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Annual Events
 

September 2019

ARTapalooza
Fantastic juried art show held in our historic, Cedar Falls Downtown District. September 7, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 319-277-0213.

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! Gate opens at 4:00 pm Wednesday and at 9:00 am, Thursday - Sunday. September 11-15, 2019. NCC Grounds, Waterloo, 319-234-7515.

Fall Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Contest
Activities for the entire family! Corn maze, nature crafts, shoppers village, entertainment and scarecrow auction. Relive prairie days in the Prairie Village! September 21-22, 2019. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 1927 E. Orange Road, Waterloo. 319-226-4966.

October 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. October 1-4, 2019.  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 2-4, 2019. Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls. 319-277-2187.

Girl's Night Out
(But it's OK to bring a guy!) The perfect evening to relax, dine and shop downtown. October 3, 2019. 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 3, 2019. 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 5, 2019. Cedar Falls Public Library. 319-277-0213

Northeast Iowa Steel Guitar Show
Annual Show showcases 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 25-27, 2019. Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo, 563-422-3293.

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 26, 2019, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Waterloo Cemeteries, 319-234-6357.

Trick or Treat in the District 
Downtown merchants open their doors for trick or treators, preschoolers through sixth graders are welcome. October 31, 2019, 3:30 pm. Downtown Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213.

November 2019

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.

Cedar Valley Baconfest
Celebrating all things bacon!! Featuring the tastiest bacon dishes in Waterloo & Cedar Falls. November 3, 2019. McElroy Auditorium, 257 Ansborough Ave., Waterloo. 319-234-7515

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, 2019. 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 19-24, 2019. 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 29 thru December 21, 2019. 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 30, 2019. Downtown Main Street, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213

Winter Wonder'loo
Brighten your holidays with Santa’s Workshop. Elve’s shopping spree gives little ones the chance to pick out affordable gifts for family. Additional events include crafts and live music. At 6:15 pm, they light up the tree in Newton's Park. Call for location details. November 30, 2019. Downtown Waterloo, 319-291-2038.

Battle of Waterloo Wrestling Tournament
32 high school teams from across Iowa are invited to participate in this two-day tournament the second weekend in December 2019. Young Arena, Waterloo, 319-433-2100.


January 2020

Iowa Boat, RV 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 17-19, 2020. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. 319-232-0218.

Wedding Extravaganza
Wedding Extravaganza is a merchant sponsored show and is known as "Iowa's Ultimate Bridal Show". Doors open as noon, style show is at 2:00 pm. January 19, 2020. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo.

February 2020

Eastern Iowa Home & Landscaping Show
Premier home and landscaping show with homebuilders, sunrooms, remodelers, interior design, landscaping and geothermal exhibitors (to name a few) plus seminars, shows, and workshops. February 14-16, 2020. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo. 319-232-0218

Coors Bull Riding Classic
This annual event is followed by a concert at the Pavilion. Date TBD. National Cattle Congress, Hippodrome, Waterloo. 319-234-7515.

March 2020

Hawkeye Farm Show 
More than 250 companies display over 800 lines of products and services at the UNI-Dome. Join over 18,000 agricultural producers from Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin to review the latest technologies in agriculture. Attend daily seminars by leading experts. Free admission and parking. March 3-5, 2020. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.  507-437-7969.

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 7-8, 2020. 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 13-15, 2020. 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. March 16-20, 2020. Locations in downtown Waterloo. 319-291-4490.

Antique Spectacular & Vintage Market 
With more than 150 booths from antique dealers, the UNI-Dome will be overflowing with a selection of fine antiques and vintage collectibles. Dealers will feature all eras and styles of vintage furniture, art pottery, stoneware, books prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, china, antique glassware, postcards, quilts, dolls, sports collectibles, textiles, and so much more! UNI-Dome. March 20-22, 2020. UNI-Dome. 712-326-9964. 

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 25-28, 2020. UNI-Dome and the McLeod Center. 319-273-7050.

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 21-22, 2020. 319-291-2038

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. March TBD 2019. 319-352-2804.

USA Wrestling National Tournament
Kids and Cadets Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament, UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. Youth from all over the country. March TBD 2020. 319-268-4266

April 2020

Taste of 'Loo
With the purchase of a "passport" ticket, each participating business will provide you with one sample of their specialty. April TBD 2020. Downtown Waterloo. 319-291-2038.

Blue Suede Memories
A Tribute to the King competition with a different show each night. April 24-26, 2020. Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo. 319-233-3050.

May 2020

Girl's Night Out
(But it's OK to bring a guy!) The perfect evening to relax, dine and shop downtown. May 7, 2020. 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 TBD 2020. Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, Waterloo. 515-252-6363

KOKZ-COOL 105.7 4th Street Cruise
The annual “cruisin’ the strip” event showcases cars cruising through downtown Waterloo from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, May TBD 2020. Also, a Shine ‘em Up—Show ‘em Off event will be Friday, May TBD 2020, 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).

Cedar Valley Cup
Over 1600 participants in this three day tournament. May TBD 2020. Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, Waterloo.

June 2020

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.

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, hot -air balloons, dozens ofr children's activities and more. All events included with button purchase. June 1-8, 2020. 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 TBD 2020. 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 19-20, 2020. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. 319-277-4972.  www.collegehillartsfestival.org

Sturgis Falls Celebrations 
Enjoy multiple stages of live music and entertainment, parade, 5k, arts and crafts fair, carnival, talent contest and more. June 26-28, 2020.  Overman Park, Tourist Park, Gateway Park, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0996 or 800-845-1955.

Cedar Basin Music Festival
This three-day festival is full of free, live music in a variety of styles (jazz, blues, contemporary rock and folk) at two venues, Sturgis Park and NewAldaya in Cedar Falls. June 26-28, 2020

July 2020

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest
Bicycle Safety Rodeo each morning at 8am. Endurance and novelty rides throughout each day. Gateway Park. July TBD 2020.

ACCEL Triathlon
Swim, ride, run in this Olympic and Sprint USA sanctioned Triathlon. July TBD 2020. 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 TBD 2020.  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 TBD 2020. Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course at Byrnes Park, Waterloo. www.waterlooopen.com

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. TBD. 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 TBD 2020. 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 TBD 2020. 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 TBD 2020. 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 26 - Aug 2, 2020. Riverview Conference Center, Cedar Falls. 319-268-0787.

August 2020

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! July 31 - August 2, 2020.  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 TBD 2020. Riverloop Amphitheatre, Waterloo. 319-291-4490.

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 TBD 2020.  Antique Acres, 7620 Waverly Road, Cedar Falls. 319-987-2380

Cedar Valley Pridefest
This event features live music, food and beverage vendors, information booths, drag impersonators, art exhibit, speakers and much more. August 28-29, 2020. 300 Block of W. 4th St., Waterloo.

On Going Events

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

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

Farmers Markets

Vendors offer fresh produce, plants, baked goods and crafts - all locally grown or produced. For more information locally produced food, visit:  Find Local Food 


Saturdays:

Waterloo Urban Farmers Market
Saturdays, May 4 - October 26, 2019: 8:00 am – noon
Riverloop Expo Plaza, 460 Jefferson Street, Waterloo

Kimball Ridge Family Market
Saturdays, May 4 - October 26, 2019: 8:00 am – noon
Parking lot in the NE Corner of Kimball & Ridgeway Avenue, Waterloo

Cedar Falls Farmers Market
Saturdays, May 4 - October 26, 2019: 8:30 am – noon
Corner of Clay Street and Third Street, Cedar Falls
 

Mondays:

Dunkerton Farmers Market
Mondays, May 4 - October 26, 2019: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Gazebo Park, 114 W Main Street, Dunkerton 
 

Tuesdays:

Cedar Valley Farmers Market at Kimball Ridge
Tuesdays, May 7 - October 29, 2019: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Corner of Kimball and Ridgeway in Waterloo, behind the Cancer Treatment Center & KFC
 

Wednesdays:

Evansdale Farmers Market
Wednesdays, May 1 - October 30, 2019: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
3562 Lafayette Road, Evansdale
 

Thursdays:

Cedar Valley Farmers Market at Shiloh Baptist Church
Thursdays, May 2 - October 24. 2019: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
3525 Sager Avenue, Waterloo

College Hill Farmers Market
Thursdays, June 7 - October 24, 2019: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
2205 College Street, Cedar Falls