Downtown Block Party - July 24, 2021

The Iowa City Downtown District has announced the return of our annual Block Party event for the summer of 2021, one month later than usual, on July 24th. Now in its fourth year, after a break in 2020, the event will happen throughout 14 blocks of downtown to allow the largest footprint in the event’s history. Programming will take place throughout the entire day of Saturday, July 24th, with the bulk of the activities and open container feature starting at 4 pm.

Some of your favorite programmings will be coming back, including the Silent Disco, Sand Volleyball, Tug-of-war Tournament, Fashion Show, Drag Show, Outdoor Movie at FilmScene’s new outdoor cinema, Yard Games, and new to the Block Party for 2021- the Iowa Chess Association Free For All tournament and a Blitz tournament, Salsa dancing, and line dancing.

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.

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

2021 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!