Community Events

The City of Cherokee has something for everyone!  Beginning the New Year off with a bang is the Annual Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival.  This festival held in mid January features local, regional, and nationally known talent playing a wide genre of music guaranteed to delight everyone who attends the weekend-long event!  The festival was created with the idea of bringing great music to the community of Cherokee, Iowa and the surrounding Northwest Iowa area. The event consists of Pub Crawls, Concerts, Jam Sessions, and Music Clinics. 

Live music is also featured year-round at The Gathering Place, downtown Cherokee!

Thousands of rodeo enthusiasts travel to the Cherokee County Fairgrounds every summer for the Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo.  This annual event takes place the weekend after Memorial Day.  Local resident, Bob Barnes, is the largest contractor for rodeo livestock in the area and has been involved with rodeo for over 50 years. In addition to 3 nights of quality rodeo entertainment, take in kids activities, western vendors, Rodeo Queens,  a Western BBQ at the Depot, and a large parade through Cherokee.

The Cherokee County Fair is held every year in July and showcases the talents of the youth of our community.  Check out the great exhibits, competitions, livestock, food, carnival, and entertainment.  The fair highlights the heritage of our community, its ties to agriculture, industry, and businesses that are the back bone of the community.

For over 50 years, the Cherokee Community Theater has entertained, enriched, and inspired the Cherokee Community. Throughout the year they produce high quality dramas, comedies and musicals. This thriving organization is self-supporting and operates entirely with volunteers.  Don't miss their will be blown away!

Cherokee could be the smallest city in the country to boast their own symphony orchestra.  The Cherokee Symphony provides the community with the highest quality musical entertainment while giving musicians in the area a semi-professional outlet for their talents.  The symphony was founded in 1956 and has been under the direction of Lee Thorson since 1981. This 60-member orchestra has been referred to as “the best kept secret in Northwest Iowa”.




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