Annual Events


Movies Under the Moon, Overman Park

Cedar Falls Historical Society Ice Harvest Festival, Big Woods Lake, February 4, 2023

The following is a list of large events that occur in our community every year. To find a complete listing, check out our full calendar of events at

Annual Events

February 2023

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 3-5, 2023. Waterloo Convention Center at Sullivan Brothers Plaza, Waterloo. 319-232-0218

Ice Harvest Festival
The Cedar Falls Historical Society will bring history alive, celebrate the ice-harvesting industry in long ago Cedar Falls and promote their historic Ice House Museum at the Ice Harvest Festival. Activities are  FREE and may include ice-harvesting and ice-carving demonstrations, STEM and outdoor fun, photo-ops, ice fishing and blacksmithing presentations, and more. February 4, 2023; 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Big Woods Lake, north shore. 319-266-5149

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. February 28-March 2, 2023 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily). UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.  507-437-7969.

March 2023

Frosty Buns Race Series: Sticky Stride
This annual event will occur rain or shine...or snow! Choose from 5k, 10k, or kids 2.5k timed races. Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls. March 11, 2023. 319-277-2187

Maple Syrup Festival
This annual event will include 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. Reservations are required. Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls. March 10-12, 2023. 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 10-12, 2023. 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 13-17, 2023. Locations in downtown Waterloo. 319-291-4490.

Funky Junk-a-Loo
Waterloo Convention Center at Sullivan Brothers Plaza 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 18-19, 2023. 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. UNI-Dome and the McLeod Center. March 23-25, 2023. 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 29-31, 2023. 319-352-2804.

USA Wrestling National Tournament
Kids and Cadets Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament, UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. Youth from all over the country. March 30 - April 2, 2023. 319-268-4266

April 2023

Iowa Eats Food & Drink Festival
A one-day celebration benefitting Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area features Iowa foods, beverages, chefs, authors and AG products. Waterloo Convention Center. April 1, 2023. 319-234-4567.

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 1, 2023. Rod Library (UNI), Cedar Falls. 

Hops: Iowa Craft Beer Tasting
Held annually in April, this is the premier beer sampling sell out event in the Cedar Valley. Enjoy yourself as you hop around the Cedar Falls Downtown District sampling beer from around the state. April 6, 2023. 319-277-0213

May 2023

Downtown Show and Shine
Take a stroll down Main Street and view a showcase of amazing cars and motorcycles. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. May 7, 2023; Noon-4pm. 319-277-0213.

Girls' Night Out
Enjoy a fun evening of shopping, dining and making memories the first Thursday (and Friday and Saturday) in May and October from 5-9 pm. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. Date TBD 2023. 319-277-0213.

Tour De 'Loo
View renovations, get a sneak peek at work in progress, see recently finished spaces, plus more. May 11, 2023. Downtown Waterloo. 319-291-2038.

KOKZ-COOL 105.7 4th Street Cruise
The annual “cruisin’ the strip” event showcases cars cruising through downtown Waterloo.
Car Show: National Cattle Congress Grounds, Waterloo, May 26, 2023.
Cruise: Downtown 4th Street, Waterloo, May 27, 2023. 319-234-2200 or 319-234-7515 (National Cattle Congress).

Veterans Memorial Day Parade
The annual Memorial Day Parade is held in downtown Waterloo. May 29, 2023 at 10 a.m.

June 2023

Cedar Falls Municipal Band
Free, open-air concerts on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm in Overman Park (weather permitting). Tuesday Evenings, June & July. Overman Park is at the corner of 2nd & Franklin Streets, Cedar Falls.

Movies Under the Moon
Free, family-friendly films under the stars on select Friday nights during the summer. Date TBD 2023 Overman Park, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

My Waterloo Days Festival
A spectacular festival with fun for all ages! MWD presents a parade, top notch musical entertainment, 5K run, dozens of children's activities and more. June 5-11, 2023. Downtown Waterloo/Lincoln Park, 319-291-2038

Cedar Valley Cup
Over 1600 participants in this three day tournament. June 9-11, 2023. 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 fans. June 9-11, 2023. 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 16-17, 2023. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. 319-277-4972.  

Sturgis Falls Celebration 
Enjoy multiple stages of live music and entertainment, parade, 5K, arts and crafts fair, carnival, talent contest and more. June 23-25, 2023. Overman Park, Gateway Park, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0996.

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 23-25, 2023.

July 2023

Cedar Falls Municipal Band
Free, open-air concerts on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm in Overman Park (weather permitting). Tuesday Evenings, June & July. Overman Park is at the corner of 2nd & Franklin Streets, Cedar Falls.

Mayor's Downtown Fireworks Festival
Celebrate with music, food, fun and fireworks! July 1, 2023. RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Waterloo. 

Movies Under the Moon
Free, family-friendly films under the stars on select Friday nights during the summer. Date TBD, 2023. Overman Park,  Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

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. Date TBD, 2023. Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course at Byrnes Park, Waterloo. 

The Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival
Enjoy chamber music performed by local and visiting artists in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. See website for performance times and artists. Date TBD, 2023. 319-481-8590.

Iowa Shrine Bowl Football Game
A week of special events surrounding this prestigious event culminates with a parade and championship game. July 22, 2023. 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. July 18-23, 2023. 319-268-4266.

Black Hawk County 4-H Fair
Come enjoy exhibits and farm animals raised by Black Hawk County 4-Her's. July 17-22, 2023. 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 Saturday of July through the first Saturday of August. July 29-August 5, 2023. Riverview Conference Center, Cedar Falls. 319-268-0787.

August 2023

Cedar Falls Municipal Band - August Ensembles
Free, open-air concerts on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in Overman Park (weather permitting). Tuesday Evenings, August. Overman Park is at the corner of 2nd & Franklin Streets, Cedar Falls.

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 4-6, 2023. Lincoln Park, Waterloo. 319-233-8350 or 800-728-8431.

Movies Under the Moon
Free, family-friendly films under the stars on select Friday nights during the summer. September 2023, TBA. Overman Park,  Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

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 2023, TBA. RiverLoop Expo Plaza, 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 18-20, 2023. 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 2023, TBA. 300 Block of W. 4th St., Waterloo.

September 2023

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! September 2023, TBA.  Bien VenU Event Center, Cedar Falls.

Taste of 'Loo
With the purchase of a "passport" ticket, businesses will provide you with exclusive specials. September 2023, TBA. 319-291-2038.

Fantastic juried art show held in our historic, Cedar Falls Downtown District. September 9, 2023. 319-277-0213.

Checker's Stone Soul Picnic
Annual picnic features live entertainment from local bands, food from Blue Barn BBQ and activities for kids of all ages. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged. All proceeds go to the children's programs at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. September 10, 2023

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, Wednesday - Sunday. September 20-24, 2023. NCC Grounds, Waterloo, 319-234-7515.

Cemetery Walk
Gather in Fairview Cemetery to hear the stories of Cedar Falls citizens. This event will take place rain or shine. Suggested donation $5. September 2023, TBA. Fairview Cemetery, Cedar Falls. 319-266-5149.

October 2022

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 in August. October 7, 2023. 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 4-6, 2023.  319-352-2804.

Fall Into Downtown (Formerly Girls Night Out)
It's officially fall and it's that time to grab your favorite people for a night out in the District! Take a stroll downtown and discover what your favorite merchants have in store for you. October 2023, TBA. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213.

Strolling with the Spirits
Historic Cedar Valley characters come to life among the eerie gravestones of the Waterloo cemeteries. Attend if you dare! October 2023, TBA. 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, 2023. Refer to their Facebook page for announcements/changes. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213.

November 2023

Iowa High School Football Playoffs 
Iowa high school football teams battle it out to be the best in the state. Semifinals, and Finals, November 8-11 & 16-17, 2023. 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 2023, TBA. 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 decorated trees, wreaths and lanterns, it also hosts special events. The festival serves as a fundraiser to support MercyOne hospital through the hospital's Auxiliary membership. November 15-19, 2023. Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls. 319-268-3161.

Holiday Hoopla
Join the merchants in downtown Cedar Falls as Holiday Hoopla gets underway with Santa's big arrival, kicking off a month of hoopla events in the Cedar Falls Downtown District! Special Hoopla events take place November 24 thru December 23, 2023. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 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 25, 2023. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213

Winter Wonder'loo
At 6:30 pm, the tree in Newton's Park will be lit! Santa will visit and there will be activities for the kids. November 25, 2023. Downtown Waterloo, 319-291-2038.

December 2022

Jingle & Mingle
Enjoy merchant open houses, stroll the sidewalks, smell the fresh greenery and enjoy the sparkle of holiday lights. December 2023, TBA. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

Santa's Workshop & Trolley Rides - Thursdays
Visit Santa and his elves at River Place Plaza. Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa with return address included so Santa can send you his reply. The Trolley does a loop from the Cedar Falls Community Center and the River Place Plaza. You are encouraged to park at the Community Center or surrounding financial institutions and check out the beautiful lights, smell of the garland and wonderful caroling as you enjoy the trolley. December 2023, TBA; 6-8pm. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

Santa's Workshop - Saturdays
Visit Santa and his elves at River Place Plaza. Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa with return address included so Santa can send you his reply. December 2023, TBA; 11am-2pm. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

Eat, Drink & Be Merry
A different spin on Hoopla Cheer--Eat, Drink & Be merry will be a fun event happening December 8-10! You will receive a bingo card of all the drinks and/or specials at each participating bar & restaurant. You will have all weekend long to get it completed instead of just one night. December 2023, TBD. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 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 2023, TBD. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213.

Battle of Waterloo Wrestling Tournament
32 high school teams from across Iowa are invited to participate in this two-day tournament. December 2023, TBD. Young Arena, Waterloo, 319-433-2100.

Movie Magic - The Santa Clause
Enjoy a free showing of "Santa Clause" in the nostalgic Oster Regent Theatre in the Cedar Falls Downtown District. December 2023, TBD; 10am. Oster Regent Theatre, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213. 

Reindeer Games 2022
Help Santa and his reindeer with their big flight on Christmas Eve! Games, activities and treats for all ages! December 2023, TBD. Downtown District, Cedar Falls. 319-277-0213.

January 2024

Frosty Buns Race Series
Iowa Games Snowshoe 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. George Wyth State park (lodge). TBD, 2024.

Iowa Games 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. George Wyth State Park (lodge), Waterloo.TBD 2024.

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. UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls. 319-290-1996. TBD, 2024.