Washington, Iowa
   One of the Best 100 Small Towns in America

board members


Events and Festivals


Agricultural Experiences . Attractions

Barn Quilts of Washington County . Camping . Dining     Golf . Hunting . Lodging . Pampering 

Performing Arts . Recreation . Shopping




Summer Fun



�Thursday Night Live�

Featuring live local entertainment each Thursday evening from 6:30pm-7:30pm in Central Park. 


Gallery Walk

Featuring local area artists who will display their art work in store windows around the square. 


Ridiculous Day

Will be held the first Saturday in June. Retail sidewalk sales from 7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Free family activities and entertainment all day including pony rides. Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Washington. Flea market starts at 7:00 a.m. in downtown Washington. Bike auction after parade in downtown Washington.


Golf Fun Days

These outings allow for social interaction and a little competition for high and low score. One member off of the Women's team and one member off of the Men's team receive a $500.00 scholarship.  Teams are made up of Chamber and Club members and their guests. 


Washington Municipal Band
Performs every Thursday night at 8 pm (June-August), in Central Park in downtown Washington. A tradition since 1932.


Farmer's Market

This event is held Thursday evenings in Central Park.  The market will feature fresh homegrown produce, baked goods, crafts, honey, plants and cooking demonstrations.  Each week a local guest organization will be present.  The market starts on the first Thursday in May and runs through October.

Thursday's, 5-8 pm, May-October in Central Park.
Sundays, 1:30-3:00 pm, June- August in Central Park 319/653-4888


Washington County Fair

Held at the end of July every year. Features 4-H exhibits and grandstand shows each night.




Fall Fun



Craft Fest

The annual Craft Festival is held each year the first Saturday after Labor Day.  Over 120 craft booths with a wide variety of crafts fill Central Park in downtown Washington.  Food vendors are on site each year.  The show is held rain or shine.  No admission fee. 





Trick or Treat Around the Square

In cooperation with the Community Y we host a very successful �Trick or Treat Around the Square� for over 400 children and their parents.  The event will be held October 31.  It starts at 4:45 p.m. with spooky music on the bandstand in Central Park.  At 5:00 p.m. the children line-up to trick or treat the businesses around the square, after which kids in costume can come back into Central Park and be treated to hot dogs, chips, and juice.                                                                                                                                


Winter Fun



Santa's House

We have many volunteers behind the scenes who put in a lot of time and effort in getting Santa�s house ready for its annual visitors.  The house sits on the southwest corner of Central Park in downtown Washington.  Santa arrives at his house the day after Thanksgiving and is in the house on Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons through Christmas.  Santa is sponsored by the four local banks.


Tour of Homes/Christmas Lighting

The annual event will be held the first Saturday and Sunday in December.  The event is attended each year by 500-700 people.  We showcase 4 beautiful homes each year.  Proceeds support the Christmas Lighting in Central Park and the lights outlining downtown buildings.  It costs between $1500-$2000 per year to maintain the lights that outline the downtown buildings.  Proceeds have also been used to purchase highway banners, statues in Central Park and snowflakes and wreaths.






Lighted Holiday Parade

This annual event is held the Friday after Thanksgiving and is led by two students from Lincoln School who carry a banner and are chosen to participate by Lincoln School staff.  There are over 50 lighted entries in the parade.  Santa rides into the square on a float with two of his elves from St. James and Stewart Schools.  The elves win the right to ride with Santa by entering a guessing contest at the schools.

Copyright � 2001 Washington Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved

Designed by Isterra� Design Studio.
Visit our website at www.isterra.com