Upcoming Events

  1. Virtual Art Fair

    June 5 - June 7
  2. Virtual Arts Festival Weekend

    June 5 at 6:30 pm - June 7 at 4:00 pm
  3. Virtual Carnival Parade

    June 5 at 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Live Virtual Concert: James Tutson and the Rollback

    June 5 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Virtual Concert: Sneezy Dollars

    June 6 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Changes to Our Festival Season

Summer of the Arts

We are reworking our events to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community. This is our top priority, and we will continue to follow all City of Iowa City and State of Iowa public health directives.

Summer of the Arts is doing its part to flatten the curve by cancelling and modifying some of our beloved programming.  Here are the changes we are making in light of COVID-19:

  • Virtual Friday Night Concerts: Thanks to a partnership with the Iowa City Public Library and City Channel 4, we will offer live virtual performances of the Friday Night Concert Series throughout June and July. Performances will start at 7 PM each Friday on our Facebook page.
  • Virtual Iowa Arts Festival (June 5-7): This will include performances, artist specials and interactive activities for you to do at home. Watch our Facebook page for  kids programming and new opportunities to continue our Carnival Parade tradition through mask making activities and more!
  • Virtual Iowa City Jazz Festival (July 3-5: We plan to again offer virtual performances through our Facebook page that weekend and will share more information as it is available. Please note that the City of Iowa City has canceled the fireworks scheduled for July 3rd.
  • During July, our Free Movie Series will be offering drive-in movies at the Iowa City Airport. Parking availability will be limited for these events. Watch our Facebook page or sign up for our email newsletter for details on how to register  for this limited capacity event.

We will continue to assess our festival schedule and will make updates as soon as possible to keep you informed.

Keep the Arts Alive! T-Shirt Fundraiser


Old Capitol Screen Printers is hosting a fundraiser for us!

Purchase a Keep the Arts Alive! t-shirt for $20 by June 7 and pick up by June 17. Colors include white, light blue, and heather irish green. Crew- and v-neck available.

Order HERE.

Thank you to Robyn Hepker for designing our shirt!

Musician Kevin Burt Talks Summer of the Arts

The Iowa City Downtown District and Little Village partnered to create the Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase Series, to highlight the wealth of cultural treasures we have in Iowa City and to call attention to the needs of arts organizations in this time of crisis.

Kevin Burt, a regular at our events, wrote a song for Summer of the Arts. Thank you, Kevin, Little Village, and the Iowa City Downtown District, for a lovely video!

Artists: Apply to the Holiday Thieves Market



The Holiday Thieves Market application is now open.

  • Apply to this fine art show through Zapplication by clicking HERE.
  • The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.
  • Artists will be notified of their status by August 21, 2020.

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9 hours ago

Summer of the Arts

This Friday, June 5, we will be kicking off our virtual performances with James Tutson at 7pm. We can not wait for you to join us this weekend! Thank you to our presenting sponsor Veridian Credit Union! #iowacity #IAartsfest ... See MoreSee Less

This Friday, June 5, we will be kicking off our virtual performances with James Tutson at 7pm. We can not wait for you to join us this weekend! Thank you to our presenting sponsor Veridian Credit Union! #iowacity #IAArtsFest

12 hours ago

Summer of the Arts

Let's kick off our virtual Iowa Arts Festival weekend right with a look back at one of the Iowa City Carnaval parades! Sure, it literally rained on this parade in 2014, but we're not going to let the current situation metaphorically rain on it this year!

Be sure to tune in to the LIVE Friday Night Concert Series performance by James Tutson coming up Friday at 7pm.
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