live here Distinctively Dubuque

Meet your new hometown, Dubuque.

Distinctively Dubuque is a free, interactive learning experience where you'll gain valuable knowledge about the community in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.


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.

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.

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 & experience local cuisine
  • Learn about Dubuque's arts and culture offerings, history, recreation, and more
  • Have fun exploring venues around the city
  • Participate in networking activities with community leaders and residents
  • Discover what makes the Dubuque area unique

How it works

The program meets once a week, on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., for five weeks. Each three-hour session includes networking, socializing, and hands-on learning. A meal is also provided. Classes are limited to 29 newcomers.

Who it's for

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

The program is a collaboration between Greater Dubuque Development and Northeast Iowa Community College.

This program is funded by Q Casino/Dubuque Racing Association, the City of Dubuque, and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors.

Upcoming Events

Join other newcomers at a Distictively Dubuque program.

The dates for upcoming Distinctively Dubuque programs:

  • Session 4 of 2023 Series: October 4 - November 1
  • Session 1 of 2024 Series: January 31 - February 28
  • Session 2 of 2024 Series: March 13 - April 10
  • Session 3 of 2024 Series: August 21 - September 18
  • Session 4 of 2024 Series: October 2 - October 30