Questions?   info@summeroftheARTS.org     +(319) 337-7944  

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 21

Kubo and the Two Strings

July 21 at 8:50 pm - 10:45 pm
Free
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
Free
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
Free
Aug 10
Aug 11

Mulan

August 11 at 8:30 pm - 10:08 pm
Free

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.

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Summer of the Arts

We've had an amazing group of interns this year and we are sad but proud to see our recent graduates move on to full time jobs and other opportunities! We already miss Jake, Chris, Leah, Janita and Michelle! Thank you for all of your hard work over the past 6 months! Thanks to Stephanie, Rebecca, Aramis, Lindey and Zoe for sticking it out with us! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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What a great crew ☺️

3 days ago

Summer of the Arts

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We are just two days away from another wonderful Friday Night Concert Series Performance. You can catch The Feralings AND Flash in a Pan this Friday, July 20 at 6:30pm on Iowa Avenue between Clinton and Dubuque Street. Come join the fun! Toyota of Iowa City TIAA Financial Services Hawkeye Title And Settlement Services, LLC ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We are just two days away from another wonderful Friday Night Concert Series Performance. You can catch The Feralings AND Flash in a Pan this Friday, July 20 at 6:30pm on Iowa Avenue between Clinton and Dubuque Street. Come join the fun! Toyota of Iowa City TIAA Financial Services Hawkeye Title And Settlement Services, LLC
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Persons attending Summer of the Arts events may be recorded or photographed as a festival attendee. These images may be used for Summer of the Arts programming or promotion, including broadcast on television, the Summer of the Arts website, the Internet, and other media.

Contact Us

325 E. Washington St., Ste. 301 | Iowa City, IA 52240
info@summeroftheARTS.org | 319.337.7944