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Our Festivals

Mission Creek Festival

Mission Creek Festival is an intimate experience in downtown Iowa City focusing on music and literature each spring. We present live performances, literary arts, and radical community happenings. We are the music festival with deep literary roots, the literary gathering with music and other happenings tucked around the edges, and the cultural experience that rivets both locals and visitors.

2020 Festival

While the 2020 festival is canceled, we’re excited to bring you a full-length movie in the spirit of Mission Creek that explores the role of art in a world where many things have changed. Check back often for updates about Ghost Creek and watch Mission Creek Underground to whet your appetite.

Sponsors

Mission Creek is sponsored by Adamantine Spine Movers, Big Grove Brewery, City of Iowa City, Goodfellow Printing, GreenState Credit Union, Hands Jewelers, Iowa City Downtown District, Iowa Public Radio, Little Village, MidAmerica Securities Management Co., National Book Foundation, Scope Productions, Shive-Hattery, The Tuesday Agency, and West Music.

To learn how you can support Mission Creek, click here.

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Witching Hour Festival

Presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village Magazine, Witching Hour is a festival dedicated to exploring the unknown, discussing the creative process, and presenting new work.

Each fall, we welcome the brightest artists and thinkers pushing the boundaries of their respective crafts. Through performances, readings, discussions, workshops, and screenings, we engage what it means to be human in today’s world.

2020 Festival

Check back often for updates about the 2020 festival!

Past Events

Pussy Riot | Puddles Pity Party | Bogeymen: A Year with the Alt-Right | Hari Kondabolu
DJ Spooky’s world premiere of Explorer I Remix | An Evening with Cey Adams: Def Jam and Beyond | Julie Byrne
Wu Fei | Richard Hell | The Witchdoctor Sheriff Will See You Now | | Here Lies Man | The Burrowers
Do You Want to Play? with Natalie Benway-Correll | ​The Art of Doing Nothing | Hip-Hop Kitchen
You Ain’t Getting No Cookies for Doing What is (Racially) Just​ | Counterfeit Madison | Jonny Stax
Rachel Grimes

Sponsors

Witching Hour is sponsored by MidwestTix, Iowa Public Radio, Scope Productions, Iowa City Public Library, ReUnion Brewery, Iowa City Downtown District, Think Iowa City, Adamantine Spine Movers, Feed Me Weird Things, FilmScene, Pheobe Martin, Martin Construction, Honeybee Hair Parlor, Artifacts, Velvet Coat, Revival, Creative Matters, UI Stanley Museum of Art, Merge, ACT, The Gazette, UI Libraries, West Music, and Kim Schillig.

To learn how you can support Witching Hour, click here.

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