Community Events

Would you like your non-profit group’s event information on our calendar? Email a brief description with the pertinent details to [email protected] 3-4 weeks prior to your event.


Warbirds Over Iowa brings large radio controlled scale military aircraft from Iowa and surrounding States to Cedar Rapids.  Aircraft types include Biplanes, Jets, Fighters, and Bombers that have exceptional scale detail and can drop simulated “bombs” in the interest of realism as they compete for awards like Best Flight, Best Scale Appearance, and Pilot’s Choice. The event is a draw to pilots in surrounding states and also a fund raiser for Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.  Watch the Warbirds fly at the Skyhawks club field north of Cedar Rapids near county home road. Turn south on C avenue from county home road, then take the first left. Aircraft will fly throughout the day 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 21st. Rain date is Sunday, July 22. Spectators of all ages are welcome and admission is free. Donations to benefit Eastern Iowa Honor Flights will be gladly accepted from both pilots and spectators .

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library invites you to their Summer Family Free Day on Saturday July 28th from 9:30am until 4:30pm. Stop by for a day full of family-friendly activities, tasty food, and live music. Enjoy free admission for the whole family to the NCSML’s galleries! Learn about important advances in medicine and tecnhology from the 1910s. And the Root Beer Bar is back!

The monthly meeting of the Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library will be held Saturday, July 28th at our location in the lower level of the Masonic Library at 813 1st Ave. S.E. in Cedar Rapids. Social time begins at 1:00 pm followed by the program at 1:30. Russ Fry, author of books and creator of documentaries on Burlington area history, will share the fascinating story, The Murder of Eunice Rockefeller.  There will be time for questions and individual assistance following the program.  This meeting is free and open to all.  Parking is available in the rear.  Please enter through the back door.

Waldo’s Rock ROCKS!  Saturday, July 28 from 1 PM to 4 PM at Waldo’s Rock Park. The “rock” is a towering piece of stone and is one of the oldest glacial rocks in Iowa. Visit Marion’s newest park off 62nd Street, east of Hwy. 13 where there will be activities for all ages including learning about rocks, rock games, and rock painting. Sponsored by Friends of the Marion Parks.


The Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids celebrates 16 years of fishing for prizes at Fish-O-Rama August 4th from 7am-5pm and Sunday, August 5th from 7am-1pm at Robbins Lake on the corner of Edgewood Road and Ellis Boulevard NW. Tagged catfish will be stocked into Robbins Lake and as tagged fish are caught, participants win great prizes like bikes, electronics, fishing polls, kayaks, gift cards and many others. One lucky winner may even win a brand new 2018 Toyota Tundra Truck! Basic registration is $10 and makes you eligible to win bikes and gift certificates with a tagged fish. Bonus registration is $25 and gives you the benefits of the Basic Registration, plus makes you eligible for larger prizes like major electronics and the Toyota Tundra Truck! It also allows you to be entered into the “Uncaught Prize Giveaway” at the conclusion of the event! Register now at or

Popular and internationally known performers, Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon, organist, and Alice Fiedlerová, pianist, are returning to Cedar Rapids.  Their performance will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 12thin the Faith Worship Center at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on the north edge of Cedar Rapids, located on C Avenue in Marion, Iowa. The concert is open and free to the public.  A reception will follow.  The concert is sponsored by the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Foundation. Contact St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at (319) 447-0100 for more information.

The 35th annual Iowa Championship Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday, August 18th at the Chrome Horse Saloon in New Bo. The public is invited to visit with top chili chefs and sample the tastiest chili and salsa in the state from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. A suggested donation of $4.00 for a taster cup will benefit the children and families of Tanager Place

Join Tanager Place for an authentic Crawfish Boil on Saturday, August 25th from 3-6pm at New Bo City Market.  Food will be prepared by Chef Daniel from HyVee! The menu includes crawfish (made fresh onsite!), andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, and cornbread. Beer provided by Iowa Brewing Company  and Live Cajun Music by New Riverside Ramblers! “THAT FISH CRAY” shirts will be available for purchase at Crawfish Boil and RAYGUN. Cost is $35 ($10 for children 12 and under).


The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging young women between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age to participate in the 2nd Annual “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy.” Last year’s program was one of the first of its kind in the fire service.  The curriculum for the Academy was developed by five female members of the Fire Department.  The Academy is also primarily taught by female firefighters. Young women who have thought about a career as a firefighter are encouraged to participate in this program.  Participants will put on firefighter turnout gear and an air pack, conduct search and rescue drills, get certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and take the physical qualification test.  The Academy is designed to teach leadership and team-building skills. The Young Women’s Fire Academy will be held from August 6-10, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  The cost of the Academy is only $30. For more details and to request an application packet, please visit the Fire Department website at

It’s time to get your team registered for Flood the Run on August 11th!  Teams of 10 or more runners will receive $2 off each member, and teams of 25 or more will receive $5 off each member when they register.  These discounts are off the already low registration fees!  Now is the time to gather your friends and family and prepare for a great event! Flood the Run is a 2.4-mile fun run/walk around Ellis Park filled with wet and wacky fun benefiting two great community organizations: The Salvation Army and Matthew 25.  The course contains water-themed obstacles including a human car wash, rain tunnel, inflatables, a bucket toss, giant slip-n-slide, activities after the run, and much more! Registration is now open and can be done online through  Early bird rates for adults (11 years and older) are $30 and children (10 years and younger) are $15 if registered by July 15th.  ALL of the proceeds raised from the run go right back into the Linn County community through The Salvation Army and Matthew 25.

The Visiting Nurse Association is looking for volunteers to help with registration and clerical duties at flu vaccination clinics held in the fall throughout Johnson County. Volunteers are afforded the opportunity to choose when and where they work. Training sessions will be held in September. Interested persons seeking to volunteer or who would like more information are encouraged to call the VNA at 319-337-9686, ext. 1155.

What happens in your life when you can no longer drive? Many seniors deal with this issue every day. You can make a difference! The Riders Club provides rides for seniors and those who can no longer drive. Volunteer as little as 2 hours a week. If you enjoy seniors and driving, call the Riders Club at 365-1511 weekdays between 9am and 3pm.