North Liberty's Summer Slate

kid playing with kite

After a year of shifting plans, stand ins and alternatives, you deserve events you can look forward to and, most importantly, count on!

North Liberty’s Summer Slate is here to offer the community exactly that: events that are free, can easily adjust to comply with public health recommendations and provide a mix of virtual and in-person programs for all ages.

Event details, including if a free reservation is needed for capacity limits, location and time, will be released and linked below at the beginning of each month.

COVID Mitigations
updated 5/21/21

While we are looking forward to a fun summer, everyone is easing out of the pandemic at their own pace. Events on the Summer Slate have adopted the City of North Liberty’s “masked until you’re vaxxed” policy for staff and attendees.

In line with public health guidance, those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning two weeks have passed since they have received the second of two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are no longer expected to wear a mask when attending Summer Slate events. Organizers ask those who have yet to be fully vaccinated to still wear a mask. COVID-19 vaccines are free and currently available to anyone 12 years or older at local pharmacies and hospitals.

As always, attendees should stay home if anyone in the household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

To help all attendees’ feel comfortable, Summer Slate events are scheduled to take place outdoors. In the event of bad weather, events may be canceled, rescheduled or moved inside with limited capacity. Hand washing and hand sanitizer stations will also be present. Protocols will continue to be revisited throughout the summer under the advisement of local public health officials.


We’re committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for these events for individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to participate, please contact [email protected] or call (319) 626-5726 at least two days prior to the event.

Summer Slate is supported by

Veridian Credit Union Logo

South Slope Logo

Shive-Hattery logo

Hills Bank Logo


GreenState Credit Union logo

Fly CID logo


Embody | Embrace

A food dish

June 5
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The theme of the 2021 annual event celebrates ethnic foods and the cultures they originate from.

Free Fishing Weekend

family fishing

June 5
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A day of free fishing and aquatic education. Learn how to properly cast, about species of Iowa fish and turtles and learn about water and boat safety.

Concert in the Park

Hex Girls Band

June 12
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A free evening of good company with performances by Penny Peach and Hex Girls.

Fun for the Dogs

Dog Park

June 12 – 13
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Red Fern Dog Park opens to members June 1, but all dogs (and their owners) are invited to give the park a try for free June 12 & 13.

Summer Reading

June 14 – July 31
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All ages are encouraged to log their reading minutes and participate in activities all summer long. Participants can earn $5 for a local nonprofit, up to $3,000.

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann Headshot

June 17
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An outdoor children’s musical performance with the North Liberty Library.
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie

Drive In Movie

June 18
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A double feature in the Colony Pumpkin Patch lot. Trolls World Tour at 6 p.m. and Crazy Rich Asians at 8:30 p.m. Come for one or both showings.

Backyard Campout

Backyard Campout

June 19
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Join neighbors in a backyard communitywide campout. Opt in to compete for a donation for your elementary school by registering online at

Movie on the Lawn

Crowd on lawn

June 25
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Join the North Liberty Library for an outdoor showing of Akeelah and the Bee on the lawn of the Ranshaw House.

Recreation Fun Packs

variety of recreation sports ballsAll Summer
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Available for check out, each pack has a different theme (play ball, agility and obstacle, water…) for classic neighborhood fun.

ONE Packs

All Summer
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Get outside and explore the world around you. Packs include activities to learn about wildlife and habitats in North Liberty.

Fairy Trail

All Summer
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Fairies and trolls have made trees along our recreation trail their home!

Adventure Pass

Iowa Adventure Pass LogoAll Summer
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Your library card earns you free tickets to a variety of attractions throughout the state.

Senior Connections

man talking on phoneFridays
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Virtual lunches for those 55+. A chance to connect, play games or learn from a guest presenter.

Find & Create Public Art

Finding Nemo characters on Storm DrainAll Summer
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Find the 12 murals on storm drains throughout town and paint one of your own.

Butterfly Garden

Monarch butterfly on flowerAll Summer
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Visit the new butterfly garden outside the North Liberty Library.

Salsa Garden

All Summer
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Sign up to help the library tend to the vegetables and herbs growing in their raised garden bed.

North Liberty Trivia

All Summer
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How well do you know North Liberty?


story page on signMay-July
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Read a children’s story along several trails throughout the summer.

Library Kits

craftJune – July
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Intergenerational kits to be enjoyed by the entire household.
Reservation needed.


Geocaching boxJune – August
Info to Come
Use a mobile device and other navigational techniques locate hidden containers around North Liberty.


Summer Reading

June 14 – July 31
All ages are encouraged to log their reading minutes and participate in activities all summer long. Participants can earn $5 for a local nonprofit, up to $3,000.

Drive-In Movie

Drive In Movie

July 16
A double feature in the Colony Pumpkin Patch lot. Park early to enjoy a kid-friendly first showing and stay or pull up later in the night for a PG-13 film.

Concert in the Park

hands playing guitar

July 17
An evening of good company and good music, curated by The Englert Theatre.

Movie on the Lawn

Crowd on lawn

July 23
Join the North Liberty Library for an outdoor showing of Into the Spiderverse on the Ranshaw House Lawn.


kid climbing up inflatable slide

July 24
Explore eight inflatables including giant slides, bounce houses, obstacles and games.


Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunt teamsAll Month
Check out a packet at the Community Center and be a tourist of your own city!

Eastern Iowa Circus

aerial performerAugust 14
An outdoor hour-long show with fire dancing and breathing, aerial performances, juggling, hoop and acro-balance.

Lighthouse in the Library

Lighthouse in the Library Logo
August 19
A conversation about education and what going back to school looks like this fall.

Concert in the Park

man playing harmonicaAugust 21
An evening of good company and good music, curated by The Englert Theatre.


fireworksAugust 21
Send off summer with a bang with 15-min fireworks show.

Moms & Mocktails

mocktail drinkAugust 27
Moms have a night out with the library.

Playground Crawl

kid wearing face mask at parkAugust 28
Spend the day with your household exploring the city’s playgrounds and enjoy special treats and activities at each stop as you make your way around town.


Welcoming America

September 10-19
Participate in North Liberty’s activities for the countywide-coordinated celebration.

Meet Your Neighbors

neighbors wavingSeptember 28
Good neighbors build great neighborhoods. Celebrate National Good Neighbor Day with new and familiar faces at concurrent neighborhood gatherings across town.


Make It Mondays

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To-go activities for kids. Stop by the North Liberty Community Center each Monday to pick up a new activity kit while supplies last.

North Liberty Trivia

Trivia Night

May 12
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A virtual trivia night to test how well you know city history, facts, and happenings. Donations accepted for the North Liberty Community Fund.

Mega Kites

May 16
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Giant character kites—including the world’s largest windsock, towering up to three stories high and stretching 200 feet long— for breathtaking views.

Movie on the Lawn

Crowd on lawn

May 28
Event Details
Join the North Liberty Library for an outdoor showing of Big Hero 6 on the lawn of the Ranshaw House.

Looking for more? Visit Think Iowa City for a listing of events throughout Johnson County.

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