Holiday Open House
The Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 10 gives you a head start on holiday gift buying at downtown's specialty retail shops. You can register for the giveaway of $1000 in Downtown Dollars at 14 businesses. The drawing will be held at 4:15 PM at the Art Center. The Holiday Open House is financially supported by the participating merchants, so be sure to thank them:

Art Center
Burlington by the Book
Csky Boutique
Hopefully Yours
LOFT Market
The Medium
Mundt Piano & Organ
Myrtle Vera's Hallmark
Natural Inspirations
Nature's Corner
Original Cyns
Red Screen Door
Weird Harold's
Lighted Holiday Parade
The Lighted Holiday Parade will take place on Jefferson Street on Saturday, November 30 at 5 PM. There is still time for businesses, organizations, and church groups to enter a float. This year's theme is "Jingle on Jefferson." Download the parade entry form online or call Downtown Partners at 319-208-0056. Thanks to presenting sponsor Pritchard Broadcasting for making the Downtown Partners holiday events possible.
Holiday Shop Hops Return
Beginning November 21, many downtown merchants will be open late on Thursday evenings to fit customers' busy holiday schedules. The great majority of shopping takes place after 5 PM. Happily, we are seeing more businesses embrace evening and weekend hours, making downtown even more of a destination. And starting on December 5, Santa will be in his cottage at Nancy Neafie Park during the Holiday Shop Hops!  
Get Unchained on Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 30 - but for downtown, it is EVERY DAY! Independent businesses are the backbone of downtown Burlington - in fact, nearly all of our businesses are locally owned and operated. They are a big reason why downtown Burlington is a distinctive destination. We have things you simply cannot find anywhere else. 
When you support a locally owned business, whether it's a retail shop, restaurant, or professional service, you are directly supporting your own community. These businesses are owned by your neighbors - the people who have personally made financial investments in seeing downtown succeed. They are entrepreneurs who know how important it is to have direct contact with their customers. They choose the merchandise, maintain the buildings, and pay the taxes. They are in business here because they believe in us, so let's return the favor.

Unique products, personal service, keeping your dollars in the community - there are a lot of great reasons to shop independent and shop downtown Burlington!
The Latest News...    
  • Thanks to all those who supported Downtown Partners with their contributions in the recent 144 Envelopes fundraiser. We sincerely appreciate the affirmation that our work IS making a positive impact.
  • Thanks also to all those merchants who passed out candy for the Downtown Trick or Treat, as well as the Des Moines Co. CERT team volunteers.  
  • Zaiser's did a wonderful job with the downtown flower planters again this year. They are a beautiful part of our vibrant downtown. We're grateful for funding from the John H. Witte, Jr. Foundation and Keep Burlington Beautiful that helps make it possible.
  • We greatly appreciate the work of the BHS music boosters in putting up the streetlight wreaths - another example of a great partnership
  • Free Parking is not just a stop on the Monopoly board! Later this month, the non-leased spaces in three public parking lots - Sixth & Washington, Fifth & Valley, and the upper level at Third & Washington - will be FREE. That's right - no pay boxes! With the recent conversion of the on-street four hour spots to three hours, we encourage downtown employees to avoid the parking shuffle and the possibility of a $15 ticket by parking in one of the new or existing FREE lots, leaving the on-street spaces for customers. Click here for an updated parking map. Of course, customers and visitors are welcome to use the lots as well. And don't forget - FREE!
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Steve Frevert, Director of Downtown Partners, Inc.  -  319-208-0056

Downtown Events


4 - Civic Music presents the Four Italian Tenors
Memorial Auditorium
7:30 PM

6 - A Night with Janis Joplin - The Broadway Musical Film
Capitol Theater
7 PM

7 - Andy Avery
Wake n Bake Breakfast Co.
6 PM

Pink Neighbor, Nicholas Naioti
The Washington
8 PM

8 - Bob Zany
Capitol Theater
8 PM

Not an Exit
Burlington Bent River
Brewing Co.
8 PM

9 - Sterling Lord Writers & Readers Festival
Burlington Public Library

Hop Knowledge
Valley Monster Pub
1 PM

SEISO Kidsymphony
Capitol Theater
4:30 PM

10 - Holiday Open Hous e

13 - Smile Empty Soul,
Cinder, Nagazi
The Washington
7 PM

14 - Chess Night
Burlington Public Library
6 PM

15 - All member Show reception, Richard Webb
Gallery Lounge
5 PM

Family Night Unplugged
Burlington Public Library
5:30 PM

Rising Stars of Musical Theater
Capitol Theater
7:30 PM

16 - Christmas on the River
Port of Burlington
9 AM

Lego Club
Burlington Public Library
10 AM

Jane Sutter Brandt
book signing
Burlington by the Book
11 AM

Capitol Theater
7:30 PM

17 - Rising Stars of Musical Theater 
Capitol Theater
3:00 PM

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

21 - Holiday Shop Hop
5 PM

Aaron Lotzow
Wake N Bake Breakfast Co.
6 PM

23 - Fresh Fighters
The Washington
8 PM

24 - Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
The Washington 
5 PM

27 - David Kroll & Heartland, Eric Pettit Lion
The Washington
7 PM

29 - Friends of the Library
book sale
Burlington Public Library
9 AM

Leaving Abbey
The Washington
8 PM

30 - Small Business Saturday
Friends of the Library book sale
Burlington Public Library
9 AM

Kids Native American
Heritage Day
Heritage Center
11 AM

Lighted Holiday Parade
5 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 
Hope Haven Area Development Center

Megan Bell

Jessica Dean
Great Western Bank

Jim Ferneau
Burlington City Manager 

Tyler French
Burlington Bent River

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 Brakeville,
Klingner and Associates