Events Calendar for June 2019

Come to Riverside, Iowa, June 28-29 for Trekfest XXXV!

Monday, June 24 The Parchment Lounge Writing Group. For all genres. Mondays at the Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Tuesday, June 25 • Midsummer Festival: The Jaerv Quintet. Festivities culminate with live music by Swedish folk group, blending originals with Scandinavian folk songs, some dating back 700 years. 6:30–10 p.m., Swedish American Museum, Swedesburg. (319) 254-2317.

Tuesday, June 25 • 3 Dish Night and Fitch Building Open House. RSVP. Fitch Building, Des Moines. (515) 289-6263.

Wednesday, June 26 • The Scarlet Boudoir. Romance writing group, fourth Wednesday at the Coralville Public Library, Room B, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, June 26 • Czech Village Walking Tour. Learn about the history and architectural landmarks of this fascinating neighborhood. 6–8 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Pl. SW, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8500.

Wednesday, June 26 • Fairfield Open Mics. Wednesdays. 8 p.m. Café Paradiso, 10 p.m. Depot Brewery, Fairfield.

Wednesday, June 26 Linn County Fair. Various times, Linn County Fairgrounds, 201 Central City Rd., Central City. Through Sunday 30th.

Wednesday, June 26Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races. Jones and Co. Carnival daily, beer garden, entertainment, and family events. Through June 30. Various times, Jimmy Jones Shelter, 1 Joe Lord Memorial Dr., Ottumwa. (641) 799-2011.

Wednesday, June 26 • PTB Adult Spelling Bee. Fourth Wednesdays. 7–9 p.m., Peace Tree Brewery, 923 Main St., Grinnell. (641) 260-8067.

Wednesday, June 26 • The Scarlet Boudoir: Romance Writing Group. Fourth Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Coralville Public Library, Room B. Free.

Wednesday, June 26 • Wonders of Buxton. Learn about a bustling, turn-of-the- century mining-town “utopia” where African Americans were welcomed with little discrimination. 7–8 p.m., African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids. Free.

Thursday, June 27 • Family Fun Night & Thursday Nights at Hancher. Chuy Renteria leads two rounds of beginning hip-hop dance workshops for kids. Stop by Stanley Café for a great meal. 5:30–7 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City. (319) 335-1160.

Thursday, June 27 • Thursdays in Pella: Ag in the City. Live entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors, displays, and a city band performance at 8 p.m. Thursdays, 6–9 p.m., downtown Pella.

Thursday, June 27David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. Keynote speech by award-winning author Ben Miller on Thursday 6 p.m. at the Figge, and three days of workshops. RSVP. St. Ambrose University, McCarthy Hall, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. (309) 732-7330. Through June 29.

Thursday, June 27 • Dylan LeBlanc. This arresting songwriter with haunting vocals and a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity just released his newest album, Renegade. 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Friday, June 28 • The Pat McAfee Show Does America. Indiana comedian records his special across the country. 7:30 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Friday, June 28 • Choro Moingona. Brazilian music while you dine or drink. 8 p.m., Sanctuary Restaurant & Pub, 405 S. Gilbert, Iowa City. (319) 351-5692.

Friday, June 28 • Diane Coffee. Gender-bending pop-rock standout of SXSW. 6–9 p.m., Raccoon Motel, Davenport.

Friday, June 28 • Night Moves. Their songwriting, still steeped in velvety riffs and pure pop glaze, is smart and evocative. 8 p.m., 8 p.m., The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City. (319) 351-9529.

Friday, June 28 Soul Sherpa & Plastic Relations. 6:30 p.m., Ped Mall, Iowa City. Free.

Fri-Sat June 28-29 • Jeff Dye. Jeff Dye stars in NBC’s new eclectic comedy-adventure series   Better Late Than Never. With Brandon Patrick. 8 p.m., Penguin’s, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Fri-Sat-Sun June 28-30 • Des Moines Arts Festival. Nearly 200 professional and emerging visuals artists will be exhibiting, along with live music, artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. Western Gateway Park, 15th & Locust Streets, Downtown Des Moines. (5159) 286-4950. Admission free!

Fri-Sat June 28-29Trek Fest XXXV. Pancake breakfast, Star Trek parade, talent show, kids’ activities, face painting, demo derby, trivia contest, music, vendor fair, costume contest, robotics tournament, fireworks, sports, star gaze, and screenings. With special guest Sandra Gimpel, the Salt Monster. Fri. 5 p.m.–late, Sat. 7 a.m.–11:30 p.m., downtown Riverside.

Fri-Sat-Sun June 28-30 • Greater Jefferson County Fair. Food, livestock shows and sale, cake walk, talent contest, bubble soccer, rides, demo derby, and much more. 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield. (641) 472-4166. Through July 1.

Saturday, June 29 • Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration. Kids’ games, a bounce house, BBQ cook-off, fireworks, and more. Time TBA, Downtown Bonaparte. (319) 592-3400.

Saturday, June 29 • Forest Bathing: Foraging Wild Edibles. RSVP. 9:30–11:30 a.m., Hickory Hill Park, Iowa City.

Saturday, June 29 • Concerts at the Creek: Emily Scott Robinson & Dustin Smith. Country, folk, Americana. Food trucks, beer, wine. 7 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Ctr., Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Saturday, June 29 • Nelly. Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum rap superstar. With Chingy. 7 p.m., Five Flags Center, Dubuque. (319) 589-4258.

Saturday, June 29 • Michael Dugan. Captivating singer-songwriter. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield.

Sat-Sun June 29-30 • Quad City Air Show. Featuring United States Navy Blue Angels. Various times, Davenport Municipal Airport.

Sunday, June 30 • Annual Ice Cream Social. Games, kids’ activities, Muscatine Civil War actors. Ice cream, pie, cake, cookies & more for sale! 1-5 p.m. Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine. Free admission.

Sunday, June 30 • Adam Ezra Group. Five-time winners at the New England Music Awards. Rock. 7 p.m., CSPS, Cedar Rapids.

Monday, July 1 The Parchment Lounge Writing Group. For all genres. Mondays at the Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Monday, July 1 • Martini & Movie Mondays. Vintage flicks from Turner Classic Movies, half-off your first martini, and free popcorn. 8 p.m., Clinton Street Social Club, Iowa City. (319) 351-1690.

Wednesday, July 3 • All Iowa Bash. A celebration of the U.S. and all things Iowa. Food and drink, crafts, music, and more. 3–11 p.m., Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Wednesday, July 3 Yankee Doodle Pops. The Des Moines Symphony presents Iowa’s largest single-day concert. Concludes with fireworks. 8:30 p.m., Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines. Free.

Wednesday, July 3 • Cory Chisel & Friends Salute Tom Petty. 6 p.m., 6–9 p.m., Raccoon Motel, Davenport.

Wednesday, July 3 • Blackfoot Gypsies. Swamp blues, hillbilly funk, and homegrown punk with 21st-century fire. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City.

Wed-Thurs July 3-4 Coralville 4th Fest. Pancake breakfast, 5K, carnival rides, parade, free concert, bingo, games, vendors, food, fireworks, and more. Wed. 2 p.m. till dark, Thurs. 7 a.m. till dark, S.T. Morrison Park, Coralville.

Thursday, July 4 • Ackerman’s July 4th Stars & Stripes Antique Market. 100 dealers offer a wide variety of antiques. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City. (319) 338-8449.

Thursday, July 4 • Keosauqua 4th of July Celebration. Breakfast, lunch, pedal pull, kids’ games, bounce house, live music, and fireworks at dusk. Keosauqua City Park. (319) 293-7111.

Thursday, July 4 • Barn on the 4th: Foxwarren. One of Canada’s top melody makers cites Paul Simon as a major influence. 6–11 p.m., Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa.

Thursday, July 4 Living History Farms’ Independence Day. Pie-eating contests, races, spelling bees, parade, seed-spitting contests, a Medicine Show at 11:15 a.m., Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30 p.m., and more. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Living History Farms, Urbandale.

Thursday, July 4 • West Burlington 4th of July Celebration. Pancake breakfast, craft show, bicycle races, youth talent show, parade, and more. 6 a.m.–11:30 p.m., West Burlington.

Thursday, July 4 • Farmer’s Market & Music in the Junction. “Cruise night,” featuring music by Randy Burk & The Prisoners. 4–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Thursday, July 4 • Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty. Antiques, vintage, repurposed, industrial, architectural salvage, and more. With merch from specialty shops, antique shops, and cafes. 7 a.m.–4 p.m., uptown Mount Vernon.

Thursday, July 4 • Fairfield 4th of July Fireworks. Watch an impressive display over Bonnefield Lake. Dusk, Waterworks Park, Fairfield.

Friday, July 5 • Fairfield First Fridays: Summer Celebration. Live music and vendors on the square, with stores and galleries open late. 6–9 p.m., Fairfield Square.

Friday, July 5 • Old Brick Dance. Samba lesson by Anne Bates at 7:30 p.m., social dancing 8:30–10:45 p.m., Old Brick, Iowa City.

Friday, July 5Billy Idol. An early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. 8:30 p.m., Riverside Casino, 3184 Hwy 22, Riverside. (319) 648-1234.

Friday, July 5 • First Friday New Orleans Jazz Party. Featuring the NOLA Jazz Band. 5:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines. (515) 369-3673.

Friday, July 5 Ottumwa Live After Five. Free concert series. 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Central Park, Ottumwa.

Friday, July 5 • Thumbscrew. Tightly blended trio of bass, drums, and guitar. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City.

Fri-Sat July 5-6 • Mississippi Valley Blues Fest. Two days, two stages, and 15 bands. With food vendors and BluesKool for the kids. Various times and locations, East Moline.

Fri-Sat July 5-6 • USA Gymnastics Championships. Acrobatic and rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, and tumbling. 9 a.m., Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000. Also on July 2–4.

Fri-Sat-Sun July 5-7 • Iowa City Jazz Festival. Friday night jazz with a fireworks celebration; Saturday music on the Main Stage (with youth, college, and local side stages), plus artist booths, Fun Zone, Culinary Delights, Beverage Garden, and late night jam sessions; Sunday music at the Ped Mall. Various times, downtown Iowa City.

Fri-Sat, July 5-6 • Mississippi Valley Blues Fest. Location moved due to flooding! Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday, noon on Saturday. Murphy Park at the Bend, East Moline, Illinois.

Fri-Sat-Sun July 5-7 • Iowa City Jazz Festival & Fireworks. Friday night jazz with a fireworks celebration; Saturday music on the Main Stage and local side stages, artist booths, Fun Zone, Culinary Delights, and Beverage Garden; Sunday music at the Ped Mall. Various times, downtown Iowa City.

Saturday, July 6 • NO SLEEP. Featuring a lineup of comedians, music, and food. 9 p.m., Des Moines Social Club.

Saturday, July 6 • Feminine Wiles: Burlesque & the Other Brothers. A provocative show with live rock and roll. 7:30 p.m., Stoner Theater, Des Moines.

Saturday, July 6 • Summer Craft & Vendor Fair. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., FACC, Fairfield.

Saturday, July 6 • Symphonic Blast. Fireworks at dusk along with a patriotic outdoor performance by the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Bring lawn chairs. 8:15 p.m., Crapo Park Band Shell, Burlington.

Saturday, July 6 • Jeff Spradley. Country and rock. 7 p.m., Farmers Creek Antiques & Mac’s Wine Cellar, 144 S. Main St., Maquoketa.

Saturday, July 6 • Cracker. Alt-rock and insurgent country rockers have been at it for over 25 years. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City.

Saturday, July 6 • Music on the Prairie. Rochester Ramblers and Homebrewed. 4 p.m., Bur Oak Land Trust’s Belgium Grove, Iowa City. Free.

Saturday, July 6 • Lung. Dark, sludgy, and oddly neoclassical duo deftly walks the line of experimental and accessible. With White Batzzz and Blue Movies Trio. 7 p.m., Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport.

Saturday, July 6 • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Known for their spirituality, the band’s lyrics cover the darkness and the light. With Wolves at the Gate and Valleyheart. 6 p.m., Gabe’s, Iowa City.

Saturday, July 6 • Dawn and On Music Festival. Family-friendly, homegrown music festival. Rock to jam to reggae to bluegrass. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 100 17th St., Rock Island.

Sat-Sun, July 6-7 Villages Folk School Classes. Choose from Blacksmithing or Stained Glass Ornament classes (Saturday) or a two-day Plein Air Landscapes painting workshop (Sat. & Sun.). Various times and locations, Keosauqua.

Sat-Sun, July 6-7 • Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club Dog Show. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Bridge View Center, Ottumwa.

Fri-Sat-Sun July 5-7 • Iowa City Jazz Festival & Fireworks. Friday night jazz with a fireworks celebration; Saturday music on the Main Stage and local side stages, artist booths, Fun Zone, Culinary Delights, and Beverage Garden; Sunday music at the Ped Mall. Various times, downtown Iowa City.

Sunday, July 7 • Music in the Vineyard: Timber City Concert Band. Enjoy Iowa cheeses & BBQ pork sandwiches, or BYO picnic. 3–6 p.m., Tabor Home Vineyards and Winery, Baldwin.

Monday, July 8 The Parchment Lounge Writing Group. For all genres. Mondays at the Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Wednesday, July 10 • The Cedar Room: All-Genre Writing Group. Second Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library, Conference Room. Free.