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Regardless of the season, there is always something happening in Cherokee. Annual events such as the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo, Cherokee County Fair and Kee Live Music Festival offer fun for the whole family to enjoy. The Cherokee Community Theater and Cherokee Symphony offer cultural experiences unlike anything you’ll find in other communities our size. Be sure to check out our events calendar for a complete list of events happening in the Cherokee Community.


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 business, Barnes PRCA Rodeo, 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 kid’s activities, western vendors, Rodeo Queens, a Western BBQ at the Depot, and a large parade through Cherokee. 

Phone: 712-225-6414


The Kee Live Music Festival was created with the idea of bringing live music to Cherokee area during the cold Iowa winter. The event was formerly known as the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival, but evolved to include many genres of music – Hence the name change. The event consists of Pub Crawls, Jam Sessions, and Music Clinics. The Festival takes place each year in January. 

Phone: (712) 225-6414


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, it ties to agriculture, industry, and businesses that are the back bone of the community.

Address: PO Box 53, 200 Linden Street
Cherokee, Iowa

Phone: (712) 225-5843


For over 50 years, the Cherokee Community Theater has entertained, enriched, and inspired the Cherokee Community.

Address: 530 W Bluff St
Cherokee, Iowa

Phone: (712) 225-4440


The symphony was founded in 1956 and is under the direction of Ted Hallberg. This 60-member orchestra has been referred to as “the best kept secret in Northwest Iowa”.

 Phone: (712) 225-5216


Tinsel & Tidings is a fun event in Cherokee around the Christmas Holiday Season.

Cherokee, Iowa

Phone: 712-490-2417

Other Community Events


fourth of july fireworks

chamber golf tournament

crazy days


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Brightside Lounge

A sports bar located downtown on Main Street, The Brightside Lounge provides a fun environment to hang out with friends, family, and the community.

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Cherokee County Fair Board

Entertainment, Family events, 4-H events, go-kart racing, Demo Derby, Commercial Exhibits

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Cherokee Fitness Center

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Our Fitness Center makes it easy with something for people of all ages and abilities. Take an aerobics class, walk or jog, lift weights, swim or join a pickup game.

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Cherokee Golf Course

9 Hole Golf Course – challenging terrain. Home of the annual Sioux Valley Match Play Tournament. Club house with beverages and snacks, golf tees, gloves and caps.

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Cherokee Tumbling

We offer girl and boy classes in Pre-School Gymnastics, Power Tumbling, Single Mini, Competition Team, Cheer-Tumbling, Open Gym, and more!

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Depot Renovation, Inc.

A nonprofit with the goal to preserve and protect the historic Cherokee, Iowa – Illinois Central Depot of 1896.  We have conference rooms that can be rented out.  A Railroad Museum is also in our Depot.  We host events within the community as well.

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Heart & Sole Dance & Performing Art Studio

Technique is #1 at Heart & Sole along with a few giggles! The mood is upbeat and we believe that every lesson should have some variety. Stop in sometime!

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KCAU Channel 9

KCAU-TV was the first television station in Sioux City, back in 1953. Since then, KCAU has been dedicated to Siouxland and the surrounding area.

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Little Sioux Event Center LLC

Beautiful venue for weddings, birthday parties, graduations, class reunions, auctions, organization shows, etc.

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Rodeo- Cherokee Chamber

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Sanford Musem & Planetarium

Permanent exhibits about archaeology, paleontology natural history as well as local history. The planetarium programs are the last Sunday of the month or by reservation for a group of 10 or more during the week. We have a variety of monthly programs.

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Storm Lake Radio

Storm Lake Radio is much more than just what you hear on the air. Storm Lake Radio is about local content via multiple avenues of content delivery. offers local news and sports stories that are updated Monday-Saturday. Get the full story along with photos or videos free of charge. When the weather turns bad and your concerned about school announcements turn to Announcements are continually updated as they roll in. is now easier to navigate on your smartphone as well.

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Whiskey Throttle Bar & Grill

Sports bar car themed restaurant with amazing meals. Fun atmosphere with 17 TV’s and an outdoor patio you can come sit outside and enjoy an ice cold beverage. Weekly specials. Craft beers! Pool table!