Willie Nelson & Family
Monday, June 12
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed credentials as an author, actor and activist. At age 84, he remains a progressive musical and cultural force. In the past five years he has delivered nine new albums; won another Grammy Award; released a Top 10 New York Times best-sellers book; again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985; and received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul. Like fine wine, he just gets better with age.
Willie Nelson & Family: 7 p.m. Monday (6/12), McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids; $49.50 to $154.50, U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Mcgrathamphitheatre.com
St. Ludmila’s Kolach Festival
Friday to Sunday, June 9 to 11
Billed as “a celebration of all things delicious,” kolaches bring out fans by the droves. Some drive up to the window for the fruit-filled Czech pastries, others come in for the food, games, carnival rides, music, car show, crafts and more. Sales begin with drive-up service only from 6 to 9 a.m. Friday, and continue through the festival, while supplies last. Sunday highlights include a polka Mass at 10:30 a.m. and a pork and dumpling dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Ludmila’s Kolach Festival: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday (6/9), 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (6/10), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (6/11), St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; free admission, Kolachfestival.org/schedule
Summer of Love 50th Anniversary
Sunday, June 11
All the groovy kids will tune in and drop out at Marion’s City Square Park when the Artisan’s Sanctuary celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love. The festival celebrates a turning point in history, when thousands converged on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in 1967 and created a new social paradigm. Fast-forward half a century, and this is your chance to embrace your inner hippie and revisit the music, art, fashion and passion of the ’60s. Happenings include music on two stages, street entertainers, poetry, theater, dance, artisans, food, wellness vendors and activities for all ages.
Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Celebration: 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday (6/11), City Square Park, Seventh Avenue and 10th Street, Marion; free admission, Artisansanctuary.org