There’s never a shortage of things to do in Iowa City. On top of our three annual events, Iowa City Downtown District hosts a number of events throughout the year, catering to music lovers, foodies, art fans, and everyone in between.

Make sure to check out our Arts & Culture map to find daily music performances, shows, movie listings and more.

5:00 pm
Iowa City Farmers Market The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, two days a week during the summer season. The Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays[...]
Chauncey Swan Park
7:00 pm
This program is part of ICPL’s Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.
Iowa City Public Library
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
Join others in the community to support cancer patients by helping create inspirational cards and beautiful earrings for new cancer patients at UIHC. This is a free and family friendly event.
Beadology Iowa
Jun 2 – Jun 4 all-day
12:00 am
Iowa Arts Festival is a family friendly event presented by Veridian Credit Union
Downtown Iowa City
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
5:00 pm
Enjoy the first hours of the Iowa Arts Festival with the Downtown Iowa City Gallery Walk, June 2, 5-8pm. The event takes place at fifteen locations and is self-guided, free and family-friendly. Three participants are[...]
Downtown Iowa City
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
6:30 pm
Enjoy free music in the Pedestrian Mall presented by Toyota of Iowa City
The Pedestrian Mall
Jun 3 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
7:30 am
Iowa City Farmers Market The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, two days a week during the summer season. The Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays[...]
Chauncey Swan Park
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
10:00 am
Learn to roll paper commonly found and specialty paper to make a variety of different shapes of beads. Finish your beads with diamond glaze to make them sturdy and highly functional. Beads will be left[...]
Beadology Iowa
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
Learn how to manipulate solid borosilicate glass. Participants will make a pawn, basic marble, and an icicle pendant. Instructor: Benjamin Revis, UI’s Scientific Glass Blower This class serves as the prerequisite for the Making Marbles[...]
Beadology Iowa
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
A lot of great social justice work is being done in Iowa City. Different groups will offer 5 minute presentations about their work and get support. All present will have a chance to share. By[...]
Beadology Iowa
5:00 pm
Iowa City Farmers Market The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, two days a week during the summer season. The Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays[...]
Chauncey Swan Park
6:00 pm
Bracelets are big this season. Wearing multiple bracelets at once is even better. This class places a focus on professional stringing techniques. You will make one bracelet using Czech Republic pressed glass beads and sterling[...]
Beadology Iowa
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
6:30 pm
The Crisis Center is hosting a special event to give guests a glimpse of the impact hunger has on families in our community. Proceeds benefit The Crisis Center of Johnson County Food Bank. The program[...]
Sheraton Iowa City Hotel
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
6:30 pm
Enjoy free music in the Pedestrian Mall presented by Toyota of Iowa City
The Pedestrian Mall
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Accessible and thrilling, sophisticated and primal, Riverside artistic director Sean Lewis’s radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth uses eight actors to tell the story of an ambitious general in a country where strife runs as far[...]
Lower City Park
Jun 10 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
7:30 am
Iowa City Farmers Market The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, two days a week during the summer season. The Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays[...]
Chauncey Swan Park
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 am
The Iowa Walk for Epilepsy & 5K is being presented by University of Iowa Health Care – Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery and organized by the Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska. Come together[...]
Shelter #6, Lower City Park
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
10:00 am
Make your own prayer bracelet, called a Mala, using elastic, beads, and a tassel. Prayer beads are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited when praying or meditating.[...]
Beadology Iowa
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Accessible and thrilling, sophisticated and primal, Riverside artistic director Sean Lewis’s radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth uses eight actors to tell the story of an ambitious general in a country where strife runs as far[...]
Lower City Park (Festival Stage)
Jun 10 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
8:30 pm
 
1:00 am
Use solid boro glass rods to create marbles. This is a “next steps” class that will give participants a deeper understanding of the techniques needed to be successful in marble making. Instructor: Benjamin Revis, UI[...]
Beadology Iowa
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Accessible and thrilling, sophisticated and primal, Riverside artistic director Sean Lewis’s radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” uses eight actors to tell the story of an ambitious general in a country where strife runs as far[...]
Lower City Park (Festival Stage)
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Accessible and thrilling, sophisticated and primal, Riverside artistic director Sean Lewis’s radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” uses eight actors to tell the story of an ambitious general in a country where strife runs as far[...]
Lower City Park (Festival Stage)
5:00 pm
Iowa City Farmers Market The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, two days a week during the summer season. The Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays[...]
Chauncey Swan Park
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Accessible and thrilling, sophisticated and primal, Riverside artistic director Sean Lewis’s radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” uses eight actors to tell the story of an ambitious general in a country where strife runs as far[...]
Lower City Park (Festival Stage)
8:00 pm
Iowa Summer Rep 2017 The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde Directed by Josh Sobel June 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 at 8:00 p.m. June 18, 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m. E.C.[...]
E.C. Mabie Theatre, University of Iowa Theatre Building
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Accessible and thrilling, sophisticated and primal, Riverside artistic director Sean Lewis’s radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” uses eight actors to tell the story of an ambitious general in a country where strife runs as far[...]
Lower City Park (Festival Stage)
Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
5:00 pm
Wholesale beads, gemstones, and fresh water pearls. These items are higher end quality supplies for the avid beader. It is a rare opportunity to purchase wholesale, so we wanted to bring this beautiful opportunity to[...]
Beadology Iowa
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
6:30 pm
Enjoy free music in the Pedestrian Mall presented by Toyota of Iowa City
The Pedestrian Mall
8:00 pm
Iowa Summer Rep 2017 The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde Directed by Josh Sobel June 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 at 8:00 p.m. June 18, 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m. E.C.[...]
E.C. Mabie Theatre, University of Iowa Theatre Building