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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


Uptown Real Estate Showcase
March 14th, 2019
4:30pm –8:00pm
Location TBA

The Uptown Marion real estate market is primed with opportunity! Whether a business owner, investor, aspiring entrepreneur, or looking for a great apartment we’re excited to share the opportunities that a wait you in Uptown Marion. Join us for Uptown Marion’s Real Estate Showcase on Thursday, March 14th, from 4:30pm – 8:00pm, for a short program, properties tour, and networking event. Don’t miss out on this exciting time of revitalization, growth, and prosperity.

Ladies Day Out 
Saturday, April 27, 2019
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.

Mmaf_307242817arion’s Art Festival & 5K / Half Marathon
Saturday, May 18, 2019
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.

City 3C Std Logo (120x120)Marion Farmers’ Market at Taube Park
May 4–September 28, 2019
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 2019 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.

Uptown Market
June 8 – August 10
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  and July ,  7:00pm Dates TBA
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 4 – July 25, 2019
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 11th, 2019
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Uptown Marion District

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

Uptown Getdown
August 1 – August 22
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.


swampSwamp Fox Festival & Parade
Saturday, September 28, 2019
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 28, 2019
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 4, 2019
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!

AMEX_Shop_Small_Street_RGB_SOLID_LogoSmall Business Saturday
Saturday, November 30, 2019
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 30th, 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!


MarionCITPlogo-(1)Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk
Friday, December 6, 2019
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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