Arts Schedule 2014


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.



Old House Tour

Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm, Dubuque’s North End

The 28th annual old house tour features the Windsor and Linwood Cemetery Neighborhood in Dubuque’s North End. The annual tour encourages you to explore Dubuque’s historic treasures and learn about preservation. Tickets $12. Visit for details.



What makes YOU happy? Tell it, write it and express it through art.

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

You’re invited to join Dubuque Area Arts Collective for their documentary collaborative project where community members are encouraged to share their stories through words, writing, and art. This community engagement project made possible by funding from Sustainable Dubuque. 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 artist Andrea Grace leads you in exploring bubble art, “paper stained glass,” and collage.  This project is made possible by funding from AARP. Free. 


Community Chalk the Town Clock

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

Join artist Larry Raineri and friends 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 2014 | Book Release & Reception

Friday, 6pm at Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Area Writers Guild invites you to the reading & release reception for Gallery 2014, 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.  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.   This project is made possible by funding from McGraw Hill Education. Free.

Get a preview of the vendors here: Record Fair



DubuqueFest Panorama Exhibit

Saturday, 10am-5 pm & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm in Roshek Building Lobby (Enter on 7th Street)

Last year at DubuqueFest we commissioned artist Tim Olson to create the “World’s Longest Panoramic Photograph of a Three-Day Art Festival” that features more than 600 festival goers! The 110 foot long photograph will on exhibit all weekend.  Tim Connery & Kylie Clark’s documentary film of the “making of” the DubuqueFest Panorama. Talk to the artist, watch the film, and find yourself in the photo!  Free.




Saturday, 12-3 pm on Main Street

Dogs unite on Main Street to celebrate dog culture. Bring your leashed dog and explore wellness, obstacle course demos, dog fitness, grooming, doggie drink stations, treats, and more!  Free.



Bike Culture Day

Saturday, 12-3 pm on Main Street

Let’s ride! Join the Dubuque Bike Coop and local bicycle shops for fix-it demos, safety, gear, and more. Check out a bike from Bike Coop’s collection and get riding! Free.


Improv Group

Francis & The Diddlers | Improv in the Park

Sunday, 12 pm in Washington Park 

Francis & The Diddlers bring improvisational comedy to the lawn in Washington Park. Grab a blanket and watch as this local comedy group performs and create in-the-moment theater.  Audience participation is half the fun! 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.



Rogue Collections | Hair. Art. Runway. Live Models.

Sunday, 1 pm in Washington Park at Gazebo

Rogue Collections annual hair, art, and runway fashion bring live model highlights of their Epoch collection to Washington Park. Visit their design booth near the Gazebo too!


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.



Yoga on the Lawn

Saturday, 12 pm & Sunday, 11 am in Washington Park

Grab your yoga mat or a blanket and join us for yoga on the lawn. A peaceful morning stretch for all levels. Join instructor Jackie Huberty on Saturday and instructor Michele Chillook on Sunday. Breathe! Free.



Tai Chi on the Lawn

Saturday, 11 am in Washington Park

Yang Style Tai Chi demo with masters Greg & Jayne Miller. Enjoy the flow of Tai Chi. Free.


Knit In PublicKnit in Public

Sunday, 12 pm in Washington Park

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, needles, and your stash and join the Yarn Soup community for group knitting, demonstrations, and tips. Free.


Arts programming made possible by funding from Sustainable Dubuque & McGraw Hill Education. Children’s art funded by AARP.