Friday, July 29
Something special is in store for RAGBRAI riders, volunteers and the public when 38 Special rolls into Coralville on Friday night. Building on its southern roots since the ’70s, the band founded by Donnie Van Zant and Don Barnes is best known for such arena-rock hits as “Hold on Loosely,” “Rockin’ into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’” and “Second Chance.” But this hot show isn’t the only thing awaiting the legions of hot bicyclists. Entertainment for all ages begins at 1 p.m. and continues through the evening, with kids’ activities, free indoor movies and local musicians in and around S.T. Morrison Park. It’s the coolest ticket in town.
8 p.m. Friday (7/29), Town Centre Parking Ramp, corner of Fifth Street and 12th Avenue, Coralville; free with RAGBRAI wristband or official volunteer T-shirt, $10 wristbands for public; no coolers, blankets, chairs, umbrellas; www.coralville.org
Today through Saturday, July 28 to 30
Decorah invites guests far and wide to “Take a Liking to a Viking” at the city’s 45th annual Nordic Fest Celebration. The weekend is jam-packed with activities for all ages, beginning with plenty of pomp and circumstance in tonight’s opening ceremonies at 6:45 p.m. Spend the rest of the weekend touring troll trails, seeing the scenic city by bus, dancing in the streets or watching the Nordic Dancers’ fleet feet, participating in foot races, canoe races and rock throws and of course, sampling delicious Scandinavian delicacies. So lefse hair down and party Olde World-style.
6:45 p.m. today (7/28) through Saturday (7/30), Decorah; ethnic food, entertainment, arts & crafts, sporting events, parade, Saturday night fireworks; www.nordicfest.com
Today through Saturday, July 27 to 30
How do you fix Cinderella’s shattered glass slipper or deal with a cranky Sleeping Beauty? Brothers Will and Jacob Grimm will ask their audiences for help as they embark on a mission to mend any fairy tale in need of a happy ending. This original play opened Wednesday and springs to the stage six more times through Saturday as Brucemore’s annual Outdoor Children’s Theatre show. It’s fun for kids and their adults, too, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale Repair Shoppe
5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today (7/28) through July 30, Brucemore’s outdoor stage, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; $5 adults, $3 children at the gate; (319) 362-7375 or www.brucemore.org