Upcoming Area Events

The Iowa City Dream Center and Iowa City Dream Divas:
The Living Museum
Friday, February 17, Saturday, February 18th & Sunday February 19th

Part of a collaborative grant through the National Endowment for the Arts with Summer of the Arts, University of Iowa, The Dream Center and City of Iowa City

The weekend of February 17th is filled with excellent events produced and sponsored by the Iowa City Dream Center and the Iowa City Dream Divas!

The Henri Harper Community Soul Food Dinner will be held February 17 , 6-8pm at the Robert Robert E. Lee Recreation Center at Gilbert & Burlington Streets. 

A Living Museum Presentation and Art Exhibit will be held Saturday, February 18, 6-8pm, at the Robert E. Lee Recreation Center at Gilbert & Burlington Streets in the Social Hall. Students of the Dream Center will be "on exhibit" enacting 20+ biographies of African American fore-bearers. Student and local artists’ works of art will also be on display. 

The weekend wraps up with The Concert of Praise on Sunday February 19, 6pm, held at the Iowa City Church of the Nazarene, 1035 Wade St, Iowa City. 


Mission Creek Festival
Starts Tuesday, April 4 through Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mission Creek is dedicated to delivering a riveting 6-day artistic experience for our community that builds on the cultural geography and capital of downtown Iowa City. Programming focuses on music performances, literary readings, film screenings, public lectures, local food culture, and educational outreach. Nestled in the heart of downtown Iowa City, with most venues within a five minute walk of each other, Mission Creek thrives on intimacy and cross-medium experiences, turning music lovers onto new literature, writers onto new music, and expanding appreciation of arts, community, and culture. The smallest festival venue fits 50 people and thelargest holds 1800; but most rooms are in the 200-300 capacity range, allowing for visceral connections between artists and audience.

The festival is presented and produced by The Englert Theatre, Iowa City’s 104-year-old historic performing arts organization.


Iowa Dance Festival 2017: Dancing our Visions
Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29

The Iowa Dance Festival's line up will include an opening reception, performances in public spaces, workshops and a celebration of Dance for the Camera. 

The festival produced by InterDance will take place in multiple venues throughout Downtwon Iowa City including Master Classes at Hotel Vetro, an International Iowa ScreenDance Festival at FilmScene, a Dance Concert by local artists at Hotel Vetro and much more!

Open Call to Dancers!

InterDance’s team is inviting performers from throughout the State to join in the celebration!
Deadline for Submissions:  10 Mar 2017
http://iowadance.org/ for more information.


Flyover Fashion Fest
Friday, May 5, 2017 & Saturday, May 6, 2017

Iowa Fashion Project presents the second annual Flyover Fashion Fest:

A two-day fashion, music and art festival in Downtown Iowa City. Featuring fashion and creative talent from across the state of Iowa plus some of the most innovation fashion entrepeneurs and brands in the US.

Review the 2017 lineup and purchase festival passes by visiting

Old Capitol Quilters Guild presents Quilt Fest
Friday, June 2, 2017 & Saturday, June 3, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017, 1-8pm
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10-5pm

Hundreds of handcrafted quilts displayed on church pews;  Door Prizes;  Silent Auction of quilted items;  Children / Family activities.

Admission:  Free will offering.

Quilt Fest is held at First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson St., corner of Dubuque and Jefferson Streets in downtown Iowa City. 


Travel to Italy with KCCK!
Departs Sunday, July 9, 2017, Returns Monday July 17, 2017

Are you a festival fan?

KCCK is packing up right after the Iowa City Jazz Festival for Rome and the Perugia Jazz Festival. Join jazz heads from across the country on this week of exciting sightseeing, cultural immersion, delicious food and incredible jazz at one of the hippest festivals this summer. The trip includes three ticketed events for jazz and airfare.  Limited availability. All fees must be paid by late March. Click
HERE for more details.

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