Summer of Fun!

Author: Emily Farber | April 27, 2017
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Take advantage of Iowa's beautiful summers with these fun summer events.

Summertime holds an almost mythical status in the minds of many people. Gorgeous weather that spreads its warm, sunny joy through your soul. Days at the pool or lake smelling like Coppertone. Dining alfresco downtown with great people-watching. Evenings where the sunlight lingers and the sounds of neighborhood children playing outdoors drifts through the air. Fireflies flickering through the backyard and campfires with marshmallows and friends—what’s not to love?! I encourage you to take advantage of the nice weather and participate in some of the numerous community events around Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and beyond—it’s a great way to become connected and involved, meet new people and have fun.

Here are just some of the various markets, festivals, events and celebrations to make it a summer well lived!

 

May Events

May 4-6, Pella, Tulip Time

May 3, Iowa City, opening Wednesday of the Iowa City Farmers Market @ Chauncey Swan Ramp 5-7 pm

May 6, Iowa City, opening Saturday of the Iowa City Farmers Market @ Chauncey Swan Ramp 7:30 am-noon

May 6-7, Mt. Vernon, Chalk the Walk

May 6-7, Amana Colonies, Maifest

May 7, North Liberty, opening Sunday of the North Liberty farmers market @ Pacha Parkway, 11 am-2 pm

May 8, Coraville, opening Monday of the Coralville Farmers Market @ Coralville Aquatic Center parking lot 5-7 pm

May 27-29 Middle Amana, Iowa Renaissance Festival (following weekend as well)

 

June Events

June 2, Coralville, Park It At The Movies @ ST Morrison Park

June 2-4, Iowa City Summer of the Arts, downtown

June 3-4, Middle Amana, Iowa Renaissance Festival

June 10, Farmington, Strawberry Festival

June 10, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Star Trek Beyond” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

June 17, Amana Colonies, Wurst Festival

June 17, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar” @ sunset, Mabride Hall lawn

June 18, Burlington, Snake Alley Art Fair

June 20, Cedar Rapids, Balloon Glow @ Brucemore

June 21, Cedar Rapids, Summer Solstice Celebration @ Ushers Ferry Historic Village

June 22-25, Cedar Rapids, BBQ Roundup @ McGrath Amphitheatre

June 23-24, Riverside Trek Fest XXXIII

June 24, Fairfax, USA Days

June 24, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “10 Things I Hate About You” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

June 28, Cedar Rapids, Freedom Festival Free Village Tour @ Ushers Ferry Historic Village

June 30-July 1, Davenport, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival

 

July Events

July 1, Cedar Rapids, Freedom Festival Parade @ Czech Village/Newbo

July 3, Coralville 4thFest Concerts

July 4, 10 am, Coralville 4thFest Parade

July 6-8, Mt. Vernon, Heritage Days Festival

July 7-8, North Liberty Blues & BBQ

July 8, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Captain America: Civil War” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

July 15, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Young Frankenstein” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

July 19-23, Monticello, Great Jones County Fair

July 20-23, Iowa City downtown sidewalk sales

July 21-22, Solon Beef Days

July 22, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “The Princess Bride” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

July 22-23, Amana Colonies, Kinderfest

July 24-27, Iowa City, Johnson County Fair

July 28-29, Davenport, Bix 7 Run/Walk and Downtown Davenport Street Fest

July 28-29, Swisher, Fun Days

July 28-29, Tiffin TIFFUN Creek Fest

July 29, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Bridge of Spies” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

 

August Events

Aug. 1-6, Davenport, Great Mississippi Valley Fair

Aug. 3, Dubuque, National River Museum, Taste of Dubuque

Aug. 4-5, West Branch, Hoover’s Home Town Days

Aug. 5, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Home” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

Aug. 10-12, LeClaire, Great River Tug Fest

Aug. 10-12, Lisbon, Sauerkraut Days

Aug. 12, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Pitch Perfect” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

Aug. 12, Middle Amana, Festival of the Arts

Aug. 19, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Finding Dory” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

Aug. 19, North Liberty, Salute to Summer

Aug. 20-20, Des Moines, Iowa State Fair

Aug. 23, Taste of Iowa City, downtown district

Aug. 26, Iowa City, Free Movie Series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” @ sunset, Macbride Hall lawn

Aug. 26, Amana Colonies, Woodfest

Aug. 31- Sept. 1, Mount Pleasant, Midwest Old Threshers Reunion

 

September Events

Sept. 1, Coralville, FRYfest

Sept. 16, Amana Colonies, Apfelfest

Sept. 16, Davenport, Riverssance Festival of Fine Art

Sept. 22-24, Guttenberg, Germanfest

Sept. 29-30, Kalona, Fall Festival

Sept. 29-30, Ladora, Creepy Camping

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Amana Colonies, Oktoberfest

Sept. 30, Iowa City Northside Oktoberfest