Downtown to host annual Iowa Arts Festival

Photo by Drew Morton.

The Iowa Arts Festival, a weekend-long event featuring performances and activities for people of all ages, will be held Friday–Sunday, June 3–5, in downtown Iowa City.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated below.

Activities include:

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  • An art fair featuring more than 125 local and regional artists displaying and selling their work, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday, June 4, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, June 5, on Washington and Dubuque streets.
  • Live music on the Arts Festival main stage at Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue, 7–11 p.m., Friday, June 3, and noon–11 p.m., Saturday, June 4. Joe Ely will headline the Friday night performances, while Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys will close the festivities on Saturday. Visit for the full music lineup.
  • Global Village, featuring crafts and information booths for children and their guardians about more than a dozen countries, 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4, near the intersection of Dubuque and Washington streets. Simultaneously, there will be music and other performances on the nearby Family Stage.
  • Children’s Day activities, including magic, storytelling, a pirate show, and a puppet show on the Family Stage at Dubuque and Washington streets, noon–4 p.m., Sunday, June 5.
  • Culinary Row, which will feature more than 15 diverse food vendors, will be open each day of the festival.

Visit for more details on the Iowa Arts Festival.

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