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Rock the Block and Meet Me at the Market are returning to NewBo City Market this summer

Updated: May 6, 2021

The yard squares are returning and so are the iconic summer events at NewBo City Market!

Market staff are re-painting the 99 socially-distant squares in the Market’s yard. Each square is eight-feet by eight-feet, spaced six feet apart and will allow for individuals or families to safely experience the Market.

The Market’s iconic summer events, like Rock the Block and Meet Me at the Market, are important for the small businesses within the Market and in the surrounding NewBo/ Czech Village neighborhood. Each year, they attract thousands of potential customers to support the small local businesses in the area.

Rock the Block

This June through September, supporting small local businesses is as easy as drinking an Iowa beer, eating some delicious local food and enjoying live local music in the Market Yard.

Rock the Block squares are eight-feet by eight-feet, spaced six feet apart, for up to six people. There are three ways to snag a square this summer.


Season tickets are now available for purchase through June 3. When you reserve a $300 season ticket, you guarantee that your favorite square will be available for you and your group of up to six people every Friday, all summer long.

Weekly reservations for specific concerts can also be made for $20 per square on Eventbrite. Links to weekly reservation portals will be shared on Facebook a week prior to the upcoming concert. This portal will close the Thursday before each concert.

First come, first served

This year, squares that have not been reserved are open to the public free of charge on the day of the concert.

Who’s playing?

On May 28th, the Market will host the first Rock the Block concert of the season, which will continue through September 24th. The Full Circle Band will be the first band to grace the Bankers Trust Stage at Rock the Block 2021, and the rest of the summer lineup includes:

  • June 11th - Casting Call

  • June 18th - Bernemann Bros

  • June 25th - Deja Blue

  • July 2nd - Kevin Burt with Big Medicine

  • July 9th - Betty Calling

  • July 23rd - The Belle Rangers

  • July 30th - Soul Sherpa

  • August 6th - Surf Zombies

  • August 13th - Birdchild

  • August 27th - Fresh Fighters

  • September 3rd - Bamboozlers

  • September 17th - Cedar Junction

CSPS Hall, our NewBo neighbors, are presenting four concerts this summer on June 4th, July 16th, August 20th, and September 10th. The artists for these dates will be announced on May 7th. Follow CSPS and NewBo City Market on Facebook for more information.

Rock the Block 2021 is supported by Collins Aerospace, Lion Bridge Brewing Company, New Leader Manufacturing, and Cedar Rapids Tourism.

Meet Me at the Market

Every Thursday from June through September, community members can meet in the Market Yard at 6 p.m. for free guided walks, runs, bike rides and yoga classes.

No pre-registration is required and yoga squares are available on a first come, first served basis. These squares are eight-feet by eight-feet, spaced six feet apart, for one participant to use as they please.

On June 3, the Market will host the first Meet Me at the Market of the season.

Meet Me at the Market is supported by GreenState Credit Union

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