Wednesday - July 28
  • 67.9 Miles
  • 1,619 Feet To Climb

Go crazy with us on July 28th!

We’re excited to welcome you to the heart of our city for RAGBRAI – downtown Waterloo. Enjoy music from multiple stages, find entertainment at a number of attractions, and enjoy a drink and a meal at one of our 15 bars and 24 restaurants within walking distance. Headlining the evening entertainment will be Purple Xperience featuring Marshall Charloff – a Prince Tribute band. We can’t wait for you to experience Waterloo!



So much to do in downtown Waterloo!
Ax Throwing Jefferson & Park
Pedal Carts 3rd St off of Jefferson
Olympics Viewing sponsored by KWWL (11am-4pm) Young Arena, 125 Commercial Street
Yard Games 3rd & Jefferson
Human Foosball DeckHockey rink by Beer Garden

Pie Eating Contest Amphitheater, 7pm
Kids Bike Giveaway Expo Stage, 5pm

Wait!  There’s MORE!
Cedar Valley SportsPlex  (300 Jefferson St) $5 swimming and showers
Grout Museum District (503 South St)10am-7pm
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum (500 Westfield Ave) 9am-5pm
Natl. Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum (303 Jefferson St) 10am-4pm
Phelps Youth Pavilion (225 Commercial St) 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm
Mark’s Park Splash Pad (225 Commercial St) 11am-11pm
Silos & Smokestacks-American Agriculture Exhibit (305 W Park Ave) 9am-8pm
Waterloo Center for the Arts (225 Commercial St) 10am-5pm
Waterloo Public Library (415 Commercial St) 10am-8pm


The RAGBRAI event in downtown Waterloo will feature 2 music stages; The RiverLoop Expo Plaza will serve as the main stage.

The line-ups are:

  • The Diplomats – 3:00-5:00pm
    • Hip Hop Pop duo. *Local musicians!
  • Stackhouse – 5:30pm-8:30pm
    • High energy rock cover band. *Local Musicians!
  • The Purple Experience featuring Marshall Charloff – 9:00pm-11:00pm
    • The Purple Xperience is a five-piece group hailing from Prince’s birthplace, Minneapolis, MN.  They have been touring around the country since it’s inception in 2011 by Dr. Fink and front-man Marshall Charloff – bringing the greatest and most authentic production of Prince and The Revolution in the world to audiences of all generations.

The second stage will be located at the RiverLoop Amphitheater. The line-ups are:Prone to Jones – 5:00pm-7:00pm

    • Power Rock Trio featuring originals and covers. Based out of Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Kevin Burt – 7:30pm-9:00pm
    • Blues and Soul. Coralville Iowa based, but a Waterloo native!

The event is free and open to the public. The festival boundaries will be between Highway 63 and West 4th Street, and Washington Street and Cedar River. Entrances will be at Jefferson and W 4th street, as well as Commercial Street and West 2nd Street.  Streets will be closed within this area.


Food and Vendors

Food Truck and local restaurants are ready to feed you with a variety of delicious options!

Food Trucks will be located on Park Ave in the Festival space:
Karam’s Grill – 
Rob’s Mini Donuts – Ya know – delicious hot donuts and fresh lemonade
Caribbean Kitchen – Jerk Rice Bowls ( Chicken, Pork, Steak), Mango Chicken, Jerk Tacos (Chicken, Pork, Steak)
Try Pie – Homemade pie with a mission! Mini Pies, Pie Shakes, Ice Creak Shakes, Cold Brew Coffee, Caramel Cold Brew Coffee, Ice Cream
The Outside Scoop- Single and double scoop ince cream, 5 flavors to choose from (vegan option too!)
Bobby Q’s Hawaiian BBQ – Kalua Pork Sandwhich, Beef Kalbi (short ribs), Guava Chicken, Poke Bowl, BBQ Mix plate, and the Big Kahuna!
Nacho Daddy’s Tacos – Street Tacos, Quesadillas, Street Corn, Nachos and more!
Starbeck’s BBQ – Pulled Pork Sandwich, Brisket Sandwich,Turkey Sandwich, Nachos, Corn on the Cob, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Smoothies
Dang Brother Pizza – 10″ Wood Fired Pizza: Cheese, Pepperoni
Pacific Rim Noodles – Fresh Soba noodles wokked with all fresh veggies and tossed with our own blue-ribbon finishing sauce. Served with gourmet lemonades.

River’s Edge Christian Church – Spaghetti Dinner
1247 Cedar Bend Street (2 miles north of Exchange Park Campground)
4pm-7pm, Free Will Donation

Local restaurants and bars are the heart of downtown! All walkable from the Festival area:
American Legion Becker – Chapman Post 138 728 Commercial St
Basal Pizza – 225 W 4th St
Briqhouse Bar & Grill – 307 W 5th St
Brown Bottle – 209 W 5th St
Burger King – 109 Jefferson St
Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joynt – 300 W 4th St
El Patron Mexican Restaurant – 301 E 4th St
GR Kitchen & Taps – 205 W 4th St
Hardee’s – 805 Franklin St
Here’s What’s Poppin’ – 206 East 4th St
Jameson’s Public House – 310 E 4th St
Jimmy John’s – 21 W Jefferson St, Ste 104
Legends Sports Grill – 118 Commercial St
Lincoln Perk – 218 E 4th St
Locals Bar & Grill – 229 E 4th St
Los Reyes – 403 Franklin St
Macarons by Sani – 516 Lafayette St
Mac’s Place Cafe- 120 Jefferson St
Morg’s Diner- 520 Mulberry St
Newton’s Paradise Café 128 E 4th St
Red Apple Chinese 305 W 4th St
Rockets Bakery 331 E 4th St
Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill 228 E 4th St
Sidecar Coffee 21 W Jefferson St
SingleSpeed Brewing Co. 325 Commercial St
Sub City II 118 E 4th St
Taquiera LaPlacita 322 W 4th St
Try Pie 522 Mulberry St
Verve Kombucha Kitchen & Bar 327 W 3rd St
2 Scoops Ice Cream Shop 403 Franklin St, Ste B


Directions & Parking

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See the Campgrounds and maps on our website!

Waterloo RAGBRAI Campgrounds



If the mid-week ride gets you thinking you need to book a hotel room, there are several places to stay near the event!

Book your hotel room in Waterloo:

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We will not be matching riders with residents for housing needs this year. If riders or teams have connections with local Waterloo residents feel free to reach out to them directly to coordinate your stay.

Otherwise check out our Facebook Group for riders and hosts to connect at:


The overnight stop for RAGBRAI in downtown Waterloo is putting the call out for volunteers.

People are needed to help to set-up the event space and campground areas on July 27th. On July 28th, the day of the event, help is needed with information booths, beer garden, campground hosts and more. Then on July 29th, as cyclists leave town tear down and clean-up help will be needed.

Sign-Up today at:



COVID-19 Questions

Though we will continue to defer to current state guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation and we expect the further relaxing of rules & guidelines regarding various safety measures, as of this date RAGBRAI expects to implement the following set of protocols for the safe & responsible execution of the event in July.

  1. Online pre-event health screening will be required of all participants.
  2. Daily health screening will be required of all staff, vendors, and volunteers.
  3. Participants, staff, vendors, and volunteers will be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.
  4. Hand sanitizer must be available at all vendor locations, in SAG wagons, and will be provided to towns for entertainment venues & volunteer use.
  5. Appropriate COVID-19 mitigation signage provided by RAGBRAI will be posted at the entrance to all areas on the ride expected to have large numbers of participants or spectators.
  6. All venues & towns will be encouraged to recommend outdoor dining to their restaurants & bars.
  7. Indoor hosted housing will not be supported by RAGBRAI.

RAGBRAI reserves the right to add or remove any of the above mitigation methods based on current State of Iowa recommendations and industry best practices.

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    Thursday - July 29
    • 84.7 Miles
    • 2,521 Feet To Climb


    RAGBRAI riders, support crews, event coordinators and sponsors to Anamosa which lies in the heart of Jones County. On behalf of the 5500+ residents I would like to welcome you to our incredible community and hope your stay with us is memorable.

    We are excited to be a part of RAGBRAI 2021 and the overnight host for the 5th leg of your weeklong journey. The hundreds of volunteers are eager to assist your needs and show you the hospitality that has been extended to visitors since our origin as a settlement in 1838. Be sure to stop by the numerous food and beverage vendors who have chosen to showcase and provide you with their specialties.

    Some points of interest for you to take in during your brief stay with us or on your next visit are the Wapsipinicon State Park, Grant Wood Art Gallery, National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa State Penitentiary Museum, American Gothic Statue, and the numerous businesses in our Historic Downtown District.

    Have a safe and pleasant ride as you continue with your trek to Dewitt & Clinton as well as your return travel back home. Please come back when you can stay longer to take in the various amenities Anamosa and Jones County has to offer.

    Warmest Regards,
    Rod Smith
    Mayor of Anamosa

    Order Your T-Shirt Today!

    T-Shirt Thursdays: Any Thursday between now and RAGBRAI wear your shirt to a participating businesses and receive a special discount or promotion!


    After the BIGGEST ride of the week, you can look forward to relaxing with a good meal and entertainment in our historic downtown.


    This BIG news from the RAGBRAI committee is the most entertaining yet! As promised the committee continues to showcase everything BIG about Anamosa and picking the entertainment holds true to that. There will be two stages to keep both our residents and guest riders entertained.

    The main stage located on East Main Street at the intersection of Davis Street, will feature 3 local bands. Buffalo Creek will kick off the day starting at 2:30 PM. Band Member Doug Siefker says, “Buffalo Creek is looking forward to this great opportunity to perform for RAGBRAI with hits from the 80’s and 90’s including some originals as well”. Anamosa’s popular Blue 60 Band will be starting about 5:45 PM and Steve Wendel lead vocalist has promised to not disappoint but will include the crowd participation they are known for. The Boyscout Hippies will end the night beginning at 9:00 PM having everyone entertained up till 11:30 PM with their variety of Country, Rock, and everything in between! For the last 4 years Ron LaFleur and the Boy scout Hippies have been striving to create a great musical experience for the masses. They are extremely excited to be bringing everything they got to our Anamosa hometown crowd and RAGBRAI.

    The local stage taking place on North Ford Street will have entertainment starting at 3:30 PM with some of the best talent in the Anamosa area including a dance company and an always popular Open Mic. They encourage both locals and RAGBRAI riders to participate. From 7:30-11:30 PM Double D Acoustic will play classic rock from the 80’s-2000’s.

    The entertainment committee says when they met with the local bands all together to iron out the details it was one of the most fun meetings they had and that you can expect lots of energy from their performances on July 29th from 2:30 up until 11:30PM.

    For questions contact LeeAnna Boone, 319-462-4879.

    Blue 60 Band

    Big believers in making the audience part of the performance, the Blue60 Band has been rocking the iconic hits of the 50s and 60s to eager audiences around Eastern Iowa for years.  The band loves to engage with the crowd and delivers songs that keep the dance floor hopping.   Don’t be surprised if some of the band members are right there on the dance floor with you!

    Are you a Boomer?  If so, Blue60 is playing the soundtrack of your youth.  Not a Boomer?  No matter, Blue60 will make sure you’re an Honorary Boomer by the end of the evening!

    Look for high energy hits like Gimme Three Steps, Jumpin’ Jack Flash,  and Devil With A Blue Dress.  Artists include Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Bob Seger, and Creedence.

    The band loves to draw the audience into the thick of the show.  Ever play a zydeco tie?  You might get your chance!  Have you done the hand jive in public?  Blue60 will make you a star!

    Blue60 plays those nostalgic hits you remember and love.  The band’s tagline is “Livin’ The Dream” and they feel strongly that it’s their job to make every audience member relive their dreams as well, at least for a few magical hours.

    Boy Scout Hippies

    Buffalo Creek Band

    Food and Vendors

    We are looking to have vendors dishing up the BIGGEST cinnamon roles, tenderloins, margaritas, etc. Limited spots are available for this BIG opportunity.

    Vendor Application Form
    • T-Shirt Thursdays: Any Thursday between now and RAGBRAI wear your shirt to a participating businesses and receive a special discount or promotion
    • Stickers: Available at the Chamber office and Grounds and Goodies.
    • BIG Beer Garden: The TFEULEHUNDS Veteran Group will be raising funds to bring the BIG Freedom Rock to Anamosa

    Directions & Parking


    Our BIG camping guru, Jeff, from 2012 has agreed to come back. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, Anamosa Housing Match. More details to come.


    On April 8th from 6-9pm at Wapsi Country Club, we will be hosting our BIG event kick-off. Be the first to see the logo, order t-shirts, and be in-the-know of RAGBRAI happenings. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested to ask questions, volunteer, or sponsor the event. Dinner will be available for $10 a plate. This is the place to be if you want to be part of the fun!


    Volunteers are a BIG part of making events like this possible. We will have a volunteer form available in the future for those interested in helping.



    Download the Day 5 route here: Day 5 Waterloo to Anamosa

    Download the Day 5 route with the Karras Loop option here: Day 5 _ Waterloo to Anamosa (Karras Loop Option)

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