Charles City has a lot to offer fun-seekers during the summer. Here is a calendar of events to help you plan:

Ongoing events

• Farmers Market: Runs Wednesdays and Saturdays May 5-Oct. 13 at Central Park in Charles City

-3:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays

-9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays

• Classic Car Nights: Dave's Restaurant 5 p.m.-8 p.m., cruise starts at 7:30 p.m. Dates: May 24, June 28, July 5, July 19.


Monday, May 27

•Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Interpretive Center opens for season

Friday, June 7

• Figure 8 Races, 7-9 p.m., Floyd County Fair, 2516 7 Mile Road.

• Party in the Park, 5-9 p.m., Central Park. It's 80s Night with music by Redline.

Saturday, June 22

• Charles City Challenge Whitewater Festival. Now in its 7th year and winner of Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Event See this event at the Whitewater and Riverfront Park as paddlers compete in events for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Additional action on shore for those who prefer to remain dry.

• The Charles City BBQ Challenge is now “Smoke on the Cedar.” Situated along the Cedar River in downtown Charles City, this BBQ contest is open to the first 20 professional and amateur BBQ smokers alike to sign up. Smoke on the Cedar will be part of the Whitewater Festival. For more information or to register, contact the Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce at (641) 228-4234 or email

• PAWS Dog Jog, registration at 7:30 a.m., jog starts at 8:30 a.m., end of Leland Avenue.

Saturday, June 29

• Iowa Games Whitewater Slalom Competition. Charles City Whitewater and Riverfront Park

Friday, July 12

• Party in the Park, 5-9 p.m., Central Park. Family Game Night with music by Highway 9.

July 17-21

• Floyd County Fair, 2516 7 Mile Road.

Friday, Aug. 9

• Party in the Park, 5-9 p.m., Central Park. Retro Night with music by Endless summer.

Saturday, Aug. 17

• Arts & Heritage Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Andres Memorial Park.

• Annual Open House - Carrie Lane Chapman Catt's Girlhood home, noon to 3 p.m., 2379 Timber Ave.

Friday, Aug. 23

• Figure 8 Races, 7-9 p.m., Floyd County Fair, 2516 7 Mile Road.

Saturday, Aug. 24

• Cedar River Complex Main to Main Marathon, starts at 6:30 a.m., st Citizens Bank, 501 Main St., Osage.

• Free Christian Concert, 7-9 p.m., Central Park.

Monday, Sept. 2

• Family Apple Picking Day, noon to 3 p.m., Carrie Chapman Catt Home, 2379 Timber Ave.

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