Iowa Arts Festival

Art Fair

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

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Iowa Arts Festival. Apply HERE.

Emerging Artist Pavilion

Each year, high school, college, and university students from across Iowa are featured in the Emerging Artists Pavilion at the Iowa Arts Festival.  The Pavilion gives young, up-and-coming artists who may not qualify for the juried art fair the chance to share their talents with the community. Artists must be Iowa residents and currently enrolled in school in order to qualify.

The 2019 Emerging Artist application is now live! Apply HERE.

Application deadline: March 25, 2019


 Call for Young Artists

With the sponsorship of Toyota of Iowa City, Summer of the Arts  supports and promotes emerging Johnson County, Iowa artists (ages 18-22) through the Creating a Legacy of Local Artists project. This project encourages young, local artists to pursue a career in the arts by awarding a commission totaling $3,000 for original work. The artwork is featured at the Iowa Arts Festival­ and then is displayed at Toyota of Iowa City.

Information for 2019 is forthcoming.





Toyota Legacy of Young Artists

Iowa City Jazz Festival

A limited number of Artist Vendor Booths are available for the Iowa City Jazz Festival each year.

If you have questions, contact

Food Vendors

Summer of the Arts is now accepting Food Vendor applications for the Iowa Arts Festival and the lowa City Jazz Festival.

Fill out our online application HEREThe application deadline is FEBRUARY 22, 2019.

ALL Summer of the Arts Food Vendors are required to use biodegradable or compostable foodware.

Please download the 2019 Food Vendor Rules and Regulations (PDF) for complete information regarding this area of our festivals. NOTE: There have been several changes to the rules and regulations so please be sure to read the entire document.

For more information or questions regarding our application process contact Terri Reeve by phone at 319-337-7944 or by email.

Children’s Activities

FUN Stops

We feature FUN Stops as an exciting addition to our festivals. We invite your business or organization to host and staff a FUN Stop booth and provide an interactive family friendly activity (that children can participate in) as attendees make their way through the festival. This will be a rewarding and valuable opportunity for your business or organization to demonstrate your positive community involvement while also gaining high-level visibility with your presence at our events. More information coming soon!

If you have specific questions about our FUN Stops, please contact us by email or call our office at 319-337-7944.

Children’s Global Village

Children’s Global Village will be filled with booths representing different countries and cultures to serve as a learning experience for kids who visit and participate in the booths’ activities.  Children can pick up a passport and have it stamped at each booth in order to go into a drawing for great prizes!

Community members, Boy/Girl Scout troops, church groups, student organizations, and other groups can share information about another country to festival attendees.

More information coming soon!

If you have more specific questions about Children’s Global Village participation please email or call the Summer of the Arts office at 319-337-7944.