Mission Creek Festival returns to Iowa City April 5 – 10. The festival is dedicated to inspiring and building the arts and culture community in Eastern Iowa.

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. Most events will be within about five minutes walking of other events.

Mission Creek Festival is presented and produced by The Englert Theatre. Information on all Mission Creek events can be found on the Mission Creek website.


The Corridor Review is excited to cover the 2016 Mission Creek Festival. We’ll be live-tweeting events @CorridorReview.

Tuesday, April 5th:

Alison Bechdel

Venue: Englert Theatre
Doors Open:6:30 pm

Presented in partnership with University of Iowa Lecture Committee.
Time magazine named her book Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic the Best Book of 2006, describing the tightly architected investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home was adapted into a musical in 2015 and was nominated for five Tony Awards including “Best Musical.”

Thursday, April 7th:

Venue: The Mill
Doors Open:8:00 pm
Supporting Act(s):Subatlantic The Wandering Bears

Co-Presented by SCOPE Productions
Originating from Baraboo, WI, the band members of PHOX have since formed an American sextet creating an alternative form of folk/indie pop blend with beautiful tones and rhythm.

Since releasing their album, PHOX has continued to capture listeners with their folk-pop mixes. Drawing inspiration from Feist, Sufjan Stevens, and countless others, the members of PHOX will do nothing shy of sooth your soul.



Venue: Gabe’s
Doors Open:8:00 pm
Price:$15 – $18
Supporting Act(s):Trouble Lights Cuticle

YACHT are artists based in Los Angeles.
“YACHT’s new album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, is a sweeping and visionary critique of the 21st century. It reveals the band at its most self-assured: critical, funny, tough, and musically diverse, crafting an infectious and hyperactive conceptual pop that seems to seep through the walls of an alternate universe. YACHT’s knowing references to technology, feminism, and media are layered in complex arrangements in songs about holograms and phones, police violence and identity, sex and the future.”


7th Annual Lit Crawl

Writers and publishers from across the country again invade downtown Iowa City businesses for three hours of literary mayhem. More information coming soon. Visit missionfreak.com for more details.


Friday, April 8th:

Marc Maron

Venue: Englert Theatre
Doors Open:6:00 pm
For more than twenty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, Maron has appeared on HBO, Letterman, Leno, Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up, The Green Room and two Comedy Central Presents specials. He has appeared on Conan O’Brien more times than any other comedian.


San Fermin

Venue: Gabe’s
Doors Open:8:00 pm
Supporting Act(s):Esme Patterson Extravision
San Fermin is a lush Brooklyn-based baroque pop band, molded by the talented Ellis Ludwig-Leone after he graduated from Yale, where he studied composition and assisted Nico Muhly, a well-known contemporary classical music composer and arranger. The band has traveled all over the world, playing sold-out shows and opening for prominent bands such as the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. With their blend of classical music, pop, and rock, featuring wide-ranging lead vocals from Charlene Kaye and Allen Tate, San Fermin’s live performances have been noted to deliver an emotional and epic experience.


Information on these events and many more can be found on the Mission Creek website.


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