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Wrap-up summer by taking in an event!
posted: Monday, August 08, 2016  Post Comment

As we near the last full month of summer, be sure to take advantage of the warm weather and plethora of arts events. Whether it’s a local arts festival, a theatre production, music in the park, a visit to a museum, or picking up fresh produce or flowers at a local farmers’ market, there are plenty of activities yet this summer to keep you busy, active and enjoying the arts. 

Visit the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance website,, or browse our mobile app to find a calendar full of fun and exciting summer events brought to you by our 100+ arts and culture partners. Here is a small sampling for August: 

8/4/16 – Jazz Under the Stars – Join KCCK-FM Jazz 88.3 for the 29th year of free jazz concerts in Cedar Rapids. Concerts are held at Noelridge Park every Thursday in August, with the exception of the final concert, which will be held at McGrath Amphitheatre. This year’s line-up includes Ten of Soul, Mirage, Summit and Eddie Piccard Quintet. The concerts are free and open to the general public. More information about the concerts can be found at 

8/5/16 – Shear Madness – Back by popular demand, Old Creamery Theatre invites you back to the scene of the mayhem. This unique comic-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery seen on stage. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again. Rated PG. Performances are August 4-28. Main Stage shows are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$30 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 319-622-6034. 

8/6/16 – Hoover’s Hometown Days – Join the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site to celebrate the birthday of Iowa's only president with music, crafts, food, and activities at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and in downtown West Branch, the hometown of our nation’s 31st president. The celebration is from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and open to the general public. 

8/12/16 – Coggon Harvest Home Coggon Opera House brings music, food, and a carnival to the streets of Coggon. The fun and activities begin on August 12 live music and end on August 14 with a fireworks show at dusk. This event is free to attend and open to the general public. For more information and schedule of the weekend’s events, visit 

8/13/16 – Uptown Marion Market – the Marion Chamber of Commerce invites you to City Square Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, plants, meat, wines and an array of artisan items. Food vendors, live entertainment and children's activities will also be featured. Admission is free and open to the general public. 

8/20/2016 – Throwback Saturday/Model A Day – The Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau will have you stepping back in time. Throwback Saturday will play host to 80 plus Model A vehicles from across the region. Along with viewing the cars, you’ll find special events and food. Cars will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public. 

8/26/16 – The FlickTheatre Cedar Rapids presents a hilarious show with a heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. Performances are August 26 – September 17. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18-$24 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8591.

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