My Waterloo Days

Bringing Communities Together to Celebrate Waterloo

June 8-11, 2023

My Waterloo Days is a FREE community event celebrating the best of Waterloo. For more than 40 years, residents and visitors have gathered to celebrate, showcase and enjoy all that the city has to offer. From the iconic My Waterloo Days Parade to concerts, kids events, food vendors and loads of entertainment, you won’t want to miss My Waterloo Days 2023 downtown Waterloo at Lincoln Park and Anton’s Garden.

Mark your calendars for a weekend of music featuring concerts by Ginuwine, Ying Yang Twins on Friday, June 9th, and Blessed Union of Souls on Saturday, June 10th. 

Thanks to our sponsors these concerts are FREE and open to all My Waterloo Days attendees.

PLUS more music all weekend long including:

Want to guarantee you’re up front? Choose from these packages:
Meet & Greet with Headliners.
Photo Ops. Access up front.
AFTER PARTY with Ginuwine & Ying Yang Twins.
Get up close to the stage in the designated area Friday and Saturday.

Admission Sponsor

Festival schedule

Printed pocket guides will be at Veridian locations throughout Waterloo and Cedar Falls. PLUS Parade bags while supplies last
Thursday, June 8th

Movies on the Cedar – Riverloop Amphitheater 9pm
Wakanda Forever

Friday, June 9th

My Waterloo Days Parade, Sponsored by Tyson Foods 6pm – 4th Street, Downtown Waterloo from Washington St. to Mulberry St.
6pm – Food Vendors and Beer Garden opens at Lincoln Park
7pm – Music begins at Lincoln Park and Anton’s Garden (see acts and times)
4pm-9pm – Carnival Rides, Anton’s Garden (purchase required)
6:30pm-11pm Ferris Wheel -Lincoln Park ($5 per cart)
7pm-10pm Teen Stage and Silent DJ – Corner of East 4th & Mulberry St. FREE

Saturday, June 10th

Youth Activities at Antons Garden
9am-1 pm – McFun Zone! – Free games, Blank Park Zoo to You Stage Show, and Kids Only Parade at Noon! Decorate your bike or scooter or you!  Sponsored by Soifer Family McDonalds.
10am-Noon – Kids Bike Raceslearn more and register today!
Pedal Cars – Noon-5pm (purchase required)
Carnival Rides – 11am-9pm (purchase required)

Lincoln Park
Food Vendors and Beer Garden
Open ’til 11:30pm

Noon- 3pm Interactive Mural and live mural painting with Paco Rosic Sponsored by Grow Cedar Valley
11am-1pm – Bill Riley Talent Youth Talent Search at Lincoln Park Stage
Noon-5pm – Bags Tournament

Street Vendors Located on East 4th street between Mulberry and Lafayette 11am-6pm. Do a little shopping, meet local organizations.

2pm-11pm Ferris Wheel -Lincoln Park ($5 per cart)
Free from 2pm-4pm

2pm – Music begins at Lincoln Park and Anton’s Garden (see acts and times)
7pm-10pm Teen Stage and Silent DJ – Corner of East 4th & Mulberry St.
9pm – FIREWORKS! Sponsored by University of Northern Iowa

Sunday, June 11th

Anton’s Garden
Noon -2pm – Blues & Brunch with Kevin Burt
Noon-4pm – Car Show and Shine, Sponsored by Dupaco

Now Accepting Applications

volunteer application

Be a part of the action during MWD 2023! Each volunteer gets a special t-shirt and a drink ticket!

Parade applications are now full.
Looking for Kids Bike Race Sign-up?
In person sign-ups accepted Saturday, June 10th at 10am at Anton’s Garden.

Watch the Original Video

Remember this? Here’s the inspiration for re-creating this classic Waterloo tribute.