Upcoming Events

Kite Building Workshop - Saturday, April 6


Get ready for the 6th Annual Kites on the Green Festival on Saturday, May 4th by attending a free Kite Making Workshop on Saturday, April 6th at Johnston Public Library from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will receive a free kite-making kit, personal instruction and a chance to test out their new kite.

Kite Building Workshop Celebrating Grandparents Day - Saturday, April 13


Get ready for the 6th Annual Kites on the Green Festival on Saturday, May 4th by attending a free Kite Making Workshop on Saturday, April 13th to celebrate Grandparent's Day. Grandparents can bring their grandkids to the Crown Point Community center, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will receive a free kite-making kit, personal instruction and a chance to test out their new kite.

City-Wide Spring Cleanup - Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16


Please place your items on the curb by 6 a.m. on April 15 or 16, depending upon which date is your designated trash collection day. The collection may last through April 17 due to the volume.

If you live in an apartment, condo or townhome with private trash collection, you may not be a part of the Spring Clean-up Event. Please contact your association or management to find out.

The total amount of debris on your curb must fit into the size of a flatbed truck, roughly 8 ft x 5.5 ft x 3 ft. Extra debris will not be collected.

Items not accepted in the collection include appliances, yard waste, tires, electronic waste, hazardous waste, drywall, broken glass, and concrete. Items from small home improvement projects, like a few doors or windows, will be allowed. Items from large construction projects will not be picked up.

Weight rule: If two people can reasonably lift an accepted item, then it will be collected. Heavier items will not be collected. The average Johnston household pays around $6 per year (included in your monthly utility bill) for this Spring Clean-up Event --- so take advantage of it!

Free Tree Branch and Tire Disposal - Thursday, April 18 through Saturday, April 20


Johnston residents can drop off branches, limbs and passenger vehicle tires at the Public Works Facility, located at 6400 NW Beaver Drive, at no cost. Please bring your ID for proof of residency.

Branches cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter. Tree debris will be turned into mulch.

Tires must be off the rim; limit 4 tires per household.

Tires from businesses are not accepted.

Drop-off Hours:
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

Johnston Lions Club Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, April 20


Join the Johnston Lions Club for a pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Johnston Middle School, 6501 NW 62nd Avenue. Johnston Lions Club played an important role in early development of Johnston. The 50th anniversary committee will be present for you to learn about the rich history and events planned.

Kite Building Workshop - Saturday, April 20


Get ready for the 6th Annual Kites on the Green Festival on Saturday, May 4th by attending a free Kite Making Workshop on Saturday, April 6th at Johnston Public Library from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will receive a free kite-making kit, personal instruction and a chance to test out their new kite.

Free Shred Day - Saturday, April 27


Get rid of your old confidential documents in a safe and secure way at Johnston Public Library’s FREE Shred Day. THE SHREDDER company will be in the Johnston Public Library parking lot, located at 6700 Merle Hay Road on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon for on-site document destruction.

Please limit material to be shredded to 3 boxes or containers per household that need not be returned. No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by AARP in conjunction with Money Smart Week.

Firefighters Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, May 4


Join the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department on Saturday, May 4 for the association's annual pancake breakfast. The event will be held at Station 37, located at 200 S. James Street in Grimes. Enjoy pancakes, activities and climb on the fire trucks from 7 to 11 a.m.

A free will donation and silent auction will be present at the door. Proceeds used to support Johnston and Grimes communities, events and other items.

Kites on the Green - Saturday, May 4


The family-friendly festival will feature giant show kite displays, celebrity bol races, free kite building, live kids' music, popular story-time, sidewalk art, face painting, and delicious food! The event will be held at Johnston Commons, 6700 Merle Hay Road (near the Johnston Public Library). The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The video below is the event from May 2018. 

Neighborhood Picnic - Tuesday, May 14


Join community members for a picnic at Ray Schleihs Park, 5400 NW 55th Avenue. Food, games, and activities will be available for everyone to enjoy. The event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Historical Mural Tours - Sunday, June 9


Simpson House, 6161 Northglenn Drive. Guided tour of the historical murals at Lawson Elementary School and clay tiles at NW 86th Street and NW 62nd Avenue intersection. The guided tour will begin and end at the Simpson House Museum. Participants must have their own transportation. Tours will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Johnston Public Library Foundation 5K - Saturday,  June 15


Join the library for a 5K race through Terra Park, located at 6400 Pioneer Parkway. 

Johnston Green Days - Thursday, June 13-Sunday, June

16


Join community members as they enjoyed Johnston's Green Days event to celebrate summer. Terra Park, 6400 Pioneer Parkway. Visit johnstongreendays.org for more information about the events. 

Neighborhood Picnic - Tuesday, June 18


Join community members for a picnic at Crosshaven Park, located at 7909 NW 95th Street from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Food, games and activities will be available for everyone to enjoy. 

Neighborhood Picnic - Tuesday, July 16


Join community members at Adventure Ridge Park, located at 10201 Windsor Parkway for food, games and activities from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

No Man’s Land Trench Run - Sunday, August 11


Join runners and walkers as they take part in the annual trench run at Camp Dodge, located at 7105 NW 70th Avenue. The run will begin at 7:30 a.m. Click here for more information. 

Sundae in the Park - Sunday, August 11


Join community members and City Department Directors as they welcome the students back to the upcoming school year. The department directors will be serving free ice cream for everyone to enjoy. The event will be held at Johnston Commons, located at 6700 Merle Hay Road from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Neighborhood Picnic - Tuesday, August 13


Join community members at Dewey Park, located at 5225 NW 64th Place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for food, games and activities. We hope to see you there! 

Mayor’s Run for the Trails - Saturday, August 24


Sign up for the 5K run/walk + Kids fun run at Terra Park, located at 6400 Pioneer Parkway. The fun run is .62 miles around Terra Lake and will begin at 8:00 a.m. The 5K run/walk will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. 

50th Anniversary Gala - Friday, September 27


Join community members as they celebrate the 50th anniversary at the Hyperion Field Club, located at 7390 Beaver Drive, beginning at 6:00 p.m. This celebration will feature a fashion show with clothing from 1969; popular music from 1969; appetizers; speaker presenting an overview of what was happening in Iowa, the nation and the world in 1969; and present video from the events.

Art in the Barn - Friday, October 18


Join the community as they celebrate Art in the Barn beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Simpson Barn is located at 6169 Northglenn Drive. 

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