Quiet Walker Lodge Dubuque Iowa

Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast


2017 Dubuque Festivals and Events


February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November


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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Looking for other "Things to Do" while in Dubuque? Check out our "Things to Do Page" for some of our favorite spots.


February

18

Dubuque On Ice BrewFest

Mystique IceArena 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.


March

19

Decades Rewind

Five Flags Theater 563.589.4254 | www.fiveflagscenter.com | From Abba to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in your seats on a magical rocklmusical extravaganza you won't forget.


April

20-23

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Dubuque 319.670.8001 | www.julienfilmfest.com | The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is dedicated to enriching the community and bridging cultures through the education and promotion of arts through independent film. We acknowledge emerging filmakers from around the world, support diverse and cause-related films, with a strong emphasis on discovering new talent.


May

5-6

Vintage Torquefest

Dubuque County Fairgrounds 563.845.7698 | www.vintagetorquefest.com | A festival that brings hot rods from around the country, artists from around the world, vendors and bands all together in one location.


6

Maker's Fair

National River Museum 563.557.9545 | www.rivermuseum.com | The Maker's Faire celebrates creativity, craftsmanship, and ingenuity. Demonstrators feature historic crafts of blacksmithing and woodworking, as well as modern technology.


6, 13, 20, 27

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Surrounding City Hall (50 West 13th Street) 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | 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!


June

2-3

Summer Farm Toy Show

National Farm Toy Museum | Dyersville, IA 563.875.2727 | www.nationalfarmtoymuseum.com | Two day show of colorful farm toy fun! Buy, Sell, and Trade for your favorite brands! Annual events include a full size tractor ride and parade through downtown.


3,10,17,24

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Surrounding City Hall (50 West 13th Street) | 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | 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!


4, 11, 18, 25

Music in the Gardens

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 563.556.2100 | www.dubuquearboretum.com | Bring a lawn chair, relax and enjoy!


9

Downtown Friday Night

Dyersville, IA 866.393.7784 | www.dyersville.org | Come to Downtown Dyersville on 1st Ave for for food, fun and music! 6:30-10 pm. Music, entertainment, food, beverages, and games for the kids and adults are part of the evenings' highlights. Bring your family and friends and have a great time! Call the Chamber for more information.


9-10

America's River Festival

501 Bell Street Dubuque, IA | 563.845.7698 | www.americasriverfestival.com | 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. Taste the flavors of summer and discover craft beer from around the Midwest.


10

The Tappening

501 Bell Streer 563.845.7698 | www.teppeningdbq.com | 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, Tappening serves as the kickoff party for Saturday night's activities  at America's River Festival.


16

Dubuque...and All That Jazz!
Town Clock Plaza 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, r&b, and salsa music in the Midwest!


24

Run4Troops

Heritage Trail | 563.590.0151 | www.run4troops.com/index.html Run4Troops is an individual or relay team marathon (26.2) from Dyersville to Dubuque on the Heritage Trail. Run4Troops was named as a Boston Qualifier in 2015.


July

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Surrounding City Hall (50 West 13th Street) 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | 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!


3
Dubuque Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular
A.Y. McDonald Park | 563.583.5555  |  www.dubuquejaycees.org

Dyersville Independence Day Celebration

Dyersville, IA | 866.393.7784  |  www.dyersville.org | Food, cold beverages, square dancing, games and rides forthe kids. Bingo. Music. Fireworks at dusk.


2, 16, 30
Ghost Sunday
Field of Dreams | 563.875.8404  |  www.fodmoviesite.com | Join in the free fun in the "Best Show on Dirt" at the site of the Academy Award nominated film, Field of Dreams. Events begin at 1pm.


2, 16, 23, 30
Music in the Garden
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens | 563.556.2100  |  wwww.dubuquearboretum.net | Entertainment and music to start your week right.


9

Main Street Cruisers Car Show

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens | 563.556.2100  |  wwww.dubuquearboretum.net | Come view special collector vehicles.


21

Dubuque... and All That Jazz!

Town Clock Plaza | 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, r&b, and salsa music in the Midwest!


25-30

Dubuque County Fair

Dubuque County Fairgrounds | 563.588.1406 |  www.dbqfair.com | 64th Annual featuring entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors, 4H exhibits and more!


August

3

Taste of Dubuque

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium | 563.557.9545 | www.rivermuseum.com | Sample the best food and music Dubuque has to offer in one location! Live music on two stages and the best food from the tri-states makes this the perfect summer event!


5

Port of Dubuque Marina's Fourth Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Port of Dubuque | 563.582.5524 | www.portofdubuquemarina.com | 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 9 pm.


5,12, 19, 26

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Surroundmg City Hall (50 West 13th Street) | 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | 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!


6, 13, 20, 27

Music in the Garden

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens | 563.556.2100 |  wwww.dubuquearboretum.net | Come make our park, your park!


14

Ghost Sunday

Field of Dreams Movie Site | 563.875.8404 |  www.fodmoviesite.com | Join in the free fun in the "Best Show on Dirt" at the site of the Academy Award nominated film, Field of Dreams. Events begin at 1pm.


18
Dubuque ... and All That Jazz!

Town Clock Plaza | 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, r&b, and salsa music in the Midwest!


25-26

Irish Hooley

Dubuque Star Brewery | 563.583.6100 | www.irishhooley.org | The Irish Hooley Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates Irish/Celtic music and culture in Dubuque. Live music is provided by regionaland international Irish and Celtic performers. Food, beverage, merchandise and most of all a wonderful social experience. Whether you are Irish or not, this is one of the most enjoyable events Dubuque has to offer.


27

Mighty Mississippi Mopars on the River

Dubuque County Fairgrounds | 563.588.1406 | Classic car show.


September

1
Dubuque ... and All That Jazz!

Town Clock Plaza | 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | Jazz is a Friday night concert series highlighting the best jazz, blues, r&b, and salsa music in the Midwest!


2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Surroundmg City Hall (50 West 13th Street) | 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | 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!


8-9

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival

Schmitt Island | 563.556.7518 | dubuquedragonboat.org | 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.


17

Oktoberfest & 5K

AY Mcdonald Park | 563.585.3082 | www.dbqoktoberfest.org | Start the morning with a 5K run, then celebrate the German and Slavic heritage of Dubuque and the Tri-State region.


23-24

Czipar's Apple Festival

Czipar's Apple Orchard | 563.582.7476 |  www.cziparsorchards.com | Lunch on grounds, arts & crafts vendors, face painting and kids activities, kettle corn, fresh apple cider, apple cider donuts, caricature, pumpkins, gourds and more Fall favorites!


25

Fireball Run Adventurally

818.572.1400 |  www.fireballrun.com | Fireball Run is the story of 40+ adventurally teams as they compete in a legendary 2,000 mile, life-sized trivia game. To win, they take the road less traveled in an epic quest for America's under-discovered places and obscure historic artifacts. All while aiding in an awareness campaign called The Race to Recover America's Missing Children. Every episode educates viewers about destinations, places and points of interest to inspire travel. Fireball Run is filmed in real-time, i.e. as it happens, with the entire 26 episodes filmed in just 8 days.


October

7, 14, 21, 28

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Surroundmg City Hall (50 West 13th Street) | 563.588.4400 | www.dubuquemainstreet.org | 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!


6-8

Clarke University Homecoming

Clarke University | 563.588.6300 |  www.clarke.edu


Loras College Homecoming

Loras College | 800.245.6727 | www.loras.edu


7

Tri-State's Largest Chili Cook-Off

Dubuque Jaycees | 563.583.5555 | www.dubuquejaycees.org | Come taste some of the best chili from the Tri-State's best cooks. Kid's games, football, food and beverage vendors.


15

Polka Festival

Dubuque County Fairgrounds | 563.588.1406 | www.dbqfair.com | Enjoy some of the best bands while dancing on one of the biggest and best wooden dance floors in the Midwest!


19-22

University of Dubuque Homecoming

University of Dubuque | 563.589.3000 | www.dbq.edu


November

3-5

Dubuque Food & Wine Festival

Dubuque | 815.747.3631 | www.dbqfoodandwine.com | Features gourmet food and wine from extraordinary Dubuque establishments.


3-5

National Farm Toy Show

Dyersville, IA | 563.875.2311| www.toyfarmer.com | Buy. sell, trade! "The Granddaddy of them All" has something for everyone. Toys at 3 locations, auction, shuttle service.


9

Champagne & Chocolates

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium | 563.557.9545 | www.rivermuseum.com | Kick off the holiday season with Champagne & Chocolates! Wine tastings, delicious desserts, live music, and discounted holiday shopping at the Museum Store! (Must be 21+ to attend).


23-30

Reflections in the Park

Louis Murphy Park | 563.845.0378 | www.hillcrest-fs.org | Drive through Louis Murphy Park and enjoy a spectacular Holiday Lights display benefiting Hillcrest Family Services.