June 30th - July 4th

Color in PatriART Week with Red, White & Blue


"Chalk-the-Walk" is one of several new events added to this year's PatriART week. The 7th annual PatriART week is a celebration of Muscatine's art, history, and culture culminating with the fireworks display on July 4th.  All events are free and fun for the whole family.

PatriART week kicks off on Sunday, June 30th with a family bike ride departing from Discovery Park at 1 p.m. Participants will stop by the Muscatine Art Center for tasty treats at the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center's Annual Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights include live music, a book sale, an art fair, "fun with fruit", kids games, and family activities. The Muscatine Art Center will also hold a dedication of the E. Bradford Burns Performing Arts Park at 1 p.m.

One of the new events, Chalk-the-Walk, will be held on Monday, July 1st from 5 p.m. to dusk on the riverfront in the parking lot by the Riverview Center. During the event, kids are encouraged to use sidewalk chalk to color in cartoon characters recreated by Flynn Collier and other local artists. Chalk is provided by the Muscatine Art Center. The Muscatine Civil War Roundtable will also present the lecture, "Muscatine & Vicksburg" on July 1st at 6:30 p.m. inside the Riverview Center.

Tuesday, July 2nd features two events - the opening of the exhibit, "Rollin' on the River," a collection of Oscar Grossheim's photographs of the Mississippi River and Concert Night at Weed Park. The exhibition is sponsored by the Musser Public Library and River's Edge Gallery. The reception is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at River's Edge Gallery, 216 W. Third Street. The exhibition will be on view at River's Edge Gallery throughout the month of July. Concert Night at Weed Park begins at 7 p.m. in the band shell with a performance by "Fun with Brass". Following the band's one hour performance, the Muscatine Civic Chorale will take the stage.

Noon on Wednesday, July 3rd brings the return of music on the lawn of City Hall. Mayor Hopkins has arranged for the "Vineyard Café After Hours" band to play. Residents of Muscatine will not want to miss this as Mayor Hopkins will take a seat behind the drums. Later in the day, families will want to catch all of the activities at Discovery Park for Family Night. The Environmental Learning Center will open a new temporary exhibition about snakes and let kids get up close with the slithery creatures. Friends of the Old Barn will offer tours and crafts from salvaged wood. The Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill will provide hands-on demonstrations and exhibits. Family Night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with Grave Witching, a method for locating unmarked graves, offered from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Muscatine County Home Cemetery in Discovery Park.

The week wraps up with activities on July 4th. The Fourth of July Parade begins at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Muscatine. At 8 p.m., the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will perform. The fireworks at dusk will mark the finale of the week's activities.


Sunday, June 30

Family Bike Ride (1-2 p.m.)

Meet at Discovery Park and depart at 1 p.m. for a family bike ride of either 3 or 10 miles. Both rides stop at the Muscatine Art Center for free ice cream. Participants who decorate their bike will also receive a coupon for another sweet treat.

Contact: Greg Harper (563) 263-4043/ greg@harperscycling.com

Ice Cream Social (1-5 p.m.)

Come to the Muscatine Art Center to enjoy ice cream, assorted desserts, family friendly fun, and live music. This year there will also be an art fair and the dedication of the E. Bradford Burns performing Arts Park at 1 p.m.

Contact: Melanie Alexander (563) 263-8282/ Melanie@muscatineiowa.gov

Monday, July 1


Bring the family to the Riverfront where local artist, Flynn Collier will outline cartoon characters for kids to color in with chalk. Activities will take place on the riverfront in the parking lot of the Riverview Center. Chalk is provided.

Contact: Melanie Alexander (563) 263-8282/Melanie@muscatineiowa.gov

Muscatine Civil War Roundtable's "Muscatine & Vicksburg" (6:30 p.m.)

Listen to this exciting lecture at the Riverview Center.

Contact: Dan Clark (563)264-5990 /dclark@muscanet.com

Tuesday, July 2

Opening Reception for ""Rollin' on the River," Oscar Grossheim's photographs of the Mississippi River from the Collection of the Musser Public Library

Exhibition and Reception at River's Edge Gallery, 216 W 3rd Street, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Pam Collins at Musser Public Library - (563)263-3065/ Pcollins@muscatineiowa.gov or Joel Smyers at River's Edge Gallery - (563)263-3176

Concert Night (7-9 p.m.)

Fun with Brass and Muscatine Civic Chorale at Weed Park Band Shell

Contact: Fun with Brass - Carolyn Airola (563) 264-2071/ amcjairola@gmail.com, Muscatine Civic Chorale: Jan Phillips-  jphillips@eicc.edu

Wednesday, July 3

Concert on the Lawn of City Hall (12 p.m.)

"Vineyard Café After Hours" Band

Contact: Mayor Hopkins (563)264-1550

Discovery Park Family Night (5-8 p.m.)

Learn about snakes when the Environmental Center opens its traveling exhibit on snakes - Contact: Curt Weiss (563) 264-5922/ cweiss@co.muscatine.ia.us

Old Barn Tours and Crafts- Contact: David Metz (563) 263-4222/ davemetz@machlink.com

Hands on Demonstration and Exhibits of the Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill-Contact: Tom Hanifan tomhanifan@yahoo.com

Thursday, July 4

4th of July Parade (5 p.m.) - Contact: GMCCI (563) 263-8895

Muscatine Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m.) On the Pearl City Station's West Patio -Contact: Carolyn Airola (563) 264-2071/ amcjairola@gmail.com

Fireworks (Dusk)- Contact: GMCCI (563) 263-8895

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