Iowa City Climate Fest: September 21-24, 2022
We’ve got something to celebrate! Our community is taking action to address climate change.
Check out the calendar of events below for more details.
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in programs or events, please contact ADA Coordinator Rachel Kilburg at 319-356-5010 or email ADAcoordinator@iowa-city.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. The City of Iowa City is committed to the full inclusion of all participants.
A free transit pass is available to anyone interested in attending Climate Fest. Contact Megan Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org to request yours.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 Climate Fest Kick-off at Big Grove (1225 S Gilbert Street), 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Whether it’s high-tech, low-tech, old school, electric, cargo-loaded, customized, or just your favorite bike in the whole world - come show it off during this chill 6-mile ride at 6 p.m. hosted by the Bike Library. All ages and abilities welcome.
Celebrate Climate Fest’s kick-off at Big Grove from 5-8 p.m. with the Iowa City Public Library’s Book Mobile, an interactive climate commitment display, Carbon Recycling System tours, and activities and information provided by community-based organizations including Iowa City Landfill & Recycling, Iowa Flood Center, Bur Oak, Trees Forever, Johnson County Conservation, 100 Grannies, 100% Iowa, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wings2Water, Iowa City Climate Advocates, and Table to Table.
Thursday, Sept. 22 Climate in Motion, 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
- Discover the prairie themed decorated bus shelter on Benton Street near Seville Apartments all day Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23 before Noon.
- Attend the University of Iowa Dance Company's performance at Chauncey Swan Park from 5:15 p.m.-6 p.m. presented by Arts Share.
- The program and full list of performers can be found here.
- Watch Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective at 6:30 p.m. shown in partnership with FilmScene and Green State Credit Union at The Chauncey in theater 2.
- Advanced tickets are available through the FilmScene website and highly recommended. Donations can be made while reserving tickets to be given to Red Earth Gardens, a farm that began from the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative, and is committed to growing food in a way that was taught to them by their ancestors.
- Come by bus or bike! The Downtown Shuttle, Towncrest, Court Street, and South Iowa City all provide service to Chauncey Swan Park. Check out the Transit Area Services here for more information.
Friday, Sept. 23 Party at Wetherby Park (2400 Taylor Drive), 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
- Enjoy family-friendly performances by Yahoo Drummers and Kevin Burt at Wetherby Park from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
- While you are there, check out the fun activities and lawn games courtesy of the Parks & Recreation "Rec n' Roll" Trailer.
- Grab food from Lunas Tacos or Marcos Grilled Cheese while visiting City and community booths including Iowa City Parks & Recreation, Equity & Human Rights, Communications, and Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.
- Be sure to stop by the Iowa City Public Library's Book Mobile for books and fun activities!
- Come by bus or bike! The Eastside Loop and South Iowa City routes provides service to Wetherby Park. Check out the Transit Area Services here for more information.
Saturday, Sept. 24 EVs at the Farmers Market (450 East Burlington Street), 8 a.m.-Noon
- We're capping off Climate Fest with Iowa City's second all-electric vehicle show as part of National Drive Electric Week from 8 a.m.-Noon, located in Robert A. Lee's parking lot, next to Iowa City's Farmers Market.
- Come down for free Zero bars and view the different types of electric vehicles on display including one of the City's electric buses and the Police Department's Bolt.
- Check out e-bikes provided by World of Bikes and Pedego and stop by Iowa City Area Group Sierra Club's booth to learn more about going electric!
- Explore Sustainable Steward's equipment they use to provide zero-emission lawn care.
- This is a chance to look under the hood and talk to area EV owners about what they love about driving electric including representatives from MidAmerican Energy and Johnson Clean Energy District.
- Own an EV? Use this link to sign up to bring it to the event and be part of the fun!
- Come by bus or bike! The Downtown Shuttle, Towncrest, Court Street, and South Iowa City all provide service to Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. Check out the Transit Area Services here for more information.
View this Google Map for the locations of each event during Climate Fest.