Thursday, August 20 through Saturday, August 22
Bring out the noise. The Picador’s throwing a party. And not just any party. One big b-day bash, in fact, as The Picador marks its third year in the Iowa City music scene.
The entire weekend is dedicated to celebrating, and they’ve lined up some of the best acts in town — Tanks, Naked Hasselhoff, Snow Demon, The Manimal Orchestra and Shores of the Tundra to name a few. Thursday night is an East Coast vs. West Coast dance party featuring a battle of DJ Coolzey and Mr. Boogie Man. And their gift to you: it’s free!
10 p.m. Thursday (08/20), 9 p.m. Friday (08/21) and Saturday (08/22), Free, The Picador, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City, www.thepicador.com
Clearheart Vodka Crawl
Friday, August 21
Need a recipe for a fun night? Mix Clearheart Vodka (made right here by Cedar Ridge Vineyards) with six bars and get one popular event. The Clearheart Vodka Crawl. For $10, get six drinks plus a Clearheart glass. Register at Allure (formerly Karma), then head to Piano Lounge, Bricks, Teeghans, Dublin City and DC’s Riverwalk. Proceeds go to the Cedar Rapids Downtown District and ImpactCR. So it’s crawling for a cause.
Clearheart Vodka Crawl
4:30 to 10 p.m., Friday (08/21), register at Allure, 616 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, $10, 21 and older only, www.downtowncr.org
Orquesta Alto Maiz
Friday, August 21 30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Ped Mall in Downtown Iowa City rocks on Friday nights throughout the summer thanks to the Friday Night Concert Series. This week’s band, Orquesta Alto Maiz, adds a little fiesta flar with an eclectic mix of Latin influence — merengue, samba, cha-cha, salsa, calypso and boleros. This 11 piece Latin-jazz dance band is an Iowa City favorite. Don’t forget your lawn chair, or better yet dancing shoes. Olé!
Friday Night Concert Series
6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday (08/21), Weatherdance Fountain Stage on the Ped Mall in Iowa City, Free, www.summerofthearts.org
Three other things
- Funk-Stop @ Jazz Under the Stars
- 7 p.m., Thursday
- Noelridge Park, Council St. and Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, Free, www.kcck.org
- Dig IN: The Decorah Iowa Green Initiative Festival
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- Various sites around Decorah and Northeast Iowa, $10 weekend pass for all events, www.digindecorah.com
- Brucemore Garden and Art Show
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
- Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, $6, 319.362.7375, www.brucemore.org