Labor Day weekend is a great time to take a trip to cap off the summer and usher in fall. Iowa City is full of activity as locals and visitors alike welcome the start of another Hawkeye football season. Read on for a Hawkeye centered weekend itinerary.
In its 9th year, FRYfest is an annual Celebration of All that is Hawkeye and will boast a full day of programming at the Iowa River Landing on Friday, September 1. Named after former Coach Hayden Fry, the event will welcome back former athletes for panel discussions and autograph sessions, offer the latest and greatest Hawkeye apparel and products and even display collectors’ items. The kids will have a blast in the Kids Zone from 4-7pm before the featured evening events – performances by The Pork Tornadoes and Arch Allies followed by a fantastic fireworks display. If you’re an Iowa fan, FRYfest is for you.
Take the Hawkeye Express train to Kinnick Stadium before the 11 am kickoff on Saturday as the excitement of a new season rises. Then simply take in the sights and sounds of 70,000 other fans cheering alongside you in this historic stadium (this year marks the 75th anniversary of its renaming in honor of Nile Kinnick). After the game, get a bite to eat at one of the area’s favorite spots. Try Tailgators, known for its lineup of Big Ten burgers, or Wig & Pen Pizza Pub, home of the famous Flying Tomato.
Take it easy Sunday with a visit to Terry Trueblood Recreation Area for a refreshing walk around Sand Lake or enjoy a round of golf at one of the local courses like Pleasant Valley Golf Course or Brown Deer Golf Club.
If you didn’t come away with a shopping bag at FRYfest, stop by one of the local retailers for University of Iowa gear before you leave town. You have a whole season of cheering ahead of you, so you’ll certainly want to be prepared.
Before the end of your stay, we bet you’ll already be planning your next visit. And we don’t blame you.
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