Iowa City Area Cultural Attractions
You are in for a treat as our Iowa City area is a vibrant place offering many entertainment venues sure to appeal to all!
Browse through our dropdown menu for our extensive list of Dining, Arts, and Theatre venues, and contact Toni to add new activities, places or simply to share your favorites!
Summer Of The Arts
The Iowa Arts Festival, The Toyota-Scion of Iowa City Jazz Festival, The Friday Night Concert Series presented by the Iowa City Press Citizen, and The MidWestOne Bank Free Movie Series joined together in 2005 under the umbrella organization Summer of the Arts. The tradition of providing FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, FUN events continues! Summer of the Arts provides overall marketing and fund development support to strengthen these arts and culture events as they grow.
The guiding principle of Summer of the Arts is that arts are not a luxury the arts enhance the quality of life and social and economic impact of our community. Summer of the Arts is committed to presenting diverse and quality programming that is family-friendly. SotA provides the opportunity to showcase local talent, as well as bring national performers and artists to the area.
THANK YOU to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make these events possible. We could not have done it without you!
When you head to downtown Iowa City this summer, get ready for fun, a few surprises, and the most premier collection of FREE cultural entertainment in the area.
Friday Night Concert Series Starts Friday May 28th!
The Friday Night Concert Series celebrates twenty years of free local music this Friday night at 6:30 at the Weatherdance Fountain Stage in the Ped Mall, right outside the Iowa City Sheraton Hotel.
This weeks reunion show is jam packed with musical talent, featuring David Zollo & The Body Electric, Shame Train and Iowa Citys very own Dave Moore.
Dave Zollo began playing the piano at four years old and found his sound after he discovered his fathers eclectic record collection. In his formative early teens, he would entertain his parents house parties with Ray Charles and Huey Piano Smith Covers. Since then Zollo and his band, The Body Electric tour the Midwest fusing the likes of The Rolling Stones and Country Rock and released three records.
Created in 2000 by lead singer and songwriter, Sam Knutson, Shame Train has dealt with personnel changes that helped shape the band into the rockin ensemble they are today. Sometimes referred to as real country or roots rock this group of close, musical veterans thrives on sharing their creativity with the Iowa City community.
Upon moving to Iowa City, musician Dave Moore settled into the local music scene both quickly and easily. Moore is known for keeping his musical collaborations specifically Iowan but still manages to gather national recognition, having appeared on NPRs A Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, World Cafe, and Live from the Mountain Stage.
Also be sure to stop by to get a dinner from Mammas Deli, served on a commemorative frisbee plate for only $8!