Centrally located, Dubuque is easily accessible and is less than a 3-hour drive from Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, and Des Moines. Surrounded by bluffs and located on the Mississippi River, Dubuque offers a beautiful landscape and wonderful outdoor experience beyond any sporting event.

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We’ll take care of the rest.
  • RUN4TROOPS has worked diligently & cooperatively…

    …in the community with the stable support of the Dubuque Sports Commission. Way back when we were ready to contract with a timing system, the Sports Commission was right there to award RUN4TROOPS a much-needed grant to cover that cost and they have been there for us and with us ever since. Now we are approaching double digit years and are consistently bringing in participants from 25 plus states and 5 countries. It definitely takes a village to coordinate and implement such a quality event and we have a very strong & solid village here in the Dubuque area with many volunteers and sponsors.

    Connie Hodge
  • We had a really successful event…
    John Wells
  • They over deliver and under promise…
    Grant Reeves

Who has held an event in Dubuque?

America’s River Festival

AMSOIL Snocross National

Cabela’s Master Walleye

Color VIBE

Dubuque Dragon Boat Races

Dockdog World Championships

Men’s and Women’s Iowa State Bowling

National Canoe & Kayak Championships

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival


Ride Across Wisconsin


Special Olympics Iowa

Team of Dreams

Triple D Winter Race

USA Archery World Team Indoor Trails

USHL NHL Top Prospects Game

Vintage Torque Fest

Winter Iowa Games


WWGA Women’s Junior National Golf Tournament

1. How we can help

Site Visits

Assistance with bid proposals and presentations.


Assistance with marketing needs.


Budget building and management.


Assistance with acquiring permits of the City of Dubuque.


Recruitment of volunteer staff.

Off-Site Events

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


Arranging venue inspections.


Securing room blocks from area hotels.

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.

2. Getting Here

We are close to so much!

Centrally located, Dubuque is easily accessible and is less than a 3-hour drive from Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, and Des Moines.

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3. Explore Your Options

Travel Dubuque BoardroomMeetings

The Travel Dubuque Boardroom is available for use for small meetings – free of charge!

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3. Contact Us

Let’s Take the next step

Let us know what you are looking for by emailing Tyler Daugherty. Our staff will be back with you to start planning your trip to Dubuque.

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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.

Which hotel(s) have views of the Mississippi River?

There are currently 3 hotels with views of the Mississippi River; Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark, Hotel Julien Dubuque & Hilton Garden Inn. The Hancock House and Four Mounds are 2 Bed & Breakfasts with Mississippi River views.

Are there public boat docks?

Yes, the Port of Dubuque Marina.  This new public marina facility features 70 transient slips. The facility includes water and electrical connections; a fuel dock; sanitary pump-out facilities; shower suites; restrooms; laundry facilities; ship store, and convenience store. Dubuque Marina & Yardam has also features a full-service marina and riverfront bar.

Do you have a park along the Mississippi River?

Eagle Point Park overlooks the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam #11.  For more parks select from the main navigation bar Explore, then Nature & Outdoors.

Where can we go swimming?

From the main navigation bar, select Explore, then select Sports & Recreation.

What festivals does Dubuque have?

We have an array of festivals in Dubuque throughout the year. From the main navigation bar select Events.

Is there a place to rent boats? Or bikes?

Bicycle World, rents an array of outdoor equipment including, bikes, snow shoes & cross country skis; Fever River Outfitters, rents all kinds of outdoor equipment including kayaks and bicycles. Dubuque Bike Co-Op also provides bike rentals.

How do I get to the Field of Dreams?

Field of Dreams is located in Dyersville, Iowa, just 26 miles from Dubuque.  From Dubuque take Hwy 20 west; take exit 294 for Dyersville; turn right off the exit onto Hwy 136 north; follow Hwy 136, cross the train tracks and turn right on 3rd Avenue NE; follow approximately 3 miles, turn right on Lansing Road. Field of Dreams will be on the left.

Are there trails to go hiking or biking in Dubuque?

Yes there are! Visit our maps page to find out where to find them or visit our nature & outdoors section.

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