Top 8 local summer activities

Are you ready for summer? We are too! Tessa Gibson ’24, Ijin Shim ’24 and Lucybelle Gerlieb ’24 dish out local summer activities.

The Iowa City Old Capitol building makes a perfect location to listen to live music while shopping during the Arts and Jazz Festivals. (Lucybelle Gerlieb)


The Arts Festival and Jazz Festival

  • Iowa City Downtown district
  • Arts Fest June 3-5
  • Jazz Fest July 1-3

Mark your calendars! Iowa City’s separate annual events, the Arts Festival and the Jazz Festival will take place in the heart of downtown this summer. Both occasions are packed with food, art, and business booths that line the streets for blocks. With live music all day, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Plus, entering each event is free for everyone. The Arts Festival is from June 3rd through the 5th, and the Jazz Festival takes place from July 1st through the 3rd.


Local restaurants in downtown Iowa City will participate in this year’s Taste of Iowa City event. (Lucybelle Gerlieb)

Taste of Iowa City

  • Iowa City Downtown district
  • August 24, 4-8 p.m.

This August, your taste buds will surely be satisfied after downtown’s Taste of Iowa City event! Booths from more than 30 of your favorite restaurants around the downtown area will line the sidewalks. Simply purchase your tickets for one dollar each at one of the six participating ticket vendors. Then give each booth the required amount for a sample portion of something on their menu. Taste of Iowa City will take place on Wednesday, August 24th from 4-8 p.m.




Small businesses around downtown Iowa City will line booths along the streets for Iowa City’s Sidewalk Sales. (Lucybelle Gerlieb)


Iowa City Sidewalk Sales

  • Iowa City Downtown district
  • July 14-18

In addition to all of the other exciting events going on this summer in Iowa City, the downtown district is also hosting a Sidewalk Sales event! Vendors from all over Iowa City will post booths for the public to view and purchase their merchandise. The sales will be going on from Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 18th.





A glimpse of this year’s farmers market! (Reef Persons)


Iowa City Farmer’s Market

  • Saturdays from May 7 to October 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 415 E. Washington St. Iowa City, IA 52240

Get ready to shop! The Iowa City Farmers Market will be coming back on May 7! Featuring This event will be running from May to October on Saturdays. It will be taking place from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 



Relax and take a dip! The Coralville Outdoor pool will be opening soon! (Tessa Gibson)


Coralville Outdoor Pool

  • Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 1513 7th St. Coralville, IA 52241

Get your goggles and sunscreen ready! The Coralville Community Aquatic Center (1513 7th St. Coralville, IA 52241) outdoor pool will be opening on June fourth! It is six dollars daily and free for children the age of two. The pool’s hours are Monday – Friday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm,  and Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.




The Coralville Lake

Gabby Moniza ’24, Camden Zirker ’22, Cindy Wang ’24, Annie Schwartz ’23 Sara Alaya ‘22 enjoying their hike at the Coralville Lake.
(Ijin Shim)
  • Open Sunday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • 2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE, Iowa City, IA 52240

Are you looking for a fun time outdoors? Coralville Lake has activities available such as boating, water activities, fishing, hiking, and camping.







Erinn Varga ’24 checking out the cute clothes at White Rabbit. (Ijin Shim)


White Rabbit

  • Open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 112 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Do you want to shop locally while getting aesthetic goods? Come to White Rabbit! This popular teen shop has merchandise ranging from new and secondhand clothing to cute accessories and stickers. White Rabbit is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and its address is 112 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240. 








Some of the items available at Basic Goods. I can smell the bath salts from here! (Ijin Shim)


Basic Goods

  • Open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 125 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Want to go for some plant shopping? Go to Basic goods in downtown Iowa City. NOt only plants but they also have clean, sustainable and inclusive brands for self and home. Basic Goods is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on 125 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240.