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Downtown Iowa City
A Place to Discover Treasures
The Old Capitol Cultural District and Downtown Iowa City is a place to discover treasures. The tree-lined Pedestrian Plaza features locally owned specialty stores, a variety of dining options, street vendors, and regular entertainment.

Annual Downtown Events
Enjoy a variety of art and cultural options throughout the year, including
  • Mission Creek Festival
  • Free Movie Series
  • Friday Night Concert Series
  • Iowa Arts Festival
  • Iowa City Jazz Festival
  • Iowa Soul Festival
  • Taste of Iowa City
  • Top Chef
  • Landlocked Film Festival
  • Iowa City Book Festival
  • Celebrate the Season

A UNESCO City of Literature
Their work and the work of so many others has earned Iowa City recognition as one of only five UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world. The city celebrates its literary heritage with readings throughout the year and events including the Iowa City Book Festival each October. The University of Iowa campus, intertwined with Downtown, showcases the Old Capitol Museum, the Pentacrest Museums, and other cultural attractions.

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