Marion Arts Festival 2019

May 18, 2019 all-day
City Square Park
1000 7th Ave
Marion, IA 52302

Experience collaborative, creative merrymaking at its finest.  Join friends old and new 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th in City Square Park for the free, fun, and family friendly 27th annual Marion Arts Festival.  Consistently named among the top tier of juried art events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival presents fifty artists, offering fine art and fine craft to an audience of 10,000.

Our mission is to create a day during which the highest caliber of art intersects with the broadest possible audience, all in a family-friendly setting offering engaging art experiences. These include:

The Empty Bowls project involves more than 500 area students through the creation of over 1,000 ceramic bowls, which are then donated to the festival and sold day-of to raise funds for area food banks.

Our annual Art in the Depot activity finds attendees of all ages contributing hands-on toward the creation of ceramics to be sold as “Empty Bowls” the following year.

Our Emerging Artist program showcases the talents of young artists, who have been mentored to sell their work alongside the festival’s slate of juried exhibitors.

Add in a slate of specialty foods and off-beat experiences.  In total, the festival offers a high caliber, fully accessible cultural experience – a day of fine art and flip flops, families and connoisseurs, fun and education.  Full program info at

Note: No MAF 5K or half marathon in 2019; please look for their return in 2020!