Summer of the Arts

FREE, family-friendly entertainment in Iowa City all summer long. Enjoy arts and culture at its best

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together in the Iowa City Area to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs. Summer of the Arts brings people together to experience the arts, out loud, in the heart of Iowa City. Since 2005, Summer of the Arts has hosted summertime, family-friendly, arts and cultural festivals. We create synergy wi

04/18/2024

Today's a great day, no matter how you slice it.

Eat for the Arts is at The Wedge Pizzeria today, and our office is excited to have an excuse for a pizza party. Remember, 20% of all purchases today go to support Summer of the Arts and our programming.

What's your favorite toppings? Show us your pizza pics below!

We have your guide to Iowa City concerts, festivals and movies happening this summer 04/17/2024

Thank you Iowa City Press-Citizen for highlighting all of our summer programming!

We have your guide to Iowa City concerts, festivals and movies happening this summer From jazz to movies, Iowa City's festival season is shortly approaching, here is your complete guide to summer festivals.

Summer of the Arts presents 'Rhythms at Riverfront Crossings' event on Iowa's News Now 04/17/2024

In case you missed it, Summer of the Arts Production Manager Christopher Cervantes was on Channel 2 earlier this month to discuss our upcoming new series: Rhythms at Rivernlfront Crossing, sponsored by Veridian Credit Union.

It's getting closer and closer, also make sure you save the date, May 25.

Summer of the Arts presents 'Rhythms at Riverfront Crossings' event on Iowa's News Now Chris Cervantes with Summer of the Arts joined anchor Nick Weig on Iowa's News Now to talk about a new event coming called Rhythms at Riverfront Crossings.

Volunteer at the Iowa Arts Festival 04/16/2024

We're looking for some volunteers and sharing more happening in our community! https://conta.cc/3W6nAyZ

Volunteer at the Iowa Arts Festival Summer of the Arts April 16, 2024 Hello Lisa, To produce all of the FREE community events we do, it truly takes a village. It's not just our staff of four and our one intern, it's all of the people wh

Photos from Summer of the Arts's post 04/14/2024

Sponsor Sunday!

Summer of the Arts events are getting closer and closer! We couldn't do it without our special storage sponsor Storelocal Iowa. Their Iowa City unit houses our equipment used in MULTIPLE different series. They have changed how we view self storage as a whole, and we are excited for what they bring to the festival process.

You can find out more about Storelocal Storage in a special spotlight, coming in Tuesday's newsletter. Thank you for everything.

Photos from Summer of the Arts's post 04/13/2024

Sponsor Saturday!

Today Summer of the Arts wants to recognize the City of Coralville for sponsoring a very exciting Free Movie Series showing. The Marvels is hitting Brown Deer Golf Course on June 1. Show starts at Sundown.

Thank you for all you your support!

04/11/2024

Reminder, next week is Eat for the Arts at The Wedge Pizzeria. 20% of all purchases next Thursday go to support Summer of the Arts and our programming. Mark the calendar, have a slice with us!

Meet our new graphic designer and check out the festival hotel discounts! 04/09/2024

Meet our new graphic designer and make reservations for Arts and Jazz Fest! https://conta.cc/4cKpawd

Meet our new graphic designer and check out the festival hotel discounts! Summer of the Arts April 9, 2024 Hello Lisa, It's the time of year when we've confirmed our performers and artists and are deep into developing all of the marketing materials for our events! Speaking

04/07/2024

Sponsor Sunday!

Summer of the arts wants to recognize a longtime partner who is going for a double this year. South of 6 Iowa City Business District has sponsored many aspects of our programming. For 2024, they are sponsoring two movies: Disney's Hercules and The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Thank you so much for bringing the fun of the theater to Pepperwood Plaza. We can wait until that sun sets!

Thank you for everything.

Photos from Summer of the Arts's post 04/06/2024

Sponsor Saturday! Summer of the Arts wants to take this time to recognize those that help make all of this possible. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is a new sponsor for the 2024 season. This year they are our main stage sponsor for the Iowa Arts Festival, happening June 7-9. Thank you so much for joining us is maintaining this decades long tradition of free art and music.

Photos from City High Bands's post 04/03/2024

So great to see amazing kids get the recognition they deserve!

Upcoming Events and Meet Our Festival Intern! 04/02/2024

Upcoming events and meet our new intern! https://conta.cc/3TNZHcK

Upcoming Events and Meet Our Festival Intern! Summer of the Arts April 2, 2024 Hello Lisa, Now that it's April, we can almost let out a sigh of relief since we've announced all of our free programming for the summer -- 21 weeks of music, art, mov

Photos from Summer of the Arts's post 03/30/2024

Sponsor Saturday! Today we are recognizing Luna's Tacos of Iowa City. They have been a longtime food vendor of both the Iowa Arts Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and now the newly announced Rhythms at Riverfront Crossings. This year, they are also doubling up as sponsors, supporting Charlotte Blu Music and Natural Habits.

Thank you for everything you do!

03/29/2024

You may remember some of our staff pets who so desperately want to be a part of our festival team. Well, that's exactly what is happening now.

Meet our CFO Dewey. That's CFO: Chief Fetching Officer. He's training hard to live up to that title and make us all proud!

03/28/2024

Downtown Iowa City Cultural & Entertainment District Launches New X Marks the Arts Campaign - https://mailchi.mp/downtowniowacity/za4l7skdrv-4859739

03/28/2024

Today is the day to treat yourself. Eat for the Arts is at Andale Andale AND Andale Cantina Bar & Grill. 20% of all your purchases go to support Summer of the Arts and our programming. Whether it's lunch or dinner, have a bite with us.

Artist Applications - Summer of the Arts 03/27/2024

We are getting closer and closer to a season full of programming. While applications are closed is some categories, Summer of the Arts is still looking for Emerging artists for the Iowa Arts Festival AND artists for the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Both forms are open until Monday April 1st (no joke).

We can't wait to see some familiar and new faces this year!

Artist Applications - Summer of the Arts Iowa Arts Festival – Emerging Artist Area, June 8-9, 2024APPLY NOWThe Emerging Artist Area at the Iowa Arts Festival showcases students from Iowa colleges, universities and high schools AND young people between the ages of 16-25 who are not enrolled in high school or college.The 2024 Emerging Arti...

Announcing the Iowa Arts Festival Lineup! 03/26/2024

Announcing the Iowa Arts Festival Main Stage Performers! https://conta.cc/3TwO61i

Announcing the Iowa Arts Festival Lineup! Summer of the Arts March 26, 2024 Hello Lisa, Spring has been flying by (despite the recent snow) and I hope you're as excited as we are for all of the FREE programming we have planned for this summer

Photos from Summer of the Arts's post 03/23/2024

Sponsor Saturday! Today we want to recognize ImOn Communications!

ImOn has sponsored several aspects of Summer of the Arts programing for many years now. This year they are the screen sponsor for the Free Movie Series, making sure the Saturday films have the perfect display. Thank you, for everything!

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Our Story

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs.

Summer of the Arts brings people together to experience the arts, out loud, in the heart of Iowa City. 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. 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.

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