Downtown Block Party

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 5 - 11 p.m.

The first Downtown Block Party in 2017 brought an estimated 30,000 on a Saturday night to Downtown Iowa City for community fun! For 2018, the event will be back on June 23rd from 5-11pm.

STAY TUNED For volunteer, sponsor and participation opportunities coming in Spring 2018!

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

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 23, 2018

Entertainment and Activities

Music, Games, Art & Fashion Events will be announced in April/May 2018! Stay tuned!

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