Events

From concerts to conventions to festivals, the Council Bluffs area is home to a variety of year-round activities for all ages. Search by keyword or browse all listings below.

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April 1 - October 1
12 AM to 12 AM
Dodge's Presidential Ties
Historic General Dodge House
In following our theme of "Dodge's Presidential Ties," beautiful antique dresses will be on display showcasing the eras of the First Ladies that served the country during General Dodge's life.

More Information: Contact: Historic General Dodge House | (712) 322-2406 | Website
April 1 - 30
Iowa State USBC Youth Association Tournament
Thunderbowl
Youth bowling competitors from across the state of Iowa will be participating in the annual Iowa State USBC Youth Association Tournament four weekends in April (1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th).

More Information: Contact: Iowa State USBC Youth Association | Website
April 25
10 AM to 11 AM
Money Smart AARP Teleconference
Council Bluffs Public Library
Don’t be fooled by imposter scams. AARP is hosting a statewide teletown hall call with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller about imposter scams including the "grandparent" and "IRS" scams.  Imposter scams have surpassed identity theft scams as a bigger threat to consumers according to the Federal Trade Commission.  Learn to identity the warning signs and how to protect yourself, your friends and your family from being a victim of these and other consumer scams.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
April 27 - 30
Midwest 8 Ball Championship
Mid-America Center
Thrill as pool players from the Midwest vie to reach the final table.

More Information: Contact: Midwest Tournament Association | Website
April 29
8 AM to 12 PM
The Naturalist School Spring Field Season: Session #5
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for the fifth session of the 2017 spring field season of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Be a part of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center. Session #5 will be held Saturday April 29th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Occasionally sessions may begin at 7:30 a.m. due to weather and phenology. Registered participants will received communication confirming session start time and location prior to each session.

The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center field sessions are for those who seek to deepen awareness of, commitment to, and engagement in citizen science, nature education and conservation in Iowa's Loess Hills and the surrounding ecosystems. These workshops are intended for adults who love nature and are committed to the study, conservation, and preservation of native ecosystems.

2017 Spring Field Season Dates:
Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 15th
Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, May 13th

Spring topics include woodland ecology, lepidopterans, odonates, pond ecology, breeding frogs and toads, migratory birds and early residents, woodland and early prairie flowers, woody plants, fungi, bryophytes, lichens, and other taxa and topics.

Cost for this event is $20.00 per person for each individual workshop or participants may register for the entire 7 week field season for a discounted admission rate of $85.00 per person. Pre-registration is required at least 5 days in advance of each session as space is limited. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

Students will want to bring food, water, binoculars, hand lenses, notebooks, and field guides as appropriate to the topic. Please note, The Naturalist School workshops require walking long distances over steep terrain and will take place rain or shine. Workshops may be physically challenging for participants.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
April 29
8 AM to 12 PM
Volunteer Field Day
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff as we hit the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center for a day of volunteer service. Get ready to make a difference!

Join us from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 29th as we support the land stewardship efforts of the Pottawattamie County Conservation Natural Areas Management department. This event will consist of a training session in the morning and then our volunteers and staff will head out into the park to do active restoration in a section of Hitchcock Nature Center. Staff will provide tools but feel free to bring bow saws or loppers if you have them. Please bring gloves, water & dress for the weather.

To ensure that we have proper staffing & supplies we are asking for you to register in advance for this event. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 to register by phone. For groups of 10 or more please call and register over the phone so we know you are coming.

All ages are welcome to attend this inclusive event but we will be traversing rough terrain and hiking is required. This event is perfect for families, civic groups, office service projects, & individuals looking for a way to get involved.

There is no fee for this event and participants DO NOT need to pay the $2.00 per vehicle daily fee or have an annual park permit. We appreciate your support!

This all ages event is human friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
April 29
9 AM to 2 PM
Unique Gift Galore Spring Bazaar
The Center
The bazaar is free and open to the public featuring lots of unique Mother's Day gifts. Interested in being a vendor? Simply use the contact information provided.

More Information: Contact: Barb | (712) 323-5995 x226
April 29
10 AM to 2 PM
2017 Anti-Gravity Games
Kanesville Arena - Iowa Western Community College
Watch more than 100 students from 16 high schools and community organization compete in the fifth annual Anti-Gravity Games by navigating homemade quadcopters through an obstacle course. Each team’s goal is to build their own quadcopter, with minimal supervision, and outperform competing schools in areas of design, navigation, control and speed. The event is a collaboration of Iowa Western Community College and Google with an aim to increase student awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields of study. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for attendees on a first come, first served basis.

More Information: (515) 224-8963 | jessicam@policyworksllc.com | Website
April 29
1 PM to 4 PM
Prairie Rescue Single Mingle
Hitchcock Nature Center
Have a love of the outdoors? Connect with other, like-minded individuals at this brand new volunteer event.

Adults are invited to join Hitchcock Nature Center staff for this brand new event aimed at connecting conservation minded individuals through volunteering. Attendees will be invited to mix and mingle as they perform volunteer service at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Individuals age 18 & over are invited to join us from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th as we support the land stewardship efforts of the Pottawattamie County Conservation Natural Areas Management department. This event will consist of a training session and volunteer hours in the field along with a chance to network and meet new individuals who may share your interest in the great outdoors. Staff will provide tools for use but feel free to bring bow saws or loppers if you have them. Please bring gloves, water, and dress for the weather.

To ensure that we have proper staffing and supplies we are asking you to register in advance for this event. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

This adult oriented event will include traversing rough terrain and hiking to our work location.

There is no fee for this event and participants DO NOT need to to pay the $2.00 per vehicle daily fee or have an annual park permit. We appreciate your support!

This event is human friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
April 30
2 PM to 3 PM
American Expirience Documentary Showings: Annie Oakley
Western Historic Trails Center
Annie Oakley was featured in the PBS “American Experience” documentary that audiences will be able to see, free of charge, at the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs. The episode will start at 2 pm on the 30th.

More Information: Contact: Christopher Blue | (712) 366-4900 | christopher.blue@iowa.gov | Website
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