Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market
Saturday, June 3
Downtown Cedar Rapids will take on a festive flair Saturday — continuing the first and third Saturdays through September — as 200 vendors displays their wares in the heart of the city. Along the way, shoppers and strollers also can whet their appetites with entertainment and family-friendly fun and games. Hailed as one of the largest open-air markets in the Midwest, it typically draws 14,000 people each time, to shop for food, produce, flowers, gifts and goods crafted by Iowans. Well-behaved pets on leashes are allowed in the venue, but not near vendors with produce, plants and prepared food items. The popular Market After Dark returns Aug. 26, turning the area into an even livelier street fair with vendors, food, music, beer and wine alfresco.
Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market -- 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday (6/3), downtown Cedar Rapids; free admission; Cedarrapids.org
Cedar Rapids Municipal Band
Wednesday, June 7
Steve Shanley is ready to strike up the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band in Greene Square to kick off the summer concert season. The professional ensemble plays marches, contemporary works, jazz, big band, show tunes and classical standards. The Cedar Rapids Metro Youth Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by the city band at 7:30 p.m. The season continues generally Wednesday and Sunday nights in parks and school grounds around the metro area, and will wrap up with concerts Aug. 5 during Hoover Hometown Days in West Branch and Aug. 6 at Bever Park in Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Rapids Municipal Band -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (6/7), Greene Square, Third Avenue and Fifth Street SE, Cedar Rapids; free, bring seating; Crmuniband.org
‘Million Dollar Quartet’
June 8 to July 2
Back by popular demand — the hit rock ’n’ roll musical inspired by an actual Sun Records recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The fearsome foursome teamed up for a whole lotta shakin’ in the little Memphis studio hailed as the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll. Mark Sapyeski, who is returning to the Old Creamery Theatre in Lewis’ shoes, even got to take a spin on the spinet from that historic session. Audiences will hear hits from “I Walk the Line” to “Great Balls of Fire.”
“Million Dollar Quartet” -- June 8 to July 12, various times, Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana; $19.50 to $31, Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com