Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering o’ Celts
Saturday to Monday, May 27 to 29, and June 3 and 4
Bawdy Buccaneers, Rapier Whit, trolls, Vikings, a faerie queen and more will turn Middle Amana Park into Medici Grove, bustling with lore of yore for the 26th annual Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering o’ Celts. The merrymaking is stretching over two weekends this year, rain or shine, with music and tomfoolery galore, including a marketplace and horseback jousting. Food and drink will be sold on-site, so leave your modern coolers at home. New this year is the King’s Smoker, from 5 to 6 p.m. each day. For $10, mirth-makers 21 and older will receive a mug filled with beer, to accompany lots of bad jokes and cigars. Huzzah!
Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering o’ Celts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (5/27) to Monday (5/29) and June 3 and 4, Middle Amana Park, 27th Avenue and H Street, Middle Amana; free to $12 or event passes, Iowarenfest.com
Movie Night at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Friday, May 26
All ages can come to Old MacDonald’s Farm and learn about “The Secret Life of Pets” during the new Movie Night at the Farm, sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust. The 2016 animated adventure looks at the lives pets lead after their people leave for work or school each day. Packing some star power into the pet voices are Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart and Dana Carvey. The film begins at sunset, but if you come early, you can see the farm’s real animals. “Finding Nemo” will be shown Aug. 18.
Movie Night at Old MacDonald’s Farm: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday (5/26), Old MacDonald’s Farm, Bever Park, 2700 Bever Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; free admission, popcorn and water
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Saturday, May 27
George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the 1970s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelicmachine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing more than 40 R&B hit singles. Born in North Carolina in 1941, he became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey in the early 1950s. He formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of the barbershop in which he worked. By the mid-’60s, he was making his way as a songwriter and producer in Detroit.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (5/27), McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids; $35 to $75, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Mcgrathamphitheatre.com