Hawkeye Football Weekend

Visit Iowa City for a full weekend to get the best experience of Gameday in Hawkeye country. From outdoor recreation options to shopping and all kinds of dining, you can make a different itinerary for each visit (because we bet you won't come just once)!


Start the day with a round of golf or a ride on the area's extensive trail network - Tom Harkin trailhead is a great place to start. Fall is also a beautiful time to hike the trail overlooking the Iowa River at Squire Point.

Come afternoon, hop off Interstate 80 to check out Coralville's Iowa River Landing - here you'll find a variety of restaurants and shopping, including 30hop, a rooftop restaurant, and Backpocket Brewing Company. Take your time making your way east to get a feel for Downtown Iowa City. Wander into shops, find some new Hawkeye apparel or visit the Old Capitol Museum. It's also a fantastic place to sit on a patio for a meal or beverage. Experience the city's pedestrian mall, take photos of each of the public art murals and take a stroll through the Northside neighborhood - this city and university make up one unique place. Looking for live music? You'll find something to suit your tastes (or something a little different that intrigues you) at one of several live music venues. How about a little ax-throwing? Hatchet Jack's also offers entertainment for those 18 and older.


Today's the day - game day at Iowa is a sea of black and gold. Walk along Melrose Avenue to take in the tailgating festivities or find a spot of your own in walking distance of the stadium. A full Kinnick Stadium is an experience unlike any others in the Big 10. The Iowa Football team enters the field to Back in Black to start each game alongside the waving gold “I – O – W – A” flags. Sing the Iowa Fight Song along with the Hawkeye Marching Band, cheer alongside 70,000 other fans, and wave alongside a sea of fans to the kids inside the Children’s Hospital towering just behind the stadium. It's an unforgettable environment.


Take a leisurely morning by visiting one of many great brunch spots - Dunn Brothers Coffee, Bluebird Diner and Tin Roost are a few of the locals' picks. Then visit Wilson's Orchard, a treat in the fall for kids and adults alike - the family-owned orchard with on-site event venue and restaurant offers apples (u-pick or pre-picked), apple cider donuts, slushies and more. It's a retreat just outside town that feels much more removed - in the best way. Beginning late-September, Colony Pumpkin Patch is also open and a seasonal favorite for pumpkins, activities and corn maze.

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