June 17 - July 4, 2021
Cedar Rapids


Call for Affiliated Events NOW OPEN!


Cedar Rapids, IA (2/27/19) The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is now accepting community events to be part of the 2020 Festival, referred to as “Affiliated Events”! Events scheduled during June 13th – July 5th, 2020 will be considered, and must be in line with the Freedom Festival Mission: to be family-friendly, affordable, provide a sense of community, and embody the spirit of patriotism. 

Affiliated Events will be included in the Freedom Festival Guide—that’s distributed to over 130,000 people! Your event will also appear on the list of Events on the Freedom Festival website (https://www.freedomfestival.com/events/), which averages 300,000 hits in the month of June alone. Back by popular demand, there will be a digital guide which will allow access to the official FF Guide via our website.

In 2019, the Freedom Festival had over 50 different organizations partner with the Festival to provide over 100 different events, at dozens of venues all over the city! Thanks to all of these amazing partnerships, the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is the state’s 2nd largest festival—second only to the Iowa State Fair!

Any organization or individual interested in becoming an “Affiliated Event” during the 2020 Festival, please visit https://www.freedomfestival.com/affiliated-event-registration/ to learn more about the requirements, fees, and to fill out an application. The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2020.

For additional questions, please contact our Events and Marketing Director, Karol Shepherd, at karol@freedomfestival.com.


The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving Cedar Rapids and a significant portion of eastern Iowa. Our mission is to celebrate the quality of life in Eastern Iowa by providing safe, affordable and fun annual events that embody the spirit of patriotism and a sense of community and family.

Because of the continuation of social distancing and precautions taking place to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, and with recommendations by both the Linn County Public Health Department and the City of Cedar Rapids Mayor, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that the 2020 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival has been CANCELLED.

To encourage the community to help support our non-profit organization, and to ensure the Festival’s longevity and ability to return in 2021, 2020 Commemorative Freedom Festival Buttons are on sale NOW at all Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee Stores. Buttons are $5 each, and include a Hy-Vee booklet of coupons totaling over $30 in savings!

PLUS Hy-Vee has been generous to offer and honor our yearly Freedom Festival tradition of giving away a $100 Hy-Vee Gift Card to FIVE lucky winners! For “Show Us Your Button” Promotion details CLICK HERE.