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Celebrate BrrFest on January 30th


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Join us in the Iowa River Landing for Coralville BrrFest! BrrrFest will be held in the Marriott exhibit hall on Saturday, January 30th from 1-4 PM. (Brewmaster events begin at noon.) BrrrFest is a celebration that showcases beers of winter, specializing in brews from Iowa and around the Midwest. Beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample and purchase new beers including limited release brews that aren’t widely available. Proceeds from BrrrFest go toward Coralville’s 4thFest celebration in addition to the Iowa Brewer’s Guild.

(UPDATE: Tickets have SOLD OUT at all levels.)

The following brewers will be featured this year at BrrFest: (Brewers marked with an asterisk (*) are new for 2016)

  • 515
  • Albia Brewing*
  • Alluvial Brewing Co.*
  • Another Road Brewing
  • Backpocket
  • Backpocket Pilot Pub
  • Baraboo
  • Bent River
  • Big Grove
  • Boone Valley Brewing
  • Broad Street
  • Buck Creek Brewing
  • Cedar Ridge Winery/Distillery
  • Chefs In Black
  • Confluence
  • Contrary Brewing*
  • Court Ave.
  • Exile
  • Firetrucker
  • Fox Brewing*
  • Franklin Street*
  • Front Street Brewery*
  • Granite City
  • Great River
  • Green Tree Brewery*
  • Iowa Brewing Co.*
  • Iowa City Brewlab*
  • Jackson Street Brewing*
  • Kalona Brewing
  • Keg Creek
  • Lake Time*
  • Lion Bridge
  • Lost Duck
  • Madhouse
  • Mason City Brewery
  • Middle River Brewing*
  • Millstream
  • Mississippi River Distilling Co.
  • New American
  • Peace Tree
  • Pulpit Rock*
  • Reclaimed Rails Brewing*
  • Reunion Brewing*
  • Singlespeed
  • Surly
  • Third Base
  • Toppling Goliath
  • Turner Alley*
  • Twisted Vine
  • Van Houzen
  • West O
  • Worth

The fun will continue in the Iowa River Landing after the BrrFest festivities come to a close. Carriage rides will be offered through the Iowa River Landing, and businesses will offer featured items for post-BrrrFest patrons. These items include:

  •  Massage Heights: BrrrFest attendees who visit Massage Heights and show their ticket stub can book an appointment for a $39.99 60 minute massage or a $49.99 60 minute facial. In addition, guests will receive a free elevation with the purchase of a membership.
  • Coralville Marriott: BrrrFest Package, includes breakfast for 2 guests and 2 general admission tickets to BrrrFest
  • 30 Hop: Receive a free pint with your purchase of a 30hop T-Shirt ($15). Supplies limited.
  • Backpocket Brewing: pulled pork sandwiches and all beef hotdogs; free brewery tours.
  • Waterstreet: Coffee Specials
  • WineStyles: 10% all Beer Sales (15% off for Beer Club members) and $2 off all Beer Draws
  • Scratch Cupcakery: $22/dozen deal (buy 11 cupcakes, get the 12th free) 
  • TrueStyle: Store-wide discount will be whatever the predicted high temperature is for that day according to
  • Brides by Jessa: 25% off store wide
  • Luxe Interiors: storewide floor sample sale
  • Edgewater Grille:  $10 GyroBrrrGer served with bottomless fries, $5 draft beer bar special

Be sure to share your #AfterBrrrFest photos from around Iowa River Landing on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using our hashtag. The person with the most creative photo will win a prize pack containing items from Iowa River Landing businesses!

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Aisle of Lights Holiday Open House


thumbnail-7Join the businesses in the Iowa River Landing in celebrating the magic of the season! On December 13 from 2-5 PM, several establishments in the Landing will be offering holiday-themed activities and specials in conjunction with Coralville’s annual Aisle of Lights celebration. Visitors will enjoy all of the trappings of the holidays, including cookies, cocoa, holiday stories, crafts, and a visit from Santa. The events in the Landing will conclude with the tree lighting at Backpocket Brewing.


The list of participating businesses and events include:

Backpocket Brewing

Donate an item to “Toys for Tots” and receive one FREE beer, $10 t-shirt special, tree lighting at 5 PM

Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

Cookie decorating and hot cocoa bar


$2 off wine by the glass and draws

Massage Heights

Buy 3 gift cards, get one FREE

Waterstreet Coffee Bar

Coffee and cocoa specials

Homewood Suites  

Stories with Mrs. Santa Claus, hot cocoa

Von Maur

FREE photos with Santa


Storewide holiday sale

Johnson County Historical Society

Holiday crafts, hot cocoa, cookies, FREE museum admission

Scratch Cupcakery

Special Holiday Flavors, decorate your own mini cupcakes

Brides By Jessa

Photos and songs with Elsa, 30% off storewide


1/2 price pints from 2-5 PM

Luxe Interiors

Storewide discounts, free wrapping, free shipping on select items, complimentary glass of wine for shoppers, photos with Star Wars characters.

Be sure to join us for an evening of holiday fun and festivities on December 13th! And as always, be sure to share your photos using #IowaRiverLanding.

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You’re Invited: Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Business PM and 2nd Ave Block Party


Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 3.42.10 PMMark your calendars! On October 22nd Massage Heights will be hosting the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Business PM from 4:30-6:15 PM.

In conjunction with this event the Iowa River Landing will host a 2nd Ave Block Party. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the participating businesses on 2nd Avenue in the Iowa River Landing for complimentary services such as a chair massage at Massage Heights, cupcakes at Scratch Cupcakery, tasting at WineStyles, and more.

To help guide your way, we’ve created special passports to help navigate your travels through the participating Iowa River Landing locations. This passport will be “stamped” when a guest visits the business. (No purchase is necessary to receive a stamp.) Individuals who visit all locations and complete their passport will be entered to win special prizes from the Iowa River Landing.

The winners will be drawn at 6:15 PM at Massage Heights. You must be present to win.

Be sure to join us on October 22nd!


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FRYfest 2015 Specials

Excitement is building in the Iowa River Landing for FryFest 2015. On September 4th thousands of devoted Hawkeye fans will arrive at the IRL for the ultimate “high porch picnic.” In addition to the scheduled events, the businesses at the IRL are excited and ready to serve the members of Hawkeye Nation!

Check out these featured FRYfest specials:

Vesta: $3 Tall Boys

Scratch Cupcakery: Buy 3 Cupcakes, Get 1 for Free from 10-2, Hawkeye decorated cupcakes while supplies last

Massage Heights: One hour massage: $49.99, One hour facial $59.99, 25% off all retail

Luxe Interiors: Luxe Interiors will be featuring the officially licensed Hawkeye artwork of Jeff McNutt. A former Herky the Hawk mascot, Jeff  creates artwork using remnants of Kinnick Stadium with an Iowa Hawkeye focus. Original pieces and prints of all sizes will be available for immediate purchase.  

All in store product excluding wine will be 30% off 

Winestyles: $5 Bottle Bucks (store credit) for purchase of $50 or more; $10 Bottle Bucks for purchase of $100 or more

Brides By Jessa: Summer Sample Sale: Up to 65% wedding and prom dresses, free hem on prom dresses

Waterstreet Coffee Bar: Homemade pumpkin spice lattes (hot or iced)

30hop: Weekend Brunch; Saturday and Sunday 10-2

Edgewater Grille: FRYfest Concession Menu:
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Hawktoberfest Release Party and Tailgate Contest

IMG_9328It’s hard to believe, but football season is just around the corner! To celebrate the return of their popular Hawktoberfest beer and the upcoming Hawkeye football season, Backpocket Brewing will host a special release party and tailgate event on Saturday, August 8th beginning at 11:00 AM.

If the weather is cooperative, the grill will be fired up and ready to prepare your favorite fall football foods. The Alumni Marching Band will be on hand, and there will be tailgate games including a bags tournament. (Participants can sign up the day of the event.)

In addition to the great food, fun and music, four local Hawkeye fans will have their tailgates set up. Visitors to Backpocket’s taproom will have the chance to vote on their favorite tailgate beginning at 11:00 AM. The contest winner will receive a season’s supply of Hawktoberfest beer, and of course the ultimate honor of having the best tailgate!  

A black and gold keg of Hawktoberfest will be tapped at noon to the sounds of the Iowa Fight Song played by the Alumni Marching band.

Be sure to wear your favorite Hawkeye apparel to show your spirit. We’re looking forward to another great football season! GO HAWKS!

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UIHC Expands Iowa River Landing Facilities, Opens Floors 4 & 5


University of Iowa Healthcare recently completed and opened the fourth and fifth floors of their Iowa River Landing location. This new expansion added forty-two exam rooms to the current facility, increasing the number of clinic exam rooms from 99 to 141.

“The completion of the fourth and fifth floors has dramatically increased our ability to serve our patients in the Iowa River Landing,” said Steve Woodward, Administrator University of Iowa Healthcare. “Prior to completion, we were seeing approximately 500–600 appointments a day. With the completion of the fourth and fifth floors, that number will rise between 700–900.”

IMG_7293In addition to the increased capacity, the UIHC-Iowa River Landing location features numerous innovations designed to offer patients the highest level of care, convenience, and privacy. These features include a patient tracking system designed to reduce wait times, acoustic features to reduce noise in exam rooms, private lobby areas, and separate hallway and exam room entrances for staff and patients. Appointments, procedures, and lab draws can all be completed in one location. When lab draws are done prior to the appointment, given the on-site lab facility, results are often available to the provider during the clinic visit.

The new procedure suite space on fifth floor has 18 private-prep / post-recovery rooms for the five procedure rooms. Screening colonoscopies will be the majority of the procedures completed with Gynecology and Urology also utilizing the space for outpatient procedures. “Access and location were two of the factors for locating the procedure suite at Iowa River Landing,” Woodward said.


“It’s very important for us to do everything we can to increase the convenience for our patients, since over one-third of the people we see every day are traveling an hour or more for our services,” Woodward added. “We’re excited by the possibilities that this expansion offers for our patients and their families.”

To learn more about the services offered at the UIHC-Iowa River Landing Location, visit their website.

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Join Us for a Pre-RAGBRAI Party with BF Burt

RAGBRAI is just a few weeks away, and we’re gearing up for the excitement with our Pre-RAGBRAI party featuring Kevin “BF” Burt on Friday, June 19th. Everyone is encouraged to ride their bikes to the Iowa River Landing for an evening of great food, great music, and a lot of fun!

The concert portion of the event will begin at 5 PM, with BF Burt playing at Backpocket Brewing until 6:15 PM. After a 30 minute break, the concert will resume on Iowa River Landing’s retail main street until 8:15 PM.

As always, be sure to share your photos using #IowaRiverLanding.

See you there!

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Tacopocalypse to Open in the Iowa River Landing

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The Iowa River Landing is pleased to announce the latest addition to this exciting retail, dining, and entertainment district. Tacopocalypse, a vibrant counter-serve restaurant featuring Asian-inspired tacos, will be opening in the Iowa River Landing later this summer.

Currently a popular dining destination in the East Village of Des Moines, Tacopocalypse’s menu features items that combine flavors from the East, West, and the American South. All items are made from scratch, and the menu includes selections for vegan/vegetarian diners as well as gluten-free and other special diets. The unique style of Tacopocalypse caught the attention of the Food Network, and the restaurant was featured on the Food Network’s popular show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in January of 2015, which catapulted the establishment into national attention.

“I started cooking on my own when I was about 6 years old, and have always been curious about food, and how it could be done better or differently,” said Sam Auen, owner of Tacopocalypse. “At 17, I began cooking at a Chinese restaurant in Denison, Iowa where I started learning about Asian food and technique. This was the beginning of what people are experiencing now at Tacopocalypse.”

Auen says the menu at the Iowa River Landing will be very similar to what is offered in Des Moines, with a few minor changes.

“My vision goes beyond just executing a menu and coming up with a new special. I always need to be doing something new, creating new concepts, and expanding my business. I’m very excited for this new opportunity to bring Tacopocalypse to the Iowa River Landing.”

You can learn more about Tacopocalypse by visiting their website:

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Thursday Night Carriage Rides in the Iowa River Landing

The summer fun is about to begin in the Iowa River Landing! We’re very excited to announce the first round of events happening in the Landing this summer.

Beginning June 4th, the local chapter of Miracles in Motion will be offering horse-drawn carriage rides through the Iowa River Landing. The rides will be available all four Thursdays in June and will run from 6:30-8:30 PM.

After you’ve taken your scenic tour of the Landing, the fun will continue with Backpocket Brewing’s weekly outdoor movie nights.

The carriage rides are sponsored by the Watts Group and MidWestOne Bank, with all proceeds going to the national chapter of Miracles in Motion.

About Miracles in Motion


Miracles in Motion is a non-profit organization devoted to increasing the health and well-being of individuals with physical, emotional and social challenges. This unique program utilizes therapeutic equestrian techniques to enhance their students rehabilitation and therapy routines. These services include hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, grooming lessons, and more. Locally, Miracles in Motion partners with students from such organizations as the Children’s Center for Therapy, the Wounded Warriors Project, and other at-risk youth and populations.

You can learn more about this wonderful organization by visiting their website. 

We’re looking forward to kicking off an exciting summer with this fun event! And as always, be sure to share your photos with us using #IowaRiverLanding.


Miracles In Motion Carriage Rides (Sponsored by Watts Group and MidWestOne Bank)

Thursday nights in June, beginning June 4th

6:30-8:30 PM


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Celebrate Mom in the Iowa River Landing

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! The Iowa River Landing has everything you need to pamper Mom on her special day.

Give Mom the Gift of TLC

Give the gift of relaxation with spa services from Massage Heights in the Iowa River Landing. Choose from massages, facials, aromatherapy, and a comprehensive line of skin care products to keep mom feeling pampered.

Right now Massage Heights has some special offers to help Mom maintain her self-care routine. When you buy 3 gift cards, you get the 4th free, and all Dermalogica skin care products are 15% off.


Mother’s Day Brunch

Edgewater Grille will be offering a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 AM-2 PM. Cost is $26 per person, with kids 12 and under $12. Be sure to call for reservations, as the chefs are planning a truly mouth-watering menu that is sure to be a hit!

View the full Edgewater Grille Mother’s Day Brunch menu.

Vesta will also be offering a Mother’s Day brunch, but brunch isn’t part of your plans,  the Iowa River Landing offers a variety of dining establishments guaranteed to suit Mom’s appetite. The trendy and comfortable vibe at 30hop makes it a go-to dining destination for families. If Mom is a fan of sushi, she’ll love Konomi Grill and if she’s in the mood for beer and pizza Backpocket Brewing is the perfect place for a relaxing, casual meal.

Shopping and Gifts



If you’re still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, look no further than the Iowa River Landing! Mom will love the beautiful and unique clothing and accessories from True Style. Von Maur also offers a wide variety of gift ideas, and if she’s a wine enthusiast the staff at WineStyles can help put together a perfect gift pack to suit her special tastes.


And as always, be sure to share your Mother’s Day photos on Twitter and Instagram using #IowaRiverLanding.



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