Weekender Eastern Iowa! TrevorFest | Iowa Renaissance Festival | Waldemar


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

Wish your day-to-day had a lot more “thee”s and “thou”s in it? Good news: The Iowa Renaissance Faire approacheth this weekend in the Amana Colonies! If you’re more into a contemporary vibe, there’s still plenty to choose from. Enjoy the international reggae of Gizzae at CSPS; head out to Dubuque’s Fox Den Motel for Unwed Sailor and Waldemar’s Midwest indie rock; sit in with LV’s own Jordan Sellergren at the James Theatre; or hit Trumpet Blossom for a three-parter with mars hojilla, emily the band and Bella Moss. Also not to miss: The final Iowa City Police Log show this Saturday at Riverside Theatre, celebrating 10 years of sometimes-baffling, sometimes-disturbing, always-all-caps ICPD police logs on Twitter. All profits go to Shelter House Iowa City.
Top pick for your Memorial Day Weekend: TrevorFest 2023, a celebration and memorial for Trevor Lee Hopkins, former Little Village staffer and Iowa City live music advocate. Two days of awesome bands at Gabe’s plus a free outside show by the Uniphonics on the Northside on Saturday. If you love live music in Iowa City, this one’s for you.
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The James Theater

Group Therapy and Songwriting Swap with Joel Sires & Jordan Sellergren

May 25 – 8:00pm

40 Years Old and Nowhere to Turn
Group Therapy and Songwriting Swap
with Joel Sires & Jordan Sellergren

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May 26 – May 27 – 6:00pm

Trevor Lee Hopkins was Iowa City’s mascot. He was one of the most relentless live music advocates this community will ever see.

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Cedar Ridge Winery

Soul Sherpa

May 26 – 6:00pm

From a groove pumping rhythm section, to sizzling horn section, Soul Sherpa mashes multiple styles and genres of music creating a massive musical experience.

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Chrome Horse Saloon

Memorial Weekend: Women Who Rock

May 26 – 6:30pm

The Chrome Horse

Annual Women Who Rock Memorial Day Weekend

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Downtown Pedestrian Mall

Savage Hearts with Liberty High MC’s and Free Strings

May 26 – 6:30pm

Annie Savage and The Savage Hearts featuring Liberty High School’s Hear My Voice will prove to be a genre defying night of first ever in the history of the stage-type performances.

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The Englert Theatre

For the Love of It – Insomnia: A Spoken Word Play

May 26 – 7:00pm

INSOMNIA is a spoken word poetry play written and executed by Season 15 Winner of America’s Got Talent, Brandon Leake.

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Wildwood BBQ & Saloon

The Afterdarks with ZED & TBD

May 26 – 7:00pm


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May 26 – 8:00pm

Eclectic international reggae band

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The Weekender is sponsored by:

Amana Colonies

Iowa Renaissance Festival

May 27 – 10:00am

Join us in Middle Amana for the 31st annual Iowa Renaissance Festival! All your favorite artisans, entertainers, musicians, street performers, & merchants will be back for 7 days this year!

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Northside Marketplace


May 27 – 6:30pm

Since forming in Iowa City in 2007, The Uniphonics have performed in more than 15 states, played at notable festivals, and opened for platinum selling artists.

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Willow Creek Theatre Company

Rachel Ware and Friends: A Comedy Show

May 27 – 7:30pm

Omaha comedian Rachel Ware, Tyrel Frazier and local comedians take the stage for a night of guaranteed laughs!

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Riverside Theatre

Final Iowa City Police Log Show

May 27 – 7:30pm

Christopher Patton’s final police log show will take place at the Riverside Theater on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 pm.

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Fox Den Motel


May 27 – 8:00pm

Unwed Sailor with Waldemar, live at the Fox Den Motel.

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Trumpet Blossom Cafe

mars hojilla, emily the band, & Bella Moss

May 27 – 8:30pm

Start your summer with sweet tunes by with mars hojilla, emily the band, & Bella Moss

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Cedar Ridge Winery

Bruce Day

May 28 – 1:00pm

Bruce Day is a NE Iowa born, life long singer with 20+ years of experience performing across Iowa and the Midwest.

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Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Cedar Rapids Brewing Society Happy Hour

May 28 – 3:00pm

CRBS members will be pouring free samples of home brewed beer, cider, mead, and wine.

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