CR Summer Rally is a buy local initiative supporting arts, culture, and entertainment organizations this summer throughout downtown Cedar Rapids! We know during this past year with the global health crisis, these organizations have been hit hard. Without the ability to bring people together for shows, events, concerts, openings, and more, ticket sales have been almost non-existent. As more and more people are returning to work and safely socializing, we can all help our local entertainment venues by taking in a show, going to an event, or visiting an exhibit. Enjoy the many arts, culture and entertainment options our area has to offer and support our community!
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African American Museum of Iowa
The African American Museum of Iowa is the only statewide museum devoted to preserving African American history and culture. Its collection and exhibits trace Iowa’s African American history from its origins to the present. The museum educates more than 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events.
AirFX Trampoline Park
Are you ready to start jumping? AirFX is the ultimate fun destination for the entire family. Featuring trampolines, foam pits, ninja warrior courses, climbing walls, and an outdoor mini-golf course. With adventure summer camps, birthday parties, and group events, there is certainly something for everyone at Cedar Rapids AirFX.
Alliant Energy Power House
Managed by VenuWorks: Located in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids, the Alliant Energy PowerHouse - originally known as the Five Seasons Center – hopes to bring "the best of live entertainment to Cedar Rapids". This includes nationally-touring concerts, family shows, sporting events, comedy acts and more.
Bloomsbury Farm has been entertaining families since 1994. Its unique attractions, like the giant rocking chairs, corn palace and adorable farms animals, help add to the farm's character and charm. Bloomsbury Farm also offers a wide variety of activities and events, including its Blooms & Butterfly Fest, Halloween corn maze and field trips, that the whole family can enjoy!
Brucemore is an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a 19th-century mansion, filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families. Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of our community.
Cedar Rapids Kernels Professional Baseball Club
The Cedar Rapids Kernels provide a family-friendly entertainment venue for fans to enjoy minor league baseball at Veterans Memorial Stadium. With affordable tickets, delicious food, cold beverages, and exciting promotions throughout the summer, it’s always a Party at the Park with the Kernels no matter what day you come to cheer the team on!
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage, and educate through the arts. The Museum hosts events, free admission dates, and featured and permanent exhibits by artists like Grant Wood, Mauricio Lasansky, Malvina Hoffman, Jun Kaneko, Marvin D. Cone, Bertha Jaques and James Swann, among others.
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Daniel Kleinknecht, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre presents two to three operas each season for over 7,000 audience members and community school students, as well as special events. The mission of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is to advance opera as a vital, living American art form and to develop the artists who create it, as well as the audience that appreciates and supports it.
A landmark building on the National Register of Historic Places, CSPS Hall is known today as Eastern Iowa's center for contemporary art, music and theatre. The newly renovated structure houses three galleries, two theatres, a conference room, and a classroom all under the management of the award-winning nonprofit, CSPS.
Grant Wood Studio
The remarkable and historic Grant Wood's home and studio is located at 5 Turner Alley in downtown Cedar Rapids. Grant lived and worked in this studio from 1924 to 1935 and his most famous painting, American Gothic, was painted in this studio in 1930. It's owned and operated by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and is a member of Historic Artists' Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Admission is free during regular Studio hours thanks to a grant from the Esther and Robert Armstrong Charitable Trust.
Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center
Hawkeye Downs is Eastern Iowa’s premiere 1/2 and 1/4 asphalt racing venue, along with 35,000 sq. feet of Expo Center space. The Downs offers weekly racing, trade shows, meetings, conventions, concerts, consumer shows, auctions, weddings, private events and more that attract more than 100,000 visitors annually.
ImOn Ice Arena
Managed by VenuWorks: ImOn Ice has been serving Cedar Rapids as a community center for over 20 years. As a multi-purpose sports and recreation venue with two arenas of ice, they offer public skating, figure skating, youth and adult hockey, speed skating, private party rooms, skating lessons, and are home to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders hockey team.
Indian Creek Nature Center
Indian Creek Nature Center prides itself on connecting people to nature as frequently as possible to create passion for the natural world. Visit and enjoy a wide range of trails, bird watching, family activities and more while you explore land in various stages of ecological restoration.
The big screen is back! The Marcus Cedar Rapids Cinema welcomes you back to experience the magic of the movies. Get reacquainted with the edge of your seat and enjoy freshly popped popcorn, delicious snacks, and some of the best new movies in years at the Marcus Cedar Rapids Marcus Cinema.
Managed by VenuWorks: The McGrath Amphitheatre is a naturalized, outdoor Amphitheatre located on the west bank of the Cedar River within walking distance of downtown. Designed to host community programs as well as ticketed nationally touring events, the Amphitheatre is the destination to enjoy live entertainment in the summer.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) preserves, presents, and transcends unique stories of Czech and Slovak history and culture through innovative experiences, exhibits events and history to reach people locally, nationally, and internationally. It showcases an incredible resources in our local community – visit and discover all NCSML has to offer.
NewBo City Market
NewBo City Market is a dynamic public space promoting health, happiness and well-being in the heart of the New Bohemian District. It's home to unique food and retail business start-ups including farmers and artisans markets. It's also the unique host to numerous community arts, entertainment, and educational events. There's always something new and different happening at NewBo!
Orchestra Iowa is widely recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra. The Orchestra’s mission is to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education and community involvement. Orchestra Iowa showcases its artistic excellence each season through an accomplished array of classical, ballet, opera, popular and chamber performances, in addition to extensive community education and involvement.
Managed by VenuWorks: The Paramount Theatre has brought performances of all types to Cedar Rapids for more than 93 years. This majestic, 1,700- seat historic theatre has recently completed a $53 million renovation and is thrilled to welcome the community through its doors one again. Grab your significant other, friends, or the entire family and catch a show at the gorgeous Paramount Theatre.
Riverside Casino & Resort
What does it mean to Live it Up? You'll find out the moment you enter Riverside Casino & Golf Resort. From the magnificent fountains that greet you as you approach the main entrance to the luxurious surroundings of the casino, hotel, spa, golf course, event center, indoor/outdoor pool, and multiple food outlets, every aspect of Riverside Casino & Golf Resort is designed for one special reason - your total enjoyment!
The History Center
The History Center provides a unique community resource that preserves and shares the stories of our past and connects people of all ages to the present and future of Linn County. It is dedicated to making our history both accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Make sure you check out all the fun events going on this summer!
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Theatre Cedar Rapids (TCR) is one of the largest professionally-run volunteer theatre organizations in the U.S. committed to creating the magic of live theatre and championing the arts in the community. Each year, TCR welcomes patrons to a season of musicals and plays with additional presented work, from national celebrity performers to comedy, burlesque, and much more.