The Iowa Arts Festival kicks off Iowa City’s summer festival season from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2016, bringing artists and their work, live music, a parade, food vendors and all kinds of fun to Downtown Iowa City for the 33rd consecutive year.

Street closures

The following Downtown streets will be closed and will remain closed until approximately midnight after the conclusion of the festival on Sunday:

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 2:

Iowa Avenue, between Clinton and Dubuque Streets
Clinton Street, between Jefferson and Washington Streets

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 2:

Iowa Avenue, between Dubuque and Linn Streets
Washington Street, between Dubuque and Linn Streets
Dubuque Street, between Washington and Jefferson Streets
Linn Street, between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 2:

Linn Street, between the alley adjacent to the Iowa City Public Library and Washington Street 

Parade procession:

While Gilbert Street will not be closed, drivers are asked to watch for Police-escorted pedestrian crossings and be prepared to stop at the intersection of Gilbert and Washington Streets on Friday, June 3 at 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m., as participants in the Carnival Parade cross the street as part of their parade procession. 


On-street and reserved parking:

On-street parking in the Downtown area will be reduced due to street closures. In addition, some on-street, ramp and lot parking will be reserved for Arts Festival vendors, artists, performers and service vehicles. Watch closely for posted signs indicating restricted parking. 

Parking ramps and regulations:

The Parking Division will run a normal schedule throughout the event. All parking regulations will be in effect and will be enforced. All five City parking ramps located in close proximity to Iowa Arts Festival activities -- Tower Place, Chauncey Swan, Dubuque Street, Court Street Transportation Center and Old Capitol Town Center -- will operate normally, with regular hours and parking rates. To view a map of parking ramp locations, visit  

Bike parking:

A special area for bike parking will be established as part of the festival. It will be located behind Culinary Row, at the intersection of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue, on the northwest side. 


Free transit service will be available on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. The Saturday schedule will operate normally, with existing and festival-related detours in effect. There will be no bus service on Sunday, June 5. 

Current detours:

Current Transit detours will continue to be in effect during the Iowa Arts Festival. Earlier in May, the bus interchange on Clinton Street was temporarily relocated to the Court Street Transportation Center at 380 S. Dubuque Street, and will remain there until late June or early July.

In addition to already-existing detours, the following bus stops will be closed and will not be serviced during the Iowa Arts Festival: 

Outbound bus closures:

Stop 7200: Washington Street and Linn Street
Stop 7201: Washington Street and Gilbert Street
Stop 7400: Clinton Street and Jefferson Street
Stop 7401: Jefferson Street and Linn Street  

Inbound bus closures:

Stop 7079: UI Lindquist Center
Stop 7206: Market Street and Linn Street
Stop 7207: Clinton Street and Jefferson Street
Stop 7244: Burlington Street and Dubuque Street  

Normal schedules will resume on Monday, June 6. 

Information, assistance and emergency services

Accessibility shuttle:

An accessibility shuttle golf cart will be available to people with mobility issues who need help getting back and forth from the parking ramps to the main festival area. Call 401-584-2787 during festival hours to request a pick-up. 

General festival info:

For festival information and assistance, attendees may stop by one of the Iowa Arts Festival information booths at the main festival entrances located at Clinton and Washington Street or Iowa Avenue and Linn Street, as well as at the Arts Festival Merchandise Booth on Clinton Street.​ City of Iowa City Ambassadors working in the Downtown area can also help answer questions. Police will be providing foot patrol for those in need of assistance. 

First Aid booth:

First Aid-certified event staff and volunteers will be available at the First Aid booth on Clinton Street. 

Emergency vehicles:

The Iowa City Fire Department reminds the public of the festival's close proximity to Fire Station #1 on the corner of Washington and Gilbert Streets, and asks festival-goers to be prepared at all times to yield to emergency vehicles.

For more information about the festival, visit the Iowa Arts Festival’s website at   

Date of publication

Tuesday, May 31, 2016