Dubuque Area February Activities & Events

Steeple Square Social Hour

Wednesday, January 31

5-7 PM @ Steeple Square, 101 E. 15th St.

Steeple Square is excited to welcome guest bartenders from The Rotary Club of Dubuque for our Social Hour. Join us as Scott Ellerbach, Angie Herting, and H.R. Cook bartend for tips. We will have drinks, snacks, and music. All event proceeds benefit our non-profit organization, Steeple Square. Admission is free. For more information, email

27th Annual Dubuque Citizen’s Police Academy

Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (through April 4)

6-9:30 PM @ Dubuque Law Enforcement Center, 855 Central Ave.

The 10-session program builds a better understanding between residents and police through education. Participants will learn about topics including arrest procedures, search and seizure, use of force, police procedures, drug enforcement, and officer safety. Age 18+ with no felony convictions or significant arrest history. RSVP by January 12. Visit

Animaniacs In Concert

Thursday, February 1

7 PM @ Five Flags Theater

Join the original lead voice-cast of Animaniacs—the iconic animated Warner Bros series created by Steven Spielberg—for a zany, animany, and totally insaney evening as they perform the world-famous songs from the beloved cartoon TV series backed by projections of the equally world-famous animations. Admission: $38-$58. Visit  

Fabulous Fridays Artists Series

Fridays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23

12-12:30 PM @ St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,1199 Main St.

St. Luke’s presents Fabulous Fridays. Over the years these informal downtown performances have grown to include hundreds of locally and nationally recognized artists. Enjoy time together after the performances in the church’s South Hall, where coffee and desserts are available. The performances, coffee, and desserts are free, but baskets are provided for contributions to People In Need and the church’s Jesus Fund. Visit

Fly-By-Night Productions Presents Wish List

Friday & Saturday, February 2-3

7:30 PM @ Five Flags Center Bijou Room, 405 Main St.

What is the worth of your labor in an economy stacked against you? Tamsin works on the clock in a distribution packing center and cares for her homebound brother, who is declared fit to work thus denied government benefits. Between trying to keep her job by making her daily quotas, negotiating her brother’s bureaucratic issues, as well as full time caretaking, Tamsin’s gentle humor and ample grace help her power through this stressful time, celebrating her humanity and ours. Moderate profanity. Admission: $20. Visit

Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey

February 2, 9, 10, 16 & 23

7:05 PM @ ImOn Arena

The arena is ready to rock another exciting season of USHL Hockey. Visit

School’s Out Day Camps

February 2, 22 & 23

9 AM-4 PM @ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Join the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for School’s Out Day Camps that take place on weekdays when the Dubuque Community School District is not in session. These full-day camps are for students in K-5th grade. Students are required to bring a sack lunch and a reusable water bottle. Admission: members, $50 student/session; non-members, $60 student/session. Visit

First Fridays

Friday, February 2

@ Various Locations in Dubuque

First Fridays is downtown Dubuque’s monthly visual art series, hosted by galleries, museums, and venues, celebrating Dubuque’s great visual arts scene. Admission is free.

Dubuque Winter Farmers Market

Saturdays, February 3-April 27

9 AM-12 PM @ Kennedy Mall West Concourse

Over 30 regional vendors offer seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods, and more. Market Tokens are available for purchase at the Winter Market Information Booth. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and drop off clean egg cartons, glass canning/mason jars (only), and plastic grocery bags. Visit

Platteville Winter Farmer’s Market

Saturday, February 3 & 17

9 AM-12 PM @ Rountree Gallery, 120 W. Main St. (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food, to stained glass and bath bombs. Visit

Recess: Snowshoeing

Saturday, February 3

9:30-11:30 AM @ Fillmore Recreation Area, 21655 U.S. 151 (Cascade, IA)

We will be hiking the snow-covered golf course and have a bonfire afterward for a morning of community and recreation. Our guide will take us on an hour-and-a-half excursion. No experience necessary. Admission is free, donations accepted. Registration required. Visit

Woodworking with Invasives

Saturday, February 3

11 AM-1 PM @ Mines of Spain

Build your own walking stick using buckthorn, an invasive species. We will spend part of the time removing buckthorn before heading inside to carve our design. Ages 12+. Registration required. Visit

Pork Tornadoes

Saturday, February 3

8 PM @ Five Flags Center

The Pork Tornadoes are one of the most well-known and loved party bands of the Midwest. They are known for putting a unique spin on all your favorite songs, spanning five decades and four genres. They will blow you away with an electric mix of covers ranging from Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce, to Lizzo, Morgan Wallen, NSYNC, and Phil Collins. Visit

Early Explorers

Tuesday: February 6

10-11 AM @ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. Ages 2-5 with parent/caregiver. Admission for members, $8 per toddler; non-members, $10 per toddler; adults free. Visit

Distinctively Dubuque

Wednesdays, through February 28

5:30-8:30 PM @ Varied Locations in Dubuque

Distinctively Dubuque is a five-night course hosted by high-energy presenters with in-depth knowledge of the Greater Dubuque area and is designed for individuals who are new to the region within the last five years. Location for each course varies. Admission is free. Visit

Dubuque Area Humanists Social Hour

Wednesday, February 7

6 PM @ Backpocket Dubuque, 333 E. 10th St.

Enjoy a craft beer and join us for lively, informed discussions centered around values, philosophy, and life experiences. Admission is free. Visit

Homeschool Days

Thursday, February 8

10 AM-4 PM @ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Visit the Maker Space to build, create, color, and explore. Choose your own STEAM adventure: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Admission:

$9.95 per person. Visit

Iowa Wildlife Action Plan

Thursday, February 8

6-7 PM @ EB Lyons Interpretive Center, 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd.

Dubuque Audubon’s February program features Katy Fullin, Iowa DNR Wildlife Action Plan manager, who will speak about the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan (IWAP) and what is being done to implement it. This plan is a 25-year strategy designed to conserve all wildlife in Iowa before they become rare and more costly to protect. For more information, email

St. Elias Church Gyro Sale

Friday, February 9

11 AM-2 PM @ St. Elias Church, 419 N. Grandview Ave.

St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church will host a gyro sale that includes a delicious gyro, chips, and soda for $10. Limited quantities of baklava, $3 a slice. Visit


February 9-25

Thursdays & Fridays, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 10 & 17, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 24, 2 PM

Sundays, 2 PM @ Bell Tower Theater

Two demanding, single strangers get their luggage mixed up at the airport. After a disastrous first meeting, they decide to force a friendship to help each other heal their past heartbreaks. These two are too difficult for everyone else to date, but are they perfect for each other? This witty romantic comedy is great for Valentine’s Day. Admission: $24. Visit

Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

Friday, February 9

7:30 PM @ University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Alumni from the 1956 to 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras, along with new members, come together to carry on the esteemed Stan Kenton’s traditions of dedication to creative music and jazz education. Sit back and enjoy the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra’s lush, textural, and intelligent sound demonstrated through ballads and up-tempo pieces. Visit

Ice Golf Classic

Saturday, February 10

10 AM @ Mid-Town Marina (East Dubuque, IL)

Teams can sign up for foursomes for a fun and competitive 18 holes of Ice Golf. The teams will golf a course constructed from snow, ice, and donated Christmas trees. There will be a 50/50 raffle drawing and a public online silent auction. All proceeds benefit the kids in St. Mark Youth Enrichment programs. Visit

Dinosaur World Live!

Monday, February 12

7 PM @ Five Flags Theater

Back by popular demand, this interactive children’s show uses stunning puppetry to bring remarkably life-like dinosaurs to the stage. The show presents a host of pre-historic creatures including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, along with a Giraffatitan, Microraptor, Segnosaurus, and Triceratops. Ages 3+. Admission: $30-$45. Visit

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Wednesday, February 14

5:30-8:30 PM @ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

This adults-only experience features a five-course plated romantic Valentine’s Day meal served among the aquariums and exhibits, including an appetizer, soup, salad, entree, and dessert. A complimentary rose is given to each couple. Childcare is available. Register by February 2. Admission: $60 per person; $120 per couple. For more information, email

Toastmasters Speakeasy Club

Wednesday, February 14 & 28

6:30-7:45 PM @ Dubuque County Library Asbury Branch (Asbury, IA)

Develop your public speaking and leadership skills. Each meeting will have a few prepared speeches, time to practice your ability to think on your feet with improvised speeches, and feedback to guide growth. Admission is free. Visit

Battle for the Bluff Rodeo

Friday & Saturday, February 16-17

7:30 PM @ Five Flags Arena

This fun family show will be action packed from start to finish with bare back bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding. Enjoy mutton busting and a kids boot race, plus the junior riding events showcase the future of rodeo. Family fun night on Saturday starts at 5:30 PM. Enjoy pony rides, stick horse races, meet the rodeo clown, and meet all the cowboys and cowgirls for autographs. Visit

Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel

Saturday, February 17

2 PM @ The Ohnward Fine Arts Center (Maquoketa, IA)

The Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel show is a glorious journey through some of country and gospel music’s best, presented with that irresistible country sound. Join Faith’s Journey as they share beloved gospel music and country songs like “Eastern Gate” and “Coalminer’s Daughter,” sending your spirits soaring and warming your heart and soul. Admission: adults, $25-$28; students, $15-$18. Visit

Winter Fun Day

Saturday, February 17

10 AM-12 PM @ Shenandoah Riding Center, 200 N. Brodrecht Rd. (Galena, IL)

Embrace the magic of winter at Shenandoah Riding Center’s Winter Fun Day, held in conjunction with Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s Winter Carnival. Enjoy a plethora of winter activities, including wagon rides, campfires with marshmallows, creative crafts, and a hot chocolate bar with cookies. Admission: children under 12, $5; adults free. Visit

The Miners Ball

Saturday, February 17

5 PM @ Robert I. Velzy Commons, UW-Platteville (Platteville, WI)

The Friends of The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums invite all to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit early by registering for the Miners Ball. Go back in time, dress to the nines, and join this Platteville tradition full of food, cocktails, and big band music. The fundraising gala benefits The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums. Bid on dozens of wonderful items in the silent auction. Admission: $10-$50. Visit Mining.Jamison.Museum.

Gareth Johnson & His Evolution Band

Saturday, February 17

7:30 PM @ University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Gareth Johnson is a world-renowned violinist, master string teacher, and composer whose talent crosses all musical genres from Rick Ross to Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars, as well as from Johnny Cash to Metallica and Guns N’ Roses, and right into Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.” Be prepared to be dazzled with Johnson’s intense attitude, nimble fingers, and perfect intonation with clear high notes, all accompanied by a five-piece band. Visit

She Unites

Wednesday, February 21

6:30–7:30 PM @ The Innovation Lab, 210 Jones St.

Come together for an evening of socialization and education. She Unites features rotating speakers talking about anything and everything pertaining to women in a chill environment. Make a new friend, have authentic conversations, and leave with inspiration to power you through. Admission is free. Visit

Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

Wednesday, February 21

7:30 PM @ University of Dubuque Heritage Center John and Alice Butler Hall

Internationally known trumpeter Rodney Marsalis mixes classical, big band swing, New Orleans jazz, and straight-ahead jazz with his spectacular group. Joining the group is the talented Alan Morrison. Since beginning studying piano at the young age of four and earning degrees in both organ and collaborative piano at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Morrison has become one of the finest organ players in the world. Joined by U.D. Concert and Jazz Bands. Visit

Lee Greenwood Returns

Thursday, February 22

7 PM @ Five Flags Center

Lee Greenwood, best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA,” returns to Dubuque. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times, giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. Visit

Forest School-Winter Bird Survey

Friday, February 23

10-11:30 AM @ Mines of Spain

Bring your binoculars and we’ll bring the birds. Learn about our native birds and how to ID them. If you don’t have your own binoculars, we will have extra for you to borrow. We will spend part of the time indoors before heading outside so please dress for the weather. Registration required. Visit

Almost, Maine

Friday and Saturday, February 23-24 and March 1-2 @ 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 25 and March 3, 2 PM @ The Grand Opera House

Almost, Maine is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings. Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So, it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised and hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. Visit

DB&T Days

Sunday, February 25

10 AM-4 PM @ National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Dubuque Bank & Trust members can receive a 35% discount at the box office on select days through May 2024. Just pay with your DB&T debit or credit card or show customer proof, and you’ll receive the discount at the door. Visit

Exploring Mines of Spain through the Lens

Sunday, February 25

12 PM @ Mines of Spain

Ron Tigges will help you develop a deep appreciation for the Mines of Spain using the lens of a camera. We will embark on a journey to explore the beauty of the Mines of Spain’s natural world through the lens of digital photography. This program is for enthusiasts, aspiring photographers, nature lovers, and explorers. Tigges owns Digital Dubuque media services, has over 45 years of photography experience, is a licensed FAA UAS pilot, and is the president of the Dubuque Camera Club. Visit

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