Tune in for FestiFall 2020 in November

FestiFall, Iowa PBS’s annual fall pledge event, takes place November 21-22 and 27-30. Packed with musical performances, viewers can tune in during FestiFall to enjoy concerts with Joe Bonamassa, John Denver, Andy Williams, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton and more from the comfort of their own living rooms. History specials with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates Jr., science programs from Nature and NOVA, a celebration of Masterpiece’s 50 years of dramas and other programs showcasing PBS’s wide variety of programming will also be featured.

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.

The schedule for Iowa PBS .1 is below; visit iowapbs.org/schedule for the latest schedules, encore broadcasts and programs airing on Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4. 


  • Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women, Sunday, November 22 at 11:30 a.m. — Iowa suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt devoted most of her life to the expansion of women’s rights nationwide and around the world, and is recognized as one of the key leaders of the American women’s suffrage movement.
  • Iowa Outdoors: 100th Anniversary of Iowa State Parks, Saturday, November 28 at 4 p.m. — As Iowa State Parks celebrate their 100th anniversary, explore their natural beauty, artistic inspiration and historic significance.


  • Andy Williams: Greatest Love Songs (My Music), Saturday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m. — Enjoy the romantic crooner’s biggest hits and best-loved ballads. His hugely successful career bridged the generations, with a repertoire ranging from classic standards to modern pop songs.
  • Classic Albums: John Lennon — Plastic Ono Band, Saturday, November 21 at 9 p.m. — Explore the making of Lennon’s first post-Beatles album, widely regarded as one of his finest.
  • Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (My Music), Monday, November 30 at 8:30 p.m. — With a focus on her TV shows and specials, this program features complete performances from America’s loved singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actress.
  • Great Performances: Lea Salonga in Concert, Friday, November 27 at 8:30 p.m. — Captured in peak performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga performs the beloved songs she made famous throughout her Broadway career.
  • Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019, Saturday, November 28 at 8:30 p.m. — Join Eric Clapton, one of the world’s great guitarists, and an all-star team of six-string heroes for the legendary festival filmed in Dallas. Performers include Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt and more.
  • Iconic Women of Country, Saturday, November 21 at 3:30 p.m. — Join Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd and more as they pay tribute to the legends who inspired them. From Dolly to Tammy to Patsy to Loretta, this is an intimate look at iconic female artists and their timeless music.
  • Joe Bonamassa: Royal Tea Live, Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 p.m. — In September, Joe Bonamassa hosted a livestream concert from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The 60-minute event is a new solo studio album, Royal Tea.
  • John Denver: Country Roads Live in England, Saturday, November 28 at 7 p.m. — Filmed at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre in 1986, this concert features John Denver’s fine voice and easy-going manner while showcasing his superb songwriting skills.
  • John Sebastian Presents — Folk Rewind (My Music), Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m. — A memorable reunion of folk singers includes Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn and The Chad Mitchell Trio.
  • Johnny Cash: A Night to Remember, Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m. — This special is a never-before-seen Johnny Cash concert from 1973, recently found in Sony’s vault. Featured songs include Big River, A Boy Named Sue, If I Were a Carpenter and Folsom Prison Blues.
  • Josh Groban: An Evening of Harmony, Sunday, November 29 at 8:30 p.m. — Produced virtually, this new concert special showcases Josh Groban’s greatest hits and features music from his upcoming album.
  • Nat King Cole’s Greatest Songs (My Music), Sunday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. — Celebrate the centennial of the timeless artist with performances of Unforgettable and other hits.
  • Peter, Paul & Mommy Too, Sunday, November 29 at 3:30 p.m. — America’s most popular folk trio celebrates the spirit of children in a magical journey through a timeless repertoire of children’s songs in a concert recorded in 1992.
  • Red, White and Rock (My Music), Sunday, November 22 at 3 p.m. — Frankie Valli, The Righteous Brothers, Connie Francis and other performers celebrate pop oldies music.
  • Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show, Saturday, November 21 at 5 p.m. — Catapulting Riverdance into the 21st century, this new cinematic experience immerses viewers in the extraordinary energy and passion of Irish music and dance.
  • Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold Tour, Saturday, November 28 at 10:30 p.m. — This concert special starring Grammy Award-winner Stevie Nicks features music from the highly acclaimed Buckingham/Nicks record, her many smash hits with Fleetwood Mac and several selections from her stellar solo career.


  • Henry Louis Gates Jr. — Uncovering America, Saturday, November 21 at 9:30 a.m. — Courtney B. Vance hosts this celebration of the renowned, respected and popular historian, author and filmmaker. It features appearances by distinguished guests seen in Gates’ work including Jodie Foster, Ken Burns, Jelani Cobb and LL Cool J.
  • Independent Lens: Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Sunday, November 22 at 10 p.m. — The legacy of icon Fred Rogers is celebrated in a film from Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville.
  • Ken Burns: The Civil War, Sunday, November 29 at noon — This special shares the story behind the award-winning documentary and explores how the groundbreaking film literally changed the way Americans look at their history.
  • Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas, Sunday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m. — Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas has surprising Tudor origins.
  • Masterpiece: 50 Fabulous Years!, Sunday, November 29 at 7 p.m. — This special is a celebration of the iconic PBS series originally called Masterpiece Theatre — the riveting stories, fabulous acting, magnificent costumes and the program’s astonishing ability to transport us to another time and place.
  • Rick Steves’ Fascism in Europe, Saturday, November 21 at 8 a.m. — Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe — taking millions of people with it.


  • Nature: Equus: The Story of the Horse: Origins, Saturday, November 21 at 2 p.m. — The relationship between man and his noble steed is almost as old as civilization itself.
  • NOVA: Mysteries of Sleep, Saturday, November 28 at 1 p.m. — Scientists peer into the brain to see what happens while we snooze and understand the powerful role that sleep — or lack of it — plays in memory, trauma and emotion regulation.


  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas, Saturday, November 28 at 9 a.m. — In the special, travel guide Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to discover their customs and practices during the holiday season.


  • 3 Steps to Pain-Free Living, Sunday, November 22 at 7:30 a.m. — Eliminate the root cause of many painful conditions with this easy-to-follow plan from Lee Albert.
  • Aging Backwards 3 With Miranda Esmonde-White, Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. — Learn how to keep your mind sharp and your body active as you age, using gentle daily movement.
  • The Brain Revolution, Saturday, November 28 at 2:30 p.m. — Discover how your brain works and learn how you can make it work for you.
  • Change Your Brain, Heal Your Mind With Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D., Saturday, November 21 at 6 a.m. — Discover practical steps to help you feel happier, sharper and more in control of your own destiny.
  • Easy Yoga for Arthritis With Peggy Cappy, Sunday, November 22 at 6:30 a.m. — The “Yoga for All of Us” author addresses arthritis relief through the practice of yoga.
  • Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide, Saturday, November 21 at noon — The personal finance expert provides advice on planning for and thriving in retirement.
  • What to Eat When With Dr. Michael Roizen & Dr. Michael Crupain, Saturday, November 28 at 11 a.m. — Discover how the food choices we make each day — and when we make them — can impact our health, energy, waistline, attitude and the way we age.

In addition to its statewide broadcast, Iowa PBS .1 is available to livestream on iowapbs.org/watch, pbs.org/livestream, the PBS Video App and YouTube TV. Iowa PBS programs, behind-the-scenes extras and more can be enjoyed on iowapbs.org, Facebook and YouTube. Viewers can also stream their favorite shows on demand using the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android and many streaming devices.