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 Iowa City Parks & Rec roller skating 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, Iowa City Ducks Rugby will be facilitating and running matches, 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 ONLY).

*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.

The full list and schedule of events coming soon.

Stay tuned for location details on Silent Disco sponsored by GreenState Credit Union, Dueling Pianos sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust, SCWPro Wrestling stage, Studio 13 Drag Show and much more!

Pre-Registration Activities

Full Programming Schedule & Activities

Loop International Public Art Installation – 2:00 – 11:00pm – Pedestrian Mall

Iowa City Letters – 2:00 – 11:00pm – Clinton St./Iowa Ave. Intersection

Rollerskating programmed by City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department – 2:00 – 9:00pm – Clinton St. from Washington St. to College Ave.

Olympic Village programmed by the University of Iowa Department of Health and Human Physiology2:00 – 9:00pm – Linn St. by White Rabbit

The Senior Center Performers – 5:00 – 6:00pm – Iowa Ave Stage

Sand Volleyball – 4:00 – 9:00pm – Iowa Ave by Joe’s Place

Tennis Courts programmed by the University of Iowa Sports and Recreation Management Program4:00 – 11:00pm – Linn St. by Iowa City Yacht Club

Beach Area programmed by the Iowa Children’s Museum4:00 – 11:00pm – Iowa Ave./Dubuque St. Intersection

Ping-pong, Cornhole, Jenga, and Yard Games – 4:00 – 11:00 pm – Dubuque St. by Pullman

Line Dancing with DJ Kountry- 4:00- 6:00 pm – Gabe’s Stage on Washington St.

Blitz and Bullet Chess Tournament programmed by the Iowa State Chess Association5:00 – 8:30 pm – Washington St. by The Englert Theatre

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 – Clinton St. (Washington St. to Iowa Ave.)

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

Live Music by Slim Chance & The Can’t Hardly Playboys- 6:30-7:30 pm- Gabe’s Stage on Washington St.

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

Sunset Salsa- 8:00 – 9:45 pm- Washington St. Stage by Gabe’s Iowa City

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

Tug-of-War Tournament – 10:00 – 11:00 pm – Iowa Ave. by Joe’s Place

2022 Downtown Block Party Sponsors