Sip, Taste & Stroll: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food Samples
It's always a great time! The Fall Sip, Taste & Stroll takes place on Friday, September 28 from 5 to 8 PM. Join your friends and sample some new tastes while browsing the great shops in downtown Burlington. Advance tickets are $15 per person at the Iowa Store and Weird Harold's available through September 27, or online at Tickets are $20 the day of the event and will be available at the registration sites. The ticket gets you a complimentary glass and location map. A special thanks to Tri States Public Radio for sponsoring this favorite event.
Farmers Market Runs Through September
The Jefferson St. Farmers Market will continue bringing you fresh local produce, baked goods, crafts, and food trucks through September 27. The September 20 market will have a Harvest Fest theme, with jack o' lanterns, free horse drawn trolley rides, and more. A very special thanks to Two Rivers Bank & Trust for their support of the market. It's been another wonderful year!
144 Envelopes - Your Support Is Appreciated!
Downtown Partners board members are approaching area individuals and businesses for a unique fundraiser. The idea is to receive donations corresponding to a dollar amount on an envelope, from $1 to $144. This stands to be a significant fundraiser in which no one person or entity is asked to contribute a major amount. Plans are underway for a special thank you reception for all donors and their guests at a special location on the evening of October 9 with food, beverages, live music, and a silent auction.

Downtown Partners works hard to present special events, encourage building and business improvement, and beautify the city center. We hope you will show your support for our activities by contributing at a level that is meaningful to you. If you have questions or would like to contribute, contact Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056 or email Steve Frevert. Together we are making great strides!
Greater Burlington Restaurant Week
Titan Broadcasting is teaming up with the Greater Burlington Partnership to host Greater Burlington Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer specials from September 17 to 23. An online contest will be survey diners on their experience in six different categories. Diners will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate for each participating restaurant. Participating downtown restaurants include Burlington Bent River Brewing Co., Big Muddy's, Wake N Bake Breakfast Co., The Drake, Tastefully Yours Bistro and Catering, and the Uptown Ivy. For more information about the participating restaurants and their specials, visit
Start Planning Now - Lighted Holiday Parade
Downtown Partners' Lighted Holiday Parade will take place on Jefferson Street on Saturday, November 24 at 5 PM. Although it seems like a long way off, it's not too early to start planning your entry! This year's theme will be "Winter Wonderland." Download the parade entry form at
Commercial Space Open House
To assist downtown property owners, the DPI Business Development Committee is hosting its annual Commercial Space Open House on Sunday, September 23 from 1 to 3 PM. It is free and open to the public. People interested in relocating, expanding, or opening a business in downtown Burlington will be able to visit available spaces and discuss the commercial opportunities. Stop by the Annex of the Capitol Theater during the event to pick up a directory map to the available locations, as well as information about incentives, business support activities, and recent and future downtown projects.
The Latest News...      
  • As we continue to work around the aftermath of the Tama fire, it is great to see how much the affected and unaffected businesses are supporting each other. People are noticing how downtown Burlington is pulling together, and I couldn't be prouder. Keep it up - we will get through this.  
  • Though the fate of the Tama site is still unknown, it's worth noting that the land alone is assessed at $32,800 - the equivalent of $87,234 an acre. Simply put, this is valuable property in the heart of our city. Downtown Partners will work to ensure that something substantial that will increase commerce and contribute significantly to the tax base is built on the site.
  • We have two river cruise boats docking at the Port this month. Please give a warm welcome to the passengers of the American Duchess on September 6 and the American Queen on September 22.  
  • New directional signage is being ordered for the downtown parking lots, to be installed later this year. This will greatly increase the visibility and use of off street public parking. Several wayfinding signs for downtown attractions will be going up as well.  
  • The Greater Burlington Partnership is undertaking the annual Total Resource Campaign, making advertising and sponsorship opportunities available to local businesses. This income is crucial to Downtown Partners, comprising over 30 percent of our annual budget. We welcome your support of our efforts.
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Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056