Arts Schedule

Fine Art Fair

Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm, in Washington Park

DubuqueFest’s juried fine art fair in Washington Park features the work of 70 artists & artisans. We invite you to meet the artists, learn about process & inspiration, and invest in original hand crafted pieces. Shop for hand-blown & fused glass, ceramics, metal work, free form sculpture, painting, jewelry, fiber, fabric, photography, mixed media, textiles, copper work, hand turned wood, watercolors, leather work, wearable art, & more! It’s an art gallery in the park! Free.

Visit our Gallery of Artists for a sneak peak of the fair.

The World’s Longest Panoramic Portrait of a Three Day Outdoor Arts Festival with artist Tim Olson

Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm throughout Washington Park 

You’re invited to find Tim & his old-timey camera during the fest & pose for this panoramic portrait! Photographer and artist Tim Olson will use a 1935 vintage studio camera to create a hundred foot long portrait of DubuqueFest. During the festival, Olson will roll his camera along a path that winds through Washington Park and, at intervals of approximately ten minutes in time and ten feet in distance, he will stop and make a single exposure. The 250+ photographs will be stitched together to create a single, highly detailed panoramic portrait of the festival. Look for Tim & his camera during the festival and join him to pose for the portrait! This project is made possible by funding from the Iowa Arts Council.  For more details, see the feature story in the May issue of Julien’s Journal. Free.

Children’s Creation Station

Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm in Washington Park

Parents and children are invited to get creative with hands-on projects. This year we feature the art of sand painting. Sand paintings have a long established cultural history in numerous social groupings around the globe. Join us in the Story Bubble for storytelling for all ages! Face painting too! Story Bubble is made possible by a partnership with Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company. Free.


Community Chalk the Town Clock

Saturday, 11am-2pm in the Town Clock Plaza

Join artists Carey & Matthew Welch as they lead you in creating an illustration that explores community creativity. This sidewalk mural invites everyone to be an artist! Free.

Writers Guild Gallery 2013: “Facets of Time” Book Release & Reception

Friday, 6pm at Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Area Writers Guild invites you to the reading & release reception for Gallery: Facets of Time, an anthology of original work featuring local writers and artists. Celebrate an evening of words, refreshments, and readings by selected contributors. Books will be available for purchase at the reception, and at the art fair information booth in Washington Park throughout the weekend. Visit them at the Local Author Book Fair too! (See Book Fair schedule). Free.

Record Fair

Saturday, 10am-5 pm in Roshek Building Lobby (Enter on 7th Street)

The Record Fair will showcase local retailers and private collectors offering vinyl records & 45s for sale or trade. Vendors will offer everything from high-end, out-of-print rarities, to more common titles at bargain prices. The fair will slant heavily toward vinyl sales and awareness of the record stores in the region, but vendors will also offer CDs, cassettes, DVDs, books, apparel and many other goodies.  Free.

Get a preview of the vendors here: Record Fair

Local Author Book Fair

Saturday, 10 am-5 pm in Roshek Building Lobby (Enter on 7th Street)

Our newest addition to DubuqueFest! Shop our book fair comprised of 20 local and regional authors. Meet the authors, pick up some new books, get them signed, and learn about the writing life. The book fair will feature children’s books, photography, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, humor, comic books, and more! This event is hosted by River Lights Bookstore for DubuqueFest. Free. 

Get a preview of the authors and books available here: Local Author Book Fair

EarnestTrainwreck Productions Sketches in the Park: Taming of the Shrew

Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm in Washington Park 

Trainwreck Productions will bring a scene from William Shakespeare’s comedy, Taming of the Shrew, full of physical comedy and stage combat, to life in Washington Park. TWP will bring this highlight of their comedy set at Flora Park Playground to DubuqueFest. See the entire play (free!) at Flora Park all weekend. Visit for full details. Free.

Wheel Thrown Pottery Demonstrations  

Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm in Washington Park

Potter Gary Carstens and friends of Mississippi Mud Studios offer wheel-thrown pottery demonstrations. You can try too! Free.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival’s “Best of Fest Screening”

Sunday, 12pm-3pm, Dubuque Museum of Art

Julien International Film Festival presents a “Best of Fest” Screening featuring shorts from the festival from 12 -130pm and feature film DAVE from 1:30-3:00pm. Film Trailer for DAVE can be 734546_10151395944914335_1121024381_nviewed at or Free. Please note: attendees are invited to come and go during the shorts presentation.




Amusements for Children by LT Amusements

Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm, 7th Street & Washington Park

Climbing wall, bouncing castle, super slide, and more! (Tickets must be purchased to enjoy amusements.)

images27th Annual Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts Tour

Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm, Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District 

Enjoy tours of Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District including the Voices Building, Novelty Iron Works, the CARADCO Building, and the Foundry. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth located at 10th & Washington during the event. Special event workshops, presentations, and performances are included as part of this year’s tour. All events and locations are within one block of the event headquarters at 10th & Washington Streets. This tour is hosted by Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts. Please visit for all the details. $12 ticket.