Consistently voted one of the top college towns in the U.S., Iowa City sees most of its visitors during the school year when students are present and Hawkeye sports are in full swing. But summer in the city has its own charms, from shopping outdoors for original artwork in June to the sound of soul music hanging in the August air. Here are some of Iowa City’s summer highlights:
Grab a blanket and stake out a spot in the grass to watch a film under the stars on a massive outdoor screen.
Dance and enjoy live music from area musicians.
Outdoor movies will be played at locations across the Iowa City area, including parks and the airport. Most are family friendly, and some showings have UI connections, such as Strange World, co-directed by Iowa alumnus Don Hall (91BFA).
Enjoy the bounty of the season, including farm-fresh produce, eggs, and meat—along with coffee, baked goods, and newly cut flowers.
Shop more than 100 local and national art vendors. Also, enjoy regional and ethnic foods, live music, and family activities.
This annual event features a colorful parade, followed by a festival featuring vendors and live music.
This outdoor celebration features dueling pianos, a silent disco, roller skating, and live music. Admission is free, but cups are sold that allow attendees of legal age to enjoy alcoholic beverages in the block party area.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy three days of live musical performances from two stages. This annual tradition, featuring well-known musicians and up-and-coming entertainers, typically concludes with fireworks that sparkle over the Old Capitol.
Head downtown for a day of food and performances, including traditional dance showcases and salsa lessons.
Finish the summer on a high note with two days of music and dance on the streets of Iowa City.