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Spend an evening wandering the district to see local art exhibits, meet the artists & fellow art lovers. Art Walk First Thursdays is a free ongoing monthly art event created to showcase new gallery exhibits in the district by local, regional and national artists– in various visual arts and mediums. This monthly event will take place from 5:30pm -7:30pm every first Thursday in galleries located just blocks away from each other, within the district of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Art enthusiasts attending this event may walk to each gallery to see new art exhibits in these spaces. In additional to gallery openings, participating galleries may also have artist’s lectures and demos and receptions for the artists. This event strives to expose participants to various mediums of art as well as the artists who created them. These events are open to the public and free of charge. For art collectors, participating galleries will also have items available for sale. In addition, information will be made available for upcoming shows, musical events and classes/workshops in the NewBo area.

March 2020

February 2020 

December 2019

Join us for our monthly District Meet Up the third Monday of every month at 8:30. These monthly Meet Up’s are held to promote open communication throughout The District, and a variety of topics are featured to educate residents, businesses and property owners.

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Take the 2020 Mount Trashmore Challenge: Get in shape, have fun and check out one of Cedar Rapids’ newest destinations!

Celebrate the beauty of the view from the top with friends, while supporting a local community-building non-profit. Experience the variety of trails by walking, running or biking. Registration for the Mt. Trashmore Challenge  $35. T-shirt available after registration.

Take the 2020 Mount Trashmore Challenge: Get in shape, have fun and check out one of Cedar Rapids’ newest destinations! The Mt. Trashmore Challenge (June-November 2020) will be the goal of climbing our local treasure Mt. Trashmore 140 times—a distance equal to ascending Mount Everest! The distance will be recorded via Mt. Trashmore Challenge phone app. (more details coming soon) For each milestone you make, celebrate by enjoying the breathtaking view from the top as well as perks from local businesses.

Several routes available – walk, run or bike. Trail information is available here: trashmorechallenge.com

* Challenge is from June-November 2020 

Mt. Trashmore sits at the edge of the Czech Village and New Bohemia neighborhoods. Stop by after your fitness goals for refreshing drinks, tasty dishes and local shopping – all while supporting local community development through The District Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street Program.

More Information Here: https://trashmorechallenge.com/

Sponsors Include:

Red Ball Printing

United Fire Group

Collins Aerospace

US Bank

Iowa Economic Development Authority

EcoFest is a collaborative annual event planned by multiple local non-profit environmental groups, along with other community organizations.  The Corridor’s premier Earth Day celebration, this family-friendly festival includes the Eco-Film Fest, interactive educational activities, eco-practice demonstrations on how to reduce our consumption of resources, fun ways to reduce and reuse household items, local foods, and free live music all day!  EcoFest helps us connect our personal choices to individual, community and planetary sustainability.  Find out more at www.ecofestcr.org or like us on Facebook @ Ecofest CR.

Deck the District 2019

Holiday Fun in the DISTRICT Czech Village – New Bohemia

“Holiday Express” bus will be available for visitors to tour the district on Saturday and Sunday featuring stops on both sides of the river. Map to be posted soon.

Friday December 6th:

The Czech Village Association will be holding it’s annual Svaty Mikulas and Tree Lighting Celebration as the kick off to Deck the District. It will start at 6:30 in the old Kosek Building, 83 16th Ave. SW. Svaty Mikulas, the angel and devil will be present to talk to the children. There will be cookies and cocoa. The Czech Singers will be entertaining with Czech Christmas songs. At 7:00pm there will be a short presentation about Christmas customs and traditions in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Following this there will be a candle light walk to the village Christmas Tree where it will be lit.

NewBo City Market –
Holiday Wreathe Workshop with new shopkeeper The Fed Fox. Tickets are $20 and include all materials and a take-home wreath! The class goes from 6 to 8 p.m.
Holiday Music Bingo Night, free to the public, beginning at 6 p.m.

Bohemian Betty Holiday Market
Jingle! Jingle! It’s the holiday season! Bohemian Betty is bringing you another festive market! There will be art, antiques, vintage, goodies and much more. Support local vendors by doing your Christmas shopping at this adorable market. Friday, December 6th 1-8pm. Entry will be $2. Free admission with Bohemian Betty T-shirt and for children 10 and under. (Can be purchased at Found + Formed) Half of the admission collected will be donated to a local charity TBD and the other half will be kept to help fund our future events. 95 16th Ave SW, Cedar RapidsCzech VillageThe old Smuggler’s Wharf building across from Dirty Shirleys.

Saturday December 7th

Very Cherry Holiday @ The Cherry Building 9 am to 4pm
Holiday open house and studio tour, with live music by the Four Seasons and special guests Santa Clause and the incomparable Cher E. Pitts! Participating Studio Spaces: Millar Woodwiind Repair, Friends of the Library book sale, Mel Andringa Studio, David Van Allen Studio, Barnard Instrument Repair, Nexus Entertainment Arts, Cathy Schumacher, Czech Village / New Bohemia Main Street District, AE Photography, Metal Works by Dave Leeper, Dr. Tina Gallion’s Active Life Chiropractic, Zaza’s Pasta, Suite 128 Art Show, Schwartzkopf Fine Woodworking, Kimberly Machovec Art Studio
iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio – Join us for the annual Very Cherry Art Sale on December 7th from 9 am to 4pm! Santa will be here from 10am-12pm! The studio and gallery will be packed with beautiful works for sale by our community. Be sure to stop in and find that perfect one of a kind gift.
We will also be hosting TWO drop in workshops for $10 each:
-10am-2pm Clay Holiday Tree Workshop
-12-2pm Glass Ornament Workshop
Illuminations – An annual festive event! In addition to unique gifts, Illuminations will have refreshments and door prizes. Mary Thompson will be doing half hour gallery mediumship sessions between 10-12 pm and 1-3 pm. At noon, Ellen Noble, Gretchen Little, and Stephanie Ryan will perform Christmas Carols with accompaniment by Laina Pilkenton. Practitioners will be available to answer any questions you may have about services we offer.

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
Old World Christmas Market 2019
December 7 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM & December 8 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
You don’t want to miss our 10th year of making spirits bright, inspired by traditional European markets, but with our own Midwest magic. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a decade long tradition. Experience a delightful market with local handcrafted items, delicious food and drink, entertainment, and activities for people of all ages. This enchanted celebration of culture, community, and holiday cheer is free for the entire weekend.

NewBo City Market:
We will be hosting the McAuley Center Quilt Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as several other guest vendors as usual!

Bohemian Betty Holiday Market
Jingle! Jingle! It’s the holiday season! Bohemian Betty is bringing you another festive market! There will be art, antiques, vintage, goodies and much more. Support local vendors by doing your Christmas shopping at this adorable market. Saturday, Dec 7th 10am-6pm. Entry will be $2. Free admission with Bohemian Betty T-shirt and for children 10 and under. (Can be purchased at Found + Formed) Half of the admission collected will be donated to a local charity TBD and the other half will be kept to help fund our future events. 95 16th Ave SW, Cedar RapidsCzech VillageThe old Smuggler’s Wharf buildingAcross from Dirty Shirleys.

Sunday December 8th

NewBo City Market The big man himself is coming to the NewBo City Market, and he wants to hear about all your Christmas wishes! Noon – 4pm

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
Old World Christmas Market 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
You don’t want to miss our 10th year of making spirits bright, inspired by traditional European markets, but with our own Midwest magic. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a decade long tradition. Experience a delightful market with local handcrafted items, delicious food and drink, entertainment, and activities for people of all ages. This enchanted celebration of culture, community, and holiday cheer is free for the entire weekend.