Events Calendar for August 2019

Pentatonix plays at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, August 17. (photo by Jiro Schneider)

August 16-18 Iowa State Fair. Visit all 445 acres of auto shows, livestock exhibitions, flea markets and antiques, concerts, trade shows, tasty food, camping, thrill park, and more. Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 East Grand Ave., Des Moines. 1-800-545-FAIR.

Friday, August 16 • Full Moon Float. Paddle under the light of the full moon as Naturalist Brittney Tiller interprets constellations and objects of the sky from the calm waters of the lake. 8:30–10 p.m., Lake Lacey Boat Ramp, Keosauqua. RSVP (641) 472-4421 or

Friday, August 16 Andy Douglas: Redemption Songs. Andy reads from Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir. 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, Iowa Ciy. (319) 337-2681.

Friday, August 16 • Mount Vernon Pool Movie Night. Enjoy an outdoor movie, food, games, and prizes. 9–11 p.m., Mount Vernon Swimming Pool. (319) 895-9191.

Friday, August 16 • Cruise Night. Classic cars and hot rods cruise the strip. Shop, dine, and reminisce. 5 p.m., downtown Burlington.

Friday, August 16 David Olney. Townes Van Zandt counted Olney among his favorite writers. 8 p.m., Café Paradiso, Fairfield.

Friday, August 16 • Dubuque and All That Jazz: 10 of Soul. Food, drinks, and a Kids’ Zone. 5–9 p.m., Town Clock Tower, Dubuque.

Friday, August 16 • The Recliners and The Beaker Brothers. 6:30 p.m., Ped Mall, Iowa City. Free.

Friday, August 16 Scott Mulvahill. This songwriter-bassist has shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector, and more. 8 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Fri-Sat August 16-17 • Lisbon Sauerkraut Days. Begins Thursday, Aug. 15th, at 5 p.m. with an ice cream social and fireworks show in City Park. Fri. and Sat. food, rides, games, bathtub races, music, and fun till late. Parade Saturday morning. Various times and locations, Mt. Vernon & Lisbon.

Fri-Sat August 16-17 • Cabaret in the Courtyard: Words & Songs. Music and spoken-word performances. 7:30 p.m., Brucemore Mansion, Cedar Rapids.

Fri-Sat August 16-17 • Czech That Film: Golden Sting. Czech film festival. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 1 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids.

Fri-Sat August 16-17 • Sweatstock: 50th Anniversary Woodstock Tribute. 100+ QC-area musicians recreate performances of Hendrix, Santana, Grateful Dead, Joplin, Creedence Clearwater, plus original music by Joe Marcinek, the Velies, Rude Punch, Candymakers, and more. Various times, Murphy Park, The Bend, East Moline.

Fri-Sat August 16-17 • Rollin’ on the River Blues Festival. Friday: Whiskey Friends, Laurie Morvan, and Billy Jones Bluez Band. Saturday: Other Brothers, Lauren Mitchell, and Jason D. Williams. 6 p.m., Victory Park, Keokuk.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 16-18 • Seed School. Learn about the importance of crop diversity and how to grow, harvest, store, and save seeds. A weekend of great people and great food. Various times, Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, Decorah. (563) 382-5990.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 16-18Iowa State Fair. Food, contests, rides, concerts, and more. Various times, State Fairgrounds, Des Moines. 1-800-545-FAIR.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 16-18 • Old Time Power Show. Steam engines, live demonstrations, museum, tractor pulls, Parade of Power, flea market, family fun, and more. Camping available. Various times, Antique Acres, 7610 Waverly Rd., Cedar Falls.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 16-18 • The Niña and Pinta. Historically accurate replica ships dock at Burlington. 9 a.m., Burlington Riverfront.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 16-18 • Luke Bryan, Pentatonix, and Hootie & the Blowfish with Barenaked Ladies. Award-winning bands. 8 p.m., State Fairgrounds, Des Moines.

Saturday, August 17 • Immigration Foodways: Feeling Hungary? Make some Hungarian-Czech/Slovak fusion dishes with Tomáš Slepička. 1:30–3 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids.

Saturday, August 17 • Plein Air: Landscapes. With John Preston. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Rose Garden, 29000 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport.

Saturday, August 17 • Trae Crowder LIVE! With Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester. The trio   co-authored the best-seller Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark. 8 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Saturday, August 17 • Trae Crowder LIVE! With Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester. The trio co-authored the best-seller Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark. 8 p.m., Englert, Iowa City. (319) 688-2653.

Saturday, August 17 • Reception for Paul Simpson and Ted Kralicek. In celebration of Iowa Artists Day, wood carver Paul Simpson and wood project designer Ted Kralicek will be honored at a reception. Refreshments served. 1-4 p.m. Stone House Community Building, Bentonsport. (515) 537-0725

Saturday, August 17 • Eulenspiegel Puppets: The Big Election. Monica Leo and Stephanie Vallez present an imaginative voter education puppet show. 6:30 p.m., Park Theater, Nichols. Free.

Saturday, August 17 Outdoor Movie Night: Bohemian Rhapsody. 8:15 p.m., outside MacBride Hall, Iowa City. Free.

Saturday, August 17 • Aaron Kamm & the One Drops. Reggae, blues, and jam. 9 p.m., Famous Mockingbird, Marion.

Saturday, August 17 • Elizabeth Moen. Gritty-sweet songwriter. 6–9 p.m., Raccoon Motel, Davenport.

Saturday, August 17 • Party on the Prairie.  Featuring Charles Wesley Godwin and more. 5 p.m. to midnight. Jefferson County Ciderworks, Fairfield.

Sat-Sun August 17-18 • Bike Van Buren. Explore the Villages of Van Buren in a casual, family-oriented bicycle ride. Food & drink stops. Rentals at Bickels, (319) 754-4410. Various times, Keosauqua City Park, Keosauqua. (319) 293-7111.

Sunday, August 18 • Ford Powered Car Show. From hot rods to tractors, plus prizes, BBQ, frozen yogurt, and celebrity guest Cherielynn Westrich of Overhaulin’. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Ottumwa. (641) 895-2318.

Sunday, August 18 • English Country Dance. Beginners welcome, no partner necessary. 12 p.m.–3 p.m., Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center. (319) 338-5378.

Sunday, August 18 • Woodstock Revisited: One Day of Peace & Music. Six bands, plus food and art vendors. 4 p.m., Artisan’s Sanctuary, Marion.

Sunday, August 18 Live Music at Sutliff Cider. Featuring regional talent. Come hungry. Sundays 3–6 p.m., Sutliff Cider, 382 Sutliff Rd., Lisbon.

Sunday, August 18 • The Fez. Faithful reproductions of Steely Dan. 6–9 p.m., Northside Market, Iowa City.

Monday, August 19 • The Parchment Lounge: All-Genre Writing Group. Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City. Free.

Monday, August 19 • Shakey Graves and Dr. Dog. Americana. With Caroline Rose. 8 p.m., The Rust Belt, 1201 7th St., East Moline, IL.

Tuesday, August 20 • Des Moines Storytellers Project: My First Time. True stories about the awkward enlightenment of coming of age. 7 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Tuesday, August 20 • The Rainbow Room: LGBTQ-Themed Writing Group. First and third Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library.

Wednesday, August 21 • Cody Ko & Noel Miller: Tiny Meat Gang Live. These two former software engineers left their bulletproof careers to become pretty decent comedians with no health insurance. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Wednesday, August 21 Open Mic Night at Cafe Paradiso. Sign-up at 7:45 p.m. Performances at 8 p.m. sharp. Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-0856.

Wednesday, August 21Purple Mountains. David Berman at his best. 8 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City.

Wednesday, August 21 • Cooking with Cass: Mexican Cuisine. Menu: Chillies in walnut sauce, boiled pork, corn tortillas, and salsas. RSVP. 6:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club. (515) 369-3673.

Thursday, August 22 • Eulenspiegel Puppets: The Big Election. 6:30 p.m., Riverfront Crossings Park, Iowa City. (319) 627-2487. Free.

Thursday, August 22 • The War and Treaty. Deeply soulful and jazzy husband-and-wife songbirds sing messages of positivity. 7 p.m., Raccoon Motel, Davenport.

Thursday, August 22Jazz Under the Stars: Funk Daddies. 7 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

Friday, August 23 • Katya: Help Me, I’m Dying. RuPaul’s Drag Race Miss Congeniality finalist brings her hilarious new stand-up show. 8 p.m., Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. (515) 244-0507.

Friday, August 23 Great South Amana Swap Meet & Farmers Market. Fridays, 4:30–8:30 p.m., South Amana Mercantile parking lot. (319) 551-6691. Free.

Friday, August 23 • Grupo Instinto. This Mexican band based in Des Moines will conquer your heart. 6:30 p.m., Ped Mall, Iowa City. Free.

Friday, August 23The Pork Tornadoes & Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. 7 p.m., Brenton Plaza, Des Moines.

Friday, August 23 • The Bacon Brothers. Michael and Kevin share a singular body of work from more than 20 years of touring and nine albums. 8 p.m., Riverside Casino, Riverside. (319) 648-1234.

Friday, August 23 • Barnyard Bash at Maasdam Barns. This free family-friendly event with new and traditional country music and classic rock, agriculture-related booths and activities, Bounce Houses, a Tractor-cade, horse-drawn wagon rides, displays, and demonstrations. 5-9 p.m. Maasdam Barns, Hwy 1 South, Fairfield.

Friday 23 • Ali Sperry. East Nashville artist returns to Fairfield. 7:30 p.m., Jefferson County Ciderworks, Fairfield.

Fri-Sat August 23-24 • Cedar Valley Pridefest. LGBTQ+ community event with music, drag performers, food, merch, art, and speakers. Various times, 300 Block W. 4th St., Waterloo.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 23-25 • Field of Yogis Festival. Yoga workshops, music, art, meditation, a vendor village, and more. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., various locations, New Bo District, Cedar Rapids.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 23-25 • Woodfest. Woodcrafters unite for this juried indoor festival. Various times, Amana RV Park, Amana. (563) 599-8042.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 23-25 • Annie Jr. Ottumwa Community Children’s Playhouse. Various times, Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. (641) 226-1523.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 23-25Alternating Currents Festival. Multi-facted festival with musical artists ranging from psych-pop to hip-hop (Kat Wright, Calliope Musicals, Mother Nature, G. Love, and more), film screenings, maker fair, and art activities. Various times and locations, downtown Davenport.

Saturday, August 24 • Old Couch Outdoor Music Fest. Food, beverages, and great music from local and area bands. Bring a chair—or couch. Lineup TBA. With family-friendly movies, a 50/50 raffle, and silent auction. 4:30–10 p.m., Capitol Theater, Burlington.

Saturday, August 24 • Outdoor Movie Night: Coco. Disney/Pixar animated flick: Desperate to prove his musical talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. 8:15 p.m., outside MacBride Hall, Iowa City. Free.

Saturday, August 24 • Cedar Valley Winery 10th Anniversary Celebration. Entertainment by Sez Who, Sweet & Saucy BBQ, wine, wine slushies, sangria, giveaways, and dancing. Bring your lawn chairs. 5–9 p.m., Cedar Valley Winery, Batavia.

Saturday, August 24 • Hank Williams—The Lonesome Tour. Jason Petty brings Hank Williams’ music and story alive in his one-man show. 2 p.m., Old Creamery, Amana.

Saturday, August 24Independence BrewBQ & R.A.S.H. Ride. Fundraiser for animal shelter, with BBQ, music, craft brews, and a bike ride. 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Riverwalk Park, Independence.

Saturday, August 24 • Vinton Boom-Fest. Arts & crafts festival, with live entertainment, kid’s activities, farmers market, food vendors, and much more. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., downtown Vinton.

Saturday, August 24 • Backyard Blues Fest. 4 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City.

Saturday, August 24 • Summer in the City. iZCALLi, Torino Black, and Sires. Indie, pop, and spanish-influenced rock. 5:15 p.m., Stewart Square Park, Des Moines.

Saturday, August 24 • Taylor Dayne. This 1980s pop icon achieved seven top 10 singles. 8 p.m., Riverside Casino, Riverside. (319) 648-1234.

Saturday, August 24 Sculpting Basics: Wildlife. With Chris Bennett. 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Bennett Studio, 26983 J40, Bentonsport.

Saturday, August 24 • Woodcarving: Bowls & Spoons. With Paul Simpson. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Stone House, Bentonsport.

Sat-Sun August 24-25 • Autumn Harvest Basket Class. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-0664.

Sunday, August 25 • Fam Jam. Featuring children’s band 123 Andrés, bounce houses, art projects, activity     stations, food trucks, and the Lauridsen Fountain. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Cowles Commons, Des Moines. Free.

Sunday, August 25 • Cedar Rapids Brewing Society Happy Hour. Homebrewers share beer samples and sage wisdom. 3–5 p.m., Lion Bridge Brewing Company, Cedar Rapids.

Sunday, August 25 • Joyce J. Scott: My Best Voice is My Art. Visual-performance artist Joyce J. Scott gives a candid talk about her life and work. 1:30 p.m., Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines. (515) 277-4405.

Sunday, August 25 • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Indie rock. With Danielle Durack. 8 p.m., Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa.

Monday, August 26 The Parchment Lounge Writing Group. For all genres. Mondays at the Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Monday, August 26 • Comedy Mondays. Featuring local comics and open mic spots every week, with hosts Dan Frana and Spencer Loucks. 8:30 p.m., Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City.

Monday, August 26 • Martini & Movie Mondays. Vintage flicks from Turner Classic Movies, half-off your first martini, and free gourmet popcorn. 8 p.m., Clinton Street Social Club, 18 1/2 S. Clinton St., Iowa City. (319) 351-1690.

Tuesday, August 27 • The Violet Realm: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing Group. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B, Free.

Wednesday, August 28 • Open Mic Night at Penguin’s. Sign up for a stand-up spot at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Penguin’s Comedy Club, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-8133.

Wednesday, August 28 Open Mic Night at Cafe Paradiso. Sign-up at 7:45 p.m. Performances at 8 p.m. sharp. Cafe Paradiso, 101 N. Main St., Fairfield. (641) 472-0856.

Wednesday, August 28 • Czech Village Walking Tour. Learn about the unique history behind this fascinating neighborhood and special stories associated with architectural landmarks. 6 p.m., NCSML, Cedar Rapids.

Wednesday, August 28 • Cooking with Cass: Let’s Give That a THAI. Make shrimp pad Thai, sticky rice with pork larb, sticky rice with mango, green curry, and spring rolls. RSVP. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Des Moines Social Club. (515) 369-3673.

Thursday, August 29 • Krish Mohan. Socially conscious Indian stand-up comedian. With Donny Townsend, Spencer Loucks, Clara Reynan, and Daniel Frana. 9 p.m., The Mill, Iowa City.

Thursday, August 29 Farmer’s Market & Music in the Junction. Music by Riddle Me This. 4–8:30 p.m., Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines. (515) 222-3642.

Thursday, August 29Writers’ Night Monthly Event. Hosted by local writer Joe Jennison, the event encourages local and regional writing talent, regardless of genre. 10-minute spots. 7–8:30 p.m., Mt. Vernon Creates, Mount Vernon.

Thursday, August 29Eulenspiegel Puppets: The Big Election. Fun voter-education show. 6:30 p.m., Creekside Park, Iowa City. (319) 627-2487. Free.

Thursday, August 29 • Thursday Nights at Hancher. Enjoy great food and beverages at the Stanley Café. 5–7:30 p.m., Hancher, Iowa City.

Thursday, August 29 • 3=One Jazz Trio. Thursdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m., The Bookhouse, 56 E. Burlington, Fairfield.

Thursday, August 29Final Thursday Reading Series. Open mic spots from 7:15–8 p.m., and featured reader Vince Gotera, author of The Coolest Month, at 8 p.m., Mae Latta Hall, Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls.

Friday, August 30 • Coralville FRYFest. A celebration of all that is Hawkeye. Tradeshow, bags tournament, trivia challenge, autograph session, concert, pep rally, fireworks, and more. 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Iowa River Landing, Coralville.

Friday, August 30 • Friday Fest. Live music by the Mixtape. Roll out your classic car or street rod for reserved parking and free drink tickets. 5–8 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Burlington. Free.

Friday, August 30 Buddy Guy & Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. The title of Buddy Guy’s latest album says it all: The Blues is Alive and Well. 7 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre, Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

Friday, August 30 • Friday Night Concert: The Dawn. Roots-rock jam band. 6:30 p.m., Ped Mall, Iowa City. Free.

Friday, August 30 • Josie Overmeyer & Luke Davids. Heart-stirring songwriters. 8 p.m., Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield.

Friday 30 • Deliberate Kin. Lonesome folk duo with a bluegrass swing, a groovy roots feel, and a positive spin. 7:30 p.m., Jefferson County Ciderworks, Fairfield.

Friday, August 30 • CeeLo Green. American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor best known for his soul work and his #1 hit “Crazy” as part of the duo Gnarles Barkley. 8 p.m., The Rust Belt, 1201 7th St., East Moline, IL.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 30-September 1 • Old Threshers Reunion. Harvest Day Parade kicks off the annual festival showcasing antique steam engines, antique cars and trucks, tractors, and gas engines. With a daily Cavalcade of Power at noon, exhibits, train rides, horse pull, food, entertainment, square dancing, and nightly concerts from roots, gospel, and country artists. Various times, Old Threshers, Mount Pleasant. Aug. 29th–Sept. 2nd.

Fri-Sat-Sun August 30-September 1 Mt. Pleasant Crafts in the Park. Shop from handmade crafters, artists, and antique dealers. Various times, Central Park, Mount Pleasant. Aug. 29–Sept. 2.

Saturday, August 31 • Tomato Tasting. Sample dozens of open-pollinated heirloom tomatoes—including favorites and rare varieties from SSE’s seed bank. 12–4 p.m., Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm, 3074 N. Winn Rd., Decorah. (563) 382-5990. Free.

Saturday, August 31 • Iron & Grain Maker Festival. Featuring woodworkers, blacksmiths, ceramicists, glass blowers, artisans, and more. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., The Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave., East Moline, IL.

Saturday, August 31 • Bentonsport Heritage Day. Experience life in the heyday of Bentonsport. Tour historic places, watch artisans at work, enjoy a historic meal for a freewill donation. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bentonsport. Free.

Saturday, August 31 Catfish Keith. Acoustic blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. 7:30 p.m., Mills Seed Co. Building, 212 N. Iowa Ave., Washington. (319) 430-8536.

Saturday, August 31 Brothers Osborne. This twang-and-crunch duo has one of the most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. With Travis Denning. 7:30 p.m., McGrath Ampitheatre,Cedar Rapids. (319) 362-1729.

Saturday, August 31 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Funk, soul, blues, and country. With Hiss Golden Messenger, C.W. Stoneking, and Bendigo Fletcher. 6 p.m., The Rust Belt, 1201 7th St., East Moline, IL.

Sunday, September 1 • Bags & Bidding. Bean bag tournament and silent auction benefit for the Arc of Southeast Iowa. Noon–3 p.m., Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City.

Tuesday, September 3 • Kiss: End of the Road Tour. Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. 7:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. (515) 564-8000.

Tuesday, September 3 • Brass Transit Authority. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic for some jazz-rock fusion of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. 5–7 p.m., Marge Dodd Stage, IHCC, Ottumwa. (641) 683-5144.

Tuesday, September 3 • Great Taste. The live cooking show hosted by Steve Boss, with Brandon Hyde as the featured guest cook. Brandon will share global travel stories and highlight three different dishes. 7 p.m. Green Building Supply, corner of 2nd St. & Burlington, Fairfield. Free!

Friday, September 6 • Fairfield First Fridays. Gallery openings, entertainment, shops open late. 6-9:30 p.m. Fairfield.

Friday, September 6 • Gallery Opening: Fairfield Collects. ICON Gallery presents a rare opportunity to see highlights of artworks from private Fairfield collections. 6-9:30 p.m. ICON Gallery , 58 N. Main St. (641) 469-6252.

Tuesday, September 10 • What the #@!% is the New Green Deal? Nearly all Presidential candidates now endorse the Green New Deal—a comprehensive commitment to address the climate crisis. But what is the Green New Deal exactly? Can we afford it? Do we really need it? Is it too bold? Who’s going to pay for it? 7:30 p.m. Fairfield Public Library. Free.