Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28
A staple of summer in Cedar Rapids, the 22nd annual BBQ Roundup, kicks off today (Thursday) near Veterans Memorial Stadium. Get your kicks tasting some of the nation’s best BBQ. Stop down tonight (Thursday) for Concert Night with Los Lonely Boys (for a true Tex-Mex experience.) But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Bud Light MXT will be on site with Xbox 360 and Guitar Hero III. Duffy’s Collectible Cars will be on display and other entertainment (including Stampede and Stranded in Iowa.) Sunday is Family Day so bring the kids along to see magician Tim Stolba and Pappa Balloon the balloon maker.
Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup
11 a.m. Thursday (06/25) to Sunday (06/28), the parking lot between Veterans Memorial Stadium and Kingston Stadium, Admission $3 for adults, Kids 12 and under free, www.uscellularcenter.com/BBQ/bbqroundup.html
Friday, June 26 @ 5 and Saturday, June 27
Calling all Trekies! Beam yourself right over to Riverside-the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk-this weekend for Trekfest. Organizers of the event promise Star Trek-inspired fun for all ages. There’s a “Voyage Home” parade, fireworks, a costume contest and much more. Plus, you can join in a meet and greet with three original Star Trek stars (for a nominal fee): George Takai (Mr. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), and Walter Koenig (Chekov). Live long and prosper, Trekfest!
5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday (06/26) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (06/27), Hall Park, Riverside, Free, www.trekfest.com
Tuesday, June 30
We’re not giving you the run-around! Head over to the Chrome Horse Saloon on Tuesday night for an outdoor concert with Grammy award-winning Blues Traveler. (Their only scheduled Iowa performance this year!) Frontman and lyricist John Popper and the rest of the band members-Chandler Kinchla, Ben Wilson, Tad Kinchla, and Brendan Hill-will prove they are still going strong after going quintuple-platinum in the early 90s. Gates open at 6 p.m. so get there early for the best spot in the lot. You can get your tickets before the show at the Chrome Horse or at www.etix.com.
8 p.m., Tuesday (06/30) Chrome Horse Saloon, 1202 Third Street SE, Cedar Rapids, $28 in advance or $32 day of show, www.chromehorsesaloon.net
THREE OTHER THINGS
Pearl Jam Tribute with Given To Fly and Slip Silo
9 p.m.,Friday (6/26)
Yacht Club, 13 S Linn Street, Iowa City, $, 319.337.6464, www.iowacityyachtclub.org
Downtown Drive In Movie Series: Hotel for Dogs
7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday (6/27)
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, 500 1st Avenue, Cedar Rapids, Free, www.downtowncr.org
J&P Cycles 30th Anniversary Open House
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (6/27) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (6/28)
J&P Cycles, 13225 Circle Drive, Anamosa, Free, www.jpcycles.com