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August 31-Sept 4, 2023
Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Mount Pleasant, Iowa


September 2, 2023
Food Truck Festival
Waterloo, Iowa
An amazing day with delicious food and fun for all ages.  The festival will take-over RiverLoop Expo Plaza and more, and will feature some of the best food truck vendors from throughout the region.

September 9-17, 2023  Clay County Fair - Spencer, Iowa
'The World’s Greatest County Fair' since 1917, attracts more than 300,000 people each September for unique experiences including world-class Grandstand entertainment, daily livestock and horse shows, more than $100,000 in free entertainment, thousands of competitive exhibits, the thrilling GoldStar Amusements Midway, every imaginable type of fair food, hundreds of commercial vendors and the largest farm machinery display at any fair in the United States!  The Clay County Fair is 'The World’s Greatest County Fair' by presenting blue-ribbon competition, world-class entertainment and innovative exhibits in a safe family atmosphere, while also providing year-round facilities for entertainment and events.   Attendance: 300,000.

September 16, 2023  Living History Farms Applefest - Urbandale, Iowa
9 a.m.-4 p.m.  All activities included with General Admission • Advance tickets recommended.  Join us for a day of family fun celebrating apple harvest season! Visit our historic sites to see how past cooks would prepare and serve apple treats, such as apple butter, cake or pie, and cider. Print an apple recipe in the Print Shop, and purchase apple goodies and tasty treats from local food vendors.

September 20-24, 2023 - Annual National Cattle Congress Fair
Waterloo, Iowa
Live Music, Carnival, midway, livestock shows, Tractor Pulls, exhibits, and PRCA rodeo.

September 22-23, 2023  31st Annual Coca-Cola Days - Atlantic, Iowa
Atlantic is the Coca-Cola Capital of Iowa, and we welcome everyone to join us for our annual Coca-Cola Days Celebration.

September 23-24, 2023  Oktoberfest - Waterloo, Iowa
A festival celebrating German heritage, music and food in downtown Waterloo. Dress in your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your stein and your friends, and get your Prost on at Iowa Oktoberfest!  The polka party happens around Anton’s German Bier Garden and on East 4th Street, just north of the river. There will be live music; beer and food, and fun contests.

September 29-October 1, 2023  Oktoberfest - Amana Colonies, Iowa
Everyone's favorite German-style fall festival! Parade, activities, and music throughout the colonies.


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September 20-29, 2019 - Downtown Waterloo Restaurant Week
Waterloo, Iowa
During the week you get the chance to an exclusive deal with the participating restaurants listed.   There will be a unique buy-one, get-one 4-course meal at Bryan's on 4th, Jameson's Public House & Restaurant, El Patron Mexican Restaurant, Newton's Paradise Cafe & Rodney's Kitchen, with the presentation of your #RestaurantWeek passport. The purchase of a passport is REQUIRED to experience this event and are available for $30 at the Main Street Waterloo Office (212 East 4th Street).

September 21, 2019 - Brew Ha Ha - Davenport, Iowa
It's a party for your taste buds! It just wouldn't be fall in the Quad-Cities without this favorite beer-tasting event! And this year, the Davenport Jaycees are excited to be continuing the tradition of this popular event!  You can count on lots of fantastic beer to taste from local, regional and national brewers -- that's what Brew Ha Ha is all about.  Take a tour of the American brewing landscape -- one ounce at a time -- from some of the finest brewers. Some are from well-loved places around the QC, while others will offer you something new to sample and sip.  Brew Ha Ha offers just about every type of beer, porter, ale, lager and more – and we couldn't do this event without the generous volunteer spirit of our beer sponsors, and the helping hands of our volunteers. And just like before - the proceeds from this event continue to go to support local charities and programs in the Quad-Cities - like Jaycee Santa or our Impact Projects (the most recent of which was the new library at Camp Abe Lincoln!).

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September 28-29, 2018 - Up In Smoke BBQ Bash - Mason City, Iowa
The annual North Iowa BBQ Championship will offer great BBQ, big crowds, and live music, with cooking demonstrations, grilling and barbecuing tips, samples, really great energy, and fun!  (also: )

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September 16, 2017  Annual Chili & Salsa Cook-Off - Sioux City, Iowa
CANCELLED.  It is it with a heavy heart that we have decided not to hold our Chili & Salsa Cook-off in 2017. We are truly thankful for the community support we have enjoyed throughout the years.  Please contact our Executive Director, Lori Twohig by emailing [email protected] or calling 712.239.9890 if you have any questions.



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