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Iowa Arts Festival

Presenting Sponsor

General Schedule

Friday Night

  • Iowa City Carnaval Parade
  • Main Stage musical performances
  • Art Fair 5 – 8 PM
  • Culinary Row


  • Main Stage musical performances
  • Family Stage performances
  • Linn Street LIVE performances
  • ABC’s: Arts, Books and Children (bring the kids!)
  • Art Fair
  • Emerging Artist Pavilion
  • Culinary Row


  • Main Stage performances
  • Family Stage performances
  • Linn Street LIVE performances
  • Children’s Global Village (bring the kids!)
  • Art Fair
  • Emerging Artist Pavilion
  • Culinary Row

Call for Young Artists

Summer of the Arts is excited to continue a collaborative project with Toyota of Iowa City to support and promote young, local, Johnson County artists. Creating a Legacy of Local Artists is a project aimed at supporting and encouraging emerging artists (age 18-22) to pursue a career in the arts by providing the opportunity for their first commissioned piece.

Toyota Legacy of Young Artists

Applications are now being accepted for an opportunity to create an original piece of commissioned artwork that will be featured at the Iowa Arts Festival­­ June 1-3, then showcased at Toyota of Iowa City.

Johnson County Iowa artists between the ages of 18-22 are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 1, 2018. The selected artist will be notified by April 15, 2018, and receive a commission totaling $3,000 for their original work. The piece must be completed by May 15, 2018.

Click HERE for more information.

About The Iowa Arts Festival

The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.

Iowa Arts Festival Art Fair

2018 Art Fair

The Iowa Arts Festival features a juried art fair where over 100 artists can present and display their craft.

Maps and Parking

Arts Festival Map

  • Open the Iowa Arts Festival Map (PDF) which includes locations of food vendors, artists, children’s booths, fun stops, and more!


There are four parking ramps in downtown Iowa City providing over 3,000 parking spots! Find out more including detailed locations and cost by clicking on one below:

2017 Information

The Iowa Arts Festival has a lot to offer for people of all ages! Check back later in the new year to see more information on 2018!

Stay in Touch

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 | 319.337.7944