Upcoming Area Events

Chase Garrett’s 7th Annual Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp

November 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
East Washington Street 221 IA US

CHASE GARRETT’S 7TH ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO STOMP is back and bigger than ever! Featuring 4 international pianists utilizing two pianos and 4 highly acclaimed rhythm section members, this one day festival at The Englert Theatre will become a veritable breeding ground for the high energy showmanship, top quality musicianship and authentic swing, blues and boogie woogie sounds of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.



Santa Saturdays and Horse Drawn Trolley Rides in Downtown Iowa City

Saturdays of November 26, December 3, & December 10 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Santa will leave his busy workshop for four special trips Downtown to meet the area’s good girls and boys. Families can enjoy FREE photos with the jolly ol’ fella at FilmScene (118 E. College St.).

This is a very popular event, so we offer it 4 Saturdays in a row. Horse drawn trolley rides will be available downtown Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 11:30am – 2:30pm outside of Hills Bank. The trolley ride is FREE and it fills up quickly, so get there early because spots are not guaranteed.


The Nutcracker

December 9th and 10th at 7:30pm and 10th and 11th at 2:00pm

Englert Theatre | (319) 688-2653
Tickets $18 - $30

Nolte Academy & The Englert Theatre are proud to present a unique and highly entertaining version of the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. No holiday is complete without a visit to Clara’s house where her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer presents the magical gift of The Nutcracker. Take a journey with Clara and her hero as they defeat the evil Mouse King. Travel with them through the magical Land of Snow and delight in their arrival in the Kingdom of Sweets.

This holiday classic comes to life with performances by dancers from Nolte Academy. The production features a live orchestra, consisting of local musicians conducted by Carey Bostian. Don’t miss the wonder and enchantment of this Christmas tale!


Downtown Holiday Market

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Just in time for the holidays! On Saturday, Dec. 10, in Black Hawk Mini Park, part of the Ped Mall will transform into the Downtown Winter Market sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU).

Come experience the magic and excitement of the best holiday gifts downtown has to offer under one warm, festively decorated tent. In addition to the dozens of special gift offerings, the market will serve up hot beverages at a cash bar throughout the day.




Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00-4:00 pm.

Cost to attend is free!

Experience the wonders of an Iowa winter at Coralville’s annual WinterFest. Since it began in 2008, thousands of people each year enjoy a showcase of winter-time demonstrations, indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, entertainment, food, and frosty fun for all ages.

WinterFest is in various locations in the Iowa River Landing, just off Interstate 80 exit 242, at the corner of E. 9th Street and Quarry Road. 

Summer of the Arts           319.337.7944           325 E. Washington St., Ste. 301 Iowa City IA 52240           info@summeroftheARTS.org