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Schedule: Eastern Iowa has events aplenty this Spring and Summer

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Maifest in the Amanas showcases the colonies' German heritage, from Maipole dances and accordion music to traditional cuisine, artisan displays and demonstrations. This year's festival will be held Saturday (5/4) and Sunday (5/5).
Bill Adams/Freelance Maifest in the Amanas showcases the colonies' German heritage, from Maipole dances and accordion music to traditional cuisine, artisan displays and demonstrations. This year's festival will be held Saturday (5/4) and Sunday (5/5).
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Seasonal celebrations are springing up now, and continuing through September. We’ve gathered up lots of options for fun in the sun and under the stars, from art in various parks and cultural smorgasbords to heritage festivals and re-enactments.

 

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MAY

 

SYTTENDE MAI, Decorah

May 17: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St. Celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day with a children’s parade at noon downtown, Nordic Dancers at 12:25 p.m., history programs, tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (563) 382-9681 or Vesterheim.org/program/syttende-mai-2019-05-17/

 

HOUBY DAYS, Cedar Rapids

May 17 to 19: Czech Village. Czech food, games, carnival, music, 10 a.m. parade Saturday, folk dancing, crowning of royalty, mushroom sale, houby hunt through village restaurants, Jam on the Streets 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Czechvillagecedarrapids.com/

 

MARION ARTS FESTIVAL

May 18: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Square Park. Juried art exhibits and sales, 5K run/walk, hands-on art activities. Marionartsfestival.com

 

IOWA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, Middle Amana

May 25 to 27 and June 1 and 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Middle Amana Park, 27th Avenue and H Street; free shuttle from Amana RV Park, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Historical re-enactments, comedy, swordplay, music, magic, horseback jousting, royal food court, merchants. Admission: $12 adults, $6 kids, free ages 5 and under; passes available. Iowarenfest.com

 

IOWA ARTS FESTIVAL, Iowa City

May 31 to June 2: Downtown. Features local and national artists, food, kids’ activities, local and national musicians. Friday: Solera Quartet “Dark Side of the Moon,” 9 p.m.; Saturday: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones, 9 p.m. Sunday: Jeff Austin Band, 2:45 p.m. Free admission. Summerofthearts.org

JUNE

MARION BBQ RENDEZVOUS

June 1: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th St. Food, kids’ activities. Music: 11 a.m. Kevin Burt & Big Medicine; 2:30 p.m. Surf Zombies; 6 p.m. Wylde Nept. Free admission, food tickets for sale; bring seating. Facebook.com/marion.bbq.rendezvous/

 

TANAGER PLACE SUMMER FEST, Cedar Rapids

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June 1: 3 to 6 p.m., Collins Aerospace Sports Complex, 400 Collins Road NE. More than 75 free activities and entertainment for all ages, General Mills Make your own Cereal Tent, STEM Tent, Camp Zone, inflatables and more. Tanagerplace.org/event

 

ROBINS ROUNDUP, Robins

June 7 and 8: Friday: 7 p.m. Kids Color Run, 8 p.m. Twilight 5K walk/run. Saturday: 10 a.m. family bike ride, 2 p.m. parade (new start time), 3 p.m. kids carnival, 6 p.m. Dogs on Skis, fireworks. Robinscivicclub.com

 

ST. LUDMILA KOLACH FESTIVAL, Cedar Rapids

June 7 to 9: St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW. Games, carnival rides, music, food. Stludmila.org/kolachfestival

 

FREE MOVIE SERIES, Iowa City

June 8 to Aug. 24: Sunset, lawn outside Macbride Hall, downtown; rated G to PG-13, bring seating. Rain site: 8:30 p.m. inside Van Allen Hall Auditorium. Classics like “The Little Mermaid” and “Sister Act” to newer like “The Greatest Showman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Coco.” Summerofthearts.org

 

JUNETEENTH, Cedar Rapids

June 14 and 15: Celebration of the end of slavery in America, with educational discussion, music, dance, food and fun. June 14, 6 to 8 p.m., African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave. SE. June 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Viola Gibson Park, 1200 10th St. SE; free admission; Blackiowa.org/juneteenth/

 

LAWLER IRISH FEST, Lawler

June 14 to 16: Downtown Lawler. Irish, country, pipers, classic rock bands; food, games, kids’ activities, Irish dance, storytelling, 5K run, golf tournament, 1 p.m. parade Saturday, teen street dance. Lawleririshfest.com

 

WURST FESTIVAL, Amana

June 15: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food, music, games, contests, Wurst University, Dachshund Derby at 5 p.m. Festivalsinamana.com/wurst.html

 

CEDAR RAPIDS FREEDOM FESTIVAL

June 20 to July 4: Music, baseball, ski shows, Dock Dogs, inflatable 5K, food, games, movies, contests, Balloon Glow 6 p.m. June 25 at Cedar Rapids Country Club (rain date June 27); parade at 10 a.m. June 29 through NewBo and Czech Village; pancake breakfast, fireworks and more July 4. Freedomfestival.com

 

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June 20 to 23: McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW. 30th annual event featuring award-winning barbecue vendors, live music, family entertainment. Mcgrathamphitheatre.com

 

FAIRFAX USA DAYS

June 21 and 22: 5K, food, street market, parade, kids’ rides, games, Saturday street dance; Thebankhere.com/usadays

 

LINN COUNTY FAIR, Central City

June 26 to 30: 4-H and FFA exhibits, entertainment, vendors, carnival, grandstand music, races and contests. Thelinncountyfair.com

 

TREKFEST, Riverside

June 28 and 29: Hall Park. “Star Trek”-themed festival with kids’ games, trivia contest, music, food, movies in the park, parade and more. Watch Trekfest.com for more details.

 

CORALVILLE 4thFEST

June 29 to July 4: S.T. Morrison Park. 5K run/walk, carnival, entertainment, contests, food; free concert July 3, opening band at 6:30 p.m., Journey’s former lead singer Steve Augeri at 8 p.m.; July 4 parade at 10 a.m., fireworks. Coralville.org/310/4thFest

JULY

FIREWORKS AND FIREFLIES, Marion

July 3: 6 to 10 p.m., Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th St. Family-friendly activities, food trucks or bring your own, music by The Bamboozlers, fireworks at 8:30 p.m.; bring chairs and blankets, no pets, sparklers or your own fireworks; free admission. Cityofmarion.org/departments/parks-recreation/events/fireworks-fireflies

 

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION, Independence

July 3 and 4: Riverwalk Parks, various sites, Independence. Music, games, food, parade, music by the Pork Tornadoes from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. July 4 at Riverwalks Park, fireworks. Celebrateindee.com/july4th/

 

DELAWARE COUNTY FAIR, Manchester

July 8 to 14: Exhibits, entertainment and more, 200 East Acers St., Manchester. Grandstand: Nitty Neal McCoy and Gritty Dirt Band, July 12, $40; Starshop, July 13, $70. Delawarecofair.com

 

MOUNT VERNON HERITAGE DAYS

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July 11 to 12: Fireworks, carnival rides, old-fashioned carnival games, live performances, bingo, a beer tent, and a “mini-Olympics” for kids. Visitmvl.com/event/heritage-days-festival-2019/

 

NORTH LIBERTY BLUES & BBQ

July 13: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Dr. 5K, 10K, 1-mile fun run 9 a.m., followed by kids’ activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., food and beverages 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., music at noon; free admission. Northlibertyblues.org

 

TOUR DE BREW, Amana

July 13: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 38-mile bicycle poker run from Millstream Brewery to Norway, Blairstown, West Amana and back to Millstream; food, music, beer and root beer; $27. Millstreambrewing.com/events.html

 

REFLECTIONS OF THE CIVIL WAR, Cedar Rapids

July 13 and 14: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Seminole Valley Farm Museum, 1400 Seminole Valley Rd. NE. Encampments, battles, ladies’ tea, meet Mr. Lincoln and social reformer Annie Wittenmyer, cannon fire; $5 adults, free ages 12 and under.

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GREAT JONES COUNTY FAIR, Monticello

July 17 to 21: Carnival, food, exhibits, grandstand concerts by Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins, 8 p.m. July 18, $70-$75; Hootie and the Blowfish, 8 p.m. July 19, $63-$73; Chris Stapleton, 8 p.m. July 20, $83; TobyMac, 7 p.m. July 21, $25-$35. Greatjonescountyfair.com

 

SOLON BEEF DAYS

July 19 and 20: Music, games, contests, food, parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. Beefdays.com

 

ASIANFEST, Cedar Rapids

July 20: noon to 8 p.m., McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW. Interactive “villages” of various Asian countries and cultures, food, live performances, kids’ activities, fashion show; free admission. Asianfest.org

 

KINDERFEST, Amana Colonies

July 20: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 622 46th Ave., Amana. Day of games, crafts, discovery. Amanacolonies.com/things-to-do/events/themed-weekends/kinderfest/

 

JOHNSON COUNTY FAIR, Iowa City

July 21 to 24: Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City. With 4H and FFA livestock and educational entries, games, talent contest, carnival, entertainment; tractor pull fundraiser Saturday. Johnsoncofair.com

 

RAGBRAI XLVII

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July 21 to 27: Annual bicycle ride across Iowa, Council Bluffs to Keokuk. Overnight in Fairfield on July 26. Ragbrai.com

 

NORDIC FEST, Decorah

July 25 to 27: Norwegian food and crafts, sporting events, Nordic dancers, street dances, entertainment, 6:45 p.m. opening ceremonies Thursday, 10:30 a.m. parade Saturday, fireworks at 10 p.m. Nordicfest.com

 

SWISHER FUN DAYS

July 26 and 27: Kids’ fun zone, street fair, games, 5K run, human Foosball tourney, street dance, 10 a.m. parade Saturday, fireworks. Facebook.com/swisherfundays/

AUGUST

HIAWATHA FUN FEST

Aug. 2 and 3: Games, music, food vendors, laser tag on Friday, chain-saw artist, zip line, Saturday fireworks. Guthridge Park, 704 Emmons St., Hiawatha. Facebook.com/HiawathaFunFest/

 

HOOVER’S HOMETOWN DAYS, West Branch

Aug. 2 and 3: Hoover-Ball championships, music, entertainment, rides, games, food, Hoover life celebration, Chautauqua tent, Saturday morning parade, Martika interactive circus arts show at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, fireworks. Hooverdays.org

 

IOWA STATE FAIR, Des Moines

Aug. 8 to 18: Fairgrounds, East 30th Street and East University Avenue. Midway rides, food on a stick, exhibits, livestock, music, contests. Grandstand concerts and the Butter Cow. Iowastatefair.org

 

ST. JUDE SWEET CORN FESTIVAL, Cedar Rapids

Aug. 9 to 11: St. Jude Catholic Church, 50 Edgewood Rd. NW. Food, festival, carnival rides, games, entertainment, beverage tent with bands, country store; details to come. Facebook.com/judesweetcornfest/

 

AMANA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Aug. 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market Barn area, 707 46th Ave., Amana. Juried fine art, folk art displays, demonstrations, sales, performances, food, kids’ activities. Amanaartsguild.com

 

SAUERKRAUT DAYS, Lisbon

Aug. 15 to 17: Details to come, Facebook.com/lisbonsauerkrautdays/

 

MODEL A DAY, Amana

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Aug. 17: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 48th Avenue, around the Woolen Mill. Featuring 80 to 100 Model A cars, food, music, special events. Amanacolonies.com/event/model-a-day/

 

WORLD WAR II REMEMBERED, Cedar Rapids

Aug. 17 and 18: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Seminole Valley Farm Museum, 1400 Seminole Valley Rd. NE. Visit with veterans, see artifacts and skirmishes; by donation, half goes to Honor Flight. Seminolevalleyfarmmuseum.net

 

WOODFEST, Amana

Aug. 23 to 25: Amana Colonies RV Park and Event Center, 3890 C St. Wood craft displays, demonstrations, sales, food; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Amanaartsguild.com

 

INDEPENDENCE BREWBQ

Aug. 24: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Riverwalk Parks, Independence. Barbecue vendors, live music, craft brew zone, bike ride, music by Crazy Delicious 6 to 9 p.m. Brewbq.org

 

BOOMTOWN VINTON

Aug. 24: Boom-Fest 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Vinton; 4 p.m. to midnight at fairgrounds; entertainment, food, opening ceremonies 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks, Grand Public Display 9:30 p.m.; $10 parking, $10 grandstand seating, free lawn seating. Vintonboomtown.com

 

FRYFEST, Coralville

Aug. 30: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Iowa River Landing. Hawkeye celebration with food, trade show, pep rally, the Pork Tornadoes concert 8 p.m., fireworks 10 p.m., Fryfest.com

SEPTEMBER

NEWBO ART FEST, Cedar Rapids

Sept. 1: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., NewBo District, Third Street SE, Cedar Rapids. Newboartfest.org

 

APFELFEST, Amana

Sept. 21: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 622 46th Ave., Amana. Apple festival, featuring apple treats and sampling stroll. Amanacolonies.com/things-to-do/events/themed-weekends/apfelfest/

 

SWAMP FOX FESTIVAL, Marion

Sept. 27 to 29: Friday evening entertainment at Lowe Park. Saturday: uptown and City Square Park: fall market, 5K and 10K, pancake breakfast, parade. Saturday evening at Lowe Park: music at the amphitheater, food, bingo, kids’ activities, fireworks. Sunday: Classic Car Cruise-in and Car Show at Thomas Park. Cityofmarion.org/departments/parks-recreation/events/swamp-fox-festival

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