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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

Spring

Uptown Real Estate Showcase
SPRING DATE CANCELED 

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 
SPRING DATE CANCELED 

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
Virtual the entire month of May 2021 (marionartsfestival.com)

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 1–September 25, 2021
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.

Summer

marion by moonlight-logoMarion By Moonlight @ Lowe Park for 2021
June 3 – June 24, 2020
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 3rd – Strays
Thursday, June 10th – Boot Jack Band
Thursday, June 17th – The Mixtape
Thursday, June 24th – Lonesome Road
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 as we celebrate the 25th year of Marion By Moonlight!

Uptown Market
June 12 – August 7, 2021
8:00am – 12:00pm
1175 8th Avenue Marion (NEW TEMP LOCATION)

Shop local and shop fresh at the 2021 Uptown Marion Market.
The market will continue to navigate public health measures to ensure a safe and healthy event as directed by the state of Iowa. Our priority will remain on the safety of vendors, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees while offering the public access to local products.
New Temporary Location for 2021! With the renovation to the Depot and several anticipated construction projects surrounding City Square Park, Uptown Marion Market will be relocating for the season. We are excited to remain in the Uptown and will be located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 12th Street.
Admission is free to the public. Thank you to the following Platinum Community Partners: Farmers State Bank, ImOn Communications, Summit Pointe Senior Living, and Z102.9 with support from the City of Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program.

Marion Community Band Concerts
June 22 & July 1 ,  7:00pm , 2021
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 maestrolaw@gmail.com.

Marion Big Band “Swingin’ At Sunset Concerts
July 8 – July 22, 2021
Thursday Nights. 7:00pm
Marion Square Park (7th Ave. & 10th St.)

July 27th @ Terrace Glen Village 6:30pm

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 8, 2021
5:30pm – 9:30pm
Uptown Marion

It’s BACK! In 2021, Uptown Marion will be hosting the seventh annual Eat. Drink. & Be Marion: Food & Pub Crawl Fundraiser. 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. These businesses need our support as an organization now more than ever and the proceeds of this event do just that. Main Streets are a proven economic driver for communities and play a vital role in restarting our economies. Together well will emerge better and stronger but we need your help.
With the health and safety of our event attendees, volunteers, and businesses top priority, along with the guidance of health officials in mind, Uptown will be back to hosting an in-person event in 2021. This event on July 15 will consist of the traditional Eat. Drink. & Be Marion activities and also allow for anyone not able to attend in person to participate ‘2020 style’ with an At-Home kit.

Ticket info coming soon.

Uptown Getdown @ Lowe Park 2021
August 5 – August 26, 2020
Thursdays, 5:30pm
Lowe Park (NEW TEMP LOCATION)

Who is ready for the return of live music? We are excited to announce the 2021 Uptown Getdown lineup! See you in August at Lowe Park for Casting Call, Katie & The Honky Tonks, Birdchild and Book Jack Band.
Thank you to our Platinum Community Partners for making this a free community event! Farmers State Bank, ImOn Communications, Summit Pointe Senior Living, and Z102.9 with support from the Marion hotel/motel grant program.
Safety of attendees, volunteers, and the participating bands remains a high priority. We have moved this event to Lowe Park to allow additional space. Please watch for additional information regarding any public health protocols that may be in place at the time of this event.

Fall

swampSwamp Fox Festival & Parade TBD
Saturday, September
Marion

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 www.cityofmarion.org/swampfox.

Fall Market
Saturday, September 25, 2021
8:00am – 1:00pm
1175 8th Avenue Marion (NEW TEMP LOCATION)

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. This year’s Fall Market will be held in conjunction with Marion Fall Fest.

Chocolate Week
Friday, October 1, 2021

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, 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 27, 2021
Uptown Marion

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

Winter

Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk
Friday, December 3, 2021
Location TBD

Activities to be announced.

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