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Sioux City Tourism
Sioux City is a bustling city located in the western part of Iowa. Its location directly on the border makes it part of two different counties, Plymouth and Woodbury. Sioux City was awarded an inaugural Iowa Great Places designation in 2005 and then four years later received recognition as one of the top economic development communities. Sioux City is a fast advancing district full of adventure and discovery for tourists. Depending on what type of escapade you are going after, some times of year are better to visit than others. Winters average a low of 8°F and a high of 28°F while summers are much hotter with a high of 86°F and a low of 62°F on average.
Citizens of Sioux City enjoy a sense of community, a rich art-culture and scenic locations. There is an abundance of activities available year-round so no matter what time you chose to go, you will surely find something to do.
Performing arts are important to Sioux City residents, which is apparent in the number of theaters there. The Lamb Productions Theatre has been around for over 20 years and puts on professional quality plays throughout the year. During the fall and spring months, people, ranging from babies to adults, can take classes for all aspects of acting. The Orpheum Theatre, home to the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, hosts plays, musicals, live music, movies and live local and national performances. The Sioux City Community Theater has programs that involve the youth and puts on over 30 shows every year.
Other than theaters, Sioux City is home to art galleries and museums that convey the city’s rich culture. The Sioux City Public Museum is uniquely set in the 1893 home of John Pierce. The artifacts and information take you through Sioux City’s journey from a frontier town to the metropolis it is today. It is filled with Native American heritage, as is the city, and features a reconstructed log cabin inside of the museum. The Sioux City Art Center, named the “Tourism Attraction of the Year” in 2002 by the Iowa Division of Tourism and Travel, features a beautiful three-story atrium and five different showcases of permanent and traveling collections. The Art Center hosts Artsplash every year on Labor Day weekend at the Anderson Dance Pavilion to feature original artwork, children’s performances and exceptional foods.
One of the big draws to Sioux City is the sense of community and get-togethers. Throughout the year there are many events held in Sioux City from biker nights to Mardi Gras celebrations and everything in between. To kick off the year of events, the Home Builders Association of Greater Siouxland holds the Siouxland Home Show in late February at the Sioux City Convention Center. Home-owners can come and learn about new home improvement products to better their houses with. Then, around the middle of March, the Tyson Events Center hosts the NAIA Women’s Division II Basketball National Tournament, followed by the Spring Collections Arts & Crafts Show held at the Sioux City Convention Center.
Summer begins with Biker Nights, which is four days of music and a rally with all proceeds going to local charities. July is Sioux City’s busiest month with a Mardi Gras Festival featuring authentic Louisiana costumes and Cajun food prepared by chefs from Louisiana. The next day follows with a Mardi Gras Parade full of music, food and fireworks.
The city celebrates the Fourth of July with a free, all weekend music festival with activities for the entire family. River-Cade, Sioux City’s annual summer festival, begins with a parade and features sporting and entertainment events at the Tyson Convention Center. The Siouxland Freedom Fest is held on the first Saturday in August every year and features free Christian music from local and national performers.
October is the time to get your running shoes on and participate in the Siouxland Lewis and Clark Marathon. The full marathon covers 26 miles, but you can participate in the half-marathon which begins at the halfway point of the full marathon, or you can participate in the marathon relay with a team of five members.
The year’s events come to a close in November with the two-day Holiday Collections Craft Fair. This is Sioux City’s largest craft fair at the Convention Center as it fills the main floor and all the meeting rooms. Anything you could possibly want related to Christmas can be found under this roof. Although there is an admission fee, there is free parking as well as door prizes.
Sioux City has something to do no matter what time of year you decide to visit.