Local Farmer's Market - Every Thursday from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. in Central Park during the summer months.
Lights-Camera-Action - LCA offers free, family oriented movies each weekend. This is open to the public so bring the family and enjoy a fun, free evening together. Schedule of Movies (PDF)
The 77th Annual Nauvoo Grape Festival starts on August 29th and goes through August 31st. There's an arched wine cellar tour and samples of grapes from Illinois' oldest vineyard. Register for the Grape Stomp 5k run/walk or the Co-Ed Mud Volleyball game. There's wine tasting provided by Baxter's Vineyards (must be 21 years old or over to participate). The Pet Parade starts at 2 P.M. on Saturday the 30th. There are many family activities too numerous to mention. For more information visit www.nauvoograpefestival.com/schedule-of-events.html.
67th Annual Tri-State Rodeo - September 3rd through September 6th in Fort Madison, IA at the C.E. Richards Rodeo Arena. This year, along with the many cowboys, cowgirls, broncs and bulls, we welcome Lee Brice who will be taking the stage on Friday night and Easton Corbin who will entertain the crowd Saturday night. For rodeo details visit www.tristaterodeo.org/.
Stampede Fun Run is set for Saturday, September 6th. This is a (5K) 3.1 mile run/walk for adults and a Youth Run (12 and under) ½ mile run/walk. Both events begin at 7:45 A.M. with registration at 7 A.M. in Central Park. This event is sponsored by the Fort Madison Family YMCA and all proceeds go towards funding programs at the YMCA. For more details and a registration form visit www.tristaterodeo.org/stampede-fun-run.
Siege of 1812 Weekend in Fort Madison, IA. Held on September 6th and 7th from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. in Riverview Park on Avenue H in Fort Madison. Buck skinners, mountain men, Indians, traders and craftsmen will descend upon Riverview Park and camp around the walls of the Old Fort on Rodeo Weekend to hawk their wares and spin some yarns. Re-enactors will recreate the War of 1812 siege of the fort with simulated battles. A frontier rendezvous will give visitors a glimpse into what the fort was like as a "factory" trading post.
The 92nd Annual Mexican Fiesta will be held on September 10th through September 14th. Located at 34th Street and Avenue Q, the Fiesta is a family fun event that includes street dancing, carnival rides, authentic Mexican food, live bands, and traditional folk dancing just to name a few of the activities for this 3 day celebration of Mexico's independence. Everyone is welcome!
Annual Fall Festival - Mark your calendar for the Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 20th at the Railroad Park in Donnellson, IA. A wonderful, family-oriented festival. The festival starts with a free a pancake breakfast. Activities at Railroad Park include games, an apple-peeling contest, tours of the Depot, a Craft Alley, a water fight competition, a basketball contest, a car show, tractors, and much, much more for the young and the young at heart. Musical entertainment also featured during the day and into the evening. Also featured are a city-wide scarecrow contest and an apple exhibit from Apple Berry Orchards. Come out and enjoy a beautiful fall September day! This event is FREE and open to the public.
Art in Central Park will be held on Sunday, September 21st from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. at the park on 9th Street and Avenue E in Fort Madison. This annual art event is held in Fort Madison's historic Central Park, which encompasses a picturesque bandstand, a lovely fountain, and shaded lawns. This setting provides a wonderful atmosphere for the public to enjoy art, entertainment, and other activities. In addition to the artists that will be displaying their wares in almost every medium are a number who will be providing demonstrations as well. The Fort Madison Area Arts Association will be providing a wide range of refreshments. This event is FREE and open to the public.
North Lee County Relay for Life will be held on Friday, September 26th from 6 P.M. to Midnight at the FMHS track. The opening ceremony brings everyone together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. There is a Survivors Lap as the cancer survivors walk one lap around the track to upbeat music as other participants cheer them on. There is also a Caregivers Lap for those who have cared for someone with cancer. The Luminaria Ceremony will take place after dark. This is a time to remember people who have lost the battle to cancer, support people who are currently battling cancer and to honor people that have fought cancer in the past. This ceremony provides an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.