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Iowa City Arts

The arrival of summer in Iowa City marks the return of Summer of the Arts! Every year, Summer of the Arts brings free arts and cultural events to Iowa City, all with the aim of building community and bringing people together. 

This year, our real estate agents are truly excited about all the concerts, festivals, and other events that are part of the Summer of the Arts lineup. Be sure to check out the festivities in Iowa City this summer! 

  • Northside Concert Series
    Taking place on select Saturdays from June through August, the Northside Concert Series is a staple of the Summer of the Arts calendar. The concerts take place on North Linn Street, offering an opportunity to explore Iowa City's vibrant Northside neighborhood and see some beautiful Iowa City homes for sale

  • Friday Night Concert Series
    Iowa City's Friday Night Concert Series represents the unofficial start of summer when it gets going in mid-May every year. For 2022, the concert series runs from May 13 to August 19, bringing an eclectic variety of live music to multiple locations throughout the city. Concerts start at 6:30 pm every Friday at either the Downtown Iowa City Pedestrial Mall or in Chauncey Swan Park

  • Iowa City Jazz Festival
    Music fans in Iowa look forward to the Iowa City Jazz Festival all year. The festival returns to Downtown Iowa City on July 1-3, 2022, bringing an amazing array of live music to three stages. Expect thrilling performances from national and international jazz acts, as well as local and regional up-and-comers. There will also be artist booths, a food, and beverage garden, and a fireworks display above the Old Capitol Museum

  • Soul & Blues Festival
    Not to be outdone by the Jazz Fest, the annual Soul & Blues Festival brings its own party to Iowa City on September 23 and 24. Marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall, it's a great chance to have one last celebration, with outstanding food and drink, plus amazing live performances from acts like the Perkins Singers, Ship of Fools, and Kevin Burt. 

  • Free Movie Series
    There's nothing quite like watching a movie on a big screen on a warm summer night. This season, Summer of the Arts has cooperated once again with the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department to bring the Free Movie Series back to our local parks. Movies start around sundown most Saturday nights through summer and take place at various parks throughout the city. 

  • Music on the Move
    Music on the Move started in 2020 as a way to keep live music going during the pandemic. That summer, local blues legend Kevin Burt performed from the back of a pickup truck as it drove through the streets, bringing some much-needed music to the people of Iowa City. This year, Music on the Move is back on select dates between June 7 and August 23.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Iowa, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Iowa City and the surrounding areas. 

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