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Spring Events

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



Mayhem on the Mississippi – May 9th will mark the first “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 will begin in April, 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.  First 200 to register will receive a t-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.

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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.

Summer Events

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Big Buckle Bash– The PREMIERE event in the Tri-State area! The first annual Big Buckle Bash was held in 2011 and had over 500 people downtown, rockin’ out to country hits and dancin’ in the street! 2012 proved to be a hit with over 1000! Come on down to Avenue G & 9th Street in Fort Madison to join in the fun!  The 2015 event will be held on August 22nd from 5-11pm. We have crafts vendors, food vendors, and classic car enthusiasts for a Cruise In!

Sidewalk Sales – a Fort Madison Tradition! Every Friday & Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the downtown business owners celebrate with huge sales and savings! The sidewalks are lined with great buys, including shoes, furniture, home decor, clothes, jewelry, and accessories!

Fall Events

ghost huntGhost Hunt – Fort Madison will again play host to the Paranormal!!! Friday October 23 and Saturday  October 24 is Fort Madison Ghost Hunt...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 Night 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.  Call 1-800-210-TOUR for more information and discounts on lodging


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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- you 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

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! Friday, October 31st, 2015, 5-7pm.

Wanna make it a weekend? There’s a ton 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

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.

Parade of Lights

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 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 12pm to 4pm 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. 

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Fort Madison Christmas Home Tour- Fort Madison Partners is excited to announce they are bringing back a holiday favorite to our community! The 2nd Annual Fort Madison Christmas Home Tours will occur on December 6, 2015. 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 December 1st during regular business hours.



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!