NewBo City Market rocks the heart of the New Bohemia District, serving up local, homegrown foods, art, and events.
Our Market family is made up of fab foodies, persnickety purveyors of all things good and green, cupcake divas, and creators of other really cool stuff.
The Market is housed in a former abandoned industrial site. Ravaged by the flood of 2008, the building sat neglected, a blight on the neighborhood, until a handful of creative locals came together to create what is now NewBo City Market.
NewBo City Market was formed in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation to promote flood revitalization, access to healthy food, regional agricultural development, and job creation. Market staff is on hand to run the day-to-day operations – cranking out fun events, sorting and selecting stellar vendors and creating a general atmosphere of Fresh. Fun.
The NewBo City Market opened in October of 2012 after the completion of a $6 million capital campaign with major funding from the City of Cedar Rapids, State of Iowa, Linn County, The Hall-Perrine Foundation, Metro Rotary Clubs, Linn County Solid Waste Agency, and more than 600 corporate and personal gifts.
The NewBo City Market makes up an entire square block at the crossroads of 12th Avenue and 3rd Street SE. in the heart of New Bohemia across from performance spaces, restaurants, shops and artists’ studios. The Market is a place to gather, learn, eat, be entertained and enjoy the company of old friends…and hopefully make some new ones! The Market features:
Rotary Hall*: Our 18,000 square foot building is home to an exciting array of Anchor Merchants, as well as an open, flexible space for seasonal markets and fairs, special events, indoor performances and private parties.
Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen: Located at the north end of Rotary Hall, this Kirkwood Community College teaching facility is the community’s learning center for hands-on culinary and nutrition education. The state-of-the-art center includes four learning stations and a demonstration area. The Kitchen is a great place for all you foodies to master your mad cooking skills!
Market Yard: The Market has a great front yard – home to our seasonal Farmer’s Market, Learning Garden, fairs, special events and outdoor stage for great performances by locally grown entertainers. A children’s play area is located on the north end of the Yard – kids love digging in the sand.
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