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TUESDAY, JUNE 27

Loretta Ellsworth. A reading from her mesmerizing and romantic historical novel, Stars Over Clear Lake. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.
 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

B.F. Burt and Big Medicine. 6:30–9:30 p.m., Sheraton City Plaza Hotel, downtown Iowa City. (319) 354-0863. Free.

Rebecca Entel.
A reading from her novel, Fingerprints of Previous Owners, a heartfelt and realistic novel about social and economic injustice in the Bahamas. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.
 

THURSDAY, JUNE 29

Iowa Turtles. Join biologist Chad Dolan as he shares his knowledge of Iowa turtles. 7 p.m., Shelter #3, Jefferson County Park, Fairfield. (641) 472-4421. Free.

Halo Circus. Critically acclaimed trailblazing bilingual alternative rock band. 8 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, 901 Cherry St., Des Moines. (515) 369-3673.

Pella Opera House: An Evening of John Denver. His greatest hits and a few surprises. 7 p.m., Pella Opera House, Pella. (641) 628-8625.
 

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

Waterhawks Ski Show. A thrilling team water-skiing show. 7 p.m., Eagles Lake, 100 Waterhawks Rd., Waterloo. WaterHawks.org.

Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration. Vendors in the park, a parade, BBQ cook-off, and fireworks. Various times, downtown Bonaparte. (641) 451-5294. Through July 1.

Iowa City Jazz Festival. Four outdoor stages. Bring a chair. Fri. 5–11 p.m., Sat. 1–11 p.m., Sun. 2–10 p.m., U of I Pentacrest Lawn, Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org. Through July 2.

Chastity Belt. “Equal parts street-level takedown and gray-skied melancholy” rock band. 9 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington, Iowa City. (319) 351-9175. ICGabes.com.

Chad Elliott. This roots-Americana rocker has been hailed as “Iowa’s Renaissance Man.” 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.

The Giving Tree Band with The Cerny Brothers. This Illinois quintet has evolved with a musical sensibility that somehow unites the spirit of Pete Seeger with the musical chops of The Band. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580. LegionArts.org.

Ed Sheeran. Multi-Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter. 7:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

SATURDAY, JULY 1

Iowa City Jazz Festival. Four outdoor stages. Bring a chair. Sat. 1–11 p.m., Sun. 2–10 p.m., U of I Pentacrest Lawn, Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org. Through July 2. 

Carsie Blanton. Her recent album has been called “a playful indie-pop record for smart, ferocious libertines.” 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580. LegionArts.org.

Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. Guest artists John Daversa and Phil O’Connor from Los Angeles perform with Rich Wagor in an outdoor concert of originals and jazz standards. 6:30 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.
 

SUNDAY, JULY 2

Iowa City Jazz Festival. Four outdoor stages. Bring a chair. Sun. 2–10 p.m., U of I Pentacrest Lawn, Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org.

MONDAY, JULY 3

Firecracker Antique Show. Nationally recognized dealers from all over the Midwest bring collectibles, toys, tools, folk art, and more. Amana RV Park Event Centre, Amana. (319) 622-3539.   Through July 4.

Des Moines Symphony’s 24th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops. This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets, or purchase food from vendors. Participate in the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger by bringing a non-perishable food item. 6:30 p.m., West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines. DMSymphony.org. Free.

Dispatch: America, Location 12 Tour. Independent rock. With special guests Guster and Marco Benevento. 7 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.


All Iowa Bash.  A celebration of all things Iowa: food and drink from local Iowa vendors, crafts from Iowa makers, music from Iowa bands, and more. 3–11 p.m., Historical Valley Junction, West Des Moines. ValleyJunction.com.

Nitefall on the River: Reel Big Fish—The Beer Run. With The Expendables, The Queers, and Tunnel Vision. 7 p.m., Simon Estes Ampitheater, Des Moines. NitefallDSM.com.

Leftover Salmon. String-based roots. 7:30 p.m., Redstone Room, River Music Experience, Davenport. (563) 326-1333.

Melissa Dickey and Andy Stallings. Writers’ Workshop graduates will read from their books of poetry published by Rescue Press. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights,  Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.
 

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Historic Baseball. Watch a game of 1870s-rules baseball. 2:30 p.m., Living History Farms, Urbandale. (515) 278-5286.

Keosauqua Lions 4th of July Celebration. All-you-can-eat breakfast, pedal pull, kids’ games, raffle, bounce house, train, live music at 6 p.m., and fireworks. 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Keosauqua City Park. VillagesofVanBuren.com.

Ackerman’s July 4th Stars & Stripes Antique Market. Outdoor-indoor show. Admission $3. Rain or shine. 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Johnson County Fairgrounds, Highway 218/27, Exit 89, then north 1/4 mile or Riverside Drive south of Iowa City Airport. (319) 430-3737.

Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. Open-air show featuring antique shops, specialty shops, and cafés. 7 a.m.–4 p.m., 1st St. and Hwy 1, Mount Vernon. VisitMVL.com.

Starr’s Cave 4th of July 5K.
8 a.m., Starr’s Cave Park & Preserve, 11627 Starr’s Cave Rd., Burlington. (319) 753-8260.

Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
Free concert and reading of the Declaration of Independence. 2 p.m., Village Green, West Branch. EasternIowaBrassBand.com.

Firecracker Antique Show. Nationally recognized dealers from all over the Midwest bring collectibles, toys, tools, folk art, and more. Amana RV Park Event Centre, Amana. (319) 622-3539. 

Independence Day at Living History Farms. An old-fashioned 4th in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill. Family activities include pie-eating contests, food races, spelling bees, watermelon seed-spitting contests, and an 1870s-rules baseball game. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Living History Farms, Urbandale. (515) 278-5286.

Fairfield 4th of July Fireworks. Sundown, Waterworks Park, Fairfield. (641) 472-6193.

Barn on the Fourth: Twin Peaks. It’s rock, country, and a whole lot of punk attitude. With The Kickback, Yoko and the Oh No’s, Land of Blood and Sunshine, and Blisters. 5 p.m., Codfish Hollow Barn, Maquoketa. CodfishHollowBarnstormers.com.
 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5

Alissa Nutting. The eagerly anticipated book launch for Alissa Nutting’s “blisteringly smart” new book, Made For Love! 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.
 

THURSDAY, JULY 6

Music in the Junction & Farmers Market. Des Moines Vintage Bike Night, featuring music by The Tighten Up. Shop fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, arts and crafts, and more. 4–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Thursdays in Pella: America Through the Decades
. Every Thursday evening in July, enjoy activities for kids and adults, food vendors, displays, and a city band performance. 6–9 p.m., downtown Pella. Members.Pella.org.

Uncle Rabbit. Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performs an original production followed by a puppet-making workshop. 2 p.m., Lakeridge Mobile Home Community, Iowa City. PuppetsPuppets.com. (319) 627-2487.

The Texas Tenors. A kick-off concert for the Keokuk County Fair. 7 p.m., What Cheer Opera House, What Cheer. KeokukCountyFair.com.

Thursday Night Concert: The Blackbirds. Beatles songs. 7 p.m., Bass Street Landing, Moline, IL. MolineCentre.org.
 

FRIDAY, JULY 7

Fairfield First Fridays: Celebrate Iowa. Enjoy live music, food, and vendors in Central Park, and extended shopping and gallery hours. 6–9 p.m., Fairfield. FairfieldFirstFridays.org.

Drew Hasting. Comedian. Farmer. Mayor…not necessarily in that order. Bob & Tom Show regular brings cutting-edge political humor and farm jokes. 7:30 p.m., Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Main, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.

80/35 Music Festival. Nearly 50 acts, including indie pop stars The Shins, psychedelic rock band MGMT, and transcendental folk group Elephant Revival. Fri. 4–11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Western Gateway Park, Des Moines. 80-35.com.

Michael Thorne. This Minnesotan is the “funniest thing out of the Midwest.” 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, the Vault, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.


Commons Off the Clock: Randy Burk and the Prisoners.
Happy hour with brews, bites, and bands. 4 p.m., Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

First Fridays: Max Wellman.
Light bites, cash bar, and world-class art and jazz. 5–7:30 p.m., Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines. (515) 277-4405.

Old Brick Dance. 7:30 p.m. merengue lesson, 8:30 p.m. dancing, Old Brick Auditorium, 26 E. Market St, Iowa City. CorridorDance.org.

Resurrected Tin: Bologna Nationals. Classic car show. With food, vendors, givaways, games, and awards. Various times, downtown Pella & Lake Red Rock. Members.Pella.org. Through July 8.

That’ll Be the Day. Tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Fri. 2 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. (319) 622-6262. Through July 8.

Mt. Vernon Heritage Days. Featuring a parade, music, kolache tent, talent show, bags tournament, carnival games, car show, and art. Various times, downtown Mount Vernon. VisitMVL.com. Through July 8.

Lake Red Rock Balloonfest. View hot air balloons as they fly over scenic Lake Red Rock. With kids’ activities, a beach party with live bands, a fun run, contests, and more. Various times. RedRockLakeBalloonFest.com. Through July 9.


Cubits.
Electronic spacepop. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-0856. CafeParadiso.net.

J.E. Sunde. “One of the greatest indie-folk singer-songwriters around.” –Daytrotter. 8 p.m., CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580.

Migos. Chart-topping rap group. 7 p.m., Five Flags Event Center,    2100 NW 100th St., Clive. (888) 677-4440.

Nitefall on the River: The Band Perry. Pop and country. 7 p.m., Simon Estes Ampitheater, 75 East Locust St., Des Moines. NitefallDSM.com.

The Fez. Steely Dan tribute. 6:30 p.m., Sheraton City Plaza Hotel, downtown Iowa City. (319) 354-0863. Free.

SATURDAY, JULY 8

80/35 Music Festival. Nearly 50 acts, including indie pop stars The Shins, psychedelic rock band MGMT, and transcendental folk group Elephant Revival. Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Western Gateway Park, Des Moines. 80-35.com.

4th Annual Music on the Prairie. Featuring the Great Bluegrass Herons and Dave Moore. A food truck will be on site for food purchases. Bring chairs or blankets. Free-will donations are encouraged!
Gates open 4:00, music starts at 5:30 Bur Oak Land Trust's Belgum Grove, 3261 500th Street SW, Iowa City. 319-338-7030.


Mason Jennings with The Pines and Pieta Brown. A benefit concert under the stars among the Seed Savers gardens. With food vendors and cash bar. Camping available. Garden tour at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., Seed Saver’s Exchange, Heritage Farm, 3074 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. SeedSavers.org.


Michael Thorne. This Minnesotan is the “funniest thing out of the Midwest.” 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, the Vault, 208 2nd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.  

Resurrected Tin: Bologna Nationals. Classic car show. With food, vendors, givaways, games, and awards. Various times, downtown Pella & Lake Red Rock. Members.Pella.org.


That’ll Be the Day. Tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Sat. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. (319) 622-6262. Through July 8.

Mt. Vernon Heritage Days. Featuring a parade, music, kolache tent, talent show, bags tournament, carnival games, car show, and art. Various times, downtown Mount Vernon. VisitMVL.com.

Lake Red Rock Balloonfest. View hot air balloons as they fly over scenic Lake Red Rock. With kids’ activities, a beach party with live bands, a fun run, contests, and more. Various times. RedRockLakeBalloonFest.com. Through July 9.


You Gotta Regatta. The annual cardboard boat regatta! Watch the designers of human-powered boats made of corrugated cardboard
and duct tape race three times around a 200-yard course. Racers can register their boats the day of event. Spectators welcome. 9 a.m., Waterworks Park, Fairfield. theresemarguerite@ gmail.com. (641) 919-6824.

Cedar Valley Winery: Evening Under the Stars. 8th Anniversary celebration with entertainment by SEZ WHO and BBQ by Sweet & Saucy. 5 p.m., Cedar Valley Winery, 2034 Dewberry Ave., Batavia. (641) 662-2800. Free.

Christmas in July Full Moon Ride. Des Moines European Heritage Association partners with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar & Grill for an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail. 8 p.m., High Trestle Trail, Madrid. (515) 250-6366.

Asian Fest. Enjoy live cultural performances all day, from Bollywood fusion dancing and Filipino performances to cultural demonstrations. With Asian cuisine, interactive villages, kids’ zone, fashion show, an international dance party by the river, and a concert by Gimikk. 12–10:30 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, 475 1st St. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729. Free.

Free Movie Series: Captain America—Civil War.
Bring a chair or blanket. Sunset, Macbride Hall, Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org.

Magic by David Casas. A special magic performance for Houdini: The Magic & Mystery exhibit. 6 p.m., German American Heritage Center, Davenport. (563) 322-8844.

Monarch Festival.
Kids learn about monarchs through games and hands-on activities; adults learn from local experts about conservation and pollinator-friendly landscapes. Enjoy hourly monarch releases, make milkweed seed balls for RAGBRAI riders, and adopt a caterpillar. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Mother Goose’s Neighborhood.
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performs an original production. 10 a.m., Muscatine Farmer’s Market, 3rd & Cedar, Muscatine. (319) 627-2487.

Rev. Kimberly Braun: Love Calls
. Book signing and talk by former Carmlite nun and TEDx speaker. 1:30 p.m., Revelations Bookstore, Fairfield. (641) 472-6733.

Reflections of  the Civil War. Take a step back in time to re-live the events of the Civil War. With exhibits and battles. Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Seminole Valley Farm Museum, Cedar Rapids. SeminoleValleyFarmMuseum.net. Through July 9.

Antony & Cleopatra. RSC rebroadcast, directed by Iqbal Khan. Antony is torn between love and duty, leading the lovers to their tragic end. 3 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Irish Music Session. 3–5 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net. Free.

Lake Red Rock Balloonfest. View hot air balloons as they fly over scenic Lake Red Rock. With kids’ activities, a beach party with live bands, a fun run, contests, and more. Various times. RedRockLakeBalloonFest.com. 

Diana Ross: In the Name of Love Tour. 7:30 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, 475 1st St. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.


Reflections of  the Civil War. Take a step back in time to re-live the events of the Civil War. With exhibits and battles. Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Seminole Valley Farm Museum, Cedar Rapids. SeminoleValleyFarmMuseum.net.

Mason Jennings with The Pines and Pieta Brown. A benefit concert under the stars. With food vendors and cash bar. Camping available. Garden tour at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., Seed Saver’s Exchange, Decorah. SeedSavers.org.

4th Annual Music on the Prairie. Music by the Great Bluegrass Herons and Dave Moore. Enjoy guided tours and hayrack rides. Bring a picnic or purchase from a food truck. Bring chairs or blankets. 4 p.m., Bur Oak Land Trust’s Belgum Grove, Iowa City. BurOakLandTrust.org.

FY5. Classic bluegrass, honky tonk, country swing, and skillfully spun folk tales. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Symphonic Blast. Southeast Iowa Symphony gives a concert of popular classical music. Fireworks begin at dusk. 8:15 p.m., Crapo Park Band Shell, Burlington. GreaterBurlington.com. Free.


Stained Glass Ornaments.
Create an elegant work of art using stained or beveled glass, copper foil, and solder. With Jolene Tedrow. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., VFS Welcome Center, 809 1st St., Keosauqua. VillagesFolkSchool.com.

Make Two Bracelets: Intro to Stringing
. Make two bracelets using Czech Republic pressed glass beads and sterling silver spacers. 10 a.m.–noon, Beadology, Iowa City. (319) 338-1566.

Wood Carving: Beginners. Create a whimsical treehouse or wood spirit sculpture with instructor Paul Simpson. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., location TBA, Van Buren County. VillagesFolkSchool.com.
 

SUNDAY, JULY 9

Sawyer Fredericks. Winner of NBC’s The Voice. With Gabriel Wolfchild & The Northern Light and Haley Johnsen. 7 p.m., Gabe’s, Iowa City. (319) 351-9175.

Diana Ross.
7:30 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

The Roosevelts. Bluesy, folky rock ’n’ roll. CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. (319) 364-1580. LegionArts.org.

Kate Kasten. The Iowa City novelist and short story writer reads from her new mystery novel, Too Happy. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. (319) 337-2681.   

MONDAY, JULY 10

International Jugglers’ Association 70th Annual Festival. This weeklong event will feature public performances, workshops, games, prop vendors, and competitions. Various times and locations, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org. Through Sun. 16th.

Brit Floyd. Pink Floyd tribute. 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Big-band jazz. 7 p.m., Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St., Coralville. (319) 248-9370.

Kids Knitting Camp for Beginners. Learn basic knitting while making a cute and surprisingly simple bunny. Kids 7+ will learn to knit, bind off, some simple sewing, and pom-pom making. Mornings through Friday 14th. 10–11:30 a.m., At Home Store, Fairfield. (641) 472-1016.
 

TUESDAY, JULY 11

The Crane Wives. Four-piece Americana-folk band. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-0856. CafeParadiso.net. 

International Jugglers’ Association 70th Annual Festival. This weeklong event will feature public performances, workshops, games, prop vendors, and competitions. Various times and locations, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org. Through Sun. 16th.

Museum of Juggling History. International Jugglers’ Association Fest. Juggling historians Erik Aberg and David Cain resurrect juggling tricks from the past that modern audiences and jugglers have rarely seen, providing background info about the tricks. 11 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12

International Jugglers’ Association 70th Annual Festival. This weeklong event will feature public performances, workshops, games, prop vendors, and competitions. Various times and locations, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org. Through Sun. 16th.

George Lopez. This multi-talented entertainer’s career spans television, film, stand-up, and late-night TV. 7 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2786.

The International Juggler’s Association Festival: Junior Champions. Juggling stars of the future compete. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203. Juggle.org.

David Leffler Quartet. Fairfield band reunites to perform their favorite jazz renditions. 7–9 p.m., The Depot Brewery, Fairfield. TheDepotBrewery.com. Free.
 

THURSDAY, JULY 13

International Jugglers’ Association 70th Annual Festival: Champions. See world-class performers in the Individuals and Teams Championships juggling competitions. 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 366-8203. Juggle.org.

George Lopez. This entertainer’s career spans television, film, stand-up, and late-night. 7 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Bony Legs. Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater performs a play about Baba Yaga, the Russian witch. 5:30 p.m., Reno St. Park, Iowa City. (319) 627-2487.

Brit Floyd. Pink Floyd tribute. 8 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

Music in the Junction & Farmers Market.
Featuring music by Hound Dog Shy. 4–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Collector Talk: Chad Pregracke.
Best known as CNN’s Hero of the Year, the Quad Cities’ own Chad Pregracke will speak about the work he does through Living Lands & Waters, and reflect on his Message in a Bottle Collection. 7 p.m., Figge Art Museum, Davenport. (563) 326-7804.

Flow, Glow & Diablo Show. International Jugglers’ Association Festival. Hosted by Kevin Axtell and Matt Hall, featuring fire spinners, hoop dancers, and more. 11 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. An R&B revolutionary. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

The Recliners. “Contemporary-Acoustic-Pop-Folk-Rock-Turkish.” With Chataqua Brothers. 7 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

The Beach Boys. 7:30 p.m., Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Steve & Michaela McLain. Americana classics and originals. 6–8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield. CafeParadiso.net.
 

FRIDAY, JULY 14

International Jugglers’ Association 70th Annual Festival. This weeklong event will feature public performances, workshops, games, prop vendors, and competitions. Various times and locations, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org. Through Sun. 16th.

Architecture on the Move. A walking tour of downtown Des Moines. 5 p.m., Iowa Center for Architecture, Des Moines. IowaArchFoundation.org.

Network Chiropractic Clear Day & Intro.
Free intro and demo of Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration. 7–8 p.m., Transform Chiropractic, 123 N. Main St., (enter N door by alley on Briggs), Fairfield. Saturday: An immersive day of focused healing and wellness. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Transform Chiropractic, Fairfield location TBA. Dr. Alison Knight (515) 708-7250.

BBQ’loo & Blues Too. Annual BBQ rib cook-off. Fri. 5:30–9:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Lincoln Park,
Waterloo. MainStreetWaterloo.org.

40th Annual Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races. An annual celebration and races. With live music, beer garden, fireworks, craft show, wine tasting, pancake breakfasts, 5K glow run, and 40 hot air balloons. Various times, Greater Ottumwa Park. Ottumwaproballoonraces.com.


Anime-zing! A convention celebrating Japanese arts and the communities that surround anime fandom. Fri. 1 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m., RiverCenter, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Seed Savers Exchange Conference & Campout. Gather at Heritage Farm for a weekend of workshops, tours, community, and great local food. With keynote speakers Sean Sherman (pictured); Hank Will, Ph.D.; Lee Reich; and Joy Hought. Various times, Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, 3074 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. SeedSavers.org.

Guys in Ties. Traveling improv comedy troupe. 7:30 p.m., Old Creamery Theatre, Amana. (319) 622-6262.

Tig Notaro. Stand-up comedian, storyteller, and New York Times bestselling author. Her HBO stand-up special Boyish Girl Interrupted was Emmy-nomated. 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653. 


Ray Bonneville. Blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man.” 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

The Recliners. Folk-pop. 6:30 p.m., Plaza Fountain, Sheraton City Plaza Hotel, Iowa City. (319) 354-0863.
 

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Art Creates Hope Benefit Concert. Coloratura soprano Penelope Makeig and  rare-instrument performer Jim Kendros in concert. Proceeds benefit Hope for Life mental health education programs. 7:30 p.m., FACC, Fairfield. (641) 472-2787.
 

BBQ’loo & Blues Too. Annual BBQ rib cook-off. Sat. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Lincoln Park,
Waterloo. MainStreetWaterloo.org.

40th Annual Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races. An annual celebration and races. With live music, beer garden, fireworks, craft show, wine tasting, pancake breakfasts, 5K glow run, and 40 hot air balloons. Various times, Greater Ottumwa Park. Ottumwaproballoonraces.com.


Anime-zing! A convention celebrating Japanese arts and the communities that surround anime fandom. Sat. 10 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m., RiverCenter, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Seed Savers Exchange Conference & Campout. Gather at Heritage Farm for a weekend of workshops, tours, community, and great local food. With keynote speakers Sean Sherman (pictured); Hank Will, Ph.D.; Lee Reich; and Joy Hought. Various times, Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, 3074 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. SeedSavers.org.

International Jugglers’ Association 70th Annual Festival. Cascade of Stars. Featuring  juggling headliners Gena Shvartsman and Paul Ponce, plus world-class variety acts. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org. Through Sun. 16th.

Network Chiropractic Clear Day. An immersive day of focused healing and wellness. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Transform Chiropractic, Fairfield. Dr. Alison Knight (515) 708-7250.

An Evening with Albert Einstein. Einstein awaits news from an eclipse expedition that will prove his Theory of General Relativity, but is sent sideways in a world crumbling around him. 7 p.m., Pella Opera House. (641) 628-8625.

Chief Wapello Days Car Show & Community Festival.
  Food, music, and family fun. 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Louisa County Courthouse, Wapello. (319) 759-1209.

Des Moines River Water Trail. “Through the Eyes of the River.” Paddle down the river and learn  about its biography—from geologic origins  to present-day status. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Austin Park boat ramp, Keosauqua. (641) 919-6822.

Free Movie: Young Frankenstein. 8:50 p.m., Macbride Hall lawn, Iowa City. SummeroftheArts.org.

Linn Creek Arts Festival. Family-friendly arts festival showcasing art in a variety of media, music, dance, kids’ events, food, beer, and wine. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fisher Community Center, Marshalltown.  LinnCreekArtsFestival.org.

Ioway Culture Day. Explore the Native American culture that gave Iowa its name. 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd., Urbandale. (515) 278-5286.

Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power. With keynote speakers Bernie Sanders and Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, featuring issue-focused organizing workshops and opportunities to connect and have fun with like-minded Iowans. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. (515) 282-0484.

River’s Edge Homebrew Festiv-Ale. Featuring homebrew clubs from around the midwest with over 50 different brews to sample. 2–6 p.m., Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, 1821 2nd Ave., Rock Island. (309) 788-6311.


Very Vintage Market.
An outdoor vintage and handmade goods event coinciding with sidewalk sales downtown. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Jefferson St., Burlington. GreaterBurlington.com.

Amana Colonies Bike and Hike Weekend.
Bring your bike or walking shoes. Featuring Millstream Brewery’s Tour de Brew and Tour de Root Beer—as well as bike and hike trails for every age and ability level. 9–5 p.m., Amana Colonies. AmanaColonies.com. Through July 16.
 

SUNDAY, JULY 16

International Jugglers’ Association 70th Annual Festival. This weeklong event will feature public performances, workshops, games, prop vendors, and competitions. Various times and locations, Cedar Rapids. Juggle.org. 

Anime-zing! A convention celebrating Japanese arts and the communities that surround anime fandom. Sun. 10 a.m., RiverCenter, Davenport. (563) 326-8500.

Amana Colonies Bike and Hike Weekend. Bring your bike or walking shoes. Featuring Millstream Brewery’s Tour de Brew and Tour de Root Beer—as well as bike and hike trails for every age and ability level. 9–5 p.m., Amana Colonies. AmanaColonies.com.

Seed Savers Exchange Conference & Campout. Gather at Heritage Farm for a weekend of workshops, tours, community, and great local food. Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, 3074 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. SeedSavers.org. 

Josh Ritter & Brett Dennen. Josh Ritter made NPR’s “Fav-orite Songs of 2015” list. With folk-pop artist Brett Dennen. 7 p.m., Codfish Hollow, Maq-uoketa. CodfishHollowBarnstormers.com.

How to Make Sauerkraut. Learn to make a German favorite with Kristin Bogdonas. 2 p.m., GAHC, Davenport. (563) 322-8844.
 

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Tobin Sprout & Elf Power. Former guitarist-songwriter of indie-rock icons Guided By Voices performs with a band. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.
 

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