Newbo City Market Inc.

EcoFest 2017

Location: NewBo City Market
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
1103 3rd Street Southeast
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Date: Saturday, April 22 2017

Cedar Rapids 8th Annual EcoFest promises Good Green Fun!

The eighth annual EcoFest promises free family fun for all ages! The Earth Day celebration will be held in the New Bohemia district of Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 22 from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

The event features environmental education and fun with themes in sustainability, alternative energy, arts and local food. Visitors can participate in kid-friendly interactive displays, an Eco-film fest hosted at CSPS, a live music lineup, information on pollinators, a live raptor show, a nature play area and much more.  EcoFest is again giving away a new bicycle from Goldfinch Cyclery, so sign up to win a bike at the event.

This is a free public event. For a more detailed schedule of activities, films, musical performances and classes offered visit Most displays and activities will be located at the NewBo City Market- primarily outdoors if the day allows, or indoors if it is raining.   Other indoor events will take place at CSPS, directly across from NewBo City Market.  EcoFest is a collaboration of Prairiewoods, Sierra Club, Trees Forever, Linn County Conservation, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, the Solid Waste Agency and others.

See us at NewBo City Market, located at 1100 Third Street SE, free live music all day; free face painting, free compost, and free children’s play area. 

Featured Events

10:00am – 3pmFree Face Painting Booth 

10:30amOur Feathered Friends Raptor Program –outside NewBo Market

11:00am - New Bohemia Architectural Tour by Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street

                    (Meet at EcoFest Information Booth near NewBo Market entrance)

Noon New Bo Tree Walk with Trees Forever (meet at EcoFest Information Booth near NewBo Market entrance) Will there be more than one?                                                

All Day – Interactive Composting Demonstration with Aaron Hanson

All DayPhoto Booth – take your own EcoFun photos (near ICNC and Wickiup Hill booths)

All DayNew Work from the Grant Wood Art Colony Fellows with Colin Lyons at CSPS


Live Music –at the  NewBo City Market Outdoor Stage

11am - Jonny Lipford – Native American Flute Artist

Noon - Amelia and Melina – Indie/Folk Duo from Cedar Falls

1pmDeep Dish Divas – Eclectic mix of vintage novelties, folk, swing,

2pm - Cedar County Cobras – Acoustic, rockabilly, bluegrass


Eco Film Festival & Speakers – Location “C” Space at CSPS

10:30am -    “Cowspiracy”a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive                                 industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it speaker? (1hr, 31 minutes)

12:30pm -    “The Monarch: A Butterfly Beyond Borders” – The latest findings on the life cycle and migration of the familiar, yet mysterious, butterfly. (47 minutes)                                                                     

12:45   “Polliscaping" - Designing from a Pollinator's Eyes with Master Gardner Becki Lynch

3:00pm -      Colin Lyons, Grant Wood Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor, University of IA - Talk on geoengineering and new art installment at Mount Trashmore


Eco-Fair Vendors


CR Schools Green Team

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity/ReStore

Friends of Cedar Lake

Friends of Iowa City Cohousing

Green Iowa AmeriCorps

Illuminations Healing Arts Center

Indian Creek Nature Center

Iowa Henna

Iowa Master Naturalists

Linn County Conservation/Wickiup Hill Learning Center

National Center for Science Education

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

Sierra Club

Eco Mow LLC

Tower Garden and Juice Plus

Trees Forever


Henna Body Art

Mount Mercy University Enactus

Bee Apart Bee Together

Compost Ninja

Bee Apart Bee Together

Milkweed Matters

Monarchs of Eastern Iowa

Monarch & Pollinator Zones

Iowa 350

Solid Waste Agency

Frontier Coop

Summit Schools

Iowa City Cohousing