ArtsFest 2010 - Enjoying summer, Iowa City–style

Against the backdrop of the Old Capitol and downtown Iowa City, more than 30,000 people from across the state and the region strolled city streets during the annual Iowa Arts Festival June 4–6, taking in live performances by nationally known and local musicians, munching falafel and shaved ice, and checking out the creative wares of more than 140 visual artists.

The artists, working in media that ranged from metal sculpture and photography to woodworking and jewelry, set up shop in booths lining downtown city streets. Though storms passing through the region made their presence known on more than one occasion, overall the free festival was able to continue on schedule.

Local musicians opened for national acts, including Darrell Scott, The Honeydogs, and Sonny Landreth on the main stage at the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Dubuque Street, while additional entertainers performed on nearby street corners.

A family stage on the pedestrian mall included musical and dance offerings representing countries including Ireland, Ecuador, Japan, and others. Kids could also try hands-on art activities and learn about different countries in the Global Village, sponsored by various University and community organizations.

This was the Iowa Arts Festival’s 28th year. It’s just one of several free, family-friendly events in Iowa City that many Iowans have made a summer tradition: the annual jazz festival will run from July 2 to 4, musical performances take place on the pedestrian mall every Friday night, and more music and a outdoor movie, shown on a screen on the steps of Macbride Hall, fill Saturday nights.

For more information on Iowa City events, visit Summer of the Arts.

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Kirk Murray

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