Amana Colonies Maifest
Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7

The rites of spring will be celebrated throughout the Amana Colonies this weekend. A parade kicks off festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday in the main colony, followed by dancers in traditional German attire weaving colorful ribbons around maipoles at the Amana Woolen Mill, Festhalle Barn, General Store, Meat Shop and Village Winery at various times both days. The Festhalle Barn also will be a hub of arts activities, with dancers and live music Saturday, ending with a rockin’ dance party from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Other festivities include a wine, beer and chocolate walk from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; strolling musicians; Old World food, crafts and demonstrations; horse-drawn carriage rides; world cuisine food trucks; and plays at the Old Creamery Theatre.

Amana Colonies Maifest: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday (5/6) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (5/7), Amana Colonies; free admission

Chalk the Walk
Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7

More than 500 artists will use more than a half-ton of chalk to turn Mount Vernon’s main uptown street into a canvas sporting colorful drawings. Based on the 16th century Italian “Madonnari” street art practice, the 12th annual Chalk the Walk also allows the public to work alongside the pros. This year’s collaborative piece is a 36-foot-by-46-foot recreation of Norman Rockwell’s 1948 Saturday Evening Post cover, “Dugout,” depicting a Chicago Cubs scene. For $10, festivalgoers will receive chalk sticks so they can take a swing at creating a 2-foot-square of a portion of the image. The festival also features live music. 

Chalk the Walk: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (5/6) and Sunday (5/7), First Street, Mount Vernon; free admission;

Orchestra Iowa: ‘1,001 Arabian Nights’
Saturday, May 6

German pianist Andreas Klein will join Orchestra Iowa to perform Franz Liszt’s delicate and wild Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Klein has been lauded for his wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The virtuosic work is part of the orchestra’s “1,001 Arabian Nights” Masterworks concert. The title reflects Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” a musical depiction of Queen Scheherazade’s clever scheme to save her life by telling cliffhanger stories every night for 1,001 nights. Rounding out the program is Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije Suite,” one of the composer’s most frequently performed works.

Orchestra Iowa: “1,001 Arabian Nights”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (5/6), Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $16 to $53, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or