Marion prides itself on offering a variety of free cultural opportunities to residents.
Marion Arts Festival
Consistently named among the top tier of juried art events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival presents 50 artists, offering fine art and fine craft to an audience of 14,000.
According to the 2012 Art Fair SourceBook, the Marion Arts Festival is:
#17 Event in the Nation
#1 Show Featuring 100 Artists or Fewer
#1 One-day Show in the Country
#2 in the Country for Return on Artist's Investment ($12 for every $1 spent)
Also named by Art Fair Insiders as one of America's 50 Best Art Fairs 2013!
Free Music in the Park
Family-friendly concerts in City Square Park offered weekly. In June, enjoy Farmers State Bank's Marion by Moonlight series. In July enjoy performances by Marion Big Band, and in August get down with Uptown Getdown hosted by the Marion Chamber of Commerce.
Marion is home to two markets, both hosted in City Square Park. The Marion Farmers' Market, coordinated by the Parks & Recreation Department (319-377-4846) is open the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in September. Hours of operation: Saturdays from 8:00–11:30 a.m.
The Uptown Marion Market is hosted by the Marion Chamber of Commerce (319-377-3616) and is held the second Saturday of the month in June, July and August from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Marion Public Library
The Marion Public Library promotes cultural engagement, lifelong learning, and personal development for audiences of all backgrounds and ages by providing collections and services that educate, inform, enrich, and entertain.
The library hosts various authors and informational presentations throughout the year and is the 5th busiest library in the state.
Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
This beautiful Silver LEED certified facility is open year-round and features public art exhibit space and meeting rooms. It is surrounded by native prairie grasses, sculptures, a walking trail, community gardens and a greenhouse, and the new Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts. The center is home to the Marion Arts Council and houses the Marion Parks & Recreation Offices.
Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts
Born out of the Chamber of Commerce's community visioning process, Imagine8, the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts opened in 2014 and features a 50-foot-wide stage covered with an oak leaf-like sculptured canopy. It will host a myriad of public performing arts events as well as private celebrations.