City Slate

A collection of our largest special events.
Free to attend and designed with you in mind. 

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City Slate

A collection of our largest special events.
Free to attend and designed with you in mind. 

North Liberty City Slate Logo

Upcoming City Slate Events

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North Liberty’s City Slate is a collection of our largest special events planned by city staff. Every event on the slate is free to attend, and our team has over 40 events in store for you in 2022. Upcoming events will be announced in waves throughout the year. Full details for each event will be linked below in the weeks leading up to each program.

May through October: Fairy Trail
Visit the doors of the fairies and trolls who have made trees along our recreation trail their home.

Aug. 12: Swimming Storytime
Come and go as you please during a fun summer outdoor pool storytime during a free two-hour swim.

Aug. 20: Summer Send-Off
Send summer off with a bang! Join us in Penn Meadows Park for free fun and a fireworks finale.

Aug. 20: Fireworks
A 15-minute finale to the Summer Send-Off.

Sept. 24: Moon Walk & Star Party
Join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) for a night under the stars. View planets, stars and other celestial bodies with help from local amateur astronomers.

Sept 24: Bethany C. Morrow Author Visit
The author of Mem, So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix and A Chorus Rises talks about her work and answers audience questions.

Oct 14: Halloween Moonlight Walk
The trail around Liberty Centre Pond will be lit by friendly ghosts and Halloween decorations, with a scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes.

Oct 23: Floating Pumpkin Patch
Jump into the indoor pool and swim to your favorite pumpkin. Enjoy raffles, a pumpkin decorating station and goody bags. Registration is required and opens on Oct 16.

Oct 27 & 28: Haunted Happenings
Trick or treat outside along the North Liberty Recreation Trail and then enter the lower level of the Community Center for a spooky maze.  Costumes encouraged.

Tuesdays in November: Golden Turkey Hunt
Use clues to locate five golden turkeys hidden around North Liberty, with a new challenge each week.

Nov. 12: Embody | Embrace: Tell Your Story
A celebration of stories and storytelling at the library with guest speakers and storytellers.

Dec. 3: Breakfast with Santa
Join Santa for breakfast, photos and fun. Registration required.

Dec. 3: Holiday Vendor Fair
Get a jump on your holiday shopping by visiting local vendors.

Dec. 28: Noon Year’s Eve
A New Year’s celebration for the whole family with a craft, snack, dancing and midday balloon drop.

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Past Events

July 29: Swimming Storytime
Come and go as you please during a fun summer outdoor pool storytime during a free two-hour swim.

Fridays in June and July: Ranshaw House Concert Series
Bring a picnic, catch up with friends and socialize as a community with live performances from local musicians on the historic house’s front porch.

June and July: Summer Reading Program
Read Beyond the Beaten Path this summer with your community and the library!

July 23: Tween Night at the Pool
A private event for rising 8th and 9th graders at the outdoor pool, complete with free pizza, games and a selfie station.

July 17: Swimming with Princesses
A magical experience with your favorite island and sea princesses at the outdoor pool. Registration is free, but registration is required. Registration opens June 17.

July 9: North Liberty Blues & BBQ
North Liberty’s summer tradition is back! Live music, craft beer, barbecue and kids fun in Centennial Park.

June 25: Great American Campout
A communitywide backyard campout to raise money for our local schools.

June 24: Freedom Roll
Bring your bikes, blades, wagons, wheelbarrows, wheelchairs and whatever else rolls for a reverse parade.

June 24: Children’s Concert
An outdoor children’s concert with Little Miss Ann.

June 17: Swimming Storytime
Come and go as you please during a fun summer outdoor pool storytime during free swimming.

June 9: Free Swimming Lesson
Get a jumpstart on a fun and safe summer with a free swim lesson from our lifeguards.

June 4: Let Love Fly
Mega kites soar above Centennial Park for a community celebration of love.

June 4: Free Fishing Weekend
A morning of free fishing and prizes at Liberty Centre Pond.

May 21: Playground Crawl
Spend the afternoon with your household exploring the city’s playgrounds with treats and activities at each stop.

May 14: Remarkable Rigs
Meet the trucks and drivers that keep the city going at this showcase of public works vehicles.

May 7: Free Comic Book Day
Celebrate the art, artists and stories of comic books on National Comic Book Day.

April 9: Shed Hunt
Explore nature as you search for antlers with North Liberty Recreation and TAKO.

April 9: Bunny Clue Trail
Visit fairy gardens around, find them all to earn treasure.

April 2: Kites for Kids Festival
Come play for this family-friendly kite festival to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Jan. 29 through Feb. 27: North Liberty Lights
An illuminated winter display around Liberty Centre Pond.

Feb. 19: Snow Ball
An indoor fake snowball fight, complete with hot cocoa.

Feb. 5: Ice Fishing
Try your luck catching some pan fish at Liberty Centre Pond with North Liberty Recreation and TAKO.

Jan. 30: Fire & Ice
Beat the Bitter’s free day at Penn Meadows Park.

Jan. 30: Fireworks
North Liberty’s annual winter firework show in Penn Meadows Park.



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It’s not cheap to produce quality events, but we’re committed to providing our residents and visitors free access to play in North Liberty. Luckily, these local businesses agree and we’re proud to have their support to help cover program costs so you, your family and your neighbors can just have fun. You’ll have the chance to visit with these sponsors at upcoming events so please thank them for their support when you do.

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Businesses interested in supporting North Liberty’s City Slate can contact Jillian Miller at [email protected] or (319) 626-5757 for information.

Looking for something else?

While the City Slate is a compilation of our free and largest city-produced events, it is not a schedule of all of our community’s programs. Visit our community calendar to view other recreation, library and area events. You can also explore events planned throughout Johnson County at

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