The City of Iowa City will be closing multiple streets Thursday through Monday for the Iowa Arts Festival. 

The annual art and music festival organized by the Summer of the Arts brings dozens of artists selling their work, many musical performances, and activities for the whole family. This year's event will take place in Downtown Iowa City from Friday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. 

Road closure and parking impacts

The following roads will be closed for the festival at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12 and will reopen around 1 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16:

  • Clinton Street from Jefferson to Washington streets
  • Iowa Avenue from Linn to Clinton streets

The following roads will be closed at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12 and reopen around 1 a.m. Monday morning:

  • Washington Street from Clinton to Linn streets
  • Linn Street from Washington Street to Iowa Avenue
  • Dubuque Street from Jefferson Street to the Ped Mall

Parking meters on all impacted streets will be marked with "No Parking" signs before the event. Cars in violation of these regulations will be towed. Metered spots in this area do not allow parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and these parking regulations will be enforced. Follow all posted parking signs to prevent your vehicle from being towed.

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 Parking Department will be operating a normal weekday and weekend schedule from Thursday, Aug. 12 ,through Sunday, Aug. 15. Parking ramps will remain open and staffed. All parking regulations will be in effect and enforced.

Transportation Services: 

Thursday, Aug. 12,:  Starting at 6 a.m., the bus interchange will move from Washington and Clinton Street to a temporary location on Court Street between Clinton and Dubuque (adjacent to the Court Street Transportation Center) until the service day is concluded on Saturday, Aug. 14. Normal bus service utilizing the main transit interchange will resume on Monday, Aug. 16. Iowa City Transit will be operating normal weekday and Saturday schedules during Arts Fest.

The outbound bus stops located at Washington Street and Linn Street (stop 7200), Washington and Gilbert Street (stop 7201), Clinton and Jefferson Street (stop 7400), Jefferson Street & Linn Street (stop 7401) will be closed. The inbound bus stops located at Market and Linn Street (stop 7206), Clinton and Jefferson Street (stop 7207), IC Recreation Center (stop 7243), and Burlington and Dubuque Street (stop 7244) will also be closed. Customers who use these stops should catch their buses at the alternate interchange on Court Street. These stops will reopen on Monday, Aug. 16.

Friday, Aug. 13: Iowa City Transit will run a normal weekday schedule. The detours and stop closures implemented on Thursday will remain in effect.

Saturday, Aug. 14:  Iowa City Transit will run a normal Saturday schedule. The detours and stop closures implemented on Thursday will remain in effect.

Parking Department: The Parking Department will operate a normal weekday and weekend schedule from Thursday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 15. Parking ramps will be open and staffed. All parking regulations will be in effect and enforced.

Bus detours

Thursday, Aug. 12:  Starting at 6 a.m., the bus interchange will move from Washington and Clinton Street to a temporary location on Court Street between Clinton and Dubuque (adjacent to the Court Street Transportation Center) until the service day is concluded on Saturday, Aug. 14. Normal bus service utilizing the main transit interchange will resume on Monday, Aug. 16. Iowa City Transit will be operating normal weekday and Saturday schedules during Arts Fest.

The outbound bus stops located at Washington and Linn Street (stop 7200), Washington Sand Gilbert Street (stop 7201), Clinton and Jefferson Street (stop 7400), Jefferson and Linn Street (stop 7401) will be closed. The inbound bus stops located at Market and Linn Street (stop 7206), Clinton and Jefferson Street (stop 7207), IC Recreation Center (stop 7243), and Burlington and Dubuque Street (stop 7244) will also be closed. Customers who use these stops should catch their buses at the alternate interchange on Court Street. These stops will reopen on Monday, Aug. 16.

Friday, Aug. 13, 2021: Iowa City Transit will run a normal weekday schedule. The detours and stop closures implemented on Thursday will remain in effect.

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021:  Iowa City Transit will run a normal Saturday schedule. The detours and stop closures implemented on Thursday will remain in effect.

Iowa Arts Festival info

For more information about the festival, visit the Summer of the Arts website.

Date of publication

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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