What is Mission Creek Festival?

Mission Creek Festival merges performance, literature, and community in an intimate, cross-medium experience. Our focus is on quality, independent-minded sounds, words, and events hosted in venues across downtown Iowa City. We are keen on emerging artists and embrace renegade spirits who have been around for years. We are the music and performance 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 in the middle of a warm, weird Midwestern town. 2019 is the fourteenth year of the festival. Mission Creek Festival is presented and produced by The Englert Theatre.

When and where is Mission Creek Festival?

Mission Creek Festival takes place April 2 – 7, 2019 in and around downtown Iowa City. Venues include but are not limited to: The Englert Theatre, Gabe’s, The Mill, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Yacht Club, and more. Most events will be within five minutes walking of other events.

What is the format?

There will be concerts, readings, discussions with and lectures by artists, performances by comedians. Additionally, there will be culinary events, a book fair, and a DIY comics 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?

Premium Pass (new for 2019!) – $250
-Access to all festival events
-Guaranteed entry at the Englert
-Fast Pass at the Englert ONLY (skip the line!)
-8 drink tickets for use at the Englert
-2019 festival merch
-Invitation to Kick-off Party

Full Week Pass – $150
-Access to all festival events
-Guaranteed entry at the Englert

Fri/Sat Pass – $75
-Access to all festival events Friday and Saturday

Student Fri/Sat Pass (new for 2019!) – $40
-Access to all festival events Friday and Saturday
-Must show valid student I.D.
Individual tickets to select events are on sale now.

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 – 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: Claire; claire@englert.org
Community Engagement: Jen; jen@missioncreekfestival.com
General FAQ: Andre; info@missioncreekfestival.com

Ramona and the Swimsuits perform in front of local art and clothing store White Rabbit at Mission Creek Festival 2012. Photo: Bill Adams.

Festivalgoers queue up for a performance at Gabe’s, one of our many venues across and around downtown Iowa City. Contributed Photo: Bill Adams