring the house down!
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: January 18–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Waterloo
Saturday, January 18 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Ultimate Rock Hits
Saturday, January 18 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
The orchestra joins with local rock bands to present an amazing symphonic rock experience that features chart topping hits from the ‘70s through today—a unique collaboration that has never failed to bring the house down!
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Illusions Midwest Drag Show
Third Saturday of Every Month: January 18 @ 10 PM
Smokestack
Illusions Midwest takes over Smokestack, third Saturday of every month. Showtime 10 pm, Admission $10 for a Killer Party featuring the Illusions cast and special guest drag queens and kings! 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

IceFest
January 18–20
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The Museum & Aquarium will present special winter-related programs daily throughout IceFest including historic ice harvesting on the river, winter crafts, snow and ice sculptures, and eagle watching. Featured activities include professional snow and ice sculpting, traditional Native American outdoor winter games, live animal programs, winter safety demonstrations, appearances by the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and more. RiverMuseum.com.

IceFest
January 19–20
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The Museum & Aquarium will present special winter-related programs daily throughout IceFest including historic ice harvesting on the river, winter crafts, snow and ice sculptures, and eagle watching. Featured activities include professional snow and ice sculpting, traditional Native American outdoor winter games, live animal programs, winter safety demonstrations, appearances by the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and more. RiverMuseum.com.

IceFest
Monday, January 20
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The Museum & Aquarium will present special winter-related programs daily throughout IceFest including historic ice harvesting on the river, winter crafts, snow and ice sculptures, and eagle watching. Featured activities include professional snow and ice sculpting, traditional Native American outdoor winter games, live animal programs, winter safety demonstrations, appearances by the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and more. RiverMuseum.com.

School’s Out Ed-Venture Camps
January 20, February 7, 20, and 21 @ 9 AM–Noon and 1–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The School’s Out Ed-Venture camps provides elementary age youth with fun and educational full-day or half-day programs at the River Museum on select dates when the Dubuque Community School District is not in session. Programs for 2019-20 include: Upcycling Trash to Treasure, Monsters Among Us, RouteMasters Expedition, Superpower Dogs, Sub-Zero Survivors, Super Science, and Magic at the Museum. New this year, wrap-around care will be provided beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 4:45 p.m. to assist working parents. Additionally, while full day participants may bring lunch from home, the River Museum now offers the opportunity to order a sack lunch at the time of registration. RSVP by one week prior to the camp. $50/full day, $30/half day Members; $60/full day, $35/half day non-members. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/edventures.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesdays: Jan. 22 and 29; Feb. 12 and 19; and Mar. 4 and 11 @ 4:30–8 PM
Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $4 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs NTDP U17
Thursday, January 23 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: January 25–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Pinocchio, presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre
Saturday, January 25 @ 10 AM and 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Missoula Children’s Theatre presents an original adaptation of the classic fairy tale Pinocchio, featuring a cast of local youth. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Galena Whiskey Weekend
Saturday, January 25 @ 1–3:30 PM and 5–7:30 PM
Turner Hall (Galena, IL)
Sip your way through winter with 175+ whiskey offerings, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a Glencairn keepsake glass. 115 S. Bench St, Galena, IL. GalenaWhiskeyWeekend.com.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: January 28 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesdays: Jan. 29; Feb. 12 and 19; and Mar. 4 and 11 @ 4:30–8 PM
Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $4 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Salsa Night
Last Wednesday of Every Month: January 29 @ 6 PM
Smokestack
Enjoy a free salsa dance lesson with Adam Kieffer from 6 to 7 p.m., then dance into the evening. Delicious food and beverages available for purchase. Bring a partner or come solo, all are welcome. We love moving to Latin beats – It’s fun, freeing, and social. 62 E 7th St. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Des Moines
Friday, January 31 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Tom Cotter, comedian
Friday, January 31 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing as runner-up and becoming the breakout star of American’s Got Talent season seven. Cotter’s other media credits include The Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents… Tom Cotter, and The Howard Stern Show. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: February 1–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Madison
Saturday, February 1 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Shesh Besh, the Arab-Jewish Ensemble
Presented in cooperation with the Dubuque Arts Council
Saturday, February 1 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Shesh Besh is a model of mutual respect in a turbulent, violent Middle East seeking an elusive balance of East and West through music while embodying two cultures living together in harmony. Shesh Besh is comprised of two members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra alongside three of the finest musicians from Israel’s Arab community. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Toddler Time
February 4, March 3, April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM
February 8, March 7, April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

School’s Out Ed-Venture Camps
February 7, 20, and 21 @ 9 AM–Noon and 1–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The School’s Out Ed-Venture camps provides elementary age youth with fun and educational full-day or half-day programs at the River Museum on select dates when the Dubuque Community School District is not in session. Programs for 2019-20 include: Upcycling Trash to Treasure, Monsters Among Us, RouteMasters Expedition, Superpower Dogs, Sub-Zero Survivors, Super Science, and Magic at the Museum. New this year, wrap-around care will be provided beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 4:45 p.m. to assist working parents. Additionally, while full day participants may bring lunch from home, the River Museum now offers the opportunity to order a sack lunch at the time of registration. RSVP by one week prior to the camp. $50/full day, $30/half day Members; $60/full day, $35/half day non-members. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/edventures.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Youngstown
Friday, February 7 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Boomerang Bags
2nd Saturday of Every Month: February 8 @ 9–11 AM
Upcycle DBQ
Make reusable shopping bags and prevent the use of single use plastic bags. 1838 Central Ave. Facebook.com/UpcycleDBQ.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: February 8–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

L&MOP Concert Series: JazzQ: Featuring Faculty from Northeast Iowa School of Music
Saturdays: February 8, March 14, and April 11 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The Northeast Iowa School of Music hosts Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP), a free and fun monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music…. and a lollipop!

Toddler Time
February 8, March 7, April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
March 3, April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Youngstown
Saturday, February 8 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: The Princess and The Pea, performed by Lexington Children’s Theatre
Sunday, February 9 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
What does it take to be a princess? Is it bravery? Kindness? A fabulous wardrobe? Or does figuring out your royal stature have a more legume kind of nature? This fun and funky retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic determines what happens when you put “princess-ness” to the test. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: February 11 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: The Office, A Musical Parody
Tuesday, February 11 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Singing! Dancing! Paper! It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilariously loving lampoon of your favorite TV show! 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesdays: Feb. 12 and 19; and Mar. 4 and 11 @ 4:30–8 PM
Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $4 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Green Bay
Friday, February 14 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: February 15–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque on Ice Brewfest
Saturday, February 15 @ 1–4 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center
Tri-State beer lovers, mark your calendars! Hosted once again by the Mystique Community Ice Center, Dubuque on Ice Brewfest will feature beer from 30+ breweries, plus wine, spirits, specialty cheeses, sausage and chocolates, and live music. DubuqueBrewfest.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll
Saturday, February 15 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals including Dubuque native Rita Harvey, as well as incredible rock and roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Illusions Midwest Drag Show
Third Saturday of Every Month: February 15 @ 10 PM
Smokestack
Illusions Midwest takes over Smokestack, third Saturday of every month. Showtime 10 pm, Admission $10 for a Killer Party featuring the Illusions cast and special guest drag queens and kings! 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: We Shall Overcome – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring Damien Sneed
Tuesday, February 18 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., We Shall Overcome showcases repertoire from African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s speeches. Musical Director Damien Sneed has worked with musical luminaries like Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Diana Ross, and Aretha Franklin. This concert production features a full ensemble of vocals and instrumentals with music representing traditional and modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. UD Concert Choir and Gospel Choir are special guests. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesdays: Feb. 19; and Mar. 4 and 11 @ 4:30–8 PM
Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $4 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

School’s Out Ed-Venture Camps
February 20 and 21 @ 9 AM–Noon and 1–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The School’s Out Ed-Venture camps provides elementary age youth with fun and educational full-day or half-day programs at the River Museum on select dates when the Dubuque Community School District is not in session. Programs for 2019-20 include: Upcycling Trash to Treasure, Monsters Among Us, RouteMasters Expedition, Superpower Dogs, Sub-Zero Survivors, Super Science, and Magic at the Museum. New this year, wrap-around care will be provided beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 4:45 p.m. to assist working parents. Additionally, while full day participants may bring lunch from home, the River Museum now offers the opportunity to order a sack lunch at the time of registration. RSVP by one week prior to the camp. $50/full day, $30/half day Members; $60/full day, $35/half day non-members. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/edventures.

School’s Out Ed-Venture Camps
Friday, February 21 @ 9 AM–Noon and 1–4 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The School’s Out Ed-Venture camps provides elementary age youth with fun and educational full-day or half-day programs at the River Museum on select dates when the Dubuque Community School District is not in session. Programs for 2019-20 include: Upcycling Trash to Treasure, Monsters Among Us, RouteMasters Expedition, Superpower Dogs, Sub-Zero Survivors, Super Science, and Magic at the Museum. New this year, wrap-around care will be provided beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 4:45 p.m. to assist working parents. Additionally, while full day participants may bring lunch from home, the River Museum now offers the opportunity to order a sack lunch at the time of registration. RSVP by one week prior to the camp. $50/full day, $30/half day Members; $60/full day, $35/half day non-members. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545. RiverMuseum.com/edventures.

Galena Mardi Gras Pub Crawl and Parade
February 21–22
Galena, IL
Pub crawlers gather at the Green Street Tavern/DeSoto House and work their way up Galena’s Main Street Friday night ending up at The Grape Escape with live music (sign-up starts a 2 PM at the Grape Escape). Saturday evening at dusk (5:30 PM) the Mardi Gras Parade will feature all the masks and beads for which Mardi Gras parades are known. Galena nightspots will be hosting Mardi Gras celebrations, too. GalenaPubCrawl.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: February 22–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Family Concert
Saturday, February 22 @ 1 PM
Five Flags Theater
Featuring Peter and the Wolf and other favorites, followed by themed post-concert events.
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 3: Peter and the Wolf
Saturday, February 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 23 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

The tale of Peter and the Wolf comes alive onstage in this beloved symphonic fairy tale. Join us in this not-to-be missed performance featuring orchestra, guest narrator and the Heartland Ballet! Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, named for his first child and written as a surprise birthday present to his wife, was first played in their home as she woke up on her birthday. As such, it reflects a rarely heard, more intimate side of the composer.
In honor of 50th anniversary of the DSYO, the Youth Orchestra will join the professional musicians in a side-by-side performance of Beethoven’s Egmont overture. The program ends with Beethoven’s youthful Second Symphony, these “Beethoven bookends” are a thrilling way to begin our year-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th.
Featured Pieces:
Beethoven: Overture to Egmont—DSYO Side-by-Side
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf—feautirng the Heartland Ballet
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 21
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Galena Mardi Gras Pub Crawl and Parade
Saturday, February 22
Galena, IL
Pub crawlers gather at the Green Street Tavern/DeSoto House and work their way up Galena’s Main Street Friday night ending up at The Grape Escape with live music (sign-up starts a 2 PM at the Grape Escape). Saturday evening at dusk (5:30 PM) the Mardi Gras Parade will feature all the masks and beads for which Mardi Gras parades are known. Galena nightspots will be hosting Mardi Gras celebrations, too. GalenaPubCrawl.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 3: Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, February 23 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

The tale of Peter and the Wolf comes alive onstage in this beloved symphonic fairy tale. Join us in this not-to-be missed performance featuring orchestra, guest narrator and the Heartland Ballet! Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, named for his first child and written as a surprise birthday present to his wife, was first played in their home as she woke up on her birthday. As such, it reflects a rarely heard, more intimate side of the composer.
In honor of 50th anniversary of the DSYO, the Youth Orchestra will join the professional musicians in a side-by-side performance of Beethoven’s Egmont overture. The program ends with Beethoven’s youthful Second Symphony, these “Beethoven bookends” are a thrilling way to begin our year-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th.
Featured Pieces:
Beethoven: Overture to Egmont—DSYO Side-by-Side
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf—feautirng the Heartland Ballet
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 21
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: February 25 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

365 Impact Awards
Tuesday, February 25 @ 7 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
The 365 Impact Awards, sponsored by Premier Bank and the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, return for the 12th big year to the Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino. The 365ink Impact Award is for those who choose to make an effort to impact the world around them 365 days a year. It’s meant for those who believe in our community and are willing to do something to make it better for everyone. The event is FREE (must be 21).

Salsa Night
Last Wednesday of Every Month: February 26 @ 6 PM
Smokestack
Enjoy a free salsa dance lesson with Adam Kieffer from 6 to 7 p.m., then dance into the evening. Delicious food and beverages available for purchase. Bring a partner or come solo, all are welcome. We love moving to Latin beats – It’s fun, freeing, and social. 62 E 7th St. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Siberian State Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, the 80-member Siberian State Symphony Orchestra embarks on an eight-week U.S. tour commencing in January 2020. Founded in 1977, the orchestra quickly earned a reputation as one of the best Russian orchestras. The program will include Tango from The Bolt ballet by Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninov, and Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Sioux City
Friday, February 28 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: February 29–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Sioux Falls
Saturday, February 29 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Golden Dragon Acrobats from China
Saturday, February 29 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
The spellbinding artistry, athletics, and cirque spectacular of the Golden Dragon Acrobats (GDA) thrills audiences of all ages and represents the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Combining award-winning acrobatics, dance, music, theater, and breathtaking costumes, the 25-member troupe has traveled to all 50 states and more than 65 countries on five continents. GDA has received two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations for its Broadway run. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Toddler Time
March 3, April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM
March 7, April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesdays: Mar. 4 and 11 @ 4:30–8 PM
Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $4 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Chicago
Friday, March 6 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: March 7–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Toddler Time
March 7, April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: March 10 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Theisen’s Wags at the Flags
Wednesdays: Mar. 11 @ 4:30–8 PM
Five Flags Arena
This indoor dog park that accommodates both large and small dogs. The Barka Lounge offers refreshments, food and adult beverages for purchase. Rules closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules. Cleaning supplies will be available. Dogs that do not reside in Dubuque’s city limits need to be up-to-date on all immunizations, de-wormed and wear their rabies tags. $4 per dog; free for humans. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Boomerang Bags
2nd Saturday of Every Month: March 14 @ 9–11 AM
Upcycle DBQ
Make reusable shopping bags and prevent the use of single use plastic bags. 1838 Central Ave. Facebook.com/UpcycleDBQ.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: March 14–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

L&MOP Concert Series: Tapestry: Playful Rock
Saturdays: March 14, and April 11 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The Northeast Iowa School of Music hosts Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP), a free and fun monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music…. and a lollipop!

Dyersville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 14 @ 1:30 PM
Dyersville, IA
Ancient Order of Hibernians—Dubuque County #1 presents Dyersville’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Mass. A church celebration at 10:30 AM at St. Francis Xavier Basilica is followed by the huge parade which starts at 1 PM with route through downtown! 

B.I.T.E. Size Series: Darryl Van Leer presents The Norm of Greatness: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, March 16 @ 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 17 @ 3:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre
This stirring performance, based on the essential writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., opens with narration describing the tribulations of the Montgomery bus boycott. Dr. King’s testimony of these events is given in his passionate sermon “Early Days.” Next, the audience is transported to 1963 to witness Dr. King’s historical speech “I Have A Dream.” The Norm of Greatness also includes “The Drum Major Instinct,” “The Eulogy,” and “I See the Promised Land.” 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

BestFest 2020
Thursday, March 19 @ 5–7:30 PM
Grand River Center
A benefit to support Hospice of Dubuque is just as it sounds, a celebration of the best Dubuque has to offer, as voted on by you, the people of Dubuque. Winners will gather and give away samples of their best products. Voting happens by ballot in the Dubuque Advertiser as the event nears. It always sells out in advance, so get your tickets early. dupaco.com/bestfest.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Cedar Rapids
Friday, March 20 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

B.I.T.E. Size Series: Piano Fondue, Dueling Pianos (Madison, Wisconsin)
Friday, March 20 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre
Piano Fondue presents a fully-interactive, high-energy, sing-along show. Two entertainers take their places behind two baby grand pianos on stage, and the audience controls the set list on their smartphones. Audience members can visit Piano Fondue’s request website, view the set list, and manipulate it in real-time. They can add songs to the list or move songs around. The whole show is crowdsourced. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Ashley McBride
Friday, March 20, 2020, 8 PM
Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino
Dubbed by NPR as “country music’s most exciting new country voice” and Rolling Stone citing she’s “an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert,” McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line, and it’s that honest all-in approach that has led to The New York Times critic Jon Caramanica to opine that “the still beauty in her singing is impressive, but her easeful storytelling feels practically radical.” Her debut album was nominated for a Grammy Award. Tickets from $20. Visit www.moonbarrocks.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: March 21–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Illusions Midwest Drag Show
Third Saturday of Every Month: March 21 @ 10 PM
Smokestack
Illusions Midwest takes over Smokestack, third Saturday of every month. Showtime 10 pm, Admission $10 for a Killer Party featuring the Illusions cast and special guest drag queens and kings! 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: March 24 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Salsa Night
Last Wednesday of Every Month: March 25 @ 6 PM
Smokestack
Enjoy a free salsa dance lesson with Adam Kieffer from 6 to 7 p.m., then dance into the evening. Delicious food and beverages available for purchase. Bring a partner or come solo, all are welcome. We love moving to Latin beats – It’s fun, freeing, and social. 62 E 7th St. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Des Moines
Friday, March 27 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend
March 27–28
Turner Hall (Galena, IL)
Enjoy two days of fine wine and exquisite food prepared by some of the area’s best chefs with plenty of other fun activities all set in historic Galena, IL. Arguably the most popular event of the weekend are the Grand Tastings hosted by Family Beer & Liquor at Turner Hall, featuring over 250 wines, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and silent auction. This will sell out. 115 S. Bench St, Galena, IL. WineLoversWeekend.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: March 28–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 4: Captivating Concert
Saturday, March 28 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 29 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
We welcome TWO soloists on this program, pianist Lorraine Min and violinist Terence Tam.
Beethoven’s early piano concerto shows all the mastery of his later pieces, and it broke new ground in its exploration of new sounds for the piano and the orchestra. The Saint-Saëns concerto is thrilling and virtuosic, with gypsy flair that continues in the exciting Dances of Galanta by Hungarian composer Kodály. Humperdinck transforms Hansel and Gretel from a simple child’s tale into a lush example of German late-Romanticism.
Featured Pieces:
Humperdinck: Prelude from Hansel and Gretel
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15—featuring Lorraine Min, piano
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, op. 61—featuring Terence Tam, violin
Kodály: Dances of Galanta
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend
Saturday, March 28
Turner Hall (Galena, IL)
Enjoy two days of fine wine and exquisite food prepared by some of the area’s best chefs with plenty of other fun activities all set in historic Galena, IL. Arguably the most popular event of the weekend are the Grand Tastings hosted by Family Beer & Liquor at Turner Hall, featuring over 250 wines, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and silent auction. This will sell out. 115 S. Bench St, Galena, IL. WineLoversWeekend.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 4: Captivating Concert
Sunday, March 29 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
We welcome TWO soloists on this program, pianist Lorraine Min and violinist Terence Tam.
Beethoven’s early piano concerto shows all the mastery of his later pieces, and it broke new ground in its exploration of new sounds for the piano and the orchestra. The Saint-Saëns concerto is thrilling and virtuosic, with gypsy flair that continues in the exciting Dances of Galanta by Hungarian composer Kodály. Humperdinck transforms Hansel and Gretel from a simple child’s tale into a lush example of German late-Romanticism.
Featured Pieces:
Humperdinck: Prelude from Hansel and Gretel
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15—featuring Lorraine Min, piano
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, op. 61—featuring Terence Tam, violin
Kodály: Dances of Galanta
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: April 4–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Cedar Rapids
Sunday, April 5 @ 3:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Toddler Time
April 7 @ 9–10 AM or 10:30–11:30 AM
April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Des Moines
Friday, April 10 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Boomerang Bags
2nd Saturday of Every Month: April 11 @ 9–11 AM
Upcycle DBQ
Make reusable shopping bags and prevent the use of single use plastic bags. 1838 Central Ave. Facebook.com/UpcycleDBQ.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: April 11–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

L&MOP Concert Series: Kristina Castañeda
Saturday, April 11 @ 10–10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The Northeast Iowa School of Music hosts Lollipops and Music for Our Preschoolers (L&MOP), a free and fun monthly concert series that introduces children and their families to a variety of musical styles and instruments. Children leave with a greater appreciation of music…. and a lollipop!

Toddler Time
April 11 @ 10:30–11:30 AM

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Toddler Time is open to children ages 2-4, and a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly from September to April. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. RSVP suggested. $8 Member toddler; $10 non-member toddler; parent/caregiver free. 350 E. 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/toddler-time.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Des Moines
Saturday, April 11 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: April 14 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

B.I.T.E. Size Series: Give ‘Em Hell Harry! – President Harry Truman Tribute
Friday, April 17 @ 3:30 and 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre
Give ’Em Hell Harry!, written by Samuel Gallu, is a faithful and often humorous portrayal of President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency. It spans his childhood, his political apprenticeship as a judge in Jackson County, Missouri, his years in the U.S. Senate, and his momentous two terms as president. Actor James Whitmore originated the role in 1975. Clifton Truman Daniel took up the mantle in October 2017, marking the first time in history a U.S. president would be portrayed onstage by a direct descendant – in this case, his oldest grandson. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: April 18–April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey vs Cedar Rapids
Saturday, April 18 @ 7:05 PM
Mystique Community Ice Center (1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints celebrate their 10th season since they returned to the USHL. Head to Our House to cheer on the Saints onto another Clark Cup championship. 563-583-6880. DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

B.I.T.E. Size Series: Yid Vicious
Saturday, April 18 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre
Yid Vicious was formed in 1995 in Madison, Wisconsin, to ameliorate the woeful dearth of klezmer in America’s heartland. Klezmer is Yiddish folk music meant to inspire dancing and celebration. The band’s seven members blend their backgrounds in classical, jazz, and world music to create an experience that electrifies audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Their musical arsenal consists of clarinets, fiddle, horn, vocals, guitar, accordion, tuba, drums, and sometimes theremin. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-SHOW. dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Illusions Midwest Drag Show
Third Saturday of Every Month: April 18 @ 10 PM
Smokestack
Illusions Midwest takes over Smokestack, third Saturday of every month. Showtime 10 pm, Admission $10 for a Killer Party featuring the Illusions cast and special guest drag queens and kings! 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 22–26
Downtown Dubuque
Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. JulienFilmFest.com.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 23–26
Downtown Dubuque
Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. JulienFilmFest.com.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 24–26
Downtown Dubuque
Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. JulienFilmFest.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturday, April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Roshek Building Lobby
An all-volunteer driven market, focusing on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round and providing annual funding to farmers through our grant program. Homemade and baked goods, plus meat, cheese, eggs and, yes, vegetables! WinterMarketDBQ.com.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 25–26
Downtown Dubuque
Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. JulienFilmFest.com.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Sunday, April 26
Downtown Dubuque
Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. JulienFilmFest.com.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: April 28 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Salsa Night
Last Wednesday of Every Month: April 29 @ 6 PM
Smokestack
Enjoy a free salsa dance lesson with Adam Kieffer from 6 to 7 p.m., then dance into the evening. Delicious food and beverages available for purchase. Bring a partner or come solo, all are welcome. We love moving to Latin beats – It’s fun, freeing, and social. 62 E 7th St. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Vintage Torque Fest 2019
May 1–2
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
A weekend of hot rods, motorcycles, music and more. Celebrating a range of hot rod culture, Vintage Torque Fest also features a swap meet, a model car contest, hot laps and races, hot rod-themed art and vendors, and a contest for pinup girls. VintageTorquefest.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5: Heartland Marimba
Saturday, May 2 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 3 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
Don’t miss the sensational finale to our Classics Series, a concert that has it all! We open with a light and lively work that you’ve probably never heard, but is sure to charm and delight. Heartland Marimba performs the world premiere of a concerto for four marimbas and orchestra— a sight to behold and a sonic spectacle! A spirited “bonus” Grande Tarantelle follows. We close with a symphony that is considered by many not only to be Beethoven’s greatest, but arguably the greatest symphony by any composer.
Featured Pieces:
Bizet: Petite Suite for Orchestra (Jeux d’enfants), op. 22
Romanski: Concerto for Marimba Quartet and Orchestra—featuring Heartland Marimba Quartet
Gottschalk/Coley/Golemo: Grande Tarantelle, op. 67—featuring Heartland Marimba Quartet
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 (Eroica)
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Vintage Torque Fest 2019
Saturday. May 2
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
A weekend of hot rods, motorcycles, music and more. Celebrating a range of hot rod culture, Vintage Torque Fest also features a swap meet, a model car contest, hot laps and races, hot rod-themed art and vendors, and a contest for pinup girls. VintageTorquefest.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5: Heartland Marimba
Sunday, May 3 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater
Don’t miss the sensational finale to our Classics Series, a concert that has it all! We open with a light and lively work that you’ve probably never heard, but is sure to charm and delight. Heartland Marimba performs the world premiere of a concerto for four marimbas and orchestra— a sight to behold and a sonic spectacle! A spirited “bonus” Grande Tarantelle follows. We close with a symphony that is considered by many not only to be Beethoven’s greatest, but arguably the greatest symphony by any composer.
Featured Pieces:
Bizet: Petite Suite for Orchestra (Jeux d’enfants), op. 22
Romanski: Concerto for Marimba Quartet and Orchestra—featuring Heartland Marimba Quartet
Gottschalk/Coley/Golemo: Grande Tarantelle, op. 67—featuring Heartland Marimba Quartet
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 (Eroica)
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Mac and Cheese Fest
Thursday, May 7 @ 5–8 PM
Grand River Center
With three amazing years of golden, gooey pasta-loving in the books, look for more of the same decadent cheesy goodness in 2020. More than 20 area chefs bringing their A-game to the competition, plus live music, drinks and more. MacAndCheeseFestDBQ.com.

Boomerang Bags
2nd Saturday of Every Month: May 9 @ 9–11 AM
Upcycle DBQ
Make reusable shopping bags and prevent the use of single use plastic bags. 1838 Central Ave. Facebook.com/UpcycleDBQ.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: May 12 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Ultimate Country Hits
Saturday, May 16 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Enjoy chart toppers from country music’s legendary crooners to today’s top artists. Members from local bands will join the DSO for a boot-scootin’ good time.
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.

Illusions Midwest Drag Show
Third Saturday of Every Month: May 16 @ 10 PM
Smokestack
Illusions Midwest takes over Smokestack, third Saturday of every month. Showtime 10 pm, Admission $10 for a Killer Party featuring the Illusions cast and special guest drag queens and kings! 62 E 7th St. SmokestackDBQ.com.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2nd and 4th Tuesday of Every Month: May 26 @ 6:30–8 PM
Monk’s
Come with 5–10 copies of one poem or a prose piece for critique. Observers welcome. 373 Bluff St.

Salsa Night
Last Wednesday of Every Month: May 27 @ 6 PM
Smokestack
Enjoy a free salsa dance lesson with Adam Kieffer from 6 to 7 p.m., then dance into the evening. Delicious food and beverages available for purchase. Bring a partner or come solo, all are welcome. We love moving to Latin beats – It’s fun, freeing, and social. 62 E 7th St. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Free Summer Melodies Concert
Sunday, June 28 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
The Summer Melodies concert will feature a range of soloists and musical styles, including popular light classics, movie soundtracks, rousing marches, and premieres. The winner of the Pursuit of the Podium competition will conduct one of the pieces during the concert.
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO’s) 61st season continues the orchestra’s proud tradition of unforgettable live performances and acclaimed guest artists. This season, the DSO celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Season tickets are available now and give you exclusive benefits. To order, please call 563-557-1677 or stop in the DSO office, 2728 Asbury Rd. (lower level of the Atrium building in Fountain Park). Visit DubuqueSymphony.org for full concert information and dates or call 563-557-1677 for more information.