July is one of the busiest months of the year here in Eastern Iowa! Here are some of the big events on the schedule:

Mamma Mia!

  • Select dates through Sunday, July 31st
  • Theatre Cedar Rapids
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Coralville 4th Fest

  • Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th
  • S.T. Morrison Park in Coralville
  • "The multi-day, outdoor festival includes a 5K run / walk entertainment, food, a free concert on July 3, the area's largest Independence Day parade, free family-friendly activities in the park, and fireworks in S.T. Morrison Park on July 4"

Iowa City Jazz Festival

  • Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd
  • Downtown Iowa City
  • "Come down for three days of live jazz performances and delicious dishes. You’re sure to enjoy the music from two stages, which showcase a variety of well-known jazz musicians and up-and-coming talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages"

Rick Springfield Concert

  • Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake
  • Friday, July 1st at 7 p.m.

Laser Light Show

  • Friday, July 1st at 7 p.m.
  • Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids
  • "The 1 hour show features lasers lights choreographed to patriotic and today’s hit music"
  • Freedom Festival button is required for entry

Red, White, and Bourbon Music Fest

  • Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th
  • Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in Swisher
  • "Free live music, drink specials, and more Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4 at Cedar Ridge. Enjoy our newly renovated patio and music from local and regional artists"

Rock the Block

  • Dates/Bands
    • Friday, July 1st - Birdchild
    • Friday, July 8th - Laura Rain and the Caesars
    • Friday, July 15th - Surf Zombies
    • Friday, July 22nd - Bernemann Brothers Band
    • Friday, July 29th - Betty Calling
  • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Downtown Farmers Market

  • Dates
    • Saturday, July 2nd
    • Saturday, July 16th
  • Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Show N Shine Car Show

  • Saturday, July 2nd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Noelridge Christian Church in Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring food trucks, live music, family activities, a 50/50 drawing, and more

Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert

  • Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake
  • Saturday, July 2nd at 8 p.m.

Fireworks & Fireflies

  • Sunday, July 3rd at 6 p.m.
  • Lowe Park in Marion
  • Featuring food vendors, live music, and fireworks

Kernels Baseball

  • Dates/Times
    • Monday, July 4th at 6:35 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 6th through Saturday, July 9th at 6:35 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 10th at 2:05 p.m.
    • Friday, July 22nd & Saturday, July 23rd at 6:35 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 24th at 2:05 p.m.
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Pancake Breakfast

  • Monday, July 4th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • ImOn Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids
  • "Meals are $7 each ($2 off with a Freedom Festival button to make it $5 per meal) and includes delicious pancakes, sausage links, banana, granola bar, and orange juice!"

Freedom Festival Car Show

  • Monday, July 4th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Cedar Rapids Kernels Parking Lot

Freedom Festival Concert

  • Monday, July 4th at 6 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring The Johnny Holm Band
  • Admission is free with a Freedom Festival button

Celebration of Freedom Fireworks

  • Monday, July 4th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • Admission at the 2nd Avenue Bridge is free with a Freedom Festival button

Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty

  • Monday, July 4th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Uptown Mount Vernon
  • "Stroll through historic Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa and find vintage items from vendors across the country."

Buchanan County Fair

  • Tuesday, July 5th through Saturday, July 9th
  • Buchanan County Fairgrounds in Independence
  • Featuring a Demo Derby, a Tractor Pull, a Billy Currington concert, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

34th Annual Heritage Days Festival

  • Wednesday, July 6th through Saturday, July 9th
  • Uptown Mount Vernon
  • "Highlights of the four-day festival will include fireworks, a kids fun run, bouncy houses and inflatables, carnival games, bags tournament, a parade, the Memorial Park Family Fun Zone, live music and a new family-friendly storytelling event."

Moonlit Movie Series

  • Friday, July 8th at 7 p.m.
  • Lowe Park in Marion
  • Showing Cruella (2021)

Movies on the Riverbank

  • Saturday, July 9th at 7 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids
  • Showing Luca (2021)

Uptown Marion Market

  • Saturday, July 9th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • City Square Park in Marion

Blues & BBQ

  • Saturday, July 9th
  • Centennial Park in North Liberty
  • Featuring BBQ, inflatables, beer, and live music

Kinderfest

  • Saturday, July 9th
  • Amana Colonies
  • Featuring Kid Olympics, storytime, crafts, live music, and more

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

  • Saturday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Steve-O

Delaware County Fair

  • Monday, July 11th through Sunday, July 17th
  • Delaware County Fairgrounds in Manchester
  • Featuring a Jake Owen concert, the I Love the 90s Tour, a Harlem Wizards basketball game, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

75th Annual International Jugglers' Association Festival 

  • Monday, July 11th through Sunday, July 17th
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Complex & the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring juggling shows, workshops, competitions, and more

Cedar County Fair

  • Wednesday, July 13th through Sunday, July 17th
  • Cedar County Fairgrounds in Tipton
  • Featuring a Craig Morgan concert, the Rouge Rodeo, a truck & tractor pull, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Neal McCoy Concert

  • Thursday, July 14th at 8 p.m.
  • Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery in Walford
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Concert

  • Thursday, July 14th at 8 p.m.
  • Rhythm City Casino in Davenport
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Walcott Truckers Jamboree

  • Thursday, July 14th through Saturday, July 16th
  • World's Largest Truck Stop in Walcott
  • Featuring food, live music, Trucker Olympics, fireworks, and more

Solon Beef Days

  • Friday, July 15th & Saturday, July 16th
  • Solon, Iowa
  • Featuring live music, a carnival, a parade, a 5k, a beer tent, food, and more

Lynyrd Skynyrd Concert

  • Saturday, July 16th at 7 p.m.
  • TaxSlayer Center in Moline
  • With special guest Chris Janson
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Seether Concert

  • Saturday, July 16th at 7 p.m.
  • Q Casino in Dubuque
  • With special guests 10 Years and Nonpoint on the Back
  • Purchase tickets HERE

"Weird Al" Yankovic Concert

  • Tuesday, July 19th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
  • With special guest Emo Philips
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Great Jones County Fair

  • Wednesday, July 20th through Sunday, July 24th
  • Jones County Fairgrounds in Monticello
  • Featuring concerts from Hank Williams Jr.Brothers Osborne & Lee BriceLady A, and Blanco Brown
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Muscatine County Fair

  • Wednesday, July 20th through Sunday, July 24th
  • Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty
  • Featuring Pro Impact Wrestling, a tractor pull, a Sawyer Brown Concert, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Vince Gill Concert

  • Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m.
  • Adler Theatre in Davenport
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Jimmie Allen Concert

  • Thursday, July 21st at 7 p.m.
  • Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend

  • Friday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 24th
  • Iowa Speedway in Newton
  • Featuring concerts from Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Daughtry

  • Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar rapids
  • With special guest Black Stone Cherry
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Scotty McCreery

  • Sunday, July 24th at 7 p.m.
  • Community Choice Convention Center in Des Moines
  • With special guest Allie Colleen
  • Purchase tickets HERE

John Mulaney Comedy Show

  • Sunday, July 24th at 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Adler Theatre in Davenport
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Tom Segura Comedy Show

  • Tuesday, July 26th at 7 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Jackson County Fair

  • Tuesday, July 26th through Sunday, July 31st
  • Jackson County Fairgrounds in Monticello
  • Featuring a Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson concert, a Casey Donahew concert, a truck & tractor pull, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Swisher Fun Days

  • Friday, July 29th & Saturday, July 30th
  • Swisher, Iowa
  • Featuring live music, a parade, tournaments, fireworks, and more

Walker Pickle Days

  • Friday, July 29th & Saturday, July 30th
  • Walker, Iowa

Pork Tornadoes

  • Saturday, July 30th at
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m.
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Harmony Festival

  • Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st
  • National Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids
  • "Harmony Festival is a community-centered yoga and music festival celebrating whole-self wellbeing"
  • Purchase tickets HERE

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