Marion Arts Fest 2018

Fifty artists from across the country gather in Marion’s City Square Park once a year to show off their talents and make them available to YOU! It’s OUR official kick-off to the summer broadcast season…so join us Saturday, May 19th  as Eric, Ricky and Susan broadcast from the MARION ARTS FESTIVAL!

Although the one-day, 50-artist Marion Arts Festival is the shortest, smallest fine art fair in the country, it is consistently placed among the top tier of festivals nationwide.  2018’s exhibitors hail from coast to coast, representing 15 states and include 22 brand-new artists. Hands-on activities feature Cedar Rapids’ the Iowa Ceramics Center, with families working side by side with professional artists toward the creation of bowls for the 2019 Empty Bowls sale.  The festival also features a slate of emerging artists who will sell their work alongside our slate of professional exhibitors. The MAF’s 5K Run & Fun Walk takes a flat, fast course through Marion.  With over $1,500 in awards and purchase prizes, the finish line hosts a slate of amenities and activities.

 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.

Learn more about the Festival here


Making its debut in 1996, the Marion Arts Festival’s “Empty Bowls” project features the sale of 1,000 student-made ceramic bowls, with 100% of the proceeds used to support area food pantries.  More than $96,000 has been donated since the program’s introduction, and the 2018 sale is expected to bring that total to over $100,000!  Most student bowls are priced at $5, and range from kindergarteners’ pinch-pots to accomplished work donated by older students, professional ceramicists, and wood bowls donated to the festival by the Corridor Woodturners club.  Come early for the best selection. They sell FAST!


The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place the same day as the Marion Arts Festival this year, so KMRY is inviting you to take part in the festivities! Those fancy “fascinator” hats will be out in force so we invite you to rummage through your house, garage, yard or wherever you want to find unique items with which to fashion your own  fascinator.  Be as demure or wild as you want.

Wear your fascinator to the Marion Arts Festival and join in our “fascinating” parade for your chance to win fun prizes like gift certificates, t-shirts, Adventureland tickets and whatever else we find rummaging through the KMRY prize closet! Judging will be at 10AM at the KMRY broadcast table in front of the depot.

Don’t know where to start?? Try using a paper plate for the base and just have fun from there! Tell all your friends! Open to men, women, children of all ages!!