In Iowa City and the surrounding towns, you can find creative people making art year round.
You'll find free street festivals, top-tier international touring acts, live music in dozens of venues, community theatre troupes in a million cozy corners, and writers in every coffee shop.
What happens when a cold front meets a warm front?
A great big storm. That's what it's like when you visit the curious communities of Iowa City. There are things you expect, and things that surprise you.
Welcome to our quirky, friendly small city.
Whether you are an audience member or creator today, we welcome you to explore our vibrant, expansive community known for its creative and inclusive spirit.
Iowa is Ranked the Top Public University in Writing and Communication.
A campus in a community that really understands what it means to center storytelling--it's something that you don't get everywhere else.
college town (USA Today)
We are part of an affordable, culturally colorful community with a healthy economy and a young, well-educated population.
UNESCO City of Literature in America
Iowa City is one of 42 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, the first in America, and one of only two in the U.S.
Iowa City received a perfect score—plus extra points for additional efforts—from the Human Rights Campaign’s annual LGBTQ+ equality assessment (HRC, 2023).
Happiest City (USA Today)
Research has shown that Iowa City residents feel a sense of purpose, have supportive relationships, are financially secure and satisfied with their community, and are in good physical health.
With offerings running the gamut from highbrow to DIY, Iowa City is always living up to its reputation as a wonderful community for artists and art lovers of all kinds.
World-class academics. Renowned programs in everything from writing to medicine. Big Ten athletics. It's no surprise Iowa City is frequently named among the best college towns in America. We're proud to call this place home.