There are so many big events happening in Eastern Iowa this summer, it's hard to keep track of them all! Here are some of the most anticipated events going on this June:

Center Point Pork Days

  • Thursday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 4th
  • Center Point, Iowa
  • Featuring live music, a carnival, food, a beer tent, children's activities, and more

Iowa Arts Festival

  • Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 5th
  • Downtown Iowa City
  • "The Iowa Arts Festival is an award-winning, weekend-long community celebration featuring over 110 local and national visual artists. On Saturday and Sunday, we feature high school and college artists in the Emerging Artist Pavilion. But that’s not all: there are music performances, food vendors serving regional and ethnic dishes, and creative, educational activities and entertainment for children."

Rock the Block

  • Dates/Bands
    • Friday, June 3rd - FunkDaddies
    • Friday, June 10th - The Evan Stock Band
    • Friday, June 17th - Rocket & Gizzae
    • Friday, June 24th - Full Circle Band
  • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Downtown Farmers Market

  • Dates
    • Saturday, June 4th
    • Saturday, June 18th
  • Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Chocolate Stroll 2022

  • Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • First Street in Mount Vernon
  • "This chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and sale. Kids’ games and face painting will take place at Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m."

Cedar Rapids Pride Parade

  • Saturday, June 4th at 1 p.m.
  • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids

Iowa Renaissance Festival

  • Saturday, June 4th & Sunday, June 5th
  • Middle Amana Community Park in Amana
  • "Come experience live entertainment featuring comedy, swordplay, music, magic, and even horseback jousting. Explore a marketplace full of unique merchandise from around the land. Enjoy tasty treats and drinks in the royal food court (including adult libations like honey mead)."

Marion BBQ Rendezvous

  • Saturday, June 4th
  • Lowe Park in Marion
  • Featuring BBQ vendors, live music, face painting, and more

Slipknot Concert

  • Sunday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m.
  • TaxSlayer Center in Moline
  • With special guests Cypress Hill & Ho99o9
  • Purchase tickets HERE

My Waterloo Days

  • Monday, June 6th through Sunday, June 12th
  • Downtown Waterloo
  • Featuring a parade, food vendors, a craft/vendor fair, a color run, a car show, a family fun zone, and more

Whiskey Myers Concert

  • Wednesday, June 8th at 6 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids
  • With special guests Shane Smith and the Saints & 49 Winchester
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Riverdance

  • Thursday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Kip Moore Concert

  • Friday, June 10th at 8 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids
  • With special guest Runaway June
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Ja Rule Concert

  • Friday, June 10th at 7 p.m.
  • Q Casino in Dubuque
  • With special guests Ginuwine and Ying Yang Twins
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Robins Roundup

  • Friday, June 10th & Saturday, June 11th
  • Robins Park in Robins
  • Featuring a 5k, a parade, food, drinks, games, a climbing wall, live music, fireworks, and more

Boyz II Men Concert

  • Saturday, June 11th at 8 p.m.
  • Rhythm City Casino in Davenport
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Uptown Marion Market

  • Saturday, June 11th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • City Square Park in Marion

Bright Lights on 4th

  • Saturday, June 11th at 7 p.m.
  • Downtown Vinton
  • Featuring The Pork Tornadoes
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Kolach Festival

  • Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th
  • St. Ludmila Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring food, drinks, live music, a raffle, a silent auction, kiddieland, and more

New Kids On The Block Concert

  • Sunday, June 12th at 7 p.m.
  • Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines
  • With special guests Salt-N-PepaRick Astley, & En Vogue
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Kernels Baseball

  • Dates/Times
    • Tuesday, June 14th at 6:35 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 15th at 12:05 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 16th through Saturday, June 18th at 6:35 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 19th at 2:05 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 21st at 6:35 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 22nd at 12:05 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 23rd through Saturday, June 25th at 6:35 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 26th at 2:05 p.m.
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Buddy Guy Concert

  • Thursday, June 16th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids
  • With special guest Tom Hambridge

Brett Young Concert

  • Thursday, June 16th at 7 p.m.
  • Five Flags Center in Dubuque
  • With special guest Chris Lane

College Hill Arts Festival

  • Friday, June 17th & Saturday, June 18th
  • West 23rd and College in Cedar Falls
  • "The College Hill Arts Festival is a juried event of 75 artists who are chosen by a panel of three independent jurors.  A wide variety of original works including pottery, ceramics, wood, jewelry, metal sculpture, painting, photography, and glass, from some of the nation’s best and most talented artists is offered."

Hank Williams Jr. Concert

  • Friday, June 17th at 7 p.m.
  • Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines
  • With special guest Riley Green
  • Purchase tickets HERE

CRBT Movies on the Riverbank

  • Saturday, June 18th at 7 p.m.
  • McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids
  • Showing Encanto (PG)

Juneteenth Festival

  • Saturday, June 18th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids
  • "Come out to enjoy a full line up of performances, exhibits and fun!"

Balloon Glow & Great American Kites

  • Saturday, June 18th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Jones Park in Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring hot air balloons, Great American Kites, food/beverage vendors, live music from The Breakfast Club, and more
  • Tickets are $5 each - ages 8 and under are free

Wurst Festival

  • Saturday, June 18th
  • Amana Colonies
  • Featuring  local sausage vendors, beer, a Dachshund Derby, games, and more

The Linn County Fair

  • Wednesday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 26th
  • Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City
  • Featuring concerts from Mitchell Tenpenny and Rodney Atkins, food, carnival rides, a beer tent, competitions, live entertainment, fireworks, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Dock Dogs

  • Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th
  • Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids
  • "Dock Dogs and Dueling Dogs consists of three main aquatic events: big air, extreme vertical, and speed retrieval"

Fairfax USA Days

  • Friday, June 24th & Saturday, June 25th
  • Fairfax, Iowa
  • Featuring live music, a beer tent, BBQ, a movie in the park, a 5k, a parade, a carnival, and more

TrekFest

  • Friday, June 24th & Saturday, June 25th
  • Riverside, Iowa
  • Featuring live music, inflatables, food trucks, an Intergalactic Pet Show, a beer tent, tournaments, and more

Sturgis Falls Celebration

  • Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th
  • Gateway Park in Cedar Falls
  • Featuring a carnival, a parade, live music, kids' activities, an arts & crafts fair, and more

Cedar Basin Music Festival

  • Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th
  • Sturgis Park in Cedar Falls
  • Featuring Maddie Poppe, The Pork Tornadoes, and more

Mamma Mia!

  • Select dates from Friday, June 24th through Sunday, July 31st
  • Theatre Cedar Rapids
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Freedom Festival Parade

  • Saturday, June 25th at 10 a.m.
  • Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • Theme is “Stars & Stripes Forever”

Imagination Square

  • Saturday, June 25th at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids
  • "This event provides FREE family-friendly, educational interactive booths, hands-on activities, fan favorites like a bouncy house, face painting, the Freedom Festival trackless train rides, boy scouts pinewood derby track, and freebies from area businesses and organizations!"

Downtown Block Party

  • Saturday, June 25th from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Downtown Iowa City
  • Featuring a drag show, a silent disco, roller skating, dueling pianos, live entertainment, food, and more
  • Purchase tickets for cups HERE

Volta Arts & Music Festival

  • Saturday, June 25th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids
  • "Join the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy for a full day of incredible music and art at Green Square! Beginning at 2 PM you’ll enjoy youth rock bands and other area youth musicians as well as performances from local, professional rock bands!"
  • A Freedom Festival button is required for entry beginning at 3 p.m.

Chase Rice Concert

  • Saturday, June 25th at 7 p.m.
  • Q Casino in Dubuque
  • With special guests Adam Doleac and John Morgan
  • Purchase tickets HERE

2nd Annual Root Beer Festival

  • Saturday, June 25th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The History Center in Cedar Rapids
  • Featuring $1 root beer floats, live music, a bounce house, museum admission, an obstacle course, a food vendor, and more
  • Admission is $5 per person - show your official Freedom Festival button for $1 off

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