The Witching Hour is nearly upon us! Second annual festival announces dates, early bird pricing


Last year, a new festival, co-presented by Little Village and the Englert Theatre, blazed an eerie trail through Iowa City and the festival-going world at large. Witching Hour bills itself as a festival that explores and engages the unknown, discusses creative process, and unveils new work in a range of disciplines and practices. The inaugural event last year, with more than 1,300 attendees, took on everything from performances of works-in-progress, to lectures on the unexplored depths of space, to discussions on the power of magicianship — and that was all before the shows.

This year, the Witching Hour festival takes place across various venues in downtown Iowa City on Nov. 4–5. Keep an eye on the festival website for ongoing updates and lineup announcements.

For those who are already excited, and believe in the value of diving deeper into questions of creativity and exploring new work, festival two-day passes are now available for an Early Bird rate of $35. You can purchase at that rate through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, either online or at the Englert Box Office.

The first lineup announcement will be next Thursday, Aug. 25. One day passes are $30 (Friday or Saturday) and two day passes are $50, and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Aug. 26 at 12:30 p.m., available both online and at the Englert Box Office.

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