2024 Downtown Block Party

Saturday, June 22, 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Iowa City’s biggest event of the year returns this summer! The 7th Annual Downtown Block Party is Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and will take over 14 blocks in Downtown Iowa City. All of the programming activities and entertainment at the event are completely free and targeted toward all ages. Rather than selling physical tickets, the event instead sells Block Party cups that allow attendees 21 and older to purchase their drink and take it into the street to enjoy.

The Downtown Block Party will be bigger and better than ever with a Power Bungee Jump Trampoline, 9-hole mini putt course, custom t-shirt screen printing, pickleball tournaments, and an Olympic-themed fashion show.

Many fan favorites such as the Main Stage sponsored by iBev, Silent Disco sponsored by GreenState Credit Union, and Dueling Pianos sponsored by Hills Bank are slated to return this year. SCWPro Wrestling from Davenport, Iowa was also such a hit last year that we had to bring it back! 

*Please Note: This schedule is continually being updated. Stay tuned for a finalized list of programming!

Main Stage sponsored by  iBev Weatherdance Stage in the Pedestrian Mall

    • Schedule will be released soon!

Iowa Ave Side Stage – Near Scout’s Honor and Camp

    • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Pomtastiks
    • 6:50 – 7:00 p.m. | All the Way Up Dance Studio Performance
    • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Studio 13 Drag Show
    • 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. | Sunset Salsa

SCW Pro Wrestling Stage – Linn St./Washington St. Intersection

    • 6:00 – 7:00pm – Wrestling Matches
    • 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Photo booth with wrestlers
    • 8:00 – 9:30pm – Wrestling Matches

Pickleball Tournaments Programmed by UI Recreational Services and Sport and Recreation Management Program– 4:00 – 11:00 p.m. | Black Hawk Mini Park

Iowa City Letters – 4:00 – 11:00 p.m. | Clinton St./College St. Intersection

Power Bungee Trampoline – 4:00 – 11:00 pm  | Clinton St./ Iowa Ave. Intersection

Mini Putt Putt sponsored by ImOn | 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.

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

Blitz & Bullet Chess Tournament programmed by the Iowa State Chess Association5:00 – 8:00 pm | Washington Street in front of Iowa Artisans Gallery

    • Detailed information coming soon
    • Open chess play before and after tournaments

Custom T-Shirt Screen Printing | Location TBD

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

Silent Disco sponsored by GreenState Credit Union5:00 – 11:00 pm | Iowa Ave. by Basta and St. Burch

Olympic Fashion Show by the Wright House of Fashion – 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Linn Street in front of Record Collector and Baroncini

All Ages Activity programmed by the Iowa City Public Library

  • 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Stay tuned for the programming activity 
  • Lobby air conditioning and restrooms are accessible 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • No alcohol allowed

How does the event work?
The Downtown Block Party is a one-day event that welcomes all to come enjoy unique programming, food, and fun throughout the core of downtown. All programming is free for attendees. The only paid element is if you would like to consume alcohol throughout the festival, you will need to purchase a Block Party cup.

Can I bring my family?
Yes, please do! The Downtown Block Party is for all ages and open to anyone and everyone! We have a numerous kid and family oriented activities, most taking place between 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where should I plan on parking?
Where you will find the most luck finding a spot is at one of the 6 parking ramps: Court St & Dubuque St, Dubuque St & Burlington, Dubuque & Burlington, Iowa Ave & Linn St, and Harrison St.

Can I bring my dog?
We do not recommend bringing pets to the Block Party. The event can mean large crowds, loud music, and hot concrete. We ask that attendees do not bring their pets.

FAQ for Tickets:

PRE-SALE TICKETS: I purchased a ticket online…now what?
Bring your ticket and ID to one of 5 glass station locations located at: Clinton & College, College & Linn St, Washington St & Clinton St, Washington St & Linn St, Iowa Ave and Linn St, Clinton St and Iowa Ave, and at the pedestrian walkway next to Graduate Iowa City. There will be a PRE-SALE-only tent at each location and you will exchange your ticket for a wristband and cup.

I have friends coming that didn’t purchase tickets ahead of time, can we come to the same glass station?
Yes, at every glass station there will be a pre-sale booth and a day-of purchase booth. 5 locations at Clinton & College, College & Linn St, Washington St & Clinton St, Washington St & Linn St, and Iowa Ave and Linn St.

Where are all of the food vendors and where can I get drinks?
All of our bars and restaurants! Drinks come from the bars/restaurants and food comes from all of our restaurants, many of which will be set up outside of their doors with quick-serve lunches.

What if I have problems with my ticket, where do I go?
To any of the 5 glass station booths and the volunteers will help!

Do I need to bring my ticket?
Yes! You do. Bring your electronic ticket (QR code) to the pre-sale booths, please.

What else do I need?
Your ID. We need your identification to provide you with your official wristband and cup.

We want every community member and attendee to feel safe while attending the Downtown Block Party. Specific questions regarding safety, security, medical, and any others can be directed to info@downtowniowacity.com. If you have an immediate need while on-site seek out on-site public safety officers or the first-aid tent. ‍

Weather & Safety Protocols for Downtown Block Party

In case of lightning– All are asked to take shelter inside open businesses, Iowa City Public Library, or a nearby parking ramp lowest level. If no shelter is available, find a clearing away from trees. Never stand near a tree. Lightning strikes the tallest point and travels downward, sometimes arcing to things – including people nearby. Once you find a clearing, squat on your toes with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Once lightning is confirmed, programming will stop until it has been confirmed that it is safe to continue

In the case of a tornado–A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. It doesn’t necessarily mean a tornado has been spotted. A tornado warning means that rotation has been spotted in the clouds or a funnel has actually touched down. If there is rotation or a warning, take cover immediately. A tornado will generally come from the southwest and move northeast. Most injuries and deaths from a tornado are a result of flying debris. Tornado storms can produce more than one funnel, lots of lightning, rain, and hail. In this storm, everyone should take immediate action and find shelter. Designated tornado shelters should be used including any open buildings with basements (see map below*note: send people into businesses & open city buildings)

In case of hail–Attempt to seek shelter immediately. If there is no lightning, move under a tree. Generally, if there is hail with a severe storm, it probably means lightning, in which case standing under a tree is not advised.

All downtown’s bars and restaurants will be open for business! Drinks come from the bars/restaurants and food comes from all of our restaurants, many of which will be set up outside of their doors with quick-serve items. Please remember, only beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the official Block Party cup.  Restaurants  may be open for dine-in so make sure to visit each location to check in and see what is available. Below are some food/drink specials from some of our businesses, but all bars and restaurants will be open for you to visit.

If you are looking for water, any of the bars and restaurants will have some. You can also visit Target, CVS, or Bread Garden to purchase bottles of water. Please make sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of water!

***Please note, the only open container allowed in the streets is the official 2023 Downtown Block Party Cup, sponsored by Collins Community Credit Union.

2023 Downtown Block Party Food & Drink Specials 

To be announced soon!

  • Airliner – 22 S Clinton St
    • Pizza Slices
  • Aspen Leaf Yogurt – 125 S Dubuque St
    • Carmel Apples
    • Froyo
    • Other Treats
  • Bollywood Grill – 201 S Clinton St
    • Gyros, Pakoras, Chicken Wraps, Samosas, Chicken Tacos, Butter Chicken, Rice, Naan
  • Bo-James – 118 E Washington St
    • BBQ Pork Sandwiches & Chips
    • Buffalo Chicken Wraps & Chips
    • Water
  • Brother’s  – 125 S Dubuque St
    • $6.00 Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    • $7.00 Peach & Pineapple High Noons
    • $5.00 Coors & Miller Lite Aluminums
    • $6.00 Blue Moon & Peacetree Get a Little Hazy IPA
    • $7.00 Sutliff Blackberry Frose
  • Burger Haul -112 E College St
    • Joe’s Late Night Burger & Chips
  • Dandy Lion – 111 S Dubuque St
    • $4.00 Pulled Pork Sliders
    • $4.00 Vegan Impossible Meatball Skewers
    • $6.00 Smoked Wings
  • Gabe’s – 330 E Washington St
    • $8-$10 Brisket & Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    • $8-$10 Quesadillas (pork, brisket, tofu)
  • George’s Gyros – Ped Mall
    • Greek Gyros
  • Get Fresh Cafe – 109 Iowa Ave
    • Assorted Sandwiches and Wraps $7-$12
  • India Cafe – 227 E Washington St
    • vegetable biryani
    • chicken tikka masala
    • chana masala
    • tandoori chicken
    • vegetable samosa
    • naan
    • rasmalai
    • gulab jamun
    • soda cans
    • mango lassi
    • beer
    • water
  • Joystick Comedy Arcade – 13 S Linn St
    • $5.00 – Burger & Chips
    • $4.00 – Hot Dog & Chips 
  • Marco’s – Ped Mall
    • Grilled Cheese & Quesadillas
  • Masala – 9 S Dubuque St
    • Chick Tikki Masala
    • Mango Lassi
    • Samosas
    • Channa Masala
    • Rice
  • One Twenty Six – 126 E Washington St
    • Fish Tacos
  • Player’s – 219 Iowa Ave
    • $5.00 – Burger & Chips
    • $4.00 – Hot Dog & Chips 
  • ReUnion Brewery – 113 E College St
    • $6.00 Hot Dogs
    • $6.00 Hot Links
  • SpareMe – 404 E College St
    • $6 Hot Dog + Free Soda or 2 for $10
    • $2 Pizza Slices
  • Sports Column – 12 S Dubuque St
    • $2.00 – Slices of Pizza
  • Studio 13 – 13 S Linn St
    • $5.00 – Burger & Chips
    • $4.00 – Hot Dog & Chips
  • Unimpaired –
    • Iced Coffees and Energy Drinks
    • Pizza
    • Breakfast Burritos
  • Yotopia – 132 S Clinton St
    • $3 Popsicles
    • $4 Mini Froyo Mashups
  • Z’Marik’s Noodle Cafe – 19 S Dubuque St
    • $4-7 Build your mac & cheese bar
    • $1 Scotcharoos

Tickets for cups can be purchased before the event online or in person the day of the event. Tickets 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 5 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 more quickly.

Thank You to the 2024 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!