Events & Programs

The Oskaloosa area is home to numerous events and programs. For a complete list, check out the Everything Mahaska calendar, featuring sporting events, club and organization meetings, and school activities. This brochure is our calendar of events that includes more highlighted upcoming events.  Submit your event by email.

Annual Events

Programs

Featured Events

February 26
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Russell Wildlife Area
Monday, February 26 at 6 pm.  We appreciate our volunteers!  If you have volunteered with the Mahaska County Conservation Board this last year, we want to thank you for taking time to help us and for sharing your talents. We want to treat you to a very special program and dinner.  There is no cost for the meal, but reservations are needed.  Please call MCCB at (641)673-9327 or email decook@mahaskacounty.org to make your reservations. 
 
 
February 26
From Seed to Table
ISU Extension Office
Webinar at Noon and 6:30 pm, presented by Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist, and Caitlin Szymanski, local foods program coordinator, with ISU Extension and Outreach. Learn tips for starting vegetable seeds and growing transplants. Also get to know local food system resources in Iowa.  For more information contact ISU Extension at 641-673-5841.

March 6
Unconventional Fruit and Nut Crops
ISU Extension Office
Mahaska County Master Gardeners have hosted a speaker/education series since 2005. These presentations are open to the public; there is no fee to attend. Prior registration is NOT required. Anyone who is interested in the topic is encouraged to attend. The 2018 offerings include:

Unconventional Fruit and Nut Crops by Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farms on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm
Your Backyard is for the Birds Learn from Devon Dietz, Linn County Master Gardener on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating; come learn from Slow Food member Treva Reimer on Saturday, March 17 at 10 am.
Produce Basics Learn how to store, clean, prepare, and preserve various fresh fruits and vegetables (produce you grow or purchase this growing season) from Sarah Spouse, Human Science Specialist on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm.
For more information contact Suzette Striegel.
March 9
Mahaska County 4-H & FFA Gala
ISU Extension Office
Please support Mahaska County 4-H & FFA Gala by attending the 7th Annual Fair Gala, Friday, March 9 at 6 pm.  A meal will be offered for free will donations.  A silent auction of various donated items and a Live Pie & Cheesecake auction will be held to benefit 4-H & FFA youth shows at the 2018 Southern Iowa Fair. To RSVP or donate items, please call 641.673.5841 or email vermeera@iastate.edu.
March 10
Eggs & Issues
Smokey Row, Oskaloosa
Legislative forum sponsored by OACDG is held at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa on the Square, Mar. 10, Mar. 24 at 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  Call 641.672.2591.
March 10
Mom Prom
Penn Central Mall
Mom Prom fundraiser benefiting the Oskaloosa Band Program.  Enjoy an adult only evening with dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, silent auction and dancing from 7 - 10 pm March 10.  Cost is $30 per person. Purchase tickets by March 5th at Oskaloosa Hy-Vee, Legacy Real-Estate, Envy Hair Studio or Osky Spirit Store. For more information visit Mom Prom Event 
March 10
Joseph Hall's Elvis: Rock N Remember
George Daily Auditorium
Joseph Hall's Elvis: Rock 'n' Remember
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Adults $22, Students $10

Elvis is in the building! Joseph Hall has the look, the voice, the charm, and the moves to take us back to a time when fans fell in love with the high spirited Elvis Presley. His show will take you through a journey of Elvis hits from rock 'n' roll, country, pop, rhythm and blues, and gospel. Joseph Hall has been officially recognized as one of the top tribute artists in the world and was a finalist on America's Got Talent.

Sponsored by C.L. Barnhouse

For tickets or more information, visit www.georgedaily.org, call (641) 672-0799, or email tickets@georgedaily.org.
March 12
Maker Monday Workshops
ISU Extension Office
Making Monday Workshop 5-6 pm at ISU Extension Office.  Making using Technology II.  3D printing, virtual reality, more with cublets and 3D pens.  This is opne to anyone in 4th-12th Grade.  RSVP is required by calling 641.673.5841 or emailing vermeerA@iastate.edu.

March 13
Your Backyard is for the Birds
ISU Extension Office
Mahaska County Master Gardeners have hosted a speaker/education series since 2005. These presentations are open to the public; there is no fee to attend. Prior registration is NOT required. Anyone who is interested in the topic is encouraged to attend. The 2018 offerings include:

Unconventional Fruit and Nut Crops by Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farms on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm
Your Backyard is for the Birds Learn from Devon Dietz, Linn County Master Gardener on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating; come learn from Slow Food member Treva Reimer on Saturday, March 17 at 10 am.
Produce Basics Learn how to store, clean, prepare, and preserve various fresh fruits and vegetables (produce you grow or purchase this growing season) from Sarah Spouse, Human Science Specialist on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm.
For more information contact Suzette Striegel
March 15
Portion Distortion
YMCA
Mahaska Health Partnership and the Mahaska County YMCA has joined together to offer a wellness topic series.  On alternating Thursdays at lunchtime, health professionals will speak on health and wellness topics at the Y. This event is free to the public.  A Y membership is not required.  Soup is provided free of charge by MHP.  Call the Mahaska County YMCA at 641.673.841, click here to view the informational flyer, RSVP to Lea Rice, 641.672.3303.

TOPICS & DATES: March 15, Portion Distortion; March 29, Hypertension; April 12, Healthy Sleep; April 26, Stop Diabetes in its Tracks.
March 17
Slow Food is an idea
ISU Extension Office
Mahaska County Master Gardeners have hosted a speaker/education series since 2005. These presentations are open to the public; there is no fee to attend. Prior registration is NOT required. Anyone who is interested in the topic is encouraged to attend. The 2018 offerings include:

Unconventional Fruit and Nut Crops by Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farms on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm
Your Backyard is for the Birds Learn from Devon Dietz, Linn County Master Gardener on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating; come learn from Slow Food member Treva Reimer on Saturday, March 17 at 10 am.
Produce Basics Learn how to store, clean, prepare, and preserve various fresh fruits and vegetables (produce you grow or purchase this growing season) from Sarah Spouse, Human Science Specialist on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm.
For more information contact Suzette Striegel
March 23
This Is How We Roll
Mahaska Bowl
Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. and Christian Opportunity Center are excited to announce the third annual, This is How We Roll event. This is the seventh year the two organizations have collaborated on this fundraiser (previously known as Ten Pin Turkey Roll). The event will take place Friday, March 23, 2018 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Mahaska Bowl in Oskaloosa. For more information or to be a sponsor contact Amy Zuck at COC 641.682.1162 or Elana Morrow at Imagine the Possibilities 641.673.3459.

March 24
Eggs & Issues
Smokey Row, Oskaloosa
Legislative forum sponsored by OACDG is held at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa on the Square,Mar. 24 at 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  Call 641.672.2591.
March 27
Produce Basics
ISU Extension Office
Mahaska County Master Gardeners have hosted a speaker/education series since 2005. These presentations are open to the public; there is no fee to attend. Prior registration is NOT required. Anyone who is interested in the topic is encouraged to attend. The 2018 offerings include:

Unconventional Fruit and Nut Crops by Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farms on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm
Your Backyard is for the Birds Learn from Devon Dietz, Linn County Master Gardener on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating; come learn from Slow Food member Treva Reimer on Saturday, March 17 at 10 am.
Produce Basics Learn how to store, clean, prepare, and preserve various fresh fruits and vegetables (produce you grow or purchase this growing season) from Sarah Spouse, Human Science Specialist on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm.
For more information contact Suzette Striegel
March 29
Hypertension
YMCA
Mahaska Health Partnership and the Mahaska County YMCA has joined together to offer a wellness topic series.  On alternating Thursdays at lunchtime, health professionals will speak on health and wellness topics at the Y. This event is free to the public.  A Y membership is not required.  Soup is provided free of charge by MHP.  Call the Mahaska County YMCA at 641.673.841, click here to view the informational flyer, RSVP to Lea Rice, 641.672.3303.

TOPICS & DATES: March 15, Portion Distortion; March 29, Hypertension; April 12, Healthy Sleep; April 26, Stop Diabetes in its Tracks.
March 29
Leaders Speak Series
William Penn University
Oskaloosa native, Dalton Shaull, will be presenting about his inspiration and journey to creating HealthTech Solutions on Thursday, March 29th at 6:00 pm at William Penn University. The IT start-up focuses on enhancing communication between organ procurement centers, organ transplant centers and clinicians; their technology landed him and his partner, Eric Pahl, on Forbes Magazine's prestigious "30 under 30" list for 2018.  For more information contact William Penn University at 641.676.3400.
March 31
Pheasants Forever Banquet
Penn Central Mall

April 10
Leaders Speak Series
William Penn University
Oskaloosa native, Matthew Rooda, will be presenting on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00 pm at William Penn University and will share the experiences he has had as an entrepreneur. Rooda Co-founded SwineTech, Inc, which is an Iowa based company, located in New Sharon and is striving to be a leading producer of monitor systems for sow farms in the pork industry. This project landed Rooda and his partner on Forbes Magazine's prestigious "30 under 30" list for 2018.  For more information contact William Penn University at 641.676.3400.
April 12
Healthy Sleep
YMCA
Mahaska Health Partnership and the Mahaska County YMCA has joined together to offer a wellness topic series.  On alternating Thursdays at lunchtime, health professionals will speak on health and wellness topics at the Y. This event is free to the public.  A Y membership is not required.  Soup is provided free of charge by MHP.  Call the Mahaska County YMCA at 641.673.841, click here to view the informational flyer, RSVP to Lea Rice, 641.672.3303.

TOPICS & DATES: March 15, Portion Distortion; March 29, Hypertension; April 12, Healthy Sleep; April 26, Stop Diabetes in its Tracks.
April 14
Going To The Dogs
Debbie's Celebration Barn
A fundraiser for the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter will be held Saturday, April 14 from 4:00 pm - 12:00 am.  Admission is $20 donation. Dogs on Skis live on stage from 7:30 - 11:30 pm.  Silent Auction, Pet Pictures, and Catered food.  Watch for more details or contact 641.673.4982.
April 14
Passport to the Arts
Oskaloosa Art Center
Come celebrate Arts in April! Enjoy a bus tour of and last look at our 2017-2018 Oskaloosa Sculpture Tour sculptures. Conclude the evening at the Oskaloosa Art Center for dinner and music. This is a ticketed event. Please contact the Oskaloosa Art Center to make reservations. 641)676-4694 or email faceofmahaska@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more details.
April 16
Maker Monday Workshops
ISU Extension Office
Maker Monday Workshop 5-6 pm at ISU Extension Office. Making for your health.  DIY first aid kit and sanitizer.  RSVP is required by calling 641.673.5841 or email vermeera@iastate.edu.  This is open to anyone 4th-12th grade.

April 24
Leaders Speak Series
William Penn University
Jeremy Van Wyk will be presenting "Serving Our Youngest Heroes: The Army National Guard Child and Youth Services Program" on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00 pm at William Penn University. Van Wyk's presentation will be about the unique challenges military-connected youth face and how the Army National Guard ensures those individuals have the support necessary to remain resilient in the face of adversity.  For more information contact William Penn University at 641.676.3400.
April 26
Stop Diabetes in it's Tracks
YMCA
Mahaska Health Partnership and the Mahaska County YMCA has joined together to offer a wellness topic series.  On alternating Thursdays at lunchtime, health professionals will speak on health and wellness topics at the Y. This event is free to the public.  A Y membership is not required.  Soup is provided free of charge by MHP.  Call the Mahaska County YMCA at 641.673.841, click here to view the informational flyer, RSVP to Lea Rice, 641.672.3303.

TOPICS & DATES: March 15, Portion Distortion; March 29, Hypertension; April 12, Healthy Sleep; April 26, Stop Diabetes in its Tracks.
April 28
Fall in Love With Junk
Downtown Square
Love Junk Flea Market, downtown Oskaloosa 10 am - 6 pm.  For more information call 641.673.7004.
May 3 - 5
Pella Tulip Time
Pella Iowa
Pella, just 15 miles from Oskaloosa, hosts this annual event with parades, great food, and tons of activities.  After visiting Oskaloosa, stop by Pella.  Call 641.628.2626.
May 5
William Penn University Graduation Ceremony
William Penn University
The traditional and CWA students' ceremony will take place in the Penn Activity Center. Call 641.673.1001.
May 6
The Garden Circus
Southern Iowa Fairgrounds
Call 641.672.7004
May 10
OACDG Annual Awards Banquet
William Penn Cafeteria
OACDG Annual Meeting to be held at William Penn Cafeteria, 5:00 - 6:30 social hour followed by dinner, awards, and dessert auction.  Call 641.672.2591 for tickets or to nominate award recipients.
May 11
OACDG Scholarship Golf Tournament
Edmundson Golf Course
OACDG Scholarship Golf Tournament is set for Friday, May 11 with registration beginning at 9 am and shot-gun start at 10 am at Edmundson Golf.  Call 641.672.2591 to register your team NOW.
May 11 - 12
Redneck Rally Show
Southern Iowa Fairgrounds
Two day Redneck Rally show at Southern Iowa Fairgrounds.  Call 641.672.7004
May 14
Maker Monday Workshops
ISU Extension Office
Making by Upcycling 5-6 pm at ISU Extension Office.  Making new items out of old clothes, take home your creation.  RSVP is required by calling 641.673.5841 or email vermeera@iastate.edu.  This is open to anyone in 4th-12th grade.
June 1
Friday After Five
The Downtown Square
The event begins at 5 pm and goes until 10 pm. Sponsored by the Commerce Committee of the OACDG. Enjoy live music by Standing Hampton.
June 4
Rollin Oldies Car Show
Community 1st Credit Union
Enjoy a magnificent display hosted by Rollin' Oldies Car Club.  Friday, June 4 starting at 5:30 pm.  For more information contact John Ryken 641.673.4944 or visit Facebook
June 8
Main Street's Art on the Square
Downtown Oskaloosa
50th Annual Main Street's Art on the Square will be held Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2018.  This juried art show and sale from 10 am to 4 pm includes children's activities, food vendors and more! Call 641.672.2591 for more information.  Purchase raffle tickets for chance to win. Event will be in the historic square. Rain will bring the show to Penn Central Mall.
June 9
Knots, Loops, and other Twisted Crafts
Nelson Pioneer Farm
Knots, Loops, and twisted crafts at Nelson Pioneer Farm 12-4 pm.  Call 641.672.2989
June 15
Friday After Five
Downtown Square
The event begins at 5 PM and goes until 10 PM.  Sponsored by OACDG and the Commerce Committee.  Enjoy live music by The Nadas.
July 2
Rollin Oldies Car Show
Community 1st Credit Union
Enjoy a magnificent display hosted by Rollin' Oldies Car Club.  Friday, June 4 starting at 5:30 pm.  For more information contact John Ryken 641.673.4944 or visit Facebook
July 6
Friday After Five - Bandstand and Bikes
The Downtown Square
The event begins at 5 pm and goes until 10 pm. Sponsored by the Commerce Committee of the OACDG. Enjoy live music by Rich Webster Band. 
July 10 - 15
Windjammers Unlimited Inc
Oskaloosa
Windjammers Unlimited is an organization dedicated to the preservation and performance of traditional circus music. Musicians from all over the US will travel here July 10-15.  There will be two free performances on Friday, July 13 at the bandstand and Saturday, July 14 in the afternoon at George Daily.  The event is sponsored by C.L Barnhouse, for more information call 641.673.8397.
July 14
Christmas in July
The Square
 Event to raise money for maintain Christmas lights in the downtown area. Event includes Children's crafts and family games from 11 - 3, Interactive Murder Mystery from 2-4 pm, Reception for Steve Bell 3-5 pm, Bags Tournament at 5:30 pm, beverage garden, and live entertainment from 5 - 11 pm. SEE YOU THERE! Sponsored by Main Street Oskaloosa.
July 16 - 21
Southern Iowa Fair
Fairgrounds, Oskaloosa
For a full schedule visit Southern Iowa Fair.
Harness Races - Sunday, July 16 @ 12:30 PM
Gospel Concert - Sunday, July 16 7:30 PM
Harness Races - Monday, July 17 @ 12:30 PM
Archery - Monday, July 17 @ 5-6 PM
Queen Contest - Monday, July 17 @ 6:00 PM
Hunter McAninch Band - Monday, July 17 @ 7:00 pm
Carnival - Tuesday, July 18
IMCA Races - Tuesday, July 18 @ 7:00 PM
IMCA Races - Wednesday, July 19 @ 7:00 PM
Figure 8 Races - Thursday, July 20 @ 7:00 PM
Redneck Rally Race - Friday, July 21 @ 8:00 PM
Antique Tractor Pull - Saturday, July 22 @ 10:00 AM
Hawkeye Kids Pedal Pull - Saturday, July 22 @11:30 AM
Demo Derby - Saturday, July 22 @ 7:00 PM
For more information contact the Southern Iowa Fair at 641.673.7004 or Website
July 26
Main Street's Sweet Corn Serenade
Downtown Oskaloosa
Event is in the Oskaloosa Square from noon to 9 pm. It includes a craft & product show, live music, children's activities, pie baking contest, sweet corn, burger, pie, ice cream and MORE! Call 641.672.2591 Full list of events coming soon.

Food, Craft, & Product Vendors........Noon-9:00 pm
Sweet Corn & Beef Burgers..............4:00pm-Until we run out
Beef burgers by Mahaska County Cattlemen's Association. Meal-$5
Kid's Activities..............................4:00 pm
Fun with YMCA, Community 1st Train rides, Balloons by Terrific Tom,
Giant Slide, and Farm Bureau Agriculture Exhibit! 
Hawkeye Pedal Pull (ages 3-11).............6:00 pm
Registration 5:30-6 pm only! Sponsors: 
Pie Baking Contest ................................5:30 pm
Register at 5 at Bandstand. Two pies, one for contest and one to sell (fruit pie only, no cream pies).
Live Music.............5:30-7:30 pm
Municipal Band........................................8:00 pm
July 27
Rollin' Oldies Car Show
Downtown Oskaloosa
Enjoy a magnificent car display Friday, July 27 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Community 1st hosted by the Rollin' Oldies Car Club. Saturday, July 28 enjoy the car display in downtown Oskaloosa from 9 am - 3 pm.  For more info call John Ryken 641.660.0512.
July 29
Drum Corps Mid-American
Lacey Stadium
Enjoy eight drum corps competing this year.  Six of the best from last year.  Sponsored by William Penn Athletic Band.  Starting at 7 pm at Lacey Stadium.

August 3 - 4
Tax Free Shopping
Oskaloosa
Enjoy a weekend of Tax free shopping.
August 3
Friday After Five
Oskaloosa Downtown Square
Begins in Downtown Oskaloosa, 5-10 pm. Enjoy live music by Fatal Addiction.
August 4 - 6
Dog Hollow Rendezvous
Nelson Pioneer Farms
An 1840 encampment at Nelson Pioneer Farms features hawk & knife throw, bow shoot, skillet toss, rolling pin toss, games for men, women, and kids, candy canon, and MORE all at the Pioneer Farm. Call 641.295.0612, email walkman@mahaska.org or call Pioneer Farm at 641.672.2989.
August 6
Rollin Oldies Graffiti Nights Rock & Roll
Community 1st Credit Union, 1311 A Ave. West, Oskaloosa

Rock & Roll Music, Food, and Door Prizes. Mahaska County Cattlemen's Association will be on site serving sandwiches. Trophy Pick & Door Prizes Will Be Awarded Each Night. Start Time is 5:30 PM. For more info call John Ryken 641.660.0512

September 3
Rollin Oldies Car Show
Community 1st Credit Union
Enjoy a magnificent display hosted by Rollin' Oldies Car Club.  Friday, June 4 starting at 5:30 pm.  For more information contact John Ryken 641.673.4944 or visit Facebook
September 8
Love Junk Flea Market
Downtown Oskaloosa
Come September 8  from 10am-6pm in Oskaloosa for the fall show of Love Junk Flea Market. Here you can expect to find vintage, antique, handcrafted, repurposed and art vendors. Have what is listed? For more information Contact lovejunkfm@yahoo.com or 641.673.7004.
September 15
Nelson Pioneer Farm Festival
Nelson Pioneer Farms
Tour a complete pioneer farm community & museum located 2 miles east of Hwy 63 N., 9:30am-4pm, at this annual event including country dinner, horse-drawn vehicles, vintage cars, parade, old-fashioned fiddling contest, & over 30 craftsmen demonstrating pioneer skills. $5 for adults.For more information call Mahaska Historical Society at 641.672.2989
October 30
Main Street's Trick or Treat Parade
Downtown Oskaloosa
Costumed children, parade in the downtown square, and events at Penn Central Mall. Starts at Bandstand at 4pm. Call 641-672-2591.

November 26
Main Street's Young Ambassador Crowning
Penn Central Mall
Main Street's Young Ambassador Crowning: 6 pm at the Penn Central Mall. Call 641.672.2591.
Participants may enter up to Oct. 23. 
November 29
Holiday Market and Show
Penn Central Mall & the Oskaloosa Square
Event Starts at noon with a Holiday Market and a Festival of Trees Silent Auction in the Penn Central Mall. From 4-6 pm will also include gospel music, children's activities, train rides, Santa and Friends, and more. Gospel music will continue to 6:30 pm . Go to the square for the magnificent PAINTING WITH LIGHTS at 7 pm followed immediately by the Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade. Return to the warmth of the Mall after the parade for more gospel music (sponsored by Bank Iowa) at 8:30 pm Parade awards and tree auction results are set for 9:30 pm in the mall following the concert. 
November 29
Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade
Historic Downtown Oskaloosa
Main Street's Annual Christmas Parade: Marches through historic downtown Oskaloosa (Thursday only). Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer! Enjoy concessions, music, and more. Parade starts at 7:00 pm.
November 30
16th Year Main Street Holiday Luncheon & Show
The Peppertree
Main Street Holiday Luncheon & Show from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at The Peppertree, Highway 63 North. Sponsored by Oskaloosa Main Street. Call 641-672-2591 for ticket information and reservations. Deadline Nov. 28.
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