Things to Do Around Cedar Rapids: Family-Friendly Events in August

Are you looking for fun family-friendly events in August around Cedar Rapids?

Look no further than our August Roundup of local activities!

Things to Do In and Around Cedar Rapids- Family Friendly Events in August

Iowa Equestrian Center  August 5-8 8 am-1 pm

Bring your family out to the Iowa Equestrian Center to see horses and watch equestrian athletes compete. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend the Iowa NBHA State Barrel Race. The event will be held indoors and the Center is located on the south side of Kirkwood Community College campus. Food and refreshments may be purchased on site.  801 76th Ave Dr. SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Uptown Getdown

Who is ready for the return of live music? We are excited to announce the 2021 Uptown Getdown lineup! See you in August at Lowe Park for:

August 5 – Casting Call

August 12 – Katie & The Honky Tonks

August 19 – Birdchild

August 26 – Boot Jack Band

We have moved this event to Lowe Park to allow additional space. Please watch for additional information regarding any public health protocols that may be in place at the time of this event

https://uptownmarion.com/event/uptown-getdown-3/2021-08-05/

Camp Talon August 5

Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Linn County The ability to see a live falcon or owl up close is not soon forgotten. The RARE (Raptor Advocacy Rehabilitation and Education) Group will introduce you to their live Educational Ambassador Raptors. Learn about the impact humans can have on wildlife as well as the role wildlife and humans play together. Once you have an opportunity to meet the live Raptors, enjoy a hike explore Wickiup’s trails to learn about other local birds. For ages, 9-12 year old’s. Register online by August 4th. Cost: $15

Hiawatha Fun Fest- August 6-7

Fun Fest won’t look the same as it did in years past but we’re happy to be able to offer you free family entertainment! We’re crossing our fingers we can offer you a bigger and better Fun Fest in 2022!

Friday, August 6th, 6 – 9:00 PM

The Compass Rose Band

Guthridge Park–Brown Pavilion

Concessions available by Hi-Crew Kiwanis Club

Saturday, August 7th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Concessions available

Fireworks after the concert!

Music In the Park

Bring your coolers and lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends at Hiawatha’s Music in the Park! Concerts are proudly sponsored by GreenState Credit Union. Delicious concessions are available by Hi-Crew Kiwanis Club.

August 6 – Compass Rose Band

August 13 – The Bamboozlers

August 20 – New Trick

August 27 – Robby Vee & The Caravan

Atkins Watermelon Days August 6-7

So much fun for all the family. 5K, Parade, Kids Carnival, Car Show, and more. Check back to their site for specific times and details! https://www.facebook.com/AtkinsCommunityClub

Moonlit Movie- Raya and the Last Dragon- August 6

Make memories this summer with the Marion Parks and Recreation Department with free, family-friendly Moonlit Movies at Lowe Park. Come early to enjoy the outdoors  General seating begins at 7:00 p.m. with the movie beginning around 8:00 p.m. (depending on daylight). Treats from Kona Ice, The Freeze, and FREE popcorn from the Shriner’s Popcorn Mobile. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

CRBT Movies on the Riverbank- Trolls: World Tour- August 7

Gates open at 7 pm | Kids’ Activities begin at 7 pm | Movie begins at dusk. Feature Movie: Trolls World Tour Additional Event Details:• The event is free and open to the public.• On-street parking

Amana Festival of the Arts -August 7, 10 am-5 pm

The Amana Arts Guild will sponsor its Festival of the Arts on Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 10 AM – 5 PM, Amana Iowa. Market Barn area in Amana 707-46th Ave.  This special event will feature sales of fine arts, crafts, and traditional Colony folk arts by local and guest artists. A unique part of the festival will be demonstrations as visitors will enjoy observing: woodturning, quilting, tinsmithing, basket-making, spinning, and painting. Guests will also enjoy local foods such as Amana bratwurst, sauerkraut, homemade apple fritters, baked goods, and a special homemade rhubarb drink. Entertainment throughout the day. Also, the children can enjoy an art corner.

https://amanacolonies.com/things-to-do/events/special-events/festival-of-the-arts/

Family Night at Ushers Ferry August 11, 5:30-8:30 pm

Need a night out with the family? Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket to the village for an evening of simple fun. Enjoy live entertainment at the gazebo, a fun craft kit for the kids, and some games to play with your family group. Tour the village while you’re at it! $5/family 

St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival- August 13-15

Since its founding in 1976, St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival has been a top Carnival in Cedar Rapids. We offer guests of all ages the chance to enjoy our many entertainment services in a safe and fun environment. Check out the website for specific times and activities www.judesweetcornfest.com.

Eastern Iowa Circus- August 14, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Centennial Park in North Liberty  An outdoor hour-long show from the Eastern Iowa Circus with fire dance, breathing, aerial, juggling, hoops, and acro-balance. After a year of shifting plans, stand-ins, and alternatives, you deserve events you can look forward to and, most importantly, count on!

Palo Fun Days- August 21

Palo Fun Days 2021 will be August 21, 2021! We can’t wait to get back to this annual tradition after a break in 2020. Keep an eye on their website for more details as plans are announced. Can’t wait to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/889790438620141

Family Nature Experience- August 8th, 1-2 pm 

Join a naturalist at the Indian Creek Nature Center for some family fun outdoors! During this program, you’ll participate in a surprise hands-on activity, led outdoors by a naturalist. In the past, we’ve hosted pond-dipping, sweep-netting for insects, a fossil dig, a nature hike, and more. Come dressed for the weather, as you’ll have fun outdoors no matter the conditions! Sturdy shoes are recommended. Masks are required for participants over the age of two.

Playground Crawl – August 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Penn Meadows, Centennial, Deerfield, Beaver Creek, and Quail Ridge Parks in North Liberty– Spend the day with your household exploring the city’s playgrounds and enjoy special treats and activities at each stop as you make your way around town. After a year of shifting plans, stand-ins, and alternatives, you deserve events you can look forward to and, most importantly, count on!

Are we missing any family-friendly events in August? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!


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A good balance of part time fitness training at the Collins Aerospace Rec Center and stay at home mom life is what keeps Robin active. She is the mother of daughter, Bennett (4) and son, Brooks (9months). She met her husband, Robert, of 7 years on a blind date and it was movie like love at first sight but managed a long distance relationship until they became engaged and settled in Marion together after the wedding. You can usually find Robin and her family outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, and exploring. When they aren't outdoors they love musicals, sports, fun events in the area, and all things that include time with family and friends!

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