Weekender Eastern Iowa! Trek Fest, Volta Youth Music, Henry V


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Iowa is well-known for its abundance of quirky festivals, and some of the best are going down this weekend! Dip south to Riverside for the 37th annual Trek Fest or get some tasty sips at the History Museum in CR at their 2nd annual Root Beer Festival. Experience the fifth year of Iowa City’s wild and boisterous Block Party (featuring SCWPro Wrestlers this year). Or get a reminder that the kids are alright at Eastern Iowa Arts Academy’s Volta Youth Music and Art Festival. There’s also theater galore this weekend, with several shows opening and Riverside Theatre’s clamorous Henry V continuing. Top pick of the weekend? Vanilla Beans & Daydreams returns to in-person classes with a cookie-decorating course! Delicious fun!


Mississippi Masala

Jun 23 – 3:30pm

The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South are blended and simmered into a rich and fragrant fusion feast in Mira Nair’s luminous look at the complexities of love.

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JCIC Presentation on Iowa Gun Amendment

Jun 23 – 6:30pm

JCIC is hosting a virtual presentation by Temple Hiatt, a long-time gun violence prevention advocate and activist, on Understanding the Proposed “Right to Firearms” Amendment to Iowa’s Constitution.

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Figge Art Museum

Ross Gay Keynote Event with Collins Writers' Conference

Jun 23 – 7:00pm

The Midwest Writing Center is thrilled to welcome Ross Gay to the Collins Writers’ Conference as Keynote Speaker. Ross Gay is a poet, essayist, athlete, gardener, and joy enthusiast. Free.

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Riverside Festival Stage

Henry V

Jun 23 – 7:30pm

Riverside’s Free Shakespeare in Lower City Park returns with Henry V.

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Cedar Rapids Public Library-Downtown

Concert in the Commons: Ukulele Tunes with Melissa Caminneci

Jun 24 – 12:00pm

Local performer Melissa Caminneci will perform a ukulele concert in the Commons of the Downtown Library.

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Hall Park

Trekfest 37- The Riverside Shipyard

Jun 24 – Jun 25 – 4:30pm

Take a journey to a New Frontier as you make The Voyage Home to THE RIVERSIDE SHIPYARD! Celebrity guests include John G. Hertzler (GENERAL MARTOK) and Robert O’Reilly (Chancellor Gowron).

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Downtown Pedestrian Mall

Friday Night Concert Series: Mektoub and The Hooten Hallers

Jun 24 – 6:30pm

Mektoub performs a variety of Mediterranean folk-jazz and original music by singer/songwriter Nielo Gaglione, an immigrant to Iowa from Southern France.

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The James Theater

A Punk Show Supporting DVIP

Jun 24 – 7:00pm

A Punk Rock Show in support of Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP).

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Giving Tree Theater

'The Half-Life of Marie Curie'

Jun 24 – 7:30pm

In 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. By 1912, she was the object of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair.

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Theatre Cedar Rapids

Mamma Mia!

Jun 24 – 7:30pm

Mamma Mia: A mother, a daughter, and three possible fathers!

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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

The Ross Clowser Ensemble and M Denney

Jun 24 – 8:30pm

Contemporary jazz and improvised music with inflections of folk, soul, and free jazz.

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Metro Harley Davidson

Freedom Ride 2022, get out your favorite wheels and roll with us to end human trafficking!

Jun 25 – 9:00am

Motorcycles, cars, trucks, jeeps, classics, are all welcome. Registration begins at 9:00AM, and we will be hitting the road at 10:00AM.

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The History Center

2nd Annual Root Beer Festival

Jun 25 – 12:00pm

Enjoy live outdoor entertainment by Soul Sherpa, family friendly lawn games and view the History Center’s newest exhibit, Running Toward Danger.

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James Alan McPherson Park

This Ability-Holistic Dance June

Jun 25 – 1:00pm

This holistic dance class will embody the 5 elements and their geometric shapes, while incorporating it with movement for mental and physical healing.

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Greene Square Park

Volta Youth Music and Art Festival

Jun 25 – 2:00pm

Join the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy for this incredible community event highlighting young artists, professional area musicians and the young musicians of tomorrow.

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Downtown Iowa City

Downtown Block Party

Jun 25 – 4:00pm

Downtown Iowa City’s annual summer evening event, the Downtown Block Party returns for the 5th year this summer on June 25th. Everyone is welcome to this

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Willow Creek Theatre Company

Dreamwell's QueertopIA: an evening of entertainment

Jun 25 – 7:30pm

Join Dreamwell Theatre for an evening of original creations and old favorites, collectively showcasing the talents of some amazing queer folks in the community. $10 suggested donation.

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Mercer Park

Free Movie Series: Soul

Jun 25 – 9:15pm

We are thrilled to be showing the Disney-Pixar movie Soul at Mercer Park. The storyline, animation and music will definitely fill your Soul.

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Joystick Comedy Bar & Arcade

Block Party Comedy Show

Jun 25 – 9:30pm

Celebrate Iowa City’s 5th annual Downtown Block Party with a night full of laughter at Joystick!

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City Park

Tulapalooza Benefit Concert

Jun 26 – 12:00pm

Save the date for a luscious community gathering of love, support, and power surrounding the family of Tula Bloom Brickel.

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The ArtiFactory

Art in the Afternoon: Joe McKenna

Jun 26 – 1:00pm

Art in the Afternoon presentation at The ArtiFactory by Joe McKenna, a collage artist living in Iowa City.

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Urban Acres Real Estate

Retro Summer Cookie Decorating Workshop

Jun 27 – 6:00pm

Vanilla Beans & Daydreams presents their first in-person class in 2 1/2 years! This class offers a comprehensive breakdown of icing and consistency as well as variety of techniques. Teens+Adults

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Paramount Theatre Cedar Rapids

Indigo Girls

Jun 27 – 7:30pm

On their 16th studio album, Indigo Girls tell their origin story.

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Good Morning Midnight, TV Cop, In Lieu, New Confusion

Jun 27 – 7:30pm

Music starts promptly at 7:30. $10 suggested donation for the touring bands. All ages.

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