Campus News

Local summer events

What: SEEDs club, sustainable garden club at Kirkwood Community College

When: SEEDs contributes produce harvested over the summer to campus and community food pantries. Any student is welcome to participate by donating time to help weed, water, harvest produce and maintain the gardens throughout the summer. E-mail for more information. 

What: KCCK will present Jazz Under The Stars, a series of four free concerts. In addition to the four headlining groups, two of the concerts will also open with student ensembles.

Where: Noelridge Park, Cedar Rapids


  • Aug. 4: The Dandelion Stompers, student ensemble – Vivian Shanley and Friends
  • Aug. 11: Betsy Hickok/Ron Roberts Quintet
  • Aug. 18: The Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra, student ensemble – The 5K Quartet
  • Aug. 25: The Blake Shaw Big(ish) Band. Blake is a Kirkwood alum.

All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors to Parlor City Pub, 1125 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids. For updates, listen to Jazz 88.3 over the air, online at or follow @jazz883kcck on Twitter or Facebook for schedule updates.

What: Marion Arts Festival is consistently named among the top tier of juried art events nationwide. Presenting 50 artists and offering fine art and fine craft to an audience of 10,000.

Where: Downtown Marion

When: May 21

What: Monarch Fest 

Where: Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids 

When: July 9 at 10 a.m. 

What: Glass and ceramic class

Where: Iowa Ceramics Center, 329 10th Ave SE, Suite 117, Cedar Rapids 

When: Various classes are offered throughout the summer, some classes require no skills or prior experience.

What: Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival

Where: Events are held throughout the city. $5 button may be purchased for free or reduced cost for attendance of all events. Visit for a complete list of events.

When:  Events start June 14 and run through July 4.  

What: Balloon Glow, watch hot air balloons go up after dusk to enjoy their glow.

Where: Jones Park, 201 Wilson Ave Dr SW, Cedar Rapids 

When: June 18 at 5 p.m.  

What: Flag Retirement  

Where: Kirkwood Community College, Linn Hall parking lot

When: June 14 at 6 p.m. 

What: Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball  

Where: Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd SW, Cedar Rapids 

When: Games are regularly held throughout the summer. 

What: Iowa Raptors (men’s and women’s soccer) 

Where: Prairie High School Stadium, 401 76th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids

When: Games are regularly held throughout the summer. 

What: Linn County Fair  

Where: Linn County Fairgrounds, 201 Central City Road, Central City

When: Wednesday, June 22 – Sunday, June 26

What: Jones County Fair 

Where: Great Jones County Fair, 800 N Maple St, Monticello

When: Wednesday, July 20, – Sunday, July 24