Quiet Walker Lodge Dubuque Iowa

Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast


2016 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

20

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

7, 14, 21, 28

Winter Farmers' Market

Colts Center 563.556.1908 | www.fourmounds.org | Enjoy healthy, locally-grown foods, fresh baked goods and hot breakfast items.


April

29-30

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.


30 - May 1

Maker's Fair

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.


May


7, 14, 21, 28

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Surrounding City Hall (50 West 13th Street) 563.588.4400 1www.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!


27

Rock the Dock

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium 563.557.95451 www.rivermuseum.com The FREEsummer concert series returns to the River's Edge Cafe patio! The cafe will feature a special menu and cash bar. Doors open at 6, live music starts at 7.


June

 

3-4

Summer Farm Toy Show

National Farm Toy Museum | Dyersville, IA 866.393.7784 | www.nationalfarmtoymuseum.com | Two day show of colorful farm toy fun! Buy, Sell, and Trade for your favorite brands! Annual events include a Kid's Pedal Pull and full size tractor parade through downtown.


4,11,18,25

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!


5, 12, 19, 26

Music in the Gardens

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


10

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.


10-11

America's River Festival

Port of Dubuque 563.845.7698 | www.americasriverfestival.com America's River Festival, presented by American Trust & Savings Bank, 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. Friday, June 10th, features the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Saturday, June 11th, features REO Speedwagon and Cheap Tricks. Tickets online or 800.798.8844.


11

America's River Festival Brewfest

Port of Dubuque 563.845.7698 | www.americasriverfestival.com America's River Festival Brewfest is a celebration of premier craft beers and their Masters from around  the State of Iowa and the Tri-State area. Take 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, Brewfest serves as the kickoff party for Saturday night's activities  at America's River Festival.


17

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

Rock the Dock
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium 563.557.9545 | www.rivermuseum.com | The FREE summer concert series returns to the River's Edge Cafe patio! The cafe will feature a special menu and cash bar. Doors open at 6, live music starts at 7.


25

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

2,9,16,23,30

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.


3, 17, 31
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.


3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Music in the Garden
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens | 563.556.2100  |  wwww.dubuquearboretum.net | Entertainment and music to start your week right.


10

Main Street Cruisers Car Show

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


15

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!


22

Rock the Dock

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium | 563.557.9545 |  www.rivermuseum.com | The FREE summer concert series returns to the River's Edge Cafe patio! The cafe will feature a special menu and cash bar. Doors open at 6, live music starts at7.


26-31

Dubuque County Fair

Dubuque County Fairgrounds | 563.588.1406 |  www.dbqfair.com | 63rd Annual featuring entertainment, carnival rides, food vendors, 4H exhibits and more!


August

4

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!


6,13,20,27

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!


7, 14, 21, 28

Music in the Garden

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


14, 28

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.


15
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!


26-27

Irish Hooley

Dubuque Star Brewery | www.irishhooley.org | The Irish Hooley Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates Irish/Celtic music and culturein 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

Dubuque Gran Fondo

Dubuque | 563.663.7711 | www.dubuquegf.com

The Dubuque Gran Fondo is a challenging cycling event taking place over the hills of the City of Dubuque and on the roads through the nearby countryside. The route will include many of Dubuque's steep hills and some area gravel roads. Sections of the Dubuque Gran Fondo will be timed and rider times over these sections will determine the winners of the Gran Fondo.


September

2
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!


3, 10, 17, 24

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!


3-4

Team of Dreams

Field of Dreams | 563.875.8404 | www.fodmoviesite.com | Experience the charm of the Field of Dreams movie site that has delighted thousands sinceits debut in 1989. Event features a 7 inning celebrity softball game, autograph sessions with the players, and an appearance by the ghosts themselves.


9-10

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 DDBApromotes 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 & Colorvibe 5K

AY Mcdonald Park | 563.585.3082 | www.dbqoktoberfest.org | Start the morning with a coiorful5K run, then celebrate the German and Slavic heritage of Dubuque and the Tri-State region.


24-25

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!


30 - October 2

Clarke University Homecoming

Clarke University | 888.825.2753 |  www.clarke.edu


Loras College Homecoming

Loras College | 563.588.7100 | www.loras.edu


October

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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!


1

Tri-State's Largest Chili Cook-Off

Cable Car Square | 563.557.8159 | www.calicobeanmarket.com | Come taste some of the best chili from the Tri-State's best cooks. Kid's games, football, food and beverage vendors.


7-9

Octoberfest 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!


13-16

University of Dubuque Homecoming

University of Dubuque | 563.589.3000 | www.dbq.edu


November

4-6

Dubuque Food & Wine Festival

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


4-6

National Farm Toy Show

Dyersville, IA | 866.393.7784 | www.dyersville.org | Three days of buying, selling and trading farm toys. Auction, micro mini pull, displays, dioramas and more at National Farm Toy Museum, Beckman Catholic High school, and Dyersville Commercial Club Park.


10

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! (After-hours event for adults.)


10-13

DockDog World Championships

Five Flags Center | 330.331.6061 | dockdogs.com | Bring the family down and watch as dogs leap through the air and into a pool competing for prizes and personal records.


24-30

Reflections in the Park

Louis Murphy Park | 563.583.7357 | www.hillcrest-fs.org
Drive through Louis Murphy Park and enjoy a spectacular Holiday Lights display benefiting Hillcrest Family Services.