City of Iowa City

Upcoming Area Events

University of Iowa Museum of Art

 The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) is dedicated to bringing art into the lives of people across Iowa. Despite losing the former museum building to the flood in 2008, the UIMA continues strive towards being ever present on the beautiful UI campus. In 2009, the Museum opened a on-campus space in the Iowa Memorial Union's third floor Richey Ballroom where over 250 works from the permanent collection are on display. Just around the corner in the IMU's Black Box Theater, the UIMA presents temporary exhibitions and related programming. Because of a lack of a physical building, events are hosted all around the Iowa City area. Click our logo to find one happening near you! 


Sunset Salsa


Sunset Salsa returns this spring!  Join the party on the Ped Mall and dance the night away Saturday evenings.  



The dates for 2015 are:


May 1 - June 13 - July 18 - August 8 - September 12 - October 3



Drawing Closer: Celebrating Hancher's Upcoming Opening
August 22

Gather up your friends and family, and join us for a day of chalk art. Whether you simply marvel at the creations of professional artists or grab a piece of chalk yourself, you’ll have a memorable day as we look forward to the opening of the new Hancher facility in the fall of 2016. Food vendors and games will be a part of the party.

Also on hand: Squonk Opera—a band, a spectacle, an experience. The Squonkers will perform Pneumatica, an event about air, made of air, and powered by air. As the 40-foot inflatable Lady Pneumatica breathes, the music incorporates the swoops and eddies of air to create wild, captivating music, perfect for this day of celebration and anticipation.



Taste of Iowa
August 26, 4 - 8 PM


Taste of Iowa City, presented by MidWestOne Bank, returns to the Iowa City Downtown District on Wednesday, August 26th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. The 9th Annual Taste celebrates the culinary diversity of Downtown and Northside restaurants and rewards the Iowa City community with sample portions from more than 30 menus!

Tickets are currently on sale at MidWestOne Bank in Downtown Iowa City in strips of 5. Tickets will also be available during the event at 6 tickets booths located in downtown & in the Northside Marketplace. 

Click HERE for a complete list of participating restaurants!



Iowa City Book Festival
October 1-4

The Iowa City Book Festival is just two months away, and organizers are busy finalizing the lineup and setting the schedule for the four-day event.  

Authors who address two of the biggest issues facing our country today - the economy and social justice - will headline two major events during the festival. Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss his forthcoming book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, at an event on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Englert Theatre. Bryan Stevenson,  executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy, will appear at the Iowa Memorial Union at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Click HERE for more information about this year's festival!


Northside Oktoberfest
October 3

The Northside Oktoberfest benefiting Iowa City area non-profits showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games, Iowa football and much more! Join us on Saturday, October 3rd as we take over the streets of the Northside, just blocks north of downtown Iowa City to celebrate the 20th year of the Iowa City Brewfest! 

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets for Brewfest!

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