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20 Things To Do with Friends in Dubuque

Dubuque was made for adventures with friends.

Explore where Iowa started with your best pals.


Soar to New Heights

Fly down the wondrous ruins of Union Park at Sky Tours Zipline. Nine runs will fill your day with high flying fun.


Root for the Saints

Get decked out in your best Dubuque Fighting Saints gear for a game. Support the home team and have a great time.

Enjoy Festival Season

Summer is Festival Season in Dubuque. From outdoor music festivals to all you can eat events, make sure to take a moment to soak up the events Dubuque has to offer.


Embrace the Quirk

Paul’s Tap is an institution in Dubuque. Known for their collection of taxidermy and mouthwatering burgers, this is a must stop spot for quirky friends.

Test Your Knowledge

Dubuquers love their trivia. Stop in to Trivia Night every week at Backpocket Brewing, Dimensional Brewing or the Riverboat lounge.

Sing Your Heart Out

Nothing says true friendship like belting out your favorite song in embarrassment with your friends. Make sure to hit up a karaoke night on your next trip.

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Listen To Great Music

With dozens of live music venues, Dubuque has become a hot spot for touring and local musicians alike. Looking for big-name country, check out Five Flags. Or for supporting the locals, check out Stone Cliff Winery.

Dress in Drag

The Smokestack is home a Midwest Illusions Drag Show. Come and support the community and have a memorable evening!


Stare at the Stars

Friends and camping go hand in hand. Head out to Finley’s Landing for an evening laying under the stars and a campfire on the beach.


Have An Instagram Challenge

Dubuque is full of Instagramable moments. Take a walk around Dubuque and gather some content with your friends for the feed. PS: Make sure to mention @traveldubuque and #whereiowastarted

Catch A Show

Events abound in Dubuque. Live theater, touring music, or even Mystery Science Theater Live at Five Flags! Get your tickets early!


Eat at Food Trucks

Food trucks are a hot commodity in Dubuque. But we make it easy for you to get a little something from everyone at Food Truck Friday, the second Friday of every month in Washington Park.

Paddle Away

Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Mighty Mississippi is a once and a lifetime opportunity. What makes that even better? Doing yoga on a paddleboard..


Celebrate Special Occasions

Dinner with friends at L.May Eatery is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion. The inventive upscale American cuisine is sure to please every tastebud.

Chow Down

Copper Kettle is a must for foodie friends. Known for their adventurous eats, this small space serves up big flavor.

Holiday Festivities

Are you from Dubuque? Have friends coming home for the holidays? Embrace all of the traditions in Dubuque from the Holiday Train to Reflections in the Park.

Hit The High Ropes

Four Mounds Ropes Course is perfect for team building activities, but it’s also great for building friendships. Explore the high ropes at this retreat center for a memorable afternoon.


Play Board Games

Rainy day? Take the afternoon for boardgames and beer at 7 Hills Brewery.

Laugh Out Loud

Funny people flock to Dubuque. Between the Dubuque Comedy group that performs at Smokestack, and touring comedians at the Moonbar, you and your friends will be laughing the whole trip long.


Sip In The Sun

Situated just north of Dubuque, Park Farm Winery offers a relaxing atmosphere to sip on their delicious blends and soak up the views of rolling hills. It’s the perfect lazy Saturday where Iowa started.