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The historic 70th Annual IJA Festival will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 10-16, 2017!

Mark your calendar now and be there for a huge week of amazing sights, incredible juggling and carefree fun in Cedar Rapids, a delightful Midwestern gem of a city with everything we need for a great festival week in a safe, compact, friendly downtown!

The City of Five Seasons is Iowa’s second-largest city and is located astride the Cedar River in Northeastern Iowa. Cedar Rapids is in the Central US Time Zone.

Here are some of the venue highlights for the 2017 festival in Cedar Rapids:

At the brand-new, $144-million US Cellular Center Complex:

  • A huge 28,000-sq.ft. main juggling space, connected to the DoubleTree Hotel by the hotel's atrium lobby.
  • 5,000-sq.ft. of adjacent workshop space in the Taft meeting rooms, just steps from the gym.
  • A gorgeous atrium lobby and prefunction area for XJuggling, Games of the IJA, and more.
  • All of it connected to the beautiful high-rise DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, our festival HQ hotel!

At the Paramount Theatre, a quick 5-minute walk from the DoubleTree and the US Cellular Center:

  • A stunning, too-beautiful-for-words live performance theater, lovingly restored to its original 1920's glory after the historic and devastating Cedar Rapids flood of 2008.
  • The Paramount will be our venue for the four nights of IJA gold medal competitions and world-class juggling and variety shows that are the highlights of every IJA festival.

Our festival hotel offers an amazing IJA festival rate for up to four people in a room!

  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Center Complex, a beautiful, modern, high-rise boutique hotel located in the same building as our juggling space and Club Renegade venue.
  • Hotel reservations information on our special IJA festival room rates will be posted with festival registration information in the spring, 2017. Please do not contact the hotel requesting reservations information at this time.

And so much more! Downtown Cedar Rapids is an ideal setting for the IJA festival, loaded with fun, friendly, casual places to eat, drink and shop. Check out Go Cedar Rapids for a look at this great festival host city.

Keep an eye on this page for all the plans being made for the historic 70th Annual IJA Festival, coming in early 2017!

City of Cedar Rapids viewed from the southwest 


The City of Five Seasons






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