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April 16, 2007

RiverFest, Riverbank Art Fair and RiverRun set for April 25-27

The RiverFest concert festival, Riverbank Art Fair and RiverRun, the University of Iowa's annual celebrations centering around the Iowa River, will take place from Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27.

The 30th Annual RiverFest will begin at 4 p.m. Friday on the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) River Terrace with the hypnotist Frankie Z followed by local rock ensemble Ephraim Zenh. Four Word Cause, who won the battle of the bands at Iowa State University's Veishea 2008 celebration, will perform at 7 p.m.

The headliner band for Riverfest is QuietDrive, performing at 9 p.m. Friday in the IMU Main Lounge. The Minneapolis-based band is best known for its top 40 cover of "Time After Time." For more information on QuietDrive, visit

RiverFest events will continue at 11 a.m. Saturday around the IMU River Terrace. Attractions include a rock-climbing wall, gladiator joust and fishing tournament. Local bands performing include Uniphonics, Hunab, Minus Six, BackDrop and The Critical Hour. Local vendors Abel's Catering, American Concessions, Aladdin Gyros, and Craig Weir Concessions will provide food at Taste of RiverFest throughout the celebration.

A new RiverFest event, Last Lecture, will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the IMU River Terrace. Craig Just, a UI professor in civil and environmental engineering, will provide graduating seniors some words of wisdom and humor to inspire them in their future as new alumni. The event also includes a free dinner for UI seniors. For more information visit

All RiverFest events and attractions are free and open to the public. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For more information and a complete schedule, visit

The Riverbank Art Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the Canoe House Lawn south of Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus. Presented by the UI Fine Arts Council, the fair will feature more than 70 artists exhibiting and selling original works in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, drawing, jewelry, metal and fiber. Artists from all over the Midwest apply and are selected through a jury process to exhibit and sell fine art at the fair. Admission to the show is free to the public. Shows will continue rain or shine. For more information visit

The weekend will wrap up with RiverRun on Sunday, featuring a 5K and 10K race. Participants can run, walk, or wheelchair the course. The 5K and 10K races both begin at 9 a.m. on the corner of Iowa Avenue and Madison Street, with the courses winding through campus parallel to the Iowa River. Proceeds from the race will benefit Uptown Bill's Small Mall of Iowa City. Runners may register the day of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge, or prior to the day online at

RiverRun will have a Team Theme Competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams who dress in a costume best related to their team's name. Other activities include a 5K Team Competition, Children's 50-yard Hawkeye Hustle at 10:30 a.m. at Hubbard Park, and Fitness Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hubbard Park. For more information visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jess Noelck, RiverFest, 515-230-6484,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Jess Noelck