General Info

Mission Creek is a riveting 6-day artistic experience for our community that builds on the cultural geography and capital of downtown Iowa City. Programming focuses on performance, literature, and special community events.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Iowa City, with most venues within a five minute walk of each other, Mission Creek thrives on intimacy and cross-medium experiences, turning music lovers onto new literature, writers onto new music, and expanding appreciation of arts, community, and culture. Our focus is on quality, independent-minded sounds, words, and events. We are keen on emerging artists and embrace renegade spirits who have been around for years. Intimacy is integral to the Mission Creek experience: Our smallest festival venue fits 50 people and our largest holds 1800; but most rooms are in the 200-300 capacity range, allowing for visceral connections between artists and audience.

The festival is presented and produced by The Englert Theatre, Iowa City’s 105-year-old historic performing arts organization.

Special thanks to our beverage sponsors, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery and Big Grove Brewery


PR/Marketing: Aly; aly@missioncreekfestival.com
Community Engagement: Jen; jen@missioncreekfestival.com
General FAQ: Andre; info@missioncreekfestival.com
Volunteer Opportunities: Jessica; jessica@englert.org

Note: The festival is curated by a small team of programmers – we do not accept unsolicited artist submissions


For interview and coverage requests, please contact: aly@missioncreekfestival.com
Information on how to apply for a festival photo/video pass is forthcoming. Please stay tuned.

Press Kit (including photos and logos free for publishing)


Mission Creek Announces Partial Lineup (The Daily Iowan)
Mission Creek announces Margaret Cho, Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird and more for 2017 (Little Village Mag)
See who’s playing Mission Creek Festival 2017 (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
Here’s what you missed at Mission Creek Festival (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
Recap: Alison Bechdel at Mission Creek Festival (The Daily Iowan)
Recap: Mission Creek Festival comes to a close (The Daily Iowan)
Recap: PHOX rocks The Mill for Mission Creek Festival (The Daily Iowan)
Recap: Saul Williams performs for Mission Creek (The Daily Iowan)
Review: Kevin Smith (KRUI)
Review: Flatbush Zombies (KRUI)
Review: San Fermin (KRUI)
Review: The Joy Formidable (KRUI)
Review: Black Ocean 10th Anniversary (KRUI)
Review: Sage Francis (KRUI)
Review: KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (KRUI)
Review: Adia Victoria (KRUI)
Review: Deer Tick (KRUI)
Review: Punk Rock Readings (KRUI)
Review: Alison Bechdel (KRUI)
Review: Sembene! and Black Girl (KRUI)
Review: Faust (KRUI)
Cinema Spotlight: The Bechdel Test (KRUI)
Film @ Mission Creek (KRUI)
Review: SQURL (KRUI)
Review: White Mystery (KRUI)
Review: Real Estate (KRUI)
Review: Amen Dunes (KRUI)
Track of the Week: Father John Misty (KRUI)
Mission Creek stages Lit Crawl (The Daily Iowan)
Mission Creek continues with [Adia] Victoria (The Daily Iowan)
Feed your festival hunger with Mission Creek-inspired meals (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
Interview: Terry Zwigoff (The Daily Iowan)
Interview: The Joy Formidable (The Daily Iowan)
Interview: Kurt Vile (The Daily Iowan)
Interview: Marc Maron (The Daily Iowan)
Interview: PHOX (The Daily Iowan)
Mission Creek Festival announces full 2016 literary line-up (Little Village Mag)
Iowa City boosts public art with grants (The Daily Iowan)
Mission Creek Festival full 2016 lineup announced; Kevin Smith, Deer Tick, PHOX and more added (Little Village Mag)
Mission Creek ads filmmaker Kevin Smith, Deer Tick to lineup (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
Mission Creek Festival residency program brings Ian Svenonius to Iowa City (Little Village Mag)
Mission Creek Festival: 10 must-catch events (Des Moines Register)
Cartoonist Alison Bechdel kicks off Mission Creek in Iowa City (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Studio One at Mission Creek Festival (Iowa Public Radio)
Jad Abumrad on Unanswered Questions and Making Concepts Dance (Iowa Public Radio)
Mission Creek: Iowa Screendance Festival (KRUI)

Mission Creek Festival: The Anti-Bro Festival in Bro County, Iowa (Noisey/VICE)
Interview: Philip Glass (Iowa City Press-Citizen)