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Summer of the Arts


Welcome to the City of Iowa City's Summer of the Arts, where you can find information about The Iowa Arts Festival, The Iowa City Jazz Festival, The Friday Night Concert Series and The Free Movie Series. These four great Iowa City traditions joined together under the umbrella organization called Summer of the Arts. Now, we are better able to bring you the FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, FUN events that you have come to enjoy over the past 25+ years.


2009 Important Dates:

March 1                      Last day to submit your application for the 2009 Arts Fair!

April 1-4                     Mission Creek Festival – NEW this year, look for the Literary Workshops and readings sponsored by Summer of the Arts!

May 21                       Thursday Night special performance of the City High & West High Jazz Ensembles on the Iowa City pedestrian plaza

May 29                       Friday Night Concert Series Kicks Off and continues each Friday through September 11 on the Iowa City pedestrian plaza.

June 5-7                     Iowa Arts Festival!

June 13                      The MidWestOne Bank Free Movie Series begins and continues each Saturday through August.

July 3-5                       Toyota-Scion of Iowa City Jazz Festival

August 28-30             Sand in the City – Join us for a brand new community event which will help raise funds for ALL of the Summer of the Arts events. Team sponsorships are available now, contact Mary Frieden, email or call 319-337-7944.


Friday Night Concert Series

Founded in 1991, The Friday Night Concert Series is a FREE, family-friendly event held on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City. The event features live music performed by local bands each and every Friday night from the middle of May to early September (excluding the first…


Saturday Night Free Movies

Founded in 2005, The Saturday Night Free Movie Series is a FREE, family-friendly event held in downtown Iowa City. The event features musical entertainment or special activities, short films by local filmmakers and a feature movie on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.


Iowa Arts Festival

The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free community celebration featuring over 115 visual artists, a music festival, a culinary expo, and a variety of creative and educational activities. Voted "Favorite Festival" by the Iowa Press Citizen.


Iowa City Jazz Festival

Founded in 1991, The Iowa City Jazz Festival is a FREE, family-friendly event held in downtown Iowa City. The event features live music performed by both local bands and internationally acclaimed recording artists. The festival has won numerous awards throughout the years...


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Special thanks to..

City of Iowa City -

Allans Music + Billy Hyde provided PA Systems for the Friday Night Concert Series.