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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"

  • Sat 10/1
    • Riverssance Renaissance Festival at Riverside Park, more info here
    • Broken Toe Trail Run at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
    • 8am to 1pm: Sioux City Farmers Market
    • 9:15 & 10:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 10am to 6pm: Downtown Tailgate Party at 4th and Jones with yard games, live music, and college football on huge screens, FREE, plus food and drinks available for purchase. Cornhole tournament registration also not free. 
    • 10:30am: Saturday Art Lesson at the Sioux City Art Center
    • 11am: First Saturday Family Storytime: (Not So) Spooky Stories at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, featuring some Halloween stories and a silly spider craft, FREE
    • 1pm: Spanish language tour of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center FREE, more info here.
    • 2-5pm: Music Is Alive Festival at Prentis Park in Vermillion, SD featuring the USD and Vermillion High School music departments
    • 7:30pm: Hollywood, Nebraska presented by Lamb Regional Arts Theatre, full details here.

  • Sun 10/2
    • Riverssance Renaissance Festival at Riverside Park, more info here
    • 1pm: Mom & Me Pumpkin Painting at Pickled Palette
    • 1:30pm: Hollywood, Nebraska presented by Lamb Regional Arts Theatre, full details here.
    • 2pm: Whiterock Conservancy presentation at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with reception to follow, FREE
    • 7pm: Anastasia live musical at the Orpheum Theatre, full details here
    • Walking Across Egypt presented by the Sioux City Community Theater (age guidance: movie version is rated PG-13)
  • Mon 10/3
  • Tues 10/4
    • 11:15am and 6:45pm: Storytime for 4 & 5 year olds at the Le Mars Public Library
    • 2pm: Whiterock Conservancy Art Exhibit Opening Reception at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, FREE more details here.
  • Weds 10/5
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 4pm: South Sioux City Homecoming Parade 
    • 6pm: Bilingual storytime at the Le Mars Public Library
  • Thurs 10/6
    • 10-11am: Play & Cafe at the Whiting Public Library, for children and their parents, FREE
  • Fri 10/7
    • 9:15, 10:15, & 11:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
  • Sat 10/8
    • Sioux City Fall Fest
    • Morningside University Homecoming
    • Old Town Fall Fest at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville, IA, (tentative date based on last year's event, will update once confirmed)
    • 8am to 1pm: Sioux City Farmer's Market at Tri-View & Pearl
    • 8:30am: Outdoor Yoga at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, call (712)258-0838 or email KSandage@WoodburyParks.org for more information
    • 9am to 5pm: Rock Monsters at LaunchPad Children's Museum, FREE craft (admission to LaunchPad not required to pick up this grab & go activity)
    • 9am to 5pm: Fall Leaf Suncatcher Craft at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, FREE
    • 9:15 & 10:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 10am: Legend of the Cempascuhil (Marigold) children's program at the Sioux City Public Museum including storytime, puppet theater, and a craft! FREE
    • 10am-2pm: Insect Zoo at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature center hosted by ISU, FREE
    • 10:30am: The Art of Mask Making workshop at the Sioux City Art Center for children, FREE
    • 1pm: Harvest Pine-Corn history and craft event at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, FREE
    • 4-10pm: Party in the Hangar at the Mid America Air Museum, (tentative date based on last year's event, will update if confirmed)
    • 6:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers Hockey home game at the Tyson Events Center vs Des Moines Buccaneers
    • 7pm: Big Panty Tour Leanne Morgan Comedy Tour at the Orpheum Theatre
    • Walking Across Egypt presented by the Sioux City Community Theater (age guidance: movie version is rated PG-13)

  • Sun 10/9
    • Leif Erikson Day (Celebrate by playing at Sioux City's Leif Erikson Park!)
    • 11am to 3pm: Cone-acopia Fall Fest at Cone Park with a pumpkin roll, beverage tastings, crafts, fall tubing, and more! Admission and many activities are FREE; a few of the activities will have an additional charge. If I get more details on this, I will be sure to update!
    • 1 to 3pm: Paper Flowers craft event at the Sioux City Public Museum
    • 2-4pm: Bruguier Cabin Open House at Riverside Park, FREE
    • 2pm: The Indian Way of War historical lecture at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, with reception to follow, FREE, more details here.
    • Walking Across Egypt presented by the Sioux City Community Theater (age guidance: movie version is rated PG-13)
  • Mon 10/10
  • Tues 10/11
    • 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
    • 11:15am and 6:45pm: Storytime for 4 & 5 year olds at the Le Mars Public Library
    • 4:30-6pm: Wild N Woodsy Art Club at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center for ages 8-14, $5 per student
  • Weds 10/12
    • National Fossil Day (visit Ashfall Fossil Bed or another fossil dig in the Midwest to celebrate!)
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 6pm: Bilingual storytime at the Le Mars Public Library
  • Thurs 10/13
    • 10-11am: Play & Cafe at the Whiting Public Library, for children and their parents, FREE
    • 7:30pm: Whose Live Anyway? live tour at the Orpheum Theatre, full details here.
  • Fri 10/14
    • Fall Fest at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in South Sioux (tentative date based on last year's event, will update once confirmed)
    • 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 10am: Little Naturalists: Spiders at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, for ages 2-4
    • 7pm: Nuestro Suena Americano/ Our American Dream bilingual fine arts showcase presented by the New Stage Players and El Proyecto Dramatico in South Sioux City
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey home game at the Tyson Events Center vs Fargo Force
  • Sat 10/15
    • 8am to 1pm: Sioux City Farmer's Market
    • Hallowfest at Ponca State Park (tentative date based on last year's event, will update once confirmed)
    • 9:15 & 10:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 10-11:30am: Kids Saturdays at the Sioux City Public Museum, FREE
    • 10:30am to noon: Saturday Art Lessons: Found Object Printmaking at the Sioux City Art Center, more information here
    • 1pm: Fort Building kids history event at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for kids in grades 4-6, $5 per student, more details here.
    • 1-4pm: Open Canoe at Little Sioux Park in Correctionville with Woodbury County Conservation for kids and adults ages 10+, especially anyone brand new to caneoing!
    • 1-2:30pm: Painting in the Studio with Brenda Thelen: Pumpkin Peaker at the Sioux City Art Center, full details here.
    • 4-7pm: Family Fall Festival at the Sioux City Community Theatre, admission, yard games, and a Trunk or Treat from 6-7pm are FREE, with additional charges for other activities such as a bounce house, cake walk, dunk tank, petting zoo, and food from food trucks!
    • 7:30pm: WWE Saturday Night's Main Event professional wrestling at the Tyson Events Center
    • 7:30pm: Sioux City Symphony: An Evening with the Villalobos Brothers live concert at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre, full details here

  • Sun 10/16
    • 2pm: Quintessential Winds Live Musical Performance at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, with reception to follow, FREE, more information here.
  • Mon 10/17
  • Tues 10/18
    • 11:15am and 6:45pm: Storytime for 4 & 5 year olds at the Le Mars Public Library
    • 5-7pm: Prairie Seed Harvesting at the Stone Park main park office. Help the Friends of Stone Park gather native prairie plant seeds to be used for prairie restoration! 
  • Weds 10/19
    • 6pm: Bilingual storytime at the Le Mars Public Library
  • Thurs 10/20
    • National Reptile Day (visit the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center to see some reptiles up close!)
    • 10-11am: Play & Cafe at the Whiting Public Library, for children and their parents, FREE
    • 5:30pm: Sunset Yoga Hike at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
  • Fri 10/21
    • 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 7-9pm: Haunted Hikes at Bacon Creek hosted by Sioux City Parks & Rec, starts every half hour during this time, $10 per person ages 3+, babies and toddlers 2 & under are FREE, tickets available here (look on the "special events tickets" page)
    • 7pm: Charlotte's Web presented by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Theatre
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers Hockey home game at the Tyson Events Center vs Tri City Storm
  • Sat 10/22
    • 8am to 1pm: Sioux City Farmer's Market
    • 9:15 & 10:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 10:30am to noon: Saturday Art Lessons: Clay Frogs at the Sioux City Art Center, more information here
    • 1pm: Frontier Life: Who Was Johnny Appleseed? kids history event at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for grades K-3, $5 per student, more details here.
    • 6:05: Sioux City Musketeers Hockey home game at the Tyson Events Center vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
    • 7pm: Charlotte's Web presented by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Theatre
    • 7-9pm: Haunted Hikes at Bacon Creek hosted by Sioux City Parks & Rec, starts every half hour during this time, $10 per person ages 3+, babies and toddlers 2 & under are FREE, tickets available here (look on the "special events tickets" page)

  • Sun 10/23
    • 2pm: Bill Petersen and the Band Tomboy live musical performance at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, with reception to follow, FREE. More information here.
    • 2pm: Charlotte's Web presented by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Theatre
  • Mon 10/24
  • Tues 10/25
    • 11:15am and 6:45pm: Storytime for 4 & 5 year olds at the Le Mars Public Library
  • Weds 10/26
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 6pm: Bilingual storytime at the Le Mars Public Library
  • Thurs 10/27
    • 10-11am: Play & Cafe at the Whiting Public Library, for children and their parents, FREE
    • 5-7pm: Trick or Treat at the Tyson Events Center, FREE
    • 7pm: Charlotte's Web presented by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Theatre
  • Fri 10/28
    • Swanky Chic Junk Boutique, craft and antique show at the South Sioux City Riverfront Marriott, more info on their website
    • 9:15, 10:15, & 11:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 7pm: Charlotte's Web presented by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Theatre
  • Sat 10/29
    • Swanky Chic Junk Boutique, craft and antique show at the South Sioux City Riverfront Marriott, more info on their website
    • 9:15 & 10:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under
    • 10am to 4pm: Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, full details here.
    • 10:30am to noon: Saturday Art Lessons: Black Cat Moon Painting at the Sioux City Art Center, more information here
    • 1pm: Spooky Mask Making at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for all ages, FREE but registration required and limited to 20 participants! More information here.
    • 1-2:30pm: Painting in the Studio with Brenda Thelen: Migrating Geese at the Sioux City Art Center, full details here.
    • 1:30pm: 712 BrewFest at the Tyson Events Center for ages 21+
    • 2-5pm: Jefferson Trunk or Treat at Jefferson Beer Supply, more info here.
    • 7pm: Charlotte's Web presented by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Theatre

  • Sun 10/30
    • noon to 4pm: Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, full details here.
    • 2pm: Siouxland Inspirational and Historical Film Festival at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with reception to follow, FREE, more information here
    • 2pm: Charlotte's Web presented by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Theatre
  • Mon 10/31

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