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October Events in Siouxland for Kids & Families

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Every month I bring you the best things to do in Sioux City and Siouxland, from storytimes and crafts to music festivals, streaming concerts, and holidays from silly to serious. This month, some of the highlights include Fall Fest and Halloween. It's also a great month to visit our local apple orchard and pumpkin patches!  I hope this event list inspires you to go make some happy memories with your family this month!

in background, a pile of candy corn. in foreground, "October events for Siouxland Families"



  • Fri 10/1
    • 6-8pm: Pumpkin Mandala Painting workshop at Pickled Palette
  • Sat 10/2
    • Riverssance Renaissance Festival at Riverside Park, more info here
    • 7:30-9am: Fall Migrant Songbird Hike at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, FREE, pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or camps@woodburyparks.org
    • 9am to noon: Mayor's Trail Ride with special fun at the Siouxland Expo Center, Anderson Dance Pavilion, and Riverside Park, $10 per person or $30 per person. Register online or by calling Sioux City Parks & Rec at (712)279-6126
    • 9:30-11:30am: Bird Identification Program: Raptors of Iowa at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, FREE,  Registration required, sign up by calling 712-258-0838 or camps@woodburyparks.org
    • 11:30-12:30pm: Clay Pumpkin Prints at Pickled Palette (MUST reserve a 15 minute time slot during that time here)
    • 1-6pm: Raptor Watch hosted by Woodbury County Conservation and the Loess Hills Audobon Society, at Stone Park and various locations along the Missouri River. For more information or to sign up, call 712-258-0838 or email camps@woodburyparks.org

  • Sun 10/3
    • Riverssance Renaissance Festival at Riverside Park, more info here
    • 1-3pm: Fire Prevention Week Kickoff Event at Leif Erickson Park with Sioux City Fire Rescue, including local fire fighters kids can meet, vehicles kids can touch and some fun activities!
    • 1pm: Mom & Me Pumpkin Painting at Pickled Palette, $28 for small ceramic pumpkins and $45 for large ceramic pumpkins, sign up here.
    • 2pm: Music We Love to Hear live musical performance by Amy Ellsworth live at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, FREE
  • Mon 10/4
    • National Taco Day
  • Tues 10/5
  • Weds 10/6
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 6-8pm: Painting on the Patio hosted by Pickled Palette at Oscar Carl Vineyard
  • Thurs 10/7
    • 5-6pm: Halloween Mocktails and Coloring at the South Sioux City Public Library
  • Fri 10/8
  • Sat 10/9
    • Leif Erikson Day (celebrate by playing at Leif Erikson park in Sioux City!)
    • Sioux City Fall Fest! There will be tons of fun events and activities planned at venues around the city (see post for full details, but they're also listed below!)
    • Old Town Fall Fest at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville, IA, with petting zoo, corn box, pumpkins for sale, a rummage sale, a movie at dusk, and more! details here.
    • 8am-1pm: Sioux City Farmers Market, including a kids costume contest at 10am and a pets costume contest at 10:30am, plus trick-or-treating and a kids activity booth throughout the entire market day.
    • 10-11am and 1-2pm: Fall Hikes at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, FREE
    • 10am to noon: Kids Saturdays: Dia de los Muertos activities including crafts and a scavenger hunt. Also check out the museum's monarch butterfly craft all day (10am to 5pm)
    • 10:30am-noon: Fall Fest Mask Making Workshop at the Sioux City Art Center, FREE
    • 1-3pm: Close Encounters on the Trail  Come & Go kids learning event at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, FREE
    • 2-4pm: Bruguier Cabin Open House at Riverside Park, FREE
    • 4-10pm: Party in the Hangar at the Mid America Air Museum with dinner from 4-6pm, live music and dancing to local country band Missouri Blend, with exhibits open throughout the event. Fundraising auction also available, but you're welcome to come and just enjoy the food and music and exhibits! Kids $5, adults $10. 

  • Sun 10/10
    • 10am-3pm: Cone-Acopia Fall Fest at Cone Park, with hayrides, pumpkin roll, crafts, live music, and beer tasting. Free admission, with most activities free and some activities having an extra charge.
    • 2pm: Joan Knows the Ropes trick roping presentation with Nebraska's Joan Wells at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, FREE
    • 2pm: Dia de los Muertos altar craft and cultural program at the Sioux City Public Musuem
  • Mon 10/11
  • Tues 10/12
    • 10am: Nature Tales at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center for preschoolers and a parent or other adult caregiver, register by calling 712-258-0838 or emailing camps@woodburyparks.org
  • Weds 10/13
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
  • Thurs 10/14
    • National Fossil Day
    • 6pm: Family Yoga Hike at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, more info here
  • Fri 10/15
    • 10am: Little Naturalists: Spiders & Bats at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve for 2-4 year olds with their adult caregiver, more info here
    • Fall Fest at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in South Sioux, with pumpkin patch, yard games, trick-or-treat village, and more!
  • Sat 10/16
    • Sioux City Farmer's Market
    • Hallowfest at Ponca State Park
    • 7:30pm: Opening night of the Sioux City Symphony, featuring Florence Prices' Piano Concerto in One Movement and Beethoven's 7th Symphony

  • Sun 10/17

  • Mon 10/18
  • Tues 10/19
  • Weds 10/20
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
  • Thurs 10/21
    • National Reptile Day (visit the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center to see some reptiles up close!)
    • 5-6pm: Halloween doll head planter craft at the South Sioux City Public Library
  • Fri 10/22
    • 10am to 7pm: Swanky Chic Junk Boutique, craft and antique show at the South Sioux City Riverfront Marriott, more info on their website
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey game at the Tyson Events Center
  • Sat 10/23
    • 8am to 1pm: Sioux City Farmer's Market
    • 9am to 5pm: Swanky Chic Junk Boutique, craft and antique show at the South Sioux City Riverfront Marriott, more info on their website
    • 10am to noon: Trick-or-Treat at participating Hy-Vee stores (including Hy-Vee on Hamilton Blvd)
    • 6:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers Hockey game at the Tyson Events Center, Cross-Check Cancer Night
    • 7:30pm: Haunted Hike at Bacon Creek hosted by Sioux City Parks & Recreation

  • Sun 10/24
    • 10am to noon: Trick-or-Treat at participating Hy-Vee stores (including Hy-Vee on Hamilton Blvd)
    • noon to 4pm: Halloween shindig hosted by the Siouxland Humane Society, more details here.
    • 3pm: Morningside College Fall Concert at Eppley Auditorium, featuring choirs from Morningside College, the Bishop Heelan High School Chorale, and the Sioux City East High School Chamber Choir. Free and open to the public
  • Mon 10/25
  • Tues 10/26
  • Weds 10/27
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
  • Thurs 10/28
    • 5-6pm: Halloween soapmaking craft at the South Sioux City Public Library
  • Fri 10/29
  • Sat 10/30
    • 10am to noon: Trick-or-Treat at participating Hy-Vee stores (including Hy-Vee on Hamilton Blvd)
    • 1-3pm: Playing like a Pioneer  come & go kids event at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, FREE
    • 2:30-5pm: Halloween Party at the South Sioux City Public Library

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