A City of Southern Flare: Mardi Gras in Dubuque

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It’s time for a Mardi Gras party! Between our river culture, delicious food, and jazz-filled streets, you won’t find a more southern flared city than Dubuque this Mardi Gras season on the Northern Mississippi. So check out some of the Carnival themed fun to be had in Iowa’s Oldest City. Take a trip down to the Bayou for a Night In N’awlins at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Transport yourself to the swamps of Louisiana for a night to enjoy wine tasting from some of Dubuque’s favorite local wineries and a smattering of New Orleans foodie flare. A … Read More

Weekend Calendar of Events

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From live music, festivals, art openings, and so much more – Dubuque is home to year-round events. Discover what is happening in Dubuque, Iowa this weekend! Weekend Activities 2.22-2.26

20 Reasons to Come to Dubuque for UMCVB Conference

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Because…it’s been 20 years. We want to celebrate UMCVB where it all started two decades ago. Because… If you build it, they will come. The opening night event takes place at the site of the Academy Award nominated movie Field of Dreams. Because…we are situated next to one of the great world wonders. Walk along the magnificent Mississippi River on our Riverwalk. Because… We are bigger and better than before. Our community has undergone massive revitalization and we can’t wait to show you all the new to do in town. Because…You are never more than a few moments away from … Read More

Out of the Ordinary Valentines Day Dining

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Looking for an out of the way romantic dining spot for Valentine’s Day? The Dubuque area has a multitude of excellent dining establishments. If you desire a unique and excellent dining. try one or more of the following. In Bellevue, Iowa, Flatted Fifth Blues and BBQ and Inn at Potter’s Mill combine the jazz and southern food of Bourbon Street with the Blues and BBQ of Beale Street. The restored grist mill nestled along Mill Creek and the bluffs of the Mississippi offers a charming atmosphere. Special menu items such as ribs, jambalaya, gumbo, chicken and dumplings, and smoked prime … Read More

Museum & Aquarium Celebrates Black History Month with “A Place For All People” Smithsonian Exhibit

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In honor of Black History Month, The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host a special traveling poster exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that highlights the African American experience throughout history.   The exhibit, entitled “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, Feb. 1-28, 2017. The poster exhibit focuses on key artifacts housed in the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. These artifacts tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. It features the child-size … Read More

Museum & Aquarium Store hosting Night in N’awlins Feb. 23

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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will allow visitors to shake off the winter blues and step into Cajun Country this February. The Museum & Aquarium Store will host its annual “Night in N’awlins” party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, in the National River Center (East building). Tickets for the event are $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. The event features free wine tastings from local wineries, free Cajun food samples, free Mardi Gras mask/beads, a free Hurricane drink, free live entertainment and 20 percent off at the Museum Store. There will also be … Read More

Beat the Winter Blues in Dubuque

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Don’t let the winter blues keep you from getting out and about on even the most brutally cold days. These snowy season Dubuque events will have you embracing the chill and wishing for six more weeks of winter. Bald Eagle Watch– January 21, 2017 January is prime time for seeing our great American icon, the Bald Eagle, along the Mississippi River. Get up close with these majestic birds of prey at the Dubuque Audobon Society’s Annual Bald Eagle Watch, a Free Family Event. Meet the winged ambassadors from the region’s raptor centers and watch the eagles hangout at their favorite winter fishing spot, Lock & Dam … Read More

Museum & Aquarium’s Newest Exhibit is Top Secret

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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s newest exhibition is a complete mystery. Visitors to the exhibition will have to figure it out for themselves. Top Secret: License to Spy visitors will go undercover and enter a world of coded messages and satellite surveillance when they take on the role of a secret agent in the Museum & Aquarium’s latest feature exhibition. Top Secret: License to Spy explores the science and technology of spying and espionage, including how to uncover a radio bug with an oscilloscope and using lasers to monitor conversations. Top Secret: License to Spy is an exhibit … Read More

Cozy Coffee Shops of Dubuque

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During the cold winter months in Dubuque, visit a coffee house for a warm up. Good food, good drink, and good company are available at many locations. Located in the Millwork District, Inspire Café offers an industrial chic environment with coffee, tea, beer or wine. Once a month the Café sponsors an English Afternoon Tea for patrons. On weekends, live music enhances the experience. Sipping a craft beer, cappuccino, or glass of wine in front of the fireplace will chase the winter chill. Add a bakery item from Manna Java’s Bakery, or apple bread made from scratch on the premises … Read More

Ice Fest 2017: Featuring Children’s TV Star Curious George

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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in the Port of Dubuque will host its annual Ice Fest event January 14-16, 2017. The Museum & Aquarium will present special winter-related programs daily throughout Ice Fest including historic demonstrations, winter crafts, snow and ice sculptures, and eagle watching. Feature activities taking place during Ice Fest will include professional snow and ice sculpting, traditional Native American outdoor winter games, live animal programs, winter safety demonstrations, appearances by the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and more! Special guests include Dan Wardell, host of Kids Club on Iowa Public Television, with his friend Curious George. There … Read More