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Music on the Riverfront

Six ways to cool off on hot summer nights with music and culture on the riverfront! Here’s your summer guide to date night, family night or a girls night out at McGrath Amphitheatre Cedar Rapids.

1) Uptown Friday Nights

Grab a friend on Friday and head over to Uptown Friday Nights hosted by the Cedar Rapids Jaycees from May to September.  It's a place to gather with your friends after a long week at work, relax and enjoy some great music by regional bands. 

2) AsianFest 2020

July 25

Be a part of the Annual AsianFest. Emceed by Jenny Valliere, radio personality from Z102.9, enjoy a fun free event and experience the flair, fusion and flavor of Asian cultures from rich performances, delicious cuisine to exotic cultures showcasing and celebrating the diversity that continues to be part of the Midwest fabric.  

3) Concert Line-Up

The McGrath Amphitheatre has a fantastic summer schedule of concerts for all musical genres including:

June 13 -Gary Allen 

September 26 - Vampire Weekend

More shows announcing soon!

4) Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Movies on the Riverbank

Dates TBA

See a movie on the big screen and on the riverbank! The festivities will begin each date at 7:00 p.m., with free activities for kids of all ages with the movie starting at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and for a fun family night out. Click here for more information.


5) Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup

June 18-21

This annual BBQ event features delicious food, live music from local artists and bands, BBQ contests and award ceremony, family entertainment, and much more!

6) Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Concert

July 4

Go for music and stay for some of the best seats around to enjoy the Freedom Festival fireworks show!

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The McGrath Amphitheatre is a naturalized, outdoor amphitheater located on the west bank of the Cedar River within walking distance…