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Performers announced for the Iowa Arts Festival’s 40th year

The 2021 Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by the Summer of the Arts. Jason Smith/Little Village

The Summer of the Arts’ Iowa Arts Festival is back for its 40th year and will take place the first weekend in June in downtown Iowa City. Yesterday, festival organizers announced that they’re hosting roughly 90 visual artists and bringing in […]

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FilmScene kicks off new outdoor movie series on April 24 with ‘Minari’

A new free outdoor movie series will add another opportunity for people to gather for a safer, arts-filled summer this year. FilmScene, in partnership with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, will present FilmScene in the Park, screening in […]

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Iowa City cancels Fourth of July fireworks, closes City Park Pool for the season

Iowa City is canceling its annual Fourth of July fireworks display due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The decision comes in collaboration with the Summer of the Arts, whose annual Iowa City Jazz Festival is held in unison with the City’s […]

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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: Kevin Burt shows a little love for Summer of the Arts

Award-winning blues musician Kevin Burt discusses his 15-year history with Summer of the Arts in part four of our Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase series. Summer of the Arts has brought free arts and cultural programing — including the Iowa […]

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Summer of the Arts announces cancellation of Iowa Arts Fest, other COVID-19 related changes

Iowa City’s Summer of the Arts organization announced a slew of changes to their summer 2020 programming on Friday, most prominent being the cancellation of their flagship festival, the Iowa Arts Festival, scheduled for June 5-7. The Iowa Arts Festival, […]

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The joy of anticipation and aftermath

As someone easily overwhelmed by crowds and sensory overload (and more so as I age), I can find Iowa City’s wonderful summer festivals a challenge. I have many times enjoyed the tunes, charts and riffs flowing from the stages of the Iowa City Jazz Festival. I have often parked my camp chair on the Pedestrian Mall on Friday night […]

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Iowa City buses will be free on Friday and Saturday for the first two days of Iowa Arts Festival

On Friday and Saturday, there’ll be no charge for riding Iowa City buses, as the Iowa Arts Festival takes over downtown, the city announced on Monday. Buses will run on their regular schedules, but some stops will change starting on […]

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