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 specialty events and family-friendly activities around the corridor!

Head to freedomfestival.com for all the details to over 40 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:
  o    The Freedom Festival Parade on Saturday, June 26th – The parade steps off at 10 AM in downtown Cedar Rapids — look for Z102.9 and our brother stations KGYM and Smart FM!
  o    Jump For Freedom – Dueling Dogs runs Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 27th – Held on the lawn of the National Czech and Slovak Museum enjoy MULTIPLE days of Dock Dogs and Dueling Dogs (a series of competitive dog jumping events held around the world each year). Dock Dogs and Dueling Dogs consists of three main aquatic events: big air, extreme vertical, and speed retrieval. Find the complete schedule at freedomfestival.com.
  o    Movie Night ft. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/Silent Disco on Thursday, July 1st – Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day off with an outdoor movie and silent disco at NewBo City Market! Doors open 6 PM and movie starts at dusk. While you wait for the movie to start grab a pair of headphones and listen to Lady J mix the beats at the Silent Disco. FREE w/ Button (kids 8 and under do not need a button)
  o    Celebration of Freedom Fireworks on Sunday, July 4th – The 2nd Avenue Bridge will open for entry beginning at 7 PM where you can relax and listen to Z102.9. Food and drink vendors will be on-site. The first 500 kids will receive a bag with a kids activity book courtesy of Z102.9 and The Gazette. FREE w/ Button (kids 8 and under do not need a button)


It’s officially summer! Celebrate with Lindale Mall this Saturday during the Summer Block Party w/ Z102.9!

Join Z102.9’s The Morning Scramble this Saturday at Lindale Mall from 11 AM – 2 PM for family fun, food, entertainment and lots of familiar faces from Lindale Mall partners!

Enjoy tons of kid’s activities including face painting, carnival rides, t-shirt tie-dying, and a rock climbing wall!

You can also grab your Z102.9 WinDough sticker for your chance to win money all summer long.

Bring the entire family out to this Community Summer Block Party Celebration at Lindale Mall in the parking lot on the Collins road side — click here for all the details!


Get ready for some peanuts & cracker-jacks at the ballpark because Kernels baseball is BACK at 100% capacity and they are ready for a fun filled summer!

The Kernels are in town NOW – Sunday with a 6-game home stand against the Lansing Lugnuts, so grab your friends and family and head to the ball park for good food, drinks, and of course a great time!

Make sure to listen to The Morning Scramble all this week from 6 AM – 10 AM where they will put your brain to the test for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see the Kernels play Peoria on Sunday, July 11th.

Also, stop by and see us this Sunday for Kid’s Eat Free Sunday — we’ll be handing out our Z102.9 WinDough Stickers for a chance to win $100 all summer long AND kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, small popcorn, and a 12 oz soda or bottled water.

Tickets are available for purchase — find the link to purchase and the Kernels full season schedule at kernels.com!


Cedar Ridge is back with their 12th Annual Bourbon & Blues Festival on Friday, July 2nd – 5th — celebrating the anniversary of Iowa’s first bourbon since Prohibition!

Bring your lawn chains and blankets to enjoy the delicious bourbon and BBQ treats featured at Cedar Ridge with live music on the patio each day!

In addition to the free music all day at Cedar Ridge, this year Bourbon and Blues is expanding to include two, ticketed shows at DanceMor Ballroom in downtown Swisher.

Dubbed, “Barn Jams After Dark” will feature Kris Lager Band on Friday, July 2nd, and Mike Zito with Special Guest Kevin BF Burt on Saturday, July 3rd and we’ve got tickets!

Tune in to Taylor all this week from 2 PM – 6 PM for your chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to Barn Jams After Dark on Friday, July 2nd to see Kris Lager Band — doors open at 8 PM and the show kicks off at 9 PM.

The Cedar Ridge Bourbon & Blues Fest line-up Friday July 2nd through Monday, July 5th in Swisher can be found at bourbonandbluesfest.com!


The 50th Annual John Deere Classic returns to TPC Deere Run in Silvis — July 7th through the 11th — 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 10 AM – 2 PM as Lady J has your shot each day to win a pair of Any Day Admission tickets plus a one-day parking pass to see your favorite stars in action including Zach Johnson and the return of 2019’s champion Dylan Frittelli!

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


A new name, look and format has been announced for the BBQ Roundup – now called The Roundup.

Dubbed the “tastiest music festival in Cedar Rapids,” The Roundup will feature well-known headliners from the 70’s and 80’s in addition to the traditional BBQ available for purchase.

The three-day festival takes place at the McGrath Amphitheatre TOMORROW Saturday, June 26th.  

Make sure to get your tickets for this Saturday night to enjoy some delicious BBQ and jam out to the Surf Zombies, Naked Eyes and A Flock of Seagulls!

We’ll be there along with our brother station Smart-FM so make sure to come say hi and grab your Z102.9 WinDough Sticker for a shot at $100 all summer long!

Click here to check out the complete lineup, a list of BBQ vendors, and for ticket details.


Beat the heat the summer at Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo — open daily from 10:30 AM until 6:30 PM.

Enjoy 24-acres of fun including waterslides, tube slides, the water coaster, wave pool, lazy river, toddler areas and more!

Plus, be sure to check out the longest go-kart track in the Midwest!

Also, did you know Lost Island Waterpark is in the running for USA Today’s Top 10 Best Outdoor Waterparks? That’s even more reason to check out Lost Island.

Want to win tickets? Tune in with Destiny all this week from 6 PM – 10 PM for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets for the family!

Find more information about Lost Island and to purchase tickets at thelostisland.com.


Life in 2020 was RUFF — but summer 2021 is gonna be Pawsome!

A summer tradition returns! Win-Dough is back and this summer SPOT is ready to SPOT your car!

Look for the Z102.9 Green Cash Wagon and Spot out and about this summer where you can grab a circle Z Win-Dough sticker for your vehicle for your chance to fetch $100!

Then tune it to Z102.9 each weekday between 6 AM – 6 PM. Once you hear us announce your license plate on the air—the clock starts! You’ll have 10 minutes and 29 seconds to complete the task of calling in to claim your $100 (or more) reward!

Display that Z102.9 Win-Dough sticker loud and proud and listen to Z102.9 weekdays from 6 AM – 6 PM to win $100 every 90 minutes.

Need a Z sticker? Look for us:
  o    TODAY – Kernels Kids Eat Free Sunday at Veterans Memorial Stadium from 1 PM – 4 PM.
  o    TODAY – Freedom Festival Balloon Glow at Hawkeye Downs starts at 6 PM. Tickets still available.
  o    TODAY – Brothers Walker Band at The Linn County Fair in Central City from 6 PM – 9 PM.
  o    TOMORROW – Freedom Festival Jump for Freedom Dueling Dogs at The National Czech and Slovak Museum from Noon – 2 PM.
  o    TOMORROW – WinDough Sticker Stop at Cricket Wireless on Blairs Ferry Rd. in Cedar Rapids from 4 PM – 6 PM.
  o    Friday, June 25th – Coast to Coast w/ The Morning Scramble at the National Czech and Slovak Museum from 6 AM – 10 AM.
  o    Friday, June 25th – Freedom Festival Jump for Freedom Dueling Dogs at The National Czech and Slovak Museum from 4 PM – 6 PM.
  o    Saturday, June 26th – Summer Block Party at Lindale Mall from 11 AM – 2 PM.
  o    Saturday, June 26th – The Roundup at McGrath Amphitheatre from 5 PM – 10 PM.
  o    Sunday, June 27th – Freedom Festival Jump for Freedom Dueling Dogs at The National Czech and Slovak Museum from 10 AM – 2 PM.
  o    Sunday, June 27th – Kernels Kids Eat Free Sunday at Veterans Memorial Stadium from 1 PM – 4 PM.

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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 each Thursday!

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 — PLUS they even offer Learn to Ski Programming too.

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 5sst.com to check out their performance schedule!


Whether in-person or virtual this year, EFY will stay true to its mission to provide financial assistance for breast care and gynecological cancer services to local individuals in need.

Which means it’s time to get signed up for the 31st Annual Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 3rd.

Let’s all get ready to celebrate the amazing sense of community that the EFY race represents, while we continue to raise funds for individuals right here in the corridor.

Get registered at especiallyforyourace.org and check out this year’s t-shirt color Flo Blue!

Throughout the years, the EFY fund has helped more than 11,000 individuals access more than 26,000 services — let’s make those numbers even higher!

Register as a team or individually — all the details and a link to register is online at especiallyforyourace.org!