Nothing brings people together like shared experiences—a great meal, a moving performance, or a thought-provoking discussion or reading.
As home to one of the nation's great public universities, Iowa City attracts writers, thinkers, artists, scientists, and others from around the world, offering a rich diversity of ideas, talents, and perspectives.
Looking for things to do? There's plenty here
In addition to local clubs, pubs, and concert venues, the area offers numerous music events—including the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Iowa City's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, the annual Iowa City Book Festival, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the UI underscores a longstanding appreciation of the written word.
Other arts offerings and museums through the University of Iowa—in theater, film, painting and sculpture, music, dance, and natural history—help make Iowa City one of the Midwest's favorite cultural destinations.
World-class dining right next door
Iowa City may be a relatively small city, but its variety of food offerings is unmistakably big-time. Local farmers markets are annual tradition and a must-do activity throughout the growing season.
Dining options are wide-ranging—from traditional eateries to eclectic cafes; coffee shops to brewpubs; and one-of-a-kind restaurants that feature locally sourced foods as well as ethnic flavors from around the world.