5 things to do in Johnson County this weekend are free movies

While the festivals, concerts and film screenings of Summer of the Arts certainly keep people’s schedules full, there are still plenty of events you’ll want to catch in between.

This weekend, singer-songwriter Janis Ian is stopping in Iowa City as part of a farewell tour while an annual Russian guitar festival returns to Iowa City.

Here are five things to do in Johnson County this weekend.

The free film series Summer of the Arts

Summer of the Art employees test their demonstration equipment at the Iowa City Municipal Airport during the last weekend of May 2020.  The film series begins again on Saturday at Napoleon Park.

Grab your popcorn, M&Ms and a blanket.

The Summer of the Arts free film series begins Saturday with the Iowa classic “Field of Dreams” at Napoleon Park.

This year, Summer of the Arts brings films to Iowa City’s parks and venues, from Mercer Park to the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

The full schedule is below:

  • May 21: “Field of Dreams” in Napoleon Park
  • May 28: “Free Guy” at the Iowa City Municipal Airport
  • June 11: “Cruella” at Willow Creek Park
  • June 25: “Soul” at Mercer Park
  • July 9: “Sing 2” at the Johnson County Fairgrounds
  • July 23: “Raya and the Last Dragon” at Upper City Park
  • July 30: “Spiderman: No Way Home” at City Park, Hills
  • August 6: “Big Hero 6” at McPherson Park
  • August 20: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings” at ST Morrison Park, Coralville
  • Oct 8: “Hotel Transylvania 2” at Iowa City Municipal Airport

In partnership with Iowa City Parks and Recreation, some screenings will include special pre-film activities and games.

The films start after sunset.

International Annual Russian Guitar Seminar and Festival in Iowa City

Oleg Timofeyev is one of the people keeping the Russian seven-string guitar alive.

The annual Russian Guitar Festival in Iowa City returns with a focus on Ukrainian music.

The festival is produced by the International Academy for Russian Music, Arts and Culture and Oleg Timofeyev, the artistic director.

Timofeyev plays the seven-string Russian guitar and has revived the instrument through programs like this festival.

On Thursday, the festival begins at 7:30 p.m. with a concert at Zion Lutheran Church featuring solo and ensemble music for seven-string guitar by Ukrainian composers. The musicians at this concert include Dan Caraway, Stefan Wester, Dmitry and Mikhail Melnik, and Timofeyev.

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