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Events in the Area - 2022


The Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Center
Located right up the road from the conference center, Bien VenU – the Cedar Falls Tourism Center offers information about things to do, places to see, places to shop, and More.  
OPEN Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; 6510 Hudson Road

Downtown Cedar Falls
Downtown Cedar Falls is where fun happens!   With 30+ unique shops and boutiques, and 20+ bars, cafes and restaurants, you’ll enjoy the Downtown Cedar Falls Arts and Entertainment District from early in the morning to late, late night.

Shopping in Cedar Falls

The Waterloo Visitors Center
The close-by city of Waterloo also has a lot to offer with plenty of fun. relaxing activities and events the year around.

Shopping in Waterloo

Trails, Trails, and more Trails
The Cedar Valley is known for its complex of trails with over 128 miles of hard-surfaced, multi-use trails for non-motorized and non-equestrian activities.  You may want to bring your bike !  Or your hiking shoes.  One of the trails is within one block of our conference center.

Public Art Tour
Cedar Falls is home to more than 20 sculptures that “nest” “amongst” downtown district buildings, wildflowers and formal gardens. Take this driving tour to see this reflection of the Cedar Falls vibrant and welcoming community.

Eddie Bowles Historical Walking/Biking Tour
Eddie Bowles (1884-1984) grew up in New Orleans, and he learned to play guitar alongside Louis Armstrong and Kid Ory. A search for work led him up to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he initially was employed to build some of the first paved roads in the city. He remained in Cedar Falls, working a series of manual labor jobs and playing a distinctive 12-bar blues style for friends and neighbors. During the Blues Revival of the 1960s, Bowles was sought out by young guitarists eager to learn his unique picking style of guitar playing, and he continued playing for local audiences well into his nineties before his death in 1984 at the age of 100.  Take this augmented reality tour; click here for details:



UNI Men’s Basketball vs. Dubuque (Exhibition) – November 2 – time TBD

UNI Football vs South Dakota State University – Senior Day; Military Appreciation Night - November 5 @ 4:00pm

Cedar Valley events – including music venues

Waterloo Black Hawks Hockey – November 5 @ 6:00pm

Arts & Theater in the area:



Barn Happy – Iowa made products - Cedar Falls

Escapology Escape Rooms - Cedar Falls

Hearst Center for the Arts – Cedar Falls

Ice House Museum – Cedar Falls

Marshall Center School - @ UNI

Three Pines Farm

Victorian House Museum – Cedar Falls

Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens – south of Waterloo

Isle of Capri Casino – south of Waterloo

Get Air Trampoline Park

Ninja U - A Ninja Warrior Experience – Cedar Falls

Cadillac XBC (Xtreme Bowling Center) – Waterloo

Hurling Hatchet – ultimate ax hurling experience – Cedar Falls

Young Arena – Public ice skating - Waterloo

The Grout Museum District - Waterloo
- Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
- Grout Museum of History and Science
- Renssellaer Russell House Museum
- Snowden House
- Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum

John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum - Waterloo

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum – Waterloo

Waterloo Center for the Arts/ Phelps Youth Pavilion

Fox Ridge Winery – Traer

SingleSpeed Brewing – Cedar Falls


The Theater:

GBPAC – Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center – UNI campus

The LampPost Theater – Cedar Falls

Oster Regent Community Theater – Cedar Falls

TheatreUNI – UNI campus

UNI School of Music Performances

Waterloo Community Playhouse

Black Hawk Children’s Theater - Waterloo


Outdoor Activities:

Big Woods Park – Cedar Falls

Cedar Valley Water Trails

George Wyth State Park – Cedar Falls

Hartman Reserve – Cedar Falls

Hansen’s Dairy - Hudson

Lost Island Waterpark & Theme Park - Waterloo

Palmer’s Family Fun – Waterloo

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area – NE Iowa




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