Burlington, Iowa

Upcoming Events in Burlington Iowa


26 - 11 Mother's Day Vendor / Craft Show; Westland Mall - MOTHER'S DAY VENDOR / CRAFT SHOW


Address: 450 WEST GEAR AVE , Burlington, Iowa
Ph: 6416933041 (Always call and confirm events)


1 Great River Bridge Race - Walk or run across the Mississippi River bridge from Iowa to Illinois and back.

Ph: 319-753-8134 (Always call and confirm events)

7 - 8 Annual Snake Alley Criterium - Weekend of cycling includes an 80-mile road race and the race up Snake Alley, the "crookedest street in the world."

Ph: 319-752-0015 (Always call and confirm events)


1 - 6 Burlington Steamboat Days - American Music Festival - National rock, country, pop, rhythm and blues, jazz, big band and oldies groups perform daily on outdoor stages.

Ph: 319-754-4334 (Always call and confirm events)

6 Annual Snake Alley Art Fair - The Snake Alley Art Fair is a daylong celebration of creativity and community, centering on a love for the visual arts. Growing from a start more than 40 years ago as a small gathering of local artists who set up for the day along Snake Alley — the crookedest street in the world! — the fair is now an annual event with an estimated attendance of more than 6,000 people. SAAF encompasses much to see and buy from more than 100 exhibitor artists and craftspeople, plus art-making activities for children, music, and food. The fair happens in Burlington's Heritage Hill Historic District, along winding, sloping Snake Alley as well as on two leafy residential blocks of North 6th Street above the alley.

RAIN OR SHINE, THE FAIR GOES ON! In case of truly inclement or dangerous weather, the Snake Alley Art Fair moves to its alternate site, the Des Moines County Fairgrounds at Southeastern Community College's West Burlington campus, approximately 3.5 miles west of Snake Alley.

Ph: 319-754-8069 (Always call and confirm events)


4 Lake Geode Challenge - A 1.5K swim, 40K bike course on scenic loop outside Geode State Park, 10K run through the park.

Ph: 319-392-4601 (Always call and confirm events)

2 Fourth of July Celebration - Fireman's breakfast, children's games, large craft show, bingo, late afternoon parade, live entertainment, fireworks.

Ph: 319-752-5451 (Always call and confirm events)

14 - 20 Des Moines County Fair - Home economics, 4-H projects, livestock shows, tractor pulls, horse pulls and music.

Ph: 319-394-3730 (Always call and confirm events)


31IA0801003e014 - Burlington The Great River Golden Reel Fishing Rodeo - Experienced and amateur anglers of all ages are invited to participate in Burlington, Iowa’s most challenging fishing tournament of 2012, The Great River Golden Reel Fishing Rodeo. Scheduled for Saturday August 11th, 2012 on the Mississippi River, this one-day fishing event promises to be an excitement packed and fun-filled day for the participants and spectators. Tournament organizers will be busy over the coming months in preparation for the onslaught of anglers, boats, and spectators descending on the Burlington Riverfront to claim their share of the estimated $10,000 in cash & prizes. The prize structure is designated to spread significant cash awards and prizes in several different categories to maximize the potential for anglers to go home a winner!

The tournament will also be raising funds to aid our local Iraq & Afghanistan veterans who have suffered traumatic injuries. A portion of the tournament proceeds will be donated to English River Outfitters in Washington, Iowa to assist in providing an outdoor recreational retreat, at no cost to our veterans, where they can camp, fish, hunt, hike and enjoy a campfire in an enjoyable relaxing atmosphere. English River Outfitters is a non-profit charitable organization that helps foster a healthy readjustment back to civilian life through a positive outdoor experience. The average stay for a recovering veteran at a Recovery Medical Center is TWO YEARS. That is a long time to be bedridden or confined to a hospital facility, especially for the athletic, adventurous, and outgoing individuals, such as those who serve in the military. The main goal of English River Outfitters is to help the disabled veterans adjust back to as normal a life as can be expected through a positive active, outdoor experience with family, friends, and fellow veterans.

Cash & prizes will be awarded in the categories for Top Boat (Most Pounds Combined) Biggest Catfish, Biggest Bass, Most Pounds Bluegill, and Most Pounds Crappie. Cash & prizes will also be awarded in several other categories to include Senior Angler, Lady Angler and Junior Angler and a “Grand Slam” prize of $250 for the boat that manages to place a fish (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in all four categories. There will also be a “Toilet Bowl” cash prize of $100 for the boat that comes in dead last! The basic entry fee to enter the tournament is $50 if registered before August 1st or $60 on the day of the tournament. There will also be several additional optional categories available to compete in with cash & prizes awarded in each. Each boat may enter in as many categories as their capabilities allow, increasing their winnings potential. Tournament registration will begin at 6:00am with an Anglers’ Pancake Breakfast and Captain’s Meeting to follow at 7:00am. Fishing times will be from 8:00am -3:00pm.

The goal for organizers is to grow the tournament into an annual major fishing event attracting anglers and spectators throughout the Midwest. By showcasing our river’s fantastic fishing opportunities to anglers throughout the region, tournament organizers hope to see a continual growth of tournament participation in the coming years and an always welcome influx of new visitors to the Burlington and Southeast Iowa areas.
This fishing event is open to the public and all anglers wanting a crack at the estimated $10,000 in cash & prizes along with a sensation of high energy and friendly competition are encouraged to enter. To receive the registration packet, more information or a sponsor package, contact Brad Grace at 319-931-8832, email: or visit our website at

Address: P.O. Box 60 New London, Iowa 52645 , Burlington, Iowa
Ph: 319-931-8832 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Entry Fee - $60 Per Boat


10 - 11 Heritage Days - Multi-ethnic festival with live music, family activities, great food, historical demonstrations, in downtown Burlington.

Ph: 319-752-0015 (Always call and confirm events)

12 Annual PZAZZ Car Classic - The Show is 8am - 4pm. This is a Judged show, open to all years, makes and models, 31 classes, top 2 awards per class, special awards, trailer parking available, email for hotel information. Notre Dame HS holding a raffle to raise money for their school. Tickets are $100 and will be on sale July 1 and will be drawing in the complex after our show. Top prize given away will be $100,000. For more info about raffle, check out our website in late June. The PZAZZ Complex contains FunCity; an indoor waterpark, indoor go-carts, bowling alley, arcade, LazerTag, several restaurants and Catfish Bend Casino. Visit for more information.
Event Fees: $20 entry includes Event Tee (first 100) & dash plate. Pre-enter online to guarantee your size.

Address: 3001 Winegard Drive , Burlington, Iowa
Ph: 6419191515 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $20


18 Oktoberfest on the River - Celebrate the area's German heritage with traditional food, beer and entertainment at the Port of Burlington.

Ph: 319-752-3262 (Always call and confirm events)


6 Lighted Holiday Parade - Ph: 319-752-0015 (Always call and confirm events)

11 Living Windows - More than 60 decorated downtown window fronts, drama, carolers, church choirs, live Nativity, storytellers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn trolley rides, food and beverages.

Ph: 319-752-0015 (Always call and confirm events)

Attractions and Upcoming Events


Family entertainment facility offers indoor/outdoor waterpark, 24 lanes of bowling, electric go-karts, arcade, laser tag, hotel, nightclub, restaurant, and banquet/party facility. Future site of casino/hotel complex.

Burlington, IA Fun Centers

The Phelps House

Historic house museum with Medical Memories Museum and gift shop.

Burlington, IA Museums

Burlington Bees Professional Baseball

Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Burlington, IA Baseball Teams

Port of Burlington Welcome Center

Historic building on the Mississippi River, dedicated in 1928

Burlington, IA Museums

Starr's Cave Nature Center/Starr's Cave Park and Preserve

Great scenic views abound in this 200-acre area of forest communities and massive limestone bluffs rising above the creek. The park and preserve provide a variety of recreational opportunities, while the nature center offers interactive environmental displays.

Burlington, IA

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