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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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June 1 - October 18
Exhibit: American Gothic in Stitches: Quilts inspired by the famous painting”
American Gothic House Center
Exhibit open June 1-October 18 during regular Center hours. Exhibit opening Friday, June 5 4:30-6:30 pm. "American Gothic" has served as an inspiration for many artists, whether through a lighthearted, or more analytical interpretation. This exhibit will feature the works of skilled quilters from around the world who have created their own masterpieces influenced by this famous painting. Grant Wood's baby quilt will be on display for the duration of the exhibit opening with thanks to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Jacqueline Falco-Smith, Registrar of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will be present during the opening to answer questions regarding the quilt. Exhibit sponsored by APQS and the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
June 1 - July 16
Mike Rutherford: My Dialect
Indian Hills Art Gallery
Artist's Reception: Monday, June 1 from 7 to 8:30 pm. Free Admission. An artist that often works in non-traditional ways with non-traditional media. Rutherford is an alumnus of both Indian Hills Community College and Buena Vista University. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144, or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
June 3 - July 29
Ottumwa Public Library Songs & Stories
Ottumwa Public Library
10:30 AM every Wednesday. Songs & Stories is a story time aimed at 0-3 year old's. There will be a new theme each week. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 5 - July 31
Ottumwa Public Library Preschool Storytime
Ottumwa Public Library
10:30 am Every Friday Children's story time and craft time. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
June 30
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Pioneer Ridge Superhero Animals
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 1 - October 18
American Gothic House Quilt/Fabric Art Challenge
American Gothic House Center
On display July 1-October 18 during regular Center hours; Entries due by June 26. In conjunction with the American Gothic in Stitches exhibit, the American Gothic House Center is hosting an American Gothic House quilt challenge. Rules and entry form can be found at www.AmericanGothicHouse.net, or picked up in person at the American Gothic House Center or at The Sewing House in Ottumwa. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to The Sewing House in Ottumwa, Iowa. The people’s choice winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the American Gothic House Center gift shop. Visitors will be able to place a vote for their favorite entry by donating $1 per vote. Donations support the American Gothic House Center Contest sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council and The Sewing House of Ottumwa, Iowa. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
July 2
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Fourth of July Program
Ottumwa Public Library
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 2
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park
7 p.m. This is the fifth of weekly concerts celebrating the band's 151st season. The band will be performing a variety of music to commemorate our nation's Independence Day. Wear Red, White and Blue, and bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Rain location will be Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at (641) 777-8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 3
Media Blood Drive
Bridge View Center
Blood donations are Made in the USA! Help save lives this summer by donating blood at our Annual Media Drive on July 3rd from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Bridge View Center! We'll have t-shirts, Pizza Hut Pizza and Subway Cookies for all of our donors. PLUS all donors will be entered to WIN A CAR! Help us by saving lives during a critical time for blood donation this summer! Bring a photo id and call 800-452-1097 to schedule your appointment. For more information, contact Courtney Jones at (641) 226-7533, or via e-mail at cjones@mvrbc.org, or go to www.bloodcenter.org.
July 6
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program IPTV presents Dan Wardell
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 7
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Kevin Horner Ventriloquist, Illusionist, and Comedian
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 7
Toddler Camp: Recycling
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Let's make something old into something new and fun! Take home something useful you made from everyday garbage. Registration is required by June 30. Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 3 and 4 with adult Cost: $5 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
July 9
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading ProgramFax Gilbert Magician
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 9
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park
7 p.m. This is the sixth of weekly concerts celebrating the band's 151st season. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Rain location will be Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at (641) 777-8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 10 - 12
Ottumwa RC Flyers
Otumwa RC Flying Site, Ottumwa Airport
RC Profile Airplane event held at RC flying field south of the Ottumwa Airport. This is a three day event with 3D flying by pilots from as far away as Canada. Food will available for purchase Saturday. It's about the excitement of building and flying, but most of all it is about the people you share the hobby with. For more information, contact Bob Bratten at (641) 455-9251, or via e-mail at bbratten@mchsi.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
July 11 - 12
Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club Dog Show
Bridge View Center
American Kennel Club sanctioned all breed dog show commences at 8 am both days. Hundreds of dogs from all around the country will compete for Best in Show. Admission is $2.00 per person, under 10 years old is free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Michelle Chaney or Chris West at (319) 986-5589, or via e-mail at sagebrookeyt@yahoo.com.
July 11
Who's Going to be Top Dawg?
Bridge View Center
Red Hot Chili Dogs is hosting a hot dog eating contest! The cost is $10 to participate but if you bring a canned food item the price will drop to $8. All canned good items will be donated to local food pantries. The event is free to spectators. For more information, contact Araya Joy Uehara at (641) 680-7379, or via e-mail at johnson.araya@yahoo.com.
July 11
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
July 11
Central Park Cinema
Central Park
Free movies and kid's activities in downtown Ottumwa starting at 8:30 PM! Showing on July 11 is Paddington sponsored by South Ottumwa Savings Bank. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at (641) 799-3464, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
July 13 - 15
Outdoor Adventure Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Learn how to make hunting tools, try your had at throwing with an atlatl, try archery, stay overnight in a shelter you built in the forest, and test your survival skills. This camp includes one overnight and some meals and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required by July 6. Ages: 12 to 15 years Cost: $30 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
July 14
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Keith West The Adventures of the Super Librarian
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 16
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Bridgeview Center
7 p.m. This is the seventh of weekly concerts celebrating the band's 151st season. This week's concert will be at Bridgeview Center in conjunction with the 4-H Expo. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at (641) 777-8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 17 - 18
Promiseland Music Festival 2015
Greater Ottumwa Park
A great weekend of activities for the whole family! FREE admission! Featuring Friday night headliner Lacey Sturm, of Flyleaf. Saturday night headliner Red Jumpsuit Apparatus! Many local favorite Christian musicians will take the stage throughout the day. Firehouse Kidz for the children, a vendor fair, and food available on site for purchase! For more information, contact Andrea Fisher at (641) 954-1242, or via e-mail at mekanava@hotmail.com, or go to www.promiselandfest.com.
July 21 - 21
American Red Cross Open House and Volunteer Meeting
Red Cross Office 408 E Main St.
We welcome new and existing volunteers as well as community partners to join us at our open house and volunteer meeting. We will discuss Red Cross opportunities and our roll in the community. For more information, contact Julie Struck at (515) 471-8328, or via e-mail at julie.struck@redcross.org, or go to www.redcross.org.
July 21
Leopold Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Be prepared for an adventure! Aldo Leopold will be our model for this all day camp. He observed, wrote about, drew and experienced the natural world. We will use activities pertaining to his writings and techniques to delve further into our surroundings. Pre-registration is required by July 14. Time: 9:00 to 12:00 (noon) Ages: 5 to 10 years Cost: $15 For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
July 21
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Mike Schneider Pint Size Polkas
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 23
Garden Bites
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
It is time for the second session of garden bites. Make sure you are registered for this fun, family-friendly event! Pre-registration is required by contacting the ISU Extension office at 641-682-5491. Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm Ages: Families Cost: FREE For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
July 23
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park
7 p.m. This is the eighth of weekly concerts celebrating the band's 151st season. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Rain location will be Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at (641) 777-8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 25
Central Park Cinema
Central Park
Free movies and kid's activities in downtown Ottumwa starting at 8:30 PM! Showing on July 25 is Planes Fire & Rescue sponsored by Wapello County Sheriff's Reserve & Coldwell Banker. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at (641) 799-3464, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
July 28
Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program Finale Jim Cruise The Spoon Man
Knight's of Columbus Hall, Ottumwa
10:30 am Part of Ottumwa Public Library Summer Reading Program For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org, or go to ottumwapubliclibrary.org.
July 30
Ottumwa Municipal Band Concert
Central Park
7 p.m. This is the last of the weekly concerts celebrating the band's 151st season. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Rain location will be Quincy Place Mall. For more information, contact Brenda Hagedon at (641) 777-8753, or via e-mail at hagedongbjj@gmail.com.
July 31
73rd Annual Chamber Golf Outing
Ottumwa Country Club
Shot gun start at 10:A.M. Fun filled day with plenty of food and beverages. Call 641-814-5901 for team participation or hole sponsorship. Ottumwa's most popular golf outing of the year!! For more information, contact Brenda Sieren at (641) 814-5900, or via e-mail at brendas@ottumwaiowa.com.
August 1
Adult Canoe Camp
TBD
Why should the kids have all the fun?! Join us for an adult canoe camp. Learn the basics of preparing for a canoe trip, how to transport your canoe safely, how to maneuver your canoe and much more. Pre-registration is required by July 24. Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Ages: Adult Cost: TBD For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 1
BBQ Rib Cook Off & Apple Pie Contest
Eldon IA
Two fun contests for you to enter: a bbq rib cook off and an apple pie contest. For more information, contact Stacey Doree at (641) 799-2371.
August 1
Color Me for Life
Greater Ottumwa Park
a 5K fun walk thru Ottumwa Park, registration starts at 8 with walk at 9... at 5 stations you will be "sprayed" with color. if you register by July 9th you will receive a free t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers with all proceeds going to benefit the Heartland Pregnancy Center. For more information, contact Becky Dalrmple at (641) 683-3030, or go to ottumwachoices.com.
August 4
Toddler Camp: Prairie
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Earlier this summer we learned about life in the forest. Now let's delve into the prairie. Surrounded by tall grass, flowers and more, we will see what animals and plants need to survive in this habitat. Pre-registration is required. Time: 10:00 am Ages: 3 and 4 with adult Cost: $5 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 7 - 8
Ole Time Country & Bluegrass
Wapello County Fairgrounds
Friday 4:00-10:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00-8:00 PM. For more information, call (641) 680-2634.
August 8
BaconTown!
BridgeView Center
Join over 2,500 of your closest friends, plus over 40 vendors, hot bands and great brew for the 2nd annual KIIC Bacontown! event August 8th. There is no charge for admission-samples of bacon items and brews are just $1 each. In 2014, there were over 60 Bacon items, plus brews from Iowa breweries. Event is scheduled to run from 3-11 pm. For more information, contact Joe Milledge at (641) 932-2112, or via e-mail at joe@kiicradio.com, or go to www.kiicradio.com.
August 8
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
August 8
Central Park Cinema
Central Park
Free movies and kid's activities in downtown Ottumwa starting at 8:30 PM! Showing on August 8 is Annie sponsored by HyNoon Kiwanis & Morning Kiwanis. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at (641) 799-3464, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
August 11
Plant Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
What do plants need to grow? How do they get all the necessary ingredients to produce, fruit, leaves, seeds, etc? We will compare/contrast the varied plants of Pioneer Ridge in search of the secrets of plant life. And we will have some fun with plant colors/dyes. Pre-registration is required. Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Ages: 5 to 10 years Cost: $15 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 13
Garden Bites
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
The third session of Garden bites is here! Make sure to contact the ISU Extension office at 641-682-5491 to get your family signed up for this event. Pre-registration is required. Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm Ages: Family Cost: FREE For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 13
Youth Canoe Camp
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
Spend a summer morning or afternoon learning proper canoe technique and safety. We will learn how to properly prepare for time on the water, how to maneuver the canoe, and how to rescue others. Once you have honed your canoe technique, we will use games to test your new skills. At the end of the day, you will be prepared to safely head out on the water with family and friends. Time: 9:00 to 12:00 (noon) and 1:00 to 4:00 pm Ages: 10 to 15 years Cost: $10 per child For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 15
National Day of Flying
Ottumwa Airport, RC Flying Site
3rd National Day of Flying to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Ottumwa RC Flyers will be sponsoring a local event at their flying field just south of the Ottumwa airport. It will be held from 9 am-9 pm. A "buddy box" RC flying lesson will be offered along with a chance to win a radio controlled airplane. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pilot registration is $20 which includes the Saturday evening meal. For more information, contact Joel Wilson, Charles Paulk at (641) 799-4920, or via e-mail at wilsonconstuction326@gmail.com, or go to RCHAWK.com.
August 15
Fall Canoe Float
Des Moines River
The Wapello and Mahaska CCB's will be joining up again this fall for a fall canoe float on the Des Moines River. Look for location as August nears. Pre-registration is required. Free event and open to all ages! For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091, or via e-mail at wapellocountynaturalist@gmail.com, or go to wapellocounty.org.
August 16 - 16
Dedication of Bronze Plaque
226 East Main Street, Ottumwa
Commemorating Ottumwa's unique history as the "Birthplace of Organized, Competitive e-Sports" For more information, contact Walter Day at (641) 472-1949, or via e-mail at walterday@yahoo.com, or go to twingalaxies.com.
August 22
Central Park Cinema
Central Park
Free movies and kid's activities in downtown Ottumwa starting at 8:30 PM! Showing on August 22 is The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 sponsored by Financial Partners & Elliott Oil Company. For more information, contact Main Street Ottumwa at (641) 799-3464, or go to www.mainstreetottumwa.com.
August 28 - 30
OCCP presents Flat Stanley Jr.
Bridge View
Stanley has always found life too boring and wishes to travel the world. Well, be careful what you wish for. One night a bulletin board falls on Stanley and flattens him. Once flat, however he is able to travel the world! Join Stanley on his musical adventures around the globe. For more information, contact Becky Ingle at (641) 226-1523, or via e-mail at bckingle@aol.com.
September 12
Beth Moore Simulcast
Living Hope Bible Church, Eldon, IA
Tickets are $10 Doors open at 8:00 AM and the event is from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be offered for a freewill donation. We will have snacks in afternoon and door prizes along with a great afternoon of teaching and worship. For more information, contact Living Hope Bible Church at (641) 652-3420, or go to livinghopebc.com.
September 12
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
September 26
Heartland Coin & Stamp Show
Bridgeview Event Center
Buying, selling and trading of rare coins, currency & collector stamps. Free appraisals and information on numismatic and philatelic items will be provided. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is $1.00. For more information, contact Denny Ross at (641) 932-2731, or via e-mail at den72ny@gmail.com.
October 10
Tour the American Gothic House
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
The American Gothic House will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact American Gothic House Center at (641) 652-3352, or via e-mail at TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com, or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
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