Annual Events


Maple Syrup Festival  |  March  |  Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Maple Syrup Festival in March at Hartman Reserve Nature Center


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Annual Events

October 2020

Blue Suede Memories
A Tribute to the King competition with a different show each night. April 23-25, 2021. Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo. 319-233-3050.

Bands of America Iowa Regional
Bands of America Championships are recognized as the premiere high school marching band events in the United States.  UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. 

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. Registration opens August 8. October 3-10, 2020. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

Waverly Midwest 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 6-9, 2020.  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 6-8, 2021. Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls. 319-277-2187.

Girl's Night Out/Lift Up Local
(But it's OK to bring a guy!) Relax, dine and shop downtown. October 1-3, 2020. 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. April 15, 2021. Downtown Wateroo. 319-291-2038.

Strolling with the Spirits
Virtually, historic Cedar Valley characters come to life among the eerie gravestones of the Waterloo cemeteries. Watch if you dare! October 24, 2020, time TBD. 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.. Downtown Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213.

November 2020

Iowa High School Football Playoffs 
Iowa high school football teams battle it out to be the best in the state. Semifinals, November 12-14, 2020. Finals November 19-20, 2020. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.

Bacon, Brew & BBQ
Celebrating all things bacon!! Featuring the tastiest bacon dishes in Waterloo & Cedar Falls Choose one of two session. November TBD, 2020. The Hippodrome, 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 14-15, 2020. Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo. 319-291-4490.

Festival of Trees
Since 1989, MercyOne 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 the festival is to first serve as a fundraiser to support the hospital through the hospitals Auxiliary membership, and secondly to offer the community a beautiful holiday exhibit. November 17-22, 2020. Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. 319-268-3161.

Thanksgiving Weekend Bluegrass Festival
Stage Shows, workshops, jamming, and lots of great fellowship! Bring the whole family for a weekend of great fun! Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls. 641-799-1442.

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! November 27 thru December 19, 2020. 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 28, 2020. 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 28, 2020. Downtown Waterloo, 319-291-2038.

December 2020

Jingle & Mingle
Enjoy merchant open houses, stroll the sidewalks, smell the fresh greenery and enjoy the sparkle of holiday lights. December 3, 2020. Cedar Falls Downtown District. 319-277-0213. 

Breakfast at the North Pole
Ticket includes sausage, coffee, beverages, and of course stacks of pancakes with plenty of syrup! Santa and all his favorite holiday friends will be there to join in on the fun all morning! December 5, 2020. Cedar Falls Community Center. 319-277-0213.

Hoopla Cheer and Ugly Sweater Contest
Elves will be concocting special adult batches of cheer during Holiday Hoopla's, Hoopla Cheer Contest. After you've enjoyed some "cheer," participate in the Ugly Sweater Contest! December 10, 2020. Cedar Falls Downtown District. 319-277-0213. 

Frosty 5K Fun Run Walk
All runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in your favorite holiday costume gear. The more festive, the better! December 12, 2020. First United Methodist Church. 319-277-0213.

Baby It's Cold Outside
The streets of the Cedar Falls Downtown District come alive with holiday magic. Shop and then watch as ice sculptors create delicate works of art with their chainsaws. December 17, 2020. Cedar Falls Downtown District. 319-277-0213.

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 18-19, 2020. Young Arena, Waterloo, 319-433-2100.

Movie Magic
Enjoy a free, family-friendly movie in the historic Oster Regent Theatre and visit Santa in his workshop after the movie. December 19, 2020. Oster Regent Theatre, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213.

January 2021

Cedar Valley 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 10, 2021. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo.

Iowa Snowshoe Race
A 5k and 10k events will be offered and run on a variety of snow surfaces including: packed, powder, and single track. Snowshoes are available if needed. January TBD, 2021. Hartman Reserve Nature Center.

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 22-24, 2021. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. 319-232-0218.

February 2021

Iowa Fat Bike Race
Participants will ride their bikes around a snow-trampled course in this unique and challenging race.  Route will be similar to cyclocross races, laps will be short 5-10 minutes each with a citizen (beginner) and open (experienced) divisions offered. February TBD, 2021. George Wyth State Park (lodge), Waterloo.

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 12-14, 2021. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo. 319-232-0218

Winter Warrior Duathlon
This race is a duathlon...a combination fat bike and snowshoe race. Race individually or as a relay! February TBD, 2021. Soft trails at Ingawanis Woodland, Janesville. 

Coors Bull Riding Classic
This annual event is followed by a concert at the Pavilion. February TBD, 2021. National Cattle Congress, Hippodrome, Waterloo. 319-234-7515.

March 2021

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 2-4, 2021. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.  507-437-7969.

Sticky Stride
5K, 10K and a kids' 2.5K the Saturday morning of the Maple Syrup Festival. March 6, 2021. River Hills School, Cedar Falls. 319-277-2187. 

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 6-7, 2021. 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 12-14, 2021. 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 15-19, 2021. 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 19-21, 2021. UNI-Dome. 712-326-9964. 

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 20-21, 2021. 319-291-2038

FIRST Robotics Competition Iowa Regional
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 TBD, 2021. UNI-Dome and the McLeod Center. 319-273-7050.

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, 2021. 319-352-2804.

April 2021

USA Wrestling National Tournament
Kids and Cadets Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament, UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. Youth from all over the country. April TBD, 2021. 319-268-4266

RodCon is a mini comic book convention celebrating all things comic books, gaming, pop culture, anime and science fiction in a fun, high-energy and inclusive environment. April 10, 2021. Rod Library (UNI), Cedar Falls. 

Taste of 'Loo
With the purchase of a "passport" ticket, each participating business will provide you with one sample of their specialty. April TBD, 2021. Downtown Waterloo. 319-291-2038.

Blue Suede Memories
A Tribute to the King competition with a different show each night. April TBD, 2021. Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo. 319-233-3050.

May 2021

Girls' Night Out
Enjoy a fun evening of shopping, dining and making memories the first Thursday in May and October from 5-9 pm. Cedar Falls Downtown District. May 6, 2021. 319-277-0213.

Iowa State Soccer Cup
State Championship tournament for teams around Iowa . Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, Waterloo. May TBD, 2021. 515-252-6363

KOKZ-COOL 105.7 4th Street Cruise
The annual “cruisin’ the strip” event showcases cars cruising through downtown Waterloo.
Cruise: Downtown 4th Street, Waterloo, May TBD, 2021. 319-234-2200 or 319-234-7515 (National Cattle Congress).

June 2021

Cedar Falls Municipal Band
Free, open-air concerts on the bandshell at Overman Park. 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 of children's activities and more. Downtown Waterloo/Lincoln Park/Byrnes Park, 319-291-2038

Movies Under the Moon
Free, family-friendly films under the stars on select Friday nights during the summer. In 2020, the films will offered as a drive-in. June 5 - August 22, 2020. University of Northern Iowa parking lot,  Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. Tickets need to be reserved online HERE.

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

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 fansCedar 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. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. 319-277-4972.

Sturgis Falls Celebrations 
Enjoy multiple stages of live music and entertainment, parade, 5k, arts and crafts fair, carnival, talent contest and more.  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. 

July 2021

Mayor's Downtown Fireworks Festival
Celebrate with music, food, fun and fireworks! 2021 Date TBD. Near Lost Island Waterpark, Waterloo. 

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.  2021 Date TBD. 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. 2021 Date TBD. Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course at Byrnes Park, Waterloo. 

ACCEL Triathlon
Swim, bike and run in this USAT sanctioned triathlon. 2021 Date TBD. George Wyth State Park, Waterloo. 319-596-1101.   

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 performance times and locations. 2021 Date TBD. Various locations. 319-481-8590.

Iowa Shrine Bowl Football Game
A week of special events surrounding this prestigious event culminates with a parade and championship game. 2021 Date TBD. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. 319-493-5371. 

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. 2021 Date TBD. 319-268-4266.

Black Hawk County 4-H Fair
Come enjoy exhibits and farm animals raised by Black Hawk County 4-Her's. 2021 Date TBD. 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; 2021 Date TBD. Riverview Conference Center, Cedar Falls. 319-268-0787.

August 2021

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! 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. 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.  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. 300 Block of W. 4th St., Waterloo.

September 2021

Pedal Fest
Look for a bike ride every week in September. More details to follow. 

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!  Bien VenU Event Center, Cedar Falls.

Fantastic juried art show held in our historic, Cedar Falls Downtown District.  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 15-19, 2021. 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! Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 1927 E. Orange Road, Waterloo. 319-226-4966.

Cemetery Walk
Gather in Fairview Cemetery to hear the stories of Cedar Falls citizens who supported rights for women. This event will take place rain or shine. Suggested donation $5. September 27, 2020. Fairview Cemetery, Cedar Falls. 319-266-5149.