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SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

29th Rollin’ on the River Blues Festival. Featuring Fast Forward, Jeremiah Johnson, Lucky Peterson, Travis Ried, Quad City Slim, Kent Burnside, the Nighthawks, and master storyteller Loretta Washington. Lock & Dam #19, Victory Park Bridge, Keokuk. RollinontheRiverKeokuk.com. 

Iowa State Fair. Live music, exhibitions, food, rides, and more. Iowa State Fairgrounds,  Des Moines. (515) 262-3111 ext. 203. Through Aug. 20.

Throwback Saturday. Over 80 vintage Model A cars and trucks, plus live music, food, beverages. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Amana Colonies. (319) 622-7622

Cabaret in the Courtyard: Songstress. Featuring Anna Barnts, Kelsey Madsen, and Heather Stück. 7:30 pm., Brucemore Mansion, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-7375.

Doug Thompson, Hypnotist. Stand-up comedy meets hypnosis. 8 p.m., Penguin’s, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

New York Kings of Comedy Tour. Rob Stapleton, Capone, Talent, Drew Frasier, and Mark Viera. 8 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Celebrate Iowa Artists: Wendell Mohr. Celebrating the late Wendell Mohr’s life and work. With artists’ demonstrations. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Bentonsport Historic District. (319) 293-3749.

Des Moines River Water Trail: Tools of the Past. How did they do that? Join Cherie E. Haury-Artz as she describes various prehistoric 
technologies. 6–7 p.m., Beach House at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park. (641) 919-6822.

Feist Club Burlesque. 8–9 p.m., The Arbor, 60 1/2 W. Burlington, Fairfield. (641) 209-1821.

CatVideoFest. Watch a curated show of cat videos on the big screen. With food trucks and a beer garden. 6:30 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8500.

Floatzilla. Annual attempt to create the world’s largest flotilla of canoes and kayaks. With food, music, and a paddlesports tradeshow. Various times and locations, Rock Island, IL. Floatzilla.org.

SE Iowa PaganFest.
Celebrate Mabon (mid-harvest festival) with workshops, ritual, vendors, and music. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Danwaddt Park, Burlington. Facebook.com/SoutheastIowaPagans.

Bike Van Buren XXXI. A two-day family-oriented bicycle ride through the historic villages of Van Buren County. 6:30 a.m., 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua. (319) 293-7111. Through Aug 20.

Cabaret in the Courtyard: Songstress. Anna Barnts, Kelsey Madsen, and Heather Stück. 7:30 pm., Brucemore Mansion, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-7375.  

Brad and the Big Wave. Brad Pouleson, former frontman for The Beggarmen, rocks out with a new band. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

John Mellencamp. With Carlene Carter. 8 p.m., Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines. IowaStateFair.org.

Mt. Thelonious. St. Louis indie-folk band. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. (641) 472-0856. CafeParadiso.net.   

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20

Iowa State Fair. Last day of the 2017 Fair! Live music, exhibitions, food, rides, and more. Iowa State Fairgrounds,  Des Moines. (515) 262-3111 ext. 203.

Kid Rock. Multi-platinum award-winning American rock icon. With Uncle Kracker. 8 p.m., Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines. IowaStateFair.org.

Missy & Heine Andersen. This two-time Blues Music Award nominee puts rhythm back in the blues. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. (641) 472-0856. CafeParadiso.net.

Bike Van Buren XXXI. A two-day family-oriented bicycle ride through the historic villages of Van Buren County. 6:30 a.m., 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua. (319) 293-7111.  

Michelangelo: Love & Death. Art documentary. 3 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.   

MONDAY, AUGUST 21

Great American Solar Eclipse Bus Tour. This family-friendly trip to the path of totality in Washington, MO, includes various eclipse-themed activities. 8 a.m., Starr’s Cave, Burlington. (319) 753-5808.
 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22

Dance: Center for Worker Justice. Dance party supporting worker rights, community ID, immigrants’ rights, etc. 6:30 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.
 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23

Taste of Iowa City. Check out the culinary diversity of Iowa City! Sample portions from more than 40 restaurants! Tickets are $1 each. 4-8 p.m. Downtown Iowa City.

Laney Jones & The Spirits. Folk-pop-rock vocalist Laney Jones was recently featured on the PBS’s Great Performances. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Des Moines River Water Trail: Stand-Up Paddleboard Clinic. Learn a new water sport from
a certified instructor, then
put your skills to the test. 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Keosauqua. (641) 919-6822.
 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24

Monica Bill Barnes & Company “Happy Hour.” Dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass crash a party that the whole audience is invited to. 6:30 p.m., Strauss Hall, Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. (319) 335-1160. Also on Friday 25th.

Music in the Junction & Farmers Market
. Enjoy music by Brother Trucker and shop fresh produce, plants, art, and more. Historic Valley Junction. (515) 222-3642.

Korby Lenker. Idaho-born, Nashville-based “sneaky-good” singer-songwriter plays his new album, Thousand Springs. With 6 p.m. jazz by The Cantafios. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. (641) 472-0856. CafeParadiso.net.

Making Movies. The band’s strong lyricism, persistent Afro-Latino percussion, and deftness at straddling two cultures renders their music uniquely bilingual. 7 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.
 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25

Monica Bill Barnes & Company “Happy Hour.” Two dancers crash a party that the whole audience is invited to. 6:30 p.m., Strauss Hall, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160.

Alternating Currents Festival
. Two-day music, film, comedy, and art festival. Various times and locations, Davenport. AlternatingCurrentsQC.com.

Vendor Show & Flea Market. Various times, 4750 Tama St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Through Aug. 26.

Amana Woodfest. Demonstrations, furniture, decor, toys, carvings, tools, and more. Various times, Amana Colonies RV Park & Event Center, Amana. AmanaColonies.com. Free. Through Aug. 26.

Alice in Wonderland. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000. Through Aug. 27.

Fly Iowa 25th Anniversary.
Air show and  AMA Jet Rally, with youth aviation activities, historical displays, food, and entertainment. Various times, Ottumwa Regional Airport. FlyIowa.org. Through Aug. 27.

Korby Lenker  & Nora Jane Struthers. Edgy roots-rock and rhythmic pop meets bluegrass. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. LegionArts.org.

Cubits. Electro-pop. 8 p.m., The Arbor, Fairfield. (641) 209-1821.

Paa Kow.
World-renowned Afro-fusion. 6:30 p.m., Weatherdance Fountain Stage, 210 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org. Free.

Bloated Cat Festival. Weekend music fest. 6 p.m. nightly, Gabe’s, Iowa City. ICGabes.com. Through Aug. 27.


Backyard Chicken Workshop. Learn the basics to raise hens. 5–6:30 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.
 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26

Alternating Currents Festival. Two-day music, film, comedy, and art festival. Various times and locations, Davenport. AlternatingCurrentsQC.com.

Life Before Fairfield: Documentary Film Premier. This brand new documentary film details the history of the land, animals, and native peoples who once lived in what is now Jefferson County, Iowa, well before first contact with the Europeans. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. FairfieldACC.com. Free.

Vendor Show & Flea Market. Various times, 4750 Tama St. NE, Cedar Rapids. 

Amana Woodfest. Demonstrations, furniture, decor, toys, carvings, tools, and more. Various times, Amana Colonies RV Park & Event Center, Amana. AmanaColonies.com. Free.

Alice in Wonderland. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000. Through Aug. 27.

Fly Iowa 25th Anniversary.
Air show and  AMA Jet Rally, with youth aviation activities, historical displays, food, and entertainment. Various times, Ottumwa Regional Airport. FlyIowa.org. Through Aug. 27.

BoomFest. Annual arts and crafts fest, with kid’s entertainment and one of the largest fireworks shows in the Midwest. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Main Street, Vinton. VintonBoomtown.com.

Cedar Rapids Market After Dark.
Featuring 90 vendors, beer, wine, food, and entertainment by Hailey Whitters and Funk-Stop. 6:30–11 p.m., downtown Cedar Rapids. CedarRapids.org.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Free outdoor movie. 8:25 p.m., MacBride Hall lawn, 17 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org.

Bloated Cat Festival. Weekend music fest. 6 p.m. nightly, Gabe’s, Iowa City. ICGabes.com. Through Aug. 27.

Joe Bonamassa. Blues guitarist is joined by a stellar band of legendary musicians. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203.

Ben Folds. Genre-bending pop artist and pianist headlines for Alternating Currents festival. With Julien Baker. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

The Marksmen & the Punches Family. Award-winning bluegrass and gospel. 7 p.m., Riverview Conference Center, 439 N. Division St., Cedar Falls. RiverviewMinistries.com.

The Roseline. Soft-edged country with pedal steel and pretty piano. 8 p.m., The Arbor, 60 1/2 W. Burlington, Fairfield. (641) 209-1821

Cooking with Heirlooms. Sample new varieties and recreate classic recipes. 11a.m.–  noon, Seed Savers Exchange, 3094 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. (563) 382-5990.

A Natural Christmas. Learn to make a seasonal planning calendar and simple, homemade gifts and meals. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Welcome Center, 809 1st St., Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.
 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27

Alice in Wonderland. Sun. 3 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Life Before Fairfield: Documentary Film Premier. This brand new documentary film details the history of the land, animals, and native peoples who once lived in what is now Jefferson County, Iowa, well before first contact with the Europeans. 2 p.m., Sondheim Center, Fairfield. FairfieldACC.com. Free.

Fly Iowa 25th Anniversary. Air show and  AMA Jet Rally, with youth aviation activities, historical displays, food, and entertainment. Various times, Ottumwa Regional Airport. FlyIowa.org.

MONDAY, AUGUST 28

Drumming for Healing. A drum circle facilitated by Sheri Mealhouse. 6–7 p.m., Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha. (319) 395-6700

Zach Wahls: The Green Room. This author, advocate, and Iowan helped shape the national dialogue on same-sex marriage. RSVP. 7 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653. Free.   

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

Trailer Park Boys. Featuring Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Randy, and Mr. Lahey, the boys are under pressure to pack their partying in before the cops track them down. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30

Mount Pleasant: Crafts in the Park. A weeklong festival featuring more than 90 handmade crafters, antique dealers, and artists. Various times, Central Park, Mount Pleasant. Through Mon. 4th.

Ladies Night & Karaoke. 9 p.m., Dick’s Tap & Shake Room, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-5754. DicksTapandShake.com.

Jake McVey. Country artist known for his fiery stage show and ear-grabbing songs. 8 p.m., Midwest Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. OldThreshers.com.

Boys II Men and En Vogue. Iconic R&B. 7:30 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, 475 1st St. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.
 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. See the largest collection of working steam power as well as other antique machinery. With food, crafts, trolley rides, music, theater, and much more. Various times, Midwest Old Threshers, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mount Pleasant. Oldthreshers.com. Through Sept. 4.

Prairie Lights Presents Bernie Sanders. Activist Bernie Sanders speaks of his new book for young readers and about how to effect change for a better future. 7 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (800) 426-2437.

Music in the Junction & Farmers Market. Enjoy live music by Royce Johns Band as you shop fresh produce, baked goods, prepared foods, flowers, plants, art, and more. 4–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Rex Allen Jr., Leroy Van Dyke, David Frizzell, and Moe Bandy. Country concert includes Rex Allen Jr.’s farewell tour. 8 p.m., Midwest Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. OldThreshers.com.
 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Chad Calek: Sir Noface Lives Tour. Ghost hunter and filmmaker presents his “Paramerican” show with a Q&A. 8 p.m., Five Flags Event Center, Clive. (888) 677-4440.

Fairfield First Fridays: Honoring the Art of the Harvest. Enjoy food and vendors in Central Park and extended shopping and gallery hours around the town square. 6–9 p.m., downtown Fairfield. FairfieldFirstFridays.org.

Stockport BBQ Days. Truck, tractor, and pedal pulls; a parade; games; and BBQ. Various times, Saddle Club Park, Stockport. (319) 796-4308. Through Sept. 2.

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. See the largest collection of working steam power and other antique machinery. Enjoy food, crafts, trolley rides, scooter rentals, performances of The Girl Next Door by Neil Schaffner, a chainsaw artist, nightly concerts, and much more. Midwest Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. OldThreshers.com. Through Sept. 4.

Home Free. Country. Winners of NBC’s The Sing Off, season four. 8 p.m., Midwest Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. OldThreshers.com.

Des Moines Jazz Festival. Jazz performances, workshops, and jam sessions. 5:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club. (515) 369-3673. Through Sept. 2.
 

Gabriel Rutledge. Past winner of Seattle International Comedy Competition. With Shawn Banks. 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133. Also Sept. 2.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Des Moines Jazz Festival. Jazz performances, workshops, and jam sessions. 5:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club. (515) 369-3673. Through Sept. 2.

Stockport BBQ Days. Truck, tractor, and pedal pulls; a parade; games; and BBQ. Various times, Saddle Club Park, Stockport. (319) 796-4308.

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. See the largest collection of working steam power and other antique machinery. Enjoy food, crafts, trolley rides, scooter rentals, performances of The Girl Next Door by Neil Schaffner, a chainsaw artist, nightly concerts, and much more. Midwest Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. OldThreshers.com. Through Sept. 4.

Gabriel Rutledge. Past winner of Seattle International Comedy Competition. With Shawn Banks. 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Bentonsport Heritage Day. Visit historic buildings while local characters share stories about the town’s history. With a home-cooked lunch. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport. (319) 592-3579.

Tomato Tasting. Sample dozens of open-pollinated heirloom tomatoes, attend workshops, and enter a salsa contest. 1–4 p.m., Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah. (563) 382-5990. Free.

Justin Moore. Country. With Dylan Schneider. 7:30 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. (641) 684-7000.

Tracy Lawrence. This country music star boasts 18 #1 singles. 8 p.m., Midwest Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. OldThreshers.com.

Raku Pottery. Learn about low-fired glazes, application, and firing. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Iron & Lace, Bentonsport. VillagesFolkSchool.com.
 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Chris Janson. Country artist with #1 Platinum single, “Buy Me a Boat.” 8 p.m., Midwest Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. OldThreshers.com.
 

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