Downtown Trick or Treat
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will be stalking downtown Burlington again for Trick or Treat on Friday, October 26 from 4 to 6 PM. This event is a huge draw and a wonderful goodwill gesture to area children and families. Last year's Trick or Treat drew record crowds; with good weather, we can expect well over 1000 costumed kids! Thanks to all those business owners who welcome them. 
Witches Night Out
Get ready for the ultimate ladies' night out on Thursday, October 25 from 5 to 8 PM! Grab your Ghoul Friends and fly in for an evening of music, dancing, food, shopping, costume contest and more at your favorite downtown haunts, sponsored by 5 Star Community Credit Union. Witch hats will be on sale at the Art Center during the event to complete your look. For more information, contact Rachel Lindeen at 319-208-0046 or by email
Downtown Coffee & Conversation
The next Downtown Coffee & Conversation will be Wednesday, October 24 at 8 AM at the Uptown Ivy, 514 Jefferson. We'll be discussing this year's Small Business Saturday, and you can update your neighbors with your latest news as well. All downtown business and property owners, employees, and residents are welcome, as well as Downtown Partners volunteers and board members. The Coffee & Conversation is organized by the DPI Business Development Committee.
144 Envelopes - Your Support Is Appreciated!
Downtown Partners board members are approaching area individuals and businesses for the annual 144 Envelopes fundraiser. Deery Brothers Toyota is sponsoring our special thank you reception for all donors and their guests on the top floor of Burlington Bent River Brewing Co. the evening of October 9 with food, beverages, live music, and a silent auction. We hope you'll show your support for DPI's many 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 by email. Together we are making great strides!
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 is "Winter Wonderland."Download the parade entry form at
The Latest News...      
  • Another season has come and gone for the Jefferson St. Farmers Market - how is that possible? The market accomplishes so much: promoting healthy eating and lifestyle choices, empowering entrepreneurs, strengthening local economic and environmental sustainability, acting as a business incubator, supporting downtown merchants, and providing social and cultural activity downtown all summer long. Many thanks to market manager Rachel Lindeen, the volunteers who helped with the cones and barricades, our great vendors, and especially presenting sponsor Two Rivers Bank & Trust for their support.  
  • The insurance company has released the Tama site to the developer. His top priorities are to clean up the site and get the fence moved back so the streets are open again and to get a structural engineer to plan for temporary shoring for the structure. Everyone is looking forward to having the issues addressed.
  • The Sixth and Washington public parking lot, formerly in poor condition, has been completely redone and is now open. Paid parking is just $2 a day, and evenings and weekends are FREE. New directional signage has been ordered for the downtown parking lots, too. It will be installed later this year and will greatly increase the visibility and use of off street public parking.  
  • Burlington Bent River Brewing Co., Valley Monster Pub, and The Washington are planning a zombie crawl later this month, and Burlington Memorial Auditorium is busy planning Haunted Auditorium. Check their Facebook pages for more information and updates .
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Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056