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Spring Festivals in Cedar Rapids

C.R.’s 2024 Festival Season is Blooming

Checkout this year’s line-up of can’t-miss festivals in and around the Cedar Rapids area. We’ll see you there!

MARCH 2024

March 23-24th
Maple Syrup Festival, Indian Creek Nature Center
Enjoy a taste of real, handcrafted maple syrup fresh from the tap, and stay for a weekend of family fun. The Maple Syrup Festival features syrup making demonstrations, a look at the action inside the Maple Sugar House, and a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast with real maple syrup.

APRIL 2024

April 5-7th
Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, Collins Road Theatre
Open to the general public, this Independent Film Festival encourages Iowa independent filmmakers to improve their craft, showcase Iowa-connected films and present a unique cultural event to the community.

April 13th
Maker & Technology Fest, Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library
TVisit the Downtown Library for fun demonstrations, hands-on activities, and inspiring presentations that showcase the ways area organizations & makers are using both maker and emerging technologies.

April 20th
2024 EcoFest, NewBo City Market
Cedar Rapids’ premier Earth Day celebration, this family-friendly festival includes interactive educational activities, eco-products, eco-practice demonstrations in how to reduce our consumption of resources, fun ways to reduce and reuse household items, local foods, arts and free live music! EcoFest helps us connect our personal choices to individual, community and planetary sustainability. 

MAY 2024

May 3rd
Freedom FEASTival, Second Avenue Bridge
Support the Freedom Festival and enjoy some tasty treats! ​Attendees will explore a celebration of local culinary delights from food trucks and community vendors throughout the picturesque 2nd Avenue Bridge in Downtown Cedar Rapids.

May 3-27th
Spring Fest, Bloomsbury Farm
Visit Bloomsbury Farm for their Spring Fest featuring, the Bunny Bash, Baby Animal Days, Lilac Fields and all the family-fun attractions!

May 4th
Iowa Pop Art Festival
A pop art festival showcasing dozens of booths with painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, vintage clothing, sneakers, streetwear, live music, and an exhibition of wide-ranging large scale and conceptual work.

May 4-5th
Chalk the Walk, Mt. Vernon Downtown
Chalk the Walk features work from hundreds of people of all ages and abilities using over half a ton of chalk with a downtown street as their canvas. Cash prizes will be awarded and outdoor food vendors and musicians will be on hand throughout both days of the event.

May 4-5th
Maifest, Amana Colonies
May means Maifest in the Amana Colonies and you’ll find the villages are ready for the summer with flowers and Maipoles.  It’s the German tradition of celebrating spring and we carry that tradition on in Amana today. The Weekend includes a parade, food trucks, entertainment, wine & chocolate walk and Maipole dancers.

May 11th
C.R. Brewing Society BenzFest, Benz Beverage Depot
Sample unlimited craft beverages from local Iowa craft vendors!

May 17-19th
Houby Days, The District: Czech Village & New Bohemia
Celebrate Czech and Slovak traditions and explore everything Czech Village has to offer. This annual festival sports live music and entertainment, food and craft vendors, classes, costume walk and of course kolaches!

May 18th
Marion Community Kite Festival, Lowe Park
The Marion Parks and Recreation Department is excited to host Great American Kites at Lowe Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for the third year in a row. Great American Kites specializes in producing the most astonishing and colorful outdoor giant kite displays. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Outside food and drink are permitted.

May 18th
Marion Arts Festival, Uptown Marion
Consistently named among the top tier of juried art events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival has been around for more than 30 years. Explore this free event featuring 50+ artists, drawing more than 10,000 attendees and explore the amazing community and delicious food of Uptown Marion.

May 25-27th
2024 Iowa Renaissance Festival, Middle Amana
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).

Did we miss your favorite Spring Festival? Email us at info@tourismcedarrapids.com and let us know.

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