Sports + Events

The Dubuque Regional Sports Commission is one of 10 sports authority districts within the state of Iowa striving to promote, market, and develop a strong sporting event base within the region. We take pride in providing our assistance and services in bringing your next event to the Tri-State area.


Assistance with bid proposals and presentations.

Budget building and management.

Arranging venue inspections.

Assistance with acquiring permits of the City of Dubuque.

Securing room blocks from area hotels.


Recruitment of volunteer staff.

Assistance with marketing needs.

Help plan off-site activities for participants and their families.


Dubuque Regional Sport Commission Grant


Each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) in which funding is available, The Dubuque Regional Sports Commission will accept applications to assist event organizers in supporting recreational events throughout the community. Event organizers may request any amount of funding with the understanding that such amount may not be matched.

Once all applications have been reviewed, the Sports Commission Board will submit a final report to the State. From this point, The Economic Development Authority will certify districts in a manner designed to prioritize those events that provide the greatest total benefit to the state as a whole. The Authority will award an equal amount of grant funds to each certified district. Funds will be awarded as reimbursement for expenditures that are directly related to the active promotion of one or more nonprofessional sporting events. A district certified in one fiscal year retains its certification only for the duration of that fiscal year and must reapply for certification in each subsequent fiscal year. The certification of districts and the awarding of grant funds are contingent upon the appropriation by the General Assembly of moneys for such purposes.


For events that fall between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

Local Applications Due: Monday, June 5, 2017 – 5:00 PM CST

State Application Due: Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 5:00 PM CST

Awarded Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Recent Recipients

America’s River Soccer Classic, Cabela’s Masters Walleye, Dockdog World Championships, Dubuque Benefit Classic, Dubuque Blowout, Dubuque Swimming Hurricanes, Gaelic Gallop, Gran Fondo, Grandview Gallop, Ice Harbor Schloastic Chess Open, International Dragon Boat Festival, Mantastic Guyathlon, Midwest Masters, Mississippi River High School Rodeo, Mississippi Valley Open Tennis, Run4Troops, Special Olympics, Swiss Valley Trail Run, Winter Iowa Games

  • We had a really successful event…due in part to the CVB.John Wells (Torquefest)
  • They over deliver and under promise…that’s what we are about.Grant Reeves (DockDogs)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are public restrooms?

You can find public restrooms at the Iowa Welcome Center located at 280 Main Street and also in the Dubuque Convention & Visitors Building located at 300 Main Street. There are also public restrooms at the corner of 5th & Bluff Streets

Where can you park a motor coach downtown?

Complimentary parking is provided on 3rd Street between Main Street and Locust Street across from Crust and also on 4th Street between Bluff Street and Locust Street.


Contact Tyler Daugherty at 563.845.7698 or email

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