Local Attractions


The geography of Fairfield is typical of the great plains of the American Midwest. Surrounded by rolling farmland which produces corn, soybeans, hogs, dairy and other agriculture, Fairfield is a great place to live, work and visit. The county seat of Jefferson County, Fairfield is located 50 miles west of the Mississippi River on Highway 34 in Southeast Iowa. The Highway 163/63/34-34 corridor, a four-lane major highway connects Fairfield to Des Moines on the west and Burlington to the east. Running north-south through Fairfield is Iowa Highway 1, leading north to Iowa City and south to the Missouri state border. Fairfield lies 50 miles southwest of Iowa City, Iowa and 187 miles northwest of St. Louis, Missouri.


Precipitation averages 36.5 inches annually. In the winter (Jan-Mar) the average temperature ranges from 13 to 32 F. When the flowers are blooming in the spring (Apr-June) the average temperature ranges from 40 to 64 F. During our hot and humid summers (July-Sept) the average temperature ranges from 65 to 88 F. When spring (Oct-Dec) arrives it brings cooler temperature ranges from 43 to 66 F.


If the arts and entertainment, scenic beauty or breathtaking vistas don't take your breath away, our abundant recreational activities will. You'll discover that recreation is an integral part of our community. We have walking and biking trails, swimming pools/ponds, parks, camp grounds, tennis courts, baseball/softball fields and much more. Our community recreation center is equipped with two weight rooms, two game rooms, three racquetball courts and an indoor swimming pool. The public park facilities include fitness trails, Frisbee, golf and nature trails. The County Park is equipped with 25 campsites with electricity and showers. Plan a trip today to enjoy our myriad of recreational activities and to see for yourself Fairfield's incomparable beauty and serenity.

Recreation Facilities
50 Walking Trails
7 Swimming Pools
7 Biking Trails
3 Camp Grounds
20 Parks
15 Tennis Courts
1 Community Rec. Center
10 Baseball/Softball Fields
2 Health Clubs
2 9-Hole Golf Courses

Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts

The Sondheim Center was completed in late 2007 and is America’s only theatre named for Stephen Sondheim. Located in the new Fairfield Art and Convention Center, the Sondheim Center is a 524-seat proscenium theatre with a 40+ person orchestra pit, a 28-line fly system, and state of the art lighting and sound system. Fairfield is truly an artistic community with creative movement that lends itself to an emerging creative class and economy.

1st Fridays Art Walk

In 2002, local resident Stacey Hurlin founded 1st Fridays Art Walk as a way to showcase Fairfield’s artistic talent and over 25 galleries. Hundreds of residents and visitors gather in the town square to tour the galleries and take part in our community’s culturally diverse, creative and artistic monthly celebration. The 1st Fridays Art Walk, a unique cultural celebration which showcases art, live music, dance, theater, film and creative children’s activities, is held twelve months a year on the first Friday of each month. In 2005, 1st Fridays Art Walk was awarded the Iowa Tourism Event of the Year by the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa.

Annual Events

Come for one of our unique events or festivals that will allow you to experience this great community. Fairfield hosts an annual Eco-Fair in a county which boasts more acres of organic cultivation than anywhere in Iowa. In February, a Film and Video Festival for 3 nights and 2 days featuring world-class film and video is held. We have the world’s largest gathering of vintage Dodge Power Wagons in June at the Annual Vintage Power Wagon Rally. From June to September, check out the Live on The Square Summer Concert Series. The Gingerbread House Extravaganza, which runs from November through January, features spectacular gingerbread creations by professional artist, bakeries, school kids and service clubs and organizations. In December, come to the Holiday Lighting Celebration to see why we’re called Iowa’s Christmas City. For more information on events around Fairfield, visit www.fairfieldiowa.com and www.travelfairfieldiowa.com.


If food is your thing, then you’ll be in heaven once you arrive in Fairfield. Fairfield has a full menu of international fare that must be tasted to be fully appreciated. We have more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, with several featuring all organic menus. We have an eclectic mix of restaurants featuring Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian and many other international cuisines. If you prefer all organic, vegetarian or just want to have a juicy steak, we’ve got you covered. Our outstanding dining opportunities will delight any discriminating palate.

Distances from Major Cities
Chicago, IL 286 miles
New York City, NY 1044 miles
Kansas City, MO 246 miles
Milwaukee, WI 342 miles
Minneapolis, MN 352 miles
St. Louis, MO 236 miles
Los Angeles, CA 1796 miles
Omaha, NE 248 miles
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