One of Cedar Rapids’ most popular downtown events, Market After Dark, is returning Saturday, Aug. 27.
According to a news release, more than 100 vendors, entertainment, lighted attractions, games and more will be in downtown Cedar Rapids for a free, outdoor community event.
“Market After Dark is one of our community’s most anticipated events of the summer,” said Maddix Stovie, events coordinator for Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, in the release. “We are excited to bring back entertainment, and a few other surprises, to make this night a festive and fun atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.”
Known for its unique atmosphere, where patrons 21 years and older can take part in an open-container environment within the designated market area, the seventh annual Market After Dark runs from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m on Aug. 27.
Beer and wine will be sold at various locations for $7 in disposable Market After Dark cups until 10:30 p.m. Canned soda and water will be available for $3 and a non-alcoholic beverage tent, located in Greene Square, will serve Millstream soda for $4 and floats for $6. The open container policy within the market area starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends promptly at 11 p.m. Alcohol will also be sold at participating downtown establishments.
According to the release, this year’s event will have vendors located on Second Avenue SE, Third Avenue SE and Fourth Avenue SE between Second Street SE and Fifth Street SE. Entertainment also returns with three stages located throughout the venue. Diamond Empire Band will perform on the main stage at Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street, The Country Club will perform on Fourth Avenue near Second Street, and acoustic guitarist, Kevin Moore, will be playing at the intersection of Second Avenue and Third Street.
“Market After Dark is a terrific opportunity to bring the community to our vibrant and fun Downtown District,” said Doug Neumann, executive director of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, in the release. “We look forward to this event every year as it supports local businesses, entrepreneurs and our surrounding communities.”