Check out the best free events at this year’s Mission Creek Festival

Although several ticketed concerts and performances anchor Iowa City’s annual Mission Creek Festival, the celebration also offers several free activities.

The festival begins Thursday, April 4 and runs through Saturday, April 6.

The Press-Citizen has compiled a round-up of free events happening during the 2024 Mission Creek Festival.

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Lit Walk

The annual Mission Creek Festival Lit Walk returns with several rounds of literary speakers. Embark on a journey through the heart of downtown, where familiar Iowa City hotspots transform into vibrant stages for a diverse array of voices and stories. The Lit Walk has three sessions. The first two rounds are hosted at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Revival and Willow & Stock. The final round is hosted at 7:30 p.m. at Prairie Lights.

Revival is located at 117 E College St. in the Pedmall.

Round One: Christine Byrne and Hannah Bonner

Christine Byrne is an MFA candidate in poetry at The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Byrne will host local Iowa City poets Devanshi Khetarpal, Dabin Jeong, and Vivien Varnell at Revival.

Hannah Bonner is a creative nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. She will host fellow Writer’s Workshops students at the Lit Walk at Willow & Stock. Readers for the installment include Alli Seamans, Constant Laval Williams, Liv Kane, and Christina Montilla.

Willow & Stock is located at  207 N Linn St. in Downtown Iowa City.

Round Two: Mofiyinfoluwa Okupe and Becca Klaver

Mofiyinfoluwa Okupe is a nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. She is the second-round Lit Walk host at Revival. Readers include Sunny Ahmed, James Zhenghui Zhu, Kristen Campbell, and Maxime Garcia Diaz.

Becca Klaver is an author, poet, and the program manager for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She will host fellow writers at Willow & Stock for the second round of the MCF Lit Walk. The lineup of readers includes Kathleen Maris Paltrineri, Haley Johannesen, Jennifer Colville, and Elizabeth Sloan.

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