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Posted on Thursday September 12, 2019

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Events occurring September 12-19, 2019

September 11-15, 2019

Mid States Fall Horse Show — North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th St. SW (641-423-3811). Smooth gated Hunter horses and stately Jumper horses compete in outdoor-decorated rings. Admission: Free for spectators. Time: 8am-5pm.


September 12, 2019

September Bottle Share – Fat Hill Brewing, 17 N. Federal Ave. (641-423-0737). We host a bottle share on the second Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm. Craft beer lovers are encouraged to bring at least 16 ounces of a new, rare, old, oddball, or just plain delicious beer they’d like to share.


September 13, 2019

Mason City Brewing Comedy Show -  Mason City Brewing, 28 E State Street (641-423-1080). September Comedy Show featuring Day Peace. Free & open to the public, must be 21+. Event time: 8pm-11:00pm.


September 13, 2019

North Iowa Farmers Market –  Located at the corner of 1st NE and S. Delaware Ave, just south of the First Congregational Church.  The market will run Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm-6pm, spring thru fall. Offering the very best of local produce, baked goods, meats, artisan products, gluten-free, goods, flowers, honey and much more.


September 13-15, 2019

Architectural Walking Tour Wright on the Park Headquarters, 17 S. Federal Ave (641-423-0689) Explore Mason City's treasured Prairie School Architectural heritage and discover why Mason City, Iowa is ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as among “The World’s 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers”. The 60-minute guided tour starts at 9am and showcases the hallmark details of the largest collection of Prairie School-styled homes surrounding a natural setting. The cost is $10 per person, and weather permitting.  Please call Wright on the Park to register or if you’re wondering about the weather. You may also purchase tickets online by visiting > >>


September 14, 2019

Clear Lake City Wide Garage Sale - Neighborhood sales all over the Clear Lake Area. Families, clubs, and organizations are invited to participate in Clear Lake's City-Wide Garage Sales. This community event is fun for collectors, families and bargain hunters from around the area. Find good bargains! Shop the Citywide Garage Sale! Map and listings will be in the Clear Lake Mirror Reporter.


September 14, 2019

Art Bugs (ages 2-4, with caregiver) - Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303 2nd St. SE (641-421-3666) An art class for the smallest of artists – explore a variety of mediums in these classes. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Event time: 10:00am – 11:00am. Cost: $10, members $9.


September 14, 2019

Farmers Market - Surf Ballroom Parking Lot, 460 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake, IA (641-231-4658). The mission of the Clear Lake Farmers Market is to offer healthy, fresh produce and handcrafted products to consumers while building community connections and supporting the local economy. Event time: 9am-12pm.


September 14, 2019

LIVE MUSIC: Calling Dinosaurs – Fat Hill Brewing, 17 N. Federal Ave. (641-423-0737). Calling Dinosaurs is a three-piece folk act from Rochester. They sing a mix of traditional music, classic singer/songwriter hits from the sixties and seventies and modern folk songs, as well as drawing from a sizeable library of original music. Tracy Sonnier, Ellen Thomes and Jeremy Jewell accompany themselves with acoustic and electric guitars and violin, along with occasional foot percussion. Recommended for fans of John Prine, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt. 7pm-10pm. No admission fee!


September 15, 2019

Preservation Celebration – Central Gardens of North Iowa, 800 2nd Ave. N., Clear Lake, (641-357-0700).  A celebration of food, environment, health and cultures! Live demonstrations, speakers, tastings, vendors & more! Tag monarchs, save seeds, press apple cider. Concert by Planet Passengers to follow!  Event time: 2 pm.  Free Admission.


September 15, 2019

Mason City Motor Speedway – North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th ST SW, Mason City (641-424-6515) American Racer USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks will be in action on the new 3/8-mile racing surface. USRA Tuners or Outlaw Mini-Mods will also be on the card. The pit gate will open Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with grandstands opening at 2pm, hot laps at 3:30pm and racing getting underway at 4 p.m.

Spectator tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for juniors (12-16) and seniors (62+). Kids ages 6-11 are just $5. Pit passes will be $35.  There will be no concessions or beer available at the track. Fans may bring in coolers and food, and officials are working on having a food trailer.


September 15, 2019

Picnics and Performances - Central Gardens of North Iowa, 800 2nd Ave N. (641-357-0700). Join us from 5 to 6 p.m. to enjoy the beauty of the Gardens in a family-friendly environment. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, picnics and beverages.  Enjoy magicians, musicians and much more.


September 15, 2019

FOOTBRIDGE MUSIC SERIES: Matthew Coley – The Music Man Square, 308 S. Pennsylvania Ave. (641-424-2852) The Music Man Square is excited to announce the 2019-2020 Footbridge Music Series. The inaugural presentation will be an evening of Marimba Music with Matthew Coley. The concert is September 15 at 4PM. This concert is free to the public. Matthew Coley is an internationally acclaimed performer and the founding executive/artistic director of Heartland Marimba (HM). Matthew’s performance will include Bach, classical favorites by Gardel, Shostakovich and Piazzolla and other Marimba Originals by Coley and friends! It will be an afternoon of delightful music at Music Man Square.


September 15, 2019

A Hot Night In Havana – The Surf Ballroom, 460 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake, IA (641-231-4658).

First annual fundraiser & silent auction benefitting Elderbridge. An evening filled with live music, dancing, food, drinks and a silent auction.  Event time: 5pm – 9pm Admission: $50 single ticket, $475 for a table of 10.  For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact Angie Perez | 800.243.0678 |


September 17, 2019

North Iowa Farmers Market –  Located at the corner of 1st NE and S. Delaware Ave, just south of the First Congregational Church. The market will run Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm-6pm, spring thru fall. Offering the very best of local produce, baked goods, meats, artisan products, gluten-free, goods, flowers, honey and much more.


September 17, 2019

Teen Craft Customized Sunglasses - Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St SE, (641-421-6371).  Teens and tweens, have you ever wanted sunglasses that just shout YOU, but can't find the perfect pair?  Well, here's your chance to customize sunglasses to make your own at our FREE September craft.  Join us in the Foundation Room of the Mason City Public Library. Event time: 5pm


September 18, 2019

Junque in the Trunk – Willowbrook Mall, 1631 4th St. SW (641-424-4002). In the southwest corner of Willowbrook Mall‘s parking lot will be a ‘Junque in the Trunk’ sale. Pack up your car with things you want to sell.  Fee is $10 per spot. Event time: 5:00pm-8:00pm; weather permitting. Contact Glenys for more information – 641-530-0837.


September 18, 2019

The Ultimate Queen Celebration - North Iowa Area Community College Auditorium, 500 College Drive (641-422-4188). Bohemian Rhapsody • Somebody to Love • Fat Bottomed Girls • Killer Queen It’s simple: Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May hand-picked singer Marc Martel to take on the lead vocals for their Queen tribute tour. Martel’s killer vocals are heard as Freddie Mercury in the 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody film. His audition video of “Somebody to Love” garnered 13 million views on YouTube. Marc not only sounds dead-on like Freddie Mercury, but he embodies the heart and soul Freddie poured into every song. The Ultimate Queen Celebration is an evening you’ll be talking about long after the lights go down. Show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets start at $20. Call for tickets 641-422-4188 or order online at


September 19, 2019

Lecture: Wright’s Quest for an American Architecture – Stockman House Architectural Interpretive Center, 520 1st St. NE, Mason City (641-423-1923) Mr. Brashear founded a lecture series on architectural topics while doing graduate work at Columbia University.  He co-teaches at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and currently serves as interim director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Event time: 7pm. 


September 19, 2019

Kids Club - Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303 2nd St. SE (641-421-3666). FREE.FREE.FREE. Kid’s Club is a cool way to explore the visual arts and treasures of the MacNider Art Museum. Designed for children between ages 5-12. It’s hands-on, fun and absolutely FREE. Event time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm.


Now Showing at Cinema West Theaters

(641) 421-1617 /  / Movies starting Friday, September 13 – Thursday, September 19, 2019

General admission is $9.50; matinees general admission (before 6 p.m.) is $7.50;

Children (3-12) and seniors (62 and over), $7.25 all times. 3D movies additional $2.25.


Now Showing





Thurs: 7:00pm, 9:40



Fri – Sun: 12:10pm, 3:50, 6:40, 9:35

Mon – Thurs: 3:50pm, 6:40, 9:35



Fri – Sun: 11:50am, 4 :15pm

Mon – Thurs: 4:15pm



Thurs: 7:30pm



Fri – Sun: 12:30pm, 3:40, 6:35, 9:30

Mon – Thurs: 3:40pm, 6:35, 9:30



Fri – Sun: 1:00pm, 4:25, 6:55, 9:35

Mon – Thurs: 4:25pm, 6:55, 9:35



Fri – Sun: 12:30pm, 3:45

Mon – Thurs: 3:45pm



Fri – Sun: 11:40am, 2:00pm, 4:20, 6:45, 7:00, 9:30, 9:40

Mon – Wed: 4:20pm, 6:45, 7:00, 9:30, 9:40

Thurs: 4:20pm, 6:45, 9:30



Fri – Sun: 12:40pm, 4:10, 7:45, 8:50

Mon – Wed: 4:10pm, 7:45, 8:50

Thurs: 4:10pm, 7:45



Fri – Sun: 12:00pm, 12:20, 3:40, 3:55, 7:15, 7:30

Mon – Wed: 3:40pm, 3:55, 7:15, 7:30

Thurs: 3:40pm, 3:55, 7:15



Fri – Sun: 12:50pm, 4:00, 6:50, 9:30

Mon – Thurs: 4:00pm, 6:50, 9:30



Thurs: 7:00pm, 9:40



Fri – Sun: 2:00pm, 6:30

Mon – Wed: 6:30pm

Mason City Attractions:

  • Cannonball 457  - East Park (641) 423-5328 – May – October Sat. – Sun. 1pm – 5pm. Admission Free
  • Charles H. MacNider Art Museum- 303 2nd St. SE - (641) 421-3666 - Wed., Fri., Sat., 9am-5pm; Tues. & Thurs. 9am-8pm. Admission Free.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House & Architectural Interpretive Center - 530 1st St. NE - (641) 423-1923; Stockman House Tours: MAY thru OCTOBER SCHEDULE: Regularly Scheduled Tour Times: MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY at 10am, 11am; THURSDAY thru SATURDAY at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm; SUNDAY at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm -  NOVEMBER 2018 thru APRIL 2019 – Saturday 10 AM, Off Season SMALL GROUP TOURS are by Appointment Only: Admission: $10 adults, $5 Youth 6-17.  $60 for groups of 6 or less. Architectural Interpretive Center & Gift Shop Hours: Same Hours as the Stockman House Admission: A donation is requested when visiting the Architectural Interpretive Center.
  • Historic Park Inn Hotel (Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Hotel / Bank) Tours – 15 West State Street (641) 423-0689 Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sun. 11:30am & 1:00pm; Sat. 11:30am or by appointment for groups 10 or more.Admission: $10 per person
  • Kinney Pioneer Museum – Municipal Airport Hwy. 122 W- (641) 423-1258 – May-September, Tues-Sun. 1pm-5pm.  Admission: $3 adults, $1.00 children under 12.
  • Lime Creek Nature Center- 3501 Lime Creek Rd. - (641) 423-5309 – Center open Summer Hours:Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Multiple use trails open daily: 6am – 10:30pm.  Admission Free.
  • North Iowa Miniature Golf Course – 4450 4th SW (641-424-2244) June-September: Monday-Friday 9am-8pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday: Noon-6pm. October: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm  Admission: $7 adults, $5 children 12 and under
  • Prairie School Architecture Tour/Historical Walking Tour- Wright on the Park (641-423-0689) Prairie School Tour encompasses 14 blocks & the Historic Tour is an additional 13 blocks. Scheduled tours are offered seasonally May 1 – September 30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9am.  All other times by appointment. Walking tour guidebook is available for $5.00 at Visit Mason City, Wright on the Park, MacNider Art Museum & Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House. Adults - $10, children 12 & under free
  • River City Sculptures on Parade – An outdoor exhibit of sculptures looping throughout the Downtown District. Maps are available at the Mason City Visitor Information Center.
  • The Music Man Square and Meredith Willson Boyhood Home- 308 and 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave. - (641) 424-2852 – Hours:Friday - Saturday 1pm-5pm. Admission; $10- Adults; $5- students.  Admission includes both The Music Man Square and The Meredith Willson Boyhood Home.
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