The NewBo Arts Fest is a day of great musical performances, amazing and fascinating art and great people making things happen.

Mark your calendar to be at this year's NewBo Arts Festival in New Bohemia!

Labor Day Weekend, September 6, 2015.


Saturday September 5th

Run Packet Pick Up @ NewBo City Market 12:00 - 3:00

Gallery Walk 5:00 - 7:00

Outdoor Kick-off Concert @ NewBo City Market 7:00 - 9:00

Bob Dorr & the Blue Band

Sunday September 6th

New Bo Run

Festival Events 10:00 - 6:00

Art Show

Nex Gen Art Show

Live Music


Kids Zone

Past Festival Pictures

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History of Festival

The Fest began in 2007 as the New Bohemia Music Festival. The founders of the festival, the New Bohemia Group, wanted to provide Cedar Rapids with a unique visual and performing arts experience that celebrated the creative spirit of the New Bohemia Arts and Culture District. The long Labor Day Weekend seemed the perfect time for scheduling the event. The first festival had 6 outdoor stages located within a four block area of the 3rd metal to techno and everything in between. The music provided our 1500 guests with a rich variety of alternative music.

It was the New Bohemia Group's goal to support local musicians and provide commerce for the local merchants, bars and restaurants. The festival was an unqualified success and has become an annual tradition.

The Flood of 2008 presented planners with major challenges. With 3rd from catastrophic flood damage, it was decided to stage the festival in three alternative locations. As a result, festival events were relocated to Iowa City, Waterloo and the Southeast side of Cedar Rapids. To the credit of our dedicated volunteers, organizers and sponsors, we were able to pull together a second festival and prove we could rise above the Flood of 2008.

In the years since 2008, the festival has grown and developed with the New Bohemia District. This year is the ninth year of the festival. We are proud to co-host the 2015 festival with NewBo City Market.

The 2015 New Bohemia Arts Festival will feature a half marathon run, an art fair in NewBo Park, music stages located in 7 local bars and restaurants, sculpture and ceramic shows in the Cherry Building, an Emerging Artists Gallery at the NewBo City Market and street artists performing throughout the day.

The New Bohemia Arts Festival is a rare mix of music, art, theatre, dance and food – come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of NBAF9!


The NewBo ArtsFest is put on by the New Bohemia Group, a non-profit that supports local creativity and innovation in the New Bohemia Arts & Cultural District. We need all the help we can get, so please consider volunteering to help us put on the best event possible! Please fill out the form below and we will contact you.

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Artist Application

THANK YOU for your interest in the 9th Annual NewBo Art Fest in Cedar Rapids, IA. The fest will take place in the heart of the New Bohemia Arts & Entertainment District in Cedar Rapids, IA. The New Bohemia District is a historical area that includes the NewBo City Market, CSPS/Legion Arts (an international music and art venue) restaurants, bars, coffee shops, artists’ studios and art galleries. As in the past, 3rd Street SE will be closed to accommodate the artist tents, street performers, live music throughout the day, a children’s activity area, food, coffee and beverage venues.       newboartsfestregistration FINAL_Page_1newboartsfestregistration FINAL_Page_2    

Artist Registration

Register Here THANK YOU for your interest in the Ninth Annual NewBo Arts Festival! NewBo ArtsFest is Cedar Rapids’ premier art show, focused on Iowa artists. NewBo ArtsFest welcomes applications from all artists, and is known for showcasing high quality artwork in the eclectic New Bohemia Arts & Cultural District. NewBo ArtsFest is an invitation only show; a jury will determine “Best in Show” in three categories, 2-D, 3-D and Mixed Media. To maintain high standards, all work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. Work made from a commercially available kit or plan is not acceptable. Artists may submit and show work in more than one category. Register Here


Please let us know if you wish to help sponsor this event.