Annual Events

Oelwein has annual events that will provide fun for the entire family.  Many attractions can be added to your trip when visiting Oelwein or enjoyed throughout the year for our residents.  Check out what Oelwein has to offer your family!


Italian Heritage Days

Held annually at Red Gate Park typically the 3rd weekend in August, but varies depending on availability of priest.


Heritage Days

Annually held 3rd Weekend in August. 

A great chance to get in touch with local heritage and celebrate our past. Railroad History - Flea Market & Crafts - Street Dance . Various activities around town!  Fun for the entire family!

Farmers Market

Mondays 3-6 p.m. & Fridays 8-11 a.m. - mid-May to mid-October - at the parking lot near the Log Cabin Park. Contact Delphine Deaner, 319-636-9122 for info.


Friday Night Downtown Park'n

Third Friday each month in summer - sponsored by Oelwein Odd Rods Club. Car enthusiasts welcome to park 6:00-10:00 p.m. and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for vintage cars. Complete with hot rods, door prizes, DJs. No charge for car owners or spectators. (Quote: " is different each time. It is a nice Friday night out and we can see some of the cars we grew up with..." --R.G.)


Celebration Oelwein

The committee provides an event intended to celebrate our community by providing a fun, family-activity based celebration. Past activities included in the celebration have been a 5K walk/run, parade, entertainment, contests, kids games, inflatables, face painting, food & product vendors, bean bag tournament, duck races, local talents, grand fireworks and much more! The morning events are held throughout the city of Oelwein and the afternoon events are typically held at the Oelwein City Park on South Frederick the 1st weekend of June. Contact an officer (Kimberly Pont, President) or any officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Check us out on Fabebook to volunteer, be a sponsor or keep up to date on the progress of the celebration. 

Daddy Daughter Dance

Held annually the first Saturday in May in the Oelwein Community Plaza. All girls between preschool and 5th grade are invited to attend with their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc. A grand march has been added to the event and held in the Oelwein Mealsite in the North end of the Oelwein Plaza to allow mom, grandma and others to watch as the girls and their escort walk to the stage and get presented to the audience.


Mommy Son Hoedown

Held annually the first Saturday in October in the Oelwein Community Plaza. All boys between preschool and 5th grade are invited to attend with their mom, grandma, aunt, sister or any special lady in their life! DJ music, rootbeer floats, cookies and treats and a gift for every boy will add to the fun of the evening! 

Party in the Park Summer Series

Held the 2nd Thursday of June, July, August and September in Plaza Park on West Charles 5-8 pm. Live local entertainment, food vendors, door prize drawings, kids activities and games. Beverage garden available. Free admission. Limited picnic table seating available. Bring a lawn chair and stay all evening.


Fall Fling

Held in October, this event has vendors, a BBQ Contest and live music! Held in downtown Oelwein, this event was brought back by popular demand, to the event line-up after a couple years off! 

Olde Tyme Christmas

Held annually the first Friday evening of December.  Santa arrives in Oelwein! Activities include pictures with Santa, strolling carolers, Festival of Trees, Festival of Wreaths silent auction, Grinch contest, carriage rides, Business window contest, a holiday market and craft show at the Plaza, Life-size Candy Land Game, Kid's Tattoos, Lighted Parade, Fireworks and more! Something new added each year! Stores will be open for holiday shoppers! Mark it on your calendar to attend each year!

Lovelights Lighting Ceremony

First Sunday in December at Mercy Hospital. Sponsored by Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.


Oelwein City Park and Campground. City Park offers boating, fishing, trails, playground equipment, and picnic area. Modern site (electricity, water and AC) is $12 per day or $70 per week. Senior citizen $10 per day or $65 per week. Primitive area $8 per day. Firewood $3. Phone City Hall, 319-283-5440 for information. Also visit our Oelwein Parks page.

Oelwein Aquatic Center

Contact 283-5440, for additional information. Aquatic Center opens the end of May depending on weather and closes when school starts in the fall.

Restaurants & Lounges


Clete & Connie's (Pizza & Bar), 12 First St. SW, 283-5455
Country Cottage Cafe, 2301 S. Frederick, 283-2323
First Garden (Chinese), 21 S. Frederick, 283-3700
Ice Cream Junction, 715 6th St. NE, 283-1007 (summer season)
JoJo's Dairy Queen, 212 7th St. SE, 283-4515
Hacienda Del Rio Mexican Restaurant, 102 S. Frederick
Leo's Italian Restaurant, 29 S. Frederick, 283-1655
Leo's Generations Lounge, 29 S. Frederick, 283-1655 (upstairs)
McDonald's, 1 First Ave. SE, 283-3425
Pizza Ranch, 125 First Ave. SE, 283-5858
Subway, 101 E. Charles, 283-3320
Ma & Pa's Diner, 114 S. Frederick, 319-283-6658
Dave's Place, 120 S. Frederick
Get 'r Fried, 2 S. Frederick
PJ's Bar and Grill at Viper Lanes 100 W. Charles  319-283-4357

Specialty Shops


Ace Hardware, 20 N. Frederick, 283-3826
Bargain House, 11 S. Frederick, 283-3682
Lumber Ridge Home Source, 829 1st Ave. SE, 283-2122
Buds 'N Blossoms, 125 S. Frederick, 283-4954
Goodwill, 13 S. Frederick, 319-283-3012
Corner Market and Greenhouse, Hwy. 150 North, 283-1905
Computer Repair, 7 N. Frederick, 283-5966
One of a Kind, 3 E. Charles, 283-1475
Holt Portrait Design, 23 S. Frederick
Farmer's Daughter's Quilts, 21 E. Charles, 283-5165
Flowers on Main, 18 S. Frederick, 283-7550
Margaret's Crafts, 16 W. Charles, 238-2695
Maurice's (clothing & accessories), 17 N. Frederick, 283-3966
Allure Salon & Spa, 10 S. Frederick, 283-1079
Sam's Clothing, 9 N. Frederick, 283-4728
Serbro, 9 S. Frederick, 283-2993
Signs & More, 302 2nd Ave. SE 238-8178
VanDenover Jewelry, 1 East Charles, 283-3023
Appliance Plus, 204 1st Ave SE, 319-283-3372
Furniture Showcase, 9 20th St. SE, 319-283-2393
Norby's Farm Fleet, 2105 S. Frederick, 319-283-6728
Lee's Antiques & Consignments,16 S. Frederick
Market 25 - 25 East Charles
Opal & Grey - 22 S. Frederick, 319-238-1769
Warming House - 19 S. Frederick - 319-429-9446
Tindell Shoes - 24 S. Frederick, 319-283-6726
VibesUp Heartland - 901 East Charles - 319-238-9741


Fishing Licenses

Norby's Farm Fleet - 2105 S. Frederick - 319-283-6728



Grand Theater , 26 S Frederick, 283-5511, Mary Frisch, Mgr.

Hickory Grove Golf Course, 1509 Outer Rd, 283-2674, selected in 1978 by the Iowa Golf Association as the nicest 9-hole course in the state. Owners: Chris Black and Sarah Lewis.

Viper Lanes Bowling Alley, 100 W Charles, 283-4357. Owners: Dean and Peggy Hendricks

Two Museums in Oelwein

Hub City Heritage Railway Museum

26 Second Ave., Oelwein, IA 50662
(next to City Hall - look for the tower)
319-283-1939, or 283-3181, or 283-2566

Open Aug. 29-Oct. 3: Every Friday-Monday 12-4pm or anytime by appointment

Tour the old railroad express building and yard office with its refurbished cabooses and engines. Gift shop. Handicapped accessible. Group tours welcome.


Oelwein Area Historical Society Museum

900 block of 2nd Ave. SE (off Highway 150 S.)
319-283-3001 or Dave Moore 319-283-4203

June-September, Sundays 1-4pm or by appointment

View a furnished country school room, parlor, bedroom and kitchen. Other displays include farm equipment, railroad memorabilia, newspaper clippings, a general store, a medical area and an extensive Delft collection. Handicapped accessible. Group tours welcome. Fee. Open 1:00-4:00 every Sunday June to September, or anytime by appointment.


The Oelwein Public Library offers public internet computers, a genealogy section with microfilm reader printer, a children's room, a reading room with current and archived newspapers and magazines, reference service, and over 45,000 books and materials. Click for library website.

Oelwein Chamber

Oelwein was named "Hub City" because of the rail lines coming into town and the repair shops located there.

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