University of Iowa



These two events just began in 2009, serving the entire Iowa City/Coralville community to get everyone involved in celebrating the opening of the fall athletic season. Hawkapalooza takes place on the Thursday night before the opening game in Hubbard Park, next to the Iowa Union on campus, with a giant pep rally including live bands to kick off the football season. On Friday before the opening game of the season, FryFest takes place on the Iowa River Landing (I-80 and 1st Avenue in Coralville) for a “celebration of all that is Hawkeye.” Named after former coach Hayden Fry, FryFest features a tailgate, car show, tradeshow, beer garden and concerts by nationally acclaimed artists.