Villages of Van Buren - Event Calendar
Discover fun things to do all year long!
The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.
Join the Indian Lake Park "End of Summer Fundraiser" for a great time! Games & activities starting at 3pm, BBQ and concert at 5pm. Free-will donation.
Come to the Birmingham Lions Building for some tenderloin sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw, desserts, ice cream, tea, coffee, lemonade and water. $8 for full meal, $5 for sandwich and drink.
The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October 8, 2019. Watch for further details.
Ranch Horse Show Series - The sixth of the 2019 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.
Adults only - must be 21 (IDs will be checked at the door).
Dress in period apparel and have a great time! There will be music, dancing, food and games from the era.
Alcoholic beverages may be purchased separately.
Advance tickets available starting Sept. 1 - Sept. 23
$15/person or $25/couple.
At the door $20/person or $30/couple.
An informational event as well as a field day to replace trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. The presentation will begin at 11am, free lunch following presentation. Tree planting at 1pm. Come join the Van Buren County Conservation, Iowa DNR & Pheasants Forever for this great event!
Fun activities for you, your friends, & family all day!
Grape stompings at 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm. Stompers will have 2 minutes in their grape stompin’ barrel to stomp & squish away. PRIZES for the stomper who squeeze the most juice from the grapes!
You’ll be able to customize your Cedar Valley Winery souvenir t-shirt with your ‘grapey’ footprints on the back. Your feet aren’t the only ones in for a treat… Cedar Valley wines, wine slushies, beer, pop, & water will also be available for purchase.
Admission for both the Grape Stomp activities and t-shirt is $25 or $20 for wine club members. Pre-register for your t-shirt by Friday, September 21st.
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Enjoy a 1920’s-30’s music and skits dessert theater at the Bonaparte Opera House. Audience can come dressed as flappers, upper crust, or a gangster. $15 per person and seating is limited.
Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm.
Bison are a keystone species in North American prairies. Join researcher Pete Eyheralde as he shares the natural history of bison in the eastern tallgrass prairie and looks at new findings from research in Iowa.
Through grazing, wallowing, nutrient cycling, and seed dispersal, bison altered their historic range in ways that are not found in most prairie constructions. Pete has been involved in bison ranching in southern Iowa for the last 20 years and is an Assistant Professor of Biology at William Penn University.
The Des Moines River Water Trail is one of 19 official water trails in Iowa. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation.
Pre-registration is not required. For more information please contact Brittney Tiller at Naturalist@JeffersonCountyConservation.com or call 472-4421.