Downtown Block Party

Saturday, June 24th 5 - 11 p.m.

The first annual Downtown Block Party will be Iowa City’s biggest night event, and it is  happening from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 24th throughout 7 blocks and the pedestrian mall downtown. It is an all ages event, so those 21 & older wishing to partake alcohol throughout will need to purchase a cup.  The approach to the event will be one of inclusivity, openness and a general welcoming to everyone.

Downtown will be closed to vehicle traffic from Clinton St to Linn St & Dubuque St to Iowa Ave to make way for an estimated 15,000+ people. Entertainment will include local musicians, dueling pianos, ping pong tables, giant jenga, video game tournament, sand volleyball and more. The visual, can’t miss feature of the night will be an interactive art creation that will encourage attendees to participate in creating a large-scale public art piece.  And that’s just scratching the surface.

Cups/Wristbands will be sold at 4 different stations throughout downtown at the event


Parking will be FREE in all downtown ramps for the Downtown Block Party until 10:30 Sunday morning.

*Please note: This is a rain or shine event. (There will be no ticket refunds.)

Tickets are on sale now!

Ticket purchase includes: A 21+ wristband and a cup that will allow you to take beer and wine from bar/restaurant to the streets. ONLY beer and wine in THIS cup will be allowed to be taken out to the streets.

You will pick up your glass and wristband at the event that night so that we can ID at the event. Purchasing ahead of time will allow you to move through the lines quicker.

Tickets will be sold on site at 4 different stations! 


June 24th, 2017

Entertainment and Activities

  • 5-10 p.m.- Dueling pianos sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust Company and ImOn Communications
  • Live Music brought to you by Fleck Sales:
  • 6:30 – 8 p.m.- Performances from The Center in Black Hawk Mini Park
  • 4 – 11 p.m.- Sand volleyball tournament on Dubuque St. (FULL, the tournament sign up is FULL)
  • 5-11 p.m.- Giant jenga, ping pong, tetherball, bags, ladder ball Dubuque St.
  • 5-10 p.m.- Video game tournament inside the Iowa City Public Library
  • 5 – 11 p.m.- Interactive public art installation on Washington St.
  • 6:30 – 11 p.m.- Light painting outside of the Iowa City Public Library
  • 4 – 11 p.m.- The Indeterminacy Festival with Public Space One in Black Hawk Mini Park
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.- Drag show with Studio 13 in the US Bank parking lot
  • 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.- Fashion 500 fashion show on S. Linn St.
  • 9 p.m.- Alleyway movie with FilmScene: West Side Story. Bring your own lawn chair!

How is this event different from other downtown Iowa City events?

  • This event is at night! The focus will be on the evening hours.

  • $10 tickets will be purchased, this will buy you a the event cup that will allow you to walk around the event with beer or wine- ONLY these cups will be allowed to do so.

  • This will be the ONLY event approved by the City of Iowa City to allow for alcohol to go from bar/restaurant to street

  • We are partnering with the City of Iowa City, the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, ICAD, Iowa City Public Library, and other groups within the community to engage others through this event.

  • The event will focus on our existing business economy.

  • The event will have a very open feel to the layout. Programming will be spread out to allow for a comfortable feel and relaxed crowd flow

Downtown Block Party FAQ

Do I have to be 21+ to attend the Downtown Block Party?

No, this is an all ages event. However, you must be 21+ with a valid ID to purchase a ticket and a cup to take beer or wine throughout the event.

Do I need to buy a ticket to attend the Downtown Block Party?

No, you only need to purchase a ticket if you wish to take beer or wine from restaurant/bar to the streets. All other elements of this event are free and open to the public.

Can I bring my family?

Yes, this is a family event. We have a lot of entertainment and programming events scheduled throughout the night that are free and open to everyone.

Who can give me a ride home if I plan on drinking?

There are plenty of taxi companies, as well as Uber and Lyft, in Iowa City that can safely get you where you need to be. The Downtown Block Party does not support, condone, or encourage drunk driving at all. Please make a responsible and smart decision and take a taxi or Uber/Lyft home or arrange a ride from a sober friend if you are impaired.

What will I do with my car if I find an alternative ride home?

All parking ramps and metered spots will be free on Saturday, June 24th until 10:30 Sunday morning, so you can leave your car and come get it Sunday morning if you need to find a safe, alternative ride home.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

Thank you to our 2017 volunteers!
  • Friends of the Animal Foundation
  • Neumann Monson
  • MidwestOne Bank
  • Hills Bank & Trust Company
  • Iowa Children’s Museum
  • City High Cheer
  • Iowa City Area Chamber Ambassadors
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
  • Bur Oak Land Trust
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Young Life
  • University of Iowa Dance Marathon
  • Iowa City Eels Swim Club
  • University of Iowa Mobile Clinic