Tri-State Events

May 2022

Dubuque County Primary Candidate Forum
Monday, May 23 @ 6 PM
Historic Federal Building City Council Chambers

The forum will be divided into two parts. The Supervisor forum will be held 6–7:30 p.m. Supervisor candidates are Ann McDonough, Jay Wickham, Wayne Kenniker, and Doran Bush. The Treasurer, Attorney and Recorder forum will be held 8–9:30 p.m. Treasurer candidates are Angela Steffens, Laura McCarthy-Kohn, and Michael Clasen; Recorder candidate is John Murphy; and County Attorney candidates are Sam Wooden, C.J.May, and Scott Nelson. Richard Kirkendall is also a County Attorney candidate, but he will not appear on the primary ballot because he is not affiliated with a party. Mr. Kickendall will be on the general election ballot and will be included in that League forum. Questions for the candidates may be mailed to League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 123, Dubuque, IA 52004 or sent to Leagueofwomenvotersdbq@gmail.com. Attend in person, online (facebook.com/cityofdubuque or cityofdubuque.org/livestream), or view it live on CityChannel Dubuque (Mediacom cable channel 8 or digital 117.2). Hosted by the Dubuque League of Women Voters. 350 W 6th St.

Social Connections for Singles Euchre
Mondays: May 23 @ 6:15 PM
Denny’s Lux Club

Come for friends and euchre. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: May 24 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Tree of Life Memorial Service
Tuesday, May 24 @ 7:30 PM
Washington Park

The evening includes a personal story of healing and hope, reflection, music, and the lighting of the tree. Each light on the display will represent a person remembered or honored. Lights will remain illuminated through Memorial Day. Funds received from this event help Hospice of Dubuque provide care, education, resources, and support to those facing a serious illness. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Joliet Event Center (781 Locust St). Bring a lawn chair. 700 Locust St. 563-582-1220. hospiceofdubuque.org.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: May 25 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Virtual

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.

Zentangle Drawing
May 25 @ 6–7 PM
Virtually

Join local artist and certified Zentangle® instructor Stephanie Funke for a Zoom class to learn this fun and relaxing method of drawing. Includes a free kit with basic drawing supplies. RSVP required. Ages 18+. 563-589-4225. carnegiestout.org.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: May 26 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. 

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 20: May 26 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

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

Non-binary: What is it and how should I act around a non-binary person
Thursday, May 26 @ 6–7 PM
Galena Public Library (Galena, IL) and Online

You might have heard the term “non-binary” within the past few years, or perhaps “genderqueer” or the use of unfamiliar pronouns. This presentation shall explain these terms, what it means when someone claims them, and etiquette around non-binary people. K (they/them and she/her) is a hospice chaplain, wedding officiant, and textile artist. They have facilitated workshops for church groups that want to be more LGBTQIA2 inclusive but didn’t know where to start, and they were on the diversity committee for the Embroiderers Guild of America. In undergrad they interned at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center and The Alliance School, an alternative high school for LGBTQIA2 kids who had been bullied out of their regular school. RSVP. 601 S Bench St, Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.

Social Connections for Singles Meet & Greet
Fridays: May 27 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower Inn

Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Kickoff 2 Summer
Friday, May 27 @ 6 PM–Midnight
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

The Verlo Mattress Kickoff 2 Summer returns to Q Casino Back Waters Stage this year. Always on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, this year’s party lineup includes a roster of great local talent and touring artists. The Pork Tornadoes, “Your Girlfriend’s Favorite Band,” tout incredible musicianship and a dizzying diversity of genres and songs from Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Third Eye Blind, Coolio, and more. They are supported by Jabberbox. Known for their high-energy performance, they won the Best Band award in BestFest 2013. Jabberbox plays all your favorite alternative hits from Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, Buckcherry, Blink 182, and many more. Additionally, RatchetJaw will be rocking the stage with classic, hard rock, dance, and throwback tunes. Cold beer, soda, and great food will be available for purchase. Kickoff 2 Summer is a free, all ages event supporting the Sertoma Club, FFA, Children’s Zoo, and Camp Albrecht Acres. Free. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. MusicAndMoreDBQ.com.

Summer Stroll & Stories
Fridays: May 27, June 24, 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.

Fake Baseball, Pure Service and Arc Numbers
Friday, May 27 @ 7 PM
Monk’s Kaffee Pub

Kalamazoo, MI-based Fake Baseball head to Monk’s to showcase their acclaimed debut album. Maggie Heeren, Adam Danis, Jarad Selner, and Grayson Nye have developed a fresh, heady pop sound that lies square in the middle on a spectrum between Björk and Dolly Parton. The band, originally a quartet, has grown into a six-piece ensemble following the addition of Matt Milowe and Ethan Bouwsma. Fake Baseball bends pop music on its ear and wields it to build engaging soundscapes, with plenty of consideration toward making those booties drop. One minute you’ll be bathed in the sweet and uneasy melancholy of a glitchy, introspective dream-zone; the next you’ll be wiggling your hips to intricate drum grooves, catchy bass lines, and horns that could be conservatively described as “stanky.” 373 Bluff St. facebook.com/MonksKaffeePub.

Damien Jurado w/ Chris Pureka
Friday, May 27 @ 7:30 PM
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers (Maquoketa, IA)

Dire circumstances have long been fixtures of Damien Jurado’s songs, which are filled with ghosts, killers, cruel lovers, and the occasional UFO cult or false messiah. His compositions are uncluttered, but not slight, decorated by Beatles-esque bass-lines, drums, and strings. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Codfish Hollow Art Gallery features hand-crafted artwork by various local artists. Free parking with bus rides to and from the barn as well as free camping in the cow pasture. Ages 5+. Proof of full vaccination required. This is a very special, limited ticket, partially seated event. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $35 adv/$40 door. 5013 288th Ave, Maquoketa, IA. codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: May 28 @ 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 every Saturday 7 a.m.–noon, May through September and 8 a.m.-noon in October. Stretching from the area around City Hall at Iowa and 13th St. going down to 11th St., 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. You can purchase tokens at the Money Market Booth. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: May 28 @ 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: May 28 @ 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.

Music on the Mountain 2022
Saturday, May 28 @ Noon–7 PM
Sundown Mountain Resort

This family-friendly outdoor event will have live music, beer, food trucks, craft vendors, chairlift rides up the hillside, and activities for the kids, including a petting zoo, inflatables, and more. Guests are welcome to hike down the trails on the hillside and stop at Ben’s Den for some s’more making and treats! The chairlifts will also be running to bring guests up the hillside. Food trucks include Bob & Lou’s, Birds. Fried Chicken, Howling BBQ, and Dinger’s D’Lite’s. Nate Jenkins kicks things off from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by Cody Earl from 3 to 5 p.m., and Laura McDonald finishes from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets available at the gate. Rain date: Sunday, May 29. $15 Adults, $8 ages 6–11, free ages 5 and under. 16991 Asbury Rd. 563-556-6676. sundownmtn.com.

Adult Only Gnome Hunt
Saturday, May 28 @ 5 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve (Peosta, IA)

Using a set of clues, you’ll journey through the preserve in search of the wildly silly and adult-humored Swiss Valley gnomes. Grab your adult friends, some snacks, and a beverage of your choosing for a night of fun and lots of laughter. Free. 13606 Swiss Valley Rd, Peosta, IA. 563-556-6745. facebook.com/dubuquecountyconservation.

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little Table Reading
Saturday, May 28 @ 7 PM
Sunday, May 29 @ 2 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

Written by Paul Zindel, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little tells the story of the three Reardon sisters. One has married and cut herself oThis performance is intended for mature audiences due to the content and language. The cast for this table reading includes: Susan Barg, Joan McGrath, Margaret Scott, Laurie Malinowski, Whitney Arnold, Brian Schoenrock and Everett Noble, with narration by Jenni Ackerman. Ronn Toebaas will direct the performance. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. 776-214-0161. galenacenterforthearts.com.

Time Machine
Friday, May 28 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Time Machine is a high-energy tribute project. Three sets, three different genres of music. It’s basically three tribute bands in one night! The evening consists of danceable ‘70s arena rock (Rock City), ‘80s pop (Pop Starz), and music from the top ’80s hair bands (Hair Force). A Time Machine show is a highly energized party, with recognizable songs that will make you want to hit the dance floor. Ages 21+. Free. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: May 29 @ 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.

Lawn Games
Sunday, May 29 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Sunday, June 12 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

A variety of traditional games will be held on the lawn. Hoop rolling, sack races, bean bag games, and horseshoes. Small prizes will be available, and more games may be added! In case of rain, we will offer “parlour games” in the basement. A volunteer will teach croquet at the May 29 event and badminton at the June 12 event. Come out and play! 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com.

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little Table Reading
Sunday, May 29 @ 2 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

Written by Paul Zindel, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little tells the story of the three Reardon sisters. One has married and cut herself oThis performance is intended for mature audiences due to the content and language. The cast for this table reading includes: Susan Barg, Joan McGrath, Margaret Scott, Laurie Malinowski, Whitney Arnold, Brian Schoenrock and Everett Noble, with narration by Jenni Ackerman. Ronn Toebaas will direct the performance. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. 776-214-0161. galenacenterforthearts.com.

Sunday Funday Jeep Roundup
May 29 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)

Jeeps and off-road trucks, BBQ brisket, and live music by the Michael Mikrut Band, just like our founding fathers intended! Register your off-road truck or Jeep between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 6 p.m.

East Dubuque Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30 @ 9:30 AM
East Dubuque, IL Parade Route

All veterans groups, service organizations, auto clubs, Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, school bands, local churches, civic organizations, area businesses, and anyone else who wishes to participate are invited. The parade will line up on Wall St. at 9 a.m. Following the parade, military services will be conducted at the East Dubuque Cemetery. Bob Buman will be Master of Ceremonies and Parade Marshall for the day’s events. Free. 563-599-1090.

Social Connections for Singles Euchre
Mondays: May 30 @ 6:15 PM
Denny’s Lux Club

Come for friends and euchre. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: May 31 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

DBQFest Call to Artists, Musicians, Food Vendors, and Community Groups
Artists & Musicians Deadline: May 31
Food Vendor Deadline: June 15

Apply to join the juried art fair as a visual artist, perform on the Ironside Stage, offer services through your community organization, or serve grub as a food vendor. Dubuque County Fine Arts Society hosts the 43rd DBQFest on Aug. 6 and 7. Held in the heart of the historic downtown Washington Park, the free, two-day art fair and festival hosts a juried fine art fair, live music, cultural organizations, and other programs. DBQFest.com.

June 2022

ABBAFab
Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

ABBAFab brings one of the world’s premiere ABBA tribute shows to the historic Five Flags Theater on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. This multimedia production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 1970s and 1980s including monster hits such as “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Honey Honey,” “Dancing Queen,” and countless others. From the earliest hits to “Mamma Mia,” ABBAFab will take you on an ABBA journey that is unmatched. ABBAFab’s vocalists and musicians have toured the world as solo artists and as band members and have come together to create the most entertaining ABBA tribute on the market today. ABBA’s record-breaking string of hits is timeless and continues to thrill audiences of all ages. There’s no generation gap here; just memorable music and memories and ABBAFab covers them all. $32–$69. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Grandparent Tea
1st Thursday: June 2 @ 9:30–11 AM
Shalom Spirituality Center Dining Room

Celebrate the gift of grandparenthood over a cup of tea! Meet to share prayer, stories, ideas, and unique family dynamics while musing over the joys of grandparenting. RSVP. Freewill donation. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Summer Organ Sampler Concerts
Stephen Price: June 2 @ 11:30 AM
Jonathan Gregoire: July 21 @ 11:30 AM
Jan Kraybill: August 18 @ 11:30 AM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Stephen Price, DM, kicks off the series on Thursday, June 2. A native of Buffalo, NY, Price currently teaches organ, church music, and music theory at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He was recently appointed dean of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and also serves on the Organ Historical Society’s Advisory Membership committee. 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.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: June 2 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. No event on July 28 and Aug. 18. 

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 20: June 2 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

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

Taste of Summer Series
Thursdays: June 2, July 7, and August 4 @ 5–9 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Guests are invited to attend this after-hours event in outdoor spaces on the River Museum campus where food vendors will compete for the prize of “Crowd Favorite” at each of the three events. June 2 welcomes Caroline’s Restaurant, Adobos Mexican Grill, Sugar Ray’s BBQ, and Koppes Kreations with music by Adam Beck and Simple Company. Food and beverages are available beginning at 5 p.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; a limited number of picnic tables will be available. All ages. Free. 350 E 3rd St. RiverMusem.com.

Tri-State Wind Symphony
Thursdays: June 2, 16, and 30 and July 14 and 28 @ 7 PM
Alliant Amphitheater
Enjoy the evening by the Mississippi River while the Tri-State Wind Symphony (TSWS) invites you shares the melody, harmony, rhythm, and beautiful art form of music with you. Bring a picnic, a four-legged friend, and a smile. TSWS reaffirms the community band movement through musical education, individual growth, and diverse programs for the enjoyment of the audience and musicians alike. Any high school or older adult who is able to play moderately advanced pieces may perform in any of the five concerts. Rehearsals are held the two Tuesdays prior to each performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center. Free. 600 Star Brewery Dr. hinrichsen.susan@gmail.com. tsws.org.

Ten Chimneys
June 2–4 and 10–11 @ 7:30 PM
June 5 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Center Bijou Room

A soap-opera comedy with a Noel Coward touch. Summer 1938, Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne retreat, as they did in real-life, to their summer Wisconsin estate, Ten Chimneys. With other actors, family and hangers-on, they work on a Chekov play and the real and fictional worlds intrude on each other. Ten Chimneys is about theatre folk: funny, poignant, and revealing in its look at these private lives that never really leave the stage. The play is Hatcher’s homage to this place of vibrant creativity and the historic big personalities who inhabited it. Join FBNP for a talk-back with the cast and director following the June 4 and 10 performances. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. facebook.com/flybynightdubuque.

First Fridays
Friday, June 3
Noon–8 PM @ Stoned Art Studio & Gallery (1800 Central Ave)
5–8 PM @ Art Factory (120 E 9th St, Ste 200)
5:30–7:30 PM @ Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 W 11th St)
6–8 PM @ Planted. (245 W 1st St)

Stoned Art Studio and Gallery featuring Henry Matthiessen III’s art and Driftless Region photography. Refreshments will be on hand. Art Factory will have on view works by the Plein Air Painters of Dubuque for the month of June. Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s Art @ your® library hosts Diverse Voices. The artist reception features painter Hieyler Talley, painter Yara Lopez, painter and jewelry artist A. Alanda Gregory, and sculptor Gail Chavenelle. Enjoy a special collaborative sculpture, Dance Diversity, along with individual pieces from each the artist. Planted. welcomes Ally Dzurka. Having grown up in the Midwest, Ally’s art is inspired by the rolling farm hills and quirky farm animals that inhabit the Midwestern landscape. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. Free.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: June 3 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

DuMA’s In the Mind’s Eye (ITME) respite program is committed to improving the quality of life and bringing the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. ITME is modeled after the Arts & Minds program of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. ITME empowers people with dementia and their family members and caregivers. The program provides meaningful art centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences, reduce isolation and build community. Participants look at and talk about art, engage in an art activity, and share conversation in a safe and compassionate environment.  A typical session involves viewing one or more works in the exhibition followed by an art activity exploring a variety of mediums including clay, pastels, paper or paint. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Relay For Life
Friday June 3 @ 5–10 PM
Kerper Blvd and Hawthorne St

The program begins with a group picture before the Purple Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m. followed by recognition laps in honor of local survivors and the years they have been surviving cancer. Fun laps rev up the competition along with prizes. Relay is also bringing back the doves release. A silent auction will look different this year, but be ready to bid on some great items. They will gladly accept any donated baskets to put on the auction table, too. Enjoy food, entertainment, stories, awards, and lots of love, laughter, and support to celebrate, remember, and fight back! When you participate or just root on the participants, you’ll see a return of Relay the way it used to be: a HUGE celebration of life and successes of those affected by cancer. Relay will pay honor and encouragement to those who are currently fighting and to those who have lost their battles with an emotional Luminaria Ceremony. cancer.org. facebook.com/groups/rfldubuquecountyia.

Social Connections for Singles Meet & Greet
Fridays: June 3 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower Inn

Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Ten Chimneys
June 3–4 and 10–11 @ 7:30 PM
June 5 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Center Bijou Room

A soap-opera comedy with a Noel Coward touch. Summer 1938, Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne retreat, as they did in real-life, to their summer Wisconsin estate, Ten Chimneys. With other actors, family and hangers-on, they work on a Chekov play and the real and fictional worlds intrude on each other. Ten Chimneys is about theatre folk: funny, poignant, and revealing in its look at these private lives that never really leave the stage. The play is Hatcher’s homage to this place of vibrant creativity and the historic big personalities who inhabited it. Join FBNP for a talk-back with the cast and director following the June 4 and 10 performances. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. facebook.com/flybynightdubuque.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Ultimate Country Hits
June 3 and 4 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The DSO has “gone country” with local bands to celebrate country’s greatest hits, from classic legends to contemporary! Ages 21+. $20+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Home Free: The Dive Bar Saints World Tour
Friday, June 3 @ 8 PM
Five Flags Arena

Country acapella group Home Free’s upcoming world tour in support of their latest release, Dive Bar Saints, heads to the Five Flags Arena on Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m. Home Free credits their rich, Southern harmonies to their four vocalists: Tim Foust, Rob Lundquist, Austin Brown, Adam Chance, and beatboxer Adam Rupp. The group achieved worldwide acclaim in 2013, when they won the fourth season of the NBC singing competition The Sing Off. Continued praise for the group has rolled in from the likes of Rolling Stone, Country Living, FOX & Friends, and AXS.com. The group’s extraordinary showmen electrify crowds with a one-of-a-kind live show, mixing Nashville standards, soaring originals, and quick witted-humor which brings audiences to their feet with energy and laughter. $19.50–$39.50. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

First Fridays
1st Friday: June 3
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. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. All stops are free.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: June 4 @ 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 every Saturday 7 a.m.–noon, May through September and 8 a.m.-noon in October. Stretching from the area around City Hall at Iowa and 13th St. going down to 11th St., 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. You can purchase tokens at the Money Market Booth. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: June 4 @ 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: June 4 @ 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.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Auditions
June 4 @ 9 AM–Noon & 1–4 PM
June 5 @ 6–9 PM
Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall

All students currently in 2nd–12th grades are eligible to audition and will be cast in this production. Rehearsals begin in early July with performances taking place Aug. 11–14 at the 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. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-231-0110. RisingStarTheatreCompany.com.

Early Explorers: J is for Jellyfish
1st Saturday: June 4 @ 10 AM
1st Tuesday: June 7 @ 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.

Juice Motorcycle Rally 11
June 4 @ 10:30 AM (Concert at 5 PM)
Otherside (East Dubuque, IL)

Benefit rally for Sage Steuer starts at Otherside at 10:30 a.m. The amazing Metallica tribute band, One, will play a free concert in the middle of Sinsinawa Ave. in East Dubuque. Ratchet Jaw opens. Leaves at 10:30 a.m.; concert at 5 p.m. $10 Rally; free concert.

Food Truck Fight
June 4 @ Noon–8 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

Enjoy more than 20 food trucks, ice cold beverages, live music, bounce houses, a face painter, and more! Each food truck will feature a $3 sample item in addition to their full menu, and you decide the winner. $10 GA, $25 VIP, ages 12 and under free. foodtruckfight.com.

Farley Kick Off to Summer
June 4 @ 3 PM–1 AM
Farley, IA City Parking Lot, 1st Street N.

Come join the Farley Young Men’s Association for their annual Kick Off to Summer. Kids rides (3–7 p.m.), great food and refreshments including cold beer and mixers available for purchase, and live music from Brown Bottle Bandits at 3–7 p.m., Molly Shannon at 7–9 p.m., and Asher Cataldo from Nashville at 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Free.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Saturdays: June 4 and 18; July 16; August 6 and 20 @ 4 PM
Sunday, July 3 @ 6 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.

Cascade Rockin’ on the River
June 4, July 2, August 6 @ 6–11 PM
Cascade Riverview Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)
Enjoy great music with food available. Bring your cooler and lawn chairs. 6/4 Mike and the Moonpies, 7/2 The Mississippi Band 50th Anniversary, 8/6 Nashville Artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charente. facebook.com/rockinontherivercascade

Dubuque Dances with the Stars
Saturday, June 4 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Theater

The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Dubuque Dances with the Stars 2022. Since its inception in 2010, Dubuque Dances with the Stars has raised more than 2 million dollars for over 100 local nonprofits. DBQ DWTS targets a community-wide audience to highlight, educate, and create awareness of the role nonprofits play in our community. $50. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. DubuqueChamber.com.

Ten Chimneys
June 4 and 10–11 @ 7:30 PM
June 5 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Center Bijou Room

A soap-opera comedy with a Noel Coward touch. Summer 1938, Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne retreat, as they did in real-life, to their summer Wisconsin estate, Ten Chimneys. With other actors, family and hangers-on, they work on a Chekov play and the real and fictional worlds intrude on each other. Ten Chimneys is about theatre folk: funny, poignant, and revealing in its look at these private lives that never really leave the stage. The play is Hatcher’s homage to this place of vibrant creativity and the historic big personalities who inhabited it. Join FBNP for a talk-back with the cast and director following the June 4 and 10 performances. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. facebook.com/flybynightdubuque.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: Ultimate Country Hits
June 4 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

The DSO has “gone country” with local bands to celebrate country’s greatest hits, from classic legends to contemporary! Ages 21+. $20+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Mineral Point Gallery Nights
June 4, August 6, and December 3
Mineral Point, WI

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

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: June 5 @ 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.

Ten Chimneys
June 5 @ 2 PM
June 10–11 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Center Bijou Room

A soap-opera comedy with a Noel Coward touch. Summer 1938, Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne retreat, as they did in real-life, to their summer Wisconsin estate, Ten Chimneys. With other actors, family and hangers-on, they work on a Chekov play and the real and fictional worlds intrude on each other. Ten Chimneys is about theatre folk: funny, poignant, and revealing in its look at these private lives that never really leave the stage. The play is Hatcher’s homage to this place of vibrant creativity and the historic big personalities who inhabited it. Join FBNP for a talk-back with the cast and director following the June 4 and 10 performances. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. facebook.com/flybynightdubuque.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Auditions
June 5 @ 6–9 PM
Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall

All students currently in 2nd–12th grades are eligible to audition and will be cast in this production. Rehearsals begin in early July with performances taking place Aug. 11–14 at the 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. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-231-0110. RisingStarTheatreCompany.com.

Music in the Gardens
Sunday through August: June 5 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 29th 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, 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.

Cooking Camp
June 6, 20; July 18; August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross
June 23, 30; July 14, 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury

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

Social Connections for Singles Euchre
Mondays: June 6 @ 6:15 PM
Denny’s Lux Club

Come for friends and euchre. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Early Explorers: J is for Jellyfish
1st Tuesday: June 7 @ 10 AM
1st Saturday: July 2 @ 10 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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

MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: June 7 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Cooking with Science
June 8 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Multicultural Family Center

This day involves exploring basic biology, chemistry, and physics using common items from the kitchen. Make plastic milk, mix up some cornstarch goo, and extract DNA from strawberries! Bring a sack lunch. The program is in partnership with Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach. Registration is required. Space is limited. Completed grades 3–5. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. mfcdbq.org.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: June 8 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Virtual

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: June 8 @ 6 PM
Smokestack

Grab a drink with environmentally-minded friends and discuss local issues concerning global environmental challenges in the Dubuque area with grassroots advocacy, collaborative actions and science-based resources which support transparency, accountability and citizen empowerment. Special topic of discussion changes monthly. Sponsored by Green Dubuque. 62 E 7th St. GreenDubuque.org.

Berning Acres Farm Camp
2-Day Sessions: June 9 & 10; 13 & 15; 14 & 16; 20 & 22; 21 & 23; 27 & 28 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

At the two-day Berning Acres Farm Camps, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep, and the farm dog, Lacey. They will also have an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, and seek n finds. New for 2022: pony rides and a hayride! A tasty dairy treat (probably ice cream) will be provided each day for a snack. Pack a lunch. Includes a Farm Camp t-shirt. $120. 8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. BerningAcres.com.

Fonziba Drums
June 9 @ 11 AM
Northeast Iowa Community College Peosta Room 203/204 (Peosta, IA)

Join Fonziba to learn about the culture of South Africa and the art of African drumming. Fonziba will bring 30 jembe hand drums and three dundun bass drums that you can learn to play. All ages. Hosted by Dubuque County Library. Registration required. 8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

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

This independent evening farmers’ market features high-quality local food producers, artists, musicians, and brewers. It was founded with the mission to provide a unique nightlife and shopping experience and to enhance the Millwork District’s mantra of live, work, play. August market will be held on Aug. 18. MillworkNightMarket.com.

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

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 20: June 9 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

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

Babaloo Music & Fun
June 10 @ 10 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Babaloo will keep you on the edge (and out) of your seats with musical mayhem and lots of laughs! Not only does Babaloo play music with his guitar, but he asks the audience to make music along with him on bucket drums and other unconventional instruments. This program is loud, wacky, and hilarious, and a great way to kick off the special event calendar for the Summer Reading Program. Join the Carnegie-Stout Public Library for an outdoor library program. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are located at and sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. All ages. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Food Truck Fridays
Fridays: June 10, July 8, August 19, and September 9 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Washington Park

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Andy Wilberding and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Youth Chamber Ensemble on July 8, John Moran and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Youth Chamber Ensemble 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 Meet & Greet
Fridays: June 10 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower Inn

Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Music on Main
June 10, July 15, August 12 @ 5–9 PM
Town Clock Plaza

Formerly Dubuque… and All that Jazz! Enjoy free live music under the Town Clock with food and cold beverages available. 6/10: Avey Grouws Band, 7/15: Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys, 8/12: Gizzae.

ARC Corporate and Community Games
June 10 @ 5:30 PM
Port of Dubuque

Teams of 8–12 players from businesses around the Tri-State area come together to compete by playing several team building, brain-teasing, and physical games. Supports ARC’s mission of empowering people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life. 5:30 p.m. arearesidentialcare.org.

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

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

Ja Rule w/ Ginuwine and the Ying Yang Twins
Friday, June 10 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Ja Rule is an American rapper, singer and actor signed to his own label Mpire Records. He began his career in the group Cash Money Click and released his debut solo album, Venni Vetti Vecci, in 1999. He has since released 2000’s Rule 3:36, 2001’s Pain Is Love, 2002’s The Last Temptation, 2003’s Blood in My Eye, and 2004’s R.U.L.E. He now plans to release his seventh studio album, Venni Vetti Vecci 2010, later this year. He is best known for hits “Always On Time”, “Mesmerize,” “Livin’ It Up,” “Put It On Me,” “Between Me And You,” and “Wonderful” and for being associated with Jay-Z as a part of The Murderers. Ja Rule has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and has released six albums with one on the way. Ja Rule has beefed with rappers DMX, 50 Cent, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, and Eminem. The all-ages shows are held rain or shine. $49.50 GA; $69.50: Turpin VIP. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Ten Chimneys
June 10–11 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Center Bijou Room

A soap-opera comedy with a Noel Coward touch. Summer 1938, Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne retreat, as they did in real-life, to their summer Wisconsin estate, Ten Chimneys. With other actors, family and hangers-on, they work on a Chekov play and the real and fictional worlds intrude on each other. Ten Chimneys is about theatre folk: funny, poignant, and revealing in its look at these private lives that never really leave the stage. The play is Hatcher’s homage to this place of vibrant creativity and the historic big personalities who inhabited it. Join FBNP for a talk-back with the cast and director following the June 4 and 10 performances. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. facebook.com/flybynightdubuque.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: June 11 @ 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 every Saturday 7 a.m.–noon, May through September and 8 a.m.-noon in October. Stretching from the area around City Hall at Iowa and 13th St. going down to 11th St., 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. You can purchase tokens at the Money Market Booth. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: June 11 @ 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: June 11 @ 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.

Driftless Poets Monthly Workshop
2nd Saturday: June 11 @ 2–4 PM
Online

Local and aspiring poets are invited to provide support and encouragement for poets seeking honest feedback on their work. Submit work one week in advance to receive feedback and critique. RSVP. 608-987-3292. driftlesspoets.com.

Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour
Saturday, June 11 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Theater
Steve-O, one of the original stars of the Jackass TV and movie franchise, comes to Dubuque for the very first time to perform an adults-only comedy show. Every idea on Steve-O’s Bucket List was so ill-advised, he never expected to go through with any of them. Until it was time to prepare for this tour. Not only are the stunts more ridiculous than what you already know Steve-O for, he did them all, and made a highly XXX-rated, multimedia comedy show out of them. Not for kids, or for the faint of heart. Mature content. Ages 18+. $35–$100. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Ten Chimneys
June 11 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Center Bijou Room

A soap-opera comedy with a Noel Coward touch. Summer 1938, Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne retreat, as they did in real-life, to their summer Wisconsin estate, Ten Chimneys. With other actors, family and hangers-on, they work on a Chekov play and the real and fictional worlds intrude on each other. Ten Chimneys is about theatre folk: funny, poignant, and revealing in its look at these private lives that never really leave the stage. The play is Hatcher’s homage to this place of vibrant creativity and the historic big personalities who inhabited it. Join FBNP for a talk-back with the cast and director following the June 4 and 10 performances. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. facebook.com/flybynightdubuque.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: June 12 @ 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.

Lawn Games
Sunday, June 12 @ 11 AM–4 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

A variety of traditional games will be held on the lawn. Hoop rolling, sack races, bean bag games, and horseshoes. Small prizes will be available, and more games may be added! In case of rain, we will offer “parlour games” in the basement. A volunteer will teach croquet at the May 29 event and badminton at the June 12 event. Come out and play! 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.com.

Mystery Dinner Theater: A Murder in King Ferdinand’s Court
June 12 @ 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.

Music in the Gardens
Sunday through August: June 12 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 29th 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, 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.

DRBA Girls Softball Camp
June 13–16 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Dubuque Sports Complex

This camp is run by professional instructors from Dusty Rogers Baseball/Softball Academy and is great for kids to keep active while having fun and enjoying the game of softball! This camp is for four days and each day will cover a different aspect of the game! Ages 9–14. RSVP. $150 Resident; $180 non-resident. 12614 Nightengale Ln. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Berning Acres Farm Camp
2-Day Sessions: June 13 & 15; 14 & 16; 20 & 22; 21 & 23; 27 & 28 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

At the two-day Berning Acres Farm Camps, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep, and the farm dog, Lacey. They will also have an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, and seek n finds. New for 2022: pony rides and a hayride! A tasty dairy treat (probably ice cream) will be provided each day for a snack. Pack a lunch. Includes a Farm Camp t-shirt. $120. 8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. BerningAcres.com.

MSocial Connections for Singles Euchre
Mondays: June 13 @ 6:15 PM
Denny’s Lux Club

Come for friends and euchre. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Berning Acres Farm Camp
2-Day Sessions: June 14 & 16; 20 & 22; 21 & 23; 27 & 28 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

At the two-day Berning Acres Farm Camps, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep, and the farm dog, Lacey. They will also have an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, and seek n finds. New for 2022: pony rides and a hayride! A tasty dairy treat (probably ice cream) will be provided each day for a snack. Pack a lunch. Includes a Farm Camp t-shirt. $120. 8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. BerningAcres.com.

Chefs in Training
Tuesday, June 14 @ 9:30–10:30 AM
Allison-Henderson Building
Designed for preschoolers, this program includes recipes, age-appropriate culinary skills, basic nutrition, literature, and movement. Participants will love the opportunity to eat their own creations! Ages 2–3. RSVP. $18 Resident; $22 non-resident. 1500 Loras Blvd. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Cooking Camp
June 14 & 16 @ 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Allison-Henderson Building

New this summer! Create your own baking aprons and learn your way around the kitchen. Campers will cook, bake, and taste a variety of cuisines and make their own cookbook! Ages 8–12. RSVP. $30 Resident; $36 non-resident. 1500 Loras Blvd. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: June 14 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: June 15 @ 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.

The BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective Business Mixer
3rd Wednesday: June 15 @ 5–7 PM
Various Locations

The monthly meeting ups are intended to connect Tri-State professionals with each other, various business organizations, and businesses. 563-663-3342. triphoenixgroup.com/bipoccollective.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: June 15 @ 6–7:30 PM
7 Hills Event Center

She Unites is an inclusive women’s group in Dubuque, working to connect women across the region through education, philanthropy, mutual support, and more. All are worthy, all belong, all are welcome. Free. 1098 Jackson St. SheUnitesIowa.com.

Makers & Shakers Art Party
3rd Wednesday through November: June 15 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shake Rag Lind Pavilion (Mineral Point, WI)

Gather for creative camaraderie. Each month, a new project is planned and announced. Participants and/or local artists take turns leading projects, introducing new materials and sharing techniques. Supplies included. Ages 12+. RSVP. $5. 411 Commerce St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org/art-party.

Insect Zoo
Thursday, June 16 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Prescott School Neighborhood Resource Center

Join this creepy crawly adventure where campers will dive deep into the world of arthropods! Campers will get hands-on experience, see the world from a bug’s point of view and create fun snacks. Lunch provided. Ages 6–10. RSVP. $21 Resident; $25 non-resident; free available. 1151 White St. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: June 16 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. No event on July 28 and Aug. 18.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 20: June 16 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

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

2022 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
June 16 @ 6–9 PM
Diamond Jo Casino

Business Hall of Fame with inductions. RSVP by June 7. $80. 301 Bell St. 563-580-1793. jaheartland.org.

Dubuque Harley Davidson Bike Nights
3rd Thursday through August: June 16 @ 6–9 PM
McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle enthusiasts gather for outdoor parties featuring live music, great food, cold beer, and more. Register to win a 2022 Haley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight. 145 N Crescent Ridge. 563-557-3735. dubuqueharley-davidson.com.

Antiracism Book Club: I Am Not Your Negro
3rd Thursday: June 16 @ 6:30–8 PM
Virtual

Discuss I Am Not Your Negro, featuring the words of James Baldwin as arranged by filmmaker Raoul Peck. In his final years, Baldwin envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project had never been published before acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined Baldwin’s oeuvre to compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro. Peck weaves these texts together, brilliantly imagining the book that Baldwin never wrote with selected published and unpublished passages, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America. 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.

Tri-State Wind Symphony
Thursdays: June 16 and 30; and July 14 and 28 @ 7 PM
Alliant Amphitheater
Enjoy the evening by the Mississippi River while the Tri-State Wind Symphony (TSWS) invites you shares the melody, harmony, rhythm, and beautiful art form of music with you. Bring a picnic, a four-legged friend, and a smile. TSWS reaffirms the community band movement through musical education, individual growth, and diverse programs for the enjoyment of the audience and musicians alike. Any high school or older adult who is able to play moderately advanced pieces may perform in any of the five concerts. Rehearsals are held the two Tuesdays prior to each performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center. Free. 600 Star Brewery Dr. hinrichsen.susan@gmail.com. tsws.org.

Brett Young With Special Guest Chris Lane
Thursday, June 16 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena
Discover Brett Young’s “Caliville” sound (West Coast-meets-Southern) and honest lyrics at the Five Flags Arena. With an undeniable string of hits and two albums defined by a transcendent romantic spark, Young’s has cemented his status as country’s master in matters of the heart. The star broadened his emotional scope on Weekends Look A Little Different These Days following his Gold-certified sophomore effort Ticket To L.A., which debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart. Young’s Platinum self-titled debut dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks and has contributed to 5.5 billion streams globally. He was named ASCAP’s 2018 Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year for his “melodic craftsmanship” (Billboard) and has also garnered nominations from ACM, Billboard, Teen Choice, CMT and CMA Awards. Racking seven consecutive No. 1 hits, Rolling Stone deemed Young “one of country’s most consistent radio stars.” $35–$65. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 16–18, 22 & 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
June 19 & 26 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Jackson County Pro Rodeo
June 16–18
Bellevue Horsemen’s Club (Bellevue, IA)
Horse and bull riding, barrel racing, kids games, food, music, mechanical bull, and more! BellevueRodeo.com.

Butterfly Encounter Tent
June 17 @ 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Have a butterfly encounter this summer! You will be able to study the life cycle of the butterfly and enter a feeding tent. Handheld butterfly feeders will be available for a close encounter while remaining free from touching any of the butterflies. Small groups will be allowed every 30 minutes. All ages. RSVP. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

In the Mind’s Eye
1st & 3rd Friday through October: June 17 @ 2–3:15 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

DuMA’s In the Mind’s Eye (ITME) respite program is committed to improving the quality of life and bringing the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. ITME is modeled after the Arts & Minds program of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. ITME empowers people with dementia and their family members and caregivers. The program provides meaningful art centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences, reduce isolation and build community. Participants look at and talk about art, engage in an art activity, and share conversation in a safe and compassionate environment.  A typical session involves viewing one or more works in the exhibition followed by an art activity exploring a variety of mediums including clay, pastels, paper or paint. RSVP required. 701 Locust St. 563-557-1851 x115. DBQart.org.

Social Connections for Singles Meet & Greet
Fridays: June 17 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower Inn

Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Tesla w/ Not Quite Brothers
Friday, June 17 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
Long before there was ever a car of the same name, Tesla the band was charging up audiences and dominating MTV when music videos were still a thing. And while Tesla may have been born in the mid-‘80s eruption of leather, spandex, and big hair, this band has never been about those things. Their bluesy, soulful yet hard-rocking sound is strongly embedded in the roots of organic, authentic, 1970s rock and roll. Known for hits like “Signs,” “Love Song,” “What You Give,” “Littie Suzi,” “Modern Day Cowboy,” and “Song and Emotion,” they were never a flavor of the month. Tesla’s legacy is alive and well as they continue to record and sell-out venues all over the world. As comfortable, rugged, and dependable as your favorite pair of boots, they endure. Tesla is a celebration of the greatest spirits of rock and roll, led by the distinctive vocals of Jef Keith and the one-two legendary guitar punch of Frank Cannon and Tommy Sketch. Telsa has been rescheduled from a previous date. All previously purchased tickets will be automatically transferred to the new show date, Friday, June 17, 2022. $39.50 GA; $54.50: Turpin VIP. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 17, 18, 22 & 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
June 19 & 26 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Sound of Music
June 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 @ 7:30 PM
June 19 and 26 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music has become a musical beloved around the world. This spirited musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its multiple award-winning songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Audiences will leave reminded that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Jackson County Pro Rodeo
June 17–18
Bellevue Horsemen’s Club (Bellevue, IA)
Horse and bull riding, barrel racing, kids games, food, music, mechanical bull, and more! BellevueRodeo.com.

Great Galena Balloon Race
June 17–19
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)
Don’t miss this spectacular three-day event. Over 20 hot air balloons, three races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, and activities for the whole family. GreatGalenaBalloonRace.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: June 18 @ 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 every Saturday 7 a.m.–noon, May through September and 8 a.m.-noon in October. Stretching from the area around City Hall at Iowa and 13th St. going down to 11th St., 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. You can purchase tokens at the Money Market Booth. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: June 18 @ 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: June 18 @ 8 AM
Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill (Elizabeth, IL)

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

Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America Jedi Training Camps
June 18 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Camp C.S. Klaus (Greeley, IA)
July 23 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Grandview United Methodist Church

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

Brews & Blues
June 18 @ 3–8 PM
Ryland Park (Lancaster, WI)
Brews & Blues is a music and beer festival celebrating some of Wisconsin and the nation’s greatest cultural assets! Sip the Midwest’s finest microbrews and enjoy the sounds of one of America’s original musical genres. Music, beer, wine, food, and fun, brought to you by the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce & the City of Lancaster. brewsandblueswi.com.

Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team
Saturdays: June 18; July 16; August 6 and 20 @ 4 PM
Sunday, July 3 @ 6 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.

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 18 & 22 & 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
June 19 & 26 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Sound of Music
June 18, 23, 24 and 25 @ 7:30 PM
June 19 and 26 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music has become a musical beloved around the world. This spirited musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its multiple award-winning songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Audiences will leave reminded that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Free Salsa/Bachata Dance Lesson
3rd Saturday: June 18 @ 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 East 7th St. 563-845-9729. akiefferdance@yahoo.com.

Jackson County Pro Rodeo
June 18
Bellevue Horsemen’s Club (Bellevue, IA)
Horse and bull riding, barrel racing, kids games, food, music, mechanical bull, and more! BellevueRodeo.com.

Great Galena Balloon Race
June 18–19
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)
Don’t miss this spectacular three-day event. Over 20 hot air balloons, three races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, and activities for the whole family. GreatGalenaBalloonRace.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: June 19 @ 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: June 19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Hobby Lobby Parking Lot

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

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 19 & 26 @ 2 PM
June 22 & 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Sound of Music
June 19 and 26 @ 2 PM
June 23, 24 and 25 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music has become a musical beloved around the world. This spirited musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its multiple award-winning songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Audiences will leave reminded that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Arcade Meetup LGBTQ+ Social
3rd Sunday: June 19 @ 3–5 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Gathering for LGBTQ+ community and allies. Food and beverages available for purchase. Fully accessible. All ages. 333 E 10th St. facebook.com/DubuqueLGBTQ.

Music in the Gardens
Sunday through August: June 19 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 29th 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, 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.

Great Galena Balloon Race
June 19
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Galena, IL)
Don’t miss this spectacular three-day event. Over 20 hot air balloons, three races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, and activities for the whole family. GreatGalenaBalloonRace.com.

DRBA Boys Baseball Camp
June 20–23 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Dubuque Sports Complex

This camp is run by professional instructors from Dusty Rogers Baseball/Softball Academy and is great for kids to keep active while having fun and enjoying the game of Baseball! This camp is for four days and each day will cover a different aspect of the game! Ages 9–14. RSVP. $150 Resident; $180 non-resident. 12614 Nightengale Ln. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Kinder-Kamp: Animal Friends
June 20–24 @ 9 AM–Noon
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Prepare to enjoy animals of all shapes and sizes from around the world through this year’s KinderKamp! Campers will encounter live animals and their habitats, explore nature, make crafts, and experience the world of the River Museum’s newest exhibit, Forever Forest. Scholarships and wrap-around care are available. Entering grade K. $100 Member; $125 Non-Member. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/summercamps.

Berning Acres Farm Camp
2-Day Sessions: June 20 & 22; 21 & 23; 27 & 28 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

At the two-day Berning Acres Farm Camps, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep, and the farm dog, Lacey. They will also have an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, and seek n finds. New for 2022: pony rides and a hayride! A tasty dairy treat (probably ice cream) will be provided each day for a snack. Pack a lunch. Includes a Farm Camp t-shirt. $120. 8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. BerningAcres.com.

Cooking Camp
June 20; July 18; August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross
June 23, 30; July 14, 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury

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

Social Connections for Singles Euchre
Mondays: June 20 @ 6:15 PM
Denny’s Lux Club

Come for friends and euchre. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Dubuque Area Humanists
3rd Monday: June 20 @ 6:30–8 PM
Dubuque County Public Library (Asbury, IA)

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

Berning Acres Farm Camp
2-Day Sessions: June 21 & 23; 27 & 28 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

At the two-day Berning Acres Farm Camps, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep, and the farm dog, Lacey. They will also have an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, and seek n finds. New for 2022: pony rides and a hayride! A tasty dairy treat (probably ice cream) will be provided each day for a snack. Pack a lunch. Includes a Farm Camp t-shirt. $120. 8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. BerningAcres.com.

Hoof It Goat Camp
Hoof It (Galena, IL)
Session 1: June 21–23 @ 1–4:30 PM & June 24 @ 7 PM (Family bonfire)
Session 2: July 5–7 @ 1–4:30 PM & July 8 @ 7 PM (Family bonfire)

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

MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: June 21 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: June 22 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Virtual

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.

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 22 & 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
June 26 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Cooking Camp
June 23, 30; July 14, 28 @ 1 PM
Dubuque County Library Asbury
July 18; August 1 @ 6–7 PM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross

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

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 15: June 23 @ 5–9:30 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Classic cars converge with food, drinks, and additional entertainment. No event on July 28 and Aug. 18.

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 20: June 23 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

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

Mikayla Oz Magician
June 23 @ 6:30 PM
Farley Municipal Building (Farley, IA)

Join Mikayla Oz for magical fun for the whole family. All ages. Hosted by Dubuque County Library. 206 1st St. N, Farley, IA. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org.

The Sound of Music
June 23, 24 and 25 @ 7:30 PM
June 26 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music has become a musical beloved around the world. This spirited musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its multiple award-winning songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Audiences will leave reminded that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dance Spectacular Productions
June 24 @ 10 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Are you ready to get your dancing shoes on? Let’s shake, rattle, and rock ‘n roll with the Honey Bear dancers in a 1950s music and dance program. They will rock your socks off with high-energy dance moves for all ages. Join the Carnegie-Stout Public Library for an outdoor library program. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are located at and sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Social Connections for Singles Meet & Greet
Fridays: June 24 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower Inn

Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

King Explosion: Elvis Tribute Artists
Friday, June 24 @ 7 PM
Saturday, June 25 @ 4 & 7 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
King Explosion captures the greatest moments of Elvis’s career highlighted by the King of Rock and Roll’s introduction to the world in the 1950s; the infamous 1968 television appearance that marked Elvis’s return to live performances; and of course the concert years that are symbolized by the powerful vocals, high energy stage performances, and legendary jumpsuits. Starring 2021 Images of the King World Champion, Moses Snow; star of Legends In Concert, Leo Days; and 2013 King of the World Champion, Tim “E” Hendry. All backed by the Change of Habit Band and hosted by world famous master of ceremony Ronny Craig. Ages 21+. $15–$30. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Summer Stroll & Stories
Fridays: June 24, 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 Sound of Music
June 24 and 25 @ 7:30 PM
June 26 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music has become a musical beloved around the world. This spirited musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its multiple award-winning songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Audiences will leave reminded that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September 24: June 25 @ 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 every Saturday 7 a.m.–noon, May through September and 8 a.m.-noon in October. Stretching from the area around City Hall at Iowa and 13th St. going down to 11th St., 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. You can purchase tokens at the Money Market Booth. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 24–25 @ 7:30 PM
June 26 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: June 25 @ 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 more than 60 local vendors, food trucks, live music, and different activities every month. DyersvilleDowntownMarket.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: June 25 @ 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: June 25 @ 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.

9th Veterans Freedom Center Run
June 25 @ 11 AM (Party at 3 PM)
Shenanigan’s Pub
The biggest bike ride around returns to Dubuque leaving from and returning to Shenanigan’s Pub. Ride leaves at 11a.m. for 4 Way, Bent Rim and Bubba’s and returns at 3:30 p.m. for festivities. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Live music, raffles, hog roast (3–6 p.m.), live and silent auctions, and kids entertainment. You don’t have to ride, join the fun for area vets! Leaves at 11 a.m.; party at 3 p.m. $10.

Corkless in Galena Wine Festival
June 25 @ Noon–6 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)
The Northern Illinois Wine Growers (NIWG) host a celebration of area winemaking, especially those made with locally-grown American hybrid grapes. Featuring eight family and locally-owned northern Illinois wineries. Eight local artists will also be on site plus great food trucks and amazing live music from Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts (3–6 p.m.).

Tiny Art Show Workshop
June 25 @ 1–4 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Are you ready to show off your artistic talents in Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s Tiny Art Show? There are two ways to participate—either stop by the library to pick up a kit with all of the supplies you need to create a mini masterpiece at home and then return it to Carnegie-Stout Public Library by Thursday, June 30; or register for a spot to gather and create in the library’s auditorium on June 25 at 1-4 p.m. Patrons of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. All ages. Registration is required for the in-person program. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

King Explosion: Elvis Tribute Artists
Saturday, June 25 @ 4 & 7 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
King Explosion captures the greatest moments of Elvis’s career highlighted by the King of Rock and Roll’s introduction to the world in the 1950s; the infamous 1968 television appearance that marked Elvis’s return to live performances; and of course the concert years that are symbolized by the powerful vocals, high energy stage performances, and legendary jumpsuits. Starring 2021 Images of the King World Champion, Moses Snow; star of Legends In Concert, Leo Days; and 2013 King of the World Champion, Tim “E” Hendry. All backed by the Change of Habit Band and hosted by world famous master of ceremony Ronny Craig. Ages 21+. $15–$30. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. MoonBarRocks.com.

Chase Rice w/ Adam Doleac and John Morgan
Saturday, June 25 @ 7 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage
With more than 2.2 million albums sold and over 2.1 billion total streams, plus a legion of passionate fans at his high-energy concerts across the globe, Chase Rice has established himself as a powerful force in Nashville and beyond. Yet he genuinely sees current single “If I Were Rock & Roll” as the launching pad for music that says what he wants to say, how he wants to say it. The song serves as a follow up to his three-part project, The Album, featuring his latest No. 1 hit, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen. (feat. Florida Georgia Line)” and Platinum-certified Top 10 hit “Lonely If You Are.” Additional top hits include “Eyes on You,” “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen,” and “Lonely If You Are.” The all-ages shows are held rain or shine. $49.50 GA; $69.50: Turpin VIP. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 25 @ 7:30 PM
June 26 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Sound of Music
June 25 @ 7:30 PM
June 26 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music has become a musical beloved around the world. This spirited musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its multiple award-winning songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Audiences will leave reminded that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 9: June 26 @ 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.

9th Annual High School Musical: Shrek The Musical
June 26 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale, fun for everyone. The cast for this show will be high school students from throughout the area. $12. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

The Sound of Music
June 26 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music has become a musical beloved around the world. This spirited musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its multiple award-winning songs, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Audiences will leave reminded that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Music in the Gardens
Sunday through August: June 26 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 29th 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, 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.

All Fun and Games
June 27–July 1 @ 7:45 AM–4:45 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Explore the evolution of toys! How did toys from the past function? What did they look like? Discover traditional and modern toys from around the world and use your imagination to invent your own toys. Scholarships and wrap-around care are available. Entering grades 1–5. $200 Member; $240 Non-Member. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x213. RiverMuseum.com/summercamps.

Berning Acres Farm Camp
2-Day Sessions: June 27 & 28 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)

At the two-day Berning Acres Farm Camps, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep, and the farm dog, Lacey. They will also have an organized activity each day such as making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts, and seek n finds. New for 2022: pony rides and a hayride! A tasty dairy treat (probably ice cream) will be provided each day for a snack. Pack a lunch. Includes a Farm Camp t-shirt. $120. 8850 North Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. 563-543-8936. BerningAcres.com.

Social Connections for Singles Euchre
Mondays: June 27 @ 6:15 PM
Denny’s Lux Club

Come for friends and euchre. 3050 Asbury Rd. 608-732-5219. 608-778-7776.

Camp Concoctions
June 28 & 30 @ 9 AM–3 PM
Slattery Center

This two-day camp will offer a “mix” of all your favorites. We will go to the park, make food creations, play games and activities, and so much more! Our day may include water activities, so bring your swimsuit and dress for a mess. Please bring a sack lunch on Tuesday. Lunch will be provided on Thursday. Ages 5–8. RSVP. $48 Resident; $58 non-resident. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: June 28 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Just Sports Camp
Wednesdays: June 29 & July 6 @ 1:30–4 PM
Asbury Park

Come enjoy an afternoon of just sports! This activity-oriented camp will explore several sports and team building activities. Please bring a water bottle each day. Ages 7–10. RSVP. $24 Resident; $29 non-resident. Asbury Rd and Spring Green Dr. 563-589-4310. cityofdubuque.org/recreation.

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club
2nd, 4th, and 5th Wednesdays: June 29 @ 5:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Virtual

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.

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

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

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

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

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

East Dubuque’s Cruisin’ Thursdays
Thursdays through September 20: June 30 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL

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

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

July 2022

47th Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo
July 1–2 @ 6–9 PM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Fans will see the world’s best bucking horses and bulls and double-tough cowboys with nerves of steel when the rodeo rolls into the Galena Territories. Featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding, women’s barrel racing, and “Mutton Bustin.”

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

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

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

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

47th Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo
July 2 @ 6–9 PM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Fans will see the world’s best bucking horses and bulls and double-tough cowboys with nerves of steel when the rodeo rolls into the Galena Territories. Featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding, women’s barrel racing, and “Mutton Bustin.”

Cascade Rockin’ on the River
July 2 and August 6 @ 6–11 PM
Cascade Riverview Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)
Enjoy great music with food available. Bring your cooler and lawn chairs. 6/4 Mike and the Moonpies, 7/2 The Mississippi Band 50th Anniversary, 8/6 Nashville Artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charente. facebook.com/rockinontherivercascade

Bellevue Heritage Days
July 2–3
Downtown Bellevue, IA
Bellevue celebrates the Independence Day holiday with two days of family-friendly activities including carnival rides; a Queen Contest; dance; parade; petting zoo; a show by Ski Bellevue; vintage tractor, car, and motorcycle displays; and fireworks. Live music both nights. facebook.com/BellevueHeritageDays.

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

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

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

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

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

Bellevue Heritage Days
July 3
Downtown Bellevue, IA
Bellevue celebrates the Independence Day holiday with two days of family-friendly activities including carnival rides; a Queen Contest; dance; parade; petting zoo; a show by Ski Bellevue; vintage tractor, car, and motorcycle displays; and fireworks. Live music both nights. facebook.com/BellevueHeritageDays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MFC Teen Nights
Tuesdays: July 5 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center
Teens can enjoy dinner and activities while hanging out and interacting in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity among diversity and empowers youth to reach their potential. Free. 1101 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

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

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

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

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Andy Wilberding 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.

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

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

Colts Music on the March
July 8 @ 7 PM
Senior High School, Dalzell Field
The Colts’ show has been a highlight on Dubuque’s summer calendar since 1963. Seven groups from Dubuque, Madison, WI, Anoka, MN, LaCrosse, WI and Seven-Time DCI World Champions, The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL, are scheduled to compete in this Drum Corps International summer tour event. colts.org.

Asbury Music in the Park
July 9 @ Noon–11 PM
Asbury Park (Asbury, IA)
The Asbury Area Civic and Recreation Foundation annually hosts Music in the Park. This is a free family event with a variety of music, entertainment, food, children’s games, inflatables, and family activities followed by live music at 6 p.m. from Funktastic5. Free.

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays
July 10, 24; August 7 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

After a few years on hiatus, the family-friendly bluegrass music series along the banks of the Mississippi River returns to Mud Lake Park. A pickers’ picnic runs Noon–2 p.m., then a regional band at 2–4 p.m. and a national touring headliner at 4–6 p.m. This is a free concert series with food available for purchase. Bring your own adult beverages if you want them, and, of course, bring your favorite comfy chair or blanket to spread out and enjoy the afternoon. Free.

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

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

Delaware County Fair
July 11–17
Manchester, IA

This traditional county fair has all of the trimmings you expect from great food, farm animals, carnival rides, tractor pulls, and more. Grandstand concerts include Jake Owen on July 14 and I Love The 90s Tour (Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Rob Base, Color Me Band, Tone Loc, and Young MC) July 15. delawarecofair.com.

Delaware County Fair
July 12–17
Manchester, IA

This traditional county fair has all of the trimmings you expect from great food, farm animals, carnival rides, tractor pulls, and more. Grandstand concerts include Jake Owen on July 14 and I Love The 90s Tour (Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Rob Base, Color Me Band, Tone Loc, and Young MC) July 15. delawarecofair.com.

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

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

Delaware County Fair
July 13–17
Manchester, IA

This traditional county fair has all of the trimmings you expect from great food, farm animals, carnival rides, tractor pulls, and more. Grandstand concerts include Jake Owen on July 14 and I Love The 90s Tour (Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Rob Base, Color Me Band, Tone Loc, and Young MC) July 15. delawarecofair.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Delaware County Fair
July 14–17
Manchester, IA

This traditional county fair has all of the trimmings you expect from great food, farm animals, carnival rides, tractor pulls, and more. Grandstand concerts include Jake Owen on July 14 and I Love The 90s Tour (Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Rob Base, Color Me Band, Tone Loc, and Young MC) July 15. delawarecofair.com.

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

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

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

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

Music on Main
July 15 and August 12 @ 5–9 PM
Town Clock Plaza

Formerly Dubuque… and All that Jazz! Enjoy free live music under the Town Clock with food and cold beverages available. 6/10: Avey Grouws Band, 7/15: Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys, 8/12: Gizzae.

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

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

Delaware County Fair
July 15–17
Manchester, IA

This traditional county fair has all of the trimmings you expect from great food, farm animals, carnival rides, tractor pulls, and more. Grandstand concerts include Jake Owen on July 14 and I Love The 90s Tour (Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Rob Base, Color Me Band, Tone Loc, and Young MC) July 15. delawarecofair.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delaware County Fair
July 16–17
Manchester, IA

This traditional county fair has all of the trimmings you expect from great food, farm animals, carnival rides, tractor pulls, and more. Grandstand concerts include Jake Owen on July 14 and I Love The 90s Tour (Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Rob Base, Color Me Band, Tone Loc, and Young MC) July 15. delawarecofair.com.

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

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

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

A night of mystery and intrigue in the wild and romantic era of the roaring 20’s! Buzz Nessman, the owner of Dubuque’s most popular speakeasy—the Fish Fly Club—has just been murdered. Was it the prohibitionist NA O’Doul or Buzz’s jealous business partner Bootleg Willie? Maybe it was the jazz singer Bea Sharpe or perhaps Betty Jane—Buzz’s sweet-but-not-so-innocent mistress. Join the bumbling detective, Jack Slickman, as the murder unfolds before your very eyes. Includes a four course meal, wine or beverage of your choice, and theater. Presented by the Brew Ha Ha Players. RSVP. $59.95. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Sunday Funday Car Show
July 17 @ 5 PM
Sandy Hook Tavern (Hazel Green, WI)

Open to all “show quality” modes of transportation, organized by Larry Oyen. Rib feed and live music by the Ada Bartles Band. Register your vehicle between 3 and 4 p.m. for a chance to win $500 at 7 p.m.

Delaware County Fair
July 17
Manchester, IA

This traditional county fair has all of the trimmings you expect from great food, farm animals, carnival rides, tractor pulls, and more. Grandstand concerts include Jake Owen on July 14 and I Love The 90s Tour (Vanilla Ice, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Rob Base, Color Me Band, Tone Loc, and Young MC) July 15. delawarecofair.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Jones County Fair
July 20–24
Monticello, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Jones County Fair
July 21–24
Monticello, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Jones County Fair
July 22–24
Monticello, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Jones County Fair
July 23–24
Monticello, IA

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

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays
July 24; August 7 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

After a few years on hiatus, the family-friendly bluegrass music series along the banks of the Mississippi River returns to Mud Lake Park. A pickers’ picnic runs Noon–2 p.m., then a regional band at 2–4 p.m. and a national touring headliner at 4–6 p.m. This is a free concert series with food available for purchase. Bring your own adult beverages if you want them, and, of course, bring your favorite comfy chair or blanket to spread out and enjoy the afternoon. Free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Jones County Fair
July 24
Monticello, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 31 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

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

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

August 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cascade Rockin’ on the River
August 6 @ 6–11 PM
Cascade Riverview Amphitheater (Cascade, IA)
Enjoy great music with food available. Bring your cooler and lawn chairs. 6/4 Mike and the Moonpies, 7/2 The Mississippi Band 50th Anniversary, 8/6 Nashville Artists Bryce Reeg, Asher Cataldo, and Jesse Charente. facebook.com/rockinontherivercascade

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

Epworth Town & Country Days
August 6
Epworth, IA

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

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

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

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

Mud Lake Bluegrass Sundays
August 7 @ Noon–6 PM
Mud Lake Park

After a few years on hiatus, the family-friendly bluegrass music series along the banks of the Mississippi River returns to Mud Lake Park. A pickers’ picnic runs Noon–2 p.m., then a regional band at 2–4 p.m. and a national touring headliner at 4–6 p.m. This is a free concert series with food available for purchase. Bring your own adult beverages if you want them, and, of course, bring your favorite comfy chair or blanket to spread out and enjoy the afternoon. Free.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Iowa State Fair
August 11–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Music on Main
August 12 @ 5–9 PM
Town Clock Plaza

Formerly Dubuque… and All that Jazz! Enjoy free live music under the Town Clock with food and cold beverages available. 6/10: Avey Grouws Band, 7/15: Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys, 8/12: Gizzae.

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

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

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

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

Iowa State Fair
August 12–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Iowa State Fair
August 15–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Iowa State Fair
August 16–21
Des Moines, IA

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

Iowa State Fair
August 17–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa State Fair
August 18–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

Walk, bike, or drive to Washington Park where food trucks will line the streets, ready to celebrate the end of the week with you. Brought to you by Travel Dubuque, Food Truck Friday takes place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through September. Enjoy lunch from Birds. Fried Chicken, Buenie Bottoms Grill, Candle Ready Cakes, Crepe Iron, Dinger’s D’Lites, Little Wolf Farms Drink Truck, Magoo’s Pizza, and Rockin 5k BBQ. Vendors may vary by month. This year’s musical lineup includes Maureen Kilgore on May 6, Ralph Kluseman on June 10, Andy Wilberding 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.

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

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

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 19–22
Downtown Cascade, IA

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

Iowa State Fair
August 19–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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

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

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 20–22
Downtown Cascade, IA

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

Iowa State Fair
August 20–21
Des Moines, IA

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

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

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

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.

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 21–22
Downtown Cascade, IA

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

Iowa State Fair
August 21
Des Moines, IA

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

Cascade Hometown & Country Days
August 22
Downtown Cascade, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hosted by Potosi Brewery, admission includes an opportunity to sample the work of nearly 60 vendors featuring craft brewers, home brewers, wineries, meats and Wisconsin cheeses. Plus live music, a tour of the National Brewery Museum, and a commemorative tasting glass. potosibrewery.com.

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

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

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

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

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.

Readings Under the Influence
Tuesday, August 30 @ 7–10 PM
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.

September 2022

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.

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, Andy Wilberding 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.

75th Platteville Dairy Days
September 9–11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

The family-themed event has something for everyone to enjoy and great food, too. Enjoy amusement rides, live music, parade, flea market, cattle show, talent show, tractor pulls, and more. plattevilledairydays.com.

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.

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.

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.

75th Platteville Dairy Days
September 10–11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

The family-themed event has something for everyone to enjoy and great food, too. Enjoy amusement rides, live music, parade, flea market, cattle show, talent show, tractor pulls, and more. plattevilledairydays.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.

75th Platteville Dairy Days
September 11
Legion Park (Platteville, WI)

The family-themed event has something for everyone to enjoy and great food, too. Enjoy amusement rides, live music, parade, flea market, cattle show, talent show, tractor pulls, and more. plattevilledairydays.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 2022

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 2022

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.

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.

December 2022

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.

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.

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.

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.