Tri-State Events

April 2024

Wednesday, April 24

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 24–28
Downtown Dubuque

Wednesday’s special events include Advanced Screenwriting Techniques, Engagement Strategies 101: Building Meaningful Connections in a Noisy World, Mix & Mingle, and Celebrate Canada After Party. Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. julienfilmfest.com.

Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
April 24
Grand River Center

The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference offers innovation, education, inspiration, and collaboration on growing sustainable communities.  Sessions feature presenters with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from federal, state, and local governments, along with business and academic leaders from across the country. In addition to learning sessions, the conference includes two keynote luncheons, mobile workshops, a breakfast plenary session, and more. 500 Bell St. gscdubuque.com.

Dubuque Community-Wide Garage Sales
April 24–27
Dubuque, IA

Find the best deals in the Tri-States during the last weekend in April in Dubuque.

Thursday, April 25

Jo Daviess County Senior Expo
Thursday, April 25 @ 9 AM–Noon
Crossroads Community Church (Galena, IL)

Join this free event that offers older adults an opportunity to interact and educate themselves on services and supports available in the Jo Daviess County area. There will be more than 40 vendors including but not limited to insurance, placement for elderly family members, home care services, Lion’s Club bus with free vision and hearing testing, voting and registration for voting questions being answered, and so much more. Hosted by Senior Resource Center and 24HourCare. Free. 815-777-2424. galenagreenteamblog.wordpress.com.

Outside the Lines Art Gallery Galena Open House
Thursday, April 25 @ 4–7 PM
Outside the Lines Art Gallery (Galena, IL)

Celebrate 10 years with Outside the Lines Art Gallery in Galena with an open house, light snacks and drinks, and 10% off everything all day Thursday and Friday (Galena location only). 101 S Main St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9166. shopotlag.com.

Davis Dances Fundraising Party
Thursday, April 25 @ 5–8 PM
7 Hills Event Center

Jason Davis and choreographer Sheridan Quick are hosting a fundraising dinner as contestants in this year’s Dubuque Dances with Stars. Proceeds of ticket sales go to the local nonprofit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque to support their meal outreach program. Enjoy live music, locally catered buffet, local brews on tap, and door prizes. $50. 1098 Jackson St. facebook.com/sheridangrace4.

Shrek Jr. The Musical
April 25–27 @ 7 PM
April 28 @ 2 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Dale Lass Auditorium

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home—not to mention his—Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret. This year, 159 Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School students are collaborating to produce Shrek Jr. The Musical. These individuals make up the cast, pit orchestra, and various crews of the Fine Arts Mentorship Experience (FAME). The mission of FAME is to engage students in the managerial, technical, and performing aspects of theater arts. $12. 2001 Radford Rd. 563-552-4980. erms.seatyourself.biz.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
April 25–26 @ 7:30 PM
April 27–28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
Holmes and Watson are on the case in this fast-paced comedy mystery! The world’s greatest detective must solve the case of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as they try to escape a dizzying web of deceit, silly accents, and disguises. Can our heroes discover the truth in time is this wildly funny comedy? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 25–28
Downtown Dubuque

Thursday’s special events include Film Distribution Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Redefining Success in a Social Media Age, This is Your Brain on 16MM w/ Greg Hamilton, International Night After Party w/ DJ Papi, and Trailermania. Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. julienfilmfest.com.

Dubuque Community-Wide Garage Sales
April 25–27
Dubuque, IA

Find the best deals in the Tri-States during the last weekend in April in Dubuque.

Friday, April 26

JDCF Annual Frog Walk
Friday, April 26 @ 6–7 PM
Meeker Street Footbridge (Galena, IL)

One of the first signs of spring is the sound of frogs waking up and calling. Bring the kids to learn about what frogs they are hearing. After a short walk down the Galena River Trail to JDCF’s Buehler Preserve, families will have the chance to catch and release frogs themselves. JDCF staff will help you identify what you find and have some tadpoles on hand to view the frog life cycle in progress. Rain date May 3. Free. 110 Meeker St, Galena, IL. 815-858-9100. jdcf.org.

Shrek Jr. The Musical
April 26–27 @ 7 PM
April 28 @ 2 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Dale Lass Auditorium

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home—not to mention his—Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret. This year, 159 Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School students are collaborating to produce Shrek Jr. The Musical. These individuals make up the cast, pit orchestra, and various crews of the Fine Arts Mentorship Experience (FAME). The mission of FAME is to engage students in the managerial, technical, and performing aspects of theater arts. $12. 2001 Radford Rd. 563-552-4980. erms.seatyourself.biz.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
April 26 @ 7:30 PM
April 27–28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
Holmes and Watson are on the case in this fast-paced comedy mystery! The world’s greatest detective must solve the case of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as they try to escape a dizzying web of deceit, silly accents, and disguises. Can our heroes discover the truth in time is this wildly funny comedy? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 26–28
Downtown Dubuque

Friday’s special events include How Can Sound Design Help Tell Your Story?, Demystifying Film Sales and Acquisitions: Insider Tips for Selling Your Film, Advanced Screenwriting Techniques, Engagement Strategies, World Premier Spotlight: Camera, and After Party. Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. julienfilmfest.com.

Dubuque Community-Wide Garage Sales
April 26–27
Dubuque, IA

Find the best deals in the Tri-States during the last weekend in April in Dubuque.

Dubuque Days of Caring
Friday, April 26
Dubuque, IA

Dubuque Days of Caring, an esteemed initiative dedicated to bolstering the community through volunteerism, invites individuals to contribute their time and skills to support local nonprofits. This annual event is pivotal in mobilizing community members to engage in one-time service projects that significantly enhance participating organizations’ operational capabilities and futures. In an impressive display of community spirit, the last event in 2023 saw more than 1,200 volunteers generously dedicating 4,300 hours to successfully complete 60 projects. These volunteers participated in various tasks, including landscaping, painting, window washing, general cleaning, light construction, and lawn maintenance, showcasing the diverse ways individuals can contribute. dbqdaysofcaring.org/volunteer.

Saturday, April 27

All You Can Eat, Pay What You Can Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, April 27 @ 9 AM–Noon
Convivium Urban Farmstead

Convivium worked with several families this spring who generously donated their maple trees and diligently dropped off sap each week. Taste the fruits of their labor with pancakes, roasted potatoes, housemade breakfast sausage, and coffee. Free, cash donations preferred. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Callahan Promotions Spring Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, April 27 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Grand River Center

This is the area’s largest show with more than 125 talented exhibitors presenting and selling thousands of unique handmade products such a oak furniture, jewelry, floral arrangements, lawn and garden art, pottery, ceramics, quilts, and many more original products. $5, free ages 10 and younger. 500 Bell St. 563-357-1986.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April: April 27 @ 9 AM–Noon
Kennedy Mall West Concourse
Regional vendors offer homemade and baked goods, meat, cheese, eggs, seasonal produce, and more. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass jars, and plastic clam shells. The all-volunteer driven market focuses on supporting our regional food system, eating from our food shed year-round, and providing annual funding to farmers through a grant program. 555 JFK Rd. wintermarketdbq.com.

Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 27 @ 9 AM–4 PM
River Lights Bookstore

Enter to win free books for a year, find book discounts throughout the day, score Independent Bookstore Day exclusive swag, and enjoy pocket poems from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free shipping on online orders. Free. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

Grant’s Home Front Reenactment & Encampment
April 27 and 28 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

Experience life in the 1860s through a Living History Encampment and Civil War Battle, returning to beautiful Galena, for the seventh year. Enjoy the Sanitary Fair (a Civil War Ladies Bazaar supporting our troops) with beautiful handmade items for sale. This is a family friendly event with the chance to interact with re-enactors portraying both military and civilians in the 1860s during the war. Meet General Grant and his staff, see a medical demonstration, and have your child “drill” with the troops. Battles each day: Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All ages. $5 Ages 12 and older. 91 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL. 630-768-2705. tristatehistoricalpresentations.blogspot.com.

Dubuque Riverboat Gamblers Rugby vs Peoria Pigs
Saturday, April 27 @ 1 PM
Offside Bar and Grill

As the Dubuque Riverboat Gamblers embark on their third year of existence, the rugby team has experienced significant success. However, the last year has seen several contributors either move on to new opportunities or step back to focus on other priorities. This led to a slight regression in the win column but allowed for significant growth in new players around a talented and committed core group. Spring practice is in full swing. The Gamblers can be found at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Offside Bar and Grill. Anyone interested in rugby is invited to attend. 16963 Rooster Ln. facebook.com/DubuqueRugby.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
April 27–28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
Holmes and Watson are on the case in this fast-paced comedy mystery! The world’s greatest detective must solve the case of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as they try to escape a dizzying web of deceit, silly accents, and disguises. Can our heroes discover the truth in time is this wildly funny comedy? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Author George Khal Book Reading and Signing
Saturday, April 27 @ 2 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Iowa author George Khal will read from his memoir, The First Night of the Crescent Moon: My Journey from Palestine to Iowa. Khal was born in Haifa, Palestine. At the age of one, his family fled their home to escape the 1948 war and resettled in Cairo, near his mother’s family. With continued unrest in the Middle East, Khal’s parents sent him and his four siblings to Iowa City, where they settled. The First Night of the Crescent Moon shares Khal’s coming-of-age story with vivid descriptions of fathers and sons, familial dreams and expectations, and the refugee and immigrant experience as part of the Middle Eastern diaspora. Khal earned a degree in computer science from the University of Iowa and founded the company Sound Clarity to dispense assistive hearing technology worldwide. He lives in Iowa City with his wife of 48 years. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the author. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2244. carnegiestout.org.

Hawthorne Heights
Saturday, April 27 @ 3 & 8 PM
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers (Maquoketa, IA)
An immersive and intimate journey inside the making and breaking of one of 2004’s most iconic and unlikely hit albums by EMO legends, Hawthorne Heights. The band will perform a stripped-down version of The Silence in Black and White while sharing the stories of writing, recording, and touring during TSIBAW album cycle. Hawthorne Heights breaks down navigating the music scene and culture that caused an entire generation of musical sadness. Bike Routes joins as a special guest. Tickets are sold out for the 8 p.m. show, but tickets are still available for the early show. $30. 5013 288th Ave, Maquoketa, IA. CodfishHollowBarnstormers.com.

Shrek Jr. The Musical
April 27 @ 7 PM
April 28 @ 2 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Dale Lass Auditorium

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home—not to mention his—Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret. This year, 159 Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School students are collaborating to produce Shrek Jr. The Musical. These individuals make up the cast, pit orchestra, and various crews of the Fine Arts Mentorship Experience (FAME). The mission of FAME is to engage students in the managerial, technical, and performing aspects of theater arts. $12. 2001 Radford Rd. 563-552-4980. erms.seatyourself.biz.

Dubuque Chorale Presents Joy!
Saturday, April 27 @ 7 PM
Sunday, April 28 @ 2 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Dubuque Chorale, their chamber choir Cadenza, and both of the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choirs are delighted to present a concert celebrating 10 years of the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choirs program. A reception to honor DCCC’s anniversary will follow the Sunday performance. Free. 2155 University Ave. DubuqueChorale.org.

Here Come the Mummies
Saturday, April 27 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar
Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa). Since their discovery HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; and played massive festivals. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 27–28
Downtown Dubuque

Saturday’s special events include Legal Issues in Film Distribution, Music: A Documentary Filmmaker’s Best Friend, Crowdfunding to Build Independence, Awards Show, and Awards Show After Party. Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. julienfilmfest.com.

Dubuque Community-Wide Garage Sales
April 27
Dubuque, IA

Find the best deals in the Tri-States during the last weekend in April in Dubuque.

Sunday, April 28

Grant’s Home Front Reenactment & Encampment
April 28 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

Experience life in the 1860s through a Living History Encampment and Civil War Battle, returning to beautiful Galena, for the seventh year. Enjoy the Sanitary Fair (a Civil War Ladies Bazaar supporting our troops) with beautiful handmade items for sale. This is a family friendly event with the chance to interact with re-enactors portraying both military and civilians in the 1860s during the war. Meet General Grant and his staff, see a medical demonstration, and have your child “drill” with the troops. Battles each day: Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All ages. $5 Ages 12 and older. 91 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL. 630-768-2705. tristatehistoricalpresentations.blogspot.com.

SheShed Fest
Sunday, April 28 @ 10 AM–3 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Shop over 100 Tri-State area makers, artisans, crafters, upcyclers, bakers, and antiquers. $5. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/JodiandKT.

Horse Play
April 28  @ 10:30 AM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Engage in several different horse-related activities and meet with the horses. Groom, tack, and lead horses around the property. The horses love attention and are a great way to interact with equines for younger or more apprehensive humans. Tour the barn and meet with whoever may be inside that day while learning about the functioning of the farm and what it takes to care for these amazing animals. This is a perfect experience for families or groups that have kids too young for our trail rides. This is also a great choice for those who want to interact with horses without having to get into the saddle or ride in an outdoor environment. Ages 12 and younger must attend with an adult. $25. 200 N Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-9550. shenandoahridingcenter.com.

Tea Party, Potting and Food
Sunday, April 28 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Visitor Center

While potting plants with Laura, enjoy a few varieties of freshly steeped, organic master-blended teas. Grace Deane is owner of ByzanTEAum in Dubuque and a Tea Master in three cultures: American, British and Chinese. Also a Master Herbalist, she has over 35 years of tea and herb blending experience. RSVP. $35. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
April 28 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
Holmes and Watson are on the case in this fast-paced comedy mystery! The world’s greatest detective must solve the case of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as they try to escape a dizzying web of deceit, silly accents, and disguises. Can our heroes discover the truth in time is this wildly funny comedy? Thursday night performances are Girl’s Night Out, and everyone will get a free glass of wine before the show. $24, $12 early bird. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Shrek Jr. The Musical
April 28 @ 2 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Dale Lass Auditorium

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home—not to mention his—Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret. This year, 159 Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School students are collaborating to produce Shrek Jr. The Musical. These individuals make up the cast, pit orchestra, and various crews of the Fine Arts Mentorship Experience (FAME). The mission of FAME is to engage students in the managerial, technical, and performing aspects of theater arts. $12. 2001 Radford Rd. 563-552-4980. erms.seatyourself.biz.

Dubuque Chorale Presents Joy!
Sunday, April 28 @ 2 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Dubuque Chorale, their chamber choir Cadenza, and both of the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choirs are delighted to present a concert celebrating 10 years of the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choirs program. A reception to honor DCCC’s anniversary will follow the Sunday performance. Free. 2155 University Ave. DubuqueChorale.org.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 28
Downtown Dubuque

Sunday’s special events include JDIFF Jury and Selection Process, Demystifying Film Sales and Acquisitions, and Closing Film: Kiss of the Con Queen. Independent films, including documentaries, features, and shorts, will be screened in venues throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as special panels and evening events. Join directors, producers, actors, and filmmakers as they showcase their films and are available for Q&As. julienfilmfest.com.

Tuesday, April 30

2024 Earth Month in Galena: Lunch with Nature
Tuesday, April 30 @ Noon–1 PM
Galena River Trailhead (Galena, IL)

No program, no agenda. Bring a brown bag lunch, sit with nature, and eat together. Meet at the picnic area by the boat ramp. The Galena Green Team has compiled a calendar of earth-friendly events in and around Galena during the month of April. The list offers everyone a chance to appreciate and give back to nature. This year’s theme is “Connecting You With Nature.” A closer, healthier and sustainable relationship with nature comes through noticing, emotion, finding beauty and meaning, and through compassion. One of the Green Team’s goals is to balance the usual focus on knowledge and identification with these other pathways to nature connection. Free. galenagreenteam@gmail.com. galenagreenteamblog.wordpress.com.

Readings Under the Influence
Tuesday, April 30 @ 7 PM
Smokestack

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

May 2024

Wednesday, May 1

Dubuque Area Humanists Social Hour
1st Wednesday: May 1 @ 6 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Enjoy a craft beer and join the Dubuque Area Humanists for lively, informed discussions centered around values, philosophy, and life experiences. Free. 333 E. 10th St. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Shalom Movie Night: St. Francis of Assisi – Sign of Contradiction
Wednesday, May 1 @ 6:45–8 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Enjoy the 2018 film St. Francis of Assisi – Sign of Contradiction. Everyone knows St. Francis of Assisi as a lover of peace and nature, which is true, but he was also a radical person for his times, breaking with many social norms. He turned his back on everything that the world said would lead to happiness in favor of something else, something more. When his radical journey led him to encounter Christ, the darkness and confusion in his life were replaced with light and peace. While the world saw him as a fool, he was a sign of contradiction. Ultimately, this film is about conversion, his and ours. Includes popcorn. Facilitated by Ginny Heldorfer OSF. RSVP by April 30. Free. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Asbury Garage Sales
May 1–4
Asbury, IA

Find hidden treasures throughout Asbury at the city-wide garage sale. A map of listings is available online. 563-556-7106. CityOfAsbury.com.

Thursday, May 2

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: Nutsy Turtle & Lori Gravel
Thursdays through September: May 2 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Galena LitFest: An Evening with Vanessa Riley and Alina Rubin
Thursday, May 2 @ 5:30 PM
Online

Bestselling author Vanessa Riley and award winner Alina Rubin will discuss writing historical fiction, giving women a voice in history, doing and using research, traditional versus independent publishing, and building empathy through history. Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of more than 20 books which encompass historical fiction, historical romance, and historical mystery. Her novels showcase the hidden histories of Black women and women of color, emphasizing strong sisterhoods and dazzling multicultural communities, and have been praised by the AAMBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, and many others. Vanessa holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and several other degrees from Stanford and Penn State Universities. Alina Rubin is an IT professional and a mom, who, during the pandemic, used the time and energy saved on the commute to write her first book, an adventure of a 19th-century woman surgeon. Writing became her passion, and her characters took her on a journey beyond her wildest dreams. Her debut novel, A Girl with a Knife, has won the Illinois Author Project 2022 Competition. She’s now the author of multiple books. Galena LitFest is the 10th annual literary festival organized and funded by the Galena Public Library with support from the Friends of the Galena Public Library. Events will take place February through May 2024. Free. 815-777-0200. bit.ly/vanessariley.

The Tree of Life Wreath Workshop
Thursday, May 2 @ 6–8 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Visitor Center Hafeman Veranda

Grab your friends and join to make this gorgeous wreath, an organic and powerful piece that represents connection, strength, and peace. All supplies are included. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Dubuque Hempstead Presents The Miracle Worker
May 2–4 @ 7 PM
Hempstead High School Auditorium

The Miracle Worker is the classic story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Based on the true story of Helen Keller and her family, as they employ Annie Sullivan to help unlock Helen’s brilliant mind. Helen struck blind and deaf in the wake of an illness as a toddler. Now grown into a young very bright, strong-willed child without any formal education or form of communication, Helen is a frustrated mystery to her exhausted family. Her heartbroken mother Kate is Helen’s best protector, but her father Captain Arthur Keller has despaired of any possible resolution and her half-brothers, James and William, feel that an institution is the best option. Kate insists on sending for a governess from the prestigious Perkins Institute for the Blind. Annie Sullivan, a lively and stubborn Yankee girl, barely out of school herself, with the experience of childhood blindness—cured, after numerous operations—arrives to help with Helen. Driven by the demons of her traumatic past, Annie fight to reach Helen and bring light to the darkness of her mind. But faced with the well-meaning pity of the Kellers (with their own familial conflict) and the fearful, furious trickery of Helen herself, it will take all of Annie’s patience, creativity, and firmness of spirit to guide Helen into a world of understanding. Universal sorrows, family bonds, and the strength of the human spirit are explored in the amazing true story these remarkable women. The show has a PG rating, and is family friendly, with some caution. Doors open at 6:30. $10. 3715 Pennsylvania Ave. hempstead.dbqschools.org.

You Can’t Take it With You Radio Play
May 2–4 @ 7 PM
May 5 @ 2 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

A madcap, idealistic comedy that reminds us you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy. $25 Adults, $10 students. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. 815-402-3111. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Asbury Garage Sales
May 2–4
Asbury, IA

Find hidden treasures throughout Asbury at the city-wide garage sale. A map of listings is available online. 563-556-7106. CityOfAsbury.com.

Friday, May 3

Midwest Pride In Your Ride
May 3 and 4 @ 8 AM
Tri-State Raceway (Earlville, IA)

Friday includes a survivor convoy, truck pull, and light show. Saturday features the Lifetime Achievement Awards; free kids activities, bounce house, and games; live auction; truck drag racing; and semi truck pull. Vendors available both days. Concessions available on grounds, carry ins are allowed. BYOB. $10, free ages 12 and younger, free cancer survivors wearing a purple survivor shirt. 2217 270th Ave, Earlville, IA. 563-923-3724. midwestprideinyourride.org.

Iowa Wine Trail Weekend
Friday, May 3 @ 10 AM–7 PM
Frisky Fox Winery, Winneshiek Wildberry Winery, Eagles Landing Winery, PromiseLand Winery, Bishop Winery, Park Farm Winery, and O So Good Winery

Celebrate Iowa Wine Month during the month of May and sip and support local. Through the vast farmland, limestone bluffs, and beautiful rivers are the wineries of Northeast Iowa. Visit the personal feel at each one of these family-based wineries. Frisky Fox Winery is located on the family farm just outside of Riceville and offers an array of amazing wines. Winneshiek Wildberry Winery is a beautiful country winery with twenty two acres of grapevines and two acres of rhubarb just outside of Decorah. A stop in Marquette, IA can’t be complete without a visit to Eagles Landing Winery which continues to offer award winning wines plus now, food. Get transformed into a world of its own at PromiseLand Winery on the scenic byway. Near Sherrill is Bishop Winery, a hidden gem who has a wine for everyone. On a hillside outside of Dubuque is Park Farm Winery known for producing quality wines made only from Midwest grapes. O So Good Winery, in Dyersville, is one of the state’s newer wineries and offers great wines with fun labels for any occasion. Each Weekend Wine Trail ticket holder will get a free wine tasting at each winery on this trail plus an added special/discount at each location. $30. drinkiowawine.com.

Food Festival Fridays
1st Friday through September: May 3 @ 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Washington Park

Join area food vendors in Washington Park for a lunchtime food fest. 365ink Magazine brings the perfect side dish to your chicken sandwich, pizza, or coffee: local, live music! Catch the following performers in the gazebo: Addison Aronson on May 3, Ralph Kluseman on June 7, John Moran on July 5, Joie Wails on Aug. 2, and Sarah Day on Sept. 6. Hosted by Dubuque Main Street. Free. 700 Locust St. dubuquemainstreet.com.

Vintage Torque Fest
Friday, May 3 @ Noon–Midnight
Saturday, May 4 @ 9 AM–11 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Vintage Torque Fest is a family-friendly event that lasts all weekend long, and it truly has something for everyone. The show is a traditional hot-rod, kustom, and vintage cycle show with a massive live music lineup, pinup show, vendors, swap meet, art auction, and much more. And all of this is to raise funds for Helping Hannah’s Heart, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to raise money for children with congenital heart defects. All cars in the main spectator area are pre-65 traditional and neo-traditional with no billet and no digital. However, ALL cars are welcome, as there is also segregated parking for stock classics, and other show-quality vehicles at the show. Additionally, the show offers many racing events on-site. Though not yet announced, they have traditionally including events like the Summit Racing dirt drags (bikes and cars), Mini Bike Meyhem, and chain-racing demos and vintage stock car racing. Proceeds from Saturday’s art auction benefit Helping Hannah’s Heart. Artists from all over the country paint, pinstripe, and airbrush panels and various wares to be sold for a good cause. Helping Hannah’s Heart Foundation has been able to give over $100,000 to families in need because of Vintage Torque Fest. Vintage Torque Fest has become a festival of music and entertainment hosting blues, rock & roll, country, rockabilly, Americana, and even metal acts. When you add it all up, this is technically the biggest live music festival in Dubuque by a long shot. Be sure to get there early because another favorite staple of the show is the pinup contest, hosted by Peek-a-Boo Pinups. A multitude of classy and beautiful dames grace the stage in striking, vintage fashion stylings to compete for the crown of “Miss Vintage Torque Fest.” $20/day, $35/weekend; free ages 12 and younger; free active military. 14569 Old Highway Rd. facebook.com/VintageTorqueFest.

First Fridays: Widdershins Artisan Gallery
Friday, May 3 @ Noon–8 PM
Widdershins Artisan Gallery
Widdershins Artisan Gallery at Bear Dancer Studios features artwork by local, regional, and national artists including Mark Dierker, John Potter, Debra Sullivan, Sara Mess, and Dan Alderman. Enjoy the comfy vintage furniture while listening to classic rock tunes. Refreshments will be available. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly art series, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. Free. 2204 Central Ave. facebook.com/widdershinsatbds.

First Fridays: Patrice Murtha
Friday, May 3 @ 4:30–7:30 PM
Outside the Lines Art Gallery

Outside the Lines features a different artist each month for First Fridays and is excited to feature Berwyn, IL artist Patrice Murtha on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at the gallery’s Dubuque location. Patrice will be demonstrating her slip-casting technique throughout the evening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and again the following morning. Light refreshments will be offered. The outdoor farmers’ market is only one block from the gallery, and Patrice will return for Sequel Saturday the next morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a relaxed, family-friendly opportunity to visit with the artists of our community and learn a little about how they make their art. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly art series, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. Free. 1101 Main St. 563-583-9343. otlag@aol.com.

First Fridays: Echoes of Iowa: A Dual Perspective
Friday, May 3 @ 5–9 PM
Voices Studios

Voices Studios is proud to announce an exhibition of paintings by local artists John Bissell and Roy Haught, titled Echoes of Iowa: A Dual Perspective. The artists will be present for the opening reception. Outside of regular event hours, the gallery will be open by appointment as requested. Artists John Bissell and Roy Haught are revered figures in the local art scene, each having cultivated their signature style of painting through the span of 60 years. Echoes of Iowa: A Dual Perspective will seek to contrast two unique visions of a local place, Eastern Iowa. Roy Haught, known for his evocative pastoral paintings, draws inspiration from the rich textures and landscapes of Eastern Iowa. Haught’s compositions transport the viewer to the essence of the natural environment. According to Haught, a painting is successful when it exists as a letter of gratitude to nature. Haught received his MA from the University of Notre Dame and Chaired the Art Department at Loras for many years before his retirement. John Bissell’s paintings take the viewer on a nostalgic journey through time with his depictions of Dubuque in the 19th and 20th century. Bissell’s expertly crafted watercolors serve as a window into a bygone era. A full-time artist for many years, Bissell has exhibited in both galleries and museums within the region. Bissell studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and then acquired a Master’s Degree in art from the University of Iowa. The juxtaposition of these two artist’s perspectives creates a rich visual feast of contrasting artistic styles and visions. On display May 3–31. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly art series, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. Free. 1585 Central Ave. 563-590-2533. voicesstudios.org.

Kids Spring YogArt Workshop
Friday, May 3 @ 5:30–7:30 PM
Challenge to Change Studio

This fun 2-hour YogART workshop combines the creative, calming practices of yoga and art into one amazing event. Children will breathe, stretch, and imagine as they receive instruction in yoga, mindfulness, and art projects. YogArt is sure to spark imagination, cultivate creative self-expression plus provide well-being skills that will set them up for success. This fun and engaging class will be led by yoga teacher Miss Krissy. Activities include spring-inspired craft project; a yoga flow inspired by butterflies, flowers, and frogs; and engagement of all the senses for a sense of refresh. Ages 4–10. $30. 3337 Hillcrest Rd. 563-451-7034. bit.ly/springyogart.

First Fridays: John (Big John) Frey
Friday, May 3 @ 5:30–8 PM
The Stu

Join the fellas of the “The Stu” (Asylum Recording Studios and The Glasshouse Studio) as they showcase the artwork of John (Big John) Frey. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly art series, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. Free. 1533 Central Ave. facebook.com/TriPhoenixGroup.

First Fridays: Joel Sires and Jacob Lampman
Friday, May 3 @ 6 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Carnegie-Stout Public Library welcomes singer-songwriter Joel Sires and guitarist Jacob Lampman to the Music @ your library® stage. Sires is an alt-country/folk singer-songwriter from Cedar Falls, IA. Since the beginning of his music career, he has led and collaborated with a number of other talented musicians, including the band TWINS. His solo career features hushed tones and acoustic guitars that bring the volume down and push the song and lyrics to the forefront. Adults age 21 and older may bring their own wine or beer. First Fridays is Downtown Dubuque’s monthly art series, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Visit all of the locations and celebrate our creative community. Free. 360 W 11th St. carnegiestout.org.

Cinco de Mayo at Steeple Square
Friday, May 3 @ 6–9 PM
Steeple Square

Glenda’s Tamales & More, a caterer out of Platteville, will be serving up a delicious taco buffet. In addition to a margarita bar, Steeple Square will have a full cash bar. At 7 p.m., Steeple Square marketing and campus events manager, Lori Kurt, will perform a samba with Adam Kieffer from Adam’s Dance Connection, as a special prelude to their Dubuque Dances with the Stars competition. All proceeds go toward Lori’s Dubuque Dances with the Stars competition, in which her nonprofit of choice is Steeple Square. $25 Adults, $10 ages 12 and younger. 101 E 15th St. 563-235-3584. steeplesquare.com.

Honey Tasting 101
Friday, May 3 @ 6–7 PM
Friday, June 7 @ 6–7 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Did you know that there are over 300 flavors of honey in the United States? Yet, many people have only tasted clover honey from the grocery store. Come and explore the fascinating world of honey. At this one-hour guided honey tasting, your “bee-rista” will start out with some fun and engaging honey and bee trivia to start the “buzz.” Next, you will hear from Galena ARC’s beekeeper to learn a bit about the magic of how bees make honey, and then move to the sweet stuff—the honey tasting! You will taste a variety of honeys ranging from light to medium to dark color profiles. Use a honey flavor wheel and a honey color chart to explore the wide variety of aromas, colors, and flavors of honeys, as you try to put words to what you see, smell, and taste. Each attendee will track their impressions of each honey on a scorecard and will compare and discuss these. You will also get to experience a variety of textures, including creamed and crystalized honeys, and honey direct from the comb. All ages. $25. 10084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org/honey-tasting101.

Mazzuchelli Presents Disney Beauty and the Beast JR
Friday, May 3 @ 7 PM
Saturday, May 4 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. All ages. $17 Adults, $15 ages 18 and younger. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Dubuque Hempstead Presents The Miracle Worker
May 3–4 @ 7 PM
Hempstead High School Auditorium

The Miracle Worker is the classic story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Based on the true story of Helen Keller and her family, as they employ Annie Sullivan to help unlock Helen’s brilliant mind. Helen struck blind and deaf in the wake of an illness as a toddler. Now grown into a young very bright, strong-willed child without any formal education or form of communication, Helen is a frustrated mystery to her exhausted family. Her heartbroken mother Kate is Helen’s best protector, but her father Captain Arthur Keller has despaired of any possible resolution and her half-brothers, James and William, feel that an institution is the best option. Kate insists on sending for a governess from the prestigious Perkins Institute for the Blind. Annie Sullivan, a lively and stubborn Yankee girl, barely out of school herself, with the experience of childhood blindness—cured, after numerous operations—arrives to help with Helen. Driven by the demons of her traumatic past, Annie fight to reach Helen and bring light to the darkness of her mind. But faced with the well-meaning pity of the Kellers (with their own familial conflict) and the fearful, furious trickery of Helen herself, it will take all of Annie’s patience, creativity, and firmness of spirit to guide Helen into a world of understanding. Universal sorrows, family bonds, and the strength of the human spirit are explored in the amazing true story these remarkable women. The show has a PG rating, and is family friendly, with some caution. Doors open at 6:30. $10. 3715 Pennsylvania Ave. hempstead.dbqschools.org.

You Can’t Take it With You Radio Play
May 3–4 @ 7 PM
May 5 @ 2 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

A madcap, idealistic comedy that reminds us you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy. $25 Adults, $10 students. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. 815-402-3111. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Asbury Garage Sales
May 3–4
Asbury, IA

Find hidden treasures throughout Asbury at the city-wide garage sale. A map of listings is available online. 563-556-7106. CityOfAsbury.com.

Saturday, May 4

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: May 4 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

2024 Dubuque Area HeartWalk
Saturday, May 4 @ 8–11 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Join the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: May 4 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Midwest Pride In Your Ride
May 4 @ 8 AM
Tri-State Raceway (Earlville, IA)

Friday includes a survivor convoy, truck pull, and light show. Saturday features the Lifetime Achievement Awards; free kids activities, bounce house, and games; live auction; truck drag racing; and semi truck pull. Vendors available both days. Concessions available on grounds, carry ins are allowed. BYOB. $10, free ages 12 and younger, free cancer survivors wearing a purple survivor shirt. 2217 270th Ave, Earlville, IA. 563-923-3724. midwestprideinyourride.org.

Vintage Torque Fest
Saturday, May 4 @ 9 AM–11 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Vintage Torque Fest is a family-friendly event that lasts all weekend long, and it truly has something for everyone. The show is a traditional hot-rod, kustom, and vintage cycle show with a massive live music lineup, pinup show, vendors, swap meet, art auction, and much more. And all of this is to raise funds for Helping Hannah’s Heart, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to raise money for children with congenital heart defects. All cars in the main spectator area are pre-65 traditional and neo-traditional with no billet and no digital. However, ALL cars are welcome, as there is also segregated parking for stock classics, and other show-quality vehicles at the show. Additionally, the show offers many racing events on-site. Though not yet announced, they have traditionally including events like the Summit Racing dirt drags (bikes and cars), Mini Bike Meyhem, and chain-racing demos and vintage stock car racing. Proceeds from Saturday’s art auction benefit Helping Hannah’s Heart. Artists from all over the country paint, pinstripe, and airbrush panels and various wares to be sold for a good cause. Helping Hannah’s Heart Foundation has been able to give over $100,000 to families in need because of Vintage Torque Fest. Vintage Torque Fest has become a festival of music and entertainment hosting blues, rock & roll, country, rockabilly, Americana, and even metal acts. When you add it all up, this is technically the biggest live music festival in Dubuque by a long shot. Be sure to get there early because another favorite staple of the show is the pinup contest, hosted by Peek-a-Boo Pinups. A multitude of classy and beautiful dames grace the stage in striking, vintage fashion stylings to compete for the crown of “Miss Vintage Torque Fest.” $20/day, $35/weekend; free ages 12 and younger; free active military. 14569 Old Highway Rd. facebook.com/VintageTorqueFest.

World Labyrinth Day Celebration
Saturday, May 4 @ 9 AM–Noon
Shalom Spirituality Center

Every year on the first Saturday in May, thousands of people around the world participate in World Labyrinth Day as a moving meditation for world peace and shared appreciation of the labyrinth experience. People in many lands will be walking to create a unified rolling wave of peaceful energy, passing all around the globe. Confident in the belief that what we do with our bodies and minds has a tangible effect upon the whole human family, Shalom invites you to come walk the labyrinth. It is a simple act, which can be prayerful, meditative, reflective, relaxing, or all of these at once. RSVP by May 3. Free. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Southwest Health Nurses’ Week 5K
Saturday, May 4 @ 9 AM
Southwest Health (Platteville, WI)

Southwest Health is hosting a 5K run/walk to kick of Nurses’ Week and celebrate nurses’ dedication to keeping the people of southwest Wisconsin safe and healthy. Southwest Health goes the extra mile for their nurses, and you can too! Bring your kids, your dogs, and whoever you’d like to cheer you on. Includes an event T-shirt. Check in at 8:30 a.m. RSVP by April 17. $30. 1400 Eastside Rd, Platteville, WI. 608-348-2331. southwesthealth.org/nurses-week-5k.

Movin’ Groovin’ Mornings
May 4, June 15, July 13, and August 10 @ 10:30 AM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Grab your kiddos and head to the library for a morning of moving and grooving! Listen to songs and stories, play with scarves and shakers, and have so much silly fun together. Best for ages 2–6, though all are welcome to attend. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

2024 Earth Month in Galena: Turn Over a New Leaf: Plant and Seed Swap
Saturday, May 4 @ 11 AM
Galena Public Library (Galena, IL)

The Galena Green Team has compiled a calendar of earth-friendly events in and around Galena during the month of April and beyond. The list offers everyone a chance to appreciate and give back to nature. This year’s theme is “Connecting You With Nature.” A closer, healthier and sustainable relationship with nature comes through noticing, emotion, finding beauty and meaning, and through compassion. One of the Green Team’s goals is to balance the usual focus on knowledge and identification with these other pathways to nature connection. Free. distlerl@galenalibrary.org. galenagreenteamblog.wordpress.com.

Fever River Puppeteers Presents River Critters
Saturday, May 4 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, May 5 @ 2 PM
Saturday, May 11 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, May 12 @ 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

When Buddy goes fishing with his grandpa on the Mississippi River for the first time, he has no idea what will happen when he loses his shoe in the water. Without knowing it, he’s sharing a sunny day with a playful otter and his friend, a patient turtle, as well as a heron, an eagle, a raccoon, a catfish, a frog, a duckling and even a couple of fish flies. River Critters is a hand, rod, and shadow puppet show. Doors open a half hour before each performance. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight1970@me.com. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Nick’s Derby Days
Saturday, May 4 @ Noon
Nick’s Bar (Platteville, WI)

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby Horse Race with live music and good company. Dress in your best Kentucky Derby outfits and head to the back parking lot of Nick’s for food trucks, beer tent, and music by Logan Mize, Troy Cartwright, Wire & Nail, and Frank Martin Busch and The Names. Ages 21+. RSVP required. $30. 74 N. Second St, Platteville, WI. nicksderbydays.com.

Mazzuchelli Presents Disney Beauty and the Beast JR
Saturday, May 4 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. All ages. $17 Adults, $15 ages 18 and younger. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
Saturday, May 4 @ 4 PM
Shenandoah Riding Center (Galena, IL)

Wear your best derby attire and watch the most exciting race of the year. Indulge in complimentary appetizers, sip on refreshing Mint Juleps from the cash bar, and delight in the pageantry of the event’s “Parade of Horses,” courtesy of the Shenandoah boarding and trail community.  With doors opening at 4 p.m. and the race starting around 5:30 p.m., you wouldn’t want to miss a moment of this spectacular event. Grab your friends, put on your most extravagant hat, and experience the thrill of the Kentucky Derby! Ages 21+. $20 ADV, $25 door. 200 N. Brodrecht Rd, Galena, IL. 815-777-9550. shenandoahridingcenter.com.

Dubuque Hempstead Presents The Miracle Worker
May 4 @ 7 PM
Hempstead High School Auditorium

The Miracle Worker is the classic story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Based on the true story of Helen Keller and her family, as they employ Annie Sullivan to help unlock Helen’s brilliant mind. Helen struck blind and deaf in the wake of an illness as a toddler. Now grown into a young very bright, strong-willed child without any formal education or form of communication, Helen is a frustrated mystery to her exhausted family. Her heartbroken mother Kate is Helen’s best protector, but her father Captain Arthur Keller has despaired of any possible resolution and her half-brothers, James and William, feel that an institution is the best option. Kate insists on sending for a governess from the prestigious Perkins Institute for the Blind. Annie Sullivan, a lively and stubborn Yankee girl, barely out of school herself, with the experience of childhood blindness—cured, after numerous operations—arrives to help with Helen. Driven by the demons of her traumatic past, Annie fight to reach Helen and bring light to the darkness of her mind. But faced with the well-meaning pity of the Kellers (with their own familial conflict) and the fearful, furious trickery of Helen herself, it will take all of Annie’s patience, creativity, and firmness of spirit to guide Helen into a world of understanding. Universal sorrows, family bonds, and the strength of the human spirit are explored in the amazing true story these remarkable women. The show has a PG rating, and is family friendly, with some caution. Doors open at 6:30. $10. 3715 Pennsylvania Ave. hempstead.dbqschools.org.

You Can’t Take it With You Radio Play
May 4 @ 7 PM
May 5 @ 2 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

A madcap, idealistic comedy that reminds us you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy. $25 Adults, $10 students. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. 815-402-3111. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Not Quite Brothers
Saturday, May 4 @ 8 PM
Diamond Jo Casino Mississippi Moon Bar

Not Quite Brothers is central Iowa’s fastest growing cover band. Formed in 2018, the band quickly became known for their huge sound, eclectic setlist, and ability to enhance any party. Fans of all ages agree “It feels like I am watching the band they are covering in their heyday.” and “It’s so cool to see a younger generation playing my favorite songs on stage!” Sam Johnson (vocals) and Isaac Johnson (guitar) are twins and although Cooper Corcoran (guitar), Ben Schmelzer (drums), and Nathan Klein (bass) are of no relation to each other, these five fellas are as tight as brothers… but not quite. Ages 21+. 301 Bell St. 563-690-4800. DiamondJoDubuque.com.

Stargazing in The Galena Territory
May 4 @ 8–10 PM
June 8 @ 8:30–10:30 PM
July 6 @ 8:30–10:30 PM
August 3 @ 8:30–10:30 PM
September 7 @ 7:30–9:30 PM
October 26 @ 6–8 PM
The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

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

Asbury Garage Sales
May 4
Asbury, IA

Find hidden treasures throughout Asbury at the city-wide garage sale. A map of listings is available online. 563-556-7106. CityOfAsbury.com.

Sunday, May 5

Gathering in the Gardens: Breakfast & Blooms
Sunday, May 5 @ 10 AM–Noon
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Packard Pavilion

Tulip flower bar by Rech Family Gardens, breakfast buffet by Convivium Urban Farmstead, hand-poured candles and wax melts by Limerick Candle Co., door prizes, and more. RSVP. $25.95–$27.95. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Cinco de Mayo Party
Sunday, May 5 @ 1–5 PM
Carlos O’Kelly’s

Carlos O’Kelly’s continues their Cinco de Mayo Party festivities with an early event this year. Take advantage of some great drink specials plus the 99 Bottle of Corona Prize Giveaway. JJ Schmitz joins for live music at 1:30–4:30 p.m. 1355 Associates Dr. facebook.com/carlosokellysdbq.

American Girl Days
Sundays: May 5 and 19 @ 1–3 PM
Centrally Rooted

Centrally Rooted, a Dubuque-based nonprofit organization that focuses on brain health through creative expression, will host Jacqueline Hunter, founder of Oh Happy Play, in a special “Learn and Play” event based on the American Girl book series and doll brand. American Girl books aim to educate, empower, promote understanding, spark important conversations, and create change. Discover the worlds of Josephina, Kirstin, Molly, Addy, and Felicity through storytelling, engaging activities, and creative writing. Participants will learn about important people, places, and events in American history. Inspired by the American Girl stories, participants will be creating their own storybook for their doll. AG Days aren’t just about history and writing; they are about making friends and creating unforgettable memories. Ages 8–12. RSVP required. Free. 2230 Central Ave. centrallyrooted.com/upcoming-events.

The 2nd Annual Branya Soup Cook-Off: Cinco de Mayo Style
Sunday, May 5 @ 2–4 PM
The Other Side (East Dubuque, IL)

Got a soup recipe that you think is better than the rest? Bring it to The Other Side for their 2nd Annual Branya Soup Cook-Off. Every one else is invited to bring an empty stomach to enjoy the all-you-can-eat soup starting at 2 p.m. Judging at 4:30 p.m. Cubs vs. Brewers begins at 1:20 p.m. $10 Donation for all-you-can-eat. 68 Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL.

You Can’t Take it With You Radio Play
May 5 @ 2 PM
Galena Center for the Arts (Galena, IL)

A madcap, idealistic comedy that reminds us you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy. $25 Adults, $10 students. 971 Gear St, Galena, IL. 815-402-3111. galenacenterforthearts.org.

Fever River Puppeteers Presents River Critters
Sunday, May 5 @ 2 PM
Saturday, May 11 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, May 12 @ 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

When Buddy goes fishing with his grandpa on the Mississippi River for the first time, he has no idea what will happen when he loses his shoe in the water. Without knowing it, he’s sharing a sunny day with a playful otter and his friend, a patient turtle, as well as a heron, an eagle, a raccoon, a catfish, a frog, a duckling and even a couple of fish flies. River Critters is a hand, rod, and shadow puppet show. Doors open a half hour before each performance. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight1970@me.com. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

DSYE Spring Concert
Sunday, May 5 @ 5 PM
Steeple Square

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) String Ensemble, Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble and Youth Orchestra present their spring concert. Highlights include arrangements of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Symphony No. 1, String Ensemble and Youth Orchestra each present medleys of popular American tunes, the Wind Ensemble performs Stravinsky’s thrilling Firebird finale, Youth Orchestra features 2023 2nd place Concerto Winner, Gavin Weinbender, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and Youth Orchestra finishes the program with the beloved West Side Story overture. Free. 101 E 15th St. 563-557-1677. DubuqueSymphony.org.

Talent Nights: Brian Imbus
Sunday, May 5 @ 7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The renowned mentalist and hypnotist, brings comedy and entertainment to Stone Cliff Winery. Prepare for a thrilling journey of imagination as audience volunteers become the stars of the show. Includes a free drink. $40. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Monday, May 6

Line Dancing
Monday, May 6 @ 6:30–7:30 PM
NICC Peosta Campus (Peosta, IA)

Get ready for the dance floor!  Come learn some fun line dances! It’s a great way to learn some moves and get some great exercise. $25. 8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

Tuesday, May 7

Early Explorers: Gar
1st Tuesday: May 7 @ 10–11 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. RSVP suggested. $10/toddler Non-members; $8/toddler members; adults free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x222. RiverMuseum.org/early-explorers.

Paul Schulhof & Az Rashidi in Conversation
Tuesday, May 7 @ 6 PM
7 Hills Event Center

Join Paul Schulhof and Az Rashidi, designers of the Dubuque Museum of Art’s new art campus and principals of Schulhof Rashidi Architects, in conversation. Preview the designs for DuMA’s new campus as part of Architecture Days presented by Dubuque Main Street. RSVP. Free. 1098 Jackson St. 563-588-4400. dubuquemainstreet.com.

2024 Earth Month in Galena: Invasive Plant Species
Tuesday, May 7 @ 6 PM
Galena Territory Association Owner’s Club Lounge (Galena, IL)

Talk by Emily Lubcke, Natural Resource Coordinator of the Galena Territory with Wild Ones of Jo Daviess County.
The Galena Green Team has compiled a calendar of earth-friendly events in and around Galena during the month of April and beyond. The list offers everyone a chance to appreciate and give back to nature. This year’s theme is “Connecting You With Nature.” A closer, healthier and sustainable relationship with nature comes through noticing, emotion, finding beauty and meaning, and through compassion. One of the Green Team’s goals is to balance the usual focus on knowledge and identification with these other pathways to nature connection. Free. wildonesjdc@gmail.com. galenagreenteamblog.wordpress.com.

Thursday, May 9

Mac and Cheese Fest
Thursday, May 9 @ 5–8 PM
Grand River Center

Look for more of the same decadent cheesy goodness you’ve come to expect from this food-coma generating event. More than 20 area chefs bring their A-game to the competition paired with 50 craft beers plus live music from Boogie Monster. Proceeds to Benefit University of Iowa Hospitals NICU and Rauen Family Foundation. $39 GA, $59 pre-sale only VIP. 500 Bell St. macandcheesefestdbq.com.

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

This independent farmers’ market features local food, art, and other unique goods. Their goal is to connect shoppers with the amazing farmers, producers, artists, and artisans that we have in the Tri-State area, while also providing a unique nightlife experience. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water bottle, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: Three Quarter Buzz
Thursdays through September: May 9 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue
Thursday, May 9 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

Thank you for being a…fan! Following sold out performances and rave reviews across the country in 2023, The Golden Girls are back and better than ever with a brand new stage show that’s more exciting than a trip to the Rusty Anchor. Written by Robert Leleux, author of The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy and The Living End and directed by Eric Swanson, co-founder and executive director of The Detroit Actors’ Theatre Company. Ages 18+. $50–$75. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

Friday, May 10

Shalom Day of Self-Renewal
Friday, May 10 @ 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Start your Mother’s Day weekend with a deep relaxation experience at Shalom. While this day is open to everyone, it would make a perfect gift for hard-working moms. Facilitated by Shalom Program Coordinator Jim Earles, the day offers a group guided meditation, a private guest room, a delicious lunch, access to the chapel and labyrinth, and relaxation services. Mom can enjoy a quiet reading space, nap in a private room, walk the beautiful grounds, or have peaceful prayer time. RSVP by May 3. $115 Individual, $97 second person booked at the same time. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Friday Lights Poetry Night
2nd Friday: May 10 @ 6–7 PM
River Lights Bookstore
Bring your work to share and read a favorite poem. Listen, laugh, and learn in a quiet space of time. Participate in the poetry book swap—bring one, swap one. Facilitated by Valorie Woerdehoff and Q Hommen-Quario. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

Bored Teachers
Friday, May 10 @ 7:30 PM
Five Flags Theater

More than ever, teachers need an outlet to decompress and laughing off the stress from the school year. The #1 teacher-entertainment platform in the world, Bored Teachers, presents the funniest teacher-comedians in the world all on one stage. Their hilarious skits about the life of teachers inside and outside of the classroom have amassed over 1 BILLION views on the internet, and they’ve all joined comic forces for a night of laughter you do not want to miss. With almost 10 million followers across social platforms and top-rated teacher podcasts, these hilarious and popular teacher-comedians have a mission to spread laughter to as many fellow educators as they can. The tour has even been reviewed by non-teachers as one of the funniest comedy shows they’ve ever seen. This comedy powerhouse is making its way around the country with over 250 shows performed in the past two years! Laughter is the best medicine from the stress of the school year and the Bored Teachers Comedy Tour is the perfect fix. For a complete listing of all tour stops visit the Comedy Tour page. $36–$66. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

Saturday, May 11

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: May 11 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: May 11 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

She Unites Pickleball Tournament
Saturday, May 11 @ 9 AM–2 PM
Veterans Memorial Park

Battle it out in an epic women-only tournament to raise funds for She Unites. Two divisions are available: competitive and recreational. There will be a three game minimum in each division which will lead to bracket play. Registered singles will be paired up. All equipment, instruction, snacks, and beverages will be provided. No experience is required! Just come with a positive mindset, water, and be ready to learn a new sport. 2790 Miracle League Dr. $40/single, $70/double. sheunitesiowa.com.

Motherless Daughter’s Luncheon
Saturday, May 11 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Sisters of the Presentation

If you are a woman who has lost her mom due to any reason, you are invited to gather for a delicious meal, to share memories with others, and to listen to speaker Ann Scott. The time together will end in a circle of remembrance, which is sure to be a healing experience. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited. RSVP by May 3. $20. 2360 Carter Rd. 563-495-3332. mmsjwl1971@gmail.com.

Fever River Puppeteers Presents River Critters
Saturday, May 11 @ 11 AM and 2 PM
Sunday, May 12 @ 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

When Buddy goes fishing with his grandpa on the Mississippi River for the first time, he has no idea what will happen when he loses his shoe in the water. Without knowing it, he’s sharing a sunny day with a playful otter and his friend, a patient turtle, as well as a heron, an eagle, a raccoon, a catfish, a frog, a duckling and even a couple of fish flies. River Critters is a hand, rod, and shadow puppet show. Doors open a half hour before each performance. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight1970@me.com. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Garfield the Cat Party
May 11 @ 1 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Garfield is starring in a new movie! Celebrate the beloved star of almost 80 books at an epic bash featuring Garfield trivia, Garfield button-making, candy lasagna, and more. All ages. RSVP required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

10th Annual Cascade Wingfest
Saturday, May 11 @ 3–7 PM
Riverview Park (Cascade, IA)

Get your wing on with the Cascade Chamber. Live music by Mark Zalaznik, wing samples $10 for 8 wings, cold beer, Delaney’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Hangry Hobo Food Truck, and Bob & Lou’s coffee camper. Bring your own lawn chair, no carry ins. Free. 101 Pierce St. cascadechamber.org.

Moriah The Medium
Saturday, May 11 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Theater

Join Moriah The Medium for live readings with the audience, communicating with your loved ones who have passed, and learn how you can communicate with them too. Moriah The Medium is a former combat Veteran of Desert Storm, published author, and has appeared on A&E and the Biography Channel’s Paranormal Cops. $39+. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

Sunday, May 12

Afternoon Tea: 100 Years of Fashion
Sunday, May 12 @ 1–3 PM
Mathias Ham Historic Site

Explore the world of fashion while enjoying a traditional afternoon tea. Afternoon tea series at the MHHS are open to all ages. They happen the second Sunday of the month throughout the spring. Each month will feature a different theme. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, treats, and a variety of teas or lemonade. Menus will vary by month. Members: $20 adults, $10 youth; Non-members: $25 adults, $15 youth. 2241 Lincoln Ave. 563-557-9545 x212. rivermuseum.org.

Discussion: The Comedy of Errors
Sunday, May 12 @ 2–4 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Shakespeare’s shortest play is also his most farcical comedy with multiple mistaken identities. Two sets of identical twins, the masters both named Antipholus and the servants both named Dromio are separated at birth. One set grows up in Syracuse and comes to Ephesus to find the other, and every possible combination of master and servant happens resulting in gleeful chaos. 360 W 11th St. 563-588-6347. shakespeare.carnegiestout.org.

Fever River Puppeteers Presents River Critters
Sunday, May 12 @ 2 PM
Hazel Green Opera House (Hazel Green, WI)

When Buddy goes fishing with his grandpa on the Mississippi River for the first time, he has no idea what will happen when he loses his shoe in the water. Without knowing it, he’s sharing a sunny day with a playful otter and his friend, a patient turtle, as well as a heron, an eagle, a raccoon, a catfish, a frog, a duckling and even a couple of fish flies. River Critters is a hand, rod, and shadow puppet show. Doors open a half hour before each performance. $5. 2130 Main St, Hazel Green, WI. 608-732-7129. voight1970@me.com. hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Monday, May 13

SoundScape at Shalom
Monday, May 13 @ 6:30–8 PM
Shalom Spirituality Center

Join in the tranquility of SoundScape, an immersive and soothing sensory experience hosted by professional musician Desiree Irwin and Sound Healing practitioner Morgan Noel. Surrender to 70 minutes of harmonious melodies created by a symphony of instruments—including piano, crystal and Tibetan bowls, handcrafted waterfall drums, Koshi chimes, traditional drumming, and the enchanting gong. Desiree will use her voice to channel angelic harmonies along with the instruments. The session is framed by an angelic, heart-centered meditation. Turn inward as the healing frequencies and vibrations flow in. During the final 20 minutes of the program, the space will open for community connection and sharing. Share your experience, soak in a moment of peace, and receive gratitude from Desiree and Morgan for attending. The community space at the end is optional, so you can leave immediately following the closing meditation if you wish. No prior experience is needed. Please bring anything you require to be comfortable, such as a pillow, blanket, yoga mat, eye covering, etc. RSVP by May 10. $15. 1001 Davis St. 563-582-3592. shalomretreats.org.

Wednesday, May 15

Business Summit 2024
Wednesday, May 15 @ 9–11 AM
NICC Peosta Campus (Peosta, IA)

“Elevate Your Everyday” and move your business forward with nationally known speaker Dustin E. James. A Black Tie MOMENT is an unforgettable emotional moment that stays with us forever. Are you providing enough of these moments to your customers, clients, co-workers and businesses? Are there areas that you need to improve? The bar has gone up, and being average is no longer acceptable. This keynote presentation, delivered by speaker Dustin James, will share how you can elevate the everyday and create a simple concept with a creative splash, establish a new business and generate a top-performing transformation. You will walk away with four rules to Elevate the Everyday with Black Tie MOMENTS for your customers, co-workers or business: how you show up matters, who cares about your competition, change the game and serve it up over-delivered. $169. 8342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: May 15 @ 4–7 PM
Veteran’s Memorial Park (Cuba City, WI)

Featuring a variety of market-related goods. 100 S Washington St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. facebook.com/CubaCityMarket.

Museum X: Curator Quiz Show
Wednesday, May 15 @ 6–8 PM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Explore the fascinating intersection of history and living collections at this interactive event! Join curators from both realms for discussions, a game-show style quiz, and earn bonus points if you can “Stump the Curator.” Free members, $10 non-members. 350 E 3rd ST. 563-557-9545. rivermuseum.org.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: May 15 @ 6:30–7:30 PM
The Innovation Lab

Come together for an evening of socialization and education. She Unites features rotating speakers, talking about anything and everything pertaining to women in a chill environment. Make a new friend, have authentic conversations, and leave with inspiration to power you through. All are welcome. All are worthy. All belong. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Free. 210 Jones St. SheUnitesIowa.com/events.

Teen Summer Volunteer Orientation
May 15 and 20
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The library is seeking student volunteers to assist with the children’s Summer Reading Program. Pick up an application from the Children’s Help Desk by May 17. A great first step to eligibility for a $1,500 Teen Success Scholarship. Ages 13–18. RSVP preferred. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Thursday, May 16

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October 5: May 16 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: May 16 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: Laura McDonald
Thursdays through September: May 16 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Friday, May 17

Machine Killer Tour featuring Sevendust, Static-X, and DOPE
Friday, May 17 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Arena
Metal legends Sevendust and Static-X bring their Machine Killer Tour to the Five Flags Arena. The Machine Killer Tour is a reunion that is over two decades in the making and goes all the way back to 1999. Sevendust, Static-X, and DOPE were each exploding onto the scene and partnered up to create one of the most memorable tours of that year. Now the metal holy trinity will continue touring together. Co-headlined by Static-X and Sevendust, the tour is named after the Gold certified sophomore album Machine by Static-X and their recently acclaimed Rise Of The Machine tour, along with the chart-topping 14th studio album from Sevendust, Truth Killer. Sevendust never follow a linear path. Instead, they continue to bulldoze a lane of their own with a proven one-two punch of rumbling grooves, unpredictable riffing, and stirringly soulful vocals unlike anything else in hard rock. As a result, their music connects straight to the heart as evidenced by their full-contact live shows and diehard “family” of fans. It’s why they’ve been around since 1994, tallied global sales of seven million, logged three gold-selling albums, delivered three Top 15 debuts on the Billboard 200, and garnered a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” The Atlanta quintet—Lajon Witherspoon, Clint Lowery, John Connolly, Vince Hornsby, and Morgan Rose—defy expectations yet again on their latest album, Truth Killer. Static-X rose to fame with their 1999 platinum selling debut album Wisconsin Death Trip and went on to release five more albums over the course of the next decade. The band has sold more than 3-million albums in the US alone and has had multiple chart-topping radio singles. On Nov. 1, 2014, founding member Wayne Static unexpectedly passed away. The reformed lineup of original members Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda, Ken Jay and backed by frontman Xer0 hit the road in 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album and delivered acclaimed performances by fans and critics alike. The revitalized Static-X continue to make headlines with their sold-out touring and new music while keeping their signature Evil Disco sound alive. $35–$65. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

Seussical Auditions
May 17 and 18
Bell Tower Theater

This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life! Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show features and cast and crew of kids ages 7 to 16 from the area. Show dates are July 18–27. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, May 18

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: May 18 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: May 18 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

2nd Annual Mark Dalsing Memorial Run
Saturday, May 18 @ 8–11 AM
Heritage Pond

Join the Dalsing family for the 2nd annual memorial run in honor of their husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, inspiration. Former Police Chief Mark Dalsing joined in local 5ks aimed at bettering the lives of those who call Dubuque home. In his memory, the Dalsing family has created the Live Like Mark Campaign, and this run is one of the ways they try to keep that goal alive. Enjoy food truck, raffles, and good memories to make and look back on. Partnered with St. Mark Youth Enrichment. $35. LiveLikeMark.org.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: May 18 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to Wisconsin
Saturday, May 18 @ 12:30–1:30 PM
EB Lyons Interpretive Center

George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist of the International Crane Foundation and author of My Life with Cranes, will share the amazing story of how Whooping Cranes were reintroduced to Wisconsin. Captive-raised birds learned the route to Florida by following three ultralight airplanes, outfitted with crane puppets to look like their parents. George will bring one of these crane puppets to demonstrate how they are used to prevent the chicks from imprinting on humans. His presentation will include how ICF breeds Whooping Cranes in captivity, releases them to the wild, and monitors their movements using radio transmitters attached to a leg band that communicates with satellites. Hosted by Dubuque Audubon Society. Free. 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd. AudubonDubuque.org.

Heartache Tonight
Saturday, May 18 @ 7 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience, with meticulous attention to every detail. Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge rock powerhouse that produced hits over our decades. There are no pre-recorded backing tracks in the Heartache Tonight show; all vocal harmonies and guitar parts are faithful to the originals and performed live. Just hit song after hit song from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, performed by tremendously talented musicians with perfection and passion. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a cappella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life In The Fast Lane,” the anthemic country rock of “Take It Easy,” and the beautifully evocative “Heart Or The Matter.” Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re hearing the real thing. $35 ADV/$38 door. 1215 E. Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

An Evening with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Saturday, May 18 @ 8 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall
The Heritage Center welcomes country music hall of famer, five-time Grammy Award winner, and AMA Lifetime Achievement honoree Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives to Dubuque. Over the course of 40-plus years as a country and bluegrass solo artist, Marty Stuart has released more than 20 major label albums and scored platinum sales, hit singles, and just about every honor the industry could bestow along the way. Known for his traditional style and eclectic combination of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music, Marty Stuart is considered one of the genre’s most historically minded “new” traditionalists. 2255 Bennett St. 563-585-7469. www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Seussical Auditions
May 18
Bell Tower Theater

This delightful musical takes audiences into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and brings many of his beloved characters to life! Follow Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Lazy Mayzie, and a whole bunch of Whos as they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, and community. Imaginations soar in this playful tale filled with color, laughter and plenty of rhymes. This show features and cast and crew of kids ages 7 to 16 from the area. Show dates are July 18–27. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Sunday, May 19

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: May 19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Veterans Memorial Plaza

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee, donuts, and drinks will be for sale. Proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 1795 Admiral Sheehy Dr. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

Children’s Spring Party
Sunday, May 19 @ 11 AM–2 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens McKay Plaza

An annual tradition of a fun, engaging, and informative family-oriented event for the Dubuque community. Enjoy costumed characters; a DJ playing fun, family-friendly tunes; temporary tattoos; games and prizes; free activity; emergency vehicles; and so much more. Food, drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. All ages. $2. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Galena LitFest: A Picnic with Louisa May Alcott
Sunday, May 19 @ 11 AM
Grant Park Pavilion (Galena, IL)

In celebration of the 10th annual Galena LitFest, the Galena Public Library, is thrilled to announce the return of Debra Miller, who will portray Louisa May Alcott. Poet and author, abolitionist and nurse, patriot and suffragist; Louisa May Alcott was so much more than the author of Little Women. In this 45 minute performance, the audience meets with this prolific American author at the height of her health and success. Learn of the hopes, the heartbreaks, and the experiences of Louisa May Alcott’s life from which she drew inspiration for her novels, short stories, and poems. Through excerpts from her letters and journals and published works, Louisa May Alcott speaks to you in her own words; of her childhood, her experiences as a Civil War nurse, her struggles to support her family, and the equal rights of all. Debra Miller is a professional actress, vocalist and voice-over talent with over 30 years of experience as a performer for live audiences, television, and film. Galena LitFest is organized and funded by the Galena Public Library with support from the Friends of the Galena Public Library. Tickets include a box lunch provided by Galena Bakehouse. RSVP by May 8. 625 Park Ave, Galena, IL. 815-777-0200. galenalibrary.org.

American Girl Days
Sunday, May 19 @ 1–3 PM
Centrally Rooted

Centrally Rooted, a Dubuque-based nonprofit organization that focuses on brain health through creative expression, will host Jacqueline Hunter, founder of Oh Happy Play, in a special “Learn and Play” event based on the American Girl book series and doll brand. American Girl books aim to educate, empower, promote understanding, spark important conversations, and create change. Discover the worlds of Josephina, Kirstin, Molly, Addy, and Felicity through storytelling, engaging activities, and creative writing. Participants will learn about important people, places, and events in American history. Inspired by the American Girl stories, participants will be creating their own storybook for their doll. AG Days aren’t just about history and writing; they are about making friends and creating unforgettable memories. Ages 8–12. RSVP required. Free. 2230 Central Ave. centrallyrooted.com/upcoming-events.

Cooking 101: Pantry Basics
Sunday, May 19 @ 3–5 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

What’s for dinner? The dreaded question at the end of each day. Imagine coming home from work and opening your cupboard and fridge and having everything on-hand to whip up a healthy, nutritious dinner. In this class we will learn what it takes to stock an effective pantry as well as run through some easy pantry-based meal ideas. We will also learn some effective ideas for eliminating food waste and making the most of your freezer. Join Convivium Co-Founder Leslie Shalabi for this exciting new class, which is part of their “Cooking 101” series. It is for the person who has very limited cooking knowledge and wants to become more confident in the kitchen. This series will be a combination of classroom learning, demonstration, and some limited hands-on experience. $25–$37.50. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Talent Nights: Jamie Aaron Kelley
Sunday, May 19 @ 7 PM
Stone Cliff Winery

The award-winning showman takes the stage with a dynamic range of music including blues, country, rock and roll, jazz, and even Elvis. Get ready to be blown away. Includes a free drink. $40. 600 Star Brewery Dr. 563-583-6100 x203. stonecliffwinery.com.

Monday, May 20

Teen Summer Volunteer Orientation
May 20
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The library is seeking student volunteers to assist with the children’s Summer Reading Program. Pick up an application from the Children’s Help Desk by May 17. A great first step to eligibility for a $1,500 Teen Success Scholarship. Ages 13–18. RSVP preferred. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Thursday, May 23

Dyersville Farmers Market
Thursdays through October 5: May 23 @ 3–5 PM
Commercial Club Park (Dyersville, IA)

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: May 23 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: Mississippi Band
Thursdays through September: May 23 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Wanderwood Gardens Educational Session
Thursday, May 23 @ 6–7:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center

Enjoy a conversation with Jared McGovern, Director of the Wanderwood Gardens: a forest of make-believe and discovery. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Saturday, May 25

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: May 25 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: May 25 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

Platteville Summer Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: May 25 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

NPC Mighty Muscle on the Mississippi
Saturday, May 25 @ 5 PM
Five Flags Theater

The NPC Mighty Muscle on the Mississippi is a bodybuilding competition. The event will feature several categories and divisions including Bikini, Classic Physique, Figure, Fitness, Men’s Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, National Physique Committee, Wellness, Women’s Bodybuilding, and Women’s Physique. The event is organized by UPA Events and Bill Carpenter. $43–$53. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

Sunday, May 26

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: May 26 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Tuesday, May 28

Teen Advisory Group: Teen Hangout
May 28, June 25, July 30, and August 27 @ 5:15 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Games, crafts, and more. Explore a craft or activity while providing feedback on making the library a welcoming place for teens. Ages 13–18. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Thursday, May 30

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

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: May 30 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: Jimmy Welty Band
Thursdays through September: May 30 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live @ the Plaza: Educator Appreciation
Every Other Thursday through August: May 30 @ 5–8 PM
Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly, free-to-attend event will feature beverages from Pecatonica Brewing Company, bites from Pullido’s Food Truck, and music provided by the Danny Parker Project. Visit the Plaza to enjoy live music, food trucks, and community. May’s event will celebrate the educators in our area. All educators are encouraged to come for a chance to enter special giveaways and receive a free “thank you” gift from our partners. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Italian Tomato Galette Cooking Class
Thursday, May 30 @ 6–7 PM
Steeple Square

Learn how to make a rustic pie with Italian flavors from instructor Lynn Kaufman. A galette is a rustic pie that is formed without the use of a tin. Incorporate lots of Italian flavors to make a delicious dish to take home. This is the perfect night out for a date night or a girl’s or guy’s night out. $45. 101 E 15th St. 844-642-2338 x1399. nicc.edu/solutions.

2024 Earth Month in Galena: Preventing Bird-Window Collisions
Thursday, May 30 @ 6 PM
Online
Hosted by Wild Ones of Jo Daviess County. The Galena Green Team has compiled a calendar of earth-friendly events in and around Galena during the month of April and beyond. The list offers everyone a chance to appreciate and give back to nature. This year’s theme is “Connecting You With Nature.” A closer, healthier and sustainable relationship with nature comes through noticing, emotion, finding beauty and meaning, and through compassion. One of the Green Team’s goals is to balance the usual focus on knowledge and identification with these other pathways to nature connection. Free. jodaviesscounty.wildones.org.

Friday, May 31

Italian Happy Hour / Knife Skills
Friday, May 31 @ 6–7:30 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Friday Happy Hour learning to make delicious Italian appetizers while perfecting your knife skills. Appetizers include bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and focaccia bread. Bring along your favorite beverage and have fun creating these treats. Some items will require baking at home before eating. Each person will need to bring a baking/cookie sheet pan with edges and a 9×9 inch baking pan. $45. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. galenaarc.org.

June 2024

Saturday, June 1

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: June 1 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: June 1 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

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

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Annie Auditions
Saturday, June 1 @ 9 AM–Noon
Sunday, June 2 @ 2–7 PM
Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. The show features area students in grades 2–12. Show dates are Aug. 7–11. All students will be cast in this production. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Warrant, Firehouse, Lita Ford
Saturday, June 1 @ 8 PM
Q Casino Back Waters Stage

Warrant headlines an evening of ’80s and ‘90s rock. Rounding out this night of high energy rock-n-roll on Warrant’s “Let the Good Times Rock Tour” are special guests Firehouse and Lita Ford. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m. At its core, Warrant is an American rock band through and through. Hitting it big in 1989, the Hollywood, CA based band rose through the ranks of the local Sunset Strip scene to the level of multiplatinum selling, chart-topping success. Hits include “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” “Heaven,” “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “I Saw Red.” Over the course of their career, Warrant has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Firehouse, which has traveled all over the world entertaining fans for more than 34 years, has produced Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum records in the United States and countries abroad. To date, they have released eight albums and have toured with some of the biggest names in music during their successful, award-winning career. Lita Ford’s career began in 1975 as a founding member and guitarist of the groundbreaking all female group the Runaways. The groups hard rock-punk edge spawned hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise.” In 1983 Lita launched her career as a solo artist and quickly established herself as the premier female performer in rock and heavy metal. With multiple album releases, she has solidified herself as one of the most influential female performers in the music industry, rightly earning her the title “Queen of Metal.” The 2024 Back Waters Stage Summer Concert Series is presented by MidWestOne Bank, fueled by Kwik Stop, and sponsored by Verlo Mattress, Turpin Dodge, Conlon Construction, and Giese. Rain or shine. All ages. $59.99 GA, $69.99 Tailgate. 1855 Greyhound Park Rd. 563-582-3647. BackWatersStage.com.

Sunday, June 2

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: June 2 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Annie Auditions
Sunday, June 2 @ 2–7 PM
Clarke University Terence Donaghoe Hall

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. The show features area students in grades 2–12. Show dates are Aug. 7–11. All students will be cast in this production. 1550 Clarke Dr. 563-588-4356. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Music in the Gardens: Whiskey Road
Sundays through August: June 2 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and the Dubuque Arts Council. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Tuesday, June 4

Early Explorers
1st Tuesday: June 4 @ 10–11 AM
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. Ages 2–5 with parent/caregiver. RSVP suggested. $10/toddler Non-members; $8/toddler members; adults free. 350 E 3rd St. 563-557-9545 x222. RiverMuseum.org/early-explorers.

Wednesday, June 5

Farm Vet for a Day
Wednesday, June 5 @ 9:30 AM–2:30 PM
Berning Acres (East Dubuque, IL)
Berning Acres farm veterinarians Dr. Jen and Dr. Molly from Veterinary Associates offer an amazing, interactive, one-of-a-kind farm vet experience for a day. Participants will learn and utilize animal handling basics. They will also interact with hands-on learning covering topic such as basic anatomy and physiology of farm animals, common farm animal diseases and how to recognize symptoms, first-aid care, nutrition and feeding, and preventative measures to keep animals healthy and well cared for. Plus, they will perform real-life field demonstrations, such as routine veterinary procedures. Ages 13–18. $115. 8850 N Menominee Rd, East Dubuque, IL. BerningAcres.com/visit.

Dubuque Area Humanists Social Hour
1st Wednesday: June 5 @ 6 PM
Backpocket Dubuque

Enjoy a craft beer and join the Dubuque Area Humanists for lively, informed discussions centered around values, philosophy, and life experiences. Free. 333 E. 10th St. facebook.com/dubuqueareahumanists.

Glenn Miller Orchestra: In The Mood?
Wednesday, June 5 @ 7 PM
Five Flags Theater

The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra perform their greatest hits including “In The Mood”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “American Patrol”, “A String Of Pearls”, “Little Brown Jug”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, Tuxedo Junction”, and of course their theme song “Moonlight Serenade.” The 17 member orchestra, their lead singers, and vocal group will perform their catalog of big band classics just the way they would have over 80 years ago when Glenn Miller stood in front of his band. It is a show that continues to transport audiences back in time and is as nostalgic as it is exciting. Touring continuously since 1956, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is featured in over 200 concerts and dances per year. Each performance includes the timeless classics that made them famous the world over in a show that has moved audiences for generations. $48–$68. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Thursday, June 6

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

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: June 6 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: The Resistors
Thursdays through September: June 6 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Friday, June 7

Food Festival Fridays
1st Friday through September: June 7 @ 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Washington Park

Join area food vendors in Washington Park for a lunchtime food fest. 365ink Magazine brings the perfect side dish to your chicken sandwich, pizza, or coffee: local, live music! Catch the following performers in the gazebo: Ralph Kluseman on June 7, John Moran on July 5, Joie Wails on Aug. 2, and Sarah Day on Sept. 6. Hosted by Dubuque Main Street. Free. 700 Locust St. dubuquemainstreet.com.

Honey Tasting 101
Friday, June 7 @ 6–7 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Did you know that there are over 300 flavors of honey in the United States? Yet, many people have only tasted clover honey from the grocery store. Come and explore the fascinating world of honey. At this one-hour guided honey tasting, your “bee-rista” will start out with some fun and engaging honey and bee trivia to start the “buzz.” Next, you will hear from Galena ARC’s beekeeper to learn a bit about the magic of how bees make honey, and then move to the sweet stuff—the honey tasting! You will taste a variety of honeys ranging from light to medium to dark color profiles. Use a honey flavor wheel and a honey color chart to explore the wide variety of aromas, colors, and flavors of honeys, as you try to put words to what you see, smell, and taste. Each attendee will track their impressions of each honey on a scorecard and will compare and discuss these. You will also get to experience a variety of textures, including creamed and crystalized honeys, and honey direct from the comb. All ages. $25. 10084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. galenaarc.org/honey-tasting101.

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

Saturday, June 8

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: June 8 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: June 8 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

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

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Traveling Lantern Theater Company
Saturday, June 8 @ 10 AM
Legacy Square Amphitheater (Dyersville, IA)

The Traveling Lantern Theater Company presents “The Quest for the Kakapo.” Crikey! Join the Caterpillar Hunter on another exciting adventure as he travels around the world to rescue the Kakapo, a rare endangered parrot from New Zealand. 563-875-8912. dyersville.lib.ia.us.

Fairy Houses
Saturday, June 8 @ 1–5 PM
Galena ARC (Galena, IL)

Make a fairy house out of natural materials like wood, acorns, nut shells, bark, pinecones, and twigs. Attendees are invited to display their fairy house on the Belden School Fairy Walk in the Galena Territory on June 15. Ages 6–14. $35. 11084 W US HWY 20, Galena, IL. 815-777-2248. GalenaARC.org.

Women & Soil
Saturday, June 8 @ 1–5 PM
Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA) and Online

Historically, women have been an underserved group in agriculture and other soil-related fields of study. Learn how women can make a difference, in conservation, here in the Midwest and across the world. Speakers are lined up for an afternoon of education and networking. Get inspired, learn from top-notch female soil health experts, and grow your knowledge. Learn about soil health, conservation and resources. Together with ISU Extension, Impact 7G, Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Soil Food Web School, and the Field of Dreams; Women, Land and Legacy is hosting a one-of-a kind and unique experience this summer. This event is also supported by the Soil and Water Conservation Society. An additional networking opportunity will follow this event at Textile Brewery. 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA. extension.iastate.edu/delaware/women-soil.

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

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

Sunday, June 9

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: June 9 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Plant Journal 101 Workshop
Sunday, June 9 @ 11 AM–1 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center

Learn how to apply botanical-observational skills to a hand-crafted journal utilizing simple drawing techniques, watercolor pencils, and pens for basic line work. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Music in the Gardens: Elton Jeff & the Honky Cats
Sundays through August: June 9 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and the Dubuque Arts Council. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Monday, June 10

Nature Play Camp
June 10–12 @ 9 AM–Noon
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center

During this 3-hour program, students will have the opportunity to explore and discover various beautiful gardens and natural areas. Mindful Musicians joins during group circle each day to promote positive brain health and coping skills through song. Certified teachers will be facilitating the students throughout the program. This is a student drop-off program. Ages 3–5. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Butterfly Tent
Monday, June 10 @ 10:30–11:30 AM
Dubuque County Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Encounter and feed live butterflies at Absolute Science’s butterfly tents. Learn about the butterfly lifecycle with interactive activity tables. All ages. 5290 Grand Meadow Dr, Asbury, IA. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org/events.

Tuesday, June 11

BESTIE Club: Tiny Art
Tuesday, June 11 @ 6 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Visit the library for BESTIE Club (Bonding & Eating Snacks Together Is Excellent) and to spend some time with your favorite adult—Mom, Dad, Auntie, cousin, whoever—and make cool art, eat snacks, and learn something new. New artsy activities will be featured each month. Supplies are limited. Ages 10+ with an adult. RSVP required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Thursday, June 13

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

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: June 13 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

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

This independent farmers’ market features local food, art, and other unique goods. Their goal is to connect shoppers with the amazing farmers, producers, artists, and artisans that we have in the Tri-State area, while also providing a unique nightlife experience. Smoke-free and pet-free. BYO water bottle, reusable grocery bags, and lawn chairs. MillworkNightMarket.com.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: Renegade
Thursdays through September: June 13 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live @ the Plaza: Amazing for All
Every Other Thursday through August: June 13 @ 5–8 PM
Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly, free-to-attend event will feature beverages from Galena Cellars, sweet treats from Udderly Delicious, and music provided by Liliana Asta. Visit the Plaza to enjoy live music, food trucks, and community. This event will celebrate diversity and inclusion with special #AmazingForAll giveaways. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Friday, June 14

Kadesh Flow & Dinosaur O’Dell
Friday, June 14 @ 10 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Kadesh Flow is a rapper with an MBA, a trombone Super Saiyan, and a Billboard chart recording/performing artist. Dino has engaged children with music and stories for more than 20 years and he can be found counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter. Together this music and storytelling show focuses on the cultural diversity of planet Earth. Using geography as a guide Kadesh and Dino travel the world experiencing food, language, games, and other interesting cultural phenomena. Join the library twice a month on Friday mornings at the Dubuque Arboretum for an outdoor library program. From music to science and even bike tricks, this is the place for family educational fun. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. All ages. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Family Friday: Stream Study
Friday, Friday, June 14 @ 10–11 AM
Bowstring Wildlife Area (Bernard, IA)

Get your toes wet and explore what lives in our creeks. From dragonfly larvae to crayfish, up to a full-size trout, see what you can catch! All necessary equipment is provided. Family Friday programs are designed for everyone in the family to experience the beautiful outdoors in Dubuque County. RSVP required. 727 Creek Branch Ln, Bernard, IA. 563-556-6745. DubuqueCountyIowa.gov/Conservation.

Book Detective: Zar and the Broken Spaceship
Friday, June 14 @ 1 PM
James Kennedy Public Library (Dyersville, IA)

From author and children’s presenter Dino O’Dell. Check out this interactive, engaging, educational show complete with music, dancing, and tons of fun. 320 1st Ave E, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8912. dyersville.lib.ia.us.

Friday Lights Poetry Night
2nd Friday: June 14 @ 6–7 PM
River Lights Bookstore
Bring your work to share and read a favorite poem. Listen, laugh, and learn in a quiet space of time. Participate in the poetry book swap—bring one, swap one. Facilitated by Valorie Woerdehoff and Q Hommen-Quario. 1098 Main St. 563-556-4391. RiverLights.com.

School of Rock
June 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 16 and 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Saturday, June 15

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: June 15 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: June 15 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

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

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

2nd Annual Dubuque Dog Expo
Saturday, June 15 @ 1–4 PM
Flora Park
Get ready for a tail-wagging good time filled with furry fun, featuring pet-friendly vendors and expert tips for a happy and healthy pup. Whether you’re a dog owner or wish you were, this event is a must-attend. Bring your canine companion and make unforgettable memories together. Enjoy food trucks, agility demonstrations, area dog related vendors, caricature artists, and more. 2605 Pennsylvania Ave. 563-583-8387. facebook.com/dbqpetmed.

The Carl Acuff Jr. Show
Saturday, June 15 @ 2 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

Since 1992 the Carl Acuff Jr. Variety Showband has become an American institution. The 2024 tour proves to be no exception to the rule with a dynamite show, great costuming, music and comedy. Enjoy new and old country, gospel, comedy, nostalgic rock n roll, motown, do wap, disco, audience participation, impersonations, and of course, a salute to all of our men and women in uniform from past, present, and future. The group covers everyone from Hank Williams to Bruno Marrs. Since 1992 the group has performing for hundreds of thousands of folks in three country and 47 of the continental US. $25 ADV/$28 door adults; $15 ADV/$18 door ages 18 and younger. 1215 E. Platt St, Maquoketa, IA. 563-652-9815. ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

School of Rock
June 15, 20, 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 16 and 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

2X Monster Trucks Live Tour
Saturday, June 15
Dubuque County Fairgrounds

Family owned and operated, 2X Monster Trucks Live Tour features some of the most recognized and popular monster trucks in the sport, including 2-time Monster Jam World Champion Bounty Hunter, Queen of Monster Trucks, Scarlet Bandit, kid favorite Sharkbite, Hot Tamale, and many more. Expect plenty of interactive and action-packed entertainment for the entire family. 14569 Old Highway Rd. 563-588-1406. dbqfair.com.

Sunday, June 16

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: June 16 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Dubuque Cars and Coffee
3rd Sunday through October: June 16 @ 9 AM–Noon
Veterans Memorial Plaza

Casual meet up for cars of all makes, models, and years. Coffee, donuts, and drinks will be for sale. Proceeds go to Veteran’s Freedom Center. 1795 Admiral Sheehy Dr. facebook.com/dubuquecarsandcoffee.

School of Rock
June 16 and 23 @ 2 PM
June 20, 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Music in the Gardens: Hunter Fuerste & the American Vintage Orchestra
Sundays through August: June 16 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and the Dubuque Arts Council. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Monday, June 17

Nature Art Camp
June 17–19 @ 9 AM–Noon
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center

During this 3-hour program, students will have the opportunity to explore an array of art media such as painting, drawing, and sculpture, while also discovering the natural beauty of the many gardens and natural areas. Certified teachers will facilitate the program. Students will have the chance to develop their artistic skills while learning about the different plants and animals that inhabit these stunning locations. The program promises to be a fun and enriching experience for all those involved. This is a student drop-off program. Ages 4–6. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 17–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Tuesday, June 18

Sam Rezz Circus Performance
Tuesday, June 18
Show @ 11–11:45 AM
Dubuque County Library Peosta Branch (Peosta, IA)
Workshop @ 1:30–2:30 PM
Dubuque County Library Farley Branch (Farley, IA)

Join circus performer Sam Rezz with her dazzling show of hula hoops, juggling, and more. Following the show, Sam will teach for a workshop for kids on the basics of circus tricks. 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org/events.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 18–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Wednesday, June 19

Cuba City Community Market
3rd Wednesday through September: June 19 @ 4–7 PM
Veteran’s Memorial Park (Cuba City, WI)

Featuring a variety of market-related goods. 100 S Washington St, Cuba City, WI. 608-744-2152. facebook.com/CubaCityMarket.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 19–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

She Unites
3rd Wednesday: June 19 @ 6:30–7:30 PM
The Innovation Lab

Come together for an evening of socialization and education. She Unites features rotating speakers, talking about anything and everything pertaining to women in a chill environment. Make a new friend, have authentic conversations, and leave with inspiration to power you through. All are welcome. All are worthy. All belong. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Free. 210 Jones St. SheUnitesIowa.com/events.

Thursday, June 20

Magician Mikayla Oz
Thursday, June 20 @ 10 AM
James Kennedy Public Library (Dyersville, IA)

Enjoy this fast-paced, interactive, hilarious show complete with hands-on magic training and an appearance from Bubbles the Magic Bird. 320 1st Ave E, Dyersville, IA. 563-875-8912. dyersville.lib.ia.us.

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

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: June 20 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays; Johnnie Walker
Thursdays through September: June 20 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 20–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

School of Rock
June 20, 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Friday, June 21

Urinetown
June 21–22 and 27–29 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 and 30 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

School of Rock
June 21 and 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Saturday, June 22

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: June 22 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: June 22 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

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

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Urinetown
June 22 and 27–29 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 and 30 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

School of Rock
June 22 @ 7:30 PM
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Beatles vs Stones—A Musical Showdown
Saturday, June 22 @ 8 PM
Five Flags Theater

The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off as Yoshis hosts Beatles vs. Stones—A Musical Showdown. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the country’s top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles’ career. They engage in a musical “showdown” of the hits against premier Stones tribute band Satisfaction—The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. The nationally touring show recently concluded a three month residency at the Harrah’s Reno showroom and a two month residency at the Harrah’s Laughlin showroom. $35–$65. 405 Main St. 563-589-4254. fiveflagscenter.com.

Sunday, June 23

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: June 23 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

HerbFest 2024
Sunday, June 23 @ 9 AM–1 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Herb Garden

The herb of the year is yarrow. Enjoy a silent auction, herb garden tours, tasty tidbits, handcrafted items, herbal sample plants, and more. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Urinetown
June 23 and 30 @ 2 PM
June 27–29 @ 7:30 PM
Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

School of Rock
June 23 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House

Co-produced with Rising Star Theatre Company. Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme…You better get me to school on time! School of Rock, based on the hit movie, follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out? School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. thegrandoperahouse.com.

Cooking 101: Herbs, Spices, & Sauces
Sunday, June 23 @ 3–5 PM
Convivium Urban Farmstead

If want to learn to how to be less reliant on recipes and more reliant on spices, herbs and sauces to make up your own meals, this is the class for you. Join Convivium Co-Founder Leslie Shalabi for this exciting new class, which is part of their “Cooking 101” series. It is for the person who has very limited cooking knowledge and wants to become more confident in the kitchen. This series will be a combination of classroom learning, demonstration, and some limited hands-on experience. $25–$37.50. 2811 Jackson St. 563-557-2900. convivium-dbq.com.

Music in the Gardens: Luke Viertel & Amy Friedl Stoner w/ Skyline Band
Sundays through August: June 23 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and the Dubuque Arts Council. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.

Monday, June 24

Nature Play Camp
June 24–26 @ 9 AM–Noon
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center

During this 3-hour program, students will have the opportunity to explore and discover various beautiful gardens and natural areas. Mindful Musicians joins during group circle each day to promote positive brain health and coping skills through song. Certified teachers will be facilitating the students throughout the program. This is a student drop-off program. Ages 3–5. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 24–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Tuesday, June 25

Plein Air Art for Kids
June 25 and 26 @ 9–11 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center

Mercedes Pfab from Captured on Canvas will take this class outside and share fun techniques to paint what you see on canvas, also known as plein air painting. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Teen Advisory Group: Teen Hangout
June 25, July 30, and August 27 @ 5:15 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Games, crafts, and more. Explore a craft or activity while providing feedback on making the library a welcoming place for teens. Ages 13–18. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 25–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Wednesday, June 26

Plein Air Art for Kids
June 26 @ 9–11 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Heinemann Visitor Center

Mercedes Pfab from Captured on Canvas will take this class outside and share fun techniques to paint what you see on canvas, also known as plein air painting. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net.

Wee Ones Wiggle
Wednesday, June 26 @ 9:30–10:30 AM
Dubuque County Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)
Tuesday, July 16 @ 9:30–10:30 AM
Dubuque County Library Peosta Branch (Peosta, iA)
Tuesday, August 13 @ 10–11 AM
Dubuque County Library Holy Cross (Holy Cross, IA)

It’s a party! Let’s dance! Designed for mobile toddlers, but all little ones who like to dance are welcome! 563-582-0008. dubcolib.org/events.

Parachute Palooza!
Wednesday, June 26 @ 3:30 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Do you love running underneath a parachute and other parachute games? Come on down and join for Parachute Palooza! Children ages 3–5 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3–7. RSVP required. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 26–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Thursday, June 27

Shrek the Musical JR. Auditions
Thursday, June 27 @ 10 AM–1 PM
Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

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

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

A variety of local and regional offerings. 225 11th St SE, Dyersville, IA. dyersville.org/events.

Gary’s Graffiti Nights
Thursdays through September 12: June 27 @ 5–9:30 PM
Kennedy Mall

Celebrating their 42nd year, cars 1979 and older gather for a 1950s–1960s car show based on American Graffiti with music and door prizes. 555 JFK Rd. 563-588-1406. facebook.com/GarysGraffitiNights.

East Dubuque Cruisin’ Thursdays: Willie and The Buzzhounds
Thursdays through September: June 27 @ 5–9 PM
Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Open to all years, makes, and models of classic, muscle, and unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Great food, closed street, open containers, and live music. facebook.com/eastdubuquecarshow.

Live @ the Plaza: Red, White, & Brews
Every Other Thursday through August: June 27 @ 5–8 PM
Green Street Plaza (Galena, IL)
This family-friendly, free-to-attend event will feature beverages from Frank O’Dowd’s, delicious food from Birds, and music provided by the Americana Band. Visit the Plaza to enjoy live music, food trucks, and community. This event will kick off the patriotic weekend, celebrating the USA. Free. 110 Green St, Galena, IL. 815-776-9200. visitgalena.org.

Summer Teen Nights
Mondays–Thursdays: June 27–July 31 @ 5:30–8:30 PM
Multicultural Family Center

The MFC is the place for teens to hang out and interact in a safe, fun environment that promotes unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empowers youth to reach their potential. Teen Nights consists of dinner, field trips, guest speakers, video games, and many other games and activities! Grades 6–12. Free. 1157 Central Ave. 563-582-3681. MFCdbq.org.

Urinetown
June 27–29 @ 7:30 PM
June 30 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Friday, June 28

Magician Rick Eugene
Friday, June 28 @ 10 AM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

All ages are invited to attend this funny and family-friendly magic show with Rick “Eugene” Brammer, a popular magician from the Quad Cities. Rick Eugene specializes in comedy magic and family entertainment. Join the library twice a month on Friday mornings at the Dubuque Arboretum for an outdoor library program. From music to science and even bike tricks, this is the place for family educational fun. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a show. These programs are sponsored by the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. No rain dates. All ages. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-589-4225 x2228. CarnegieStout.org.

Family Friday: Caving
Friday, June 28 @ 10 AM–Noon
Whitewater Canyon (Bernard, IA)

Come prepared with a flashlight or headlamp to explore caves right here in Dubuque County. Explore caves large enough to fit 30 people to caves that require crawling and getting a little muddy. Family Friday programs are designed for everyone in the family to experience the beautiful outdoors in Dubuque County. RSVP required. 29912 9th Ave, Bernard, IA. 563-556-6745. DubuqueCountyIowa.gov/Conservation.

Urinetown
June 28–29 @ 7:30 PM
June 30 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Saturday, June 29

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through September: June 29 @ 7 AM–Noon
Saturdays in October: October 5 @ 8 AM–Noon
Around 12th and Iowa St
Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, on-site prepared foods, and more. Browse booths from area farmers and vendors while enjoying live music from a variety of musicians. Rain or shine. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Galena Farmers Market
Saturdays through October: June 29 @ 7 AM–Noon
Galena City Hall Parking Lot (Galena, IL)

Find seasonal produce, flowers, maple syrup, baked goods, re-purposed crafts, meat, roasted coffee beans, and more. Rain or shine. 101 Green St, Galena, IL. 563-542-0996. facebook.com/galenafarmersmarket.

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

Find everything from delicious vegetables to a variety of flowers, great gift items to canned preserves, and just about everything in between. All of the products you’ll find are locally grown, harvested, or handmade by local vendors. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday through September: June 29 @ 8 AM–Noon
3rd Ave SW and 3rd St, Dyersville, IA

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

Absolute Science Bubble Stations
Saturday, June 29 @ 8 AM–Noon
Legacy Square (Dyersville, IA)

Do you love making HUGE bubbles? Join in on bubble fun for all ages. 563-875-8912. dyersville.lib.ia.us.

Urinetown
June 29 @ 7:30 PM
June 30 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Sunday, June 30

Galena Territory Farmers Market
Sundays through October 13: June 30 @ 8 AM–Noon
Galena Territory Owners’ Club Parking Lot (Galena, IL)
Fresh produce, baked goods, meat, crafts, and more. 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL. 815-777-2000. TheGalenaTerritory.com.

Urinetown
June 30 @ 2 PM

Bell Tower Theater
This Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucracy, and musical theater itself. After a severe water shortage leads to a ban on private toilets, an evil corporation monopolizes all the public amenities. Tired of being charged admission for humanity’s basic needs, a hero rises up to overthrow the tyrannical movement. Filled with witty humor, fast-paced action, and a star-crossed love story, Urinetown is sure to keep you laughing! All performers in Urinetown will be high school students from throughout the area. Tickets are $15. 2728 Asbury Rd. 563-588-3377. BellTowerTheater.net.

Music in the Gardens: Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
Sundays through August: June 30 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The 32nd season boasts 13 weeks of family-friendly music in a variety of styles. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Dubuque Arboretum and the Dubuque Arts Council. Free. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-556-2100. DubuqueArboretum.net/music-in-the-gardens.