Inaugural Night on the Town

Friday, November 1

As part of the inauguration weekend, Luther College is proudly celebrating its hometown of Decorah!  Have dinner at one of the many fine restaurants downtown and enjoy shopping, free entertainment and free museum tours.

  • 6:00-7:30 PM  Open Mic at West Music (126 East Water). Performers are welcome to stop in and sing or play.
  • 7:30 PM  Four Luther College a capella groups perform at Impact Coffee (101 West Water) - Beautiful Mess, Bromatic Progression, Fermata Nowhere, and Undeclared.
  • 7:30-9:30 PM  Ballroom and Swing Dancing at the Lingonberry Event Center (218 West Water). Enjoy demonstrations and free lessons.
  • 7:30-9:30 PM  Free tours of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.  Gift shop open.
  • 9:00 PM  Live music with the Bigmouth Buffalo String Band at the Courtyard and Cellar (421 West Water).  No cover charge. Band consists of current and former Luther students Colin Cosgrove ‘20, Jeffrey Lackmann ‘18, and Nick Vande Krol ‘18.

And at 3:45, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m., Viking Theatre is showing Harriet, the story of Harriet Tubman, one of America's greatest heroes. The movie is scheduled to be in Decorah Oct. 31 - Nov. 7.  Sat. and Sun. matinee at 12:45.

Businesses staying open until 8:00 pm:

Ace Kitchen - 106 E Water St
Downtown locally owned kitchen store. Has the components you need to complete you recipes. From cookware to bakeware to utensils to small appliances.

Agora Arts- 104 E Water St, Ste 1
Agora Arts features gorgeous American hand made jewelry, pottery, prints and more, with much of the work created by local artists. Celebrating 27 years in downtown Decorah, Agora Arts is located in the historic Hotel Winneshiek and is open 7 days a week!

Amundson's Clothing- 130 W Water St
“When you dress well, you feel good”. Allow us to assist you in achieving the look you want. From casual clothing to formal ware rental, Amundson’s has it all. We are open 7 days a week and offer tailoring.

Blue Heron Knittery LLC- 300 W Water St
Blue Heron Knittery carries quality yarns, books and notions for knitting and crocheting. Spinner and felters will find a great selection of dyed and natural-colored wool. Weavers will find a good selection of Norwegian Rauma weaving yarn.

Broker Leather- 222 W Water St.
Offering quality boots and leather goods that are unique, well-made, and functional downtown Decorah, IA and online at Providing elite customer service while encouraging our customers to live by our motto: "Only Look Down To Admire Your Boots."

Cardboard Robot- 110 Winnebago St
Your local making stuff store. Art Supplies - Nice Paper - Craft Kits - Clever Toys

The Country Garden- 113 W Water St
We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Family owned and operated.

Decorah Hatchery- 406 W Water St
The Hatchery has high quality clothing and gear to make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable. The Hatchery features brands such as Patagonia, Smartwool, Prana, Chaco, Simms and many more premiums brands for your active outdoor lifestyle.

Donlon Pharmacy & Toy Jungle- 201 W Water St
More than a pharmacy- carrying gifts, like fun socks & shirts, Norwegian items, and Decorah souvenirs. Our Toy Jungle has toys for everyone-from chattering teeth to engineering kits. Our home-medical department offers lift chairs, power scooters and more.

Dragonfly Books-112 W Water St
Find your next engaging read at Dragonfly Books, Decorah’s independent bookstore! We stock a wide range of new books: local and regional authors, children's, bestsellers, games and puzzles. We frequently host author events; check for our schedule. Drift less. Read more.

Games XP-105 E Water St
GamesXP is a family owned & operated business that has a bit of everything. We carry every game and game console ever made along with a very large inventory of movies. Our "battle room" is dedicated to Magic the Gathering, D&D including miniatures, Warhammer, board games and lots of room to play them. Also our entire lower level is dedicated to video gaming with 7 TVs and stand up arcades. It's a geek gaming paradise!

The Getup-102 W. Water St
We buy and sell gently used newborn to adult clothing, kids gear and toys, and maternity wear. Shop amazing deals in-store and online!

Goodwill Industries of NE Iowa, Inc.- 915 Short St
Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. Our mission is to help people overcome barriers to independence by providing occupational skills training, education, job placement, and residential services. Our programs are funded through the resale of tax-deductible material donations from the public.

Hammel Jewelers-108 W Water St
Diamond engagement and wedding rings. Diamond and gemstone pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets. Seiko and Bulova watches and clocks. Children’s jewelry. Jewelry appraisal and engraving services. Clock and watch repair in store. Wedding bands in sterling silver and gold.

Iver & Jack- 215 W Water St
A store for guys. Casual shirts, jackets, name brand jeans and more. Sizes small -XXL.

J. Tupy's on Water Street- 211 W Water St
Decorah’s “must-stop” shopping experience for contemporary women’s clothing that makes a statement. Top brands include Joseph Ribkoff, Nic & Zoe, Sympli, Habitat, Brighton and OC Jewelry. “Where fun meets fashion!” Open Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 9-5, Thurs. 9-7. Extended hours during the holidays.

LetterWerks Sign City, LLC- 117 E Water St
Family owned business offering logo design, awards, screenprinting, embroidery, and printed items.

LuLu and BB's Pet Market- 301 W Water St
Pet store with consciously sourced food, toys, and accessories as well as a self-wash dog washing station.

Magpie Coffee House- 502 W. Water St

Margaret's- 210 W Water St
Ladies fashions with flair! We feature Vera Bradley handbags and accessories! Our clothing sizes are 4-18. We carry fun, unique fashions, jewelry, and shoes. Our store is two levels of fabulous looks for any season or event! Come in and let us help you with your fashion needs!

Modish LLC - 217 W Water St
Modish is a brick-and-mortar women’s boutique, carrying fashion items sized 0-3X, shoes, handbags and accessories, with a mix of classic and trendy pieces.

Neighborhood Home- 806 Short St
We sell new Ashley Furniture and mattresses at the lowest price in Eastern Iowa. We also carry a wide selection of home decor and accessories.

Oneota Community Food Co-op- 312 West Water Street
The Oneota Co-op is a cooperative grocer in downtown Decorah featuring fresh, local and organic produce, an in-house deli (serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner), local and humanely raised fresh and frozen meat options, assorted packaged grocery items, nutritional supplements and body care items.

Paradise Sun- 402 W Water St

Red-Roxy Quilt Co.- 415 W Water St
Full-service quilt shop featuring fabric (including batiks, flannels, modern, Kaffe, Cuddle), patterns, notions, classes and more! Open seven days a week.

Revelation | Merle Norman | Les Wigs Renee - 111 E Water St
Fun, fashionable clothing for women of all ages, Merle Norman cosmetics and Hi-Fashion wigs. We do complimentary facials and makeovers where we educate and assist you in personalizing your look. Our Hi-Fashion wigs come in hundreds of colors and styles.

The Silver Birch- 104 W Water St.
The Silver Birch (formerly Master's Touch) specializes in Christian books, gifts, Bibles, cards, and church supplies. We’re ecumenical and carry books from a variety of perspectives. We have gifts for baptisms, confirmations, first communions, graduations, weddings, anniversaries and funerals.

Sparrow's- 200 W Water St
Find unique gifts and fragrances at Sparrow’s Candles and Gifts! We offer candles, fragrance oils, soaps, lotions, children’s and baby gits, handmade and locally-made gifts, jewelry and unique home décor, all under one little roof!

Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Co.- 410 W Water St
Sugar Bowl is a one of a kind, locally owned, hard serve ice cream shop with 28 super premium flavors. Choose anything from a cone or dish to a donut sundae or six flavor flight!

Story People- 113 E Water St
StoryPeople art and stories go out into the world on prints, greeting cards, calendars, books and other delightful gifts for sharing. Available in galleries and gift stores, including several here in Decorah. Stop by anytime, impromptu tours gladly given!

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Store - 502 W Water St
Offering everything Norwegian, from sweaters and traditional solje jewelry to chocolates and lingonberry wines, as well as woodenware, folk art supplies and hand-crafted artwork.

West Music- 126 E Water St
We are a full-service music store with pianos, print music, band and orchestra instruments, guitars, drums, combo equipment, instrument repair and more!