Festivals, Annual Events Feed

Corridor Area Special Events, unique like no other!

Make plans for some special events unique to the corridor area.   Do you like football?  There's a festival for it.  Are you a Star Trek fan?  Yes, there's a festival for it.  Are you really into food?  Yep, there's a special event for that too.  The following unique events are listed by month.

January

Coralville BrrrFest - Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center Exhibit Hall
300 E. 9th St., Coralville.  Brew Up a Celebration of Craft Beers Coralville BrrrFest celebrates the beers of winter and the brewers who make them. Sample and purchase craft beers showcased by breweries from across the Midwest. A portion of the proceeds benefit Coralville's annual 4thFest celebration.

WinterFest - Experience the wonders of an Iowa winter at Coralville’s annual WinterFest. Since it began in 2008, thousands of people each year enjoy a showcase of winter-time demonstrations, indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, entertainment, food, and frosty fun for all ages.  WinterFest is held at various venues in the Iowa River Landing, just off Interstate 80 exit 242, at the corner of E. 9th Street and Quarry Road.

June

Iowa Arts Festival: The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.  Location:  Downtown Iowa City, starting on Clinton Street.

Trek Fest:  If you've never seen a Klingon up close and personal, you might get your chance if you warp into Riverside, Iowa during a special summer weekend.  Riverside's annual Trek Fest is a celebration of the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.   Good food, music, a parade, contests of all kinds and of course, a lot of people dressed up in Star Trek costumes.  

July

Iowa City Jazz Festival - Since its humble beginnings in 1991 the Iowa City Jazz Festival has transformed into a nationally recognized event with an average annual audience of more than 50,000. Over the years, the festival has featured some of the biggest names in jazz. A key ingredient in the ongoing success of the festival is its accessibility. Admission has always been free thanks to our sponsors who underwrite all costs of producing the event, allowing it to transcend socioeconomic barriers and provide free access to families and individuals regardless of income. Join us in front of the Old Capitol and on Clinton Street and Iowa Avenue for a weekend full of some of the best jazz music around!  Click HERE for a complete schedule.

North Liberty Blues & BBQ - Held in North Liberty’s new Centennial Park, at 1565 St. Andrews Drive. Our free celebration started as a way to highlight a newly completed park and commercial district. Since then, we have drawn thousands from across the state with kids’ activities, great music, local craft beers, and mouth-watering food. And we have weathered rain and storms and seen the continued loyalty that our community has for Blues & BBQ.

August

Hoover's Hometown DaysAn annual event of West Branch, Iowa, birthplace of the 31st president and home to his presidential museum.  Each August, West Branch celebrates its most well known resident with music, food, rides, and the world championships of Hooverball.  This two day event is capped off with a patriotic fireworks display timed to the music of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.

September

FRY fest:  Named in honor of former University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry, FRY fest is a one day ‘Celebration of all that is Hawkeye’ to kick-off the Hawkeye athletic seasons the Friday before the first home football game. With over 20,000 members of Hawkeye Nation in attendance, it has become a tradition for fans to travel to Coralville, Iowa each year to take part in the numerous family-friendly activities.  Fan Favorites:  Hawkeye Car Show, blood drive, World's Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow and Tailgate Party, autographs, athletes, coaches, athletic demonstrations, kids' activities, food, pep rally, concert.  Located at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville.

Throughout the summer

Coralville's Sounds of Summer - Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment in Coralville's parks this summer!  Each month from May through September we'll feature games, activities, and live music in a different location each time. Bring along your lawn chairs or a blanket, pack a picnic or get something to eat from a food vendor, and enjoy an evening out!

Friday Night Concert Series - Iowa City.   All kinds of music for all kinds of people!  Join the fun mid-May through mid-September.  Concerts are held outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel
from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.   Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy FREE live entertainment!  *September 18 will be a special block party! Watch for more info to come!  In event of rain, the Friday Night Concert Series will move to the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp on the corner of Washington and Gilbert Streets in Iowa City.

December

Aisle of Lights - Coralville.   See how 30,000 white paper sacks, each filled with sand and a votive candle, create a magical scene on a winter evening! The City of Coralville’s annual Aisle of Lights luminaria display, started in 1980, is held in December.   Area businesses and organizations host a merry day of activities for all ages, and then residents and businesses who choose to participate light luminarias at 5:00 pm to burn throughout the night. Miles of luminarias are available for viewing by foot or car.  View the twinkling lights at your leisure, or take a tour. The City of Coralville provides one free wheelchair-accessible bus, departing from City Hall approximately every 45 minutes beginning at 5:15 pm. The last tour departs at approximately 8:15 pm. Each round is limited to 40 people, first come, first served. Open to the public.


July 4th Celebrations in the Corridor

How do you like to celebrate America's birthday?  A number of corridor towns have a parade and put on a fireworks show to celebrate the day.  Other events of interest include pancake breakfasts, tournaments and carnivals.  Here is a list of places to go and things to do by town.

Cedar Rapids - Freedom Festival:  Each year, hundreds of thousands of people attend the two week festival hosted in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The community of Cedar Rapids is showcased throughout the Freedom Festival with over 70 events taking place leading up to the grand finale on the 4th of July: the largest fireworks show in Iowa!

Coralville -  4th Fest:  Coralville's annual 4th of July celebration is a community tradition that attracts thousands of visitors and residents each year.  The multi-day event includes a 5K run / walk, entertainment, food, free concerts, a carnival, parade, and fireworks.  Coralville's July 4th celebration draws the biggest crowds in the corridor.  Festivities take place near the heart of downtown, in Coralville's S.T. Morrison Park.  There's something for everyone to enjoy, browse the listing of fabulous events by clicking here.

Hills - This community south of Iowa City celebrates the 4th with a kiddie tractor pull, a softball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a Euchre tournament, a parade and caps it all off with fireworks.  Talk about a family fun in Iowa tradition!

Lake MacBride (Solon) - It's tough to beat a day at the beach on July 4, take in the boat parade at 4 p.m. (have you ever seen a boat parade?), then watch the booming colors sparkle over the lake later that night.

North Liberty - This little town north of Coralville puts on a parade at 2pm starting at S.R. 23 and Maple Street.  No Fireworks, but a very short drive down the street to Coralville takes you to all the festivities there.

Oxford - This town west of Coralville on Highway 6 puts on a darn good parade at 3pm and then has a fireworks show at the Lions Club Park.   Put together a picnic lunch and you've got a nice casual day of enjoyment. 

Sharon Center - This little community southwest of Iowa City puts on a good parade at Noon, followed by an awesome pork BBQ and potluck lunch at the Masonic Lodge at 1pm.  No fireworks.

If you're really into parades, you can see the circuit, starting with the Coralville parade at 10am; then the Sharon Center Parade at Noon; followed by the North Liberty Parade at 2pm; the Oxford Parade at 3pm; the Lake MacBride boat parade at 4pm and then the Hills Parade at 5:30pm.   Travel time could be an issue and such a feat would be nearly impossible, but I know people who do try to take in two if not three of these great parades.    Kids can really rack up on the candy!


Corridor Area Festivals: Holidays, celebration, music, fun and games, tradition

The following is a list of annual festivals and events in the corridor area, listed by month.

January

Coralville BrrrFest - Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center Exhibit Hall
300 E. 9th St., Coralville.  Brew Up a Celebration of Craft Beers Coralville BrrrFest celebrates the beers of winter and the brewers who make them. Sample and purchase craft beers showcased by breweries from across the Midwest. A portion of the proceeds benefit Coralville's annual 4thFest celebration.

WinterFest - Experience the wonders of an Iowa winter at Coralville’s annual WinterFest. Since it began in 2008, thousands of people each year enjoy a showcase of winter-time demonstrations, indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, entertainment, food, and frosty fun for all ages.  WinterFest is held at various venues in the Iowa River Landing, just off Interstate 80 exit 242, at the corner of E. 9th Street and Quarry Road.

June

Iowa Arts Festival: The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.  Location:  Downtown Iowa City, starting on Clinton Street

Trek Fest:  If you've never seen a Klingon up close and personal, you might get your chance if you warp into Riverside, Iowa during a special summer weekend.  Riverside's annual Trek Fest is a celebration of the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.   Good food, music, a parade, contests of all kinds and of course, a lot of people dressed up in Star Trek costumes.  

July

4th Fest:  Coralville's annual 4th of July celebration is a community tradition that attracts thousands of visitors and residents each year.  The multi-day event includes a 5K run / walk, entertainment, food, free concerts, a carnival, parade, and fireworks.  Coralville's July 4th celebration draws the biggest crowds in the corridor.  Festivities take place near the heart of downtown, in Coralville's S.T. Morrison Park.  Browse the listing of fabulous events by clicking here.

Freedom Festival - Each year, hundreds of thousands of people attend the two week festival hosted in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The community of Cedar Rapids is showcased throughout the Freedom Festival with over 70 events taking place leading up to the grand finale on the 4th of July: the largest fireworks show in Iowa!

Hills 4th of July- This community south of Iowa City celebrates the 4th with a kiddie tractor pull, a softball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a Euchre tournament, a parade and caps it all off with fireworks.  Talk about a family fun in Iowa tradition!

Lake MacBride 4th of July (Solon) - It's tough to beat a day at the beach on July 4, take in the boat parade at 4 p.m. (have you ever seen a boat parade?), then watch the booming colors sparkle over the lake later that night.

North Liberty 4th of July - This little town north of Coralville puts on a parade at 2pm starting at S.R. 23 and Maple Street.  No Fireworks, but a very short drive down the street to Coralville takes you to all the festivities there.

Oxford 4th of July - This town west of Coralville on Highway 6 puts on a darn good parade at 3pm and then has a fireworks show at the Lions Club Park.   Put together a picnic lunch and you've got a nice casual day of enjoyment. 

Sharon Center 4th of July - This little community southwest of Iowa City puts on a good parade at Noon, followed by an awesome pork BBQ and potluck lunch at the Masonic Lodge at 1pm.  No fireworks.

Iowa City's Jazz Festival - Named one of the Top Ten Jazz Festivals in the country, enjoy a variety of well-known jazz musicians and an infusion of up-and-coming talent from four stages!  Jazz Fest is operated by the City of Iowa City Summer of the Arts.   This event takes place the first week of July.  

North Liberty Blues & BBQ - Held in North Liberty’s Centennial Park, at 1565 St. Andrews Drive. Our free celebration started as a way to highlight a newly completed park and commercial district. Since then, we have drawn thousands from across the state with kids’ activities, great music, local craft beers, and mouth-watering food. And we have weathered rain and storms and seen the continued loyalty that our community has for Blues & BBQ.

Solon Beef Days - The four groups that started Beef Days back in 1971 were the Solon Optimist Club, Solon Fire Department, Solon American Legion and the Solon Jaycees. It is named after Beef, as the Johnson County Cattlemen’s Association came in and cooked the steaks served at the event the first few years. When searching for an appropriate name for an annual Celebration, Beef seemed a good choice and stuck.  Good eats and carnival fun in downtown Solon.  The event takes place in mid-July.

TifFun Creek Fest - On the schedule are a Friday night concert and fireworks at Bella Sala and a Saturday morning parade followed by a full day of family-friendly activities, including inflatables, sports tournaments, a petting zoo and more!

on the schedule are a Friday night concert and fireworks at Bella Sala and a Saturday morning parade followed by a full day of family-friendly activities, including inflatables, sports tournaments, a petting zoo and more! Check out the late-July fun just south of Highway 6 in Tiffin.

August

Hoover's Hometown DaysAn annual event of West Branch, Iowa, birthplace of the 31st president and home to his presidential museum.  Each August, West Branch celebrates its most well known resident with music, food, rides, and the world championships of Hooverball.  This two day event is capped off with a patriotic fireworks display timed to the music of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.

September

FRY fest:  Named in honor of former University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry, FRY fest is a one day ‘Celebration of all that is Hawkeye’ to kick-off the Hawkeye athletic seasons the Friday before the first home football game. With over 20,000 members of Hawkeye Nation in attendance, it has become a tradition for fans to travel to Coralville, Iowa each year to take part in the numerous family-friendly activities.  Fan Favorites:  Hawkeye Car Show, blood drive, World's Largest Hawkeye Tradeshow and Tailgate Party, autographs, athletes, coaches, athletic demonstrations, kids' activities, food, pep rally, concert.  Located at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville.

December

Aisle of Lights - Coralville.   See how 30,000 white paper sacks, each filled with sand and a votive candle, create a magical scene on a winter evening! The City of Coralville’s annual Aisle of Lights luminaria display, started in 1980, is held in December.   Area businesses and organizations host a merry day of activities for all ages, and then residents and businesses who choose to participate light luminarias at 5:00 pm to burn throughout the night. Miles of luminarias are available for viewing by foot or car.  View the twinkling lights at your leisure, or take a tour. The City of Coralville provides one free wheelchair-accessible bus, departing from City Hall approximately every 45 minutes beginning at 5:15 pm. The last tour departs at approximately 8:15 pm. Each round is limited to 40 people, first come, first served. Open to the public.