Annual Events

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Annual Events


October 2018

Girl's Night Out
(But it's OK to bring a guy!) The perfect evening to relax, dine and shop downtown. October 4, 2018. Downtown Cedar Falls. (319) 277-0213.

Tour De 'Loo
View renovations, get a sneak peek at work in progress, see recently finished spaces, plus more. October 4, 2018. Downtown Wateroo. (319) 291-2038.

Pink Ribbon Run
Open to runners and walkers with race awards and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Iowa Community Foundation's Beyond Pink TEAM. October 6, 2018. Cedar Falls Public Library. (319) 277-0213

Waverly Horse Sale 
Visitors world wide attend this semi-annual sale at the Waverly Sale Barn. Hundreds of horses and all types of equipment are sold. Waverly, Iowa. October 2-5, 2018.  (319) 352-2804.

Halloween Hikes
Guests enjoy a Halloween hike through the woods with non-scary characters in a fun performance. Hikes begin at 6 pm and leave every 15 minutes. Designed for the whole family, Halloween Hikes are complete with lighted trails and nature-related stories. Following the hikes warm up with hot cocoa, cider and treats while you vote for your favorite pumpkin in the annual contest. Costumes are welcome Register early, sells out fast. October 3-5, 2018. Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 277-2187.

Strolling with the Spirits
Historic Cedar Valley characters come to life among the eerie gravestones of the Waterloo cemeteries. Come out and meet them…if you dare! October 27, 2018. Waterloo Cemeteries, (319) 234-6357.

Northeast Iowa Steel Guitar
The 19th Annual Show will showcase the steel guitar in several musical genres including country, swing, blues, jazz, gospel and pop. 30 artists from more than six Midwestern states will perform and many more will be making grooves on the dance floor! October 26-28, 2019. Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo, (563) 422-3293.

Halloween on Main 
Downtown merchants open their doors for trick or treators, preschoolers through sixth graders are welcome. October 31, 2018. Downtown Cedar Falls. (319) 277-0213.

November 2018

Iowa High School Football Playoffs 
Iowa high school football teams battle it out to be the best in the state. First 3 weeks in November. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.
(319) 268-4266.

Holiday Arts Festival
Find the perfect, one-of-a-kind holiday gift or feature for your home at this juried fine arts and crafts sale featuring works from over 60 Midwestern artists. Other activities include holiday entertainment, demonstrations, live music, and delicious food. November 10-11, 2018. Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo,. (319) 291-4490.

Sartori's Festival of Trees
Since 1989, Sartori’s Festival of Trees has grown and evolved into one of the Cedar Valley’s most cherished annual events. The week long event not only showcases the great trees, wreaths, table settings and other exhibits, but a number of special events take place throughout the week in the Festival Gallery and at other locations in Cedar Falls. The purpose of Sartori’s Festival of Trees is to first serve as a fundraising avenue to support Sartori Memorial Hospital through the hospitals Auxiliary membership, and secondly to offer an act of community good will for the citizens of the Cedar Valley to enjoy the beautiful holiday exhibits. November 13-18, 2018. Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 268-3161.

Holiday Hoopla
Join the merchants in downtown Cedar Falls as the Grand Holiday Hoopla gets underway, kicking off a month of hoopla downtown! Santa’s Workshop on the corner of 4th and Main officially opens. Santa will arrive on Main in some dramatic fashion, kicking off the Hoopla! Enjoy live music, lighting of the tree, seasonal characters, plenty of fun for the entire family! Check it out on You-Tube. November 23 thru December 22, 2018. Downtown Main Street, CedarFalls. (319) 277-0213.

Small Business Saturday
Enjoy this day with downtown Cedar Falls! There will be plenty of fun and frivolity as you celebrate the power of shopping locally with our area small businesses. November 24, 2018. Downtown Main Street, Cedar Falls. (319) 277-0213

Winter Wonderloo
Brighten your holidays with Santa’s Workshop. Elve’s shopping spree gives little ones the chance to pick out affordable gifts for friends and family. Additional events include crafts, entertainment, free hay rack rides and fireworks over the Cedar River between 4th and 5th Street at 6:15pm. Call for location details. November 24, 2018. Downtown Waterloo, (319) 291-2038.

December 2018

Holiday Hoopla Continues
The Hoopla continues with Jingle and Mingle on Main merchant Open Houses, Carolers, Trolley Rides, Breakfast with Santa, Holiday Cheers, Santa Beard contest, Santa's Snow Shuffle 5 K Run, Baby It's Cold Outside with Ice Carving demonstrations, Movie Magic at the Oster Regent Theatre, and Wrap It Up. Check out the fun on You-Tube! December 6,8,13,15,20, 2018. Downtown Main Street, Cedar Falls. (319) 277-0213.

Battle of Waterloo
This is a 32 Iowa team, 2-day wrestling tournament. Teams from across the state are invited to participate in this cross class, dual style tournament.  December 14-15, 2018. Young Arena, Waterloo. (319) 433-2100.

January 2019

Coors Bullriding Classic
This annual event is followed by a dance at the Pavilion. January TBA. National Catle Congress, McElroy Auditorium, Waterloo. (319) 234-7515.

Wedding Extravaganza
28th Annual Wedding Extravaganza is a merchant sponsored show and is known as "Iowa's Ultimate Bridal Show. Doors open as noon, style show is at 2 pm. January 20, 2019. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo.

Iowa Boat and Vacation Show
Iowa's largest boat show, featuring cabin cruisers to fishing boats from over 25 Iowa dealers, plus motor homes, resorts and fishing tackle. January 18-20, 2019. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. (319) 232-0218.

Beers to You
The Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn will host the fourth annual “Beers to You and Gourmet Too” gourmet food and beer tasting event. Sample more than 40 import, crafts, and specialty beers paired with gourmet small-plate offerings from the area’s finest food purveyors. Guests will have a chance to meet and hear from a special brew master and learn more about the fine art of brewing. Event proceeds help fund general programming and the Kaleidoscope Series. January TBA. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo/ (319) 233-7560.

February 2019

Eastern Iowa Home Improvement and Landscaping Show
Premiere home and garden show with landscaped gardens, home remodelers, new home contractors, plus an extensive seminar schedule. February 8-10, 2019. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo. (319) 232-0218

Hawkeye Farm Show 
Nearly 200 companies display over 500 lines of products and services which is attended by agricultural producers from a tri-state area. There are daily seminars by leading agricultural experts. February 26-28, 2019. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. e-mail: (507) 437-4577.

March 2019

Taste of 'Loo
With the purchase of a "passport" ticket, each participating business will provide you with one sample of their specialty. TBA 2019. Downtown Waterloo. (319) 291-2038.

Maple Syrup Festival
This annual event includes a pancake breakfast and a visit to the sugar shack to learn how to make real maple syrup; from collecting the sap to boiling it down into syrup. Always the first Saturday and Sunday in March. March 2-3, 2019. Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls, (319) 277-2187.

Eastern Iowa Sports Show 
Iowa's largest sport show features extensive displays of recreational vehicles, boats, hunting, fishing tackle, resorts, fishing camps and other summer activities. Seminars and Jungle Safari entertain and educate the family. March 15-17, 2019. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. (319) 232-0218.

The World's Greatest Spring Break for Kids
Enjoy great family fun in downtown Waterloo! Kids and their families can experience five full days of hands-on discovery and learning at a variety of attractions and museums for just $1 per person per attraction. TBA, 2019. Locations in downtown Waterloo. (319) 291-4490.

FIRST Regional Robotics Competition
Watch the robotic wonders created by teams from throughout the region as they come to the Cedar Valley to compete in this unique event. March 21-23, 2019. UNI-Dome and the McLeod Center. (319) 273-7050.

Cedar Valley Baconfest
Celebrating all things bacon!! Featuring the tastiest bacon dishes in Waterloo & Cedar Falls. March TBA 2019. McElroy Auditorium, 257 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo. 319-234-7515

Funky Junk-a-Loo
Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo will be transformed into repurposed paradise.  Vendors from all over the state will have their pieces of work available for purchase.  Come on out to an event we’re sure you won’t want to miss! March TBA, 2019. (319) 291-2038

USA Wrestling National Tournament
Kids and Cadets Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament, UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. Youth from all over the country. March 28-30, 2019. 319-268-4266

April 2019

Waverly Horse Sale 
Visitors world wide attend this semi-annual sale at the Waverly Sale Barn. Hundreds of horses and all types of equipment are sold. Waverly, Iowa. April TBA, 2019. (319) 352-2804.

Blue Suede Memories
A Tribute to the King competition with a different show each night. April 26,27,28, 2019. Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo. (319) 233-3050.

May 2019

Girl's Night Out
(But it's OK to bring a guy!) The perfect evening to relax, dine and shop downtown. May 2, 2019. Downtown Cedar Falls. (319) 277-0213.

Iowa State Soccer Cup
State Championship tournament for teams around Iowa that are U13 and u14 (7th and 8th grades). May TBA, 2019. Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, Waterloo. (515) 252-6363.

KOKZ-COOL 105.7 4th Street Cruise
The 36th annual “cruisin’ the strip” event showcases cars cruising through downtown Waterloo from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Also, a Shine ‘em Up—Show ‘em Off event will be Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Pavilion on the National Cattle Congress grounds with the music of Past Masters from 5-9pm.
Cruise: Downtown 4th Street, Waterloo, (319) 234-2200 or (319) 234-7515 (National Cattle Congress).

June 2019

Cedar Falls Municipal Band
Free open-air concerts on the bandshell at Overman Park. Every Tuesday in June & July, 7:30 p.m. Overman Park, 2nd & Franklin St., Cedar Falls.

Cedar Valley Cup
Over 1600 participants in this three day tournament. June TBA, 2019. Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, Waterloo.

My Waterloo Days Festival
A spectacular festival with fun for all ages! MWD presents People in the Park, a parade, fireworks show, top notch musical entertainment, 5K run, dragon boat races, hot -air balloons, dozens ofr children's activities and more. All events included with button purchase. June TBA, 2019. Downtown Waterloo/Lincoln Park/Byrnes Park, (319) 291-2038

Cedar Valley Soccer Moonlight Classic
The Moonlight Classic Tournament is a unique tournament offered by the CVYSA. Designed for travel/competitive teams, the Moonlight Classic provides an opportunity for teams to enjoy playing under the lights! Playing under the lights, on some of the best soccer fields in the State, is a great memory for all the players and their fans. June TBA, 2019. Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, Waterloo.

College Hill Arts Festival
Juried arts festival showcasing over 75 Midwest artists presenting original works in various media. Performing arts events are presented in a traditional, open-air campus setting to enliven the festival. June 21-22, 2019. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. (319) 277-4972.

Sturgis Falls Celebrations & The Cedar Basin Jazz Festival
The sound of over 20 bands playing jazz, country, rock-n-roll and blues music fills the air in three city parks. Other features include a parade, street fair, carnival, talent contest and continuous entertainment. ALWAYS THE LAST FULL WEEKEND of June. June 28-30, 2019.  Overman Park, Sturgis Park, Tourist Park, Gateway Park, Cedar Falls. (319) 277-0996 or (800) 845-1955

July 2019

Cedar Valley Pedalfest
Bicycle Safety Rodeo each morning at 8am. Endurance and novelty rides throughout each day. Gateway Park. July 5-7, 2019.

ACCEL Triathlon
Swim, ride, run in this Olympic and Sprint USA sanctioned Triathlon. July TBA, 2019. George Wyth State Park, Waterloo. (319) 596-1101.

Riverview Gospel Sing
Enjoy a week of great gospel music. Nightly concerts feature the best in Midwest gospel groups. Special concerts feature popular nationally known groups. July 10-13, 2019.  Riverview Conference Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 268-0787.

Cedar Valley Jaycees Greater Waterloo Open
Iowa’s oldest and largest golf tournament draws over 150 professionals and 200 amateurs each year. Hundreds of spectators and golfers gather to watch, participate and hope for the chance to meet some of the greats. July TBA, 2019. Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course at Byrnes Park, Waterloo.

BBQ’LOO & Blues Too
 Annual BBQ Rib competition cook-off. The Kansas City Barbeque Society has sanctioned this as a qualifying event. Additional features include a chili cook-off and live rockin’ blues. Event open to the public. Free activities and entertainment. July 19-20, 2019. Lincoln Park, Waterloo. (319) 291-2038.

The Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival
Enjoy chamber music performed by local and visiting artists in a variety of different settings throughout the Cedar Valley. See website for performence times and locations. TBA. Various locations. (319) 481-8590.

Iowa State Trap Shoot
Over 500 gun enthusiasts from 15 states compete for money and prizes at this event hosted by the Cedar Falls Gun Club. July TBA, 2019. (319) 268-4266.

Iowa Shrine Bowl Football Game
A week of special events surrounding this prestigious event culminates with a parade and championship game. July 20, 2019. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. (319) 493-5371.

Black Hawk County 4-H Fair
Come enjoy exhibits and farm animals raised by Black Hawk County 4-Her's. July TBA, 2019. National Cattle Congress Grounds, Waterloo. (319) 234-7515.

Cedar Falls Bible Conference 
One of America's largest Bible Conferences, this event presents a tremendous program with nationally renowned biblical scholars, speakers, and well-known religious musicians. Last Sunday of July through the first Sunday of August; July 27 - Aug 4, 2019. Riverview Conference Center, Cedar Falls. (319) 268-0787.

August 2019

Iowa Irish Fest
The Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association is holding the 8th Annual Iowa Irish Fest in an around the Lincoln Park area and East 4th and Mulberry Streets in downtown Waterloo. Iowa’s only large-scale Celtic festival boasts three stages of music and entertainment, Celtic gifts, food and highland games. Everyone is Irish during this fabulous weekend! August 2-4, 2019.  Lincoln Park, Waterloo. (319) 233-8350 or (800) 728-8431.

Stem & Stein
Join the fun at the Annual Stem & Stein Food, Beer and Wine Fest. The festival will feature samples of fine gourmet food, beer and wine, with an emphasis on the extremely talented Cedar Valley chefs and superior food and beverage products made in Iowa. August 10, 2019. Riverloop Amphitheatre, Waterloo. (319) 291-4490.

Cedar Valley Gran Fondo/Fondo Fest
Gran Fondo Cedar Valley is an endurance bicycling event, with a choice of a 60-mile or 100-mile course. Following the gran fondo is Fondo Fest, a street festival taking place in downtown Cedar Falls on Main Street. August 17, 2019. (319) 277-0213.

Old Time Power Show
Step back to a time of steam engines, threshing, and old time fun. Live demonstrations, museum, tractor pulls, Parade of Power, huge flea market, and lots of food!  Daily Admission charged; 12 & under FREE. August 16-18, 2019.  Antique Acres, 7620 Waverly Road, Cedar Falls. (319) 987-2380
DIRECTIONS: Located 4 1/2 miles north of Cedar Falls on OLD Highway 218 OR take NEW Highway 218 (Avenue of the Saints) North of Cedar Falls 4 1/2 miles and then C-57 1 mile west and then go 1/2 mile south on Waverly Road.

Cedar Valley Pridefest
This event features live music, food and beverage vendors, information booths, female impersonatots, comedians, a burlesque show and much more. August 24-25, 2019. 300 Block of W. 4th St., Waterloo.

September 2019

Fiesta di Mayo
Celebrate Mexico’s rich culture with music, food and fun all with Mexican flair. September TBA, 2019. RiverLoop EXPO Plaza, Waterloo, (319) 291- 4490.

Fantastic juried art show held on our Great American Main Street, downtown Cedar Falls. September 7, 2019. (319) 277-0213.

Park to Park Half Marathon
The Park to Park half marathon and 5K are two of the area’s premier races. The courses are set up on paved recreation trails, primarily winding through scenic woods, along the Cedar River, and through four different parks. The courses are USATF certified, mainly flat and offer great opportunity for runners to achieve excellent times and set course records. The atmosphere surrounding the races is second to-none and offers runners and spectators an unrivaled experience. September TBA. George Wyth State Park, Waterloo.

Fall Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Contest
Activities for the entire family! Corn maze, nature crafts, shoppers village, entertainment, scarecrow auction. Relive prairie days in the Prairie Village! September TBA, 2019. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 1927 E. Orange Road, Waterloo. (319) 226-4966.

Annual National Cattle Congress
This historic Waterloo fair has a deep tradition of bringing entertainment and agriculture together! Carnival rides, livestock shows, exhibits, family entertainment, live music and PRCA Rodeo make this the event for all! Gates open daily at 9:30am. September TBA, 2019. NCC Grounds, Waterloo, (319) 234-7515.

On Going Events

Pepsi Pavilion, National Cattle Congress Grounds, Waterloo. Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
(319) 234-7515

Senior Singers
Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo. (319) 291-4490. Tuesdays 1 - 3 p.m. Join this free informal chorus. No dues or registration required, just drop in. Newcomers always welcome.

Farmers Markets

Vendors offer fresh produce, plants, baked goods and crafts - all locally grown or produced. For more information visit: Farmers Market Information 

Downtown Cedar Falls Farmers Market Between Franklin and Clay Street on Third Street,
Cedar Falls
Saturday mornings, 8:30 a.m. - noon, May - October. (319) 266-8189

Downtown Waterloo Farmers Market Riverloop Expo Plaza, 460 Jefferson St., Waterloo
Saturday mornings, 8 a.m. - noon, May 15 - October. (319) 291-2038
Thursdays, 4-7 pm, May 15 - October. (319) 291-2038

Kimball Ridge Family Market NE Corner of Kimball & Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo.
Saturday Mornings 8 am - Noon, May thru October. (319) 478-8624

Cedar Valley at Kimball Ridge Farmers Market Corner of Kimball and Ridgeway in Waterloo, behind the Cancer Treatment Center & KFC
Tuesdays from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., May - October. (319) 822-2464

Evansdale Farmers Market 3520 Lafayette Street, Evansdale
Wednesdays from 3 - 6 p.m., May - October. (319) 291-6109

College Hill Farmers Market Parking lot at 2205 College St, Cedar Falls
Thursdays,4-6 p.m., June - October (319) 273-7883

La Porte City Farmers Market La Porte City Park, La Porte City
Fridays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. June 27 - October. (319) 342-2476