Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Fort Dodge and Webster County Visitor Events.  Fort Dodge hosts some great events and we hope you take the opportunity to enjoy them! Event information is kept as up-to-date as possible but the Fort Dodge CVB does not organize these events and details may be changed without our knowledge. Please verify the accuracy of this information via the event website or the given contact information.  To make viewing the calendar easy, it is searchable by date or type of the event. Organizations may submit event information electronically to be listed on the Fort Dodge CVB calendar by using the Submit Event tab.

Event search and details are below the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Link.

For a listing of all GFDGA, non-visitor & community events

follow the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance link below:


May
01

May 1, 2017 - October 7, 2017

The Fort Museum is open Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm & Sundays 11 am-5 pm.

Fort Museum and Frontier Village
1 Museum Road, Fort Dodge
(515) 573-4231
May
24

May 24, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Similar to the Early Out Art Class, we keep making art on Wednesdays… but After School! Learn about a new artist, an art technique, or a movement to keep the creativity alive. k-6th grade. $3 members, $5 non-members.

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
575-573-2316
May
24

May 24, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn to play that old time favorite to entertain your friends and family during the holidays or gatherings. Be the hit of the party! Note: Harmonicas not provided. Please provide your own. 15+ years old. $40 members, $50 non-members. 

 

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
May
25

May 25, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

** Work with clay, and we’ll fire it! $15 per 25lb bag of clay, $20 Firing Fee Our classroom doors are open! Open Studio is the opportunity to practice and receive advice on acrylic painting, pastel, watercolor, clay, jewelry, printmaking, collage, wheel throwing, you name it. Sign up ahead of time, and let us know what you’d like to work on or to reserve a wheel. 16+ years old. $5 bring own supplies. $15 Blanden Supplies. 

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd AveS
515-573-3216
May
25

May 25, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Ever wanted to make art with your young one?? Now is the time. Clever Together Thursdays offers the opportunity to make an original work of art with guided instructions from one of our qualified art instructors. It’s fun, it may get messy, and it will definitely be a class to cherish time spent with each other. 2-5 year olds. $3 member, $5 non-member.

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
May
25

May 25, 2017
7:00 pm

featuring the violin students of Melissa Gillete including traditional Suzuki repertoire and fiddle tunes

doors open at 6:30PM for seating

free admissions

McSweeny's School of the Performing Arts
1633 N 29th St
515-576-3636
May
26

May 26, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn fundamental ceramic skills and try out new techniques. Each session is tailored to your next level of development and interest in clay. Incorporate adding handles, feet, spouts, decoration, and so much more! Works are fired when finished, and students can utilize Open Studio hours or by appointment to keep working. 16+ years old. $15 members. $20 non-members. 

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-3216
May
26

May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017
7:00 pm

Honory Our Military, Past or Present

Free Admisson, camping availble, concessions on grounds

Friday rodeoa at 7 P, Saturday 1 & 7 PM, Sunday 1 & 7 PM and Monday at 2 PM.

Events Mini Bulls, Mini Bareback, Mini Saddle Bronc, Barrel Racing, Wild Pony Race, Open Bull Riding

Contact Johnny Hopkins 515 571-6922

Dayton Rodeo Grounds
Johnny Hopkins 515 571-6922
May
27

May 27, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Music, theatre and poetry! The Oak Hill Poetry-N-Rhythm program sits under a creative umbrella that includes creative expressions of song, music, dance, and the spoken word. Each month there is a different theme to help guide the creative spirit, and encourage artists to make new work. Future growth of this program will include a monthly workshop, guest artists, and more. All Ages. Free Admissions

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
May
28

May 28, 2017
5:30 pm

Featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sports Mod, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 4 PM with hot laps beginning at 5:30PM with racing immediately to follow.

Tickets:

Adults $10

Kids (7-13) $4

6 & under free

Seniors & Military (with photo ID) $8

Pit Pass $25

Pit Pass (14 or younger) $15

Sports Park Raceway
2298 S River Road
515-835-9686
May
29

May 29, 2017
10:00 am

FREE Memorial Day Concert by the Karl L King Municipal Band, Veterans Memorial Park at the northwest corner of Kennedy Park/Badger Lake complex,  music begins at 10 am, program at 10:30 - please bring your own chairs.  In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be held  be in the St Edmond Auditorium.

Veteran's Memorial Park (northwest of Kennedy Park/Badger Lake complex)
1386 National Ave
May
31

May 31, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Similar to the Early Out Art Class, we keep making art on Wednesdays… but After School! Learn about a new artist, an art technique, or a movement to keep the creativity alive. k-6th grade. $3 members, $5 non-members

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
01

June 1, 2017

Learn about the basics of throwing pottery on the wheel. Two sections available, with two slots open in each session. Sign up ahead of time. Nothing is kept or fired during this workshop. 16+ years old. 10-11:30 or 11:30-1. $5 member. $10 non-members. 

Jun
01

June 1, 2017
4:00 pm

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting - Frontier Veterinary Office Exhibit; If you would like a tour, please arrive a 3pm - admission prices charged

Fort Museum and Frontier Village
1 Museum Road
515-573-4231
Jun
02

June 2, 2017 - June 4, 2017

 

 
Fort Museum and Frontier Village
1 Museum Road
Jun
02

June 2, 2017 - June 4, 2017

Free Fishing Weekend (June 5, 6 and 7, 2015) is the perfect time to take kids fishing or introduce someone to fishing. DNR staff will be at popular fishing spots across the state to assist with setting up fishing poles and distribute free fishing packets to kids that include tips for fishing, bobbers and right-sized hooks for best catching success.

statewide
DNR Customer Service 515-725-8200
Jun
03

June 3, 2017 - June 4, 2017

Rogers Sports Complex
Jun
03

June 3, 2017 - June 4, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Admission is $2 for those 12 and over. Saturday hours 9 am-4 pm and Sunday 9 am-3 pm.

Webster County Fairgrounds
22770 Old Hwy 169
1-515-955-3764 or Patty 1-515-351-8322
Jun
03

June 3, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am

For beginners with a parent. Meet at fish pier point. Equipment, bait, and lunch provided.

Brushy Creek Fish Pier
1415 Nelson Ave
Webster County Conservation 515-576-4258
Jun
03

June 3, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Freewill Donation, which will be used to purchase a gift card and given to a local food bank

 

On a come and go basis, family groups of adults and children together are welcome to visit the Blanden where an area will be set up for social and creative fun. The activity area will be set up with the necessary art materials and an inspiration board with visual samples to help you create a project to take home the same day. Project ideas will be open-ended in nature, and participants are encouraged to have plenty of imagination and use their own interpretation for creating. All Ages.

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
03

June 3, 2017
1:00 pm

Kennedy Park Playground
1415 Nelson Ave
515-576-4258
Jun
04

June 4, 2017

Oleson Park Bandshell
Jun
04

June 4, 2017
5:30 pm

Featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sports Mod, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 4 PM with hot laps beginning at 5:30PM with racing immediately to follow.

Tickets:

Adults $10

Kids (7-13) $4

6 & under free

Seniors & Military (with photo ID) $8

Pit Pass $25

Pit Pass (14 or younger) $15

Sports Park Raceway
2289 S River Road
515-835-9686
Jun
07

June 7, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

** Work with clay, and we’ll fire it! $15 per 25lb bag of clay, $20 Firing Fee Our classroom doors are open! Open Studio is the opportunity to practice and receive advice on acrylic painting, pastel, watercolor, clay, jewelry, printmaking, collage, wheel throwing, you name it. Sign up ahead of time, and let us know what you’d like to work on or to reserve a wheel. 16+ years old. $5 bring own supplies. $15 Blanden Supplies. 

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-3216
Jun
07

June 7, 2017 - June 10, 2017
7:00 pm

This original comedy about motherhood rips away the gauzy mask of parenthood to reveal what all mothers know but don’t always talk about: it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but also very, very funny. From the joys of infertility, through reading the same books over and over and over, to finally seeing your baby get on that school bus, this play mines the laughs and tears of the early years of motherhood. Four separate characters tell their individual stories, either directly to the audience in monologues, or in scenes with each other. Mothers everywhere can relate to the labor stories, the frustration of a simple trip to the store, the quest to connect with other mothers, all of which causes them to plan moms’ nights out and arrive in packs to laugh hysterically at this tribute to “the toughest job you’ll ever love.”

Hawkeye Community Theater
521 N 12th St
515.576.6061
Jun
07

June 7, 2017
8:00 pm

Brushy Creek South Ramp
1415 Nelson Ave
515-576-4258
Jun
08

June 8, 2017 - June 10, 2017

Downtown Fort Dodge
Jun
08

June 8, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Ever wanted to make art with your young one?? Now is the time. Clever Together Thursdays offers the opportunity to make an original work of art with guided instructions from one of our qualified art instructors. It’s fun, it may get messy, and it will definitely be a class to cherish time spent with each other. 2-5 year olds. $3 member, $5 non-member.

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
09

June 9, 2017 - June 10, 2017
5:30 pm

Presented by Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis

Now is a great time to refresh that old sandbox, fill that new one, or fill in landscaping 

pre-ordered sand will be delivered June 9 starting at 5:30 PM or June 10th starting at 8:30 AM

$5 donation per wheelbarrow load

Call 574-7226 or check out the Facebook page (Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis)

Leave the following information when calling or posting on Facebook: first& last name, phone number, address, preferred delivery day

Jun
09

June 9, 2017
8:00 pm

Come out and join us for a night of working out and relaxing!

Brushy Creek South Ramp
1415 Nelson Ave
515-576-4258
Jun
10

June 10, 2017
8:00 am

All ages. Starts at the Blanden. Register at www.fortdodgeiowa.org/parks $35 to preregister (t-shirt included) $50 to register the day of the event.

Blanden
920 3rd Ave S
(515) 573-2316
Jun
10

June 10, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

free

Blanden
920 3rd Ave S
(515) 573-2316
Jun
10

June 10, 2017
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Historic Downtown Fort Dodge
Central Avenue
Jun
11

June 11, 2017

Oleson Park Bandshell
Jun
11

June 11, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

free admission, snacks availible for purchase

Soldier Creek Winery
1584 Paragon Ave
515-216-0987
Jun
11

June 11, 2017
5:30 pm

Featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sports Mod, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 4 PM with hot laps beginning at 5:30PM with racing immediately to follow.

Tickets:

Adults $10

Kids (7-13) $4

6 & under free

Seniors & Military (with photo ID) $8

Pit Pass $25

Pit Pass (14 or younger) $15

Sports Park Raceway
2289 S River Road
515-835-9686
Jun
12

June 12, 2017 - June 13, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wild, Edible and Medicinal Plants and Fishing w/ naturalist Barb Tagami. 

Register and pay online at legacylearningbrv.org

$60 or $50 early bird rate by June 3 + $10 material fee to instructor + $9.50 / day fishing license

Hickory Cabin, Briggs Woods Park
2490 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City, Iowa
Jun
14

June 14, 2017
7:00 pm

auditions at Hawkeye Community Theater

June 14th &15th 

Performance will be Aug 16-19

Hawkeye Community Theater
521 N 12th St
515.576.6061
Jun
15

June 15, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wilderman’s Treetop Tales is a collection of whimsical lyrics and paintings created by International award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott. The book is designed for ages 3-10 and contains both heartwarming and giggle-worthy poetry accompanied by Chad’s own illustrations. Chad, who has been performing original songs for 20 years and is a winner of the Woody Guthrie Song contest, brings 10 of the lyrics from the book to life in the companion music album, also titled Wilderman’s Treetop Tales. Together, the book and album create an interdisciplinary offering of art, music and writing which allows the whole family to embrace wild imagination. All Ages. Free admissions. Learn more about the project at www.wildermansbooks.com.

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
15

June 15, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening with friends while you create a 4th of July Wreath to take home! All materials are supplied, and Annie provides detailed instructions.

$35 per person (tax included)
Includes materials to make the wreath and 2 glasses of wine (or other beverage)
Space is limited

Soldier Creek Winery
1584 Paragon Ave
515-216-0987
Jun
17

June 17, 2017 - June 18, 2017

Webster County Fairgrounds
Jun
17

June 17, 2017

Students create their own “fossil bed” by modeling three-dimensional shapes of animals, plants or insects, then “burying” them beneath layers of tissue paper. Add earth-tone pastels to make them look as if they just came from an excavation site. 10-12 (ages 6-12) 1-3 (ages 13-19). $10 members. $15 non-members.

Jun
18

June 18, 2017

Oleson Park Bandshell
Jun
18

June 18, 2017
5:30 pm

Featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sports Mod, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 4 PM with hot laps beginning at 5:30PM with racing immediately to follow.

Tickets:

Adults $10

Kids (7-13) $4

6 & under free

Seniors & Military (with photo ID) $8

Pit Pass $25

Pit Pass (14 or younger) $15

Sports Park Raceway
2298 S River Road
515-835-9686
Jun
22

June 22, 2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Ever wanted to make art with your young one?? Now is the time. Clever Together Thursdays offers the opportunity to make an original work of art with guided instructions from one of our qualified art instructors. It’s fun, it may get messy, and it will definitely be a class to cherish time spent with each other. 2-5 year olds. $3 member, $5 non-member.

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
23

June 23, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

** Work with clay, and we’ll fire it! $15 per 25lb bag of clay, $20 Firing Fee Our classroom doors are open! Open Studio is the opportunity to practice and receive advice on acrylic painting, pastel, watercolor, clay, jewelry, printmaking, collage, wheel throwing, you name it. Sign up ahead of time, and let us know what you’d like to work on or to reserve a wheel. 16+ years old. $5 bring own supplies. $15 Blanden Supplies. 

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
24

June 24, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Historic Downtown Fort Dodge
Central Avenue
Jun
24

June 24, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This class will provide a solid hands-on understanding of the printmaking process. Print methods that will be explored include: Viscosity prints, Mono prints, Screen prints, and Kitchen Lithography. 15+ years old. $40 members, $50 non-members.

This class will provide a solid hands-on understanding of the printmaking process. Print methods that will be explored include: Viscosity prints, Mono prints, Screen prints, and Kitchen Lithography.
Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
Jun
24

June 24, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Interested in large-scale murals?! In this 3 hour workshop, participants will learn about wall preparation, design enlargement, and paint application. We will work together to conceive a design and see it through to its finished product on panels of plywood that will be installed at an outdoor location at a later date. 16+ years old. $20 members. $25 non-members. 

Blanden Art Museum
920 3rd Ave S
515-573-2316
May
25

Weekly on Thursdays
May 25, 2017
7:00 pm

free admission

Shiny Top Brewery
520 Central Ave
515-302-8055