Transport to the magical world of your favorite fairy tales at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium this summer for the brand new “Once Upon A Time” exhibit — win with Jenny Valliere!

Listen all this week between 2 – 6 PM as Jenny Valliere has your shot to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to the brand new “Once Upon A Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales” exhibit PLUS museum swag like a t-shirt, hat, keychain, and more!

Ride in Cinderella’s coach, try on a magic glass slipper, dress up like Beauty or the Beast, assemble a pair of boots and shoes, see Thumbelina’s secret hiding places, wear fairy wings and SO much more!

Fantasy becomes reality in Dubuque — experience “Once Upon A Time” at the National Mississippi Museum & Aquarium now through September 8th — head to rivermuseum.com for more info on this Summer Road Trip MUST-SEE!


Weeknights at 9, listen as Alex Schulte counts down the five most requested songs of the day.

Make your requests via phone, text, email, and online on the 9 O’Clock Most Requested page!

Up for grabs this week are tickets to see THE PORK TORNADOES in concert at Veterans Memorial Stadium courtesy of Z102.9!

If you can identify all 5 songs (in order) you’ll win a pair of tickets to see THE PORK TORNADOES ROCK the ballpark on Saturday, August 17th!

The Cedar Rapids Kernels want to pack the park for one HUGE concert on the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium! Featuring THE PORK TORNADOES and special guest Birdchild!

Tickets are on sale now at the Kernels Box Office or win free tickets this week with the 9 O’Clock Most Requested Countdown!


The 49th Annual John Deere Classic returns to TPC Deere Run in Silvis — July 8th through the 14th — and we have your hook up for free tickets to see some of golf’s greatest right here in the Midwest!

Listen all this week from 6 – 10 AM as The Morning Scramble has your shot each day to win 4 Any Day Admission tickets plus a one-day parking pass to see your favorite stars in action including Zach Johnson and the return of last year’s champion Michael Kim!

Who will hoist the bronze deer trophy this year? The Morning Scramble has your shot at free admission and parking to this year’s 49th Annual John Deere Classic — July 8th through the 14th!

Pairings and tee times for each tournament day plus John Deere Classic event info can be found at johndeereclassic.com!


What’s for lunch? Lunch Lady J will pick up your tab this week at the Brand New Champs Chicken at Hawkeye Convenience Store in Cedar Rapids!

Tune in each day this week during the Lunch Hour for your shot at a $30 gift card to Champs Chicken — on 16th Ave SW in Cedar Rapids!

Want to win FREE chicken tenders for a year? Swing by the Champs Chicken Grand Opening THIS Saturday, June 29th — it’s your chance to try it for yourself with free samples, specials, and prize giveaways all day!

Serving up quick and delicious meals — Champs Chicken has the perfect lunch on the go, or a complete family-style meal to pick up on the way home!

Lunch Lady J has your chance to give Champs Chicken at Hawkeye Convenience a try — on 16th Ave SW in Cedar Rapids — head to champschicken.com for a look at their menu and specials!


Summer and celebration go hand in hand with the Freedom Festival — do you have your button yet?

The official countdown to 4th of July festivities is underway with TONS of activities around the corridor! Head to FreedomFestival.com to check out the list of this year’s events running now through July 4th.

Head to FreedomFestival.com for more info on over 70 events during this year’s Freedom Festival all leading up to the grand finale on the 4th of July — the largest fireworks show in Iowa in downtown Cedar Rapids!!

Celebrate with Z102.9 at these Freedom Festival Events:

    • Balloon Glow on Tuesday, June 25th (NEW LOCATION) – head to NewBo and the Sinclair Levy (behind Kickstand) gates open at 5:30 PM where you can relax, listen to live music by Alisabeth Von Presley, enjoy delicious food, and drinks and enjoy a record number of hot air balloons! FREE w/ Button (kids 8 and under do not need a button)
    • Movie Night at the Ballpark on Friday, June 28th grab your blankets and head to Veterans Memorial Stadium and enjoy Despicable Me 3 (Gates open at 6 PM — movie starts at 7 PM) FREE w/ Button (kids 8 and under do not need a button)
    • The Freedom Festival Parade on Saturday, June 29th steps off at 10 AM in the Czech Village / Newbo area — look for Z102.9 and our brother stations KGYM and Smart FM!
    • Jump For Freedom – Dock Dogs national canine aquatics competition runs Thursday, June 27th through Sunday, June 30th! Beginning at 10 AM each day head to the front lawn of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. The competition features four events for canines to participate in: Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve, and Iron Dog.
    • Celebration of Freedom Fireworks on Thursday, July 4th with activities beginning at 4 PM in Downtown Cedar Rapids. Activities on the 2nd Ave bridge include: Face Painting, Balloon Artist, lots of delicious food and beverages, music, “Freedom Express” Track-less train, Bungee Trampolines, Inflatable Zone for all ages, military vehicles and exhibits, and so much more! FREE access to activities w/ Button (kids 8 and under do not need a button)


Join Z102.9 back at the ballpark each Friday Night this season for the return of Mug Club Night!

Grab your 16 ounce mug for just 6-bucks and find $3 refills at the Z102.9 Keg in front of section 106, with tips THIS Friday, June 28th going to CRITTER CRUSADERS of CEDAR RAPIDS!

Have you tried the brand new Z102.9 Ballpark Taco Dog yet?! Available at the concourse concession stand closest to the Z102.9 Keg, don’t miss your chance to try out this delicious and unique offering!

Fridays mean Z102.9 Mug Club Night this season with the Cedar Rapids Kernels — come say HI to Clare from The Morning Scramble and the Z Street Team, ask about the UFG Insurance #worthit pledge and get in on cheap drinks THIS Friday, June 28th as the Kernels take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at 6:35 PM!

Head to kernels.com for a complete look at the 2019 schedule with specials and promotions all season long!


THIS Saturday night, the Pentacrest in Iowa City turns into an outdoor “walk up” movie theatre as the “Summer of the Arts” presents the Free Movie Series!

Each Saturday throughout the summer, grab your lawn chairs or blankets and head to the University of Iowa Pentacrest and the east side of McBride Hall!

This FREE movie series runs each Saturday beginning at sunset rain or shine — See below for the concert schedule!

In event of rain, the Free Movie Series will move inside Van Allen Hall Auditorium with the movie beginning at 8:30 PM!

Head to summerofthearts.org for all of the details on this movie series and other events put on each summer in Iowa City by the “Summer of the Arts”!

Movie Schedule:

June 29, 2019

Sunset – Sweet Home Alabama @ Outside Macbride Hall

July 13, 2019

Sunset – Robin Hood Men in Tights @ Outside Macbride Hall

July 20, 2019

Sunset – Incredibles 2 @ Outside Macbride Hall

July 27, 2019

Sunset – The Proposal @ Outside Macbride Hall

August 3, 2019

Sunset – Sister Act @ Outside Macbride Hall

August 10, 2019

Sunset – The Little Mermaid @ Outside Macbride Hall

August 17, 2019

Sunset – Bohemian Rhapsody @ Outside Macbride Hall

August 24, 2019

Sunset – Coco @ Outside Macbride Hall


Friday nights, music will fill the air in downtown Iowa City as the “Summer of the Arts” presents the Friday Night Concert Series!

Each Friday throughout the summer, grab your lawn chairs and head to the North end of the Pentacrest on Iowa Avenue in between Clinton Street and Dubuque Street!

This FREE concert series runs each Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 PM rain or shine — See below for the concert schedule!

In event of rain, the Friday Night Concert Series will move to the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp on the corner of Washington and Gilbert Streets in Iowa City.

Head to summerofthearts.org for all of the details on this concert series and other events put on each summer in Iowa City by the “Summer of the Arts” !

Concert Schedule:

June 28, 2019

6:30 pm – Soul Sherpa AND Plastic Relations @ Iowa Avenue

July 12, 2019

6:30 pm – Pigs in Clover AND Flash in a Pan @ Iowa Avenue

July 19, 2019

6:30 pm – Kevin BF Burt & Big Medicine @ Iowa Avenue

July 26, 2019

6:30 pm – Brick Street Ramblers @ Iowa Avenue

August 9, 2019

6:30 pm – Rude Punch AND Bamboozlers @ Iowa Avenue

August 16, 2019

6:30 pm – The Recliners AND Beaker Brothers @ Iowa Avenue

August 23, 2019

6:30 pm – Grupo Innstinto @ Iowa Avenue

August 30, 2018

6:30 pm – The Dawn @ Iowa Avenue


If you have yet to experience water ski stunts in Eastern Iowa, you’re in for a treat as the Five Seasons Ski Team returns to the Cedar River and Ellis Park!  

This FREE one hour show features daredevil jumps, barefoot pyramids, tricks, water ballet, and so much more! It’s fast moving, exciting, graceful, and most of all fun to watch!

The show starts at 7 PM each Thursday, so don’t miss out!

Make a date each Thursday to see what new tricks The Five Season’s Ski Team has in store for you — head to 5sst.com for their performance schedule!


Grab your shopping bags, wagons, strollers, and furry friends and head downtown for the 14th Season of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market!

Don’t leave home without a copy of the market layout and the new home of your favorite vendors this season — you can view the map by clicking here!

From produce, to baked goods, meats, wine, home décor, outdoor treasures, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, family activities, and Z102.9’s Z green balloons!

While shopping with your loved ones — swing by the UFG Insurance booth next to us to sign the #worthit pledge against distracted driving and tell us who’s #worthit to you!


Below are all of the upcoming 2019 Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market dates:
  o   July 6th
  o   July 20th
  o   August 3rd
  o   August 17th
  o   August 24th (After Dark)
  o   September 21st

The following streets will be closed beginning at 5 AM Streets will reopen to the public at 1 PM each date:
  •   2nd Avenue SE from 1st Street SE (not inclusive) to 6th Street SE (not inclusive)
  •   3rd Avenue SE from 1st Street SE (not inclusive) to 6th Street SE (not inclusive)
  •   4th Avenue SE from the southwesterly of the tracks to 6th Street SE (not inclusive)
  •   2nd Street SE (not inclusive) Street SE from 1st Avenue East (not inclusive) to 100′ southeast of 3rd Avenue SE
  •   3rd Street SE from 1st Avenue East (not inclusive) to 100′ southeast of 3rd Avenue SE
  •   5th Street SE from 1st Avenue East (not inclusive) to 100′ southeast of 4th Avenue SE

No Parking zones will be enforced on affected streets beginning at 4 AM For alternative parking options downtown, please refer to Park Cedar Rapids website – parkcr.com.