Villages of Van Buren - Event Calendar

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Ongoing Events 2024

Mar 1st - Dec 31st » Mark Your Calendar for 2024

  • Apr 6th ~ Bonaparte Music Bonanza
  • May 24th ~ Villages Folk School Memorial Day Weekend BBQ
  • May 26th ~ Rollin’ on the River
  • May 25th & 26th ~ Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show
  • May 31st-Jun 2nd ~ Birmingham Homecoming
  • Jun 7th-9th ~ Farmington Strawberry Festival
  • Jun 8th ~ Fly Van Buren
  • Jun 8th ~ Pearson House Heritage Day
  • Jun 22nd ~ Douds Field Day
  • Jun 22nd ~ Bentonsport Heritage Day
  • Jun 29th ~ Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration
  • Jul 4th ~ Keosauqua 4th of July Celebration
  • Jul 24th-29th ~ Van Buren County Fair
  • Aug 10th ~ J40 Farm Crawl
  • Aug 17th & 18th ~ Bike Van Buren XXXVIII
  • Aug 30th-Sept 1st ~ Farmington’s Bluegrass Weekend Festival & Jam
  • Sep 6th & 7th ~ Stockport Lions BBQ Days
  • Oct 11th-13th ~ Scenic Drive Festival
  • Nov 1st ~ Villages Folk School’s Bottomless Soup Supper
  • Nov 23rd-Dec 31st ~ Christmas in the Villages
  • Dec 6th-8th ~ Festival of Trees
Location:Throughout Van Buren County, Iowa
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Apr 22nd - May 17th » AMERICAN GOTHIC HOUSE ART CONTEST

The American Gothic House Center invites all ages of the public to participate in their annual art contest as part of Eldon's Gothic Days celebration!

Click HERE to see the Rules and Contest Deadlines.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic St.
Eldon, IA 52554
Phone:641-652-3352
Email:theamericangothichouse@gmail.com
Website:http://americangothichouse.org/

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May 2024

May 3rd - May 5th » River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp Events

If you like organized activities with a lot of fun, then come on out and join River Valley for their special events! Open to anyone who like to watch or participate.

  • May 3-5 ~ Saddle Up for St. Jude
  • May 3-5 ~ Second Wright's Donkey Sorting Series
  • May 4 ~ Lockridge Rough Rider Fun Show
  • May 4 ~ Kentucky Derby Party

Download the 2024 Schedule of Events for more information

Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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May 11th » Native Wild Edible Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe for a hike at Morris Park for a hike to discover the different flora found in timbers of Van Buren County.

This hike will start at the trail near the shelter. This trail is grass and dirt, proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended. This mile hike will have various terrain from moderate to difficult. We will be looking for different flora throughout the trail and discussing what types of places they are found in.

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location:Morris Park
10938 Timber Rd
Stockport, IA 52651
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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May 17th - May 19th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The second of the 2024 series. Jackpot sorting, team roping, barrel racing, dance, food concessions, and more. 
Camping is available on the grounds.  
 
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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May 24th » Villages Folk School Memorial Day Weekend BBQ

Join the Villages Folk School at their Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ! 

Bring your lawn chair and join the fun on Hotel Manning's back patio - with live music and plein air painters painting outdoors!

$15 for a Brisket Plate or $12 for a Pulled Pork Plate 
 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Hotel Manning
100 Van Buren St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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May 25th » Bob Steingreaber Memorial Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe at Lacey Keosauqua State Park Beach House Lodge for a 2-mile guided hike.

This hike is in memory of Bob Steingraber who was an avid outdoorsman and was a Van Buren County Conservation Board Member for 30 years! This trail is gravel and timber so proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended.

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location: Lacey Keosauqua State Park Beach House Lodge
22895 Lacey Trl
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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May 25th - May 26th » Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show

Bentonsport Historic District will be having its annual Spring Flea Market and Craft Show during Memorial weekend.

Observe the local blacksmith and other demonstrations. Wine tasting by Wooden Wheel Vineyards will be there, fresh Amish baked goods (Sat. only) and local honey from the Honey War Bee Company.

There will be free horse-drawn covered wagon rides for the family to enjoy, and the shops will be open with antiques, locally made fudge, crafts, pottery, quilting, and the Indian Artifact Museum.

The park will have food vendors, antiques, wood crafts, natural soaps, lotions, holy whistles, hand-crafted furniture, garden art, and flea market items.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Along the River
21968 Hawk Dr.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Cheryl Duke
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cheryl@netins.net
Website:http://greefstore.com

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May 26th » Rollin on the River

Enjoy a day full of fun, drinks, food, and music with the whole family at the Riverfront Amphitheater!

Free to the public!

Time:1:00pm
Location:Riverfront Park
Corner of Park St. and Market St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Joy Padget
Phone:319-293-3232
Email:engagekeo@gmail.com
Website:https://www.keosauqua.com/event-calendar

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May 30th - Jun 3rd » River Valley Lodge Colt Starting Competition

River Valley Lodge hosts their 16th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize - $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, wine tasting, food, cattle sorting, and more! Colts will be offered for sale after the event.

Download the 2024 Schedule of Events for more information.
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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May 31st - Jun 2nd » Birmingham Homecoming

This 3-day event features Home-cooked Meals, Car Show, Tractor Pull, Baking Contest, Parade, Tractor Show, Kids' Activities, Pedal Pull, Air Evac, Family Fun, and much more.

Location:Birmingham City Park
221 S wood St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:3192880727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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