Summer in Cedar Rapids: Things To Do

Summer in Cedar Rapids: Things To Do

Fill up your social calendar this summer with plenty of fun-in-the-sun around Cedar Rapids. Check out our guide of places to go and things to do with friends and family. Get planning!

For the arts enthusiast:

Concerts at the Creek

  • Where: Indian Creek Nature Center
  • When: Saturday evenings – June 15, June 22, June 29, July 27
  • Details: Be sure to buy online tickets in advance to get a lower price. Food trucks, beer and wine will be available onsite for purchase.
  • Buy tickets

Rock the Block

  • Where: Newbo City Market – Bankers Trust Stage
  • When: Every Friday night through September from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Details: This is a free event and free excuse to enjoy some food and beverages from vendors at the Market.

Classics at Brucemore: Of Mice and Men

  • Where: Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater at Brucemore
  • When: July 11-20 from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Details: Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages.
  • Buy tickets

For the cool grandparent:

Free Kid’s Summer Movies

  • Where: Collins Road Theatre
  • When: Every Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. through August 23
  • Details: Free for kids under 18, just $1 for adults. Don’t skip on dollar popcorn either!
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Outdoor Children’s Theater: Charlotte’s Web

  • Where: Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater at Brucemore
  • When: July 31, August 1-3 with shows each day at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Details: Tickets are now on sale for $5. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
  • Buy tickets

For the sports fan:

Cedar Rapids Kernels – Baseball

  • Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium
  • When: Regular season through September
  • Details: Check in with the Kernels website for fun promotions and themed nights at the ballpark.
  • See the schedule

Cedar Rapids River Kings – Indoor Football

  • Where: U.S. Cellular Center
  • When: Regular season ends June 15
  • Details: Keep an eye on the schedule to see if the River Kings makes the playoffs, extending their season into the summer.
  • See the schedule

For the adventurous eater:

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • Where: Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • When: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday through September 21 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Details: Be sure to grab a market map to circle your favorite vendors for your next visit.
  • Market guide

Food Truck Fridays

  • Where: Greene Square Park
  • When: Fridays – June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Details: Grab lunch in the park and bring along the grandkids to play in the splash pad.
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  • Where: McGrath Ampitheatre
  • When: July 20 from 12:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Details: Experience Asian culture with unique cuisine, live cultural performances and interactive villages.
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For when it’s just too hot to be outside:

Young at Heart Senior Matinees

  • Where: Marcus Theatres Cedar Rapids
  • When: Every Friday, all showings starting before 5:30 p.m.
  • Details: Special $6.00 tickets for patrons age 60 and over.
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Free Bingo at NewBo City Market

  • Where: NewBo City Market
  • When: Every Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Details: The market just started opening on Wednesday evenings this year. Enjoy free bingo and prizes.
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