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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 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 

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

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 2–September 26, 2020
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
June 4 – June 25, 2020
Thursdays, 6:00pm
Virtual – Tune in at KCRG 9.2

Uptown Market
June 13 – August 8, 2020
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.

Due to COVID19 only farm produce vendors will be able to fend at the June Market. There will be no programming and no children allowed. It is encourage only one person per family attend the June Market. 

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 9 & June 30 ,  7:00pm , 2020
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 9 – July 30, 2020
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

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

Uptown Getdown
August 6 – August 27, 2020
Thursdays, 5:30pm
All Across Marion

Uptown Getdown is hitting the road! We’ve reimagined the event to bring the Marion community an opportunity for live music in a safe, distanced setting. The bands will be on-board our Uptown Getdown bandwagon and will play at three locations each Thursday night in August. Each stop will include a 40 minute set before moving to the next location. Times are approximations.

August 6 The Bamboozlers
August 13 Katie & the Honky-Tonks
August 20 Boot Jack Band
August 27 Casting Call Band

Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th St @ 5:30
Thomas Park, 343 Marion Blvd @ 6:30
Willowood Park/Marion Pool, 1855 35th St @ 7:30


swampSwamp Fox Festival & Parade CANCELED
Saturday, September 26, 2020
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 26, 2020
8:00am – 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 Week
Friday, October 23-31, 2020

Chocolate Walk is moving to Chocolate Week, because this year we all deserve more than one night of shopping and chocolate! From October 23-31 enjoy visiting participating Marion businesses for a chocolate treat with purchase. Enjoy fall at your favorite spot or take time to discover a new store.
Once inside, look for the Chocolate Week QR Code and scan for your chance to win daily chocolate prizes from THE chocolate SHOP, courtesy of Marion Chamber and Uptown Marion Main Street. Register at multiple locations throughout the week, no purchase is necessary to register. Please check each store’s public health policies before entering. Mask up to help keep our community healthy and open for business.

AMEX_Shop_Small_Street_RGB_SOLID_LogoSmall Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28, 2020
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 TBD
December 2020

Activities to be announced.

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