Villages of Van Buren - Event Calendar

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Ongoing Events 2024

Mar 1st - Dec 31st » Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

  • 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 30th-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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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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June 2024

Jun 1st - Jun 3rd » Villages Folk School Classes

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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for June Classes

Location:809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Jun 7th - Jun 9th » Pony Express Riders of Iowa

Trail rides, dance, kids fun show, poker run, auction, food and more. Proceeds will benefit Camp Sunnyside. 

Special rates for primitive campsites.

Download the 2024 Schedule of Events for more information.

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Email:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jun 7th - Jun 9th » Farmington Strawberry Festival

Have fun all weekend with Rides, Kids' Games, a Dog Show, Pioneer Museum Open House, Live Entertainment, Flea market, New Vendors, Crafters, and more.

Color Run on Saturday at Indian Lake Park and Kenny Hamburg Car Show on Sunday.

FREE Strawberries and Ice Cream 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday & Sunday in downtown Farmington.

Location:S Front St.
Farmington, IA 52626
Phone:319-878-3711
Website:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100054552275288

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Jun 7th » Austin to Keosauqua Paddle

The paddle will be held on Friday, June 7th from 10:00 am until approximately 2:00 pm starting at the Austin Park Campgrounds in Van Buren County.

Participants will stop several times to learn about the animals, history, and geology of the river. If you have your own canoe or kayak you are more than welcome to bring your own. The paddle is open to everyone, however children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.   

This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Van Buren County Conservation. The Des Moines River
Water Trail is one of 19 official water trails in Iowa.
Registration is REQUIRED.

Registration is required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:10:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Austin Park Boat Ramp
Eagle Dr.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Chloe
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov

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Jun 8th » Villages Folk School Classes

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 a peaceful rural setting, so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village life. 

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for June Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Jun 8th » Fly Van Buren

Come check it out and enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Sausage served by the Keosauqua Lions.
PILOTS FLYING IN, EAT FREE!
11 and older ~ $8
5-10 years old ~ $4
4 and under ~ Free
 

Two airplane rides will be given away (to be scheduled at a later date) as door prizes.

There will be kids' activities, plus all kids ages 12 and under will receive a coupon for a FREE Ice Cream Cone at Misty's Malt Shop in Keosauqua!

There is no admission fee for the Fly-in. The public is welcome to attend. Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua Municipal Airport 6K9, Keosauqua, IA
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Jun 8th » AMERICAN GOTHIC 5K

Registration fee $25.00, includes map, and medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places per age group divided into male/female categories. T-shirts will be ordered at the event to be distributed at a later date. Walk-ins are accepted.

Details: The route goes through Eldon, along the Des Moines River, through the park, and will end at the American Gothic House Center. All ages are welcome but minors under the age of 16 must be supervised by their parents or adults aged 18 years or older.

Time:7:15am
Location:American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic St.
Eldon, IA 52554
Contact Person:Cari Nicely
Phone:641-652-3352
Email:theamericangothichouse@gmail.com
Website:https://americangothichouse.org/upcoming-events

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Jun 8th » Free Fishing Clinic

Join us for an educational fishing event at Lake Sugema Wildlife Area. At this family fun event everyone will learn fishing basics and fish identification.

This event will be held at South boat ramp. Kids 16 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. Limited tackle and fishing poles will be available.

Van Buren County Conservation Board will provide worms for bait, if you want to use any other bait you are encouraged to bring your own.  

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com
Time:9:00am
Location:Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
19640 Jersey Ave
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com

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Jun 14th - Jun 16th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The third 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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Jun 14th » Austin to Keosauqua Paddle

The paddle will be held on Friday, June 14th from 10:00 am until approximately 2:00 pm starting at the Austin Park Campgrounds in Van Buren County.

Participants will stop several times to learn about the animals, history, and geology of the river. If you have your own canoe or kayak you are more than welcome to bring your own. The paddle is open to everyone, however children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.   

This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Van Buren County Conservation. The Des Moines River
Water Trail is one of 19 official water trails in Iowa.
Registration is REQUIRED.

Registration is required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:10:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Austin Park Boat Ramp
Eagle Dr.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Chloe
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov

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Jun 15th - Jun 16th » Villages Folk School Classes

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 a peaceful rural setting, so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village life. 

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for June Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Jun 15th » Prairie Hike

Explore various prairie plants while hiking through the Lake Sugema Wildlife area.

This mile hike will cover various terrain from moderate to difficult. This trail is grass and dirt, proper hiking attire, sunscreen, and bug spray is recommended.

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

Time:1:00pm
Location:Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
19640 Jersey Ave
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com

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Jun 15th » Sunset Cinema

No need to drive to the movie theater, bring the family out to Lake Sugema Campgrounds!

Remember to bring your lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. This movie will be shown at the shelter house near the playground. Bug spray is recommended. Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a guardian.

Time:9:00pm
Location:Lake Sugema Campground
19640 Jersey Ave.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:3194610662
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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Jun 21st - Jun 23rd » 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.

  • June 21 ~ Ron Wallace Barrel Racing Series
  • June 21-23 ~ Third Wright's Donkey Sorting with barrel racing
  • June 21-23 ~ River Valley Trail Challenge

Download the 2023 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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Jun 22nd » Douds Field Day

Enjoy a day with the family! 

Parade, kids' games, pedal pull, farm horse obstacle tractor pulling contest & more!

Location:Yates Memorial Park
14220 Walnut St.
Douds, IA 52551
Phone:641-799-7953

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Jun 22nd » Stargazing

Join Van Buren County Naturalist at Lake Sugema Wildlife Area to view the night sky. 

This guided program is about discovering different star patterns and constellations. If you have a telescope you are encouraged to bring your own.

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

Time:9:00am
Location:Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
19640 Jersey Ave
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com

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Jun 22nd » Bentonsport Heritage Day

Enjoy Bentonsport as it was in the 1850s-1870s. Historic characters, wagon rides, live music, entertainers, Toe tapping tunes performed live, pre-1840s mountain men camp in riverside park.

5pm - Event closes

Bentonsport Heritage Day 2024 Vendor Application

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Downtown Bentonsport Historic District
21964 Hawk Dr.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mindy Kralicek
Phone:319-592-3292
Email:Mindy.Kralicek@gmail.com

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Jun 29th » Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the 4th of July weekend in Bonaparte! Parade, fireworks, and more. There will be activities for the entire family throughout the day. 

5pm Bonaparte Independence Day Parade
10pm Fireworks on the riverfront

Time:1:00pm until 10:30pm
Location:Downtown Bonaparte
803 1st St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Contact Person:Holly Richardson
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:clerk@cityofbonaparte.com

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Jun 29th » Sunset Cinema

No need to drive to the movie theater, bring the family out to Lake Sugema Campgrounds!

Remember to bring your lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. This movie will be shown at the shelter house near the playground. Bug spray is recommended. Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a guardian.

Time:9:00pm
Location:Lake Sugema Campground
19640 Jersey Ave.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:3194610662
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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