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Three Reasons Why Uptown Friday Nights Are Still Rockin’

On May 20, Uptown Friday Nights mark the unofficial start of summer in Cedar Rapids. They’ve been going on in some way, shape or form, since 1988. The event fits perfectly in the McGrath Amphitheatre, on the bank of the Cedar River and draws thousands of people who enjoy it for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s the music, dancing, food and drinks, or just people watching, it is a welcome sign of summer’s return in Cedar Rapids.

Uptown Friday Nights

The summer tradition that is pushing its 30 year anniversary is stronger than ever, thanks to these three factors:

Chris Carson
Chris Carson


In Real Estate, it’s location, location, location. When it comes to live outdoor music, it’s local, local, local! The Pork Tornadoes kick off this year’s event on Friday, May 20 followed by Vicebox on Friday, May 27.


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Ice cold beer, ales, hard ciders and a nice variety of wines, make it an easy choice without having to get too fancy or pretentious. Uptown Friday Nights is also known for its affordable prices too.


Sarah Klein
Sarah Klein


With admission a cheap $5, there is no better value for live music under the stars with the downtown skyline and Cedar River in the background.


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