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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

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 TBD, for a short program, properties tour, and networking event. Don’t miss out on this exciting time of revitalization, growth, and prosperity.

shoPIN Marion
May 14, 2022
10:00am –2:00pm
Marion Welcome Center, 1070 7th Ave Marion

Join us for a brand new Marion shopping event on Saturday May 14th. The Uptown Marion Welcome Center, located on 7th Avenue, will be offering custom Marion shopping totes for $5/bag. Bags will be available on May 14th at 10am. The tote will feature a map of uptown businesses. When you visit a participating restaurant or retailer, you will receive a small pin with their logo to place on that spot on the map.

Mmaf_307242817arion’s Art Festival & 5K / Half Marathon
May 21st, 9am-5pm 2022 (

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 7–September 10, 2022
Saturdays from 8:00am –11:00am
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.


marion by moonlight-logoMarion By Moonlight @ Lowe Park for 2022
June 2 – June 23, 2022
Thursdays, 6:00pm

This year you will be able to enjoy the wonderful music out at Lowe Park from 6-9 pm each Thursday night in June.
Thursday, June 2nd – Jake McVay
Thursday, June 9th – PastMasters
Thursday, June 16th – Retro Rockits
Thursday, June 23th – Mixtape
The safety of our attendees and volunteers is our top priority, and having the additional space Lowe Park provides will allow for social distancing. So bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us for four nights of great music and good food!

Uptown Market
June 11 – August 13, 2022
8:00am – 12:00pm
Uptown Marion Square Park

Shop local and shop fresh at the 2022 Uptown Marion Market. Uptown Marion Market will move to 7th Avenue and City Square Park this summer! Enjoy over 30 local and regional vendors the 2nd Saturday, June through August (June 11, July 9, and August 13), and September 24 from 8am to Noon. Vendors will offer fresh produce, baked goods, honey, Iowa native wines, specialty foods, and a wide selection of artisan items. Power of Produce returns for the kiddos along with live music, community information, balloon art and face painting activities in the Park.
Admission is free to the public. Thank you to the following Platinum Community Partners: Farmers State Bank, ImOn Communications, Summit Pointe Senior Living, MercyCare Community Physicians, and Z102.9 with support from the City of Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program.

Marion Community Band Concerts
June 14 & June 28 ,  7:00pm , 2022
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 7 – July 28, 2022
Thursday Nights. 7:00pm
Marion Square Park (7th Ave. & 10th St.)
July 28th @ Terrace Glen Village 6PM
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
July 14, 2022
5:30pm – 9:30pm
Uptown Marion

Uptown Marion is hosting the 8th annual Eat. Drink. & Be Marion: Food & Pub Crawl Fundraiser on Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 5:30 – 9:30PM.  All proceeds benefit the ongoing revitalization and beautification efforts of Uptown Marion – A Main Street Iowa District.

Uptown’s mission is to improve Uptown Marion through continued revitalization, growth and preservation of historic character through appropriate design, promotion, and economic strategies that improve our community. A big part of what we do is serve the small businesses in the heart of our community that are owned by our friends and neighbors and woven into the fabric of Marion.  Ticket info coming soon.

Uptown Getdown 
August 4 – August 25, 2022
Thursdays, 5:30pm
Uptown Marion Square Park

Who is ready for the return of live music? We are excited to announce the 2022 Uptown Getdown lineup! See you in August back in Uptown for the following bands!
August 4- Flatland Ridge
August 11 – Trophy Dads
August 18 – Schmidt Brothers
August 25 – The Ice Breakers
Thank you to our Platinum Community Partners for making this a free community event! Farmers State Bank, ImOn Communications, Summit Pointe Senior Living, MercyCare Community Physicians, and Z102.9 with support from the Marion hotel/motel grant program.


Fall Market
Saturday, September 24, 2022
8:00am – 12:00pm
7th Avenue and Uptown Marion Square Park

Held in Uptown, 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.

Chocolate Walk
Friday, October 7, 2022
Uptown Marion

What could be more delightful than shopping and chocolate? Adding a fall night in Uptown Marion! Enjoy strolling historic Uptown Marion at this after hours, adult-only shopping event. Visit your favorite stores, discover what’s new just around the corner and savor a sweet treat from participating businesses.

The Chocolate Walk, hosted by the Marion Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Marion is held the first Friday in October each year and is a free event thanks to our Platinum Community Partners: Farmers State Bank, ImOn Communications, Summit Pointe Senior Living, MercyCare Community Physicians, and Z102.9 with support from the City of Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program.

AMEX_Shop_Small_Street_RGB_SOLID_LogoSmall Business Saturday
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Uptown Marion

Kick-off the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday. Enjoy holiday music as you shop and dine Uptown.


Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk
Friday, December 2, 2022
Uptown Marion

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