Fall Festival 2021 on Iowa PBS

Tour some of the iconic structures in Iowa City, explore the cultural legacy of Monty Python, celebrate 10 years of Call the Midwife, and enjoy music from Celtic Woman, Andrea Bocelli, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and more during Fall Festival 2021. Taking place November 20-21 and 27-29, this year’s event is filled with music, history, drama, Iowa architecture and more.

During the pledge drive, viewers will have the opportunity to support the programming and services they enjoy all year long, ensuring that Iowa PBS continues to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans across the state.

Visit iowapbs.org for the full Fall Festival 2021 broadcast schedule, encore broadcasts, thank-you gifts and programs airing on Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4.


  • Historic Buildings of Iowa: Iowa City, Monday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. — Explore the architecture, culture and history of the Old Capitol, Hancher Auditorium, Englert Theatre and Kinnick Stadium through a combination of indoor filming, drone cinematography and in-depth interviews.


  • Andy Williams: Greatest Love Songs (My Music), Sunday, November 21 at 4 p.m. — Enjoy the romantic crooner’s hits and best-loved ballads, including “Moon River” and “Love Story.”
  • Carole King & James Taylor Live at the Troubadour, Saturday, November 27 at 8:30 p.m. — In November 2007, Carole King and James Taylor reunited to celebrate The Troubadour’s 50th anniversary.
  • The Carpenters: Christmas Memories (My Music Presents), Saturday, November 27 at 11:30 p.m. — The pop/rock duo perform “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas” and other holiday favorites.
  • Celtic Woman: Postcards From Ireland, Sunday, November 28 at 6 p.m. — Join the Grammy-nominated ensemble on a musical journey through stunning land and seascapes around Ireland.
  • Country Pop Legends (My Music), Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m. — Roy Clark and Glenn Campbell highlight classic country pop tunes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
  • Daniel O’Donnell and Special Guests, Saturday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. — Join the Irish crooner and special guests Crystal Gayle, Ashley Campbell, Rita Coolidge, Charley Pride and many others.
  • The Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Family Christmas Show, Saturday, November 27 at 7 p.m. — Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, along with their families, join together for this memorable Christmas celebration filmed in 1967.
  • Lawrence Welk’s Big Band Splash, Saturday, November 27 at 5 p.m. — Lawrence Welk and his orchestra perform Big Band music, paying tribute to Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and others.
  • PBS Arts From New York: Great Performances With Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park, Sunday, November 28 at 3 p.m. — Superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli performs in Central Park with the New York Philharmonic.
  • Red, White and Rock (My Music), Saturday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. — Frankie Valli, The Righteous Brothers, Connie Francis and more stars celebrate pop oldies music.
  • The Tenors: Best of Our Lives, Monday, November 29 at 9:30 p.m. — Grab a front-row seat at Myron’s in Las Vegas for an intimate evening of music and stories from the world-famous trio.
  • This Land Is Your Land (My Music), Saturday, November 20 at 9 p.m. — The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host a look at the evolution of modern American folk music.


  • Agatha and the Truth of Murder, Sunday, November 28 at 9:30 p.m. — Based on Agatha Christie’s notorious 11-day disappearance, and an infamous unsolved murder, this alternative history drama imagines Christie becoming embroiled in a real-life murder case.
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Between the Pages, Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. — Savor the best moments from the first season, including Dame Diana Rigg in her final role as Mrs. Pumphrey, and look ahead to what might happen in season 2.
  • Call the Midwife: Special Delivery, Sunday, November 21 at 6:55 p.m. — Celebrate 10 years of the show by going behind the scenes for interviews with the cast and crew.


  • The Carpenters: Close to You (My Music Presents), Saturday, November 27 at 10 p.m. — This music-filled documentary traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business.
  • Dutch Hop!, Saturday, November 20 at 4 p.m. — Polka musicians, dancers and families strive to keep the dance tradition of the Volga Germans alive.
  • Ken Burns: Country Music, Sunday, November 21 at 12:30 p.m. — Join host Kathy Mattea to learn more about the making of the epic documentary series by Ken Burns.
  • Ken Burns: Muhammad Ali, Sunday, November 28 at 9 a.m. — Featuring new and exclusive interviews with Ken Burns and the team that created Muhammad Ali, this special celebrates the four-part documentary.
  • Monty Python’s Best Bits Celebrated, Saturday, November 20 at 10:30 p.m. — Celebrities explore the cultural legacy and influence of the British comedy troupe Monty Python.
  • Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace, Saturday, November 27 at 3:30 p.m. — Nancy Zieman, host of Sewing With Nancy, provided creative inspiration to her dedicated viewers.
  • Rick Steves’ Fascism in Europe, Saturday, November 20 at 8 a.m. — Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe.


  • Nature: My Garden of a Thousand Bees, Saturday, November 27 at 2 p.m. — During the COVID-19 lockdown, a veteran wildlife cameraman and bee enthusiast filmed all the bees he could find in his tiny urban garden.


  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas, Saturday, November 27 at 9 a.m. — Rick Steves celebrates Christmas in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.


  • Aging Backwards 3 With Miranda Esmonde-White, Sunday, November 21 at 6 a.m. — Learn how to keep your mind sharp and your body active as you age, using gentle daily movement.
  • Build a Better Memory Through Science, Saturday, November 20 at 6 a.m. — Discover weekly strategies and lifestyle suggestions that make improving memory fun and rewarding.
  • Change Your Brain, Heal Your Mind With Daniel Amen, M.D., Sunday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. — Discover practical steps to help you feel happier, sharper and more in control of your own destiny.
  • Eat Your Medicine: The Pegan Diet With Mark Hyman, M.D., Saturday, November 20 at 9:30 am. — Dr. Mark Hyman explains how food is the most powerful medicine available to heal chronic disease.
  • Energy Paradox With Steven Gundry, M.D., Saturday, November 27 at 6 a.m. — Dr. Steven Gundry discusses exhaustion and shares steps we can take to reclaim our youthful energy.
  • Pain Secrets: The Science of Everyday Pain, Saturday, November 27 at 7:30 a.m. — Explore the latest research and scientific origins of common, everyday pain.
  • Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide, Saturday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m. — The personal finance expert provides essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement.

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