This weekend, the Iowa City community will be packed full of visitors for the history-making 2016 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials. Fans will be able to watch Olympic hopefuls in the sport compete in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the home of the beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. If that weren’t enough action for one weekend, Mission Creek Festival will round out its six-day lineup of music performances, literary readings, film screenings and food events in downtown Iowa City. Plus, the Iowa Memorial Union will host the Spring Art Expose, hosting artists from all across the Midwest and including a wine and craft beer tasting.
You could say that Iowa City likes events…and is proud to host ones both small and large. Fortunately, the event calendar will stay full into the warmer months, continually offering people opportunities to spend time with the folks they love, in addition to enjoying the attractions the area boasts all year round.
Here are a few events to help jumpstart your spring travel plans:
- All football fans should mark Saturday, April 23 on their calendars for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes’ Spring Game at Kinnick Stadium. More information is to come from hawkeyesports.com.
- Fly Over Fashion Fest is a new, two-day fashion, music and ideas festival in downtown Iowa City May 6-7. It will feature the state’s top fashion and creative talent in addition to impressive music performances. The runway show will take place on the rooftop terrace of hotelVetro – if you are into fashion, music and creativity, this event’s for you.
- Summer of the Arts’ Friday Night Concert Series returns May 20, featuring a talented music group each week in Iowa City’s pedestrian mall. It’s free, family-friendly, and a local hit. Coralville’s Sounds of Summer will also return, starting May 26 with The Dandelion Stompers. Once each month May through September, S.T. Morrison Park will host a free outdoor music performance.
- Places you can hear live music this month include Cedar Ridge Vineyards in Swisher on Friday, April 15, Millstream Brewing Company in Amana Saturday, April 30, and Brick Arch Winery in West Branch April 15 and 17. All three venues have regular music throughout the spring and summer months.
As always, browse the area’s continually updated and official calendar of events. We hope to see you enjoying our music, attractions and community soon!