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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

Jun 01

Pieta Brown

June 1 at 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm
Jun 01

Joan Osborne

June 1 at 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Jun 02

Family Folk Machine

June 2 at 2:00 am - 2:45 pm
Jun 02

Hula Hoop Club

June 2 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jun 02
Jun 02

River Glen

June 2 at 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Jun 02

After School Specials

June 2 at 11:00 am - 11:45 am

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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325 E. Washington St., Ste. 301 | Iowa City, IA 52240 | 319.337.7944