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Experience Culture with the
Waterloo Center for the Arts

Culture creates vibrancy for us individually & collectively. Join us for our many inclusive events for all.

Music & Culture

The Waterloo Center for the Arts is dedicated to fostering inclusivity, supporting and building a healthy and diverse cultural economy and nurturing a vibrant creative environment through the arts. With passion and a strong affinity for global dialogue, the WCA cultivates a reputation as a viable cultural destination by offering free cultural festivals throughout the year. These free community programs have been thoughtfully constructed to enhance the local cultural ecosystem and provide opportunities for the public to delve into the vibrant and diverse community of Waterloo.


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RiverLoop Rhythms

Additionally, the Waterloo Center for the Arts hosts a fun live summer music series, RiverLoop Rhythms, that is free to the community on select Fridays at 5:30PM – 9:30PM from May – August at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre. This series sees a mixture of musical genres of seasoned artists as well as new budding musicians never before featured at the Amphitheatre. Each RiverLoop Rhythms event will also feature and handful of Cedar Valley visual artists offering original works for visitors to experience and purchase. Children and Families are most welcome with a bounce house and various other activities available for young ones attending the performances. Each activity will be curated by our very own Phelps Youth Pavilion staff. We also encourage families to take advantage of the Mark’s Park Splash Pad located adjacent to the Amphitheatre which is available and free to the public during the summer months.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the RiverLoop Amphitheatre bar and other featured businesses for each scheduled performance.

RiverLoop Rhythms 2024 Schedule
Fridays | 5:30 - 9:30PM | Free Admission

  • May 31 | Brad & Kate with special guest Ben Rendall

  • June 14 | Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

  • July 5 | Kris Lager

  • July 19 | Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

  • August 16 | Hartsmith

Collaborative Events

The Waterloo Center for the Arts works with a handful of community partners to offer free music, fitness or other community events outside of the WCA general programming.

Join us for:

- Yoga on the River with Gray Lane Yoga

- Zumba for Kids! with Angelica Rodriguez

- Ballet Des Moines

- Waterloo Municipal Band

- Red, White & Loo: Mayor's Fireworks Celebration

- Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival 

- Drumming on the Cedar

- Waterloo Urban Farmers Market

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Upcoming Events

  • Cinema on the Cedar: Men in Black
    Cinema on the Cedar: Men in Black
    Fri, Jul 26
    Jul 26, 2024, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Waterloo, 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
    Jul 26, 2024, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Waterloo, 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
    Grab your snacks and join us for an epic movie night at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre for MEN IN BLACK! Friday, July 26 | Gates open at 8pm, movie starts at 9pm or sunset | FREE ADMISSION Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase
  • Cinema on the Cedar: Super Mario Bros
    Cinema on the Cedar: Super Mario Bros
    Thu, Aug 01
    Aug 01, 2024, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Waterloo, 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
    Aug 01, 2024, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Waterloo, 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
    Grab your snacks and join us for an epic movie night at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre for SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE! Thursday, August 1 | Gates open at 8pm, movie starts at 9pm or sunset | FREE ADMISSION Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase
  • Cedar Valley Stem & Stein: Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival
    Cedar Valley Stem & Stein: Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival
    Sat, Aug 10
    Aug 10, 2024, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    RiverLoop Expo Plaza, 460 Jefferson Street, Waterloo, IA, 50701
    Aug 10, 2024, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    RiverLoop Expo Plaza, 460 Jefferson Street, Waterloo, IA, 50701
    Stem & Stein is the Cedar Valley’s premier tasting event of the summer!
  • RiverLoop Rhythms: HartSmith
    RiverLoop Rhythms: HartSmith
    Fri, Aug 16
    Aug 16, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Waterloo, 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
    Aug 16, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Waterloo, 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA
    Hartsmith will be performing at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre Friday, August 16, 5:30-9:30 pm. Enjoy their blend of harmonies and instrumentation to r&b, neo-soul and old school classics to start the weekend. Admission is FREE and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
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