Offering big-city amenities along with small-town hospitality, Iowa City, Iowa has it all. Nestled in the heart of the Midwest in east central Iowa, it has long served as a focus for culture, education, variety and fun. In Iowa City, you will find a real sense of community and friendly commerce.
From music and art festivals to Broadway performances, Iowa City has an event to suit anyone's taste. During the summer months, live music becomes a part of downtown's irresistible ambiance. Each July, the city hosts a jazz festival that attracts music enthusiasts from both near and far. The annual Iowa Arts Festival features the state's best visual art, music, and food. Iowa City is also home to several community theaters, including Riverside Theater's Shakespearean stage. Located in City Park, this open-air theater presents shows under the stars. Iowa City is also home to the recently restored historic Englert Theatre downtown and also has a vibrant Iowa City Community Theatre.
If Broadway productions are more your style, the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium showcases the best in entertainment. Over the years, Hancher has been host to productions such as Rent, Cats, Les Misérables, and Stomp. The Hancher stage is frequented by the likes of Yo Yo Ma, Jerry Seinfeld, and Wynton Marsalis.
If you’re looking for a more scenic view, in Iowa City area alone there are 41 public parks, several of which overlook the scenic Iowa River. Many of these parks are equipped with networks of walking and biking trails, and quaint picnic sites and prairie reserves.
In the Downtown District you can check out the nationally-recognized Iowa City Public Library, blow off some steam at the community's favorite playground in the heart of the Ped Mall, roam our art galleries, catch a live performance at our historic venues, or just enjoy one of the many festivals that bring the streets to life. If you're looking for a gourmet dinner prepared by an award-winning chef or a quick bite to eat between classes, the Downtown District is your stomach’s best friend. From the freshest local produce and meats that support the slow food movement to ethnic foods that provide an authentic culinary experience, there is something for every palate!
Interested in finding out more about what it’s like to live, work and play in this diverse city? Then check out the City of Iowa City’s website for information about events happening around town, business developments and residential information. For information about what’s happening downtown and what you need to see and do, visit the Iowa City Downtown District website!
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