2016 Maple Syrup Festival
Indian Creek Nature Center — Sat., Mar. 19 and Sun., Mar. 20, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The maple syruping season is drawing to a close, and the folks at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids (6665 Otis Rd. SE) are getting set for their annual celebration. The Maple Syrup Festival is the perfect way to bid goodbye to winter.
Each morning of the two-day event kicks off with a pancake and sausage breakfast, topped off with maple syrup crafted on the premises. There will be opportunities to watch syrup-making demonstrations and learn about the history of the practice. You can taste maple syrup straight from the tap as well as purchase bottles of syrup to take home. There will also be live music throughout the festival.
Tickets, good for one entry on either day of the festival, are $10 for adults and $5 for children 4–12. Early purchase discounts apply. Children three and under are free. Tickets will also be available at the door, but those with advance tickets can take advantage of an “express lane” into the festival.
This 33rd annual festival will be the last at the Nature Center barn, where it has long been held. In 2017, the Nature Center will be moving into its Amazing Space, a new green, sustainable facility that is currently being built.