Let the summer fun begin!

posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Summer in Cedar Falls

Let the summer fun begin!

Adventure by bike on over 130 miles of trails, play golf at three disc golf courses or shop local produce and gifts at the Farmers Market. Experience live music throughout the summer months at The River Place Plaza. On June 21st, enjoy craft beer and music with Bands & Brews supporting Iowa Public Radio. Dive into the Sturgis Falls Celebration and Cedar Basin Music Festival from June 28th to 30th with a carnival, live music, parade, and more. July and August bring even more concerts and festivals, including free live music on Thursdays at the Hearst Center and community events like the Cedar Valley Pridefest

SUP Cedar Falls

Enjoy the water

Cedar Falls offers many ways to enjoy area lakes, rivers, and pools. Whether you want to be in the water, on it, or just near it, there are plenty of options for water adventure. You can bring your own boat, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or tube, or rent one during your stay. Plan a portage trip on one of our Water Trails, or paddle and fish at Big Woods Lake Recreation Area. For an amusement park-like experience, visit the family-friendly Falls Aquatic Center to enjoy water slides, zero entry pool and a lazy river, or head to the nearby Lost Island Water Park for a full day of fun in the sun.

Panthers on Parade

Family Fun

Cedar Falls is a family-friendly city where you can enjoy everything from hiking award-winning trails and attending festivals, to working as a team to complete the missions with Panthers on Parade. 

Family Fun Itinerary

Cedar Falls Beer Trail

Cedar Falls Beer Trail

The Beer Trail Passport is your guide to discovering six local craft breweries and taprooms in Cedar Falls while earning swag! Get the passport

The Hearst Center for the Arts

Self Guided Art Tour

Roundabout Cedar Falls by The Hearst Center for the Arts is a brand-new way to explore public art in our community! Take a journey through the City of Cedar Falls Public Art Collection and experience the beauty and talent of our local artists. Take a selfie with all the works from the City of Cedar Falls Public Art Collection, tag the Hearst Center, and win a Hearst themed swag bag with artsy goodies! To claim your prize, stop into the Hearst Center for the Arts and show the front desk staff all your selfies! Try it now

Sturgis Falls

Festivals and Events

Sturgis Falls Celebration and the Cedar Basin Music Festival

From June 28 to 30th, enjoy a weekend filled with a carnival, live music, parade, and community festivities at Overman Park and Gateway Park. Plan to come a day early to enjoy Fireworks Over The Dome on June 27!


Bands and Brews

Join Iowa Public Radio Studio One, Second State Brewing Co., and Friends of KUNI for an evening of live music and craft beer at River Place Plaza on Friday, June 21! Get tickets

For more fun in Cedar Falls, visit CedarValley365.com 

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