Performance + Literature + Community = Mission Creek Festival!

Hear the Weepies on Thursday, April 5.

The Englert Theatre, Iowa City’s 105-year-old historic performing arts organization, presents Mission Creek Festival 2018 on April 3–8. Ranging from concerts at the Englert to readings in retail spaces, Mission Creek week is a vibrantly curated smorgasbord of contemporary culture—celebrating regional and international voices, not to mention otherworldly ones.

A frequent guest vocalist in the hip-hop, jazz and soul world, Jamila has emerged as a voice to be reckoned with on her soul-stirring debut, HEAVN.

Hear the Weepies in concert on April 5 as they embark on their long-awaited national tour. Catch rapper-singer-essayist Dessa, who has built her career bucking traditional genre designations. Attend Community Day at Gabe’s—a (free) all-ages, “rip-your-face-off showcase” of underground acts from across the Midwest. Witness the once-in-a-generation voice of Jamila Woods in a reading and vocal performance.

Baltimore-based modern minimalist band Horse Lords plays at Gabe’s on April 6.

See Baltimore quartet the Horse Lords employ arcane tuning systems to achieve mind-bending harmonies. And explore the annual Lit Walk, comprising an indie book fair, ICE CREAM comics & zine fair, and readings and conversations around town. There is no shortage of entertainment, enthrallment, and enrichment at Mission Creek. Get it while the getting is good.

Author and translator Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Venegas will be reading at Prairie Lights on April 4.

Passes are available for the full week, or just the weekend (new this year!), allowing attendees to come and go as they please, weaving their way between thoughtful spaces and soul-bearing celebrations of sound.

For full details about passes, venues, and the daily lineup, visit