[update: we mistakenly listed the Amana Beer Festival on Saturday. The event actually takes place on Sunday]
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Ah Labor Day. Your last chance to go to the city pool. Your last chance to wear white shoes. Your last chance for summer. With that in mind, Little Village is advocating an outdoor weekend. There aren’t many good ones left, so get it while it’s (still somewhat) hot.
Wednesday, August 27
Taste of Iowa City | Downtown Iowa City | 4-8pm | $1 tasting portions
Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder that there’s more to downtown than cheap drinks. To that notion, the Downtown Association of Iowa City invites the public to walk the ped mall and sample the fine cuisine at over two dozen local eateries in $1 sample sizes. For a handful of Washingtons you can have a diverse meal and, while you’re at it, poke your head into the shops downtown for special sales.
Inside activity: Chuck Klosterman at the Englert at 8:30pm
Thursday, August 28
Bike-in Theater | PATV, 206 Lafayete St, Iowa City | Dusk | Free
One of our favorite casual gatherings of an Iowa City summer has its last show before the leaves fall. Head down to the PATV parking lot on bike, foot, scooter or even a gas-powered vehicle and take in some of the best films from the 2008 Landlocked Film Festival and Iowa City Doc Fest. Popcorn and root beer floats are the snack highlights. Bring a chair if you’ve got one.
Inside activity: Gather your friends for Obama’s headline speech at the Democratic Convention and cheer/boo accordingly.
Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31
Regina Fall Fun Festival | Regina School, 2140 Rochester, Iowa City | All weekend | Free admission
For the family set or the casual athlete head to the Regina Fun Fest. The event lasts all weekend, with soccer and softball tournaments, rides, carnival games, a fun run, a pork roast, music, fireworks and midway foodstuffs.
New Bohemia Music Festival | Cedar Rapids with Iowa City satellite venue | All weekend | $12-15
For the music crowd and the art circle, we’ve got something different. The formerly one day music and art festival has been reformatted due to flooding. Now three days, the event will feature music, street performers, art and more in Cedar Rapids all weekend, with a bonus satellite show here in Iowa City on Friday at he Industry. Fore a more knowledgeable take, check with our friends at Mission Freak, who are helping put on the show.
Saturday, August 30
Inside activity: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Reopening | Free
Head north to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The museum will be reopening its first floor galleries for the first since the June flooding. There will be three exhibits on displaying including All-Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams, The ESPY Collection and The Year of the River: Flood Photography from the Gazette. The museum is offering free admission through Nov. 1.
Sunday, August 31
Bike to the Amana Festival of Beers | Bicyclists meet at Herky Street, North Liberty at 8am or drive straight to the Millstream Brewery, Amana | 1-5pm | Ticketed
If you haven’t left town for the weekend, hop on your bike with the Bicyclists of Iowa City at 8am and ride the scenic 30 miles to Amana where you can kick back and sample the suds from 10 craft breweries, 7 home brew clubs and 800 people. Food and entertainment too. Just make sure to arrange a ride home.
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