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What is Mission Creek Festival?

Mission Creek Festival is dedicated to inspiring and building the arts and culture community in Eastern Iowa. Programming focuses on literary readings, music performances, comedic performances, film screenings, public lectures, local food culture, and educational outreach. Each year the festival utilizes the existing cultural geography of Iowa City – bookstores, clothing stores, performance venues, and movie theaters – turning the downtown into an easily-navigated nexus of music, art, and transformative experiences. 2016 is the eleventh episode of the festival. Mission Creek Festival is presented and produced by The Englert Theatre [hyperlink]


When and where is Mission Creek Festival?

Mission Creek Festival takes place April 5 - 10, 2016 in downtown Iowa City. Venues include but are not limited to: Blue Moose Taphouse, The Englert Theatre, FilmScene, Gabe’s, The Mill, Prairie Lights, Pullman Bar & Diner, Yacht Club, and Trumpet Blossom Cafe. Almost all events will be within about five minutes walking of other events.


What is the format?

There will be concerts, readings, interactive art projects, film screenings, discussions with and lectures by artists, performances by comedians. Additionally, there will be culinary events, a book fair, a DIY comix fair, and a craft fair.


Do you accept submissions?

The festival is curated by a small team of programmers - we do not accept unsolicited artist submissions.


What’s the price of admission?

Silver Festival Passes are $135

Deluxe Passes are $350

Individual Tickets to various events are also available at various prices

Some events are free and open to the public


Are there age restrictions?

Passes and tickets are available to purchasers of all ages but some venues have age restrictions - Blue Moose, Gabe’s, The Mill, and Yacht Club are all 19+ after 10 p.m. Additionally, some material at performances might be more appropriate for mature audiences. Festival goers should research all artists and presenters if they have concerns about content.


Festival Contacts

PR/Marketing: Jen; press@missionfreak.com.

General FAQ: Andre; andre@missionfreak.com

Volunteer Opportunities: Aly; aly@englert.org