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6 Ideas for a Fun Night Out in Iowa City


Arts and culture. Music. The great outdoors. Quirky entertainment destinations. There’s a lot of fun to be had in Iowa City, one of the Big Ten’s most lively college towns. RISE at Riverfront Crossings is here to help you plan your next adventure. Here are six ideas for a fun night out on the town or (spoiler alert) at the lake in Iowa City.

Pay a Visit to The Englert Theatre

Catch a show at The Englert Theatre, a renovated vaudeville-era performing arts center with an iconic yellow marquee that stretches out over Washington Street. This intimate venue regularly draws big-name acts – Leo Kottke (Sept. 17), Jake Shimabukuro (Oct. 7), Lucy Dacus (Oct. 8), Drive-By Truckers (Oct. 10), and Dispatch (Oct. 16) are a few of the upcoming highlights.

Catch a Concert at Gabe’s

Listen to a little live music at Gabe’s on East Washington Street. This iconic Iowa City venue hosts acts spanning all genres. Keep tabs on their calendar here and get out to a show.

Live It Up Downtown

Downtown Iowa City is filled with nightlife hot spots. Start your night with dinner at lively hangouts like Pullman or St. Burch and see where the night takes you. There’s plenty of entertainment to be found downtown.

Watch an Indie Movie at FilmScene

Celebrate the craft of independent cinema by catching an indie film at FilmScene. This nonprofit theater features two College Street locations in the heart of Iowa City – a three-screen venue at the Chauncey and a two-screen venue on the Ped Mall. Discover an under-the-radar first-run film with friends for a killer night out.

Escape Room, Anyone?

Is strategy and problem-solving your jam? Cryptiq Escapes on Lower Muscatine Road will put your skills to the test. Grab your floor mates and team up on one of five harrowing escape challenges – Parole Denied, Hotel Hostage, Curse of Colchester Cemetery, Family Heirloom, and a fifth game that changes with the seasons and current events.

Camp at Coralville Lake

An epic night of camping is right around the corner at Coralville Lake. With more than 10 campgrounds, this local favorite delivers an epic night of camping – and it’s just a few minutes north of the city. Break out your tents, gather around the fire with your crew, and enjoy an amazing night under the stars.

That’s a Wrap

When the night is done, retreat to RISE to decompress with the help of our next-level community amenities – including the swimming pool, club lounge, and courtyard deck.

Looking for more fun things to do in Iowa City? Check out our blog for more ideas.


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