Downtown Marion hosts many events annually. Click on the links below for specific events, or view our event calendar for upcoming meetings and activities.
Click on the following headlines for details on some of Downtown Marion’s most popular events.
A comedy and wine tasting event.
Do you enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, wonderful baked goods, beautiful handmade artisan crafts, and delicious food? Then come join us every Thursday afternoon May through October at the Downtown Marion Market!
3rd Thursdays are family-friendly evenings that include a free concert, local art displays, food offerings from the Downtown Marion Market, and a beer garden area.
Lofty Spaces and Unique Places highlights the unique spaces in Downtown Marion.
A Taste of Marion gives attendees the opportunity to have a “taste” of what Marion’s best food establishments have to offer. Many restaurants and caterers from Marion and surrounding counties come together to offer samples of their best entrées and desserts.
The Block Party, following up the 5K run/walk, is a family-friendly, fall festival themed event. Activities include local food trucks, beer/wine garden, local entertainment, kids and pets costume contest, pumpkin decorating competition, and an array of kids games.
Downtown Marion is the site of many activities in the weeks leading up to Christmas, including a parade, the Peanut Push, Breakfast with Santa, and more.
Annual Christmas celebration held at The Harding Centre.
Party in Downtown Marion with live music followed by the free outdoor Pop N Drop with a ball drop and fireworks.
The Downtown Marion Christmas Parade will step off at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 1, 2018. We would love to have your participation by walking, marching or riding on a float designed and created by you. This is your opportunity to help continue a lost tradition in our community; thank your customers; show your community pride and create memories for the children of Marion.
“Get on Board the Marion Express Christmas Parade” is the theme of this year’s parade and we are asking that all entries reflect this theme. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the Downtown Marion float at the close of the parade, so we ask that you refrain from having live versions on your float.
We need to receive all completed entries by November 19, 2018 to determine parade length and line up. You will be notified of your position in the parade and will be sent a map of the route the week of November 27. All units and groups will be assigned to a division based on your entry theme.
For everyone’s safety and litter control, parade participants are prohibited from throwing anything during the parade. Items such as candy canes or other candy that are individually wrapped may be distributed along the parade route if passed out by walkers at the side of the street. Any unit containing horses or animals must clean up the staging area before entering the parade and must also clean up behind the animals along the parade route. Music with each entry is encouraged but must be controlled so as not to interfere with other units.
The Downtown Marion Express Christmas Event will take place on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at The Harding Centre, 267 West Center Street in Downtown Marion.
Please note that tickets are presale only. No tickets will be available at the door.