Downtown Farmers Market

7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday (9/16) 

Downtown Cedar Rapids; free admission,

Saturday marks the final Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market for the summer. It’s your last chance to stroll among the 200 vendors, offering an array of products from fresh produce and flowers to meats, cheeses and artisan gifts. With an average of 14,000 patrons per market, organizers say the popular event has become one of the largest open-air markets in the Midwest. This week’s main stage entertainment features Jonny Lipford on Native-style flute at 7:30 a.m. and fiddler Natalie Brown at 9 a.m. Head over to Greene Square for balloon animals at 9 a.m. and Quaker Oats Bags and Hy-Vee flu shots all morning.

Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids
Sunday, Sept. 17

Celebrate and experience the richness and diversity of the Latin American culture. The festival, which started in 2012, is moving to the McGrath Amphitheatre. The family-friendly event features live Latin American music, dancing, a colorful parade of Latin dress, ethnic food for purchase, and kids’ activities. Local business vendors and nonprofit organizations from around the community also will display their services and products. And between 1 and 1:30 p.m., Mayor Ron Corbett will announce the Proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month for the City of Cedar Rapids.

Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (9/17), McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids; free admission;

Rodney Carrington 

7 p.m. Friday (9/15) 

Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $44.75 to $179.75 VIP, Paramount Box Office, (319) 366-8203 or

Rodney Carrington has been making audiences laugh for almost 20 years with his standup comedy, laced with original tunes. The Texas native is a jack of all trades, yucking it up as a country singer/songwriter, stand-up comedian, television and film star and author. A staple on radio’s “The Bob and Tom Show,” his albums include such ditties as “Dancin’ with a Man,” “Show Them to Me” and “Don’t Look Now.” Those titles are tame compared with others. His show is for mature audiences.