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Community Events

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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Barnes PRCA Rodeo

For over 60 years, Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company has been going down the rodeo trail. We hope you enjoy Professional Rodeo as much as we do. Entertaining rodeo fans nation wide is the biggest thrill a family could ever ask for.

Brightside Lounge

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Cherokee County Fair Board

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

Cherokee Golf & Country Club

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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Depot Renovation, Inc.

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Sanford Musem

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.