City of Iowa City

Upcoming Area Events

UNESCO's International Jazz Day
April 30, 2015 

In celebration of UNESCO's International Jazz Day, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature presents “News from the Great Wide World: Ralph Ellison and the Cultural Ambassadors of Jazz,” an event that celebrates the intersection of jazz with the work of the writer Ralph Ellison. Horace Porter, F. Wendell Miller Professor of English & American Studies at the University of Iowa, will discuss Ellison's work.

Throughout the program, a jazz ensemble will perform songs composed or made famous by jazz artists who connected with Ellison, including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Christian. The ensemble includes Damani Phillips (saxophone), James Dreier (drums), Blake Shaw (bass), and Grace Leong (piano) from the University of Iowa School of Music. Porter is the author of Jazz Country: Ralph Ellison in America, and the new Dreaming Out Loud: African American Novelists at Work, both from the University of Iowa Press.

The official program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Music will be performed for 15 minutes before and after the program. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The City of Literature will provide drinks and dessert. The program will be aired live on the Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20, and will be broadcast live on KCCK Jazz 88.3 or at The event is co-presented by the University of Iowa School of Music and the Iowa City Public Library.

Fourth Annual Riverside Jam Music and Arts Project 2015
May 10, 2015


The Riverside Jam Music & Arts Project features live musical performances, art galleries, and more at Shakespeare Stage in City Park of Iowa City, IA. Enjoy performances by Zeta June, Fire Sale, The Candymakers, Soul Phlegm, Mighty Shady, and many more! The project's mission focuses on raising awareness for global hunger issues and environmental sustainability while celebrating a positive community atmosphere through music and art. Admission is $10 or ten canned goods, all proceeds will be donated to the Crisis Center of Johnson County! 



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 Sunday evenings.  


The dates for 2015 are:


May 1

June 13

July 18

August 8

September 12

October 3


Applause: An Evening of Musical Comedy 
June 6, 2015

On June 6, attend an evening of musical comedy sponsored by Best Buddies of Iowa City. The event will be held at Iver Opstead Auditorium at Iowa City High School. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The evening will help support the Best Buddies Chapter of Iowa City, City High School, Elder Services, Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa, Iowa City Hospice, and Pathway Adult Health Center. 





Variations II
June 6 & 7, 2015







Juneteenth Celebration
June 27, 2015


The Johnson County Juneteenth Community Committee will be hosting a day of family fun Saturday, June 27, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, in Iowa City. This is the 5th Annual Iowa City Area Juneteenth Celebration Commemorating the End of Slavery and the 150th anniversary of the first Juneteenth. 


This free event will include a play written and performed by local writers and actors, a performance by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, free food, vendors, music and live entertainment, and games and activities for the whole family. Children can enjoy story time, a bouncy house, face painting and water games. There will be a Health Fair indoors and a chance for participants to win door prizes. The committee will also be hosting its annual Juneteenth Blood Drive.


This event is open to the public. Everyone is welcome at this fun and safe event.


For more information, please visit our Facebook page:


Iowa City 5th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Where: Robert A. Lee Recreation Center

220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City


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