Summer of the Arts

FREE, family-friendly entertainment in Iowa City all summer long

Since 2005, Summer of the Arts has hosted summertime, family-friendly, arts and cultural festivals. We create synergy with marketing, fundraising, and operations while maintaining the unique identity of each of our five events.

Summer of the Arts brings people together to experience the arts, out loud, in the heart of Iowa City.  Our generous sponsors and donors ensure we are able to offer free, family-friendly, high quality entertainment every summer for our community to enjoy.

When you head to downtown Iowa City this summer, get ready for fun, a few surprises, and the best collection of FREE cultural entertainment in the area.

2018 Festival Dates

Friday Night Concert Series

May 18 – August 31

Iowa Arts Festival

June 1 – 3

Free Movie Series

June 9 – August 25

Iowa City Jazz Festival

June 29 – July 1

Iowa Soul Festival

August 17 – 18 

sign up for our volunteer Opportunities!

What could be more fun than volunteering at any one of the Summer of the Arts events this summer? These great festivals and events are so successful because of the talent and energy provided by the hundreds of volunteers who volunteer with us anywhere from 2 hours to 200 hours! We strongly encourage YOUR participation. To volunteer as an individual, go to our VolunteerLocal page.

Are you searching for team building exercises and a positive way to represent your group in the community? Volunteer together at one of our festivals! In order to find a great fit for your volunteer group in our festivals and to reserve shifts solely for your team, fill out our short Volunteer Interest form!  Give us details about your group and your volunteer interests, and we will contact you with options for volunteering with Summer of the Arts as soon as they are available!

East Washington Street 325
Iowa City 52240 IA US
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M-F 8:30am-4:30pm