Chocoholic Frolic!
Downtown Partners presents the fifth annual Chocoholic Frolic on Saturday, February 9. From 1 to 5 PM, samples of a wide variety of chocolate treats will be available at 11 businesses in downtown Burlington.

Advance tickets are $10 at the Iowa Store, Weird Harold's through February 8, or may be purchased online at Tickets are $12 the day of and during the event at the same locations.

The following locations will host tastings:
  • Art Center of Burlington, 301 Jefferson
  • Gypsi, 312 Jefferson
  • Hopefully Yours, 617 Jefferson
  • The Iowa Store, 400 Front
  • LOFT Market, 416 Jefferson
  • The Medium/Weird Harold's, 411 Jefferson
  • Myrtle Vera's Hallmark, 604 Jefferson
  • Natural Inspirations, 213 Jefferson
  • Nature's Corner, Inc., 423 Jefferson
  • Pinned It Creations, 400 Jefferson
  • Red Screen Door, 301 Jefferson
For more information, call Rachel Lindeen at 319-208-0046 or visit The Chocoholic Frolic is sponsored by Kodiak Cakes.

Farmers Market Vendors Sought
Although it's still winter, Downtown Partners is already looking forward for the 2019 season of the Jefferson St. Farmers Market! The market will take place in the 300-500 blocks of Jefferson on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 PM beginning May 2.
The Jefferson St. Farmers Market steering committee is offering a discount to returning seasonal vendors who sign up in advance, as well as for new seasonal vendors - only $105 a space for the entire 21-week season. If you are interested in being part of the region's most successful farmers market, download the application and guidelines at, or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056.

The Latest News...      
  • To say we are excited about being an overnight stop for RAGBRAI on July 26 would be an understatement! This is just one of a number of great events on this year's schedule. We will be working with business and building owners to make sure downtown looks its best for our thousands of guests.
  • The recently completed area-wide plan for downtown contains a great deal of information about current conditions, opportunities for the future, and possible public improvements for three catalyst sites that could spur on additional private investment. Think of it as a "what if" document. You can access the information
  • Currently we have two Main Street Challenge Grant projects in the works. Interior rehab is moving along in the diner space at the historic depot, and construction will begin soon on The Collective, the shared use commercial kitchen and retail space going in at 805 Jefferson. We're looking forward to seeing these great additions to downtown.
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Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056

Downtown Events


8 - Aaron Kamm &
the One Drops
The Washington
8 PM

Not an Exit
Burlington Bent River Brewing Co.
8 PM

9 - Bingo, Brunch, & Beverages
Elks Lodge
9 AM

Chocoholic Frolic
1 - 5 PM

Date Night Done Right
Des Moines County Heritage Center
5:30 PM

Caught in the Crypt, Zealots, Obey the Virus
The Washington
8 PM

10 - John Carlson and James Walker Henry gallery reception
Art Center
1 PM

Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra
Capitol Theater
2 PM

14 - Moonstruck: Pizza & A Movie 
Capitol Theater
7 PM

Civic Music presents Melissa Errico
Memorial Auditorium
7:30 PM

Dirty Dancing
The Som
8 PM

Burlington Public Library
2:30 PM

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Burlington Public Library
5:30 PM

Jerad & Nathan
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
6:30 PM

Biscuit Miller
The Washington
8 PM

16 - SnowBull pre-party
Memorial Auditorium 
10 PM

Classic Country Night
Capitol Theater
7 PM

Bonnie Finken
The Washington
8 PM

20 - Lunchtime Chamber Music
First United Methodist Church
12:15 PM

21 - Sawyer Fredericks
The Washington
8 PM

22 - "Not Just Black and White" Burlington Public Library
6 PM

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
The Washington
8 PM

23 - Dr. Anni Reinking book signing
Burlington by the Book
11 AM

The Vagina Monologues
Capitol Theater
7 PM, $10      
David Kroll & Heartland
Memorial Auditorium
8 PM

American Dookie, Subliminal Rage
The Washington
9 PM, $10/15

Chicago Blues Angels
The Som
9 PM


2 - Middle Western, Eric Pettit Lion
The Washington
7 PM

Downtown Partners, Inc. 
Board of Directors 2019

  Laura Beckman - Chair
Alliant Energy 

Janine Clover - Past Chair
Small Business Development Center

Becky Anderson - Chair Elect
  Legacy Partners

Ryan Nagrocki - Treasurer
Two Rivers Bank & Trust

Julie Anderson 
 Chair  Hope Haven Area Development Center

Megan Bell

Jim Ferneau
Burlington City Manager 

Tyler French
The Washington

Hillaurie Fritz-Bonar 
Art Center of Burlington

Zach James
Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission

Jerry Johnson
Capitol Theater

Julie Lehman

Lynda Murray
Burlington City Council 

Doreen Roy
Gypsi on Jefferson &
Red Screen Door

Stephanie Waples,
Klingner and Associates