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Dubuque Festivals and Events

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Festival and Event ideas for our guests

Arranged by month, we've selected some of our favorite festivals and events to help you get started planning your trip to the Dubuque area. For an even larger selection, click on the Travel Dubuque link below.


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2018 Festivals and Events

February

February 4

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour

Five Flags Arena | fiveflagscenter.com | 563.589.4254

Hey TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour Fans! The Fastest Name in R/C trucks have come to life! Full size TRAXXAS Trucks take on a World Class line-up to see who will come out on top.

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February 13

Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical

Heritage Center at University of Dubuque | dbq.edu | 563.585.7469

Fresh off its Broadway run, AMAZING GRACE is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. John Newton, a willful and musicallytalented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide.

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February 14

Valentine’s Dinner

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium | rivermuseum.com | 563.557.9545

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium sets the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14. The Museum & Aquarium is hosting its seventh annual Valentine’s Day Candlelit Dinner. Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP by calling the Museum and Aquarium.

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February 15

Du-BREW-que Hoppy Hour Events

Join the Museum & Aquarium, along with local brewers, for after hours hoppy hour events February 15, March 15 and April 19. Enjoy the Du-BREW-que History exhibit and sample beers from local brewers. This event will feature a local brewery and a brief presentation from the brewmaster.

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February 15

Bill Engvall

Five Flags Arena | fiveflagscenter.com | 563.589.4254

Grammy nominated blue collar comedian, Bill Engvall, will perform his new stand-up routine at the Five Flags Center on February 15, 2018 at 7:30PM.

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February 17

Dubuque On Ice BrewFest

Mystique Ice Arena | 563.543.2699 | www.dubuquebrewfest.com

Dubuque on Ice Brewfest is a celebration of the best craft breweries, artisan cheese, craft distilleries, chocolate, cider companies, specialty sausage and more. Enjoy sampling a variety of unique craft beer and specialty food while enjoying live music.

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March

March 3

Nashville Celts: Celtic Roots of Great American Music

Heritage Center at University of Dubuque | dbq.edu | 563.585.7469

March 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

The music of The Nashville Celts, led by musician, songwriter, and producer Rick Blair, is uniquely original.

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March 9

Chicago the Band

Five Flags Arena | fiveflagscenter.com | 563.589.4254

The Legendary rock and roll band with horns, CHICAGO, is returning to Dubuque, Iowa. Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era“

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March 10

Newsboys

Five Flags Arena | fiveflagscenter.com | 563.589.4254

Newsboys are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. They have released 17 studio albums, 6 of which have been certified gold.

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March 10

Swing Into Swing

Bell Tower Theater | belltowertheater.net |563.588.3377

Join the Bell Tower Theater for a concert will thrill swing music lovers of all ages. The 8-piece Ken Kilian Swingtet along with vocalist Amy Dolan will perform everything from Glenn Miller to Elvis…

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March 15

Du-BREW-que Hoppy Hour Events

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium | rivermuseum.com | 563.557.9545

Join the Museum & Aquarium, along with local brewers, for after hours hoppy hour events March 15 and April 19. Enjoy the Du-BREW-que History exhibit and sample beers from local brewers. This event will feature a local brewery and a brief presentation from the brewmaster.

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March 15

Three Dog Night

Five Flags Arena | fiveflagscenter.com | 563.589.4254

Legendary music icons, THREE DOG NIGHT, celebrating nearly 5 decades, claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music is coming to the Five Flags Center in downtown Dubuque…

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March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Dyersville, IA |Dyersville.org | 563.875.2311

Parade, Bike Ride, Gaelic Gallop

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April

April 5 – 8

Dueling Dog World Championships

Five Flags Arena | dockdogs.com | 330.331.6061

Bring the family down and watch as dogs leap through the air and into a pool competing for prizes and personal records.

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April 19

Du-BREW-que Hoppy Hour Events

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium | rivermuseum.com | 563.557.9545

Unwind after work at the most unique “hoppy” hour event in the city. Enjoy the Du-BREW-que History exhibit and sample beers from local breweries. Each evening will feature a local...

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April 26 – 29

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Dubuque | www.julienfilmfest.com | 319.670.8001

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival brings filmmakers and storytellers together for its annual program of documentaries, features and shorts. In 2013, just in it’s 3rd year, JDIFF was voted as one of the TOP 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD.

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May

May 5, 12, 19, 26

Dubuque Farmers Market

Iowa’s longest running Farmers Market is held around Dubuque’s City Hall, 1300 Iowa Street, featuring the area’s finest selection of local produce, meats, wines, cheese, crafts and more!

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May 3

Mac and Cheese Fest Dubuque

Grand River Center | macandcheesefestdbq.com | 563.584.8000

The best of both worlds combine for an amazing experience like no other. Foodies and Craft Beer Lovers unite to taste more than 25 varieties of Mac & Cheese paired with over 50 craft beers.

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May 4

TorqueFest

Dubuque County Fairgrounds | www.vintagetorquefest.com | 563.940.9389

Vintage Torque Fest is a fund raiser designed to help families that have children with congenital heart defects. Vintage Torque Fest is not the typical car show. This is a a festival that brings together people from around the counyrt yjat have a passion for keeping traditions of the past alive. This means keeping the music, cars, clothes, and art alive. This is what Vintage Torque Fest is about. It is a festival that brings hot rods from around the country, artists from around the world, vendors from east and west coasts, and bands that have toured the world several times over into one location.

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May -- Dates yet to be determined

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival

Washington Park and Town Clock Plaza | http://dubuquefest.org/ | (563) 599.01651

Experience music, art, and culture. Located at Washington Park in downtown Dubuque. Something for the entire family.

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June

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Dubuque Farmers Market

Iowa’s longest running Farmers Market is held around Dubuque’s City Hall, 1300 Iowa Street, featuring the area’s finest selection of local produce, meats, wines, cheese, crafts and more!

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June 1-2

Summer Farm Toy Show

Beckman High School and National Farm Toy Museum | dyersvillechamber.org | 563.875.2311

Two day show of colorful farm toy fun! Buy, sell, and trade for your favorite brands! Annual events include a display contest, farm toy model contest, and tractor parade through downtown.

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June 8 – 9

America's River Festival

Port of Dubuque | www.americasriverfestival.com | 563.845.7698

America's River Festival is a two day festival filled with national acts from the world of country music and classic rock legends. Music and folks from around the country fill the Port of Dubuque for a one-of-a-kind experience. The Tappening "A Beer Event" is on tap for Saturday afternoon.

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June 9

The Tappening

Port of Dubuque | tappeningdbq.com | 563.845.7698

The Tappening is a celebration of premier craft beers and their brew masters from around the State of Iowa and the tri-state area. Tap in a day of live music, terrific beer vendors, and plenty of fun. Located in the Port of Dubuque and on the banks of the Mississippi River, The Tappening serves as the kickoff party for Saturday night's activities at America's River Festival.

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June 9

Makers’ Faire

Makers’ Faire welcomes craftspeople demonstrating arts such as blacksmithing, lead casting, log bench building, net making, fly tying, butter churning, rag doll making, wool spinning, and much more.

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June 15

Dubuque and All That Jazz

Town Clock Plaza | dubuquemainstreet.org | 563.588.4400

Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, R&B, and salsa in the Midwest.


June 23

Run4Troops

Heritage Trail | www.run4troops.com | 563.590.0151

Run4Troops is an individual or relay team marathon (26.2 miles) from Dyersville to Dubuque on the Heritage Trail. Run4Troops was named as a Boston Qualifier in 2015.

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July

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Dubuque Farmers Market

Iowa’s longest running Farmers Market is held around Dubuque’s City Hall, 1300 Iowa Street, featuring the area’s finest selection of local produce, meats, wines, cheese, crafts and more!

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July 1, 15, 29

Ghost Sunday

Field of Dreams | Dyersville.org |563.875.2311

Watch the Ghost Players emerge from the magical corn at the Field of Dreams Movie Site… All are welcome to participate in autographs and photos with the Ghosts after the show!

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July 3

Dubuque Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular

A.Y. McDonald Park | fireworks.radiodubuque.com | 563.583.5555

Held along the banks of the Mississippi River, the event salutes the nation and the men and women of the armed forces with twilight aerial demonstrations and fireworks.

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July 3

Dyersville Independence Day Celebration

Food, cold beverages, square dancing, games and rides for the kids. Bingo. Music. Fireworks at dusk.

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July 20

Dubuque and All That Jazz

Town Clock Plaza | dubuquemainstreet.org | 563.588.4400

Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, R&B, and salsa in the Midwest.


July 24 – 29

Dubuque County Fair

Dubuque County Fairgrounds | dbqfair.com | 563.588.1406

65th Annual featuring entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors, 4H exhibits and more!

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August

August 4, 11, 18, 25

Dubuque Farmers Market

Iowa’s longest running Farmers Market is held around Dubuque’s City Hall, 1300 Iowa Street, featuring the area’s finest selection of local produce, meats, wines, cheese, crafts and more!

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August 2

Taste of Dubuque & Taste on Tap

Dubuque’s premiere summer event, Taste of Dubuque and Taste on Tap, returns to the campus of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and provides a perfect opportunity to sample some of the city’s best food, drink and music. Proceeds benefit the Dubuque County Historical Society.

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August 4

Port of Dubuque Marina’s Fifth Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Port of Dubuque | portofdubuquemarina.com | 563.582.5524

Free music performed on the Mississippi River Museum plaza at 6 pm. A lighted boat parade along the riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque at 9pm.

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August 12

Ghost Sunday

Field of Dreams | Dyersville.org |563.875.2311

Watch the Ghost Players emerge from the magical corn at the Field of Dreams Movie Site… All are welcome to participate in autographs and photos with the Ghosts after the show!

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August 17

Dubuque and All That Jazz

Town Clock Plaza | dubuquemainstreet.org | 563.588.4400

Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, R&B, and salsa in the Midwest.


August 25

Irish Hooley

Alliant Energy Amphitheater | irishhooly.org | 563.583.5000

This popular festival will kick open the gates at noon. This Saturday event runs from noon to 10:30 pm at the Dubuque Star Brewery and Alliant Energy Amphitheater in the Port of Dubuque.

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September

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Dubuque Farmers Market

Iowa’s longest running Farmers Market is held around Dubuque’s City Hall, 1300 Iowa Street, featuring the area’s finest selection of local produce, meats, wines, cheese, crafts and more!

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September 2

Team of Dreams 2018

Experience the magic of the Field of Dreams and relive your greatest memories of America’s favorite pastime as baseball legends come together on Labor Day weekend. Autograph show and celebrity softball game…

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September 7

Dubuque and All That Jazz

Town Clock Plaza | dubuquemainstreet.org | 563.588.4400

Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, R&B, and salsa in the Midwest.


September 8

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival

Schmitt Island | dubuquedragonboat.org | 563.556.7518

The dragon boat festival provides the Dubuque Dragon Boat Association an opportunity to bring to Dubuque visitors from all over the world. Through dragon boating the DDBA promotes cultural exchanges between foreign and local teams and the education of the public on the Asian culture associated with the dragon boat festival.

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September 8

At the Hop with The Paul Hemmer Swing Band

Bell Tower Theater | belltowertheater.net | 563.588.3377

A unique concert featuring music from the 50s, 60s & 70s performed in the style of The Dorsey’s, Glenn Miller and other great bands of the Big Band era...

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September 15

Oktoberfest & Duber Bier Mile

A.Y. McDonald Park | dbqoktoberfest.org |563.585.3082

Start the morning with a 5K run, then celebrate the German and Slavic heritage of Dubuque and the Tri-State region.

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September 29 – 30

Czipar’s Apple Festival

Czipar’s Apple Orchard | cziparsorchards.com | 563.582.7476

Flea Market, food, art & crafts, Games and of course APPLES!

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September 29 – 30

DBQ Con

Five Flags Center | dbqcon.com.com | 815.541.4419

If you are a gamer or a comic book lover then D-B-Q Con will be for you! D-B-Q Con will have vendors displaying and selling comic books and comic book related items. Vendors will also be displaying and selling items related to both video and table top gaming.

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October

October 6, 13, 20, 27

Dubuque Farmers Market

Iowa’s longest running Farmers Market is held around Dubuque’s City Hall, 1300 Iowa Street, featuring the area’s finest selection of local produce, meats, wines, cheese, crafts and more!

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October 4

Baconfest

Grand River Center | dbqbacon.org | 563.690.4500

This unique bacon-themed evening features taste-testing and voting on the best bacon dishes from area restaurants, grocery stores, BBQ pits, and caterers. Local chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve samples starring bacon and compete for best appetizer, best main dish, and best dessert. Tri-State mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews, and compete for the best beverage.

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October 6

Tri-State’s Largest Chili Cook-Off

Cable Car Square | calicobeanmarket.com | 563.557.8159

Come taste some of the best chili from the Tri-State’s best cooks. Kid’s games, football, food and beverage vendors.

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October 12 – 14

Clarke University Homecoming

Clarke University | Clarke.edu | 888.825.2573

Homecoming celebration for Clarke University students and alumni.

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October 12 – 14

Loras College Homecoming

Loras College | lorascollege.com | 800.245.6727

Homecoming celebrations for Loras College students and alumni.

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October 25 – 28

University of Dubuque Homecoming

University of Dubuque | dbq.edu | 563.589.3000

Homecoming celebration for University of Dubuque students and alumni.

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November

November 2 – 4

Dubuque Food & Wine Festival

Dubuque | dubuquefoodandwine.com | 815.747.3631

Features gourmet food and wine from extraordinary Dubuque establishments.

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November 2 – 4

National Farm Toy Show

National Farm Toy Museum | nationalfarmtoymuseum.com | 563.875.2727

Called the “Granddaddy” of all toy shows, this show hosts wonderful farm toy vendors in three locations: the National Farm Toy Museum, Beckman High School, and Dyersville Commercial Club Park. There is a free bus service to all the area highlights during all three days! This show has something for everyone! Annual events include a model display contest, with talented builders showing off their incredible skills on complex farm layouts that you have to see to believe! Auction on Saturday at 10 am in the Beckman Auditorium

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November 4

Dubuque Model Railroad Show

Dubuque County Fairgrounds | 563.663.0425

Model Railroad Show & Swap Meet. Buy, Sell, Trade, Displays. 15,000 sq ft of trains, 175+ vendor tables.

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November 21 – 30

Reflections in the Park

Louis Murphy Park | hillcrest-fs.org | 563.845.0378

Drive through Louis Murphy Park and enjoy a spectacular Holiday Lights display benefiting Hillcrest Family Services.

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