Mississippi Overlooks


Julien Dubuque's Grave

This historic and iconic setting on the south end of Dubuque has expansive views of the river to the south and north.

Setup Space: Several spectacular vantage points, but each is limited to a few artists.

Restrooms: Not available

Food: Nothing nearby



Eagle Point Park

Need to know: $1 per car entry fee.

Setup Space: Lots of room for multiple painters.

Restrooms: Full service park restrooms.

Food: Exit park, take Shiras east to Rhomberg, then left.  Dairy Queen and Point Cafe are traditional.  Just past Point Cafe, turn right on Hawthorne, then right on Shiras, then first left off Shiras to Yardarm for good bar food on the river; Yardarm also has weekend afternoon and evening music. 


Mt. Carmel - Sisters of Charity BVM

Need to Know:  You will need a waiver to paint on the grounds.  (Waiver posted here)  Take the waiver to the receptionist at Caritas Center. 

As you enter the convent grounds, keep to the left and go to the second canopied entrance (Caritas Center).  You may drop your materials there and then continue driving around the Mother House to parking lot 2, where you will park and then walk back a short distance to Caritas.

Setup Space: Lots of room for multiple painters.

Restrooms: Available in Mother House.

Nearest food: Check out East Mill Bakery at Grandview and Bryant.  For many years, this was known as the Milk House, which many Dubuquers think of with fond remembrance.  But when the Au was growing up, it was Sullivans' grocery, with a great candy counter for Bryant (public) and St. Columbkille's (Catholic) grade schools nearby.  The Sullivans lived upstairs.  Great pic of Emmet S now in the Bakery.  Excellent breakfast and lunch sandwiches, quiche, salads. 

Also, Hy Vee deli - Grandview to 61 N, take Locust St exit.


Cleveland Park

Need to know: Take Rush Street from Bryant - the view as you top the hill is breathtaking.  Then left at the T intersection to the park.

Space availability: Might be tight for more than a few artists.

Restrooms: Nearest are at Day's Inn across the highway on Bryant.

Food: East Mill Bakery, Bryant and Grandview has great breakfast and lunch sandwiches.  Customers can use the restrooms, but they get a lot of walkers, bikers, runners, so discourage non-customers.

Setup Space: Might be tight for more than a few artists.