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The weather is cooling off, but things are heating up downtown! Starting this fall, the Alley Art Festival returns on Saturday, September 24! Watch as muralists complete their one-of-a-kind pieces, listen to live music, and support local vendors by purchasing art for your own home. Then, stick around to see which muralist is crowned Best in Show. This is definitely a fan favorite event downtown that you won’t want to miss!

We are kicking off the football season with a new downtown event! In collaboration with RE/MAX Preferred, the Sioux City Convention Center, and various nonprofits within Sioux City, we are excited to present the first Downtown Tailgate, which will take place on October 1st on Fourth and Jones Streets! We invite everyone to watch their favorite college team on big screens, enjoy a locally crafted beer, and chow down on classic tailgate food. There will also be a live performance by Damon Dotson and a cornhole tournament going on throughout the day. This event’s activities will benefit Children’s Miracle Network of UnityPoint and FORSiouxland. Free will donation opportunities will be presented throughout the day. We hope to see you Downtown on October 1st

It may be a bit early, but anticipation for the holiday season has already started! We are excited to announce the return of the Holiday Storefront Decorating Competition and encourage any businesses interested in competing to reach out to us! Last year, 20 storefronts were decorated using lights, trees, snowflakes, and more, and the people of Siouxland voted for their favorite! Businesses compete for a chance to win a $500 prize donated to the winner’s nonprofit of choice. Don’t have a storefront? Let us find one for you! There are plenty of vacant storefronts we’d love to see brought to life this season!

The Holiday Lighted Parade is a staple in Downtown Sioux City. Hundreds of people come together to celebrate the coming holiday season on the Monday before Thanksgiving! This year, the parade will take place on the evening of Monday, November 21. You are invited to grab your mittens and a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the beautiful show! We are so grateful to IBEW for sponsoring the parade year after year. The celebration concludes with Santa Claus lighting the big tree in the greenspace of the Public Museum to commemorate the beginning of the season. Downtown Sioux City’s atmosphere during the holidays is truly magical and we invite you to experience it all!

Whether it’s the start of a new hockey season, a live band at the Anthem, or a new exhibit in the Art Center–there is always something going on downtown! As we transition into the holiday season, you won’t want to miss a beat. Sign up for our weekly E-blast to stay in the know and avoid F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out). To catch up with the latest events, or to post one of your own, visit

Contributed by Downtown Partners, a non-profit organization that works with downtown stakeholders to create a vibrant, expanding downtown. To learn more about Downtown Partners and stay up to date on downtown projects and events, visit

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