Downtown Block Party - June 25, 2022

Downtown Iowa City’s annual summer evening event, the Downtown Block Party returns for the 5th year this summer on June 25th. Moving back to its typical Saturday in June, the 2022 event will keep the expanded layout of 14 blocks that was first used in 2021 to provide additional programming and space for attendees.

Many fan favorites such as Dueling pianos sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust Company, Silent Disco sponsored by GreenState Credit Union, Studio 13 DragShow, and Sand Volleyball are slated to return and continue to draw large engagement from the crowd. In addition to these beloved traditions, new for 2022, SCWPro Wrestling from Davenport, Iowa will host performances throughout the evening and a 16-piece interactive international public art installation. The Englert Theatre stage sponsored by IBEV will have headliner Minneapolis native Kiss the Tiger, supported by Grand Rapids group Public Access, James Tutson & the Rollback, and Crystal City.

All of the programming activities and participation at the event are completely free and targeted towards all ages participation.  The event instead sells event cups that allow attendees 21+ older to purchase and take drinks from the bars and restaurants into the streets.

Tickets for cups can be purchased before the event online at the link below or in person the day of the event. Cups will buy you the official event wristband and cup that will allow you to walk around the event with ONLY wine and beer. ONLY guests with these materials (event wristband and cup) will be allowed to do so. Wristbands only need to be purchased if you are consuming alcohol. *During the event, you can get your wristbands and cups at 6 stations throughout downtown for $15 (Cash & Venmo accepted).

*PRE-SALE Cup BOOTHS will be located next to each station with their own tents and tables to allow people to move through lines quicker.

Full Programming Schedule & Activities

Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0 Art Installation – All Day – Pedestrian Mall

SCW Pro Wrestling Stage – 5:30 – 7:00 pm and 8:00 – 9:00pm – Washington St./Linn St. Intersection

Iowa City Letters – All Day – Clinton St./College St. Intersection

Bingo Games – 4:00- 5:00 pm & 5:30-7:00 pm on the Iowa Ave Stage

The Senior Center Performers – 5:00 – 5:30 pm – Iowa Ave. Stage near El Ray’s Live & Dive

Sand Volleyball Games – 4:00 – 11:00 pm – Clinton St. near The Summit

Tennis/Pickleball Courts programmed by the University of Iowa Sports and Recreation Management Program4:00 – 11:00 pm – Clinton St

Beach Area programmed by the Iowa Children’s Museum4:00 – 9:00 pm – Clinton St. near Ewer’s Men’s Store

Ping-pong, Cornhole, Jenga, 3-on-3 Basketball and Yard Games – 4:00 – 11:00 pm – Iowa Ave. St. by Joe’s Place

Yoga in the Streets programmed by Benders Studio – 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Iowa Ave in front of Benders Studio

  • No sign up necessary. Pack the street with good vibes, drinks, and yoga!

Blitz and Bullet Chess Tournament programmed by the Iowa State Chess Association5:00 – 8:30 pm – Linn St. by White Rabbit

Dueling Pianos sponsored by Hills Bank5:00 – 10:00pm – Washington St. by Target

Englert Theatre Stage sponsored by  iBev Weatherdance Stage in the Pedestrian Mall

Silent Disco sponsored by GreenState Credit Union5:00 – 11:00 pm – Dubuque St. near Pullman Bar & Grill

All Ages Video Games programmed by the Iowa City Public Library – 6:00 – 8:00 pm – ICPL meeting rooms

Drag Show programmed by Studio 13 – 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Iowa Ave. Stage by Players Sports Bar & Grill

Fashion Show8:00 – 9:00pm – Iowa Ave. Stage by Players Sports Bar & Grill

Crooklyn Outdoor Movie programmed by FilmScene – 9:00 – 11:00 pm – Chauncey Swan Park at sunset

Tug-of-War Games – 9:00 – 11:00 pm – Clinton St. near Summit

2022 Downtown Block Party Sponsors

A big THANK YOU to this year’s volunteers. The Downtown Block Party would not be possible without the gracious help from these local groups, clubs, non-profits, and organizations. Proceeds from the Downtown Block Party will be donated to the volunteer groups for their hard work. Make sure to thank any volunteers you see working the event!