Fairfield is a creative, unique, eclectic community with a calendar of events that is packed with music and entertainment. Spend the weekend exploring our shops and museums, grab some internationally inspired food at one of our many restaurants and relax and enjoy our parks and trails. It's a big world out there and we've packed a lot of it into 5.5 square miles!
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At Home Store
Cedar Valley Winery
Fairfields Arts & Convention Center
Green Building Supply
Jefferson County Ciderworks
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
Jefferson County Park
Live at the Lake
Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
The Depot Brewery
Inspirational speakers, community leaders, teachers and doers will help identify the critical issues of our time from the perspective of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals… goals that can propel us
Inspirational speakers, community leaders, teachers and doers will help identify the critical issues of our time from the perspective of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals… goals that can propel us into effective, urgent, unified, mindful action for good.
2 Days of International Fun and Friendship in Southeast Iowa—
World Fair Field Symposium and International Festival
September 21 and 22, 2018
When people describe what they love about Fairfield and Jefferson County, high on the list is our quality of life—a vibrant business community, active civic organizations, quality education and a thriving arts scene.
Equally vibrant—and a driving force behind all of these other factors—is our rich and varied cultural heritage. The city of Fairfield is one of the most diverse cities in Iowa: 15% of our residents are foreign-born, as Chinese, Indians, Africans and Latinas, among others, join Native Americans and European immigrants from earlier eras. This is equally true of neighboring cities such as Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant.
On Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2018, we will be tapping into two critical aspects of our community—a commitment to mutual prosperity that ensures sustainable access to resources as well as a celebration of our diverse cultural heritage.
Friday, the official United Nations International Day of Peace, will be marked with a symposium on the theme of “Compassionate Community, Compassionate Civilization” The event, held at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Sondheim Theater and Argiro Center on the Maharishi University campus, will enhance global awareness and encourage local civic involvement by engaging students with businesses and civic organizations dedicated to meeting common sustainability goals.
Partners for this event include Iowa Wesleyan University, Maharishi School, Maharishi University and the Fairfield Cultural Alliance, with participants coming from independent and public schools and colleges across Iowa. Our keynote speaker for the morning session, beginning with registration at 9:30 at the Sondheim (FACC), is Robertson Work, former principal policy advisor with the UN and professor at NYU. It will also include a panel presentation showcasing efforts locally and in the region to implement the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The afternoon session will be held on the campuses of Maharishi University and the Maharishi School, opens with a plenary address by Tom Morgan, a foremost authority on cross-cultural skills, followed by break-out sessions where participants can attend interactive workshops facilitated by the community leaders who presented in the morning. The goal of the event is to engage students and community members in a partnership for action and service, integrating resources and experience with commitment to create, as Work puts it, a “movement of movements.” The event will be inaugurated by Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy and presenters will include David Suarez, a community organizer with Community First Credit Union, Dr. Morad Malekghasemmi, who serves on the Iowa State Board of the UN Association, among others.
The Arthur Lee Land Trio: Where Twang meets the Funk, features Will Trask (Great American Taxi, Jaden Carlson) on drums and Zach Jackson (Mama Magnolia) on bass, the energy of
The Arthur Lee Land Trio: Where Twang meets the Funk, features Will Trask (Great American Taxi, Jaden Carlson) on drums and Zach Jackson (Mama Magnolia) on bass, the energy of this band is pure joy. The diverse musical Influences of Americana roots rock, country, funk, blues, reggae, jazz, and bluegrass are evident in the band’s improvisational journeys and the melodic lines coaxed from Arthur’s signature psychedelic hand-painted 1955 Fender B-Bender Telecaster. The Trio explores electrified arrangements of Arthur Lee Land original songs co-written with his non-performing lyricist and wife Carol Lee who contributes much of the lyrical content for “Arthur Lee Land” as well as classic rock covers.
ROMAN CADILLACS | 8:30-10:30pm September 21 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm CDT - $5 ROMAN CADILLACS: Cruise Control Rock’n’Roll Long-time musical collaborators and compadres Frank Cenatori and Jimmy Moore combine forces with
ROMAN CADILLACS | 8:30-10:30pm
September 21 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm CDT – $5
ROMAN CADILLACS: Cruise Control Rock’n’Roll
Long-time musical collaborators and compadres Frank Cenatori and Jimmy Moore combine forces with Tim “SHOTS!” Carey, Daniel Gorman and Dr Jon Cutler to reprise the Roman Cadillacs, a popular Fairfield band from the 90s. A toss back to the backseat of a black Cadillac snuggled in a Cadillac ranch, feelin’ alright!
Rock, blues, soul, British invasion, reggae, country and more. Musical medicine from the heartland for the soles of your feet. Gentlemen and women, start your engines!
Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts, gifts, herbs, flowers, baked goods, and more. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, corner of Main and Grimes,
Fairfield Farmers Market. Fresh locally grown produce, handmade crafts, gifts, herbs, flowers, baked goods, and more. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howard Park, corner of Main and Grimes, Fairfield.
(Saturday) 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, September 22 • Cedar Valley Winery Grape Stomp. Stomping, prizes, souvenir t-shirts, and wines for purchase. 1–5 p.m., Cedar Valley Winery, Batavia. CedarValleyWine.com. Stompers will have 2 minutes in their
Saturday, September 22 • Cedar Valley Winery Grape Stomp. Stomping, prizes, souvenir t-shirts, and wines for purchase. 1–5 p.m., Cedar Valley Winery, Batavia. CedarValleyWine.com.
Stompers will have 2 minutes in their grape stompin’ barrel to stomp & squish away with PRIZES for our stompers who squeeze the most juice from the grapes!
Pre-register for your t-shirt to stomp your grapey feet on by Friday, September 14th at cedarvalleywine.com Admission for both the Grape Stomp activities and t-shirt is $25.
Free hotdogs and chips will be served.
(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cedar Valley Winery
2034 Dewberry Ave
80+ cultures here in Southeast Iowa. Come take advantage of that wealth and join the fun! Enjoy the parade, creative programs, varied musical treats, lively dance, cultural demonstrations and a
80+ cultures here in Southeast Iowa. Come take advantage of that wealth and join the fun! Enjoy the parade, creative programs, varied musical treats, lively dance, cultural demonstrations and a variety of delicious food… from wood-fired Pizza to tacos, egg rolls, and Indian snacks… Plus an International Bake table!
For Saturday’s Festival, gathering for the Sidewalk Parade of Nations begins at 1:30 at How-ard Park. All who want to join the fun by dressing up in their colorful best and/ or carry flags are invited to take part. At 2 pm sharp, we will walk up Court St. to Central Park, circling the Park, finishing facing the main stage, where the Festival will be officially opened by Mayor Ed Malloy. Music, games, and food will continue throughout the afternoon and evening. Children will get “passports” stamped and collect mementos as they gain insights at each “port of entry,” cultural tables for different countries.
Local bakers are encouraged to compete in the World Fair Field Baking Contest or just add to the community Bake Sale table. Please bring your offerings or entries to the Gazebo in Central Park Square by 1:00 pm. See more important details at https://worldfairfield.org/international-baking-contest/ or email Denyce at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The local sponsor, the Fairfield Cultural Alliance, is proud to announce the varied, talented, award-winning group of performers. They include:
• 11:00-12:00 Foliba West African Drum Ensemble – Howard Park
• 1:30-2:00 International Baking Contest Judging – Central Park
• 2:00-2:20 Sidewalk Parade to Central Park – Tim Britton, Irish pipes and Foliba Afro-Brazilian marching samba troupe
• 2:20-2:30 Opening ceremony in Central Park w/ Drums
• (Baking Contest Winners announced)
• 2:30-3:00 Fairfield Dancers of India
• 3:00-3:05 Intro to Aikido (5 min)
• 3:15 – 3:45 Aikido Demo on Lawn
• 3:05-4:05 Turkana Turkish folk music from Iowa City
• 4:05-4:20 Crowd Surprise – Ann Bosold
• 4:20-5:00 Jonas Magram Jazz Quintet
• 5:10-6:00 Son Peruchos Peruvian Indigenous Music
• 6:00-6:30 Oktoberfest Polka Band in Central Park
• 6:30-7:10 Skunk River Medicine Show American Roots Music
• 7:20-8:00 Out of the Green 3 Award-winning Celtic Music Artists
• 8:10-8:50 Baraka Amine Kouider and Friends from Algeria and beyond
• 9:00-10:30 (or 11:00) Bambu — Multi-national, multi-talented hip hop w/ a Latin flair
For a current schedule, see our website: https://worldfairfield.org/festival/
We don’t want to use it, but we will if we have to… The Rain Venue For the Saturday Festival is Phoenix Rising Hall at the NW corner of Burlington Ave. and 3rd Ave. Updates on this will be on the website at https://worldfairfield.org/festival/
Volunteers are needed for setting up on Saturday morning at 9 am and take down after the music stops at 11 pm. If you want to help, please email Denyce at email@example.com
Free Admission to all the music and entertainment on Saturday. For Friday’s Symposium, a donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults is suggested.
(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Central Park, Fairfield, IA 52556