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2020 Free Movie Series and Free Concert Series Schedules Released!

By March 3, 2020 No Comments


Summer of the Arts is presenting our Free Movie Series for its sixteenth year by bringing blockbuster hits, nostalgic throwbacks and family-friendly movies to the University of Iowa Pentacrest. This free series is kicking off on June 13th, 2020, with 2019’s Captain MarvelWe would like to extend a big thank you to our presenting sponsors and partners at Urban Acres Real Estate and GreenState Credit Union; this series would not be possible without them.


You’ll be able to find these movies playing on a huge, inflatable screen on the University of Iowa Pentacrest outside of Macbride Hall. The movies are diverse and span the entire summer, offering opportunities to catch contemporary favorites like Knives Out in July and classics like Space Jam in August. Our summer selection has it all: superheroes, sci-fi, Oscar nominated-films and silver screen sensations. New this year – the movie on June 27th will be shown in Hills, Iowa, in their City Park on Main Street!


Here is the complete 2020 line-up:


June 13 Captain Marvel (2019)
June 20 The Monuments Men (2014)
June 27 Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (2018) City Park, Hills, IA
July 11 Knives Out (2019)
July 18 The Neverending Story (1984)
July 25 The Upside (2017)
August 8 How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
August 22 Space Jam (1996)
August 29 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Pack up your lawn chairs and coziest blankets and spend your summer nights with us, and some of Hollywood’s best. These delightful viewings beneath the stars are all free of charge. Make sure to note that films begin at sundown, meaning start times vary as the days shorten throughout the summer. June movies will typically start around 9 PM. In case of inclement weather the festivities will be moved into the Phillips Hall Auditorium across the street from Macbride, with movies starting at 8:30 PM. If you’d like to find out more about our Free Movie Series, information is available at


Summer of the Arts invites you to attend the 2020 Friday Night Concert Series, with a big thank you to our sponsor, Toyota of Iowa City! Enjoy 11 free concerts in the heart of downtown Iowa City on Friday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 PM, May 22 through August 28. The concerts will be held on the Ped Mall Stage. We look forward to an exciting season with several new faces and many returning local favorites among the featured bands.

There will also be three concerts held on the Northside on Linn Street just north of Market.  The dates for the Northside Concerts Series are the following Saturdays: June 13th, July 18th, and August 22nd. These concerts will feature The Fez, Winterland, and EdEast LJQ. Thank you to all of the wonderful Northside businesses who are sponsoring these performances.

This year’s lineup follows tradition with the series kicking off on May 22nd with jazz ensembles from City High and West High. Steely Dan tribute band The Fez is back on June 13th lighting up the Northside. Check out Brass Tower on July 10th for a mix of funky brassy pop tunes! If pop isn’t your thing, check out Hollowtree on August 28th for some grunge/classic rock with a modern edge! No matter what your music taste is, there’s always something for everyone!

May 22               City High AND West High Jazz Ensembles

May 29                              Annie Savage AND Flash in a Pan

June 12               Brian Johannesen AND Jordan Sellergren Band

June 19               Drag Show presented by Studio 13 AND Plastic Relations

June 26               International Double Reeds Jazz and Pop Performance

July 10               Brass Tower AND The Recliners

July 17                 Iowa Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Night with The Bryce Janey Band Plus Special Guests

July 24                 Muckrockers AND Cedar Country Cobras

August 7             The Beaker Brothers

August 14           No Concert – Check out the Big Splash at Hancher

August 21           Pinicon Drift AND Johnny Kilowatt Band

August 28           Hollowtree AND Penny Peach AND Crystal City

The rain location for the Friday Night Concert Series is the lower level of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp at Washington and Gilbert Streets. Concerts moved to the rain location will be announced by 4 p.m. the day of the performance and posted on the Summer of the Arts website and social media. For more information regarding the schedule, visit or call (319) 337-7944.


Summer of the Arts is a nonprofit organization which produces local arts and culture events which include: Iowa Arts Festival presented by Veridian Credit Union, Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by GreenState Credit Union, Friday Night Concert Series presented by Toyota of Iowa City, Soul & Blues Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company, Free Movie Series presented by Urban Acres Real Estate and GreenState Credit Union and Holiday Thieves Market presented by MidWestOne Bank.

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together
in the heart of Iowa City to experience, learn about, and enjoy free arts and cultural programs.



CONTACT: Lisa Barnes

Executive Director

Phone: 319-337-7944