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.

Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
7:00 pm
English Country Dance Fee: Sliding scale $3-$6; pay what you can at the door. No registration. Open to All Ages Saturdays, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 7 – 10 PM in the Assembly Room Come to[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 21 all-day
12:00 am
Art in the Afternoon Fee: none. No registration. Open to All Ages Sundays, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16 1 – 2:30 PM in the Assembly Room Organizer: ArtiFactory Since February of 2016, Art in the Afternoon[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10:00 am
This little jewel of a basket incorporates a coiled beginning and chain and wheat stitches, all held together with artificial sinew. Explore shaping with the coiled technique to produce the perfect basket to hold your[...]
Beadology Iowa
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
9:00 am
Fee: none. No registration. Membership Required Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9 – 11:30 AM on the mezzanine Center members are invited to join The Center’s Mah Jongg group! Mah Jongg is a game of Chinese origin[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
9:00 am
Open to All Ages Mondays 9 – 10 AM in the Assembly Room Everyone is invited to join this informal gathering of Hawkeye fans, discussing Iowa sports and other sports. The discussion group will be[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm
Fee: none, no registration. Membership Required Mondays: 2 – 4 PM in room 209 Join an informal group of “fiber friends” in an afternoon of knitting, sewing, crocheting, weaving, or whatever fiber craft strikes your[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm
Listening to Mother Earth Through Film Fee: none. No registration. Open to All Ages Mondays, 10/1 – 10/29 6 – 8 PM in room 202 Organizer: 100grannies What do you really know about the issues[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
7:00 pm
Fee: $5/class; practice is free. No registration. Open to All Ages Tuesdays: 7 – 9:30 PM in the Assembly Room The Iowa City Tango Club in partnership with the Senior Center offers Tuesday evening tango[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
9:00 am
Fee: none. No registration. Membership Required Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9 – 11:30 AM on the mezzanine Center members are invited to join The Center’s Mah Jongg group! Mah Jongg is a game of Chinese origin[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
WERQ® is the wildly addictive cardio dance workout based on today’s hottest pop, rock, and hip hop music. Come sweat it out and burn a ton of calories! All levels are welcome; tennis shoes and[...]
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm
2:00 pm
Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents: Love and Life Fee: none. No registration. Open to All Ages Wednesday, 10/24 2 PM in the Assembly Room Performers: Akwi Nji and Red Cedar Chamber Music Spoken word artist[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
5:00 pm
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 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and[...]
Chauncey Swan Ramp
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
6:00 pm
Fee: none. No registration. Open to All Ages Wednesdays: 6 – 8:30 PM in room 211 The Gray Knights invite you to join them on Wednesday evenings to play chess! The club provides opportunities for[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
6:30 pm
Fee: none. No registration. Open to All Ages Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the Assembly Room The Iowa City Salsa Group in partnership with the Senior Center offers free Latin dance practice to interested[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
8:00 pm
The 2018 edition of the Rooftop Series presented by Rohrbach Associates PC Architects opens with a high-flying comedy classic plus laser lessons on the roof. Again this year, co-sponsor Big Grove Brewery is bringing the beer! Thirteen Sundays (and[...]
Film Scene
Oct 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
9:30 am
This workshop involves beginner and intermediate soldering. Learn and hone a variety of soldering skills—connecting an open jump ring, adding a ring to another piece, and more. Leave with a variety of samples and a[...]
Beadology Iowa
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
Discover an easy to learn netting stitch from the Roaring Twenties using Toho seed beads. No book or magazine uses this stitch in a project—it is an exclusive Beadology Iowa stitch. You will create a[...]
Beadology Iowa
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
6:00 pm
Welcome to Medicare Fee: none. Registration required. Membership Not Required Thursday, 10/25 6 – 8:15 PM in room 202 Saturday, 12/8 10 AM – 12:15 PM in room 202 Instructor: SHIIP Counselors Will you be[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
9:00 am
Fee: none. No registration. Membership Required Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9 – 11:30 AM on the mezzanine Center members are invited to join The Center’s Mah Jongg group! Mah Jongg is a game of Chinese origin[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
9:00 am
Fee: none. No registration. Open to All Ages Fridays: 9 – 10:30 AM in room 103 Go bowling without ever leaving the Senior Center! With the Nintendo Wii video game system, your movements control the[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
10:30 am
Fee: none. No registration. Membership Not Required Fridays: 10:30 AM – 12 PM in room 206 Instructor: SCTV staff and volunteers This informal drop-in help session is centered around your personal and social technologies. Stop[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm
1:00 pm
Fee: none. No registration. Open to All Ages Fridays: 1 PM in the Assembly Room Host: Larry Rogers Join us Friday afternoons in the Assembly Room where we’ll continue our series of Academy Award Best[...]
Iowa City Senior Center
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
5:00 pm
Our newest addition to the Shop Crawl Series in Downtown Iowa City- October Fall Shop Crawl- October 26th. The Fall Shop Crawl will be our latest addition and be the fall version of the Summer[...]
Downtown Iowa City
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
5:00 pm
Shop downtown a little extra late and find specials and refreshments at participating stores. Come to Beadology Iowa for 15% off that night and an extra coupon for 20% of everything except commission work on[...]
Beadology Iowa
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
5:30 pm
Come see the talents of our customers who met the 75th Annual Bead Challenge. These creative community members took a package with various beads and supplies and designed a variety of items. You will be[...]
Beadology Iowa
6:00 pm
In “The Searchers,” author and publisher Robert James Russell will not only work through what it means to be a storyteller, but how to find the story worth telling—keeping ourselves and our readers engaged. As[...]
Iowa Writers' House
Oct 27 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
7:30 am
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 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and[...]
Chauncey Swan Ramp
9:00 am
It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month and together, ProCircular has partnered with Reboot Iowa to deliver the Owning My Security: Cybersecurity Awareness Workshop. We know managing your online security can be overwhelming and we want to help[...]
MERGE Iowa City
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
9:30 am
Fee: none (separate checks). No registration for breakfast Membership Not Required Saturday Breakfasts: 9:30 – 11 AM at Midtown Family Restaurant 2 Gather Saturday mornings with other singles. Men and women age 50+ meet to[...]
Midtown Family Restaurant 2
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10:00 am
Learn to use two-drop peyote to make this fun and colorful bracelet. Instead of embellishing after the bracelet is finished, embellish this piece as you bead with Czech pressed glass feather beads and Miyuki magatamas[...]
Beadology Iowa