Polar Bear Dip

This has become an annual event since 2005. Held in February each year at Mel’s Landing Park near the Cedar River, it is not an event for the ‘weak-hearted’ as you will see people jumping in the icy waters of the river. The day starts with the dipping by Full Dippers, Half Dippers, Double Dippers, and Team Dippers (free to dip, pay to watch). There is a large bon-fire to warm up next to. This fun is followed by a Chili Cookoff with “local” Celebrity Judges. Soup supper, potato bar, game show, and dance will follow at the Legion Club. For details, call City Hall at (308) 358-0240.


The Cedar Rapids melodrama is a widely popular event. People from town and surrounding areas have enjoyed hilarious productions for many years.

Held at Cedar Rapids Community Center on Main Street. Doors open one hour prior. Cash bar only; free pop and popcorn.

The Melodrama “Millie Monka and the Salmon Cannery” will be presented at the Community Center March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., March 22 at 5:00 p.m. and March 28 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 each and go on sale March 2 at 7:30 a.m. at Cedar’s Rapid Stop, or call or text Cheryl at 402-649-9221. They go fast, and seating is limited but NO early sales.  Guaranteed to be a great show!

Cedar’s Rapid Run

The Annual Cedar’s Rapid Run is held the first Saturday in August. It starts with a Tot Trot for children ages 5 and under.  There is also a 1-mile Kids Run, 2-mile Walk/Run, and 5-mile Run. Early registration is recommended. For more information or for an entry form contact Elaine at or Kim at

Annual Cedar Rapids Community Picnic

The Annual Community Picnic will be held July 24, 2021 at the City Park.  Activities include a volleyball tournament, parade, kids t-ball game, beer garden, kids games.  Firemen will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Evening entertainment will be provided.  Call 308-358-0240 for more information.

Hunting & Fishing

Our hills and valleys along the Cedar River are rich with wildlife. Pheasant and quail hunting in the fall brings people from all over the state to hunt. The white tail deer is also popular and plentiful for both the bow and the rifle hunter. In addition, the area offers grouse, turkey, squirrel and rabbit hunting. The Cedar River provides great opportunity for the fisherman seeking catfish, carp and other native fish.


The Cedar River is a winding stretch of river that begins in the sandhills northwest of Cedar Rapids and empties into the Loup River to the south. It is a fairly fast moving river. If you can stay within the channel (and off the sand bars) a fun filled day can be spent canoeing or tanking down the Cedar. Watch out for the holes that pocket the river! For more information on canoe rentals or shuttle service, contact City Hall at 308-358-0240 or e-mail us at


For the person who likes to rough it, camping is offered at Mel’s Landing on the north edge of Cedar Rapids along the Cedar River. City water and outhouse rest room facilities are available. The campsite also offers a canoe landing, along with several fire pits. Six electrical hookups for RVs and campers are available.


A unique pasture golf course called Timber Creek Cow Patty is located about twelve miles southwest of Cedar Rapids. A local farmer began this nine hole course five years ago. For more information, contact Richard McPhillips at 308-358-0638. There are also courses available in Albion, Spalding and Fullerton.

Hamburger Days/Soup Suppers

Many organizations sponsor fund-raising feeds at several of the Cedar Rapids home sporting events.


Both boys and girls teams compose Cedar Rapids softball/baseball teams. All age ranges are included. There are also adult teams in the area. A batting cage and pitching machines are avaiable for summer use.


  • City Park — The city park houses a baseball diamond, batting cage, two sand volleyball courts, dance pavilion, concession stand, restrooms and playground equipment.
  • Mini Park — The mini park is home to a beautifully designed flower garden complete with brick paths, benches, and a gazebo.
  • Pool Park — The pool park provides playground equipment and a full size swimming pool with a slide, diving board, and a children’s wading pool. There is also a multi-purpose tennis court with basketball hoops.
  • Mel’s Landing — Mel’s Landing offers playground equipment along with various other items as noted under camping section.

Santa Claus Day

Each year Santa Claus visits Cedar Rapids sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Community Club. He gives all youngsters from preschool thru 5th grade candy and listens to their wish lists. The day also includes a potato bake sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Senior Center. Businesses donate prizes, certificates, and money for drawings. Many offer specials for the day.