The Real MainStream‘s picks for progressive events throughout Iowa


Sun. Sept. 8, Fall Festival at Lime Creek Nature Center: Canoeing, air rifles, archery, nature challenge, trail tram rides, live critter presentation, monarch butterfly tagging, and more! 8:30 am -2:30 pm, registration is required. Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd, Mason City.

Sun., Sept. 8, Stone Soul Picnic: Annual event to raise awareness for childhood hunger in Northeast Iowa, donations encouraged. Gateway Park, Lincoln Street and N Main, Cedar Falls Find on!

Sat., Oct. 12, NIACC STEM Festival: Free! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math hands on activities for families. 1–4pmNorth Iowa Area Community College,. 500 College Dr. Mason City. Find on!


Sat. Sept. 7, Untangling the Roots – Exhibit Opening: A look at the history and culture that has defined standards of beauty for African American hair from pre-slavery Western African tribes to the 21st century. 10am-4pm, African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids. FInd on FB!

Sat. Sept 7, 8:30 am- Sun. Sept. 8, 4:30 pm, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): Interactive workshop in suicide first aid. 1105 S Gilbert Ct, Iowa City.

Sun. Sept. 8, 2019 Dog Paddle: Once-a-year opportunity for your dogs to dip in the city pool! $10-15. City Park Pool, 200 E. Park Rd, Iowa City.


Sun. Sept., 8, Bruguier’s Cabin Tours: Special group tours for clubs and organizations. Call tour coordinator at 712-490-6506. Riverside Park, 1301 Riverside Blvd, Sioux City.

Fri., Sept. 6, True stories, poetry + live music: Connect with your community and come hear true stories told on stage based on the theme: Fish Out of Water. 7-9pm. The Marquee, 1225 4th St, Sioux City, IA.


Sat.-Sun. Sept. 7-8, 2019 River Bend Neighborhood Annual Home Tour: Glimpse into highlight homes and gardens. $5-15, 400 Franklin Ave.,Des Moines.

Tues, Sept. 10, Social Distortion & Flogging Molly: Rock bands with Celtic flair. 5:30-11 pm, Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines.

Thurs. Sept. 12, S.T.E.M. at the Zoo: Night at the zoo to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 5:30-7:30pm, Free-must register, Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines.

Sat., Sept. 14, Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show: No cheesy costumes and no recited campy dialogue 6-9pm, $62, Embassy Suites, 101 E Locust St, Des Moines.


Thurs., Sept. 12, Plein Air Painting Event: Capture the beauty of Greater Burlington and pursue the Art Center’s first Plein Air Painting Event during Burlington Heritage Days.Noon-3pm. Art Center of Burlington. 301 Jefferson St #1, Burlington.

Fri., Sept. 13, Family Night Unplugged: Star Stuff!: Storytelling inside of our inflatable planetarium, with a guest from the Southeast Iowa Astronomy Club. 5:30-7 pm, Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St, Burlington.

Tues. Sept. 10, Beer, Food and Feud: Games by DJ Shane. 7-9pm. Full Fledged Brewing Company, 40 Arena Way Suite 2, Council Bluffs.