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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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May 19 - September 19
2014-15 Bridge View Theater Series Ticket Sales
Bridge View Center
Season tickets are now on sale from now until September 19th. Reserved tickets are $186 for the season. Shows include: What Would Lucy Do?, Mike Super - Illusionist, Liverpool Legends, The Broadway Boys, Todd Oliver & Friends, Broadway's Next H!t Musical. All shows start at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
May 22 - October 23
Wapello County Farmers Market
Family Video Parking Lot
Local produce can be found on Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Family Video parking lot at 819 Albia Road. For more information, call (641) 680-6216.
May 28 - October 29
Ottumwa Farmer's Market
Market on Main
Find the best of local produce on Wednesdays 3:30-6 pm and Saturdays 8-11 am. Please note the new location adjacent to Market on Main. For more information, call (641) 777-6437.
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.
August 26 - October 2
Archetypes & Artifacts: A Mythological Deconstruction
Indian Hills Arts Gallery
Brad Covington, an Ottumwa artist & Indian Hills alumnus, will have both paintings & sculpted works on view. In much of his collection, the artist will explore subject matter of interest to southern Iowans like Chief Wapello's grave & the Eddyville Pyramids. An artist's reception will take place on 9/9 at 7-8:30 pm. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
September 5 - December 19
Pre School Story Time
Ottumwa Public Library
A children's story and craft time is held every Friday 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.
September 15
Beauty of Nature Photo Contest Entry Deadline
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
The Beauty of Nature Photo Contest is back again. Enter photos free at either Hy-Vee Drugstore Photo Department or Pioneer Ridge Nature Center. Up to two photos can be entered in each category - landscape, people and nature, wildlife, and plants. Photos must be matted and 8" x 10". All photos will be on display at the nature center. The first week they will be available for viewing and for public voting. Judging will take place the following week. The submission deadline is 4 pm on 9/15. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
September 18
Community 1st Skatefest
Skate Park
This is a fun and free two-event competition (street course and best trick) with prizes awarded by age group. It starts at 4 pm. The event will include food, music, games and giveaways. For more information, call (866) 360-5370.
September 18
4th Annual Night at the Museum
Wapello County Historical Museum
From 6 pm to 8 pm, the museum comes to life with living history as well as Dizzy the Clown, Barnyard Billy, juggler, photo ops, scavenger hunt, raffle prize drawings, and new exhibits. Free admission with donation of pet food for Heartland Humane. For more information, contact Wapello County Historical Museum at (641) 682-8676.
September 18
Margaritas for Main
Market on Main
This is an annual fundraising event that includes both live and silent auctions. All proceeds go to better the downtown area through Main Street Ottumwa. Admission is $30 per person or four tickets for $100. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Drinks will be available for purchase. The event runs 6 pm to 9 pm. For more information, contact Robert Untiedt at (641) 799-3464 or go to www.MainStreetOttumwa.com.
September 19
Open Mic
Market On Main
Text Addict invites the public to enjoy a free drink from 6:30-7 pm and then stay for Open Mic Night 7-8:30 pm in the front area of Market on Main. All interested in reading poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or even performing an acoustic set can sign-up via email to sgerot@hotmail.com, or send a Facebook message to Text Addict. It's a great time to enjoy local talent. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 226-3414, or via e-mail at sgerot@hotmail.com>, or go to www.facebook.com.
September 19 - 21
Ottumwa High School Fall Play: Anatomy of Gray
OHS Auditorium
The Ottumwa High School theater department performs its autumn production on 9/19 & 9/20 at 7:30 pm. and 9/21 at 3 pm. Tickets are $8 per person general admission available at the door. For more information, contact Natalie Saunders at (641) 799-2152, or via e-mail at natalie.saunders@ottumwaschools.com>,.
September 19
What Would Lucy Do?
Bridge View Center
Suzanne LaRusch is the world's most renowned impressionist of Lucille Ball. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Senior and student rates are available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
September 20
Ottumwa Noon Lions Pancake Breakfast
Jimmy Jones Shelter
What better way to start a Saturday morning than with pancakes at the park? Join the Ottumwa Noon Lions for their Annual Pancake Breakfast 6 am-noon. This annual fundraiser helps fund many community service projects including children's vision screenings and supporting local non-profit organizations. Tickets are $5.50 in advance or $6.00 at the door for adults and $2.50 in advance or $3.00 at the door for kids age 10 & under. Contact a Noon Lions member for tickets today or call Courtney. For more information, contact Courtney Jones at (405) 614-0799, or via e-mail at cjones@mvrbc.org>,.
September 20
Walk on Art Street
Central Park & Third Street
This event is a great opportunity for area artists to exhibit and sell their work. This is also an opportune time for patrons to purchase jewelry, cards, paintings, woodwork, pottery, photographs and other works of art. Expect groups to perform on the Central Park stage and kids activities to be offered in the adjacent space. The event kicks off at 10 am and concludes at 4 pm. For more information, contact Robert Untiedt at (641) 799-3464, or via e-mail at director@mainstreetottumwa.com>, or go to www.MainStreetOttumwa.com.
September 20
Wine and Canvas
Hotel Ottumwa
Paint a blue swirl tree and give from the heart with art at the Wine and Canvas event. A portion of the event fee of $35 will go to Heartland Humane Society. Delicious food and a wide array of drinks will be served 4-7 pm while participants paint a beautiful picture to take home. This will be a great way to follow-up downtown's Walk on Art Street which takes place earlier in the day. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 226-3414, or via e-mail at sara@hotelottumwa.com>,.
September 23
Reminisce Society: So Much Sky
Ottumwa Public Library
Author Karen Weir-Jimerson will talk about her book, So Much Sky: Essays on the Fun and Folly of Living in the Country as part of the monthly Reminisce Society program. The event begins at 10 am, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
September 23
Meet the Midwives
Ottumwa Public Library
Meet the Midwives is a series of seminars designed to provide clear and accurate information about the midwifery services offered at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. These free sessions offer a comfortable setting for women and their families to ask questions and meet the UI Hospitals midwifery team. The event takes place 6-7 pm. Space is limited. Registration is required. For more information, contact Lindsay Douglas at (319) 353-6853 or go to www.UIHealthcare.org.
September 25
OHS Homecoming Parade
Downtown
The annual Ottumwa High School homecoming parade starts at 6 pm. For more information, call (641) 684-6597 x141, orgo to www.OttumwaSchools.com.
September 26
Fall Back To Summer
Hotel Ottumwa
Hotel Ottumwa will be hosting a Fall Back To Summer Beach Party. Cruize Control, a Jimmy Buffet cover band, will play favorite summer tunes. The pre-party starts at 6 pm with the show beginning at 8 pm. Expect special drinks, photo booth, and all sorts of fun. The first 100 people get a free drink. For more information, contact Sara Gerot at (641) 682-8051.
September 27 - 28
Old Iron Show & Swap Meet
Wapello County Fairgrounds - Eldon
The show features cars vintage 1958 or older, tractors 50 years old or older, camping, food, crafts, and other vendors. It is held on 9/27 at 8 am-5 pm and 9/28 at 8 am-3 pm. The event is presented by Eldon Masonic and New Hope Lodges. For more information, contact Shirley Stacy at (641) 680-2634.
September 27
True Revelation 22
Bridge View Center
The mixed martial arts bout offers different seating/ticket cost options. It begins at 7 pm. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
September 28 - October 4
Indian Hills Homecoming
Indian HIlls Community College
Join staff, students and the community in celebrating homecoming at Indian Hills. For more information, call (641) 683-5302, orgo to www.IndianHills.edu.
September 28
Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra
St. John Auditorium
The event is offered at 3 pm with free admission. For more information, contact Indian Hills Community College at (641) 683-5144 or go to www.IndianHills.edu.
September 30
Ottumwa Rotary Chicken Barbecue
Jimmy Jones Shelter
The Rotary Club kicks off Oktoberfest week with their annual barbecue chicken dinner. Drive-up opens at 4 pm. Walk-in is open 4:30-7 pm. Advance tickets are $9 per person for adults & $7 each for children. Tickets increase $1 on the day of the barbecue. For more information, call (641) 684-6207.
October 1 - 5
Ottumwa Oktoberfest
Jimmy Jones Shelter
The event features two parades, food, beverage garden, carnival, music & entertainment. For more information, call (641) 684-6207.
October 2 - 3
Scrubs & Beyond
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
The annual sale takes place 10/2 at 7 am-6 pm & 10/3 at 7 am-2 pm in conference rooms A, B & C. For more information, contact Beverly A Molkenthin at (641) 684-3413.
October 3
Kiddie Parade
Downtown Ottumwa/Main Street
South Ottumwa Savings Bank sponsors and organizes the first of the two Oktoberfest parades. The registration begins at 5:30 pm, and parade starts at 6 pm. For more information, contact Suzie Morrison at (641) 682-7541 or go to www.SOSB-ia.com.
October 8
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
On the second Wednesday of the month, this club meets at 5 pm in the library meeting room to discuss both fiction and nonfiction books. The public can call to inquire about this month's book selection. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
October 10
Puttin' Around Downtown
Downtown Ottumwa
Starting at 3 pm, groups of participants play miniature golf on holes hosted by various downtown businesses. The event is organized by Main Street Ottumwa and Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration and additional details available. For more information, contact Robert Untiedt at (641) 799-3464.
October 10 - 11
Halloween Hikes
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
The hikes merge nature with Halloween which makes for good times for kids and adults alike. Hikes take place every ten minutes each night with the first hike at 6 pm and the last beginning at 8 pm or the time for which the last reservations have been taken. Admission is $3 per person or free for children three years old or younger. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
October 10
Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters
Bridge View Center
The Ottumwa Civic Music Association presents a performance by Lisa Rock on lead vocals with her six-piece band bringing back the catchy, memorable music of Karen & Richard Carpenter. Entry is by OCMA season pass ($35 per person) or single event ticket ($15 per adult). Both are sold at the door. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903.
October 11
Halloweenapalooza
Green Street Hall Mall, 116 N Green St
All day event from noon until 2 am, featuring: film festival, vendors, live bands, food, showing of the film Demonica, zombie walk, costume contest,horror film scream queen Linnea Quigley, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. For more information, email prescribedfilms@hotmail.com>, orgo to www.facebook.com.
October 11
Mike Super - Magic & Illusion
Bridge View Center
Mike Super is a talented magician & illusionist and in fact won NBC's Phenomenon. Reserved tickets are $38 each. Senior & student rates are available. The show begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
October 25
Children's Gothic Halloween Party
American Gothic House Center, Eldon
Celebrate Halloween in front of the American Gothic House from 2-4 pm. The event is ideal for kids pre-school age through fifth grade. Small children should be accompanied by an adult. Kids are encouraged to arrive dressed in costume in order to create their own spooky American Gothic parody. They can also look forward to making fun crafts, playing games, & enjoying delicious treats. Admission is free. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352 or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
October 28
Reminisce Society: River Towns, People of the River, Floods & Monsters
Ottumwa Public Library
Dean Klinkenberg will present a program on the music and history of the Mississippi River including river towns, people of the river & monsters. The monthly program begins at 10 am, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
October 31
Liverpool Legends
Bridge View Center
Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. The group pays attention to every musical detail, features the many looks of the iconic band, and uses vintage instruments. In the spirit of the occasion, attendees are encouraged to wear costumes to this Halloween performance. Reserved tickets are $38 each. Senior & student rates are available. The show begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
November 1
Heartland Coin & Stamp Show
Bridge View Center
Coins, currency & stamps are available for sale, purchase & appraisals (numismatic and philatelic items). Show hours are 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $1 per person & includes a free door prize ticket. For more information, contact Denny Ross at (641) 932-2731.
November 4
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
November 6 - 7
Books are Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
The annual book sale takes place 11/6 at 9 am-5 pm & 11/7 at 7 am-3 pm in conference rooms A, B & C. For more information, contact Beverly A Molkenthin at (641) 684-3413.
November 7 - 9
Company
Bridge View Center
Ottumwa Community Players presents Company, a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. The performances will be 11/7 & 11/8 at 7 pm and 11/9 at 2 pm. For more information, contact Jeff Leonard at (641) 799-5421, or via e-mail at ottumwacommunityplayers@gmail.com>,.
November 9
Iowa History in a Cloth Bag
Eldon Library Hall
This program explains how cloth bags & the revolutionary idea of marketing to women helped Iowans survive the Great Depression & the shortages of World War II. Flour sacks, feed sacks, & seed sacks tell a story from relief work by Herbert Hoover to clothes & quilts in the 1950's. The program begins at 1 pm with free admission. It is sponsored by the American Gothic House Center. For more information, contact Holly Berg at (641) 652-3352 or go to www.AmericanGothicHouse.net.
November 12
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
On the second Wednesday of the month, this club meets at 5 pm in the library meeting room to discuss both fiction and nonfiction books. The public can call to inquire about this month's book selection. 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 15
Soap Making Workshop
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
This year's fall craft is making soap. Chelsea Ewen will lead participants through the steps of making soap with the opportunity to take the end product home. The workshop will run from 10 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be served. Pre-registration is required by 11/7, & a minimum number of pre-registrants must be met for it to take place. The cost is $15 for materials. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
November 21 - 22
21st Annual Festival of Trees
Pennsylvania Place
This two-day holiday event is presented by the Festival of Trees Committee for Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity. The Gala Grand Opening Reception is held 7-9pm on 11/21 with an admission of $10 per person. The following day's festival takes place 9 am to 4 pm on 11/22 includes crafts & many children's activities. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, contact Judy Engle at (641) 777-5903.
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.
November 25
Reminisce Society: Corn & Khrushchev
Ottumwa Public Library
Humanities Iowa speaker Liz Garst will present Corn and Khrushchev. The program begins at 10 am, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. 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 25
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
December 2
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
December 10
Readers Ink Book Club
Ottumwa Public Library
On the second Wednesday of the month, this club meets at 5 pm in the library meeting room to discuss both fiction and nonfiction books. The public can call to inquire about this month's book selection. For more information, contact Sonja Ferrell at (641) 682-7563, or via e-mail at sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org>, or go to blog.OttumwaPublicLibrary.org.
December 11 - 12
Jewelry is Fun
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
The annual jewelry sale takes place on 12/11 at 9 am-4 pm & on 12/12 at 7 am-2 pm in conference rooms A, B, & C. For more information, contact Beverly A Molkenthin at (641) 684-3413 x3413.
December 11
My Travels to Spain
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
In 2013, Annette Wittrock traveled to Spain to participate in the running of bulls and otherwise explore the countryside. Wittrock provides her first-hand account of the adventure illuminated by slides of the trip. All are welcome to attend free of charge. It begins at 5 pm. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
December 11
Broadway Boys Holiday Show
Bridge View Center
The Broadway Boys bring their amazing vocals & explosive energy to what will be a memorable holiday show. It begins at 7:30 pm. Reserved tickets are $35 each. Senior & student rates are available. For more information, contact Bridge View Center at (641) 684-7000 or go to www.BridgeViewCenter.com.
December 16
Ottumwa RC Flyers Open Flying
Bridge View Center
Radio controlled electric planes & helicopters are flown by club members in the expo hall. The fee to fly is $8. Open flying takes place 6-10 pm. Don Wasson at 641. 455.8432 is happy to answer questions. For more information, contact Dave Rabe at (641) 684-5593, or via e-mail at rjandave@mchsi.com>, or go to RCHawk.com.
December 19
Christmas Bird Count
Wapello County
Now in it's 115th year, the Christmas Bird Count is the longest running wildlife survey conducted. Birds will be counted all day in an attempt to find as many species as possible within the count circle. Everyone is welcome to join in by counting at home or joining the drive through the count circle. Call to find out more information or to participate. No need to be a bird expert to help out. For more information, contact Wapello County Conservation Board at (641) 682-3091 or go to WapelloCounty.org.
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.
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.
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