August 3, 2018: First Friday Concert
“First Fridays" Concert Series will be held in the north shelter area at Winterset City Park on the first Friday evening in the months of June, July, and August. These events are free to attend. Hot food will be available for sale, as well as beer, wine coolers, and bottled water. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 pm, and live music begins at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, relax on the gently sloping hillside, and enjoy summer under the stars! August's event is sponsored by Bridges Financial Associates, Inc., and features live music from Work Day Cure.
August 3 and 4, 2018: Hinterland Music Festival
Two days of music curated for all who love both music and the great outdoors. This annual festival features a blend of live music, camping, art, craft and food vendors, family activities and more. Held at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles.
September 15 & 16, 2018: Where Madison County Creates
Local artists team up to bring you live demonstrations and original artwork of all kinds, all around the community!
October 13 & 14, 2018: Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
We invite you to visit the 2017 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival on October 14th & 15th to experience the world famous covered bridges, crafts and old-time demonstrations, annual quilt and car shows, cowboys from the wild west, continuous entertainment, family fun — and the many people and places that make it a very special place to visit and a beautiful place to call “home.”
November 23, 2018: Festival of Lights
Kick off the holiday season with a visit from Santa Claus, lighted Christmas parade, live music, and more!
November 24, 2018: Small Business Saturday
Shop Madison County this holiday season for a hometown shopping experience like none other. In Winterset, enjoy a pancake breakfast, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and take part in a community canned food and winter wear drive. Warm up with hot chocolate by the burn barrels, and take home fresh greenery and locally-made items!
December 13, 2018: "Lights, Christmas, Action" Downtown Winterset
From 5:00 to 7:00 pm, participating stores around Winterset’s courthouse square will have live and in-motion holiday window displays, plus extended hours for your holiday shopping needs. Shopping in pajamas is encouraged!
December 8, 2018: Children's Old Fashioned Christmas Party
From 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, come out to the Madison County Historical Complex for some fun with Santa Clause, photos, and cookie decorating. Complementary photos taken with Santa.
January, 2019 (Date TBA): Annual Meeting
& Awards Night Banquet
We're excited to welcome the membership to the 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Night Banquet at the Jackson Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds on Thursday, February 1! A scrumptious meal will be served by the catering team at Hy-Vee beginning at 6:00 p.m., and a fun, relaxing cocktail party will be featured prior to the dinner at 5:00 p.m. The program and awards presentation begins at 7:00 pm. Individual tickets are available NOW at the Chamber of Commerce office for $25, or you may purchase them online. Tickets at the door are $35. Be sure to bring a little extra cash for beer and wine, as well as a chance to play Heads and Tails for a special Iowa State Fair-themed prize - tickets to see Reba McEntire on Friday, August 10, plus entry into the fair, VIP parking, and food vouchers!
February, 2019 (Date TBA): Winterset Chocolate Walk
10am to 4pm
Participating businesses around Winterset’s courthouse square offer chocolate samples, shopping specials and more in celebration of Valentine’s Day. No registration required, just enjoy!
May, 2019 (Date TBA): Winterset Wine Walk
4pm to 7pm
One of our most popular events! Sample locally-made wine and enjoy shopping specials, prizes and more at participating businesses around Winterset’s town square. Participants may purchase a commemorative wine glass at the Chamber of Commerce. Click "View More" to purchase tickets.
Memorial Day Weekend, 2019: John Wayne Birthday Celebration
The John Wayne Birthplace & Museum has announced that legendary western performer Red Steagall will headline this year's John Wayne Birthday Celebration May 25 & 26! The weekend kicks off with a screening of "Red River"(1948) on May 25 at Winterset's historic Iowa Theater. Returning Celebration favorites on Saturday, May 26, will be Breakfast at the Firehouse and the Birthday Celebration's 5K Run/Walk, followed by an all-horse parade through picturesque Winterset. Wrapping up the celebration will be a Benefit Dinner featuring a musical performance by Red Steagall and an auction of John Wayne collectibles and memorabilia. For further information and reservations, click the View More link below or call 515-462-1044.
June, 2019 (Dates TBA): Women's Weekend in Winterset
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the first Women's Weekend in Winterset - a special weekend of classes, workshops, demos, entertainment, pampering, dining, shopping and more! Click here to download a printable schedule, or click the "View More" button to see the full lineup of events and online registration.
June, 2019 (Date TBA): Macksburg National Skillet Throw
Featuring a parade, pedal tractor pull, RC car demo, food and craft vendors, and of course, a skillet throw. Click to see the full lineup as it develops.
July 4, 2019: Freedom Fest, Earlham
Celebrate Independence Day in Earlham! Take part in a street dance, a parade, a pancake breakfast, tons of contest (including watermelon-eating and bubble gum blowing!), and fireworks, to name just a few. More details coming soon.
July, 2019 (Date TBA): First Friday Concert
“First Fridays" Concert Series will be held in the north shelter area at Winterset City Park on the first Friday evening in the months of June, July, and August. These events are free to attend. Hot food will be available for sale, as well as beer, wine coolers, and bottled water. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 pm, and live music begins at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, relax on the gently sloping hillside, and enjoy summer under the stars! July's event is sponsored by Lowe Chiropractic Clinic and Pine Creek, Ltd., and features live music from Malcolm Wells and the Two Timers.
July, 2019 (Date TBA): Old Settlers Days, St. Charles
The Old Settlers event celebrates family fun and community involvement. St. Charles, Iowa is proud of its heritage and traditions. Many Old Settlers worked hard to build this little community! Lots of family entertainment all weekend long, from Cow Pie Bingo to entertainment on the new Community Stage.