City of Iowa City

Upcoming Area Events

Blue Zones Project 


The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easer through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks. Blue Zones Project highlights the importance of volunteering not only for the community but for your emotional and health well being, Make this change with volunteering at one of the many Summer of the Arts festival. Click HERE to see the many options!



Sunset Salsa, May-October at 6:00 PM

Sunset Salsa is a public assembly for the entire community to enjoy. sunset salsa was developed by J&E Entertainment in order to promote Salsa dancing in the Iowa City area. During Sunset Salsa the audience has the chance to dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha-cha-cha, and Cumbia!


2014 Schedule:

May 9th

June 15th

July 6th

August 10th

September 7th

October 5th



Iowa Latino Festival, August 16th

Downtown Iowa City Pedstrian Mall


Join us for a day-long festival celebrating Latino culture! There will be live entertainment, food, and vendors throughout the downtown Ped Mall. The event culminates with the Saturday Night Concert Series featuring Parranderos Latin Combo from Des Moines. ALL FREE! 




Landlocked Film Festival, August 21-24

Landlocked Film Festival… we’re right in the middle of a lot of land. No coasts, but plenty of culture here in the American heartland.

A competitive festival celebrating its 8th birthday in August 2014, Landlocked presents independent movies from around the world. Thousands of audience members gather in Iowa City’s historic downtown to watch diverse films, from two minutes to two hours long, from artsy experimentation to outrageous comedy, from heartwarming family stories to heartbreaking drama, from hard-hitting documentary to music video to amazing animation.

Landlocked’s 2010 workshops and panels were honored with an award from the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) in 2010, while the 2011 screening of Miss Representation received ICCA's Reaching Out Collaboration Award. Each year, film and script professionals join us from the film and television industries in Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver to give presentations. Filmmakers come from around the country and even overseas to network with one another and to meet and talk with audiences at their film screenings.

Iowa City is the perfect venue for a film fest, with its compact downtown location, its friendly and relaxed vibe, its boutique hotels and variety of restaurants, and its cultural standing as the home of the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop and one of only a handful of cities worldwide designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.


For complete schedule of films, visit



City of Iowa City's Summer of the Arts           319.337.7944           P.O. Box 3128 Iowa City IA 52244-3128