This list will be continuously updated until November 21, 2021

Fall is here and to celebrate, we’ve made a list of all the upcoming events and activities in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County! Grab your favorite pumpkin spice treat and let’s get celebrating.

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Fall Events:

Flamin' Pumpkin Fest at the Squirrel Cage Jail

Event details are subject to change. Please contact the event coordinator to confirm details as needed. To keep yourselves and others safe, please consider visiting our blog for the best practices for attending in-person events.

Southwest Iowa Art Tour
Various locations throughout Pottawattamie County
September 17 – 19

September Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
September 21 | 6:00 p.m.

Autumn Charcuterie Board Class
Wenday’s Kitchen Boutique
September 24 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
September 24 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
September 25 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Avoca Main Street Longest Table
North 100 Block of Elm Street in Avoca
September 25 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
September 25 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

How to Garden in the Fall
Council Bluffs Public Library
September 28 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Free Friday Family Movie Night: Hocus Pocus
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
October 1 | 7:30 p.m.

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 1 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 2 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

HawkWatch 5k Walk/Run
Hitchcock Nature Center
October 2 | 9:00 a.m. 

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
October 3 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free Friday Family Movie Night: Beetlejuice
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
October 8 | 7:15 p.m.

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 8 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

Ditmars Orchard 6th Annual Wine Walk
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
October 9 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
October 9 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Arrowhead Park Chili Fest
Arrowhead Park
October 9 | 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Biketober in the Bluffs
Start at Barley’s Bar
October 9 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

BLOCKtober Fest
100 Block of West Broadway
October 9 | 5:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 9 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
October 10 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Council Bluffs Public Library
October 11 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Free Friday Family Movie Night: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
October 15 | 7:00 p.m.

The Science of Fall: Virtual Workshop
Virtual
October 16 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

3rd Annual Flamin' Pumpkin Fest
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 16 | 7:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. 

Fall Foliage Ride
Wabash Trace Nature Trail
October 17 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
October 17 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 21 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 22 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Free Friday Family Movie Night: The Addams Family
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
October 22 | 7:00 p.m.

Arrowhead Trail Run
Arrowhead Park
October 23 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
October 23 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 23 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Monster Rock on the 100 Block
Historic 100 Block of West Broadway
October 25 | 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Duffy Hudson Presents: The Black Dahlia
Council Bluffs Public Library
October 26 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 28 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 29 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Free Friday Family Movie Night: Hotel Transylvania
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
October 29 | 6:45 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos 
Council Bluffs Public Library
October 30 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
October 30 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Squirrel Cage Jail
October 30 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Fairview Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
Fairview Cemetery
October 31 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Southwest Iowa Chorale Fall Concert
The Arts Center at Iowa Western
November 7 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Council Bluffs Community Band Fall Concert
The Arts Center at Iowa Western
November 7 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
November 12 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt - Ghost Hunts USA
Squirrel Cage Jail
November 13 | 8:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. 

MAGE: Mid-America Gamers Expo
Mid-America Center
November 19 - 21 

Iowa Western Band Fall Concert
The Arts Center at Iowa Western
November 21 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Festive Fall Attractions:

Historic Squirrel Cage Jail

The Cryptic Room

Hours: Sunday-Saturday. For available game times, check out the booking page on the website. 
Cost: $25 per player
Tickets/Admission: At this time, no walk-ins are allowed. Games can be reserved online or by calling (712) 310-5265. 

The Cryptic Room is a live-action, team-based escape room game that is perfect for the Halloween season. Once you are inside of the themed room, the clock starts ticking and you have limited time to work together, find and use clues, solve the puzzles, and "break out". You must hurry though — once the clock hits zero, it is all over!

Historic Squirrel Cage Jail

Hours: Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and over), $5 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. 

Town legend has it that the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail has been haunted since the jail’s opening. A former jail tour guide claimed the ghost is J.M. Carter, the man who oversaw the construction of the building. Visit their website for information on booking a paranormal investigation!  

Madness Haunted House

Season: September 17 - October 31
Hours: Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. Visit their website for special weekday hours. 
Cost: $18 per person or $28 per person for a VIP Fast Pass
Tickets/Admission: Save time and purchase your tickets online. 

Located at Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, Madness Haunted House is sure to give you all the scares you need this season! These haunt enthusiasts shake things up every year to give you an unforgettable and unique experience.  Please note that Madness Haunted House is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for those under the age of 13. 

Shady Lane Ranch

Hours: Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Cost: $30 per person for an hour of horseback riding
Tickets/Admission: Call (712) 323-1932 to schedule your visit 

Explore the Loess Hills on horseback or on a scenic hayrack ride at Shady Lane Ranch! Saddle up and enjoy hourly guided rides with your friends or family out on the trails. To make a reservation, call 712-323-1932. Hayrack rides are perfect for larger groups and you can even enjoy a private campfire afterward!

 

Pumpkin Patches & Orchards

Pumpkin Hill Farms

Fall wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a local family-owned pumpkin patch and orchard. Lucky for you, there are several unforgettable patches and orchards in the area that are sure to give you the best fall vibes! Visit our Pumpkin Patches & Orchards blog for a list of places to visit, admission information, and more.

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The Fun Doesn't Stop There!

Hidden gems and long-standing favorites abound in Council Bluffs, whether you want to unplug or amp up. Of if you're looking to unveil the nightlife or create your own still life. Discover the fantastic food scene, or take in the unbelievable scenery. You don't have to search far for your new favorite place in Council Bluffs! Check out our recent blogs to get the insider's scoop on all things CB.

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For a complete list of places to eat, click here!

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This post was originally published on September 3, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.
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