CEDAR RAPIDS – The weather was perfect for Market After Dark, until it wasn’t.
A brief downpour put a damper on the nighttime market and sent crowds scattering, but not before bands played, dancers performed and people filled the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids, for the third annual event.
Market After Dark, the night version of the Downtown Farmers Market, attracted an average of 30,000 people in each of its first two years.
This year’s market looked to be close to those numbers, even with the short rainfall that began about three hours into the event.
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, which organizes the downtown markets, announced today (Aug. 30) that attendance this year came in at 29,127.
Fewer dogs were at this year’s market, in keeping with the policy that prohibited pets.
If you missed out, find details on more than 50 farmers markets in Eastern Iowa on the Homegrown list and see more images from Market After Dark 2017, below: