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Fall Events

Beggars’ NightTrick or Treat – The traditional trick-or-treat event held in downtown businesses for children of all ages, including adults! Residents are encouraged to dress up and visit all of our businesses for their  spooktacular treats! Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 5-7pm. Want to make it a weekend? There is a lot to do here during a beautiful fall weekend- we suggest checking out some of the following activities during that weekend:

Harvestville Farm
Appleberry Orchard
Scenic River Wine Trail

 Sensational Chefs: Fort Madison Main Street is pleased to announce the ret
urn of the award winning dining experience Sensational Chefs! In 2012 Sensational Chefs received an award for the best fundraiser in the state of Iowa. Sensational Chefs features two local Sensational Chefschefs who prepare a 5 course meal with wine for 25 guests.

This year’s Chefs include Becky Rump & Fred Knoch. Each chef has created a stellar menu. Becky’s dinner will take place on September 26th.  Her cuisine will feature some of her favorite dishes from Shrimp Ceviche to Zwai fish tacos. Fred’s dinner slated for October 17th will feature American Classics, including slow roasted garlic and rosemary studded prime rib.

This year’s dinners have sold out, but we are already starting preparations for next year. If you or anyone you know is interested in being a Sensational Chef or if you would like to be added to the Sensational Chef mailing list contact Jillian Mohrfeld at or 319-372-5471.

2015 Boo-Athelon Spooktacular will be kick started in Riverview Park in Fort Madison.  The Spooktactular includes a kids run, a 5k run/walk and 10k bike ride- BooAthlon Logo 8-2014you can do one or both. Join in the fun Saturday, October 24th starting at 9:00 am.  Registration is required for a guaranteed shirt size, however sign-up the day of the event will be an option, however shirts sizes will be limited.
2015 Spooktackular Registration Form
Spooktacular Course Map


Ghost Hunt – Fort Madison will again play host to the Paranormal!!!  This is your chance to experience & document paranormal activity in one of the most historically haunted towns on the Mississippi River. Tour 6 different locations starting at the Lost Duck Brewing Company (725 Avenue H) for $25.00/person will include the guidance by Mysteries of the ghost huntNight Paranormal Specialists and entry to a private after-party.  Ticket locations in Fort Madison are: Studio 61,  The Bookmark, Fort Madison Partners and the Fort Madison Area Arts Center or Weird Harold’s in Burlington.  This event takes place every other year, a date will be set or 2016 soon!

Winter Events 

WineBeerWalk logo no dateWine & Beer Walk – Shop n’ sip at the Wine & Beer Walk! Our historic commercial district and quaint boutiques offer wine, beer and even distillery samples from local and regional producers. While the planning for 2015 is still happening, please save the date and join us at our sixth annual Wine & Beer Walk  on November 20th, 2015, 5-8pm.


Parade of Lights  Since its beginning 24 years ago, the Fort Madison Parade of Lights has experienced many changes, but this year the parade returns to Avenue G beginning promptly at 6:30 PM the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 27th, 2015), when the American Flag will be lit with patriotic music and fireworks.paradeoflights_2011


We invite spectators to enjoy the lighting of more than 50 completely lit floats.  Holiday cheer is in the air, with decorations and a visit from Santa Claus

Every evening following the Parade of Lights the floats will be lit and on display in Riverview Park for drive-by viewing until the first week in January.

 Mistletoe on Main Street –  Saturday November 28th 2015 Fort Madison Main Street will have a Christmas Open House in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. The holiday spirit will shine bright as stores are offering holiday savings and tasty treats for their customers.

While you are searching for that one special gift, your family can ring in the holiday season with Mistletoe on Main Street during the afternoon. There will be fun for the whole family from 10am to 2pm on Main Street as local carolers line the streets, children can enjoy a visit from Santa, as well as create crafts. The North Lee County Historical Society will be offering pictures with the “North Pole Express” train engine in Riverview Park. Horse wagon rides will take place from 12:30pm to 2:30pm for $2 a ride. Check out our Facebook Event for more information. 

chistmas home tour

Fort Madison Christmas Home Tour–  The  Fort Madison Christmas Home Tours will occur every other year with the next dates being December 4, 2016. The Christmas Home Tour is a fun way to kick off the holiday season by touring some of Fort Madison’s homes that are wonderfully decorated for the Christmas season! By participating in this special event, you are helping support Fort Madison Partners with Fort Madison beautification efforts- examples being: a sound system in the downtown, streetscape plan through out town, etc. The cost is only $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased the night of at any home or in advance at the Partners office, located at 614 9th Street, starting the end of November during regular business hours.  If interested in placing your home on the tour, please contact the Partners office at 319-372-5471.

Spring Events

Fort Madison Quilt Walk – Over 100 quilts on display from March 2nd-14th 2015 in

downtown Fort Madison. You can stroll our Main Street District and view quilts in windows and inside businesses. Many of the quilts will have their unique history displayed near side the quilt.  While you stroll the district stop in retail businesses and receive stamps on your quilt walk card to be entered to win raffle prizes. aps and stamp cards can be picked up at any of our retail locations. A great place to start the Quilt Walk is the Fort Madison Area At’s Association located at 825 Avenue G.

Summer Events

Big Buckle Bash

Fort Madison Main Street’s Big Buckle Bash will take place August 22nd this year. Main Street is excited to announce a new twist to this year’s event, “The Voice of Big Buckle Bash”. The Voice of Big Buckle Bash will send one talented voice home Big Buckle Bash Flyer 2015 Jpegwith $500. The contest will run using The Voice format, contestants will perform on stage hoping for a judge to spin their chair. Each Judge will choose 2 for their team. The eight finalists will perform a 2nd time with the final 4 being chosen by judges in the audience. The grand prize winner will receive $500 with $200 going to 2nd place, $100 to 2nd, and $50 to 4th place. To sign up to be a Voice contestant, download the below form or pick up a copy at Fort Madison Partners (614 9th Street) or The Funky Cowgirl (707 Ave G).

The Voice Application 2015

The Voice of Big Buckle Bash will not be the only entertainment at the street party in downtown Fort Madison. United Groove Theory of Peoria will light up the stage until 11pm, they play a variety of music from county, to pop, and rock. Classic Cars will also line the streets as a Car Cruise will end on Avenue G. Cold adult drinks will be served with food and craft vendors lining the streets. If you are interested in being a vendor, participating in the classic car cruise, volunteering or would like more details about the bash, contact Fort Madison Main Street at 319-372-5471.

Vendor Application Big Buckle Bash


Rendezvous on the River Oct pubRendezvous on the RiverEntertainment along with the river with car show and cruise night!  Come out and kick off the stress from work from 5-7:00 pm.  Three dates (July, Sept and Oct) will take us through the summer into fall:

October 2nd: sponsored by Jim Baier, Inc! 

Entertainment: Curtis John with beverage provider- Golden Eagle and Food provided for purchase by Fork it. Enjoy this FREE Entertainment opportunity with the sounds from local talent all the while walking through the lines of cars during the Car Show and Cruise night.

Fort Madison Farmers’ Market – Starting May 14th every Thursday from 4-6pm Farmers Market Photocome by Central Park on 9th Street to enjoy the local Farmers’ Market. Boost your health and support local agriculture by purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables weekly. You can also pick up delicious homemade pastries and pies. This event will take place rain or shine.

Farmers Market Rules Regulations 2015  PDF

Farmers Market Vendor Information PDF

Mayhem on the Mississippi – May 9th will mark the second “Mayhem on the Mississippi” 4k walk/run in Fort Madison.  The race will take place in Riverview Park, and will  include some fun obstacles.  As May 9th is also the day of Faeth’s famous Main Street BBQ, the first 50 people to register will receive a free entry ticket to Faeth’s event.  Pre registration ends April 24th, and registration the day of the race will commence at 7:45 am at the shelter house in Riverview Park.  The race will start at 9:00 am.  Make sure to register before April 24th to guarantee your dri fit event shirt.  Click on the link below to download the registration form.  Forms may be dropped off or mailed to 614 9th Street, Fort Madison, IA 52627.  Please make checks payable to Fort Madison Main Street.

Click her to register for the 2015 Mayhem On the Mississippi

Fort Madison Barley Hops


Fort Madison Barley Hops
You asked for it, so here it is…Fort Madison Barley Hops…Friday, May 15th from 5-8 pm. Area beer enthusiasts have the opportunity to taste the sweet tastes of Spring and Summer from some of our areas finest breweries. Participating shops will be open late to invite you in to sample brewery favorites and shop at the same time. The twist will be…this will be throughout Fort Madison as some of our other members want to be part of this fun event. The Fort Madison Barley Hops commemorative tasting mug, sponsored by Fort Madison’s Horan’s Cabaret Irish Pub will be available prior to at a special sale event to be announced soon. More details on vendors and locations to come.


On the first Thursday of every month, Main Street invites downtown business owners (and anyone else!) to sip a cup of Joe and chat about relevant issues at our monthly Coffee Talk. We meet at the Ivy Bake Shoppe, 8am. Coffee is on us!