The first of Iowa City's summer festivals, the Iowa Arts Festival, takes place June 5-7, requiring numerous street closures, parking changes and alterations to bus routes. The festival staff has made changes this year to increase safety, accommodate more vendors and larger crowds, and improve access to Downtown businesses and vendors. As a result of these changes, Clinton Street will be added to the list of street closures this year and streets will close earlier for festival set-up.
Downtown street closures
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 4:
• Iowa Avenue, between Clinton Street and Dubuque Street
• Clinton Street, between Jefferson Street and Iowa Avenue
• Clinton Street, between Iowa Avenue and Washington Street
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4:
• Linn Street, between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue
Beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4:
• Iowa Avenue, between Dubuque Street and Linn Street
• Washington Street, between Clinton Street and Linn Street
• Dubuque Street, between Washington Street and Iowa Avenue
These streets will remain closed until approximately midnight after the conclusion of the festival on Sunday.
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 www.icgov.org/parking.
Bike parking: A special area for bike parking will be established as part of the festival. It will be located at the intersection of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue, on the northwest side.
Transit service: Free transit service will be available on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. The Saturday schedule will operate normally, with the detours due to festival rerouting still in effect. There will be no bus service on Sunday, June 7.
Bus interchange: Beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, the bus interchange on Clinton Street will be relocated to the Court Street Transportation Center at 380 S. Dubuque Street.
Outbound bus closures: The following outbound bus stops will be closed and will not be serviced during the Iowa Arts Festival:
• 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: The following inbound bus stops will be closed and will not be serviced during the Iowa Arts Festival:
• Stop 7081: Madison Street and Washington Street
• Stop 7079: UI Lindquist Center
• Stop 7206: Market Street and Linn Street
• Stop 7207: Clinton Street and Jefferson Street
• Stop 7243: Iowa City Recreation Center
• Stop 7244: Burlington Street and Dubuque Street
Normal schedules and use of the regular interchange location will resume on Monday, June 8.
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 319-325-6567 to request a pick-up.
• 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: Johnson County Ambulance Service will be at the First Aid booth during peak festival hours, when available, and other First Aid-certified volunteers will be staffing the booth at other times.
• 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, visit the Iowa Arts Festival's website at www.summerofthearts.org or contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319-356-5058.