Welcome to the month of June! Summer is finally here, and with it is the return of the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival! There are over 50 events listed on the official website, so we wanted to give you a quick rundown of some of the big ones:

  • Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup
    • The McGrath Amphitheatre
    • Dates/Times
      • June 20th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
      • June 21st from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
      • June 22nd from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
      • June 23rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Free with Freedom Festival button
  • Tribute to Heroes Dinner
    • The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
    • June 20th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Keynote speaker Chad Hennings
    • Tickets are $45 per person or $400 per table of 10 - get yours HERE
  • Balloon Glow
    • Sinclair Levy
    • June 25th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - gates open at 5 p.m.
    • Live music from Alisabeth Von Presley
    • Free with Freedom Festival button
  • The Linn County Fair
    • Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City
    • June 26th through June 30th
    • Featuring Joe Diffie on June 28th at 7 p.m.
    • See a full schedule of events HERE
    • Get $1 off all Grandstand concerts and entertainment throughout the fair with a Freedom Festival button
  • Jump for Freedom - Dock Dogs
    • National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
    • Dates/Times
      • June 27th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      • June 28th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • June 29th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • June 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Free with a Freedom Festival button
    • Register your dog HERE
  • Freedom Festival Parade
    • Czech Village/NewBo District
    • June 29th at 10 a.m.
    • "Red, White, and Blue" theme
    • To participate in the parade register HERE (deadline is June 27th)
  • Volta Youth Music Festival
  • Pancake Breakfast
    • Veterans Memorial Building
    • July 4th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children - get $1 off with Freedom Festival button
  • Freedom Festival Car Show
    • 2nd Avenue Bridge
    • July 4th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - judged show begins at 11 a.m.
    • Free for spectators
    • Pre-registration is $10/$15 after June 15th - register HERE
  • Freedom Festival Concert
    • McGrath Amphitheatre
    • July 4th at 5 p.m. - gates open at 4 p.m.
    • Featuring The Johnny Holm Band
    • Free with a Freedom Festival button
  • Celebration of Freedom
    • Due to construction, the event will take place on the 2nd Avenue Bridge ONLY
    • July 4th from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    • Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.
    • Free with Freedom Festival button

There's also Movie Night at the Ballpark, the Patriotic Picnic, the Freedom Bike Ride, the Taste of Freedom: Street Taco Showdown, and a whole lot more! Check out the full list of events HERE.

Which event are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!