Weekender Eastern Iowa! Big Grove Vinyl Market | The Mill, Remembered | Farm Cycle


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Fall is here; time to get spicy! And if you’ve been hiding indoors from the heat of summer, now’s your chance to take on the world again as we face a string of ideal days. Celebrate Yotopia’s anniversary, Johnny Appleseed’s birthday and more! There’s also nostalgia in the air as short films about The Mill screen together at the Englert. Top pick of the weekend? All vinyl nerds should hit Big Grove in Iowa City on Saturday to luxuriate among the stacks of wax at the latest Big Grove Vinyl Market.

Yotopia Frozen Yogurt

Yotopia Anniversary Bash

Sep 22 – 3:00pm

Yotopia Anniversary Bash – 11 years!

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Happy Hollow Park

Flower Crown Workshop

Sep 22 – 5:30pm

Celebrate the Autumnal equinox by creating a wearable flower crown in honor of the bounty of summer.

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Wilson's Apple Orchard

James Tutson at Wilson's Orchard & Farm

Sep 22 – 6:00pm

Free outdoor live music!

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Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre Presents: Chipmunk'd by Megan Gogerty

Sep 22 – 7:30pm

Join Riverside in it’s hilarious first show of the 22/23 season!

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Theatre Building at UI

Borderless: I'm Writing to You Today

Sep 23 –

An affirming audio experience celebrating the history of queer love on the University of Iowa campus

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Downtown Iowa City

Soul & Blues Festival

Sep 23 – Sep 24 –

The Soul & Blues Festival is held in downtown Iowa City.

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Pappajohn Business Building

A Conversation with Nigel Hall

Sep 23 – 3:30pm

A public interview with British artist Nigel Hall, conducted by Lauren Lessing, Director of the Stanley Museum of Art.

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Johnson County Fairgrounds

BBQ Bash

Sep 23 – 5:30pm

BBQ Bash is a full weekend of delicious BBQ, bluesy music, and entertaining games for the whole family.

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Elray's Live & Dive

Joe and Vicki Price

Sep 23 – 6:30pm

Blues/roots duo Joe & Vicki Price, a touring duo from Iowa featuring dueling blues guitars, foot stomping, and bluesy vocal harmonies

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Prairie Lights Bookstore

Nabil Ayers and James Spooner

Sep 23 – 7:00pm

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Nabil Ayers and James Spooner, moderated by UI Professor Deborah Whaley.

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Theatre Cedar Rapids

Titanic The Musical

Sep 23 – 7:30pm

Come aboard this Tony Award-winning Best Musical—Epic and majestic – with moments of heartbreaking intimacy

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The Englert Theatre

Last Night at the Mill: Dave Olive Film Screening

Sep 23 – 7:30pm

The event will include a curtain talk, film screening, and a Q&A session.

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Joystick Comedy Bar & Arcade

Jessica Misra

Sep 23 – 9:30pm

This is the comedy show of the year! Killer line-up of stand-up comics; Jessica Misra headlines with The Onion writer feature Diya Bisari and opener Shawn Banks.

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Iowa City Farmer's Market

Kids Market

Sep 24 – 9:00am

Our 11th annual Kids Market is back! The Kids Market is where kids get to be a vendor for a day.

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Wilson's Apple Orchard

Johnny Appleseed's Birthday at Wilson's Orchard & Farm

Sep 24 – 9:00am

Please join for Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday party!

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The Englert Theatre

Bear's Den

Sep 24 – 7:30pm

Formed in London 2012, Bear’s Den have amassed a dedicated and international fan base with their anthemic songs

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Iowa City Bike Library

Farm Cycle

Sep 25 – 9:30am

Bike the farms! Each farm will be paired with a local chef serving up seasonal food.

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Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

Big Grove Vinyl Market

Sep 25 – 12:00pm

Big Grove Brewery is excited to host its next vinyl market!

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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Opening Reception of Sokol Loyal Guard

Sep 25 – 1:00pm

Meet Czech Photographer Roman Franc during the opening reception of his exhibition, “Sokol Loyal Guard.” Light refreshments will be served.

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Longfellow Neighborhood

Front Porch Music Festival 2022

Sep 25 – 2:00pm

Gather your friends, your instruments, and your songbooks. All are invited to enjoy some neighborly music-making

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Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Make Your Own Stein at Lion Bridge Brewing

Sep 25 – 2:00pm

The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio and Lion Bridge Brewing Co. are excited to be bringing back the popular: Make You Own Stein Event

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College Green

Stand-Up Comedy At The Gazebo

Sep 25 – 6:00pm

A free stand up comedy show at College Green Park!

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Englert to screen two films celebrating the Mill — one made at its peak, another since its demolition

by Sid Peterson, Sep 13
For those still mourning the loss of Iowa City’s beloved, iconic venue the Mill, this one’s for you! Come out to the Englert on Friday, Sept. 23 to sit back and reminisce on the venue that impacted so many.

Big Grove Vinyl Market returns to Iowa City, launches next month in Des Moines

by Chris DeLine, Sep 22
“It’s a fun atmosphere to sell records in,” Brian Brandsgard told Little Village of the aesthetics and energy Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City. “It’s just a perfect place to have it.”