Upcoming Events

PLEASE NOTE: Current public health measures may affect these events. Please visit the organizations’ website or Facebook pages for updated information.


October 1

Mercy Medical Foundation - Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer


The 33rd Annual Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer will be held on Sunday October 1st! This beloved community event raises money for the Especially for You Fund, which provides financial assistance for mammography, biopsies, ultrasounds, and other breast-care and gynecological services for area individuals in need. Join a team or register as an individual and join over 16,000 individuals in downtown Cedar Rapids as they race for a cause together!


October 1 - 31

Eastern Iowa Diaper Drive - Operation Diaper Drive


The 8th Annual Operation Diaper Drive is October 1st-31st! Help Eastern Iowa Diaper Drive reach our goal of 200,000 diapers! The event is held every year in October with a goal to stock the Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank with a one-year supply of diapers and wipes. Collection sites are located in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Coralville, and Iowa City and can be found on the Diaper Bank website listed above. Help them reach their goal!


October 5

Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation - Beers in the Barnyard


Beers in the Barnyard is the major fundraising event of the Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation. Held the first Thursday evening in October at Old MacDonald’s Farm, Bever Park, this “over 21” event features a picnic meal, a variety of local beer samplings and wine, live music and a stellar silent auction. As CR Parks Foundation celebrates our 6th Annual Beers in the Barnyard on October 5, 2023, 5:30PM, funds from this year’s event will support capital projects at Old MacDonald’s Farm, Sustainability Projects in several CR parks and CRPF operational expense.


October 5

Children’s Cancer Connection - Camping the Night Away Swisher


Enjoy a casual, camp-themed evening of fun supporting a great cause! Camping the Night Away includes delicious food and drinks, a silent auction, program, raffles, and more! Get your tickets, register for their auction, and help support free camp programs for hundreds of Iowa families affected by childhood cancer. Dress for the evening is cocktail or business casual. Reserved seating is limited, so make sure to reserve your table or register individually! For those that can’t attend in person, be sure to still register for the auction. Proceeds from the event make Children’s Cancer Connection’s Camp Heart Connection programming possible, including Oncology, Sibling, Teen, Family and Day Camps.


October 7

Willis Dady - Dady Dash


Willis Dady is so excited to host their 11th annual run and walk for the whole family this fall! The Dady Dash 5k/10k will take place on October 7th at the Prairie Park Fishery! $30 Registration for the 5k or 10k gets you a spot in the race! Included with the purchase of a ticket: Race Bib Dady Dash T-shirt (please provide us with your sizing information when you get registered) Pick up these items the morning of Oct. 7th at Prairie Park Fishery before the race begins. Race starts at 9am, so make sure to register today!


October 8

Systems Unlimited - Living Your Best Life Sensory Run & Walk


The Live Your Best Life Sensory Run & Walk is an inclusive event for friends and family to enjoy. With a sensory theme, participants in the 5K and 1 Mile walk will experience a number of sensory stations ranging from cotton candy scented bubbles to light tunnels and art displays. Afterwards, a Post-Party will be held at the Terry Trueblood Lodge featuring sensory games, activities, a bounce house, music, and more! All proceeds from this event will go towards filling funding gaps at Systems Unlimited Inc to help people with disabilities live their happiest and most independent lives.


October 14

Alzheimer’s Association - Cedar Rapids Walk to End Alzheimer’s


Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Join the Cedar Rapids Walk on October 14th at the McGrath Amphitheater, with registration starting at 8am, and the walk starting at 9:30am.