The Blackhawk Hotel - Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Things To Do
Exciting things keep happening in Cedar Falls - the "Iowa Tourism Community of the Year" according to the Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa. Cedar Falls is a popular destination for visitors for many reasons! Warm, welcoming residents, a wide variety of things to do and places to go, and lots of experiences to enjoy. Annual events, performing and visual arts, permanent attractions, and year round outdoor recreation provide guests to the area with a multitude of leisure activities.

Recreation/Community Resources
Cedar Falls is a community with a small-town feel whose progressive-minded residents are actively involved in the arts, education and tourism.

Cedar Falls is an “Art Community.” From live theatre to public art, to museums to performing arts and arts festivals, Cedar Falls has it all. Downtown Main Street displays a variety of outdoor sculpture which changes on a regular basis. The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center is considered to be a centerpiece for performing arts and arts education in northeast Iowa. Hosting over 200 performances each year, the center will showcase the world's finest artists, UNI School of Music ensembles, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and other regional events. UNI also boasts an impressive museum that features a variety of natural history exhibits and boasts a collection of more than 100,000 items.

The renovated Oster Regent Theatre, built in 1910, provides stage space for local performers and professional entertainers. The Cedar Falls Community Theatre group presents a number of plays each season. Their productions, range from classic humor, musicals, to contemporary theology.

James and Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts. Nestled in a woodland setting in town, the center is home to two galleries, a recital hall, a reading room, a photo lab, classroom and meeting spaces and a ceramics lab. The center offers a wide variety of exhibits, performances and programs for citizens of all ages.

College Hill Arts Festival is an annual juried outdoor arts festival that attracts attendees state-wide. Ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, paintings, baskets, photography, graphics, sculpture and fiber are some of the items available for purchase at this wonderful annual event which recently celebrated its 25th year.

Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers’ of Fine Art and Antiques is a premier auction house which attracts buyers from all over the world. Check their website for information on upcoming auctions at

Cedar Falls is home to The University of Northern Iowa which has an average student enrollment of 14,000. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the University has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences. The UNI Dome is home to various UNI athletic events.

Recreational opportunities abound in Cedar Falls. You can experience the best bicycling in Iowa on the Cedar Valley Trails and the Cedar Falls trails are just steps from the Blackhawk Hotel. This 30-mile bike trail system which connects our two state parks, George Wyth Memorial State Park and Black Hawk County Park, takes you through the cool shade of the riverside forest, through prairie grasses and flowers and through town.

If you want to venture a little further from town, you can experience the Cedar Valley Nature Trail which connects outside Waterloo to Cedar Rapids. This trail travels through several small communities where you can stop and experience Iowa small-town life.

For a more complete listing of Cedar Falls Events check out the
Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau.

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