The Iowa Arts Festival kicks off Iowa City’s summer festival season, beginning Friday, May 31 and ending Sunday, June 2, 2019, bringing artists and their work, live music, family activities, food vendors and all sorts of fun to Downtown Iowa City for the 26th consecutive year.

Road closures and parking

Crews will begin setting up for the festival on Thursday, May 30. Limited access and closures will continue through Sunday, June 3 with all streets reopening between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, June 3.

No parking begins at 12:30 p.m. and roads close at 2 p.m.:

  • Iowa Avenue between Clinton & Dubuque Streets
  • Iowa Avenue between Dubuque & Linn Streets
  • Clinton Street between Jefferson & Washington Streets

No parking begins at 4 p.m. and roads close at 5 p.m.:

  • Dubuque Street between Jefferson & Washington Streets
  • Linn Street between Iowa Avenue & the alley next to Meardon Law Firm
  • Washington Street between Clinton & Gilbert Streets
  • Clinton St. between Washington St. and the alley next to Joseph's
  • No right turn at Capitol Street north & Washington Street

In addition to reduced street parking, some ramp and lot parking will be reserved for festival vendors, artists, performers and service vehicles. Look for posted signs indicating restricted parking.

The festival closes at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and all streets are set to reopen by midnight Monday, June 3. 

Map of the 2019 Iowa Arts Festival

Parking resources 

Parking enforcement will operate regularly. Hours and rates are at

First Hour Free

Take advantage of the First Hour Free program at the Dubuque Street, Capitol Street and Tower Place parking garages, in addition to the Court Street Transportation Center.

Harrison Street Parking Ramp

Don't forget about the Harrison Street Parking Ramp,175 E Harrison St. Located south of Burlington Street, it routinely has nearly 300 open spaces even during peak hours. The ramp is only a six minute walk from the Ped Mall. 

Parking Apps

Download the PassportParking app and use it to pay for City metered spaces, or to park inside the Chauncey Swan and Harrison Street ramps. Check if ramp service is available remotely by using the ParkME app. More info at

Bike Parking 

Special, free festival bike parking that includes a secure valet, will be available at the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Dubque Street, near Culinary Row. No need for bike locks or to carry your helmet around the festival. People are also encouraged to use City racks located through Downtown.

Transit Schedule

The bus interchange at the intersection of Clinton and Washington Streets will be temporarily relocated to the Court Street Transportation Center, 150 E. Court St., beginning at 6 a.m., Thursday, May 30 and will remain there until Monday, June 3.

Transit services will be free on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. Normal schedules will be in place with the following detour and stop closures beginning on Thursday. 

Outbound bus stops

  • Washington Street & Linn Street (stop 7200)
  • Washington Street & Gilbert Street (stop 7201)
  • Clinton Street & Jefferson Street (stop 7400)
  • Jefferson Street & Linn Street (stop 7401)
  • Jefferson Street & Van Buren Street (7123)
  • Washington Street & Madison Street (stop 7082)
  • UI Main Library (stop 7080)

Inbound bus stops

  • Madison Street & Washington Street (stop 7081)
  • UI Lindquist Center (stop 7079)
  • Market Street & Linn Street (stop 7206)
  • Clinton Street & Jefferson Street (stop 7207)
  • Robert A. Lee Recreation Center (stop 7243)
  • Burlington Street & Dubuque Street (stop 7244)
  • Mercy Hospital (7443)

Transit will not run on Sunday, June 2. Normal schedules will resume on Monday, June 3.

Other Information

Accessibility accommodations 

An accessibility golf cart shuttle will be available to people with mobility issues. Call 401-584-2787 if you need assistance to get from the ramps to the main festival area. An accessible seating area will also be located to the left of the Main Stage on Clinton Street.

General festival information

Information booths will be available at the main festival entrances, in the Ped Mall and at the merchandise booth on Clinton Street. A first aid station will be accessible on Clinton Street. 

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Date of publication

Wednesday, May 29, 2019