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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
Fri 29

Smith Studio Jazz

June 29 at 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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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The 2018 Iowa City Jazz Festival will be in full swing next week! With that being said, we still need several smiling faces to help us make our event a success. Here are just some of our volunteer opportunities!

-Our Beverage Garden always needs more hands on deck! If you're 21+ and want to help everyone around you have a good time, come join the team! We have openings for Exit Security, Greeter/Wristbander, Server, and Ticket Sales.

-Our Bike Parking helps us encourage cyclists to attend our festivals! Our Valet Attendants greet bicyclists, issue claim tickets, and park and retrieve bikes within the secured bike parking location. If you want to enjoy a nice, quiet, and shaded area and assist with our THINK, BE, LIVE, GREEN Initiative, then this position is for you!

-If you're flexible and comfortable assisting with various festival tasks, then consider being a Festival Floater/Runner! Floaters fill in for festival volunteers during breaks, in the event of no-shows, or join an area to help out during peak times. We have several openings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

To learn more about these positions and our other fun volunteer opportunities, please visit our website www.summeroftheARTS.org, click the "Volunteers" tab, and then the "sign up" page. We are grateful for the continued community support!
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The 2018 Iowa City Jazz Festival will be in full swing next week! With that being said, we still need several smiling faces to help us make our event a success. Here are just some of our volunteer opportunities!

-Our Beverage Garden always needs more hands on deck! If youre 21+ and want to help everyone around you have a good time, come join the team! We have openings for Exit Security, Greeter/Wristbander, Server, and Ticket Sales. 

-Our Bike Parking helps us encourage cyclists to attend our festivals! Our Valet Attendants greet bicyclists, issue claim tickets, and park and retrieve bikes within the secured bike parking location. If you want to enjoy a nice, quiet, and shaded area and assist with our THINK, BE, LIVE, GREEN Initiative, then this position is for you!

-If youre flexible and comfortable assisting with various festival tasks, then consider being a Festival Floater/Runner! Floaters fill in for festival volunteers during breaks, in the event of no-shows, or join an area to help out during peak times. We have several openings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

To learn more about these positions and our other fun volunteer opportunities, please visit our website www.summeroftheARTS.org, click the Volunteers tab, and then the sign up page. We are grateful for the continued community support!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Here's a fun fact about this week's Free Movie! Come see Sing (2016) on the Pentacrest TONIGHT at sundown! Urban Acres Real Estate UICCU Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design ... See MoreSee Less

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