Making family memories without breaking the bank

Taking the whole family on vacation can be expensive. But there’s no need to leave everyone at home… there are affordable options that don’t compromise on the fun and memories.

We think a visit to Fairfield is going to surprise you with its picturesque parks, internationally inspired restaurants, and artistic flair. If you’re here on a Saturday, you can head to the Farmers Market in Howard Park. You can pick up some goodies to eat on the spot and let the kids stretch their legs in the playground.

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Head Downtown
Then head into the downtown and check out Stuff a Bear and More. This unique Fairfield shop is PACKED with stuffed animals that you and your kids can make together. While you’re downtown, check out the Carnegie Museum. It’s one of Iowa’s oldest museums and is known for its large collection of Native American pottery and civil war memorabilia. The kids will also get a kick out of the taxidermy collection, gifted to the museum by the Smithsonian. You can visit the museum for free and is always open for the Fairfield First Fridays events.

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Speaking of the First Fridays, this is a popular event held on the first Friday of every month. The evening is devoted to a community gathering centered around free live music and family-friendly activities. You”ll discover art galleries, shops, food trucks, and restaurants, all centered around the downtown square.

Outdoor Fun
We believe that the great outdoors is one of the best bonding experiences a family can have… and mother nature doesn’t demand a high price tag. There’s no better place to hang out with the family than on our Loop Trail. The trails take you through a variety of landscapes including woodlands, meadows and reestablished prairie. And, because the trail connects all of the parks, you’ll want to jump off the trail at Jefferson County Park and go across the swinging bridge!

Cool Off
If you need a bit of cooling off during your visit, “slide” on into Fairfield’s outdoor pool. pool, swim, water, splash, slide

Don’t let those family memories pass you by! Take a trip… come visit us! Want more information to help you plan your visit? Get your visitor’s Guide here.

Da Boys in Da Band | live music

Experiencing live music is a MUST in Fairfield. Local and regional musicians bring their best to the stage on a weekly basis.

From Blues to jazz, rock to indie, and folk to rock, audiences will find a variety of artists and venues devoted to the musical arts. Join in for some toe-tapping, danceable fun! Events are changing all the time so check the links below for scheduled shows. (And of course, there are also girls in the band!)

Fairfield is home to some powerful musicians, including Society of Broken Souls, who create music deeply rooted in the time-honored tradition of storytelling, Steve & Michaela McLain who combine acoustic guitar and harmonica with country-tinged Americana, and a variety of serious blues and rock performers.

Venues devoted to musical entertainment:
Cafe Paradiso
The Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
The Bookhouse
The Lab-HFI Creativity Lab

Shop Small Saturday

Shopping small is BIG in Fairfield! And the local shops are packed with gifts and goodies to please everyone on your list.

As usual, there will be lots of specials and giveaways to help make your holiday shopping more fun. Bring the family along to enjoy the Festival of Trees and be sure to carve out some time for the kids to visit Santa in his house on the Square!

Shop small businesses this season. Visit these fun and festive shops and get a leg up on your holiday shopping during Small Business Saturday, Nov 30!
Kim’s Kottage
Thymely Solutions
Vogue on Court
Flirt Clothing Boutique
At Home Store
Crest Jewel
Cindy’s Art Beat
Health & Wholeness
Stuff a Bear & more
Somm Wines
Green Building Supply
Americus Diamond

Thaw out with some cozy drinks


Time to grab your favorite beverage. Winter seems to be upon us even though the calendar says we still are in full-blown Autumn. But if you find yourself needing a place to thaw out, stop by one of these local establishments and chill out with a warm beverage! What’s your go-to beverage? Coffee? Tea? Cocoa? Or maybe something fancy like a pumpkin spice latte or green tea matcha latte with coconut milk? Whatever your favorite is, there’s a place in Fairfield that serves it!

Cafe Paradiso;
Revelations Cafe;
The Bookhouse
Hazel Moon Cafe;
Everybody’s Cafe

Santa is in the house

What would the holidays be like without a visit from Santa?! And this year, Santa is getting a NEW house in Fairfield and his old one is being turned into his workshop!! His new house will be slightly bigger and will include an area where hot cocoa will be served. The cocoa station will be open every night that Santa is in his house.

On Friday evenings there will be a photographer with Santa who will take pictures of the kids with Santa (if they choose). Those pictures will then be sent over to the workshop. At the workshop Santa will have some helpers available to assist the kids with putting their picture into and decorating a holiday ornament to take home with them.

Santa hours

Friday, November 29 (opening night) 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 30

Friday, December 6 (First Friday Art walk)6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 7

Thursday, December 12 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday, December 13 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 14

Thursday, December 19 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday, December 20 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 21

Winter Holiday events in Fairfield

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, family traditions, warm fires, and hot cocoa! It’s also the season when Fairfield becomes “The Christmas City” with hundreds of holiday lights and a TON of activities to get you in the Holiday spirit.

This is one of the best times to gather your loved ones and visit Fairfield. Enjoy these holiday events and add some sparkle to your Southeast Iowa getaway.

Nov 29-30; Festival of Trees
Nov 29: Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Dec 05; Wreaths & Wine Make and Take
Dec 06-07; Shop & Be Merry
Dec 06; Christmas with the Celts
Dec 07; Touch of Christmas Craft & Vendor Show
Dec 07; Cedar Valley Winery’s ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Dec 07-08; This Shining Night Concert
Dec 08; Chocolate Sunday

Dec 13; 24th Annual Children’s Holiday Benefit Concert
Dec 14; Hazel Moon Cafe’s 2nd Annual Holiday Pop-Up!
Dec 14-15; 2019 Holiday Trade Fair

Dec 14; Holiday Party & Paint

Dec 14; Singing Cedars Winter Faire
Dec 14; 24th Annual Children’s Holiday Benefit Concert

Dec 15; Holiday Party & Paint

Dec 17; Community Christmas Sing-along
Dec 24; Santa’s Arrival in Central Park

Foodie gifts for the Holidays

Shopping for Foodies in Fairfield, Iowa

Is there someone special in your life who is a foodie? Shopping for holiday gifts for foodies is so much FUN in Fairfield. Whether you want to tantalize someone with a yummy treat or inspire them to get in the kitchen, check out our suggestions below.

foodie gifts

Everybody’s Whole Foods;
Looking for Fairfield made goodies? Check out Everybody’s Whole Foods. They stock a wide variety of Fairfield produced foods like cheese and panir from the Jersey Cows at Radiance Dairy. Check out Fairfield’s own Brine Brothers sauerkrauts (perfect for the sandwich lover in on your list). And for that special sweet treat, you can’t pass up the display of cookies and cakes from Cookies from the Heart.

At Home Store;
If you are looking for the motherlode of kitchen inspired foods and equipment, look no further than the At Home Store. Choose from imported food items and a wide range of creative bake and cookware.

Kim’s Kottage;
All kinds of kitchen gadgets are found here… even cute little gadgets for the kids!

Somm Wines;
Sommelier and owner Krista Matthes will take you on a trip around the world of wines and help you make the best selections for your next party or gifts. After all, what’s a gift basket without a great bottle of wine??

Pickle Creek Herbs;
What happens when you combine a passionate farmer with a love of cooking? You get Greek Basil & Garlic olive oil and Strawberry Basil Balsamic infused vinegar! Stop by their tasting room to try them out!

Café Paradiso coffee;
Café P’s special blend is available as whole beans or ground. Stop by and pick some up for Christmas morning!

Bountiful Bakery;
Need a “little wake me up” in the morning? Try a flaky ham and cheese-filled croissant or a blueberry Danish. Or get both as we usually do! Maybe a box of goodies should find its way to your brunch table or gift basket. Many gluten-free options are available.

Or perhaps you’d like to gift your foodie with a delicious meal from one of Fairfield’s many restaurants.

Check out our event page for the many holiday sights and sounds that will put you and your family in a festive mood. And while you’re at it, spend the night and book your room here.