Market After Dark

Market After Dark street full of people in Cedar Rapids

Market After Dark offers a variety of vendors mixed with lively stage and street entertainment, creating a unique nightlife opportunity for downtown Cedar Rapids. On average, this event brings more than 40,000 people downtown for food, beer, wine, art, entertainment and more!

Market After Dark 2019: Saturday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Becoming A Vendor

How do I become a Market After Dark vendor?

  • Vendor applications open January 7. The 2019 Vendor Handbook is now available to review. Anyone wanting to become a vendor at Market After Dark in 2019 must review the handbook before applying.

Learn more about how you can become a vendor at Market After Dark here!

The Venue

When can I enter the venue?

  • Market After Dark begins at 6:30 p.m. Vendors will not be allowed to sell merchandise, food or alcohol prior to 6:30 p.m.
  • Market After Dark staff will be setting up for the event through 6:00 p.m. and request patrons remain outside of the venue until after that time.
  • Stay tuned for the 2019 Market After Dark venue map!

Can I bring my dog or any other pet to Market After Dark?

  • No. Unlike the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Markets that take place on Saturday mornings, pets including dogs, are not allowed at Market After Dark. Service animals are welcome.

Can I smoke inside the venue or will there be designated areas for smoking?

  • No. Pursuant the Iowa Smokefree Air Act, Market After Dark is smoke-free. Please refrain from smoking inside the barricades of the Market After Dark venue at all times. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-944-2247.

Where can I park for Market After Dark?

  • Downtown parking ramps will be open for a special event fee. Please visit for more information.
  • You can also visit our Downtown Partners page for other methods of transportation.


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Can I walk around the venue with my beer or wine? How does that work?

  • You can! The open container policy for Market After Dark applies ONLY to beer, wine and cider, NOT hard liquor.
  • To be able to walk around the venue with your beverage, it must be contained in a Market After Dark souvenir cup available for purchase at participating establishments or at one of the beverage tents on site.
  • The open container policy begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends promptly at 10:30 p.m.

Will I need to carry something that proves I am 21+ for purchasing alcoholic beverages?

  • Yes, you will need to present a valid form of identification verifying an age of 21+ at any of the designated entrances or at any of the participating bars/restaurants to obtain a wristband. You will need to be wearing this wristband if you plan to consume, purchase or carry any alcoholic beverages throughout the venue.

Can I bring my own beverages or cooler?

  • No. Outside beverages and coolers are not allowed in the Market After Dark venue. There will be beverage tents with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. Check back to see a list of beverages that will be for sale.

If I exit the Market After Dark venue, can I take my alcoholic beverage with me?

  • No. If you exit the Market After Dark venue for any reason with an alcoholic beverage you are subject to an open container citation. The open container policy only applies within the Market After Dark venue. Make sure your Market After Dark souvenir cup is empty before removing it from the venue!


What entertainment will be at Market After Dark?

  • There will be tons of entertainment all over the venue! Play giant yard games in Greene Square, see street performances on almost every corner and check out musical performances on the main stage. Check out all performances at The Scene.
  • Stay tuned to see who will be performing on the main stage in 2019!

When does the entertainment start?

  • All street performances, yard games and main stage entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Can I bring a chair to these performances?

  • No. Space in front of the stage is standing room only. There are outside no chairs allowed in the venue.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for the entertainment?

  • No. These are free, standing room only performances. No tickets will be needed.

Thank you to our 2019 Supporting Sponsor Nordstrom!

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Find Out More

The Market After Dark is so much more than vendors! This nightlife experience in Downtown Cedar Rapids is unlike anything else!

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Become a Vendor

This event features 100 local vendors selling produce, food, artisan crafts and more! Will you be one of them? read more

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The Scene

There's so much happening at Market After Dark this year! Looking for all the details about beverages, entertainment, vendors and more? Check it out

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Get Involved

We use almost 100 community members to pour beverages, check IDs, provide crowd control, and help with set up/tear down duties. Get involved

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