Don’t Miss Rock the Chalk Downtown Iowa City

If you haven’t seen this, you need to. Colorful chalk creations line the streets of downtown Iowa City. These pops of creativity are so beautiful and unique — they make you want to jump inside — like a scene out of Disney movie classic Mary Poppins.

In August, community members and local artists will fill the streets of downtown Iowa City with unique chalk art pieces and we will “rock” various Iowa musical talents throughout the day while the 75 artists work.

I am so excited for MidWestOne’s Rock the Chalk Downtown Iowa City annual event!

MidWestOne‘s Rock the Chalk Downtown Iowa City

When: Friday, Aug. 12, 2022
Where: Downtown Iowa City
Details: Rock the Chalk will be held on the streets surrounding the downtown MidWestOne building, 102 S. Clinton St.

Rock the Chalk, downtown Iowa City

This event starts in the morning for the artists as they draw their chalk masterpieces. The artwork is ready for full viewing by late afternoon. Stop by throughout the day to see the beginning, middle, and end—or just come in the evening to see the finished work and participate in the family fun!

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Enjoy live music, from noon to 8 p.m. The lineup includes:

  • Andrew Hoyt: 1-2 p.m.
  • Soft and Low: 2-3 p.m.
  • Ace Jones: 3-4 p.m.
  • Sophie Mitchell: 5-6 p.m.
  • Sara Routh: 6-7 p.m.
  • TheZeffsterr: 7-8 p.m.

Free, family activities will take place from 5-8 p.m. and includes, tie-dye, bubbles, face painting, hair braiding/tinseling and airbrush tattoos. In addition to a photobooth, spin art, and a “Not a Box Party” presented by the Iowa Children’s Museum.

Attendees can also be part of the Community Art Quilt, which will be available all day!

Our family plans to go after work and visit a local restaurant as well. Check out the event website for more information, and be sure to RSVP to the Rock the Chalk Facebook event for updates and to let your friends and family know you’ll be there!

The photos from Rock the Chalk Downtown Iowa City are stunning, but seeing this event in person is even better! Don’t miss it.

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This is a sponsored post. ICM was compensated for sharing this piece. However, we love connecting our readers with people and organizations that are doing good in our community, and we think you will find this information helpful and informative!

About Our Sponsor

Rock the Chalk is proudly presented by MidWestOne Bank. MidWestOne logo

For more than 80 years, MidWestOne has earned long-term customer relationships by helping customers and communities succeed. MidWestOne believes that the communities it serves are not only the inspiration of our organization but the purpose behind its existence.

Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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