Events & Programs

The Oskaloosa area is home to numerous events and programs. For a complete list, check out the Team 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.

Annual Events

Programs

Featured Events

July 22
Business Before Hours
Southern Iowa Fair Pavilion

Pancakes,
sausages and beverages will be served beginning at 6:30 am, with the Buyers’
Auction starting at 8 am. 

July 24
Home Base Iowa
Downtown Oskaloosa Bandstand
Downtown Bandstand. Home Base Iowa provides veterans and transitioning service members with opportunities for a successful transition to Iowa. Join us as we welcome Lt Governor Gregg.
July 24
Urban Tree Selection

Presented by Gabbi Edwards, urban forestry specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Build your skills to make recommendations about tree species selection and
explore urban considerations for site selection and tree maintenance.

The Mahaska County Master Gardeners with Iowa Master Gardener
and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host three Growing Season
webcasts this summer.  The two-hour webcasts will be shown at Mahaska
County ISU Extension and Outreach County office; 212 North I Street Oskaloosa. 

For more information about this or other horticulture programming, please contact
the Mahaska County Extension office 641-673-5841; striegel@iastate.edu; or www.extension.iastate.edu

July 25
Laura's Day
Nelson Pioneer Farm
Weave a small basket. For more information contact 641-672-2989 or curator@nelsonpioneer.org, Facebook
July 25
Summer Programs
Russell Wildlife Area
Enjoy Dutch Oven Cooking, Bowfishing Basics, Great American Solar Eclipse, and more.  To see all events and details on pre- registering contact Russell Wildlife at 641-673-9327 or view Events
July 26
Laura's Day
Nelson Pioneer Farm
Graces and Croquet.  Decorate your own graces hoop and enjoy playing.  For more information contact 641-672-2989 or curator@nelsonpioneer.org or Facebook
July 27
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 For full list of events: Sweet Corn Serenade 2017

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: McKim Tractors & DuraCrop
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 Marshall County Hangmen Sponsored by Bank Iowa
Municipal Band........................................8:00 pm
July 27
Laura's Day
Nelson Pioneer Farm
Hand crank ice cream and pop popcorn.  For more information contact 641-672-2989 or curator@nelsonpioneer.org or Facebook.
July 28
Operation Back Pack Stuff the Bus
HyVee Parking Lot

For more information contact United Way of Mahaska
County at 
(641)673-6043 or by email at uwmc.intern@gmail.com

July 28
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

July 29
Rollin' Oldies Car Show
Downtown Oskaloosa
Enjoy a magnificent car display Saturday 29th from 9 am - 5 pm in downtown Oskaloosa hosted by the Rollin' Oldies Car Club. Graffiti Night will be held on Friday from 5:30-8:30 pm  For more info call John Ryken 641.660.0512.
July 30
National Picnic Month
Edmundson Park
Enjoy pinata breaking, icy water games, obstacle course and frisbee golf, and picnic areas from 4-7 pm.
July 31
Gardening with Youth

Presented
by Chelsea Krist, FoodCorps. The FoodCorps program engages kids in school
gardens to build healthy eating habits. The course will teach best practices
for gardening with children.

The
Mahaska County Master Gardeners with Iowa Master Gardener
and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host three Growing Season
webcasts this summer.  The two-hour webcasts will be shown at Mahaska
County ISU Extension and Outreach County office; 212 North I Street Oskaloosa. 

For
more information about this or other horticulture programming, please contact
the Mahaska County Extension office 641-673-5841; striegel@iastate.edu; or www.extension.iastate.edu

August 3
YMCA Back to school Bash
Oskaloosa YMCA

YMCA Back to School Bash. 
Free to the public.  For more
information contact 641-673-8411.

August 4
Friday After Five
Oskaloosa Downtown Square
Begins in Downtown Oskaloosa, 5-10 pm. Enjoy live music from Cody Hicks.
August 5
Run in the Sun 5K or 1-mile walk
Lacey Stadium
Proceeds go to Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House. Register at www.mahaskahealth.org by Mon. July 11. Call 641-672-3369.
August 5 - 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 8
Landscaping for Wildlife

Presented
by Adam Janke, assistant professor and extension wildlife specialist with ISU
Extension and Outreach. Learn simple steps to bring landscaping alive with
birds, butterflies and more. It will also explore ways to beautify the yard and
provide critical habitats for migratory and resident birds.

The
Mahaska County Master Gardeners with Iowa Master Gardener
and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host three Growing Season
webcasts this summer.  The two-hour webcasts will be shown at Mahaska
County ISU Extension and Outreach County office; 212 North I Street Oskaloosa. 

For
more information about this or other horticulture programming, please contact
the Mahaska County Extension office 641-673-5841; striegel@iastate.edu; or www.extension.iastate.edu

August 9
Mississippi Valley Blood Drive
Interpower Corperation Oskaloosa

These drives are subject to change.  To schedule an appointment for any of the following drives, call the Blood Center at
800-452-1097 or visit
www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

August 9
Mississippi Valley Blood Drive
New Sharon
New Sharon City Park Building.  These drives are subject to change.  To schedule an appointment for any of the following drives, call the Blood Center at 800-452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

August 10
Mississippi Valley Blood Drive
Kiwanis Club Penn Central Mall Oskaloosa

These drives are subject to change.  To schedule an appointment for any of the following drives, call the Blood Center at 800-452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

August 11
Celebrate George Daily 20th Anniversary
George Daily Auditorium
For more information contact Allison McGuire at 641-672-3795 or music@georgedaily.org
August 11
Mississippi Valley Blood Drive
Mahaska Health Partnership

These drives are subject to change.  To schedule an appointment for any of the following drives, call the Blood Center at 800-452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

August 23
IMCA Championship Race
Southern Iowa Fairgrounds
For information call 641-673-7004
August 24
Welcome Week William Penn University
William Penn University PAC
For information please contact Hailey Brown, at      641-673-1078 or email at brownhe@wmpenn.edu.

August 26
Rodeo
Sourthern Iowa Fairgrounds

August 30
William Penn University Homecoming
William Penn University

September 16
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
September 30
Stephens Memorial Animal Shelter K-9 5K
Lacey Complex
Registration at 8:30 am, race at 10:30.  Register at http://smas.mahaska.net
October 5 - 8
AAUW Book Sale
Penn Central Mall
Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 5-Oct. 8 sale at Penn Central Mall. Donated books can be brought to Share Iowa. Call 641.673.9414 or 641.673.7864.
October 13 - 14
Osky Fall Challenge
Southern Iowa Speedway
Races at Iowa Southern Fairgrounds. For more information on this events please call, 641-673-7004.
October 14
Love Junk Flea Market
Southern Iowa Fairgrounds
Downtown Oskaloosa. Email lovejunkfm@yahoo.com for more information regarding this event.
October 21
Haunted Village
Nelson Pioneer Farm
Nelson Pioneer Farm. 641.672.2989
October 31
Main Street's Trick or Treat Parade
Downtown Oskaloosa
Costumed children, parade in the downtown square, and events at Penn Central Mall. Bandstand at 4pm. Call 641-672-2591.

October 31
City-wide Trick or Treat
Oskaloosa, Iowa
City-wide Trick or Treat is from 6-8 pm in Oskaloosa on the 31th. Be SAFE!
November 9
Job Fair
Penn Central Mall

November 18
Penn Central Railroad Club Train Show & Open House
Penn Central Mall, Oskaloosa
Train Show and Open House is from 9:30 am - 3 pm in the Mall, just 1 block west of the Oskaloosa Square. Fun for the whole family! Free Admission! For more info call Bill Ludwick, 641.660.3442 or ludwick2@mahaska.org. 
November 27
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. Voting is Nov. 1-30.
November 30
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, "30 years of Christmas". 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 30
Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade
Historic Downtown Oskaloosa
Main Street's Annual Christmas Parade: 30 years of Christmas Past, is the theme for the parade that will march 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.
December 1
15th 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.
December 2
Holiday Tour of Homes
Oskaloosa
Tickets available at Book Vault, Mahaska Drug and the Chamber.
December 15
Old Time Country Christmas
Nelson Pioneer Farm
5-8 pm. Music, fun, crafts, and an old-fashioned celebration at Nelson Pioneer Farm.  Call 641.672.2989 
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