My wife, Sena, and I went downtown to the the annual arts festival in Iowa City yesterday, Arts Festival – Schedule Iowa City 2013. It was the biggest one we’d ever seen and we’ve lived here a long time. It has grown over the years into quite a destination event. Artists and art lovers come from all over. You can get an idea of past festivals from the video below:
Sena gets a big kick out of the pet dogs people bring to the event. She was captivated by a miniature version of a pug, a breed that will forever remind me of one of my favorite movies, Men In Black. This year there was a large tent devoted to displaying the talents of younger artists, all the way from kids barely out of toddlerhood to University of Iowa undergraduates.
It’s a tradition for us to visit the downtown Ped Mall, which was really the only place to go when we first arrived back in the late 1980s when I entered medical school. Iowa City has done a marvelous job preserving the area and it continues to thrive. We always have lunch at The Brown Bottle, a downtown icon since 1972. And the music is phenomenal during the festival.