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With concerts, conventions and festivals, Wapello County offers a variety of year round activities for all ages. Search by keyword or view all listings below. All events take place in Ottumwa unless noted otherwise. Have a special event you wish to feature on ExploreOttumwa.com? Or have more details to include on one already included? Click on the following: Submit an Event
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August 6 - December 31
Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
This is a weekly story time for new-borns to three-year-olds. There will be a new theme each week. It is held every Wednesday at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
November 22 - January 3
Holiday Nights N Lights
Greater Ottumwa Park
Drive through the illuminating one mile route Sunday-Thursday 6-8:30 pm and Friday-Saturday 6-9:30 pm. Admission is $10 per car, & season passes are $40. Purchase advance tickets at Elliott Oil Company locations for $8 each. Ask for rates for buses or large-capacity passenger vehicles. For more information, contact Brenda at (641) 814-5900, or via e-mail at brendas@ottumwaiowa.com, or go to www.HolidayNightsNLights.com.
December 24
Family Candle Light Christmas Eve Worship Service
Willard St United Methodist Church
At 6 pm, the church will offer a family candle light worship service on Christmas Eve. All are welcome. For more information, contact Pastor Leila Disburg at (641) 680-7401, or via e-mail at ldisburg@gmail.com.
December 31 - January 1
New Year's Rockin' Worship
305 S. Walnut St., Ottumwa IA
Family-friendly New Year's Eve party Dec from 7 p.m.-Midnight. Mario Kart video game tournament open to the public from 7-9 p.m. sponsored by GameStop with gift packages given to the winners provided by Gamestop. Pre-registration is from 6-7 p.m. Five bands playing from 9 p.m.-Midnight. Free admission. Childcare and food available. For more information, contact Nathan Grooms at (641) 980-5493, or via e-mail at nathan@promiselandfest.com, or go to promiselandfest.com.
December 31
New Year's Eve Party
Hotel Ottumwa
Ottumwa band, Sez Who, will be playing this year in the grand ballroom. Ring in 2015 with friends at the hotel. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051, or via e-mail at sales@hotelottumwa.com.
January 5 - February 5
John Evans: Views from the Roadside
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
The exhibit features paintings in pastels with scenes from the roadside. Many of the paintings are done "en plein air" or on location. Artist reception will be held on 1/12, 7-8:30 pm. Free admission to both reception & gallery. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
January 7 - April 29
Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
Volunteer Sara Martindale facilitates a story time aimed at 0-3 year old's on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. There will be a new theme each week. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 9 - April 24
Pre School Story Time
Ottumwa Public Library
Children's story time and craft time on Fridays at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 10
Hairball
Bridge View Center
Hairball is the world's ultimate "80s Rock" impersonation act, recreating the good-time party atmosphere of the decadent decade with unmatched authenticity. General admission tickets are available at the Bridge View Center Box Office all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 800-745-3000.
January 14
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 22
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 24
ABATE of Iowa District 14 Motorcycle Swap Meet
Bridge View Center
ABATE holds its annual swap meet 10 am to 2 pm featuring bike parts, jewelry, clothes & miscellaneous. The PAC auction takes place at 12 pm. Admission is $7 per person. Vendors can drive-in & unload from 8 am until 10 am. For more information, contact Roger Weirbach at (641) 682-3296, or via e-mail at scoe56@mchsi.com.
January 24
25 Men Who Can Cook
Bridge View Center
Presented by the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra with tickets available at $12.50 each in advance & $15 each at the door. Children age 10 or younger are free if accompanied by an adult. The event is 11 am-1 pm. For more information, call (641) 680-7685, or go to www.OttumwaSymphonyOrchestra.net.
January 24
Wapello County Pheasants Forever Banquet
Bridge View Center
The banquet is an annual membership & fundraising event for the county chapter. The cost for a single membership & meal is $55 or $75 for a couple. For more information, call (641) 682-8117, or go to www.IowaPF.net.
January 24
Michael Philipsen in Concert
Bridge View Center
The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents local favorite Micheal Philipsen as he performs the music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and a few lighter selections to warm the heart on a cold winter night. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is by season pass or by single event ticket, both available at the door. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903, or via e-mail at engleja@mchsi.com.
January 26
Sweets & Sounds - OHS & Evans Jazz Band & Show Choir
TBD
The event begins at 6 pm. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
January 27
Reminisce Society: Iowa Hidden Treasures
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Dan Kaercher presents "Iowa's Hidden Treasures". Kaercher knows of what he speaks as the retired editor-in-chief of "Midwest Living" magazine. The event begins at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
January 30 - 31
44th Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference/KIIC Farm Show
Bridge View Center
This long-running conference focuses on the management and production practices of the cow-calf industry but also now features the KIIC Farm Show. Registration is required. For more information, call (641) 682-4107.
February 6 - 7
Bullriders of America 2014 Finals
Bridge View Center
This competition decides the bull riding finals champion for the year. The event begins at 7 pm both nights with all tickets sold for reserved seating. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
February 6 - 8
Rumors
Bridge View Center
The Ottumwa Community Players presents this Neil Simon comedy with all tickets general admission. Tickets are $12 each for adults & $8 each for students. Show times are 7 pm on 2/6 & 2/7 and 2 pm on 2/8. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
February 7
Grant Wood Birthday Soup Smorgasbord
KD Center, Eldon
Join the American Gothic House Center as it celebrates the 124th anniversary of Grant Wood's birth. Enjoy delicious home-cooked soup for a free-will donation. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
February 9 - March 12
Iowa Watercolor Society
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
This exhibit represents a selection of watercolor paintings from the yearly Iowa Watercolor Society's exhibition. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
February 10
Indian Hills Film Festival: Jersey Boys
St. John Auditorium
The film is shown at 7:30 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
February 11
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
February 13 - 15
Midwest Arms Collectors Gun & Knife Show
Bridge View Center
The event is held 5-9 pm on 2/13, 9 am-5 pm on 2/14, & 9 am-3 pm on 2/15. Admission is $8 per person. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
February 13
Chocolate Lovers Benefit
Hotel Ottumwa
The event features a silent auction, signature drinks, the band - "Sez Who", & all the appetizers and chocolate you can eat. Proceeds benefit the families served by the American Home Finding Association. Ticket are $25 per person or $40 per couple until 2/11. After that date, tickets increase by $5. Tickets can be purchased at Hotel Ottumwa & AHFA. For more information, call (641) 682-3449.
February 14 - 15
Ottumwa RC Flyers Mall Show
Quincy Place Mall
A display of radio controlled airplanes and helicopters of all sizes. There will be ongoing building projects, flight simulator available to practice approaches, and plenty of people to talk to about the hobby. For more information, contact Don Wasson at (641) 455-8432, or via e-mail at dpwasson@gmail.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
February 15
Southeast Iowa Symphony Winter Concert
Bridge View Center
The concert features the winner of the SEISO Young Artist Competition and music by Brahms & D'Indy. Admission is by single or season tickets. For more information, contact Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra at (319) 385-6352, or go to www.seiso.us.
February 15
Sunday Cabaret
Indian Hills Diner
Enjoy appetizers while being entertained by Indian Hills performers. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
February 23
OHS Comedy Team Performance
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
This event begins at 7:30 pm with free admission. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
February 24
Reminisce Society: Abandoned Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Abandoned Iowa presents a program which speaks to their specialty. The event begins at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
February 24
OHS Vocal Concert
Ottumwa High School Auditorium
This event begins at 7 pm with free admission. For more information, call (641) 683-4444, or go to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
February 26
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
February 27
Indian Hills JazzFest Concert
St. John Auditorium
This event begins at 7:30 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
February 28
High School Jazz Band Competition
St. John Auditorium
The competition takes place 9 am to 5 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
February 28
Todd Oliver & Friends
Bridge View Center
Show begins at 7:30 pm. Nationally known Todd Oliver is travelling all over the country with his amazing talking dogs and hilarious comedy. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Pick & Mix tickets available 7/1. Individual tickets available 8/1. Senior & Student rates available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
March 11
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
March 15
Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band Concert
St. John Auditorium
Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band, named for a Louis Armstrong composition, hails from the St. Louis area bringing its own exciting style on traditional jazz, swing, blues, and the "big production" numbers. The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents the concert at 7:30 pm. Admission is by season pass or by single event ticket, both available at the door. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903, or via e-mail at engleja@mchsi.com.
March 24
Reminisce Society: Trains Across Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Rudy Daniels presents "Trains Across Iowa" at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
March 26
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
April 8
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
The library's monthly book club reads a variety of works both fiction and non-fiction and meets at 5 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
April 17
Braodways Next H!t Musical
Bridge View Center
Show begins at 7:30 pm. NYC's original award winning improvised musical comedy you're bound to love. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Pick & Mix tickets available 7/1. Individual tickets available 8/1. Senior & Student rates available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000, or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
April 23
Non-Fiction Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
A book club focusing discussion of non-fiction works meeting monthly at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
April 28
Reminisce Society: Prohibition in Eastern Iowa
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, author Linda McCann presents "Prohibition in Eastern Iowa" at 10 am with refreshments served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
May 4
The Limeliters in Concert
Bridge View Center
The Limeliters have been entertaining crowds with their incredible musical talent and zany sense of humor since the early 1960s, when they made their mark in folk clubs and college campuses. Since the original three Limeliters, nine performers have carried on this name. Their signature vocal sound, harmonies and humor will make for an enjoyable evening. The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents this concert at 7:30 pm. Admission is by season pass or by single event ticket, both available at the door. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903, or via e-mail at engleja@mchsi.com.
May 26
Reminisce Society: Frank Lloyd Wright or Was He Wrong?
Ottumwa Public Library
For those who enjoy history, both local and state, Humanities Iowa speaker Roy Behrens presents"Frank Lloyd Wright Or was he Wrong?". It starts at 10 am. Refreshments are served. Free admission. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563 x202, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
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