Sturgis Falls Celebration and the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival

posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Sturgis Falls Celebration Parade, June 25, 2016 | Cedar Falls, Iowa

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It’s time for the 48th annual Sturgis Falls Celebration and the 2024 Cedar Basin Music Festival. Both events are June 28-30, 2024.

Sturgis Falls Celebration: "Making Memories!"

The Sturgis Falls Celebration in Cedar Falls is the largest, completely free annual city celebration in the state of Iowa. That means there is no admission to any of the parks, concerts or stage events! Every year, classes reunite, and visitors arrive to enjoy the parade, the Arts & Crafts Fair, carnival, car show and multiple stages featuring more than 30 bands.

With three days of activities held at three parks near downtown Cedar Falls, there’s something for everyone at Sturgis Falls!

Sturgis Falls Celebration, Overman Park | June 24-26, 2016

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Overman Park is a hub of activity. Not only is it home to a variety of entertainment on the band shell stage (including the Bill Riley Talent Competition, Sweet Adelines, Sugar Daddy's Jazz Band, Cedar Falls Community Theatre, Milk & Honey, and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band to name a few), kids will find activities and shows just for them at the Kidsway Stage. On Sunday, the streets surrounding Overman Park will be filled with 70 vendors at the annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 am until 4 pm. Also, you won’t go hungry at Sturgis Falls. You can buy food tickets and enjoy sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pretzels, pizza, smoothies, funnel cakes, and more from a variety of food vendors surrounding the park.

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Cross the river from downtown Cedar Falls to Gateway Park and you’ll find the Gateway Park Stage, home to rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Among others, featured artists will include the Snozzberries, Not Quite Brothers, SideShow Bob, Sixteen Candles Band, and more. While on your way to the stage, be sure to browse through the Gateway Market. And Merriam’s Midway Shows will light up the night with carnival rides beginning Thursday night, June 27, from 5 pm-11pm; Friday, June 28, from 1pm-11:30pm; Saturday, June 29, from 11am-11:30pm; and Sunday, June 30, from 1pm-10pm.   

Cedar Basin Jazz Festival runs June 24-26 at Sturgis Park and at NewAldaya in Cedar Falls

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The Cedar Basin Music Festival takes place June 28-30, 2024 and will have bands playing on two stages in Sturgis Park (behind the Ice House Museum) and one at NewAldaya in Cedar Falls (7511 University Avenue). Thirteen bands will perform on the stages at Sturgis Park including Katie and the Honky Tonks, Heartache Tonight, Pork tornadoes, and Get Up! Get Down! NewAldaya will host several jazz bands including the St. Louis Stompers, Saints All-Star Dixieland Band, Max Wellman, Luke Sanders Trio, The Bob Washut Emeritet, and Blake Shaw Trio. You’ll be enjoying jazz, rock, folk, and country music throughout the weekend!  


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Need more information? Check out the Sturgis Falls Celebration and Cedar Basin Music Festival's websites.   

Want more ideas of places to visit while in Cedar Falls? Give us a call at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We can be reached at 319-268-4266. Or, stop by the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We’re open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

We’d be happy to help you!

Sturgis Falls Kidsway Tent near Overman Park, Cedar Falls | Sturgis Falls Celebration is June 24-26, 2016

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