Annual Events

Each year, the estate is alive with cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Thousands of visitors attend outdoor theatre, concerts, specialty tours, festivals, garden walks, family programs, holiday celebrations, and more.

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Tahitian Party

Limbo to the steel drum band, party poolside, and enjoy roast suckling pig, Polynesian noshes, and exotic beverages.

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Balloon Glow

The Freedom Festival's annual Balloon Glow, held at Brucemore since 1989, is part of a multi-week celebration of Independence Day.

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Classics at Brucemore

The Classics at Brucemore celebrates a rich history of quality live theatre, including Greek tragedy, Shakespearean comedy, and twentieth century American drama.

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Outdoor Children's Theatre

Since 2003, people of all ages have enjoyed the annual production of Brucemore Outdoor Children's Theatre, a premier family event in Eastern Iowa.

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Scarecrow Invasion

Community members celebrate the autumn harvest by building a scarecrow for display on Brucemore's historic 26-acre property in October.

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Cabaret in the Courtyard

Cabaret in the Courtyard, Brucemore's sophisticated and saucy nightclub event, showcases nationally-recognized professional talent by bringing them back home to Eastern Iowa.

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Garden & Art Show

More than 60 artists and garden vendors from across the Midwest share their expertise annually by showcasing unique products, hands-on activities and featured lectures.

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A Modern Salon

Emulating the Parisian salons at the turn of the twentieth century, A Modern Salon is held in the Mansion's Great Hall, where Brucemore's second family, the Douglases, frequently entertained guests.

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