Downtown Burlington is the heart of the community and home to its favorite events and celebrations. Young and old alike come out in mid-June to enjoy Steamboat Days, the region's biggest music festival and carnival, held along the riverfront. TheSnake Alley Art Fair on Father’s Day brings in artists from throughout the Midwest. TheSnake Alley Festival of Film - "The crookedest film festival in the U.S." - attracts filmmakers and fans from around the world to the Capitol Theater each summer for a multi-day presentation of award winning short films in a variety of genres.
The Port of Burlington is the location for events like the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Friday Fests during the summer months, and Rotary Chicken Dinner. Memorial Auditorium hosts the SnowBull Rodeo and Safe Halloween, and on New Year's you can check out Rockin' Safe Eve and enjoy the fireworks.
Thousands of people come down to historic Jefferson Street to watch the Steamboat Days parade and take part other events. In November and December, the Lighted Holiday Parade and Living Windows are Christmas time traditions you're sure to treasure.