No two neighborhoods deﬁne and enliven the Cedar Rapids experience quite like Czech Village and New Bohemia. Hugging both sides of the Cedar River, this eclectic, urban oasis with rich historic charm is bustling with activity and is the perfect spot to stroll, shop, sip and experience Cedar Rapids.
IT’S A PLACE TO SHOP. Featuring 50+ retailers, you can ﬁnd everything from handcrafted gifts made by local artisans, women’s clothing, snarky tees and mugs, lush plants, books, stationary, gorgeous Czech glass and jewelry, sustainable items and so much more. IT’S A PLACE TO EAT AND DRINK. Cedar Rapids is making a name for itself in homegrown culinary talent and tastebud delights. 40+ eateries between call New Bohemia and Czech Village home making The District a big draw for foodies of all types! IT’S A PLACE TO MEET UP with friends, go for a hike, to see and be seen in an area thriving thanks to unprecedented reinvestment by the community over the last decade.
The District is a hub of cultural experiences. Stop by the NewBo City Market to sample local eats and brews. CSPS hosts a variety of visual and performing arts created locally and from around the world. And two world-class museums call The District home, The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the African American Museum of Iowa.
The District, an organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining the Czech Village and New Bohemia neighborhoods, helps keep the neighborhood map up to date and is focused on keeping the area vibrant, unique and thriving. Check The District’s website to see the latest and greatest information on what is going on each weekend, from concerts (indoors and outdoors) and yoga, to festivals, shopping events, and parades.
The District also hosts annual events to draw in visitors to Czech Village and New Bohemia. There’s a free charm bracelet event in late winter — where participants collect charms at local retail establishments — a free cider stroll in the fall, and all kinds of holiday shopping festivities. Dinner on the Bridge — where dozens of people gather to enjoy a locally created meal on the historic Bridge of Lions — has become a signature event each summer. And you might even take the Trashmore Challenge, a push to climb to the top of Mount Trashmore, the city’s landﬁll turned urban hiking trail that takes you to a high point in the city offering a unique and beautiful view of Cedar Rapids.
Make plans to explore all that The District and the impressive 220 businesses, have to offer! There’s always something new to discover, whether you are hungry or thirsty, want to see an exhibit or a performance, need a wardrobe refresh or a gift, this hip historic district offers it all while remaining easy and fun to navigate (grab a scooter or e-bike)!