Things To Do

Farmer's Markets

The Hiawatha Farmers Market is located in the 10th Ave parking lot of Guthridge Park in Hiawatha. The market opens beginning mid-April and runs through the end of October on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (local time). Depending on the day, 25 or more entrepreneurs from the area set up their own displays and sell home-grown and home-made products. These include (but are not limited to) fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, an assortment of baked products, preserved food products, arts, and crafts.

Cedar Rapids Farmers Market has become one of the largest open-air markets in the Midwest, with as many as 15,000 patrons visiting each market. More than 200 local Iowa vendors offer fresh produce, a variety of baked goods, artisan gifts, and meats and dairy products. Rain or shine – during the months of June through September – patrons can enjoy a big-as-your-face cinnamon roll and sample local Iowa wine while catching up with friends and neighbors. Live music, dancers and street performances round out this eclectic Cedar Rapids original. The downtown market runs along 3rd Ave and 4th Ave, from 2nd St to 5th St, in Cedar Rapids, on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Other markets are located at Noelridge Greenhouse parking lot on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Green Square on Thursdays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The Marion Farmers Market offers a wide variety of locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, and homemade crafts. Market is located at 3375 7th Ave in Marion and opens in May, running through the end of September. Markets are open on Wednesdays from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Shopping

Lindale Mall – Everyone loves a visit here, where shopping is tops and fun is everywhere. Get inspired by great fashion at your favorite specialty shops. Get it all at their stylish department stores. Get going with a steaming latte for you and a cookie for your guy in the stroller. Get the wiggles out in their creative play area. And, best of all, get everything accomplished in one easy trip. Lindale Mall is located at 4444 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sundays from Noon to 6:00 p.m

Westdale Mall – In addition to shopping, entertainment and dining, Westdale Mall is home to several city, county and government agencies as well as the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Westdale Mall is located at 2600 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Dining

The Metro area offers a plethora of cultural dining experiences, from American home-style cuisine to authentic Mediterranean, with the rich spices of Mexican restaurants, and exotic aromas of Asian fare all close by.

Schools

Cedar Rapids Community Schools

The Cedar Rapids Community School District has the second largest enrollment in the State of Iowa. The district's AK through grade 12 grade program currently serves 15,975 students. The educational program of the Cedar Rapids Schools is designed to provide excellence for all students, and is based on a guiding philosophy of continuous improvement. Hiawatha residents have access to three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and a variety of local colleges and universities.

Hiawatha Elementary School is located at 603 Emmons St, Hiawatha and offers classes to grades K - 5.

Nixon Elementary School is located at 200 Nixon Dr, Hiawatha and offers classes to grades K - 5.

Viola Gibson Elementary School is located at 6101 Gibson Dr NE, Cedar Rapids and offers classes to grades K - 5

Harding Middle School is located at 4801 Golf St NE, Cedar Rapids and offers classes to grades 6 - 8.

Kennedy High School is located at 4545 Wenig Rd NE, Cedar Rapids and offers classes to grades 9 - 12.

Colleges and Universities

Local Organizations

Parks & Trails

Hiawatha takes pride in our great outdoor and recreation spaces. Learn more about Hiawatha parks and trails here.

Sports / Recreation

Hiawatha Kids League

Need a summer league for the kids? Hiawatha Kids League is Hiawatha's summer baseball and softball league that has been organized for over 30 years! Register at Hiawatha City Hall every fall or call Peg Bader (319-393-9175) for more information.

Gymnastics

C.R.A.G. Gymnastics provides a unique opportunity to help young people develop physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially through the sport of gymnastics. They are located at 925 Boyson Ct, Hiawatha.

AirFX

AirFX is located at 1100 N 18th Ave, Hiawatha, right next to the Fay M. Clark Memorial Park. AirFX is Iowa's largest indoor trampoline park! Enjoy 40,000 square feet of family fun! Including wall-to-wall trampolines, Kid’s Zone for small children, dodgeball court, trampoline basketball, 18- and 24-foot tumble tracks, jumping pits, slackline/tightrope, Lazer Frenzy, party rooms, miniature golf, outdoor soccer, pizza, soft drinks, ice cream and more!

Make a reservation for your birthday party or other celebration at Eastern Iowa’s favorite Family Fun Center! Book your party in our reservation system or call (319) 378-4AIR for more information.

Golf Courses

Time on the links can provide golfers of every level, the self competition and peace of spending time enjoying a Midwest summer. The Metro area offers eleven golf courses to choose from:

Baseball Clubs

The Metro area boasts their own AAA Baseball team, a class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The Cedar Rapids Kernels mission is to provide affordable, fan-friendly, high-quality entertainment at a first-class facility. Check out their schedule and be ready to settle in for some summer fun with a ballgame!

Hockey

Maybe the thrill of the puck streaking across the ice is more your style. The Metro area's own Cedar Rapids Rough Riders can quench your appetite for hockey. check out their website for scheduling, ticket information and directions to "The Stable".

Arts & Culture

For those seeking to stimulate their artistic side or just to enjoy the Midwest area's cultural diversity, the Metro area offers a vast array of cultural attractions and an abundance of museums, live music, festivals, theatre and entertainment options. The vibrant and accessible art scene enriches the area and makes the Metro area a wonderful place to live and visit.

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Among the region's largest and longest-operating community theatres, Theatre Cedar Rapids is located in the Iowa Theater Building in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids. Founded by regionalist artist Grant Wood, TCR is a nationally-recognized nonprofit community theatre embarking on its 79th season of quality local programs that reach more than 55,000 eastern Iowans of all ages. Take a look at their website for this year's lineup, ticket information and directions to the theatre.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Bringing Professional Opera to Eastern Iowa. Since 1998, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre has been committed to bringing high quality, professional opera productions to eastern Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre presents two to three operas each season as well as several special events. American artists and international artists are featured singers in their productions. Make sure to check out their amazing upcoming performances or buy your tickets today. Whether you are a newcomer to the wonderful multimedia art form that is opera, or a seasoned patron, we invite you to join us and Experience the AhhhHHH!

Orchestra Iowa

Founded in April 1921, Orchestra Iowa is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River. Its 82 professional musicians perform more than 120 public performances throughout Eastern Iowa each year, many of which can be heard on Iowa Public Radio and seen on Iowa Public Television. Visit their website for upcoming concerts and events and to purchase your tickets.

Indian Creek Nature Center

Get away from it all anytime at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids. Whether during the bright green of spring, lush bloom of summer, autumn's brilliance or the stark, crisp beauty of winter, the Indian Creek Nature Center welcomes you to reconnect with all that nature has to offer.

Explore over 200 acres and 4 miles of trails. Be inspired by changing vistas, splashing streams and up-close wildlife at every turn. Cultivate your child's curiosity about the wonders of industrious honey bees and wiggly backyard bugs. Learn how you can grow your own food, conserve precious resources and tread more gently on the earth. Engage with others in preserving and restoring Iowa's waterways and native habitats.

Stop by their website to see their hours of operation and find out about upcoming events.

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is a retreat and conference center focused on ecology and spirituality. It is nestled in a natural setting of 70 acres of prairie and woodland in Hiawatha. The vision of Prairiewoods is of people everywhere, awakened in consciousness and energized by the loving, creative Spirit of the Universe into a community, moving together into wisdom, compassion and the fullness of life. Offering services that include Ecospirituality, Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Healing Touch, Foot Spa Treatment, Paraffin Bath, Directed/Private and Group Retreat Packages and additional programming. The Center has 70 acres of quiet nature with walking trails, an outdoor labyrinth, a lending library with an extensive collection on the environment and a peaceful meditation room. the Center is located at 120 E Boyson Rd in Hiawatha and you can visit their website as well.

Movie Theaters

Sometimes it's great to relax in front of a big screen, popcorn in hand and be entertained by your favorite actors. Whether you enjoy comedy, suspense, drama or want to spend some time laughing with your children, the Metro area offers three theaters with many movies to choose from. Visit their websites for a listing of movies, show times and ticket prices.

Museums

The Metro area is a huge melting pot of history. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Brucemore, The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The African American Museum of Iowa, and The Carl and Mary Koehler History Center have volumes of historical treasures that surprise and educate all audiences.

Concerts in the Park

The Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a series of concerts in the month of August on Friday nights to provide entertainment and enjoyment for the community. Bring your coolers and lawn chairs and enjoy the music with family and friends at Hiawatha's Concerts in the Park, in Guthridge Park. Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.

Music and Entertainment

Movies Under the Moon

Hiawatha Parks and Recreation features outdoor movies in July and August at Guthridge Park. For more information, see our Parks & Rec events page.

Hiawatha Fun Fest

This family-friendly annual festival takes place in August and features a wide range of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. For more information, see our Parks & Rec events page.

Fall Festival

Join us for the last Hiawatha Farmers Market in October and enjoy fall kids activities. For more information, see our Parks & Rec events page.

Libraries

Hiawatha Public Library

The Vision of the Hiawatha Public Library is to provide the members of its community with access to information, which can improve their minds, broaden their lives, and fulfill their cultural, civic, intellectual, educational, and recreational needs. The Hiawatha Public Library offers programming for Adults, Children and Teens. Visit the Hiawatha Public Library at 150 W Willman St, Hiawatha or check out their website.

Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Vision of the Cedar Rapids Public Library is to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment. With programming for Children and Teens, the Cedar Rapids Public Library works to fulfill their vision statement. Locations include 2600 Edgewood Rd SW in Cedar Rapids and 221 3rd St SE in Cedar Rapids. Visit their website for hours of operation and their programming information.

Marion Public Library

The Marion Public Library is located at 1095 Sixth Ave in Marion. Programming for Children and Teens include story time, toddler time, children's reading programs and teen reading programs. Stop by and enjoy this facility and check out their website for hours of operation and directions.