Summer in Downtown Cedar Rapids

Glasses clink from the tables of al fresco diners. Flowers blooming on every corner. Cyclists pedal down the bike lane towards a local brewery. Tunes from pianos fill the air. Welcome to summer in Downtown Cedar Rapids!

Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Fridays in Downtown Cedar Rapids are a great way to spend a Friday afternoon for lunch. Get out of the office from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and take a stroll to Greene Square where you can pick up your favorite dish, and picnic with live music in the park. All are welcome!

Mark your calendars for the following Food Truck Friday dates: June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, August 9, and August 23.

Special thanks to Park Cedar Rapids for their assistance in food truck parking and Cedar Rapids Parks and Rec for maintenance of Greene Square.

Beautification in All Districts

This spring, 40 planters throughout Downtown received spring bulbs and other green plants went in over 200 planters. Kingston Village, Czech Village and NewBo will also be in bloom this summer. Additionally, the Economic Alliance coordinates efforts to to clean up downtown and surrounding neighborhoods each year with the United Way's Day of Caring. This year, groups from Marco, RSM, UFG Insurance, Aerotek, The Gazette, and Collins Aerospace worked on projects throughout the districts to make our community shine!

Music in the Air

Returning for the 2019 season, pianos will be place around core districts and will be embellished with custom artwork by local artists. Feel free to play those you find uncovered, and let your melodies soar!

Bike Share Program

The City of Cedar Rapids has announced a new bike share program throughout core districts in Cedar Rapids, featuring a fleet of 150 electric-assist bikes and 90 bike racks. Read More

Cedar Rapids Downtown Summer Passport

The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), The Gazette, and the Economic Alliance have partnered to create the Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport program to encourage shopping locally and frequenting local amenities. Passport holders can stop in to any participating business to get a stamp in their book. Once full, completed passports can be submitted to the Economic Alliance to be entered to win big prizes!

Businesses can apply to be considered by downloading and completing this form (PDF). Return to Jesse Thoeming at by May 15. Exact run dates of the program have yet to be determined.

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