Dancers from Prestige Dance Studio make their way through downtown Cedar Rapids after a previous Market After Dark. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Market After Dark, which attracts tens of thousands of people to downtown Cedar Rapids, is scheduled to return on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

Related: See photos from the 2021 Market After Dark

The event, which includes a variety of food and product vendors interspersed with live entertainment and adult beverages, was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but made a comeback last year.

In 2019, more than 50,000 people filled the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids during the event, a record-setting year.

More than 100 vendors will offer a variety of prepared food, baked goods, produce and handcrafted items during the 2022 nighttime market, hosted by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Learn more from the hosts:

CEDAR RAPIDS – One of the most popular downtown events is returning Saturday, August 27th,
to Cedar Rapids. Market After Dark is Lighting the Night with Alliant Energy and bringing more than
100 vendors, plus entertainment, special lighted attractions, games and more to downtown for a
free, outdoor community event.

“Market After Dark is one of our community’s most anticipated events of the summer,” said Maddix
Stovie, events coordinator for Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. “We are excited to bring back
entertainment, and a few other surprises, to make this night a festive and fun atmosphere that
everyone can enjoy.”

The seventh annual Market After Dark runs from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This festive event is known for its unique atmosphere where patrons 21 years and older can take part in an open-container environment within the designated market area.

Beer and wine will be sold at various locations for $7.00 in disposable Market After Dark cups until 10:30 p.m. Canned soda and water will be available for $3.00 and a non-alcoholic beverage tent, located in Greene Square, will serve Millstream soda for $4.00 and floats for $6.00.

The open container policy within the market area starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends promptly at 11 p.m. Alcohol will also be sold at participating downtown establishments.

This year’s event will have vendors located on 2nd Avenue SE, 3rd Avenue SE and 4th Avenue SE
between 2nd Street SE and 5th Street SE. Entertainment also returns with three stages located
throughout the venue.

Diamond Empire Band will perform on the main stage at 4th Avenue and 5th Street, The Country Club will perform on 4th Avenue near 2nd street, and acoustic guitarist, Kevin Moore, will be playing at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street.

“Market After Dark is a terrific opportunity to bring the community to our vibrant and fun Downtown
District,” said Doug Neumann, executive director of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. “We
look forward to this event every year as it supports local businesses, entrepreneurs and our
surrounding communities.”

More event details can be found here:

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