Uptown Marion Main Street
In 2013, Marion was selected as a Main Street Iowa Community. The district spans over 20 blocks of Marion's historic commercial district and serves to drive revitalization, growth and preservation of historic character.
Uptown Marion Main Street is a subsidiary of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and partners with the Chamber and many other organizations.
Marion Arts Festival
Held annually in May, the Marion Arts Festival is consistently named among the top tier of juried art events nationwide. It boasts fifty artists offering fine craft to an audience of 10,000.
This one-day event features a 5K Run, emerging artists program, hands on fun for all ages. The Empty Bowls Project engages more than 500 students through the creation of ceramic bowls, which are then donated to the festival and sold day-of to raise funds for area food banks.