Build A Better Block 2018

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Build A Better Block 2018

See the Potential on Central September 14-23, 2018

Dubuque Main Street is excited to announce our lineup for the Build-A-Better-Block event on the 1800 Block of Central Avenue. From filling vacant storefronts with pop-up shops, to a public art installation, events and colorful streetscape amenities, the community is invited to this engaging weeklong event and celebrate the Potential on Central.

This initiative includes street art, temporary furniture, permanent art installations (one completed by a local artist and the other completed like a paint-by-numbers panel by the general public), family challenges during a live DJ, a throw down between local chefs, family and “serious about” arts events and even a chance to sport glow attire while listening to the Brews Brothers Band just to start. All are invited to share in our NEW event and engage with the Potential on Central!

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Dubuque Bank & Trust, Dubuque Racing Association, Telegraph Herald Media and Radio Dubuque.

Guests attending our event will find the following pop-ups and permanent retailers on the 1800 Block of Central:

1800 Central: Rosie Ray Relics (Permanent)

1812 Central : Charlotte’s 2.0

1820 Central: Merry Pop-In Shoppe

1824 Central: Dubuque Main Street

1838 Central: Upcycle Dubuque (Permanent)

1842 Central: Graham’s 2.0

1850 Central: Active Endeavors

1860 Central: Life’s a Feast (fine dining)

1876 Central: Dave’s Furniture & Appliance (Permanent)

To partner with our pop-up retailers, DMS is fortunate to have an extensive line up of events. From family friendly to lunch-n-learns to a Chef’s Cook-Off, our vision is to reflect the beauty and promise that lies within this neighborhood. As part of our mission, we look to bring the community together to visualize the Potential on Central. Set up will be Friday, September 14– Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Kick-Off Event
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Noon-5 P.M.
Featuring a local D.J. & a variety of kid’s activities, we look to take over 18th Street (between Central and White Street) to show the potential of hosting a family oriented event! From assisting in building a community “Paint By Numbers” mural to a bounce house, we look to target families to engage with the Potential on Central.

Art Gallery Reception
Monday, September 17
5:30-8 P.M.
Thank you to Craig & Kristina Beytien for hosting local artists for a Pop-Up Gallery! Reception will be held in the NEW Upcycle Dubuque space located at 1838 Central. With all being invited to celebrate how ART can impact a community, we encourage you to bring the whole family to attend! Light refreshments provided.

Lunch N’ Learns
Tuesday, September 18- Thursday, September 20, 2018
Inviting local businesses to interactive and professional development speakers, we present our Lunch N’ Learn series. Partnering with The Jule, our Lunch N’ Learn sponsors will have the opportunity to commute their employees to the 1800 Block of Central. Lunch options will be available for purchase.

Chef Cook-Off
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
5:30-9 P.M.
Want to know who is the best chef with the resources they are provided? Cheer on your favorite local chef during our “chopped” style competition. Will they be able to beat their time limits and their challenges? Judges include: Mayor Roy Buol, Kathy Droessler of Dubuque Racing Association, Lance Hummel of Higley Industries and Angela Kelley of Heartland Financial and Dubuque Bank & Trust. Join us to find out!

Arts VIP Event
Thursday, September 20, 2018
5:30-8 P.M.
Register for arts related activities, while engaging with local VIP guests. We will be offering a “Not-So-Serious” track and a “Dedicated to Making Art” track. Families and individuals are invited welcomed to celebrate our re-designation of the Downtown Dubuque Cultural Corridor.

Music & Glow Bash
Friday, September 21, 2018
5-9 P.M.
Bringing to the stage the local Brews Brothers, we look to show what the potential is for us to have a concert on 18th Street (between Central and White Street). We invite the community to wear GLOW attire, as we light up the neighborhood with all-ages social engagement.

Calling All Entrepreneurs
Saturday, September 22, 2018
9 A.M.- 11 A.M.
Local entrepreneurs are invited to engage with local business professionals. Offering a panel of local specialists, we hope to come full circle in conversation to assist entrepreneurs in filling storefronts in the Central Corridor.

Build A Better Block Tear Down
Saturday, September 22– Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Volunteers are invited to join in.


Interested in volunteering?

Volunteer Opportunities> Registration Link:

1) Streetscape Building: Use your woodworking skills (and assembly skills) to assist our Streetscape Team in building our dream features for the Potential on Central. Amenities include parklets, benches, chairs, tables, and lighting.

2) Storefront Build Out: From painting, to cleaning; we look to provide each storefront with five volunteers to build out their Pop-Up shop.

3) Event Set-Up: Assist in setting up for outdoor events taking place during this week long event.

4) Event Maintenance: We are looking for people during the event to manage waste and monitor safety.

5) Event Closing Strike & Clean-up: Assist in tearing down outdoor events taking place during this week long event.

6) Wayfinding Guide: Throughout the week of events, we are looking to have friends posted to help with community inquiries. Dubuque Main Street’s Build A Better Block Schedule of Events 1069 Main Street | Dubuque, IA 52001 | 8-10-2018

7) Lunch N’ Learn Hosts: From 11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday): We need a host to assist in keeping time and the introduction of the speaker.

September 16 2018


Start: September 16 @ 8:00 AM
End: September 22 @ 5:00 PM
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Dubuque, IA 52001 United States

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