Distinctively Dubuque

Find your place in Dubuque

Welcome! You've made the decision to move to the Greater Dubuque area. The movers are gone, the boxes are unpacked, and you are settled in. Now it's time to really make this new destination your home. And we’d like to help welcome you with the Distinctively Dubuque program.

Distinctively Dubuque is a free, interactive learning experience where you'll gain valuable knowledge about the community in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The program is a collaboration between Greater Dubuque Development and Northeast Iowa Community College's Town Clock Business Center. This program is funded by Q Casino/Dubuque Racing Association, the City of Dubuque, and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors.

Hosted by a variety of high-energy presenters with in-depth knowledge of the Greater Dubuque area, the Distinctively Dubuque program offers opportunities to:

  • Meet new people & try local food
  • Learn about Dubuque's arts and culture offerings, recreation spots, and things to do
  • Have fun while exploring the city
  • Network with community leaders and residents
  • Discover traditions which make Dubuque unique

View Distinctively Dubuque Brochure

The program meets once a week for five weeks. Each session is three hours long and includes sharing, activities, socializing, and hands-on learning. Sessions include a meal and are limited to 29 newcomers.

Distinctively Dubuque, a unique introduction to our area is particularly recommended for those relatively new to the community (five years or less). Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The dates for upcoming Distinctively Dubuque programs:
January 31 – February 28
March 21 – April 15
August 22 – September 19
September 26 – October 24




To register for an upcoming session or request further information about Distinctively Dubuque, call Northeast Iowa Community College at 563.557.8271, extension 380, or visit their website and search for "Distinctively Dubuque" in the search box at the top right of the page.