How to Mission Creek: A guide to Saturday and Sunday

Father John Misty
Father John Misty performs at The Glass House in 2013 — photo by Nicole Dilley via Flickr Creative Commons

Little Village‘s Tube columnist, Melissa Zimdars, offers her Mission Creek plans for the weekend. View the full schedule here.

Hopefully, you’ve been Mission-Creeking-it-up all week (seriously, Amen Dunes! Silver Apples! Real Estate! Freddie Gibbs! How to Dress Well! Foxygen!), but if not, there’s still enough music, film and literature to satiate your soul for weeks — all happening in just one weekend.


  • Trumpet Blossom’s vegan brunch (11:30 a.m.) never disappoints, and the breakfast tacos on this year’s menu have me salivating in anticipation.
  • Afterward, there are tons of free events to check out around Iowa City throughout the day. I plan on first hitting up The Mill for the 6th Annual Literary Magazine and Small Press Book Fair (11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free ), which features Ahsahta Press and Poetry Magazine. Oh, and a rep for New Belgium brewery will be there serving up some premium beers straight from Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Then head over to the Blue Moose Tap House for Iowa’s most unique and non-traditional craft fair, What a Load of Craft (also running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free). This year will showcase fifteen hand-picked vendors, and a live craft-appreciation and shopping soundtrack will be provided by DJ Yarnballz and other area musicians.
  • If, like me, you need to eat every three hours or you get crabby, everyone’s new favorite downtown diner, Pullman, is giving Mission Creek goers a burger, a beer and a bourbon (as well as musical accompaniment by Sour Boy, Bitter Girl and Ryan Joseph Anderson) all for ten bucks (2:30 p.m.)
  • Mission Boutique continues this year, and hopefully post-bourbon me makes it to Velvet Coat for Porochista Khakpour, Jeff Ray, and the ambient, drone, doom, noise of Iowa City’s Haunter (2:00 p.m, free).

  • Next, make your way over to FilmScene, which is showing a double feature of “Hobo filmmaker/phototramp” Bill Daniels’ Tri-X Noise and Who is Bozo Texino? (6:30 p.m.)
  • After you squeeze in a disco nap, finish your night at Gabes for Diamond Rugs (11 p.m.), a rock/alt-country group comprised of members from Deer Tick, The Black Lips and Los Lobos, and then trek over to the Yacht Club for Sqürl (12 a.m.), the heady rock band led by iconic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.


  • After a jam-packed Saturday, I’m thankful I can sleep in late and still make the second seating for The Mill’s Last Call Brunch (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and for the awesomeness that will be my domination of the pancake bar.
  • I kind of wish King Tuff (7 p.m.), one of my favorite rock dudes currently releasing music, would have headlined his own, long-lasting show, but seeing him at The Englert with Father John Misty (8 p.m.) will surely be a fantastic way to end this year’s Mission Creek (and my last Mission Creek as a resident of Iowa City).


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