40th Annual Houby Days
Friday to Sunday, May 19 to 21
The mushrooms of May will have their day as the Czech Village Association presents the 40th annual Houby Days this weekend. Festivities begin with an egg and houby breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at The Frog Pub & Eatery, and continue with a carnival, live music, kids’ crafts, puppets, folklore, maypole dancing, houby contest, Taste of Czech & Slovak from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, street vendors, and games of skill from the cabbage roll and an obstacle course to tire flipping. The big parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa pageant at 1 p.m. at the Kosek Bandstand. Find all the times on the Houby Days Facebook page.
40th Annual Houby Days: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday (5/19), 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (5/20), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (5/21), Czech Village, 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids; free admission; Czechvillagecedarrapids.com
Marion Arts Festival
Saturday, May 20
Named by Art Fair Source Book as among the Top 25 fine art festivals in the country for 2017, the Marion Arts Festival has been bringing its juried fine-arts fair to uptown Marion for 25 years. More than 12,000 audience members are expected to stroll among 50 artists’ creations, from mixed media, ceramics and glass to drawing, painting, photography, fiber, jewelry and more. Other activities include a 5K run, half marathon and fun walk; the Empty Bowls Project to raise funds for local food banks; hands-on Art in the Depot clay activities; artist demonstrations; and food vendors on-site.
Marion Arts Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (5/20), City Square Park, 1001 Seventh Ave., Marion; free admission; Marionartsfestival.com
Orchestra Iowa: John Williams Night
Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21
John Williams has composed the soundtracks for the biggest films of the past four decades. Under the artistry of Orchestra Iowa, the opening strains of his theme songs will fling Paramount audiences to outer space with “Star Wars” and inner space with “E.T.”; the lush prehistory of “Jurassic Park”; the whip-cracking adventure of “Indiana Jones”; the haunting horror of “Schindler’s List”; and the “Jaws” of death with the most terrifying two-note intro of all time. For $10 youth and student tickets, call the Paramount Ticket Office.
Orchestra Iowa: John Williams Night at the Movies: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (5/20) and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (5/21), Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $18 to $54, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com