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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!


May 10th will mark the first “Mayhem on the Mississippi” 4k walkMayhem on the Mississippi logo/run in Fort Madison.  The race will take place in Riverview Park, and will include some fun obstacles.  As May 10th 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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BBB Poster 2014 webBig 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!  In 2014, the event will be held on August 16th 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!


BooAthlon Logo 8-2014First Annual 2014 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 25th 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.

Spooktackular Boo-Athlon- October 25, 2014: 9:00 am. Registration form. Spooktacular Course Map


Beggars’ Night - The traditional trick-or-treat event held in downtown businesses for Beggars' Nightchildren of all ages, including adults! Residents are encouraged to dress up and visit all of our businesses for their spooktacular treats! Friday, October 31, 2014, 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

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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. Join us at our fifth annual Wine & Beer Walk (event page) on November 21st, 2013, 5-8pm.




Fort Madison Parade of Lights
Since its beginning 22 years ago, the Fort Madison Parade of Lights has experienced Parade of Lightsmany changes, but this year the parade returns to Avenue G beginning promptly at 6:30 PM the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 28th), when the American Flag will be lit with patriotic music and fireworks.
We invite spectators to enjoy the lighting of more than 50 completely lit floats;

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. Holiday cheer is in the air, with decorations and a visit from Santa Claus