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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

Sat 23

Sing

June 23 at 9:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Free
Fri 29
Fri 29

Smith Studio Jazz

June 29 at 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 29

Soulcat

June 29 at 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 29

Peter Tearse Quartet

June 29 at 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 29

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

Things You Should Know Before Coming to the Iowa Arts Festival

  • All concerts are FREE – even Pieta Brown, Joan Osborne, Parker Millsap and Trampled by Turtles!
  • Bring your own chairs; NO coolers please
  • NO dogs on Culinary Row
  • Location: all over downtown! The Main Stage is on Clinton Street, outside of Phillips Hall (16 N. Clinton St.). Click HERE for the Festival Map.
  • 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.

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8 hours ago

Summer of the Arts

Who's ready for another super fun Friday Night Concert Series performance? We sure are! You won't want to miss Dave Zollo & The Body Electric WITH Brian Johannesen & The Zero Percent Chance of Rain! Join us this Friday, June 22 on Iowa Avenue between Clinton and Dubuque Street! The fun starts at 6:30pm! Toyota of Iowa City Garage Mahaul Self Storage ... See MoreSee Less

Whos ready for another super fun Friday Night Concert Series performance? We sure are! You wont want to miss Dave Zollo & The Body Electric WITH Brian Johannesen & The Zero Percent Chance of Rain! Join us this Friday, June 22 on Iowa Avenue between Clinton and Dubuque Street! The fun starts at 6:30pm! Toyota of Iowa City Garage Mahaul Self Storage

14 hours ago

Summer of the Arts

We still have a few things left in our Lost and Found from the Iowa Arts Festival. If you recognize any of these items, please email andrea@summerofthearts.org or call our office at 319-337-7944 and we will arrange details for their return! ... See MoreSee Less

We still have a few things left in our Lost and Found from the Iowa Arts Festival. If you recognize any of these items, please email andrea@summerofthearts.org or call our office at 319-337-7944 and we will arrange details for their return!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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