Summer in the cities


80/35 Music Festival | Image via

It’s summer, so it’s officially time to head out for fun and festivals across the U.S. The ISU Young Alumni Council recently sat down and compiled a list of events and locations that will spice up the sizzling days ahead.

Kansas City:

First Fridays
Crossroads Art District
6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month
Explore local art vendors, sample the cuisine from the various locally owned restaurants, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Admission is free

KC Riverfest
Richard L. Berkley Park (Downtown Area)
Thursday, July 4, 4-11 p.m.
Come enjoy our nation’s birthday with live bands, carnival games, and one of the largest fireworks shows in the nation.
Admission is $5

Hot Country Nights
Power and Light District
Every Thursday through September, 8-11 p.m.
Enjoy free country concerts from artists like Gloriana, Jamey Johnson, and Billy Currington in the heart of downtown Kansas City every Thursday.
Admission is free.


Chicago Pride Parade
South along Broadway to Halsted Street, south on Halsted to Belmont Ave., east along Belmont to Broadway, south on Broadway to Diversey Parkway, east on Diversey to Cameron Drive in Lincoln Park
June 30, Noon
Celebrate Chicago’s vibrant LGBT community
Admission is free.

Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park
July 19-20
Pitchfork Music Festival presents over 40 bands, highlighting the best in new and emerging music.  The festival offers a wide array of activities beyond the music, with 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the fest supports local businesses and economy, and promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.
Admission is $50 per day or $120 for a three-day pass

Wrigleyville Summerfest
August 3-4
Wrigleyville Summerfest offers plenty of tasty food and beverages to be enjoyed, plus many local vendors showcasing their products and services. Not your average festival, Wrigleyville Summerfest features a Kids Zone with interactive games and family-friendly activities during the day in addition to the live music, beer, and savory flavors that Chicagoans know and love.
Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will benefit Resurrection Luthern Church


Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
Dallas Arts District
Every third Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Visit a more eclectic side of Dallas with wood working, vintage apparel, jewelry, ceramics, home decor, and food trucks.
Admission is free.

Rockford, Ill.:

Rockford City Market
Water Street, near the Rockford Register Star, Carlyle Brewery, and Runner’s Image
Every Friday through Oct. 11, 3-8 p.m. (3-7 p.m. after Labor Day)
Tons of local vendors, bands, and restaurants See some of the great businesses you didn’t know about in Rockford.  Check out some local food and beverages while you’re there.
Admission is free. Bring money to eat and drink.

Quad Cities:

Explore Scott County Park
Open year-round, explore 1,280 acres near Davenport, where you can enjoy nature trails, five miles of mountain biking trails, five modern campbrounds, canoeing and kayaking at PRIDE Lake – a new 8-acre, 15 ft.-deep lake, golf at Glynns Creek Golf Course, and 12 shelters and picnic areas located throughout the park.

Des Moines:

80/35 Music Festival
Western Gateway Park
July 5-6
Enjoy the outdoors, see a variety of different bands, and maybe discover a new favorite among the 40 national, regional, and local bands that will be performing, including David Byrne & St. Vincent and Wu-Tang Clan
Admission is $39 in advance, $49 day of the show for main stage events; free area also available.

Principal Park
July 20, 3-7 p.m.
Sample more than 450 types of beers from 150 brewers. Unlimited beer samples, be first to try new products, and limited release specialty beers around the state and country
Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Twin Cities:

Basilica Block Party
Basilica Church/Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
July 12-13
Come check out some awesome music outdoors in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Match Box 20, Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and more will perform
Admission is $60 for one night, $100 for both.

Cy-Hawk Golf Outing
Victory Links Golf Course, Blaine
July 20, 1:30 p.m.
Come battle against the neighbors to the east as you and fellow Cyclones take on Hawkeye alums in the 8th annual Cy-Hawk Open
Admission $60 for ISUAA Members, $68 for non-members. Deadline to register is July 15.


ISU Alumni Wine Tasting
Palouse Winery on Vashon Island
July 27, 5-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy gorgeous views of the Olympics and west side passage while sipping on a deep red or a bright white and listening to the sounds of a local band. Hors d’oeuvres and snacks will be served, and you will have the chance to mingle with plenty of Iowa State friends.
Admission is $20 for ISUAA Members, $30 for non-members. Deadline to register is July 18.


ISU Golf Tournament
Wellshire Golf Course
July 12, 11:30 a.m.
Presenting the 24th Nearly Annual Iowa State Alumni Golf Tournament! Come for the fun and the chance for glory and great prizes as you compete with fellow Cyclones at the historic Wellshire Golf Club.
Admission is $75 for ISUAA members, $85 for nonmembers. Deadline to register is July 1.

A Taste of Colorado
Civic Center Park
Aug. 30-Sept. 2
A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 250 marketplace artisans and vendors, seven stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.
Admission is free, but tickets must be used to purchase food, beverages, and carnival rides.


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