Mission Creek Festival Canceled

Mar 16, 2020 | Culture | 0 comments

Mission Creek Festival Canceled

Included is a highlight of LGBTQ music acts that were schedule to attend the festival

March 2020

Editor’s note – The following press release was presented to GoGuide through a third party. It is believed to be accurate.

Mission Creek Fans,

Since we last wrote, the public health situation in our area has intensified.

With sadness and resolve, we must announce that Mission Creek Festival 2020 will not carry forward in its current form. As such, there will be no public events during the April 1-4 period.

We are working with festival artists and authors to set up a special Mission Creek event in the late-summer/early-fall.

We plan to have details early next week including:
1. The dates and lineup of the new event
2. A list of artists who will not be able to make the new event.

At that time, we will also have information regarding exchanges and refunds so that you can make the choice that works for you. As a nonprofit organization navigating a challenging period, we are extremely appreciative of any patron who donates the cost of their ticket in lieu of a refund, however, we understand that is not always financially possible.

To discuss refunds now, please call our box office at 319.688.2653 during normal hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday 12:30 – 5:30) or email

‘We are grateful for your support of the festival and the arts in our area. We are sending our love to our community, artists, and staff.
Andre Perry
Executive Director

Editors note – the following appeared in the Digital GoGuide March issue. As you know the event has been scheduled and has not yet been rescheduled.  GoGuide will do its very best to keep the LGBTQ+ communities, friends, and allies updated to the best of our abilities.

So many LGBTQ acts at
Mission Creek 2020

GoGuide takes an early look at this year’s line-up

By Tim Nedoba
by Gregg Shapiro

Iowa City, IA –  The 2020 version of Mission Creek Festival takes place April 1-4, 2020, at various venues in downtown Iowa City.. Complete information is available at The Festival continues; it’s a rich tradition of including several LGBTQ specific performers, authors, and events.

Once again, Mission Creek Festival has a strong line-up of LGBTQ acts performing at this year’s Festival. Here is a quick highlight. Follow for updates as they become available.

LGBTQ musicians are as follows:

The Mill
Wednesday, April 1
10:00 p.m.
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album of 2018” by Pitchfork. It garnered further end-of-year praise from FADER, Under The Radar, and more.

Wednesday, April 1
7:00 p.m.
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.”

The Englert Theatre
Saturday, April 4
9:30 p.m.
Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her… “What is going on”…These songs are self-contained, not indicative of a new direction, just a willingness to do something different and sometimes even out of character.”

Saturday, April 4
10:45 p.m.
Pity Boy (out July 12 on Don Giovanni Records) is the new full-length by New York musician, Mal Blum. Put: Pity Boy is an album that examines the patterns that recur throughout our lives and what happens when we try (and often fail) to break them.

Big Grove Brewery Iowa City Taproom
Saturday, April 4
2:00 p.m.
Featuring: Subatlantic, Lily DeTaeye, Why Bonnie, Ohmme, The Minks, The Hooten Hallers

Mission Creek Festival includes several LGBTQ writers and authors. This list contains Samantha Irby, Tommy Pico, Garth Greenwell, Paul Lisicky, T Kira Madden, T Fleischmann. Literature will be featured in future issues.

In a local LGBTQ exclusive, our Guide will include an interview with gay writer Paul Lisicky by Gregg Shapiro. Paul will be at Mission Creek Festival on April 4.  GG




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