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Events

EVENTS & DON’T-MISS EXPERIENCES

Year-round fun, arts and culture, fresh air, unique festivals, exhibits, theatre, concerts and more await in Mason City, Iowa!
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May
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Tree Town Music Festival @ Forest City, Iowa
May 23 all-day

Tree Town has become the premier country music festival in the Midwest held during Memorial Day weekend. With over 15,000 fans in attendance, Tree Town has made a name for itself and became known as one of the top ten best country music festivals in the United States. The four-day festival will take place on the Winnebago Rally Campgrounds and Heritage Park. Don’t miss the biggest party in the Midwest featuring Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Lauren Aliana & MORE!

Exhibit: 39th Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

All residents of Cerro Gordo County, high school age and over, and any student registered at NIACC (North Iowa Area Community College) for the spring or summer semesters of 2019, are invited to submit photographs for consideration for the 39th Annual Cerro Gordo Photography Competition. For photo show rules and entry form please visit > https://macniderart.org/

Works of art will be on display until June 29. Exhibit will be open during normal operation hours of the museum.

Wednesday 9AM–5PM
Thursday 9AM–8PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–5PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9AM–8PM
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The “Trouble” Tournament: 2019 River City Pool Championships @ North Iowa Events Center
May 23 @ 12:00 pm

Three open pool tournaments. Singles 8-ball, Doubles 8-ball, 3-person team 8 ball. All abilities can compete, no sanctioning required.

The 81st North Iowa Band Festival @ Downtown, Mason City
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Annual music festival featuring free music, entertainment and various types of events for young and the young at heart. Event includes carnival, marketplace, car show and plenty of food for the whole family!

Schedule:

6:00pm – Mason City Middle School Band

6:00pm – 8:00pm – carnival open

6:15pm- Mason City Municipal Band

Mason City Municipal Band @ North Plaza (outside of Southbridge Mall)
May 23 @ 6:30 pm

The Mason City Municipal Band directed by Russ Kramer and announced by Bob Fisher will  perform at 6:30pm.

May
24
Fri
Tree Town Music Festival @ Forest City, Iowa
May 24 all-day

Tree Town has become the premier country music festival in the Midwest held during Memorial Day weekend. With over 15,000 fans in attendance, Tree Town has made a name for itself and became known as one of the top ten best country music festivals in the United States. The four-day festival will take place on the Winnebago Rally Campgrounds and Heritage Park. Don’t miss the biggest party in the Midwest featuring Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Lauren Aliana & MORE!

Architectural Walking Tour @ Wright on the Park Headquarters
May 24 @ 9:00 am

Discover why Mason City, Iowa is ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as among “The World’s 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers”. Mason City was also ranked the world’s 8th most important architectural destination by the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine.

While Mason City boasts two Wright properties, the George C. and Eleanor Stockman House and City National Bank & Park Inn Hotel, originally there had been plans for more. Wright’s departure to Europe in 1910 caused these plans to come to a sudden halt. The vacuum created by Wright’s withdrawal brought other Prairie School architects to Mason City, many former Wright associates. Marion Mahony Griffin, Walter Burley Griffin, Barry Byrne, William Drummond and local architect Einar Broaten combined to create Rock Crest – Rock Glen, located on both sides of Willow Creek, the first planned Prairie School development in America.

Scheduled tours are offered seasonally, and weather permitting, May 1 through September 30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 AM. All other times by appointment.

A 60-minute guided tour showcases the hallmark details of the largest collection of Prairie School-styled homes surrounding a natural setting.
Tour Highlights:

  • 1908 Wright designed & built the Stockman house in Mason City, IA, the third of his “Fireproof Houses” (after Tan-Y-Deri at Spring Green and the Stephen M. B. Hunt house in La Grange).
  • 1910 William Drummond designed the Curtis Yelland house on River Heights Drive.
  • 1912-14 Walter Burley Griffin designed and built Arthur Rule, Harry Page, Joshua Melson (castle), and James E. Blythe houses.
  • 1914-16 Griffin designed and Barry Byrne supervised construction of Sam Schneider and Hugh Gilmore houses.
  • 1914-16 Samuel Davis Drake house on Rock Crest designed and built by Einar Broaten, after Griffin designs were rejected for the site.
  • 1917 Barry Byrne designed C. F. Franke house.
  • 1959 Wright apprentice Curtis Besinger designed Usonian House for Tom MacNider.
Exhibit: 39th Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

All residents of Cerro Gordo County, high school age and over, and any student registered at NIACC (North Iowa Area Community College) for the spring or summer semesters of 2019, are invited to submit photographs for consideration for the 39th Annual Cerro Gordo Photography Competition. For photo show rules and entry form please visit > https://macniderart.org/

Works of art will be on display until June 29. Exhibit will be open during normal operation hours of the museum.

Wednesday 9AM–5PM
Thursday 9AM–8PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–5PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9AM–8PM
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The “Trouble” Tournament: 2019 River City Pool Championships @ North Iowa Events Center
May 24 @ 12:00 pm

Three open pool tournaments. Singles 8-ball, Doubles 8-ball, 3-person team 8 ball. All abilities can compete, no sanctioning required.

North Iowa Farmers Market @ Located at the corner of 1st NE and S. Delaware Ave
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Offering the very best of local produce, baked goods, meats, artisan products, gluten-free, goods, flowers, honey and much more. The market  runs Tuesdays and Fridays, spring thru fall.