The Deep Dish Divas perform on the NewBo Market stage during EcoFest 2017. This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 21. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Attendees at last year’s EcoFest wore light jackets and some were in shorts. This year, the hope is that the snow will be gone for the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, April 21.

While some activities can be moved indoors into the NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, some of the highlights at this year’s EcoFest happen outdoors.

Participants can take a shuttle to the top of Mount Trashmore to preview the scenic overlook and trails, which are scheduled to open to the public later this summer.

Shuttles are available every 10 to 15 minutes from the Geonetric parking lot, 415 12th Ave. SE, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending with the last shuttle down from the top at 3:30 p.m.

Walking and biking are not allowed on Mount Trashmore during EcoFest, but once the trail work is done later this year, according to the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, it will be hike and bike only.

The Trees Forever Tour de Trees offers another outdoor opportunity during EcoFest. Trees Forever will lead a tree planting at Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Rd. SE, beginning at 9 a.m. Participants can then ride their bikes to EcoFest, centered at the NewBo City Market.

EcoFest is an Earth Day celebration that began in 2010 in Cedar Rapids. The event also features live music, local vendors, artists, educational programs and more.

An Eco-Film Festival begins at 10:30 a.m. inside CSPS, just across the street at 1103 Third St. SE.

EcoFest activities are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018.

See photos from EcoFest 2017 and find the full schedule for this Saturday’s festival at

Gonzo the turkey vulture spreads its wings during a presentation by Raptology of Iowa City during EcoFest 2017. (photo/Cindy Hadish)