Uptown Marion Event Calendar

The Uptown Marion Events Calendar is the most comprehensive listing of events taking place within our Main Street District. Whether presented by one of our many businesses, or hosted in our beautiful City Park, there's always something to do here.

If you have an upcoming community event, you can submit it here.

(All events are subject to review prior to posting and must take place within the Uptown Marion district.)

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Everything Marion: Treasures Memories

January 21st, 2015 until April 25th, 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Open Wed. - Sunday.
The exhibit presents thousands of items of memorabilia from Marion's past, including pens, calendars, maps, dish ware, church plates, hats and many other kinds of toys, tools and trivia. Free admission sponsored by the McIntyre Foundation. ADA compliant. Tour groups welcomed. Call 447-6376
March

Mar 3rd - ImaginArt in the Alleys Open House

March 3rd, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: 1st Foor, Marion City Hall (1225 6th Avenue)
A public open house has been set for Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first floor at Marion City Hall, 1225 6th Avenue. Preliminary design concepts will be presented and the public is encouraged to view the renderings and provide feedback. Representatives from the City of Marion and Shive-Hattery will be on hand to answer questions.'

Mar 3rd - Wine, Women & Wealth

March 3rd, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Building a community of WOMEN who CARE about money! Bring a friend & bring your business cards. campbellsteele.com/event/wine-women-wealth-17/

Mar 3rd - Open Mic

March 3rd, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 5th - SCORE Small Business Program for Entrepreneurs

March 5th, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Public Library (1095 6th Ave)
The library is proud to partner with SCORE® East Central Iowa for an ongoing series of workshops for entrepreneurs. Each compelling session includes a brief lecture and a lively Q&A session.

March 5 - What Makes a Winning Website, presented by Scott Loggins. bit.ly/17YVzgL

Mar 6th - Arsenic and Old Lace - Opening Night

March 6th, 2015 at 8:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Giving Tree Theater (752 10th Street Marion, Iowa 52302)
Arsenic and Old Lace
March 6th, 2015 - March 22nd, 2015

We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other brother - these require no further description or amplification here. "Arsenic and Old Lace" is a must for all, a ready-made comedy hit! (PG, Dark Comedy).

More information & tickets: bit.ly/1Dj8i6t

Mar 7th - Tom & Neil Performance

March 7th, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 10th - Uptown Workshop: Marketing Fundamentals

March 10th, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:30am     Add To My Calendar
Location: Hills Bank &Trust Company (800 11th St)

Mar 10th - March Uptown [Workshop]+

March 10th, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:30am     Add To My Calendar
Location: Hills Bank & Trust Co. (800 11th St. - Marion, IA 52302)
Uptown [Workshops]+ are free interactive and fun workshops designed for small businesses located in Uptown Marion. Workshops will occur the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 7:30am-8:30am, at Hill Bank and Trust.

MARCH'S TOPIC:
Your Most Important Sales Growth Opportunity ….Marketing Network Design

Networks are so much more than the people we know and the places we hang out. As an entrepreneur, you and your business are one and the same. Networks include our relationships, but they also include our buildings, neighbors, social media sites, web sites and activities. There needs to be a well-crafted design for our networks. Our business network should be an extension of its leaders and our team. There are many pieces that need to be designed to work together and include an implementable content strategy. We will look at our physical and digital marketing framework. This is falls in the category of low cost or no cost.

RSVP online: bit.ly/1wsLnDu

Mar 10th - Open Mic

March 10th, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 17th - Red Cedar Chamber Music

March 17th, 2015 at 1:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Granger House (970 10th Street - Marion, IA 52302)
Red Cedar returns to the Granger House this spring with a completely NEW program for seniors -- the Brinton Silent Film Project!

This project encompasses “an exceptionally rare, perhaps unique, and most certainly at least 100-year old collection” of silent films that make up “perhaps the most significant collection of early films in the world,” and is being viewed for the first time in over a century.

Audience members will recognize historian and narrator Michael Zahs from last year's concert. He will be showing films while the Red Cedar Trio provides the music.

Admission is FREE! Reservations are suggested.

Partners in the project include Red Cedar Chamber Music, the Ainsworth Opera House and Special Collections at the University of Iowa.

Mar 17th - Open Mic

March 17th, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 19th - SCORE Small Business Program for Entrepreneurs

March 19th, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Public Library (1095 6th Ave)
The library is proud to partner with SCORE® East Central Iowa for an ongoing series of workshops for entrepreneurs. Each compelling session includes a brief lecture and a lively Q&A session.

March 19 - Building a Winning Website, presented by Kevin Railsback & Cynthia Petersen

Mar 20th - Civil War Series: From the Boudoir to the Battlefield

March 20th, 2015 at 6:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Granger House (970 10th Street - Marion, IA 52302)
Civil War Series: From the Boudoir to the Battlefield - Iowans who fought against the Union

Presenter: David Connon, Speaker
with Hummanities Iowa

Most Iowans think our state was solidly pro-Union during the Civil War; however, at least 60 Iowa residents fought for the Confederacy! Join us as we welcome historian David Connon to share insights into the motivations of five individuals and describes their experiences. This is definitely not the usual story of Iowa in the Civil War!

Mar 20th - Two Bit Maniacs

March 20th, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 21st - Concert Liberty Band of Iowa

March 21st, 2015 at 2:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Heritage Center (590 10th St. - Marion, IA 52302)
Civil War music with Steve Sprague and the Liberty Band of Iowa commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War played on authentic Civil War-era instruments. This program is free and open to the public courtesy of a grant by the McIntyre Foundation. Coffee and tea will be served.

Mar 21st - Kari & the Keys

March 21st, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 24th - Open Mic

March 24th, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 27th - Civil War Series: From the Boudoir to the Battlefield

March 27th, 2015 at 6:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Public Library (1095 6th Ave. - Marion, IA 52302)
Civil War Series: From the Boudoir to the Battlefield

Price of Freedom: The Littleton Brothers of Louise County, Iowa

Presenters: Tom & Doris Woodruff

Before the Sullivan Brothers, there were the Littletons. All six brothers gave their lives in service to the Union –some in battle, others by disease. One died in the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia. The youngest died when a makeshift troop transport ferry he was on sunk. Join us for a heartbreaking, yet fascinating look this family whose sons paid the ultimate price for freedom.

Mar 27th - Davina & the Vagabonds

March 27th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Davina & the Vagabonds join us to play Music in the MUD for the very first time.
Accommodations provided by Best Western PLUS Longbranch.

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $20 / person. campbellsteele.com/event/davina-the-vagabonds/

Mar 27th - Nik & Rik Performance

March 27th, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)

Mar 31st - Open Mic

March 31st, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Ramsey's (1120 7th Ave)
April

Apr 3rd - The 442s

April 3rd, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Exploring jazz, classical, folk and rock music, this group of two musicians from the St. Louis Symphony and two from the Erin Bode Band will move you to the edge of your seat, or comfort you like a lullaby. Accommodations provided by Best Western PLUS Longbranch.

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $25/person. bit.ly/18mikw6

Apr 10th - Brass Transit Authority

April 10th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Brass Transit Authority (BTA) is comin’ back for their 2nd appearance at Campbell Steele with the music of Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Van Morrison, Huey Lewis & The News, Phil Collins, & Bruce Springsteen.

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere.$15/person. bit.ly/1DWnBY5

Apr 10th - The Miracle Worker

April 10th, 2015 at 8:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Giving Tree Theater (752 10th Street Marion, Iowa 52302)
The Miracle Worker
April 10th, 2015 - April 26th, 2015

Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play has moved countless readers and become an American classic. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate, bringing her into the world at last. (PG, Drama)

Tickets & Information: bit.ly/1E0FnrQ

Apr 11th - Craig Erickson

April 11th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Craig delivers a stylistic brew of blues, fusion, rock, jazz, funk, reggae, acoustic, and more.

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $15 /person. bit.ly/1FXMx26

Apr 12th - Native Americans In Iowa: Marion & the 1852 Meskwaki Petition

April 12th, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:03pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Heritage Center (590 10th St. - Marion, IA 52302)
Native Americans In Iowa: Marion & the 1852 Meskwaki Petition

by Johnathan Buffalo, Meskwaki Tribal Historian and Phil Morris.

The Marion/Meskwaki link is an important chapter in the heritage of both communities. Indian tacos provided by Tressa Youngbear, and other light refreshments. Call the Heritage Center to reserve a seat. RSVP by leaving your name and phone number 447-6376. Free admission courtesy of the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.

Apr 17th - Waubeek Trackers

April 17th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
A popular trio throughout the 1980’s, the Waubeek Trackers were “definitely not downstream music”, having opened for artists such as Leon Redbone, Bob Gibson, Jim Post, & Joan Armitrading. With Patty Ankrum & Richard Baillargeon on guitars, & Steve Maurice playing harmonicas.
bit.ly/1ERexki

Apr 18th - Fashion Forward: A Weekend of Historic Clothing

April 18th, 2015 until April 19th, 2015     Add To My Calendar
Location: Granger House (970 10th Street - Marion, IA 52302)
Join us for a weekend of events featuring historic fashion! The Granger House will be exhibiting historic clothing and accessories from our collection (many never before displayed) and offering interesting and entertaining programs on women’s clothing, including a fashion show featuring new spring lines for 2015 as well as what it takes to "dress like a victorian lady".

Tickets go on sale March 1st.
More information on ticket options, a full schedule of activities, and program details: bit.ly/1FGXvWm

Apr 18th - Local on the 8s

April 18th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
‘Local on the 8s’ join us to play Music in the MUD for the 1st time. A compelling combination of progressive rock, jazz, R&B, hip hop and funk music.

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $15/person. bit.ly/1EsNKNt

Apr 24th - Goran Ivanovic Trio

April 24th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Goran Ivanovic has a unique musical language which melts together his Balkan roots with Flamenco and Latin guitar traditions. “Serbian-American classical nylon-string guitarist Ivanovic plays unabashedly beautiful music that is as captivatingly melodic and cinematic as it is technically and compositionally sophisticated. bit.ly/1FXMF1L
May

May 1st - Mirage

May 1st, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Natalie Brown brings her amazing Jean Luc Ponty tribute band back to the gallery for one great show.

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. bit.ly/1LIE2bP

May 2nd - Bob Dorr & the Blue Band

May 2nd, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
One of the most popular Iowa bands and Iowa bandleaders ever!

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $20/ person. bit.ly/1zfitXs

May 3rd - Marion’s House Tour: Old & New Fundraiser

May 3rd, 2015     Add To My Calendar
Location: Historic homes of Marion
Marion’s House Tour: Old & New Fundraiser

The house tour will include:
* Victorian Thyme Beauty Boutique, Jill & Brian Mohwinkle Store

* The Marlene & Jay Lenoch Home 1308 8th Ave

* The Barbara (Jean) & Robert (Hans) Schoon Home 1372 8th Ave

* The Dave Richardson & Gae Sharp-Richardson Home 1430 8th Ave

* The Christa & Reed Martin Home 1580 8th Ave

*The Pat & Vic Klopfenstein Home 5540 Hunters Ridge Court

* The New Memorial Hall: Paul & Jeanne Matthews 770 11th St.


Marion Home Tour Adult Ticket price: $15

Or purchase an Adult ticket for the House Tour & Pancake Egg Breakfast. Two Events Adult Ticket price: $20.

Sponsored in part by Wendy Voltroubeck, Skogman Realty.

May 5th - Managing the Closely Held Business

May 5th, 2015 until May 6th, 2015 from 8:00am to 5:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Back by popular demand! This two-day seminar explains in simple, clear language what financial management is and why it can greatly improve your profitability. We guarantee that you will walk away with tangible tools that you can put to use immediately in your own company. conta.cc/1FsRAEj

May 5th - Wine, Women & Wealth

May 5th, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Presented by Monica Wilk. Building a community of WOMEN who CARE about money! Bring a friend & bring your business cards. bit.ly/1zfiH0R

May 8th - The Johnny Kilowatt Band featuring Gloria Hardiman

May 8th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
This great band features some of Iowa City’s most sought after musicians and has played Court Avenue Blues Fest in Des Moines, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Swamp Fox Festival in Marion, KCCK’s Jazz Under the Stars, Iowa Soul Festival, and more!

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $15/person. bit.ly/1DUOhqI

May 8th - Barefoot in the Park

May 8th, 2015 at 8:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Giving Tree Theater (752 10th Street Marion, Iowa 52302)
Barefoot in the Park
May 8th, 2015 - May 24th, 2015

Corie and Paul are newlyweds, fresh from their honeymoon. Corie is still enthralled by her recent sexual awakening and the adventure that comes with youth and marriage. She wants their passionate romantic life to continue at full speed. Paul, however, feels it is time to focus on his burgeoning career as an up-and-coming lawyer. When they don't see eye-to-eye about their apartment, their neighbors, and their sex drive, the new marriage experiences its first patch of rough weather. Let the comedy begin! (PG, Romantic Comedy)

May 9th - 3rd Annual Pancake & Egg Breakfast Fundraising Event

May 9th, 2015 from 7:30am to 11:00am     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Heritage Center (590 10th St. - Marion, IA 52302)
3rd Annual Pancake & Egg Breakfast Fundraising Event

Tickets: $7.50 Adults, 12 & under free.

May 9th - Pa's Fiddle & the Little House on the Prairie

May 9th, 2015 at 1:30pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Granger House (970 10th Street - Marion, IA 52302)
Calling all grandmothers, moms, & daughters of all ages! We're celebrating Mothers Day this year with musicians Marc and Brandi Janssen -- Brandi will be reading selections from Laura Ingall Wilder's iconic stories while Marc treats us to fiddle tunes played by her Pa. If you haven't introduced the little girl in your life to this wonderful series, here's your opportunity!

Join us as we serve up all sorts of special refreshments suitable for such a special occassion. Seating is limited, so reservations are required; guarantee your spot by purchasing your tickets online or in person beginning April 15th.

Admission: TBD

May 9th - The Rod Pierson Not-So-Big-Band Featuring Craig Boche

May 9th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
One of the greatest small big-bands of all-time!

Cash bar – great appetizers – intimate atmosphere. $15/person. bit.ly/1DbB1KA

May 15th - Bryce Janey Band

May 15th, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Gritty, Rootsy, & Virtuosic!

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $15/person. bit.ly/1Dr3peg

May 16th - 2015 MAF Half Marathon and 5K Run & Fun Walk

May 16th, 2015 at 7:30am     Add To My Calendar
Location: City Square Park, Uptown Marion
Run for Your Art! Support the MAF's Educational Programming!

Saturday, May 16
Half Marathon @ 7:30 a.m.
5K Run & Fun Walk @ 7:30 a.m.
City Square Park

The Marion Arts Festival half marathon and 5K run & fun walk are favorite season openers for serious amateurs, recreational runners and casual walkers. bit.ly/1LIHpiM

May 16th - The Art of Prints & Books

May 16th, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
oin us during the Marion Arts Festival as Larry Welo & Priscilla Steele demonstrate the art of etching & engraving.

There is no charge for this event. bit.ly/1weT9AJ

May 16th - Marion Arts Festival

May 16th, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Square Park, Uptown Marion
Experience collaborative, creative merrymaking at its finest.

Join friends old and new on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 in City Square Park for the free, fun and family-friendly 23rd annual Marion Arts Festival. www.marionartsfestival.com/

May 16th - 13th Annual Art by Your Neighbors & Friends - Opening Day

May 16th, 2015 until February 27th, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Marion Heritage Center (590 10th St. - Marion, IA 52302)
13th Annual Art by Your Neighbors & Friends

Opening Day Saturday, May 16 – 10am -5pm – Heritage Center

Exhibit will be open through Saturday, June 27 .

Sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust Co.

May 22nd - Funk Daddies

May 22nd, 2015 at 7:00pm     Add To My Calendar
Location: Campbell Steele Gallery (1064 7th Ave)
Horn-driven soul, R&B, and dance music inspired by Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire and all the great Motown artists.

Cash bar. Great appetizers. Intimate atmosphere. $20/person. bit.ly/1A7uP44