Iowa City Weekender: August 21-24

If you’re a student, you’ll probably attend at least one event at the University of Iowa Welcome Week. And there’s plenty of fun to be had–from the President’s Block Party to Chuck Klosterman at the Englert courtesy of the UI Lecture Series next Wednesday. But, there are also, plenty of non-University events this weekend to boot.

Thursday, August 21 – Sunday, August 24

Landlocked Film Festival | Various Downtown Locations | Free

The second annual Landlocked Film Festival (click here for more Landlocked coverage) hits town Thursday. The festival doesn’t have a specific focus, which means everyone should find something they like here. This year’s program features everything from well-produced family flicks (Flyboys) to locally made docs to a Spanish-language shorts program. Even if you only have an hour to spare, you owe it to yourself to have an “Out-of-Hollywood Experience.” And why not? There aren’t many free film festivals in the country.

Friday, August 21

Pro Boxing | Johnson County Fairgrounds | 6:30pm | $20-40

The Sweet Science…I know you’re thinking it may not be your cup of tea, or ours for that matter. But this bout features Iowa City natives Emily and Katy Klinefelter, sisters who’ve done quite well for themselves since switching from gymnastics a decade ago. Both sisters have a sizable collection of national championships in their names, but this is the first time Katy steps into the ring as a pro, and doing it in her hometown.

Saturday, August 22

Alley Walk and Garage Sale Day | Linn St, Northside Neighborhood | 9am-noon | Free

The Northside Neighborhoods “historic alleys” were spruced up this summer in a beautification project. Take a stroll through the backstreets to admire the gardens and check out the discount goodies at the garage sales along the way. Plus, there’s a promise of lemonade stands. How can you resist?

India Bazaar | Johnson County Fairgrounds | 11am-4pm

If you work up an appetite on the alley walk, head to the Fairgrounds south of town and grab some traditional Indian grub. While you’re there check out the crafts, art, dance, music and henna paintings too. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Iowa City Free Dental Clinic.

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Sunday, August 24

Sertoma Airport Pancake Breakfast | Iowa City Municipal Airport | 7am – 12:30pm | $5 for adults, $3 for kids,
free for toddlers and flood victims

Nothing says “Midwest” like a good ol fashioned pancake breakfast. But this breakfast comes with a twist: big mahcines. While you eat your short stack, marvel at the WWII relic Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan, or other airplanes, firetrucks and fancy machines. Plus, for $25 you can hop aboard a local airplane for a scenic flight over Iowa City, Coralville and the Reservoir.

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