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When you head to downtown Iowa City this summer, get ready for fun, a few surprises, and the best collection of FREE cultural entertainment in the area.

Festival Dates

Friday Night Concert Series: May 18 – August 31, 2018

Iowa Arts Festival: June 1 – 3, 2018

Free Movie Series: June 9 – August 25, 2018

Iowa City Jazz Festival: June 29 – July 1, 2018

Iowa Soul Festival: August 17 – 18, 2018


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Coming Up

Fri 20

The Feralings and Flash in a Pan

July 20 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 21

Kubo and the Two Strings

July 21 at 8:50 pm - 9:31 pm
Sat 28

The Fez

July 28 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 28

Ghostbusters (2016)

July 28 at 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aug 03

6 Odd Rats and The Right Now

August 3 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Aug 04

Hidden Figures

August 4 at 8:30 pm - 10:37 pm
Aug 10

Pretty in Pink Will Be in Van Allen Hall Auditorium Tonight July 14

This week’s Free Movie Series film, Pretty in Pink, will be held in the Van Allen Hall Auditorium. Check out the Pretty in Pink event page for a map and description of the film!

Things You Should Know Before Coming to the Friday Night Concert Series

  • All concerts are FREE!
  • Bring your own chairs; NO coolers please
  • Location: Iowa Avenue between Clinton and Dubuque Streets (across from Joe’s Place)
  • Parking information can be found HERE

Iowa City Carnaval Parade - June 1, 5:30 pm

Color and costumes? Why it’s the Iowa City Carnaval Parade of course! This year marks the fifth anniversary of the parade.  Every year to kick off the Iowa Arts Fest, the parade winds its way through the streets of downtown Iowa City offering dynamic artwork made up of color, sound, performance, and motion. The Iowa City Carnaval Project is organized by Summer of the Arts board member Loyce Arthur, an Associate Professor of design in the University of Iowa’s Department of Theater Arts.

What is Carnaval? According to the Project’s webpage, around the world the celebration happens right before the Christian religious period of Lent. In the Caribbean, the tradition came out of European festival practices, carried to the Caribbean in the form of colonization, and African rituals. As European colonizers brought enslaved Africans to North and South America by way of the Middle Passage, the various traditions and rituals mixed to form a new type of celebration. Carnaval events are unique in different places and different time periods, responding to the local populations found in a particular community, region, or nation, and the historical events that occur in these places.

For more information, you can “like” the Iowa City Carnaval Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

Facebook Posts

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The weather today and this evening is looking a little questionable so we are going to show Pretty in Pink tonight in Van Allen Auditorium at 255 Iowa Ave starting at 8:30 pm. We hope you'll still join us for this classic movie! Urban Acres Real Estate UICCU Zephyr Printing & Design ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Summer of the Arts

Pretty in Pink will be hitting our Free Movie Series screen TONIGHT! Here are some fun facts about about the 1986 classic.

Pretty in Pink is Molly Ringwald's favorite among her own films, although she hated the pink prom dress she had to wear. Also, what's now known as "The Duckie Dance" was part of Jon Cryer's audition process. Check it out here!

We hope to see everyone on the Pentacrest at sundown!
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