Things to Do In Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids Events & Attractions

You may be surprised at everything our Cedar Rapids community has to offer. Your stay with us at the Fairfield Inn & Suites will keep you in easy access to all our activities, events and great times.

Events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Freedom Festival Our mid-summer July 4th blowout! Starting with a Parade and ending with the greatest fireworks of the year, find out about all the other events happening at the Freedom Festival just 3 miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids at www.freedomfestival.com. Freedom Festival Cedar Rapids, Iowa

St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival This is one fan-tastic family event with more sweet-eatin’ ears of corn than you’ll ever see again! And don’t forget the rides, games and local entertainment – all happening every August just four miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. Find out everything at www.cedar-rapids.com.

Marion Swamp Fox Festival We call him the Swamp Fox - our Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion – and we named a town after him. The Marion Swamp Fox Festival is one of those down-home family-friendly fun-and-laughter events that takes place about 8 miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. Find out more at www.uptownmarion.com

Houby Days What a great way to kick off spring: the annual Houby Days celebrates the new season Czech-style. Enjoy music, food, dancing, traditional dress . . . everything you expect and more! Visit www.czechheritagefoundation.org for more information. Houby Days

Farmer’s MarketFarmer market Cedar Rapids, Iowa Why tell you about another farmer’s market? Because this is one of the largest open-air markets in the Midwest, that’s why! Food, flowers, fun – all ready for you to enjoy. Find out more at www.downtowncr.org.

Bluesmore August heats up even more with the annual Bluesmore – a great blues fest with great local bands. The Linn County Blues Society hosts this event every year, and you can find out who’s playing this year at www.lcbs.org.

Czech Village Fall Fest Every Fall we take a weekend to put the summer to bed and celebrate some of our heritage. It’s easy to do, and you may want to join in the Pie Eating Contest or the Accordion Dance Party, the Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest or the Trolley Tour/Pub Crawl! Just four miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, find out more about this Fall Fest at www.cedar-rapids.com.

Cedar Rapids Sporting Events

Are you looking for some action? Love the thrill of a game? Then we have something for you – actually, there is so much going on around here everyone will find the excitement they want! Check out these annual events:

Conference Baseball Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Iowa State Volleyball Tournament, Nov-Dec
  • Iowa State USBC Men's Bowling Tournament, Feb-May
    www.iowabowl.com
  • Conference Baseball Championship, May
    www.iowaconference.com
  • Class 2A State Tennis Tournament,
    www.iahsaa.org
  • 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Trials,
    www.iowacitytolondon.com
  • Pre-Season Chill-out Soccer,
    www.crsoccer.com

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Attractions

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

There are always many things to do and see at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA). You can visit 16 exhibition galleries with up to six different exhibitions at any time. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is proud to hold the world's largest collection of works by famous American artist Grant Wood. To find out about current and upcoming collections, please visit www.crma.org.

And don’t forget: it’s just three miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids! [Top]

Amana Colonies Cedar Rapids, Iowa Amana Colonies

The Amana Colonies were formed in the 1880s by Germans who settled in the isolated surroundings of East-Central Iowa. For 80 years the Colonies maintained an almost completely self-sufficient local economy. Today Amana is known for its 60-plus restaurants and craft shops featuring copper sculptors, watercolorists, artists working in glass, pastels, and more. The 26,000 acres surrounding the Amana Colonies offer endless natural beauty for walking, biking, and birding, as well as championship golf. An easy 18-mile drive from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, find out more about Amana Colonies at www.amanacolonies.org. [Top]

National Czech & Slovak Museum, Iowa National Czech & Slovak Museum

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Learn about the heritage of Czechs and Slovaks in Cedar Rapids through exhibits, voice recordings, and educational demonstrations at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Experience swirling dancer’s folk dress, zestful melodies of Moravian folk tunes, the sweet tang of sauerkraut and pork and the artistic extravagance of a decorated egg. Located just 4½ miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, you can find out more at www.ncsml.org. [Top]

Cedar Rapids Army National Guard Armory, IowaArmy National Guard Armory

Army National Guard Armory “Mission Focused – Warrior Ready!” is the motto of the Iowa Army National Guard. Located just six miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, learn more about our Armory at www.iowanationalguard.com. [Top]

African American historical Museum & Culture African American historical Museum & Culture

African American Historical Museum & Culture Want to learn more about African Americans in World War II? Do you know about iowa’s role in the Underground Railroad? This Museum and Culture Center is a must-see destination located 2½ miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. Find out how you can join, visit the exhibits, or take a class at www.blackiowa.org. [Top]

 

Iowa Equestrian CenterIowa Equestrian Center

The Iowa Equestrian Center You will be amazed at this Center and all it offers, packed with show rings and an education center just four miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. It doesn’t matter what your experience level is, the Equestrian Center will help you realize all your horse-and-hoof dreams. Visit them at www.iowaequestrian.com. [Top]

 

Perfect Game Inc, Cedar Rapids Perfect Game Inc

Perfect Game Inc. This is where it all begins for many minor- and major-league baseball stars. The Perfect Game is baseball’s largest scouting service, and just 2½ miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. Find out just how well your favorite up-and-coming ball players rate where it counts. Learn more at www.perfectgame.org. [Top]

 

Planet X Fun Center Cedar Rapids, Iowa Planet X Fun Center

Planet X Fun Center ? It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, if you love to play with your friends you’ll have a blast at Planet X! Try laser tag, miniature golf, bumper cars, and arcade games – Planet X is the place to host your next party or just spend the entire afternoon. Ten miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, you can book your hotel rooms and party and play in Cedar Rapids for the time of your life! Find out more at www.planetxfuncenter.com. [Top]

 

Duffy's Collectible Cars, Inc. - Cedar Rapids, IowaDuffy's Collectible Cars, Inc.

Take a joy ride down memory lane at Duffy's Collectible Cars, Inc. Duffy’s is one of the founding collector car dealers in the United States with more than 30 years in the industry. The first-class showroom is filled with classics from the 1930s to the 1980s. Duffy’s sparkling dealership lets you step back in time with classic car memorabilia and more than 80 fully restored, high-quality investment automobiles. Just around the corner from Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, check out Duffy's online at www.duffys.com. [Top]

 

Brucemore Mansion Cedar Rapids, Iowa Brucemore Mansion

The Brucemore estate is a must-see in Cedar Rapids! More than a museum and gardens, the 26-acre estate is alive with events throughout the year. "Classics at Brucemore" in an outdoor amphitheatre, "Bluesmore" blues festival on the First Avenue lawn, garden shows, holiday open houses, children's activities, garden walks, plant sales, concerts, lectures, workshops, and educational programs make Brucemore truly a community cultural center. Just four miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, you can learn more at www.brucemore.org. [Top]

 

Sports in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball, Iowa Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball

Cedar Rapids Kernels Minor League Baseball at its best, right here in Cedar Rapids, and just 2 miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. Be sure to check online at www.kernels.com before the game for daily specials! [Top]

 

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Iowa Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Cedar Rapids Roughriders Professional Hockey Our Cedar Rapids Roughriders are Anderson Cup Champs and they play just 2 miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. Check out this season’s schedule, buy tickets, and learn about all the players at www.ridertownusa.com. [Top]

 

Hawkeye Downs Speedway - Cedar Rapids, Iowa Hawkeye Downs Speedway

The non-profit All Iowa Agricultural Association owns and operates Hawkeye Downs – which is more than just a motorized race track. Come to the Downs for trade shows, meetings and conventions, bingo, concerts, go-kart racing, auctions and more! Find out more about this amazing venue located just over a mile from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids at www.hawkeyedownsspeedway.com. [Top]

 

Kinnick Stadium at University of Iowa Kinnick Stadium at University of Iowa

This is THE place to find out about the University of Iowa Hawkeyes – men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s wrestling. Stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids and drive just 28 miles to the Stadium. Visit www.hawkyesports.com for more information and tickets. [Top]

Tuma Soccer Complex Cedar Rapids, Iowa Tuma Soccer Complex

Tuma Soccer Complex Just seven miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, you’ll find a 20-field soccer complex located in the heart of the Midwest! Call it soccer or football – whatever you want – it’s an exciting, action-packed contact sport the fans love! Find out more about our new and impressive Tuma Soccer Complex at www.cedar-rapids.com. [Top]

 

Airport National Public Golf Complex Airport National Public Golf Complex

Airport National Public Golf Complex When you combine “27 holes of fast, friendly, and fun family golf” with a new, state-of-the-art mini golf course you just can’t go wrong! Just 6 ½ miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, learn more at www.airportnationalpublicgolf.com. [Top]

 

Bowling

Yes, bowling is a big sport in our neck of the woods, and we hear the rest of the country’s starting to re-experience it! You don’t have to pack your 16-pounder, just bring yourself and try out two of our favorite lanes.

Westdale Bowling Center Just three miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids. www.westdalebowl.com

Lancer Lanes You can walk to Lance Lanes from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids! www.lancerlanes.org

 

Cedar Rapids University - Colleges

Coe College Cedar Rapids, IowaCoe College

Coe College “Truth and Virtue,” has led Coe College from 1851 all the way through the years to today. Coe College regularly makes America’s Best Colleges list, and you can visit your student – just four miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids! Spend all day on campus and still be close to your bed every night. Find out more at www.coe.edu. [Top]

 

Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College With one of the lowest tuitions and the most programs in Iowa, no wonder Kirkwood Community College is so popular with our young adults! Located just four miles from the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, learn more about your future educational opportunities at www.kirkwood.edu. [Top]

 

MORE INFORMATION PLEASE!

You may be surprised at our long listing of attractions and events – many people are! And there are even more things to see and do around Cedar Rapids and the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids than we can list here. Want to know more about our corner of the world? Check out these online sites for starters.

  • www.cedar-rapids.com
  • www.cedarrapids.org
  • www.culturalcorridor.com
  • www.cedar-rapids.com/events