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Attractions and Entertainment

Fun is abundant for all ages in DeWitt. Take in our year-round festivals and celebrations, relax with a glass of wine at our local winery or be entertained by a show or performance. If you are looking to be active, you will find outdoor activities throughout the DeWitt community.

Whether you are interested in golf, mountain biking, running, biking, disc golf, bowling, spending time at the dog park or taking a dip at the Aquatic Center, DeWitt has you covered. If history is your thing, DeWitt will not disappoint! DeWitt has several museums, historical landmarks and a history that spans back to 1836. If you are looking for fun, DeWitt Delivers!

TYCOGA Vineyard & Winery
A family-owned business that was established in 2010 with just a vineyard has now grown into TYCOGA Vineyard & Winery, which opened in 2014. Visitors can relax and enjoy affordable, hand-crafted wines in a quiet country setting that includes a patio and serenity pond. Patrons will take in a warm, welcoming and truly unique experience surrounded by vineyards and beautiful landscape!

The Operahouse Theatre
Originally constructed in 1878, The Operahouse Theatre was host to many vaudeville acts in its early days. Over the years, the theatre has undergone many updates and two major renovations. It is now open year-round and offers box office movies, live entertainment and the ever-popular Travelogues. The theater is also used for business seminars, recitals and private parties.

Central Performing Arts Center
The Central Performing Arts Center (CPAC) is a state-of-the-art venue that offers comfortable seating for 800 patrons. Plays, musicals, concerts, recitals, comedians, dancers, speakers, business meetings and other events can be hosted in this modern auditorium-style setting.

Hausbarn
This unique building is located in DeWitt’s Lincoln Park and is home to the DeWitt Chamber & Development Company office along with a German Hausbarn Museum. The building originates from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and was built in 1727. In 2007, the building was dismantled and brought to DeWitt where it was reassembled in 2008 with the help of many community volunteers. The Hausbarn’s recreated exterior has retained its historical integrity, including an impressive thatched roof.

Central Community Historical Museum
Numerous permanent and rotating displays capture the history of DeWitt and surrounding communities. Items range from tools of Native American tribes to household items dating back to the 1950s. The museum has memorabilia from DeWitt’s history as well as a vibrant collections from the Midwest spanning more than 150 years of history. Genealogy records can also be found, including county atlases from 1868 to the present time, obituaries and cemetery records, county histories, marriage and birth records, family histories and more.

John Bloom
This DeWitt native was a renowned artist – painting, sketching, carving and creating lithographs in the Regionalist style. Bloom participated in Grant Wood’s Stone City Art Colony of 1932-33, where he worked alongside his mentor. Several of Bloom’s original works can be located throughout the DeWitt community. “Shucking Corn,” a mural painted in 1937-38, can be found in City Hall. “After Church,” from 1934 where Bloom depicts himself leaving St. Joseph Catholic Church as a young man, is found in the entryway of Saint Joseph’s. Bloom’s sketches can be found in The Operahouse Theatre lobby and a section is dedicated to Bloom within the Historical Society as well. Two bronze statues created from scenes from Bloom’s “Shucking Corn” mural are located on the North and South ends of DeWitt’s Downtown District on 6th Avenue. We invite you to discover Bloom’s artwork throughout our community and attend the John Bloom Arts Festival held each Fall.

DeWitt Area Veterans Memorial
The DeWitt Area Veterans Memorial honors individuals from the DeWitt and surrounding areas who served their country in military service. Granite pavers engraved with veterans’ names along with their branch of service can be found throughout the Memorial. Totally funded through private donations and grants, this brand new Memorial has become a very attractive landmark for DeWitt’s north end.

DeWitt Chamber & Development Company-Sponsored Community Events
Autumn Fest: This annual September event is a “thank you” to the DeWitt community for supporting local businesses! Most of the night’s activities are free, thanks to sponsors and volunteers. Autumn Fest features children’s activities, performances, antique and new car show, food vendors and live music.

Hometown Christmas: This all-day event, held on the first Saturday in December, kicks off the holidays in DeWitt. Activities include Santa’s arrival, a children’s Christmas carnival, children’s Christmas movie, a live Downtown District window walk and much more!

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