Tri-State Events

August 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa State Fair
August 11–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa State Fair
August 12–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa State Fair
August 13–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

62nd Potosi Fire Department Catfish Festival
Sunday, August 14 @ 11 AM
Potosi Fire Department (Potosi, WI)

Join the Potosi Fire Department for their annual fundraiser. Parade starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Potosi. Serving up 1,300 pounds of catfish fillets, meals are served 11 a.m.–5 p.m. or until sold out for $13 per meal. Dine in or carry out. There will also be a beer tent, beanbag tournament, Vesperman ice cream truck (2–5 p.m.), kids games, bounce houses, kids mini tractor pull, and the annual raffle cash prizes at 4 p.m. 210 N Main St, Potosi, WI. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant County Fair
August 14–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 14–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

L.May Book Group: The Dictionary of Lost Words
Monday, August 15 @ 6:30 PM
L.May Eatery

Libations and discourse over a variety of literary genres! Discuss The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. 1072 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

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

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

Grant County Fair
August 15–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 15–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Volunteer Usher Open House
Tuesday, August 16 @ 6:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Heritage Center is once again expanding its volunteer usher corps with enthusiastic, customer-service oriented individuals for the 2022–2023 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. Volunteer ushers provide invaluable services by guiding patrons to their seats, distributing programs, answering questions, and, most importantly, creating a pleasant, safe, and welcoming live performance environment. Volunteer ushers also have the unique opportunity to meet new friends, view quality performances, and get an insider’s look into the workings of a professional performing arts center. Volunteer ushers must be at least 18-years-old, able to climb stairs and stand for an extended period, and adhere to a dress code. Hours vary with each show. Additional volunteer positions within Heritage Center such as tech crew, back of house operations, and in the Bisignano Art Gallery may also be available. Refreshments will be served. Free. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-3432. vmolle@dbq.edu. www.dbq.edu.

Grant County Fair
August 16–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 16–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Lunch & Learn: Honeybees
Wednesday, August 17 @ Noon–1 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

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

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

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

She Unites: Mind-Body Awareness: The Everyday Approach
3rd Wednesday: August 17 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

Jessica Hruska, owner of Crown Running, will be talking about all things Mind-Body Awareness and sharing her personal journey to finding balance and awareness in her daily living. Jess is a runner, yogi, mindfulness guru and so much more. Having previously taught adjunct at the University of Dubuque to owning her coaching business Crown Running, Jess has a unique perspective on personal growth and we can’t wait for you to hear her wisdom. An inclusive women’s group working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

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

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

Grant County Fair
August 17–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 17–21
Des Moines, IA

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

No Child Left Inside Camp
August 18 and 19 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)
Sinsinawa Mound is sponsoring a summer camp designed to connect children with the living world and cultivate a sense of deep respect and wonder for one another and the Earth. Participants should be ready to learn about themselves and nature, get some exercise and have fun! Please bring your own lunch, hats, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and water bottles. Ages 7–11. RSVP by Aug. 15. $60. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411 sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant County Fair
August 18–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 18–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Kayaking on Catfish Creek
August 19 @ 10 AM
Mines of Spain Canoe Launch

A short safety talk is followed by kayaking on Catfish Creek. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided for those who need them. Remember your bug spray, water shoes and your water bottle. First come, first served. All ages and experience levels. Free. 8308 Mines of Spain Rd. 563-556-0620.

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

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

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

Francis Johansen—A Retrospective Reception
Friday, August 19 @ 4–7 PM
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Explore the diversity of Johansen’s talent and the immense number of works that he created before his death in 2005. Platteville-native Francis Johansen was born in 1971. He attended Platteville High School, took art courses at UW-Platteville, and earned a BFA in Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993. He has been represented at galleries in Denver, Madison, New York, Connecticut, Dubuque, and in Platteville at the Nohr Gallery. His classical art training is evidenced through his drawings, illustrations, and mixed media which explore architecture, consumerism, and the human form. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. RountreeGallery.org.

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

6th Annual Cascade Hometown Days
Friday, August 19 @ 5:30 PM
Saturday, August 20 @ 7:30 AM
Sunday, August 21 @ 10:30 AM
Riverview Park & Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)

The theme this year is “Cascade Hometown & Country Days.” The party begins on Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. with a free community meal in the park. Friday night events include a best country dress contest, country line dancing, activities for the kids, and music provided by Frank Martin Busch & the Names. At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, there will be a 5K Cascade Hometown Days Road Race followed by a parade at 11 a.m. There are also many activities and events scheduled throughout the day including a vendor market, photo booth, sand volleyball tournament, live music, car show, bean bag tournament, and free kids activities plus food vendors and additional fun activities for both kids and adults. Close the night with Hillbilly Rockstarz and a fireworks display immediately following the band. On Sunday, Aug. 21, there will be a pancake breakfast and church service in the park along with a vintage tractor pull. In addition, and new this year, is a UTV/Jeep ride that will benefit Small Hero’s Mighty Cause (fundraising for SMA research). Free. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. CascadeHometownDays.com.

The Trail to Oregon
August 19 and 20 @ 7 PM
August 21 @ 2 PM
Tiny Pond Theatre (Maquoketa, IA)

This crude but hilarious musical is packed with humor, talent, and slap stick craziness. Don’t miss this interactive show. Originally produced by STARKID Production. 106 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-659-7727.

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper
August 19–20, and 25–27 @ 7:30 PM
August 21 and 28 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

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

Larry Fleet With 49 Winchester
Friday, August 19 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

Blue-collar, Tennessee native Larry Fleet grew up with a love of music sparked by an eclectic mix of influences spanning Merle Haggard to Marvin Gaye. To make ends meet, he spent tireless hours working construction jobs—never losing sight of his dream to make music. A chance encounter with Jake Owen in 2017 led to a collaborative friendship and an opening slot on the road. Shortly thereafter, Fleet was sharing the stage with one of his heroes—Willie Nelson—and etching his mark in the Nashville songwriting community, co-writing with esteemed tunesmiths Rhett Akins, Brett James, and Kendell Marvel. The hard-working family man is turning heads now with full-length album, Stack of Records. Breakout hit “Where I Find God” is featured on the new set, garnering Fleet praise for his “emotive vocals” (Billboard) and amassing over 22 million official music video views. Supporting act 49 Winchester brings alt-country soul from the heart of Appalachia in Russell County, VA. $21–$46. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 19–21
Downtown Cascade, IA

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

Grant County Fair
August 19–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 19–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

Mobile Museum at Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturday, August 20 @ 7 AM–Noon
Dubuque Farmers’ Market

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Dubuque Farmers’ Market have partnered to bring the State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum to Dubuque. The 300 square foot museum is housed in a custom-built, Iowa-made Winnebago that will be parked at the Dubuque Farmers’ Market. The exhibit, “Iowa History 101: People and Places,” displays artifacts from the State Historical Society of Iowa that cover 13,000 years of Iowa’s remarkable history. Visitors will experience stories from the earliest people to call this state home to today and learn more about the unique people and places of Iowa. Free. 11th–13th and Iowa St. 563-589-4225. CarnegieStout.org.

6th Annual Cascade Hometown Days
Saturday, August 20 @ 7:30 AM
Sunday, August 21 @ 10:30 AM
Riverview Park & Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)

The theme this year is “Cascade Hometown & Country Days.” The party begins on Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. with a free community meal in the park. Friday night events include a best country dress contest, country line dancing, activities for the kids, and music provided by Frank Martin Busch & the Names. At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, there will be a 5K Cascade Hometown Days Road Race followed by a parade at 11 a.m. There are also many activities and events scheduled throughout the day including a vendor market, photo booth, sand volleyball tournament, live music, car show, bean bag tournament, and free kids activities plus food vendors and additional fun activities for both kids and adults. Close the night with Hillbilly Rockstarz and a fireworks display immediately following the band. On Sunday, Aug. 21, there will be a pancake breakfast and church service in the park along with a vintage tractor pull. In addition, and new this year, is a UTV/Jeep ride that will benefit Small Hero’s Mighty Cause (fundraising for SMA research). Free. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. CascadeHometownDays.com.

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

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

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

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

Midwest Garlic Fest
August 20 and 21 @ 9 AM–6 PM
Terrapin Park (Elizabeth, IL)

Organized by Galena Garlic Company, browse local vendors selling naturally-grown garlic, garlic-related food items, and local garlic-themed dishes, beer, and wine. Live entertainment and children’s activities throughout the day. 350 West St, Elizabeth, IL. 815-777-9625. MidwestGarlicFest.com.

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

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

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

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

Mississippi Band’s 50th Anniversary Reunion Show
Saturday, August 20 @ 4 PM
Southend Tap

The Mississippi Band was founded in August of 1972 by Dwayne Fudge, Bill Davis (Cricket), Fred Larson (Fast Freddy), Bill McGuire, and Dave Hummel. The current line up consists of Cricket, Dave Hummel, Denny Garcia, and Jay Tigges. The Mississippi Band was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Members included were Dwayne Fudge, Cricket, Dave Hummel, Mark Oberfell, and Charlie Troy. The reunion will see current and past members joining together for a true celebration of music and the history of Mississippi. Free. 55 Locust St.

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

Come enjoy great family entertainment with bare-footing, jumping, human pyramids, glittery costumes, great music and powerful towboats. Ski Bellevue is Bellevue’s own water ski show team, one of only four water ski show teams in Iowa, and the only one to perform on the Mississippi River. Watch them practice north of Lock 12 or see their shows south of Lock 12. Ski Bellevue is always looking for new members of all ages and skill levels. You can join as a water skier, boat or safety crew member, support staff, and much more. Free. 563-590-0990. facebook.com/skibellevue.

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

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

Kayaks and Coffee
Saturday, August 20 @ 6–7:30 AM
Mines Of Spain Catfish Creek

Grab a fresh cup of coffee and join Dubuque County Conservation for an early morning paddle. We will paddle out the Mississippi River and go up stream, then return to catfish creek. There will be a new day dawning as we enjoy the sunrise along the bluffs of the Mississippi. RSVP required. 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Gordy and Debbie
Saturday, August 20 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Gordy & Debbie take you on a nostalgic musical journey in their Country Legends show as they bring the songs and the faces of who made them famous to life. This meticulously designed show is enhanced with video footage in each song they perform and perfectly synced with the music to create the illusion of the original artist that performed the song, only with Gordy and Debbie providing their amazing vocals live! Some of the videos even provide a storyboard of each artist’s life, complete with pictures of the past and present, as well as tidbits of interesting information about the artist or the song. This show is pure country music and storytelling at its finest, and it’s even laced with a little humor and some great audience participation. $22 ADV/$25 door adults; $13 ADV/$15 door students. 1215 E Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. OnwardFineArtsCenter.com.

The Trail to Oregon
August 20 @ 7 PM
August 21 @ 2 PM
Tiny Pond Theatre (Maquoketa, IA)

This crude but hilarious musical is packed with humor, talent, and slap stick craziness. Don’t miss this interactive show. Originally produced by STARKID Production. 106 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-659-7727.

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

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

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

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 20–21
Downtown Cascade, IA

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

Grant County Fair
August 20–21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 20–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

Neighborhood Open House
Sunday August 21 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead
As one of our four annual community events, Convivium’s open house is a chance for you to see their facilities and neighborhood gardens, as well as learn more about their programming and community outreach efforts around food insecurity. There will be farm tours on the hour starting at 9 a.m. There will also be free food and drinks on the back parking lot from noon to 2 p.m. The coffee house and restaurant will be open for normal hours. All ages. Free. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

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

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

Midwest Garlic Fest
August 21 @ 9 AM–6 PM
Terrapin Park (Elizabeth, IL)

Organized by Galena Garlic Company, browse local vendors selling naturally-grown garlic, garlic-related food items, and local garlic-themed dishes, beer, and wine. Live entertainment and children’s activities throughout the day. 350 West St, Elizabeth, IL. 815-777-9625. MidwestGarlicFest.com.

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

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

6th Annual Cascade Hometown Days
Sunday, August 21 @ 10:30 AM
Riverview Park & Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)

The theme this year is “Cascade Hometown & Country Days.” The party begins on Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. with a free community meal in the park. Friday night events include a best country dress contest, country line dancing, activities for the kids, and music provided by Frank Martin Busch & the Names. At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, there will be a 5K Cascade Hometown Days Road Race followed by a parade at 11 a.m. There are also many activities and events scheduled throughout the day including a vendor market, photo booth, sand volleyball tournament, live music, car show, bean bag tournament, and free kids activities plus food vendors and additional fun activities for both kids and adults. Close the night with Hillbilly Rockstarz and a fireworks display immediately following the band. On Sunday, Aug. 21, there will be a pancake breakfast and church service in the park along with a vintage tractor pull. In addition, and new this year, is a UTV/Jeep ride that will benefit Small Hero’s Mighty Cause (fundraising for SMA research). Free. 101 Pierce St SW, Cascade, IA. CascadeHometownDays.com.

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

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

Galena Center for the Arts Garden Party
Sunday, August 21 @ 2–4 PM
Linmar Gardens (Galena, IL)

Join Galena Center for the Arts for their second annual “Support the Arts Garden Party.” Linmar Gardens, a jewel that nestles upon a limestone hillside bluff overlooking historic Galena, sits on 3.5-acre woodland. Once a rocky limestone bluff, Linmar Gardens offers a stunning collection of annuals and perennials that bring color to this enchanting escape. Dozens of fountains, sculptures, and various notes of whimsy have been carefully erected among the flora and fauna. It’s a perfect place to visit with friends and appreciate the art of Mother Nature. Listen to live music and enjoy refreshments. All proceeds benefit Galena Center for the Arts. $25. 504 S Prospect St, Galena, IL. 815-402-3111. GalenaCenterForTheArts.com. 

The Trail to Oregon
August 21 @ 2 PM
Tiny Pond Theatre (Maquoketa, IA)

This crude but hilarious musical is packed with humor, talent, and slap stick craziness. Don’t miss this interactive show. Originally produced by STARKID Production. 106 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-659-7727.

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

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

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

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

Sunday Funday Bike Show
Sunday, August 21 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)
BBQ brisket special and live music by Meatplow. Register your bike or trike between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 7 p.m.

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

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 21
Downtown Cascade, IA

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

Grant County Fair
August 21
Grant County Fair (Lancaster, WI)

Grandstand events include stock car, ATV/UTV, truck, and dirt bike racing; tractor and truck pulls; and demolition derby. Live music by country artists Ashely Barron and Jarrod Turner on Aug. 19 along with local bands on Aug. 20. Additional entertainment includes hypnotist Jim Mitchell, Gotta Dance Academy of Performing Arts, bean bag tournament, kids and agricultural tents, animal shows and competitions, midway rides, and wristwrestling. $6 Adults, free ages 7 and under. 916 E Elm St, Lancaster, WI. funonforty.co.grant.wi.gov.

Iowa State Fair
August 21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

Dare to Speak
Tuesday, August 23 @ 7 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

Words speak just as loud as actions when it comes to social justice. Carlos Andres Gomez and Katie Kramer have dedicated their lives and careers to creating community and promoting equity through poetry. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-588-6300. clarke.edu/artsatclarke.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Conversation with a Curator: Anna Fariello
Thursday, August 25 @ 4–5 PM
Online

Volumes have been written about art with discussions of craft reserved as an afterthought. Art history’s use of painting as the standard classification left three-dimensional works, such as crafts and ceramics, fighting for their rightful place with the same status as the painted image. Fariello’s talk challenges today’s art world vision and is sure to spark a lively debate. Curator, scholar and author of eight books. Anna Fariello is a former Smithsonian Renwick Fellow in American Craft where her research focused on the southern craft revival. RSVP by Aug. 24. Free. 563-557-1851. DBQart.org.

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

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

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

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

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

Booked After Dark Book Club: Devil house
Thursday, August 25 @ 6 PM
River Lights Bookstore

A book group for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, and noir. Discuss Devil House by John Darnielle. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. riverlights.com.

Yoga & Wine
Friday, August 26 @ 6:15 PM
Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area (Bernard, IA)

Inhale and exhale, and sip some wine. Take a night off with Soul Revolution to enjoy some sunset yoga at one of our most beautify county parks, Whitewater Canyon. The one hour yoga session is followed by socializing as you enjoy your favorite wine. BYO yoga mat, towel, and wine. This is an easy level yoga session. Ages 21+. 29912 9th Ave, Bernard, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

The Dubuque Chorale Rehearsals
August 25 @ 7–9 PM
Grand View United Methodist Church

The Dubuque Chorale welcomes singers of high school age and above to join their 2022-23 season. Auditions are not required. Highlights of the upcoming season include: SongFest 2022 at the University of Dubuque in September; a fall concert program, Reflections of Home, to be performed at Steeple Square in October; the annual collaboration with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for their Holiday Concerts in December; a special collaboration with the Julien Winds and the Clarke Wind Ensemble in April titled Sacred Sounds; and a spring concert in May. 3342 John Wesley Dr. dubuquechorale.org.

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper
August 25–27 @ 7:30 PM
August 28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater

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

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

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

Politics & Eggs: State Senator Liz Mathis, Candidate for U.S. House
Friday, August 26 @ 9–10:15 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of events, coined Politics & Eggs, featuring federal elected officials and candidates for federal office this fall. Expect prepared remarks by the officials followed by extended audience Q&A. RSVP. 200 Main St. 319-270-7462. DubuqueChamber.com.

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

Summer’s Last Blast
August 26 and 27 @ 6 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Summer’s Last Blast returns for its 23rd season with another two-day free concert series. It all kicks off on Friday, Aug. 26 with local favorites Menace and their set of hard rocking hair metal hits. Jabberbox plays your favorite alternative hits from Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, Buckcherry, Blink 182, and more. Then the ‘80s synth-pop jokesters The Spazmatics hit the stage. You’ll love their spot-on covers of the very best of the 1980s as well as their uber-dork personas. The party continues on Saturday, Aug. 27. Johnny Trash bringing their overalls and beloved set of classic hard rock hits from bands like AC/DC and, well, more AC/DC. Rock Steady is a three-piece classic band that will keep you up and dancing to all your favorite classic rock hits. The Crown Jewels bring the best of Queen to you from Minneapolis. The showmanship on stage is reflected by the resumes of the band members, all of whom are veterans of the music business and who have toured both nationally and internationally with other projects. Supporting StoryBook Hill Children’s Zoo, Dubuque County Fair and Sertoma Club. All ages. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. BackWatersStage.com.

2nd Annual Black Business Event: Black Legacy, Black Heritage, is Now
Friday, August 26 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Celebrate Black Business Month with Tri-Phoenix Group and the BIPOC Leaders & Professional Collective at the second annual Black Business Event. This year’s theme is “Black Legacy. Black Heritage. Is Now”. Tri-State area Black-owned businesses, organizations, and services as well as Black leaders, professionals, and allies will be highlighted throughout the night. For the past six months, the BIPOC Leaders & Professional Collective has hosted small business mixers. This August event is their premiere mixer and includes an awards show and live music. VIP ticket holders are also invited to a special reception and cocktail mixer before the event. Celebrate Black excellence and celebrate our area business, organizations, community, leaders, friends, and allies. Also, 15% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Latinx Fiesta happening in October at Washington Park. $15 ADV/$20 door GA, $25 ADV/$30 door VIP. 62 E 7th St. dubuqueblackbiz@gmail.com. facebook.com/TheBIPOCCollective.

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

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

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper
August 26–27 @ 7:30 PM
August 28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th Annual Dubuque Irish Hooley
Saturday, August 27 @ Noon–10 PM
Alliant Amphitheater

World-class Irish music, Irish dance, cultural events, food and gift vendors, and beverages from Ireland and America set the stage for the 17th Annual Dubuque Irish Hooley. With gates opening at 11:30 a.m., you can grab your seat or spot on the grassy hill before the festivities begin. At noon, things kick off with a traditional Opening Ceremony with Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Dubuque County Divisions and Ladies of Ancient Order Hibernians followed by Salute to Armed Forces and area Veterans. The Screaming Orphans are a genre-breaking, chart-topping, all sister band from Donegal, Ireland known worldwide for their award-winning sound, combining their original pop songs with a unique take on traditional Irish music. Additional entertainment comes from Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums, McNulty School of Irish Dance, Ian Gould, Ballyheigue, The Lads of Dubuque, Tallymoore, and Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones. You can stay on-site all day with cold beers including those of the Irish persuasion as well as tasty food from Stone Cliff Winery, Freddie’s Popcorn, West Dubuque Tap, Rockin 5k BBQ, and Udder Brother’s Creamery. $12 ADV/$15 gate, free ages 10 and under. 600 Star Brewery Dr. IrishHooley.org.

Potosi Brewfest
Saturday, August 27 @ 1–4:30 PM
Holiday Gardens (Potosi, WI)

Potosi Brewery’s 14th annual festival hosts more than 60 vendors featuring craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and speciality meats and cheeses. Plus, beer stein holding contest, games, live music, and more. Walking Molly plays in the Potosi Brewery beer garden from 5 to 8 p.m. Bus pick up and drop off are available. Proceeds go to the Potosi Foundation. VIP early entry at noon. $49 GA, $65 VIP, $10 designated driver, $33 bus ticket. 101 Brewery Hollow Rd, Potosi, WI. PotosiBrewery.com.

Avery Foundation of Dubuque Founder’s Gala
Saturday, August 27 @ 5–9 PM
Hotel Julien Dubuque

Avery Foundation presents the fifth annual Founders Gala. This event is their largest fundraiser of the year, raising money for cancer patients in the Tri-State area dealing with unexpected costs that come with treatments. $0.95 of every dollar raised goes back to cancer patients as they go through their journey. Join the Avery Foundation for a formal evening with a live and silent auction, a wonderful program, and a sit down dinner with drinks provided with your ticket. They will also present the 2022 Tri-State’s Courage Award, “THE RUSSELL”. $100. 200 Main St. Averyfndtn.ron@gmail.com. averyfndtn.org.

Summer’s Last Blast
August 27 @ 6 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Summer’s Last Blast returns for its 23rd season with another two-day free concert series. It all kicks off on Friday, Aug. 26 with local favorites Menace and their set of hard rocking hair metal hits. Jabberbox plays your favorite alternative hits from Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, Buckcherry, Blink 182, and more. Then the ‘80s synth-pop jokesters The Spazmatics hit the stage. You’ll love their spot-on covers of the very best of the 1980s as well as their uber-dork personas. The party continues on Saturday, Aug. 27. Johnny Trash bringing their overalls and beloved set of classic hard rock hits from bands like AC/DC and, well, more AC/DC. Rock Steady is a three-piece classic band that will keep you up and dancing to all your favorite classic rock hits. The Crown Jewels bring the best of Queen to you from Minneapolis. The showmanship on stage is reflected by the resumes of the band members, all of whom are veterans of the music business and who have toured both nationally and internationally with other projects. Supporting StoryBook Hill Children’s Zoo, Dubuque County Fair and Sertoma Club. All ages. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. BackWatersStage.com.

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper
August 27 @ 7:30 PM
August 28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater

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

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

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

15th Annual Peosta Community Days: Life is a Circus
Saturday, August 27
Peosta, IA

Start the celebration with the Color Splash 5k/1.5 Mile Walk at 9 a.m. for kids and 9:30 a.m. for the 5k. $30 ages 13 and up, $15 ages 12 and under. RSVP by Aug. 7. 563-556-8755. The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. followed by amusements and cow pie bingo at 4:30 p.m., surprise contest at 6:30 p.m., eating contest at 7:30 p.m., golf ball toss at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks at dusk. 563-556-8755.

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

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

26th Annual Mopars on the Mississippi
Sunday, August 28 @ 8 AM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

All Mopar car show and swap meet. Registration at 8 a.m., trophy presentations at 3 p.m., large swap area with over 50 vendors, music by GT Express, and food and beverages available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local volunteer fire department. $15 Car show entry, $15 swap space, $30 indoor swap, $15 car corral, $3 spectators, free ages 16 and under. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 815-594-2410. rkcamp53@gmail.com. facebook.com/MightyMississippiMopars.

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

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

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

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

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

A Conversation About Craft
Sunday, August 28 @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

What distinguishes craft from art? What makes craft art? Why does DuMA host a craft exhibition? Join DuMA for a spirited conversation moderated by artist Douglas Ewart with members of the craft community. The “reasoning” as Ewart calls it, will be a forum to exchange ideas, knowledge, concepts and trends while exploring the role of craft in the art world and in our daily lives. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851. dbqart.org.

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper
August 28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater

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

Ladies of the White House
Sunday, August 28 @ 2–3 PM
Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages (Galena, IL)

Join such amazing women of the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Pierce, Grace Coolidge, Alice Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, and Betty Ford as they discuss their time in the White House. Includes the show, light snacks, and beverages. Fundraiser for the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society. $20. 2752 W Cording Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-4100. visitgalena.org.

Father Samuel Mazzuchelli Memorial Mass
Sunday, August 28 @ 3 PM
St. Patrick Church (Benton, WI)

Prior to the annual mass, the public is invited to visit St. Augustine Church, New Diggings, Wis. Tours will be given from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the knights. The church, which has been restored, was designed and built by Fr. Mazzuchelli in 1844 and is the only church that remains as he originally designed it. Before and after the mass, people can visit Father Mazzuchelli’s restored home and his grave site at the church in Benton. A raffle drawing will take place after the mass, and cake and beverages will be served. Father Mazzuchelli is known in the Tri-State area for establishing at least 35 parish communities, designing and building at least 24 churches, and founding the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. He was declared “Venerable” by Pope John Paul II, the first step to sainthood. Father Mazzuchelli’s life and example continue to have meaning for people today. His commitment to justice for the oppressed, education, and responsible civic participation are relevant values for our time. 237 E Main St, Benton, WI. 608-778-3429. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunset Paddle
Thursday, September 1 @ 6 PM
Mud Lake Park

Join us for a paddle on the Mississippi River backwaters while seeing wildlife and enjoying the colors of the sunset. This will be an out-and-back paddle that will be about 2 miles long. Limited number of kayaks are available. RSVP. 22312 Golf Lake Rd. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: B2wins
Thursday, September 1 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Pronounced “B-Twins,” Brazilian twins Walter and Wagner return to Heritage Center for what has become a traditional kick-off to the Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series and the University of Dubuque’s academic year! B2wins have been exciting audiences worldwide for years, featuring a lead electric violin and ukulele, joined by additional musicians playing piano and drums. B2wins perform interpretative instrumental covers of popular music in a variety of genres, integrating humor, movement, and lively audience participation. Their onstage charisma hooks audiences of all ages and puts smiles on the faces of everyone they encounter. $21–$30. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early Explorers: M is for Moon
1st Tuesday and Saturday: September 3 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

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

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

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

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

Early Explorers: M is for Moon
1st Tuesday and Saturday: September 6 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dutch Oven Cooking
Thursday, September 8 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center (Peosta, IA)

If you’ve spent any time camping or out in the wilderness, you’re probably familiar with a Dutch oven, Join this fun class to learn how to cook a variety of different foods in a Dutch oven. We’ll share great recipes, discuss proper cleaning and storage of a Dutch oven, and, of course, eat all the yummy foods we make. RSVP required. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. 563-556-6745. nicc.edu/solutions.

Dierks Bentley with Special Guest Matt Stell
Thursday, September 8 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Pegged as “one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes), Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 6.4 billion overall digital streams. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on The Mountain, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards, and GRAMMYs while being currently nominated for CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Single of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year.” He has created professional endeavors outside of the music industry by not only creating a lifestyle collection but also four “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” locations across the country as well. Hits include “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Come A Little Closer,” and “Home.” Rain or shine. All ages. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Comedian Mike Paramore
Friday, September 9 @ 8 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Mike Paramore is the guy you fight to sit next to in a movie theater, on a long car ride, or during a boring lecture. His natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor, combined with the ability to put you at ease, is key to his personal brand of comedy. Winner of the Cleveland Comedy Festival in 2015, Laughing Devil Festival in New York City in 2016, and Laugh Fest’s Best in the Midwest competition in 2017, Mike Paramore’s smooth delivery and powerful punchlines make him a force in stand-up comedy. $21–$30. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monarch Tagging
Saturday, September 10 @ 11:30 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Center (Peosta, IA)

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked-about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate to their winter home in Mexico. Come prepared to move around and have some fun! Long pants are recommended as you might be chasing butterflies into the tallgrass prairie. This event is great for families! 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

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

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

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

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

Jabber Box
Saturday, September 10 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The Tri-State area’s hottest alternative rock band. Known for their high-energy performance, they won the Best Band award in BestFest 2013. Jabber Box plays all your favorites from Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, Buckcherry, Blink 182, and many more.’’ Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Fishtival
September 10
Downtown Bellevue, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monarch Tagging
Monday, September 12 @ 5 PM
Proving Grounds

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked-about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate to their winter home in Mexico. Come prepared to move around and have some fun! Long pants are recommended as you might be chasing butterflies into the tallgrass prairie. This event is great for families! 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monarch Tagging
Friday, September 16 @ 5 PM
Whitewater Canyon

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked-about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate to their winter home in Mexico. Come prepared to move around and have some fun! Long pants are recommended as you might be chasing butterflies into the tallgrass prairie. This event is great for families! 29912 9th Ave, Bernard, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Tito Puente Jr. and His Latin Jazz Ensemble
Friday, September 16 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Son of the legendary American salsa and Latin jazz musician Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr. has big shoes to fill. And boy does he! Honoring his father’s legacy, Tito Puente Jr. has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting Latin musicians touring today. He and his hot 10-piece ensemble have become an audience favorite in casinos, performing arts centers, symphony halls, and jazz festivals worldwide. It’s your turn now to be a part of the enlivened crowd engaging in the high voltage celebration and exhilarating Latin rhythms guaranteed to get your feet moving! $30–$45. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Tripwire
Friday, September 16 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Tripwire is an energetic, multi-genre band based in the upper Midwest. Four multi-instrumentalists play through five decades of music on more than 10 instruments while making a spectacle on stage with choreography, trampolines, and improvised hijinks. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

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

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

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

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

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

The Body Clinic Series: Core and Pelvis Stability
Saturday, September 17 @ 10:30 AM–Noon
Statera Lower Level

Join Tricia Serres and Malia Ridgway for this learning opportunity about core and pelvic stability. 3375 Lake Ridge Dr. 563-207-8932. stateraintegrated.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Wiesenthal: The Nazi Hunter
Monday, September 19 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre

Upon retirement, the famed “Nazi Hunter” Simon Wiesenthal welcomes one final group of students to his Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, Austria. With warmth, wit, and surprising humor, this charming man known as “The Conscience of the Holocaust” recounts the remarkable story of how, after cheating death at the hands of Hitler’s dreaded SS, he dedicated his life to tracking down and bringing to justice the worst mass murderers in human history. Wiesenthal recounts, like a gripping spy thriller, how he solved his most sensational cases, unmasking such notorious villains as Franz Stangl, Franz Murer, and the infamous “Architect of the Holocaust,” Adolf Eichmann. It’s time for this 20th century hero to finally leave the war behind, but not before warning his young friends that, although progress has been made since the dark days of Nazi Germany, the human savage still lurks just below the wafer-thin veil of civilization. $27. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OWLs: Hamilton Prairie Hike
Thursday, September 22 @ 6–7:30 PM
Codfish Hollow Road and 288th Ave, Maquoketa, IA

Join Dubuque, Jackson, and Jones County Conservation OWLs (Older Wiser Livelier) group as we explore the natural beauty of Hamilton prairie. We will explore Ray Hamilton’s prairie. Open to any adult. Free. RSVP. 563-652-3783. tony@jacksonccb.com. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

City of Peosta Fall Garage Sale
September 22–24
Peosta, IA

Listings and maps will be available at Fidelity Bank and Trust on Sept. 20. 563-556-8755.

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

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

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

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

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

City of Peosta Fall Garage Sale
September 23–24
Peosta, IA

Listings and maps will be available at Fidelity Bank and Trust on Sept. 20. 563-556-8755.

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

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: September 24 @ 8 AM–Noon
3rd Ave SW and 3rd St, Dyersville, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Songfest
Saturday, September 24 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
The Dubuque Chorale begins its 2022–23 season in collaboration other area choirs for a celebration of choral music. Each choir will perform some of its own music, and the concert will finish with a massed choir performance. Participating organizations include: The Dubuque Chorale and Cadenza, The Julien Chamber Choir, The Music Men Barbershop Chorus, Heartland Harmony, Clarke University, The University of Dubuque, Emmaus Bible College, and The University of Wisconsin–Platteville. $15 Adults; free ages 18 and younger. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter. dubuquechorale.org.

City of Peosta Fall Garage Sale
September 24
Peosta, IA

Listings and maps will be available at Fidelity Bank and Trust on Sept. 20. 563-556-8755.

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

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

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

Politics & Eggs: U.S. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson
Monday, September 26 @ 9:30–10:45 AM
Hotel Julien Dubuque
The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of events, coined Politics & Eggs, featuring federal elected officials and candidates for federal office this fall. Expect prepared remarks by the officials followed by extended audience Q&A. RSVP. 200 Main St. 319-270-7462. DubuqueChamber.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early Explorers: N is for Noise
1st Tuesday and Saturday: October 1 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early Explorers: N is for Noise
1st Tuesday and Saturday: October 4 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Matt Vee’s Music of Neil Diamond: I Am… He Said
Tuesday, October 4 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Matt Vee along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as The Killer Vees to celebrate the music from Neil Diamond’s timeless catalog. Songs like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” and “Sweet Caroline” helped Neil Diamond sell over 100 million records worldwide. He made music that became the soundtrack to one generation after another with hits spanning five decades. “This is not a tribute show,” Tommy Vee said, “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon we all love!” The UD Choir and Julien Chamber Choir join as special guests. $30–$45. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Hahn
Friday, October 7 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Greg Hahn is a master comedian, a favorite of The Bob & Tom Show and regular of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. He’s appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC, CBS, and FOX, with his unique style where jokes are clean, ridiculous, and laugh out-loud funny! Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work, into a performance of immediate pandemonium and crazy fun. His wild, likable stylings have led to numerous television, corporate and theater appearances throughout the country and Canada. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 10 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Michael Lester Wendt Character Lecture: Chris Norton
Monday, October 10 @ 7 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

On Oct. 16, 2010, at the age of 18, Chris Norton suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury while playing football at Luther. He was given a 3 percent chance of ever moving again below the neck. Despite the prognosis, Norton fought the despair. He persevered and recovered enough sensation and mobility to walk across the stage at his college graduation and down the aisle for his wedding. Norton and his wife, Emily Norton, are adoptive and foster parents and authors of the book, The Seven Longest Yards. Norton was also the subject of the powerful 2021 documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story. His nonprofit foundation, Chris Norton Foundation, raises funds to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities and runs an adaptive wheelchair camp every summer that is free of charge. Norton shares his story of resilience, the importance of teamwork, and how to live with purpose in his speaking engagements around the country. His moving story, humor, and advice for navigating any challenge is inspiration to respond to adversity with resilience and optimism. Titled “The Power to Stand,” the lecture is presented by UD’s Wendt Character Initiative as part of its mission to promote a campus culture of excellent moral character and purposeful lives. Guest lecturers in the fall and spring speak from lives of purpose, linking issues of the day to character virtues such as integrity, justice, and compassion. Free. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-3440. wendt@dbq.edu. www.dbq.edu.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: October 12 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: October 12 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

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

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 13 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Millwork Night Market
2nd Thursday through October: October 13 @ 5–8 PM
7th–9th and Jackson St

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 14 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 15 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 15 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 15 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Donnie Baker
October 15 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Donnie Baker, real name Ron Sexton, is a comedy character that is “trapped in the eighties” and “will never admit defeat.” With known catchphrases such as “I’ll say it right to your face,” “I swear to God,” and “State Law!”, Sexton plays the archetype of the Kentucky redneck caricature. Baker first made an appearance on The Bob & Tom Show in 2005, when Sexton was doing voice work on a number of characters for popular episodes. Basing his writing on people that he met at high school, Sexton says that after travelling to perform Donnie Baker, he realized just how universal the character was. 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: October 15 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: October 16 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

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

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: October 16 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

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

John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series: Organist Dexter Kennedy
Sunday, October 16 @ 3 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

As the winner of the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, Dexter Kennedy has established himself internationally as “one of the greatest organists of our times” — Iceland Monitor. Praised for his “prodigious technique and grand style musicality” in The American Organist, his concert programs are fiery and historically informed, exciting both music connoisseurs and people who have never experienced the organ in concert setting. $15. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 17 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: October 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

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

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: October 19 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

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

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: October 19 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

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

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: October 19 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

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

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

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

Antiracism Book Club: Halfway Home
3rd Thursday: October 20 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

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

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: October 21 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art
The respite program brings the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The program provides meaningful art-centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences; reduce isolation; and build community. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 21 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 29: October 22 @ 8 AM–Noon
11th–13th and Iowa St
Now in its 177th year, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market, the Dubuque Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine. The market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, and on-site prepared foods. Market Money tokens come in $5 increments and allow you to shop at all vendors at Dubuque Farmers’ Market if you don’t have cash. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

The Fair Flea & Antique Frenzy
October 22 and 23 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds 4H Building

Over 100 tables available with a variety of goods for purchase. $1. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

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

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 22 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

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

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

Arch Allies
Saturday, October 22 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Featuring the classic hits of Boston, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi, and Journey, Arch Allies rocks the crowd with a collective set of ‘80s favorites. The band covers some of Journey’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms;” Styx hits like “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade;” and REO Speedwagon favorites like “Take It On the Run” and “Keep On Loving You.” Arch Allies is comprised of Kevin Todd, Eli Pete, Steve Reckinger, Greyson Serie, Lance King, Dennis Atlas, Rich Torkington, John Gensmer, Tommy G, Tim Kletti, Tom Gibson, and Andy Hintz. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Tony Danza: Standards & Stories (UD Homecoming)
Saturday, October 22 @ 8 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Star of TV’s Taxi and Who’s the Boss?, Tony Danza (C’72, HON’04) is making his remarkable return and celebrating his 50th class reunion at the University of Dubuque! The New York Times raves, “Tony’s a live wire who tap-dances, plays the ukulele, tells stories, and radiates irresistible charm. He exudes the kind of charisma that can’t be taught!” Tony Danza and his four-piece band combine timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele — performing a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. $34–$52. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

The Fair Flea & Antique Frenzy
October 23 @ 8 AM–2 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds 4H Building

Over 100 tables available with a variety of goods for purchase. $1. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 24 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: October 26 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Readings Under the Influence
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7–10 PM
Esther’s Lounge
Your favorite interactive anti-open mic night, Readings Under the Influence (RUI), returns. RUI is different every time. Sometimes it’s edgy, sometimes sweet, sometimes controversial, sometimes downright vicious, but always artful. In the past, there have been multimedia displays, live painters, and dancers, all as accompaniment to the readers sharing their original work. The common thread is art, art, and art, in all of its wondrous manifestations. Free. facebook.com/RUIDBQ.

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October: October 27 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: October 28 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Riders in the Sky
Friday, October 28 @ 7:30 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Winners of two Grammy Awards, Riders in the Sky stand hats and shoulders above the rest of the purveyors of comedy and western! For more than 30 years, they have kept the flame passed on by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, becoming modern-day icons with their wacky humor, western wit, and cowboy way of life. Riders in the Sky pay tribute to and poke gentle fun at the classic cowboy songs of the 1930s and 1940s. The group is made up of lead singer Ranger Doug (born Douglas B. Green), Woody Paul (born Paul Chrisman) on fiddle and vocals, Too Slim (born Frederick Owen LaBour) on string bass and guitar, and, since the mid-1990s, “Cowpolka King” Joey Miskulin on accordion. $28–$40. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: October 29 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

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

Farmers Junk in the Trunk Market
Saturdays through October: October 29 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Menace
Saturday, October 29 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Menace is a five-piece band from Dubuque and plays ‘80s classic rock and current hits that are sure crowd pleasers. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

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

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

Mystery Dinner Theater: Helloween
October 30 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Legendary Hollywood Directors are in town to cast and shoot their new big-budget killer thriller when life suddenly imitates art in a very real and bloody way. Popular horror stars Leslie Craven, Bella Lagossi, Jason Krueger, and Freddie Voorhees vie for parts in this open-call slasher flick when suddenly someone literally gets CUT from the film. Stir in wildly adventurous props mistress Leanne Chaney and Russian Cinematographer Igor Karloff, and it’s hard to tell where the laughter ends and the horror begins. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: October 31 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

November 2022

Early Explorers: O is for Otter
1st Tuesday and Saturday: November 1 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: November 3 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 4 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Jimmy Pardo
Friday, November 4 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

A seasoned veteran of comedy clubs and late night television, Jimmy Pardo has appeared on such shows as The Tonight Show, Conan, The Late Late Show, and his own half hour special on Comedy Central. Jimmy regularly appears on TBS’ Conan as a panel guest, but he has also been Conan’s go-to warm-up, field correspondent, sketch player and even fill-in cohost. He has also conducted some very unconventional celebrity backstage interviews for Teamcoco.com’s “The Pardo Patrol.” In 2006, Jimmy Pardo became a podcasting pioneer when he began hosting the raucous-but-smart weekly podcast Never Not Funny. Over the years Jimmy has also been seen on such shows as Comedy Bang! Bang!, @Midnight, Maron, and Monk. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

First Fridays
1st Friday: November 4
Various Locations in Dubuque
First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Free.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 5 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Early Explorers: O is for Otter
1st Tuesday and Saturday: November 5 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Peter & The Wolf, performed by Eulenspiegel Puppets
Saturday, November 5 @ 1 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center Babka Theatre

Listen to Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved music as you watch Peter outsmart the wolf! Eulenspiegel Puppets use beautifully crafted large tabletop puppets and rod puppets to tell this classic tale of a young boy, his grandfather, his pets, and the creatures that live in the meadow and the forest. Three puppeteers bring this fairy tale, written by Prokofiev in 1936, to life — cultivating a musical appetite in children and introducing them to instruments of the orchestra. $15. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Fool House
Saturday, November 5 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Fool House is the ultimate ‘90s dance party! A live musical event paying homage to the golden era of boy bands, pop stars, hip hop, and pop punk. With a larger-than-life production, this show recreates the sights, sounds, and energy of the biggest stars of the ‘90s. Nonstop sing-alongs, party throwbacks, and choreographed dance moves is what this show is all about. Come prepared to sing your heart out and dance all night long. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Piano Fondue: Dueling Pianos
Saturday, November 5 @ 8 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. $30. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 7 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 9 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Green Drinks
2nd Wednesday: November 9 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

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

Noises Off
November 10–12 and 15–17 @ 6 PM
November 13 @ 1 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 11 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Noises Off
November 11–12 and 15–17 @ 6 PM
November 13 @ 1 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 12 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: November 12 @ 2–4 PM
Shake Rag Alley CFA (Mineral Point, WI) and Online

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

Noises Off
November 12 and 15–17 @ 6 PM
November 13 @ 1 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Noises Off
November 13 @ 1 PM
November 15–17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 14 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Noises Off
November 15–17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: November 16 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

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

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: November 16 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

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

Noises Off
November 16–17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: November 16 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

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

Noises Off
November 17 @ 6 PM

University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. We are an audience to this production of a play within a play. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Performed by the UD Department of fine and performing arts. Directed by Jenna Jensen. $10. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Antiracism Book Club: The Yellow House
3rd Thursday: November 17 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 18 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Nurse Blake
Friday, November 18 @ 7 & 9:30 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Nurse Blake is one-of-a-kind entertainer who uses his experience as a nurse for a fun-filled comedy event that celebrates the hard work of healthcare providers. Blake tells candid and raw stories from his time in nursing school and from his shifts at the bedside. His upbeat attitude and hilarious spins on the obstacles nurses face day to day offer a fun and interactive experience for audience members. Blake’s comedy stands apart by using humor to advocate for nurses. By using masterful storytelling to captivate audiences, he provides an unforgettable night of laughs and inspiration. He is the ultimate solo performer using visuals, crowd participation, and live sketches that have audiences engaged and laughing from start to finish. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: November 19 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

I Know Jack Foundation Fundraiser
Saturday, November 19 @ 2 PM
The Corner Taproom (Cascade, IA)

I Know Jack Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was inspired by Jack Hoeger who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of 5. Jack fought hard throughout treatment and has been in remission ever since. The foundation helps tell Jack’s story and creates fundraising and lobbying opportunities to support cancer funding. Their mission is to raise funds to support cancer patients and their families from diagnosis to survivorship. 201 1st Ave, Cascade, IA. 563-852-3700. facebook.com/CornerTaproom.

21st Annual Attitude of Gratitude
Saturday, November 19 @ 6:30 PM
Grand River Center

Attitude of Gratitude is the largest fundraiser of the year for Opening Doors. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails and music by Tapestry, along with an up-close look at the fabulous auction items. Program starts at 6:30 p.m. with hosts Bobbi Earles and Jeff Vaassen. Event features an inspiring story from a former resident. Online bidding on auction items opens Nov. 1. $75. 500 Bell St. 563-582-7480. openingdoorsdbq.org/AOG.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: November 19 @ 8:30 PM
Smokestack
Adam’s Dance Connection hosts a free salsa/bachata dance lesson before Latin rave night with DJ Papi. No partner needed. No experience necessary. 62 E 7th St. Free. 563-845-9729. adamsdanceconnection.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: November 20 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

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

Mystery Dinner Theater: A Murder in King Ferdinand’s Court
November 20 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

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

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 21 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: November 21 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

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

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: November 23 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Online

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

Social Connections for Singles: Dinner & Cards
Fridays: November 25 @ 5 PM
Shot Tower Inn
All single people of any age are invited to join for dinner followed by cards. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: November 26 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Pop Rocks
Saturday, November 26 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Pop ROCKS is not just a band; they are a high energy live music show that plays the biggest dance party hits made to fill the floor! Pop ROCKS brings you the best of today’s hottest top 40 hits, throwback hip-hop, pop country, party rock, and timeless classics all mashed up and delivered in a party zone format. Pop ROCKS is what you get when you combine the music of a DJ, the theatrics of a Broadway musical, and the live energy of an arena rock extravaganza! The show has 40+ costume changes, every genre of hit music, special effects, high energy, and passionate members, and interactive performances that get the entire crowd involved. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Just Friends 50+ Brunch
Last Sunday: November 27 @ 12:30 PM
Various Locations

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

Social Connections for Singles: Cards
Mondays: November 28 @ 5:30 PM
Denny’s Lux Club
All single people of any age are invited to join for cards at 6 p.m. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

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

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

December 2022

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

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

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: Christmas at Heritage Center “Heaven and Nature Sing!”
Friday, December 2 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

This UD tradition returns to bring spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts celebrates the birth of Christ through a concert presentation featuring the John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ, UD choirs, and UD Concert Band with live narration. Complimentary holiday refreshments and live music from UD’s Jazz Band will immediately follow the concert. $14–$20. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Maddie Poppe
Friday, December 2 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Maddie Poppe is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Clarksville, IA and Season 16 winner of American Idol. She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Live! with Kelly & Ryan to name a few and performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and CMA Fest in Nashville. Fall 2019, Maddie supported Ingrid Michaelson on The Dramatic Tour, an experience she calls “a dream come true.” Maddie’s sophomore album Whirlwind reached #2 on the iTunes Pop charts and her hit single “Made You Miss” earned #19 on the Hot AC Radio charts. Her sentimental ballad “Not Losing You” also swept radio charts, reaching #17. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

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

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 3 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 3 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Early Explorers: P is for Pufferfish
1st Tuesday and Saturday: December 3 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

Mineral Point Gallery Nights
December 3
Mineral Point, WI

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

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

Early Explorers: P is for Pufferfish
1st Tuesday and Saturday: December 6 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series: A Christmas Carol, performed by Nebraska Theatre Caravan
Tuesday, December 6 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy! Woven throughout are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Wassail,” “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” “Away in a Manger,” “Greensleeves,” “The Boar’s Head Carol,” and many more. A cast of 24 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes revitalize this sumptuous holiday classic. $31–$49. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

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

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 10 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

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

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

Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas
Saturday, December 10 @ 7:30 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
The Texas Tenors are the most successful music group and third highest selling artist in the history of America’s Got Talent!  Since appearing on the series in 2009, JC, Marcus and John have released five studio albums, two PBS Specials, four DVDs, multiple singles and a children’s book that have earned them impressive recognition including three Emmy Awards, The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, and the distinction of being Billboard Magazine’s No. 10 Classical Artist in the World. The Texas Tenors’ concerts appeal to all ages and have been wildly successful from performing arts centers, casinos and symphony halls to outdoor festivals and corporate events.  These classically trained, versatile tenors have been honored to celebrate our nation at such prestigious events as The White House National Tree Lighting, The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremonies, but some of the most rewarding moments for JC, Marcus and John are honoring our nation’s veterans at each and every concert across the country. Recently they were honored to be included among the top 50 acts in the world and the only vocal group from the United States invited to appear on NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Presented by the Dubuque Arts Council. $35–$55. 2255 Bennett St. 563-589-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Ho, Ho, Homicide
December 11 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Everyone at the North Pole is working extra hard this year to make this a holiday to remember, but something’s amiss on Poinsettia Parkway. The newest, coolest, and most revered kids’ bike on the market—Zuzu’s Pedals—has some production issues. On top of that, Mrs. Claus is worried about Santa’s diet but mostly his sugary-sweet secretary Candy Cane. Add in some elves, an environmentalist who’s checking everything twice, and a perky Customer Service Rep who covers Santa’s Ho, Ho Hotline, and you’ve got a Ho, Ho, Hilarious Homicide. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Antiracism Book Club: The Yellow House
3rd Thursday: December 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house’s entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. To continue the crucial conversations that began during 2020’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, Shake Rag Alley is hosting another year of monthly book discussions. RSVP required. $5 suggested donation. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/nea-big-read.

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

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market
1st & 3rd Saturdays though April: December 17 @ 8 AM–Noon
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 120 W Main St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: December 17 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Open every Saturday (except Dec. 24 and 31) through April. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Hairball
Thursday, December 17 @ 8 PM

Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Picture lights, sound, video screens, smoke, fire, blood, bombs, confetti, spiders, snakes, and monsters (oh my) and the screaming hoards of rabid Hairball fans. Vocalists Dave Moody, Kris Vox, and Joe Dandy lead the band through a 2+ hour, mind-blowing, and drop-dead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith are but a few of the acts fans will see brought to life. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert before your very eyes countless times throughout the night. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

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

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

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

Mystery Dinner Theater: Cut Loose Tree Farm
December 18 @ 5–7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

Cut Loose Tree Farm is the only tree farm in Iowa that carries all 16 varieties of Christmas trees. They’re known for their perfectly pruned pines and beautiful balsams. But, it’s just before Christmas and a parasite has proven to put inventory in peril. President Pine (who prefers Christmas Cocktails rather than taking the family tree business too seriously) isn’t too concerned. Everyone else is, as jobs are on the chopping block. But wait! That chopping block just got more interesting…Who’s on it? Marketing Director, Sappy Selfie? The company’s accountant-and-resident karaoke queen, Merryoke? Perhaps Jack Frost or Holly N. Ivy is in the know…or maybe they’re about to be butchered themselves. It’s a prickly place for Christmas capers this fine December, for sure. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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