All gatherings are contingent on local COVID-19 risk assessments. All events have not been scheduled for 2022 at this time. Check back for updates and added events.
April 1 Bentonsport village shops open weekends.
May 2 All shops open daily thru Oct. 30.
May 28-29 Flea Market/Craft Show 10 a.m. to
5 p.m., outdoor flea market, crafts, antiques, food, music, and demonstrations. Call Van Buren Conservation at 319-293-3589 for information.
May 29 Memorial Day Observance Program Sunday, 6:30 p.m., historic Bentonsport Presbyterian Church
June 24-26 Bentonsport Rendezvous reenactment of pre-1840s mountain men camp in Bentonsport Riverside Park. Enjoy their storytelling, games and activities.
June 26 Rose Garden's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Fairfield Big Band performs music program at 2 p.m. at the Rose Garden within the mill foundation in Bentonsport.
July 16 Bentonsport Heritage Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy Bentonsport as it was in the 1850s. Covered wagons take visitors to meet characters from the past who portray life in Bentonsport as it may have been (all new skits). Enjoy craft demonstrations, food vendors, music by John Lee Boyer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Galvanators entertain from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a special presentation in the Stone House by Cherie Haury-Artz from the U of I Archelogy Department about those who lived along the Lower Des Moines River before settlers arrived. The Galvanators sing again from 3 pm. to 4 pm.
Oct. 15-16 Bentonsport River Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (part of Van Buren County's Scenic Drive Festival).Flea market, crafts, music, and artisan demonstrations.
Oct. 15-16 46th Annual Bentonsport Art Show featuring artists from IA, IL, and MO, demonstrations and sales. Sponsored by the Van Buren County Arts Council. For info call 319-592-3222.
Nov. 1 - Dec. 14 Shops reduce hours to weekends only,
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Dec. 4 Bentonsport Christmas, enjoy holiday shopping, treats, door prize drawing.
Fairfield Big Band at Rose Garden June 26
Heritage Day July 2021