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You can’t shop and eat all of the time, which is why Uptown Marion has also become famous – locally, for sure, and in some cases nationwide – for creating and hosting family-friendly events of extraordinary range and quality, year around.

Annual Community Festivals & Events


Commercial Real Estate Showcase
March 30th, 2017
4:00pm –6:30pm
Ramsey’s Wine Bistro

The Uptown Marion real estate market is primed with opportunity! Whether a business owner, investor or aspiring entrepreneur, we’re excited to share the opportunities that a wait you in Uptown Marion. Join us for Uptown Marion’s Commercial Real Estate Showcase on Thursday, March 30th, from 4:00pm – 6:30pm, at Ramsey’s Wine Bistro for a short program, properties tour, and networking event. Don’t miss out on this exciting time of revitalization, growth and prosperity. More information.

Mmaf_307242817arion’s Art Festival & 5K / Half Marathon
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.

This one-day event showcases 50 high caliber artists from across the country. Continuous live music and specialty food vendors are also featured. Admission is free to the public. Brought to you by the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

This competitive 5K run/walk takes runners and walkers on a flat course through residential Marion. Refreshments and door prizes available after the race. A half marathon is also included in the weekend. More information.

Marion’s Art Festival & 5K / Half Marathon
Saturday, April 15, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm

Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a fun day in Uptown Marion! From your morning latte to your afternoon glass of wine, you’ll be sure to make memories as you shop and dine Uptown. More Information

City 3C Std Logo (120x120)Marion Farmers’ Market at Taube Park
May 6–September 30, 2017
Saturdays from 8:00am –11:30am
Taube Park–2200 31st Street

The Marion Farmers’ Market offers a variety of locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, homemade crafts, and much more. Stop by Taube Park on Saturday morning and check out all the fantastic offerings that are produced right here in your own community.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Marion Farmers’ Market for the 2017 year, please contact the Marion Parks and Recreation Office at 447-3590 for availability, rental rates, and any other questions. More information.


marion by moonlight-logoMarion By Moonlight
Thursdays, 6:00pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different band each Thursday night in June. Food is available at 6:00pm and music begins at 6:30pm.

2015bbqlogo(1)BBQ Rendezvous
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

TJoin us on Saturday, June 3 for the 7th Annual Marion BBQ Rendezvous hosted by the Marion Metro Kiwanis Club! We will have multiple award-winning BBQ vendors serving up all your favorites, including rib, sandwiches, nachos and more! There will be live music from three bands, kids activities, and non-BBQ food and beer for sale. All proceeds from this event will be used toward our $100,000 commitment for the Miracle League Field at Prospect Meadows.
The event is free to attend and family friendly. There will be tickets to purchase for food and drinks, so be sure to bring some cash with you. More information.


Uptown Market
June 10 – August 12
8:00am – 12:00pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.

The Uptown Marion Market is happening the second Saturday of each month, June through August, from 8:00 am – Noon in Uptown Marion’s City Square Park.

Each market feature fresh produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, plants, meat, wines, and an array of artisan items.  In addition, food vendors will be onsite to offer a variety of take-and-eat items.  The market will also feature live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children’s entertainment, and healthy living programming for all ages.

Information about being a market vendor can be found here.

For specific vendor questions, please contact Tami Schlamp at the Marion Chamber of Commerce (319-743-4723 or

Marion Community Band Concerts
June 13 and June 27
Tuesdays, 7:00pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a nice summer evening listening to our great community band! Dress for the concerts is something red, white or blue. Music starts at 7:00 pm on select Tuesdays in June. For more information, contact David Law at

Marion Big Band “Swingin’ At Sunset Concerts
July 6 – July 27, 2017
Thursday Nights. 7:00pm
Marion Square Park (7th Ave. & 10th St.)

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy classic 30’s & 40’s Big Band hits! These concerts start at 7:00 pm Thursday nights in July. For more information contact Doreen Zumwalt at (319) 377-7692 or Bob Sternowski at (319) 377-6588.

Eat. Drink. Food&PubCrawl(sq_logo)& Be Marion –  Food & Pub Crawl Fundraiser
Thursday, July 13th, 2017
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Uptown Marion District

Enjoy a fun night on the town while supporting Uptown Marion!

TICKETS: Coming Soon

Uptown Getdown
August 3 – August 24
Thursdays, 6:00pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.

This event features live music, great food and fun each Thursday night during the month of August.  Admission is free to the public thank you to our Platinum Partner Sponsors. Food is available at 6:00 PM and music begins at 6:30 PM and ends at 9:30 PM. Uptown Getdown is brought to you by Uptown Marion and the Marion Chamber of Commerce.


Fall into Fabulous Finds
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
10am – 4pm
Uptown Marion District

Enjoy a fun day in Uptown Marion during this Progressive Shopping Event.
Start at any participating business and let each mystery coupon box lead you on a fabulous shopping event. *Limited to one coupon box per store. While supplies last. Coupon boxes will be distributed first come, first served.

Registration: Coming Soon

swampSwamp Fox Festival & Parade
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.

Join in the celebration of Marion’s heritage at the 28th annual Swamp Fox Festival. A variety of events will take place in and around City Square Park including the Fall Marion Market, Swamp Fox 5K, a pancake breakfast, and the ever-popular Swamp Fox Parade.

The fun moves to Lowe Park on Saturday evening for live music at the amphitheater, food, bingo, kids activities and a grand fireworks finale. Find more info as the date gets closer at

Fall Market
Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:30am – 1:00pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave. & 10th St.
Held in City Square Park, the Uptown Fall Market offers fresh fall produce, baked goods, flowers, Iowa wines, and a wide variety of artisan items – all from local vendors. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy live entertainment from some of the areas finest musicians. This year’s Fall Market will be held in conjunction with Marion’s Swamp Fox Festival and Parade.

Chocolate Walk
Friday, October 6, 2017
8:00pm – 10:30pm.

This fun annual event is an evening shopping experience that features a chocolate treat in nearly 30  participating businesses. Come out and enjoy a beautiful fall evening to stroll, listen to live music and shop Uptown Marion!

More Info

AMEX_Shop_Small_Street_RGB_SOLID_LogoSmall Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm
Uptown Marion

kick-off the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday. Uptown Marion Main Street and Marion Chamber of Commerce will host a shopping event on Saturday, November 25th, between 10am – 2pm. Enjoy holiday music as you shop and dine Uptown. Receive a free #ShopSmall gift, while supplies last, and be entered to win a $100 Uptown Dollar gift certificate with each receipt you show! For your convenience, a gift wrapping station will also be available. In addition, between Small Business Saturday and December 21st, shoppers have the opportunity to fill an Uptown Holiday Passport by visiting participating businesses. Passports will be available at each participating business, as well as at the Uptown / Chamber booth during Small Business Saturday and the Peppermint Walk. Return your filled Holiday Passport by 12/21 to the Uptown /Chamber office for a chance to win a $50 Uptown Dollars gift certificate. See participating businesses here.


MarionCITPlogo-(1)Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk
Friday, December 1st, 2017
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Marion Square Park – 7th Ave & 10th St

Each year we welcome Santa by firetruck to the Park at 4:00 pm and greet kids throughout the evening. Be sure to also SHOP all of the open Uptown Marion businesses for a peppermint treat!

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