on Thursday, June 23, 2016
White tents have popped up in Gateway Park, midway rides have arrived, the stages are set and it's the last full weekend of June....that means it's time for Sturgis Falls!
The Sturgis Falls Celebration grew out of the 1976 Cedar Falls Bicentennial Celebration. It is named after William Sturgis, who founded the community of Sturgis Falls in 1845 when he settled here with his family.
Now, in it's 41st year, Sturgis Falls has become the signature festival for our community and it is the largest, free community celebration in Iowa. Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into soliciting sponsorships, booking bands, lining up food vendors, laying out the activities at each park, scheduling children's entertainment and countless other tasks to pull off this full-scale festival, so if you see someone in a white Sturgis Falls polo while you are out and about enjoying the festivities this weekend, be sure to thank them!
With three days of activities at four downtown parks, you'll be letting the good times roll in no time! Here's a handy guide to what's happening in each park:
GATEWAY PARK If live music is your thing, you're definitely gonna want to hit up Gateway Park. More than 10 bands will be taking the stage, including Bob Dorr & the Blue Band, Checker and the Bluetones, the Wicked Andersons, Sixteen Candles, and Hotel California. For a full line-up of bands and showtimes, click here.
OVERMAN PARKA variety of entertainment will also take place at Overman Park's band shell throughout the weekend. Check out the Bill Riley Talent Show, the Kidsway Stage and a variety of live music from bands like the Sweet Adelines and Milk & Honey. Stop by to check out the Arts & Craft Fair on Sunday as well! For a full line-up and scheudle of entertainment, click here.
POLICE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL PARKSwing by Police Officer's Park on Sunday for the Classic Car Show! There are 54 classes, including trucks, foreign cars, convertibles, motorcycles, classics and even newer models. For more info, click here.
STURGIS PARKHeadquarters of the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, Sturgis Park will be filled with beautiful music all weekend long! The 2016 entertainment line-up includes Amelia and Melina, Dylan Sires and the Neighbors, The Nadas, Twins, The Steepwater Band and more! For a full line-up and schedule, click here.
More information on these events and other activities happening this weekend can be found on the Sturgis Falls website.
And don't forget to attend the parade at 10am on Saturday morning in downtown Cedar Falls and watch for our Holiday Hoopla float!