November Events and News

The holiday season is in full swing but there is still plenty of reasons to come on Down and join us for events throughout November.


As a reminder the main office has moved to a temporary location behind bingo past the grandstands. Our phone number is still the same if you need to reach us. Please contact us to set up an appointment if needed. We are also working on our 2018 racing season, so stay tuned for updates.

Gun Show

Trade Show Productions will be hosting the gun show once again in the expo center on the 10th, 11th, and 12th. For times and admission prizes, check out our Gun Show event page: .

Festival of Trees

This free event is back this year on the 18th and 19th from 10 am until 5 pm both days. Come walk through the hall of trees and vote for your favorite. You can also purchase one to take home! All funds benefit local non-profits including The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Shoes for Kids, and Toys for Tots. Find more information here:

Christmas at the Downs

The popular crafts and art show will be at Hawkeye Downs on the 24th (9 am- 5pm) and 25th (10 am- 4 pm). Rent a booth and participate or view the best local crafts and art! Visit C and R Productions website for more information:


We have bingo on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday nights starting at 6:30! Come join us for food, bingo, and fun! Our bingo page:

November Calendar 2017



Hawkeye Downs Presents

Down The Hatch

A Celebration of Vino, Brews, and Trucks presented by Fleck Sales and 7G Distributing.


This event has been rescheduled to June 23rd, 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances.

More information to come.

Come celebrate the first ever brew fest, wine tasting, and food truck competition!

Tickets are on sale now!

Down the Hatch 2017


Saturday, Sept 23, 2017

VIP 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm

General Admission 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm


Advance Tickets- $10

Military, Fire, EMS, Police Personnel- $10

At the Gate- $15

VIP- $20

Fleck Sales

You must be 21 and over to attend this event. Proper identification must be shown.


Food Trucks Expected

Austin Blues BBQ Barn
Brother & Sister Bakery
Dave’s Mini Donuts
O’s Grill
The Box Lunch
Caribbean Kitchen
Nene’s Roaming Gyros
Amigos Taco Truck
Rio Burritos
Jay’s Water Ice
Flip N’ Chop
Karam’s Grill
Mahalo Dog
Keepin’ Up With the Jones’
Amos Dean’s Catering

More information will be available as the event gets closer. Check out the flyer, or give us a call at 319-365-8656 for more information, or to sign up as part of the night.


This Friday night is “Hibu Night at the Races” and  the annual Racing for a Cause event benefiting Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S).  The highlight of the night is a $1000 to win Regional Qualifier for Dublin City Pub INEX Legends. The special race in conjunction with C.O.P.S.  is sponsored by Hershberger Enterprises of Kalona. 25-30 Legends are expected for this race, which is the first of four throughout Iowa.

Legends Racer Warren Ropp, organizer of the special Legends race, told The Gazette earlier this week:“ It’s big because a lot of people and organizations are all about the money on their end — and you’ve got to have the money to make the doors stay open and operate — but (Hawkeye Downs) sees the big picture of what’s happening in the communities,” Ropp said. “It helps pull communities together. Whether it’s Military Night or Iowa Donor Network Night or my C.O.P.S. night, it’s big. The only way you get that message across is to keep putting it out in front of people.”

C.O.P.S. is a national organization that was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Their mission is “Rebuilding the shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.” Today they have over 37,000 members.

 As a special recognition for local law enforcement, C.O.P.S. and Hershberger Enterprises have teamed up with Hawkeye Downs to offer free admission to all law enforcement officers (with proper credentials) and their immediate families for Friday nights’ race.

Hibu, the evening’s sponsor, is a multinational directories and internet services company headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, UK. It has operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain.

 It’s week nine of the HyVee Racing Series as the track celebrates its 92nd season of racing as part of Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center, the premiere racing and leading entertainment destination in Eastern Iowa.

 In addition to the Dublin City Pub INEX Legends, Performance Concepts Late Models, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, and Miller Time Hornets will be action.

 The Lil’ Racer Car Club is back in action Friday night as well with the “Worlds Largest Candy Dash on an Asphalt track” during Intermission.  The current record is 1,049 pounds of candy. Candy Donations can be delivered to the clubhouse under the main Grandstand before the races start.

Gates open at 6pm with Opening Ceremonies slated for 7:20 and Racing at 7:30.

Hawkeye Downs will again be using in 2017 to notify fans of weather related announcements for the speedway. Sign up at to receive email or text alerts.

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Fan Guide 2017

Hawkeye Downs Speedway

2017 Ultimate Fan Guide

A reference for fans regarding what Hawkeye Downs Speedway & Expo has to offer, and more!
For more information on any of these topics, please contact us.

Alcohol: Beer options are provided at the track most nights from  6pm until just before races end. We will not serve beer to anyone under the age of 21. Hawkeye Downs does have a 2-for-1 “happy hour” from 6-7 pm most Friday nights during the racing season. Proper ID will be required. No alcohol or tobacco is allowed in the “Family Area” located near turn one.

Bingo: We also have some of the best bingo around! Doors open at 4:30pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Bingo begins at 6:30pm with consistent payouts. We also have concessions and meal specials most nights. Monday night is adults only night.

Camping: The track has camp sites on property with our own camp managers. Each site has electricity and water hookup, and is 20’ x 40’. One night is $25, a week is $150, and four weeks is $600. There is to be no overnight camping other than in the camping area. At this time, no open fires are permitted. Please call 319-365-8656 for more information.

Concessions: As of 2017, Hy-Vee provides food concessions during racing events, and can be found underneath the main grandstands. Other items such as Dippin’ Dots, ice cream, beverages, slushies, and alcohol are available from Hawkeye Downs Other concession options for bingo and special events will be available as needed.

Credit Cards: At this time, only cash is accepted for tickets or concessions. We do have and ATM Machine on-site located near main concessions.

Contact: For general inquiries, please email, send us a message on Facebook, or give us a call at 319-365-8656. For sponsor inquiries, please contact

Emergencies: In case of a medical or other emergency, please immediately report to a person in a red Hawkeye Downs Staff shirt, or a yellow uniformed security officer.

Events: Hawkeye Downs is a campus of 93 acres of including an expo hall, bingo hall, auction arena, speedway, and more. We provide a variety of entertainment and events year-round. Please check our calendar or contact us for up-to-date information about our events.

Expo Hall: Events of all sizes, indoor or outdoor can be accommodated here at Hawkeye Downs. The South Expo Hall is 15,000 sq. ft, and the North Expo Hall is 20,000 sq. ft. We are an excellent choice for weddings and events who have their own caterers. Parking is free! Contact us for more information, or to book an event.

Facebook: You can find us on Facebook here:

Family Section: Currently under construction the family deck will be located near turn one. Families will be able find an area where smoking, alcohol and tobacco are not permitted, and many family activities such as face painting can be found throughout the season.

Fan Conduct: Because we are a family facility that provides entertainment for all ages, during the races and at any events, we ask that fans/guests act appropriately. If disturbances are caused, parties may be asked to leave the premises if needed. Please report disturbances to the nearest event employee or uniformed security.

50/50: Raffle tickets will be sold most race nights through the night. The track will have a person selling tickets in the stands and pits. A final call for purchasing the tickets will be announced and the winning number called over the P.A. System. The winner should come to the announcer’s booth located on the west side.

First Aid: In case of a medical or other emergency, please immediately report to a person in a red Hawkeye Downs Staff shirt, or a uniformed security officer.

Lil’ Racer Car Club: The Lil’ Racer Car Club provides different activities throughout the year for young race fans on and off the track. Sign up for the club can be found in the club building under the grandstands, and look for events kids can participate in throughout the year.

Location: Hawkeye Downs is located at 4400 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa just North of Highway 30, and West of I-380. A detailed Google Map can be found at the bottom of this page.

Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is not allowed at the track without prior permission.

P.A. Announcements & Paging: Please let either the media director know of any special announcements before events when possible, or nicely let the announcers know in a timely matter on the night of events.

Parking: Parking at Hawkeye Downs is free. Please use caution while maneuvering around the parking area.

Rest Rooms: Rest Rooms are located on either side of the back of the grandstands.

Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the grandstands, and only is designated areas around the track.

Social Media: Hawkeye Downs understands that not everyone is able to participate in racing every night. However, our drivers, staff and participants strive to provide the fans with a great experience at the track. We ask that Facebook Live and other live streaming coverage not be used to broadcast the races, and reserve the right to remove any party we deem is participating in such coverage. Thank you for your cooperation.

Snapchat: You can add us on snapchat: hawkeyedownscr

Times: Most race nights the fan gates open at 6:00pm, hot laps begin at 6:40pm, opening ceremonies begin at 7:25pm, with racing after. Please check the schedule for special racing and event times.

Track: Hawkeye Downs Speedway has gone through many changes on its way to this, the 92nd year of racing at the track. The track has both a banked ½ mile oval, as well as a ¼ mile oval.

Twitter: You can follow us on Twitter here:

VIP Seating: The track does feature some air-conditioned, indoor “suites” that can be available for rent on some nights. Please contact us at 319-365-8656 for more information.

Map of Hawkeye Downs

*These are all subject to change at any time.

Festival of Trees- Nov 18 and 19

Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th

Stroll through the hall of trees while enjoying live performances, visit Santa, and check out the holiday market. Support local non-profits by bidding on a decorated tree to take home!

Both days from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free but canned goods or Toys for Tots donations are welcome!


For more information, please visit

Festival of Trees 2017


Hawkeye Downs is pleased to offer bingo fun three times a week! 

We now play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Hawkeye Downs Bingo features a variety of games and jackpots in a great environment that is climate controlled. This year, we have added consistent payouts as part of our program.

Among the many beverages we offer, we also sell BEER & Mike’s Hard Lemonade for you to enjoy while you play.


We provide a full-service concession area featuring a great variety of food items for you to enjoy.

 Doors open at 4:30 pm

Bingo begins at 6:30 pm

For updates about our bingo, including payout and meal special, visit our Facebook page:


PLEASE NOTE: We ask only children 8+ at bingo on each night.



Payout depends on attendance and special games.

100-149 people =$50

150-179 people = $75

180+ = $100


The Bingo Hall boasts seating for 500 people, a full concession stand (including beer), clean restrooms and an attached heated Auction Hall if you need even more space!