Check Out What's Happening in Mason City and North Iowa

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Events occurring March 12-19, 2020

March 12 -  April 1, 2020

Exhibit:  Stephen Estrada:  Winter Waves – Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303 2nd St. SE., Mason City (641-421-3666).  Stephen Estrada was born in Chicago in 1952. A year later, his father moved the family to Southern California to be closer to his extended family in Los Angeles and Mexico.  Early experiences of surfing and hiking there instilled in Estrada a deep feeling for the beauty and power of the natural environment. His mother, a painter who had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, encouraged his early interest in art.  This exhibition features Estrada’s landscapes and, through the artworks, his love of nature and artistic expression can be deeply felt.  When commenting on Estrada’s artwork, commentator John Mendelsohn writes: “Estrada approaches his landscapes with a combination of acute observation and impassioned engagement.  The sea, marshes, grasslands, and the cloud-filled sky all take on a heightened sense of drama in his deftly painted canvases. This artist’s work embodies an appreciation of nature’s vastness and energy, melded with a sense of tenderness, as if the world was beckoning us to know it intimately.”


March 13, 2020

North Iowa Bulls Lucky 13 Night vs. Alexandria – Mason City Multi-Purpose Arena, 111 S. Washington Ave., Mason City. (641-423-4625).  #JoinOurStampede for Lucky 13 Night as we drop the puck on the Fraser Cup West Division semifinals!  We're celebrating Friday the 13th with 13 percent off merchandise at Brutus's Locker Room, 13 brands of beer marked down to $3, 13 raffles and a $113 giveaway to one lucky fan! Game begins at 7:30pm.  Admission: $12 adults; children under 18 $6; seniors 65+ $10. Tickets available at the door or online at


March 13, 2020

St. Patrick’s Party Featuring the Johnny Holm Band - Surf Ballroom, 460 N Shore Dr., Clear Lake.  (641-357-6151).  Doors open at 8:00pm. Ticket Price: $15.00 Adv. / $20.00 Door.


March 13, 2020

Too Cool for School: Adults Only Spelling Bee – Brix Wine & Whiskey, 107 S. Delaware Ave., Mason City.  (641-450-1660).  Brush the dust off your dictionary and mark your calendar for a hilarious interactive game.  It's just your typical spelling bee... with a twist!  $10 ticket price will get you entrance into the contest and one drink (up to $5).  Pass the round and earn another drink.  There will be 4 rounds, with increasing difficulty and quirky rules.  Just as in a traditional spelling bee, participants can ask for part of speech, origin, definition and to hear it in an (off-color) sentence.  Anyone still playing after 4 rounds will enter the sudden death round until there is one left standing.  Winner gets a $10 bar credit, T-shirt and bragging rights.  Tickets are available at Brix up until 7:30 PM or until all spots are taken. We will limit the bee to 20 participants and we expect to sell out!  Play will begin at 8:00! Feel free to stop in early to reserve your spot.


March 13, 2020

Pokemon Skate – Roller City, 600 2nd St NW, Mason City (641-423-2000). Join us for a night of all things Pokémon!  Meet and take photos with Pikachu, enjoy themed games and snacks, and more! Event time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm.  Only $8 per person!


March 13, 2020

Friday Night Bean Bag Tournament – The Main Event, 112 2nd St. SE., Mason City (641-430-6607)

Join us for a fun Friday night of networking, drinks and a bean bag tournament!  Registration starts at 6:30pm with games starting promptly at 7:00pm. Everyone is guaranteed two games. $10/person - random drawing of partners; and extra $5 per person to choose your partner.

March 14, 2020

The NCIGS general meeting will be held at 1:30 pm at the Masonic Temple, 75 S. Georgia, Mason City, IA. The meeting will be in the lower level of the building. The elevator is inside the entrance. Members and guests are all welcome to attend. Archaeologist and author, Jennifer Mack, will share the story of Dubuque’s Forgotten Cemetery.  Mack has degrees in history, has worked as a field archaeologist and has additional training in Human Osteology.  She specializes in mortuary archaeology and has done fieldwork/osteological work in Ireland, Germany, Serbia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, as well as across the United States. She was personally involved in the excavation of the Forgotten Cemetery in Dubuque, and the subsequent research and analysis of the cemetery.  Robin Lillie and Mack co-authored the book, Dubuque's Forgotten Cemetery: Excavating a Nineteenth-century Burial Ground in a Twenty-first-century City published by The University of Iowa Press

March 14, 2020

Live Music:  Tina Mock – Brix Wine & Whiskey, 107 S. Delaware Ave., Mason City (641-450-1660).  Tina, of one of our favorite local bands The Mockingbirds, is coming to Brix.  This is her first solo show in a fat minute and we’re thrilled to have her here!  You can expect a cool, unique perspective on some of your favorites including Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and Bonnie Raitt. This free performance begins at 8:00pm.


March 14, 2020

Main Street Mason City St. Paddy’s Day Bar Hop – Main Street Mason City, 9 N. Federal, Mason City (641-494-0003).  St. Paddy's Day Bar Hop starts at 5PM and ends when bars close. Passes will be available for PICK UP or for PURCHASE the day of the event from 5PM-7PM at Main Street Mason City's office, located at 9 N Federal Ave. downtown Mason City.   Bar Hop passes are $8 per person or BUY 5 passes and get the 6th pass for FREE.  Not Irish? You might be after a few bar hop stops... Grab your Iowish friends, a DD and celebrate St. Paddy's Day at the best bars in downtown Mason City! Use Hashtag #mainstreetmasoncity


March 14, 2020

Nerf Wars – Roller City, 600 2nd St NW., Mason City (641-423-2000).  Join us for spring break fun! Nerf Wars will be held from 4:30-6:30pm, limited to 50 players. We encourage people to purchase tickets ahead of time at, as all previous events have sold out! $10 per person includes two hours of Nerf fun in our blacklight arena, a small drink, and use of our Nerf guns and bullets. Nerf wars are done on foot, not on roller skates. Concessions will be available.  Players are welcome to bring their own Nerf guns, as long as they use standard Nerf bullets and are semi-automatic (no batteries). Please arrive 10 minutes before start time, so we can divide everyone into teams and get started!


March 14, 2020

Disc Golf: Royce Fisher Memorial – NorthStar Disc Golf, East Park, Mason City.  Come help us celebrate the life of Royce Fisher by bringing everyone in the Disc Golf community together for Joel and his family. Bring your own partner doubles. Player check-in: 8:30-9:30 AM; Player meeting: 9:45 AM; First round tee off: 10:00 AM; 2 rounds of 18 holes.  Hour lunch after 1st round. Players Pack Disc for each player for first 45 players. Extra CTPs! Cash Payouts! We will be doing a raffle after the awards! There will be opportunities to buy tickets or donate merchandise for tickets throughout the whole day! $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, $20 for 25 tickets. Hole sponsorship opportunities to help the family of Royce! Any donations will all go to the Fisher Family. Short tees for the ladies. Cost per team: $60 open, $50 advanced, $40 intermediate, $30 recreational, $3 optional ace fund. CTP throw off for ace fund if no aces.

March 14, 2020

FHB’s All Day St. Patrick’s Day Party – Fat Hill Brewing, 17 N. Federal Ave., Mason City (641-423-0737).  We have a cooler full of Irish lager, beer-infused Irish food, our own special brand of gold-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow, costume contest and music so you'll definitely want to join us for a big day of good craic (an Irish term for fun or entertainment, pronounced "crak") Betty and the Gents performance begins at 7:00pm.  Event time: noon – 11:00pm. St. Paddy's is one of our favorite holidays and the taproom and staff will be all decked out in special uniforms. Please join us!


March 14, 2020

Levi Smith & the Bad Landings – Lorados, 18 S. Federal Ave., Mason City. (641-424-8060).  Four of North Iowa's favorite musicians! Classics we love and original music we want to hear again and again. Show begins at 8:00pm.


March 14, 2020

The Gathering:  Coming Together Around Local Food 2020 – North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th St SW., Mason City (515-337-2445).  Hosted by Healthy Harvest of North Iowa.  Shop, eat, learn & play at this FREE event to celebrate the growing local food movement in North Iowa. Come explore all of the exciting activities, including The Market Place: Meet local food and farm businesses, and get a chance to buy local products in the winter months; mini workshops: Expand your knowledge of buying, using, and growing local food; Kid’s Edition: Let the kids explore where their food comes from in hands-on educational activities. Recipe demonstrations & local vendors! Concessions will be available on-site.  Event time 8:00 am – 2:00pm.


March 14, 2020

Rain, Snow or Shine Indoor Rummage – North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th St SW., Mason City (641-423-3811).  Gather up your cast offs, white elephants and de-clutter those closets!  Hunt for treasures and enjoy something for everyone on Saturday, March 14th from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Kinney Building. Admission $1.00 (Adults) Kids: 12 and under free. Don't miss it!


March 17, 2020

NIACC Trojans Women’s Softball Game -  NIACC Softball Field, 500 College Drive, Mason City (641-422-4416). The Lady Trojans softball team will play Iowa Western Community College at 2:00pm & 4:00pm.


March 17 – May 5, 2020

Learning to Throw —Evening (Ages 13+) - Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303 2nd St. SE., Mason City (641-421-3666).  Learn how to center on the potter’s wheel and make a variety of pottery

forms. All skill levels welcome. Clay and tools are an additional charge. Tuesdays, 5:30— 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $75, Members $65    Instructor: Randy Reid.


March 18, 2020

Family Fun Night – Southbridge Mall, 100 S. Federal Ave., Mason City. (641-423-6688).  Join us for indoor fun for the whole family!  5pm – 7 pm.  Free admission.  Bounce houses, games and more!


March 19, 2020

Artisan Night – My Fair Trade, 7 S. Federal Ave., Mason City.  Grab your girlfriends, sister, or mom and make it downtown to our first Artisan Night at My Fair Trade. This Artisan Night will be all about our Haitian Artisans. Test your skills at paper bead rolling and make your own bracelet out of cereal box beads and Haitian clay beads that just arrived from our Haitian Artisans.  $20 for each bracelet made. Enjoy free refreshments and a fun night out. Event time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm.      


March 19, 202

Kids’ Club – Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303 2nd St SE., Mason City (421-3666).  The March Kids’ Club will be held on Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.! This month’s theme is In An Eggshell! Kids’ Club is creative, hands-on fun for ages 5-12, and is absolutely free thanks to the sponsorship of First Citizens Power Saver Club. Registration is required to have sufficient supplies, so please call the Museum at 641-421-3666. More info here:


Now Showing at Cinema West Theaters

(641) 421-1617 /  / Movies starting Friday, March 13, 2020 – Thursday, March 19, 2020

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










Fri – Sun: 12:50pm, 3:50, 7:00, 9:35

Mon – Thurs: 3:50pm, 7:00, 9:35






Fri – Wed: 6:50pm, 9:25






Fri – Sun: 11:50am, 2:05pm, 4:20, 6:35, 8:55

Mon – Thurs: 4:20pm, 6:35, 8:55






Fri – Sun: 1:00pm, 3:55, 6:55

Mon – Thurs: 3:55pm, 6:55






Fri – Sun: 12:30pm, 3:40, 6:45, 9:30

Mon – Thurs: 3:40pm, 6:45, 9:30






Fri – Thurs: 9:35pm






Fri – Sun: 12:30pm, 3:45, 6:55, 9:30

Mon – Thurs: 3:45pm, 6:55, 9:30






Fri – Sun: 12:40pm, 4:00, 6:30, 8:50

Mon – Thurs: 4:00pm, 6:30, 8:50






Fri – Sun: 11:35am, 1:55pm, 4:15

Mon – Thurs: 4:15






Thurs: 7:00pm, 9:35






Fri – Sun: 12:00pm, 2:10, 4:25, 6:40, 8:50

Mon – Thurs: 4:25pm, 6:40, 8:50






Fri – Sun: 12:10pm, 2:15, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30

Mon – Thurs: 4:30pm, 7:10, 9:30






Fri – Sun: 12:20pm, 4:05, 7:05, 9:35

Mon – Thurs: 4:05pm, 7:05, 9:35


Mason City Attractions:

  • Charles H. MacNider Art Museum- 303 2nd St. SE - (641) 421-3666 - Wed., Fri., Sat., 9am-5pm; Tues. & Thurs. 9am-8pm. Admission Free. Admission Free. Admission Free.
  • Escape Iowa - 339 S. Delaware – (641) 357-9528 -  Escape Iowa is a live entertainment experience in which a small group of people (4-10) are “locked” in a themed room and must find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes to escape in the time allotted.  Thursday – Sunday, see website for hours.  Admission: $18 – $20 per person. Reservations required.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House & Architectural Interpretive Center - 530 1st St. NE - (641) 423-1923; Stockman House Tours: NOVEMBER 2019 - APRIL 2020: Saturday 10 am.  Admission: $10 adults, $5 Youth 12-17, $2 Children 6-11. $8 per adult for groups of 10 or more. Architectural Interpretive Center & Gift Shop Hours: NOVEMBER – APRIL: Saturday 10am – 2pm 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
  • Lime Creek Nature Center- 3501 Lime Creek Rd. - (641) 423-5309 – Center open Winter Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm; Multiple use trails open daily: 6am – 10:30pm.  Admission Free.
  • Mr. Toot Geocaching Adventure - Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game. Using GPS-enabled devices, participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  Geocaching Hours: Daylight hours preferred, year round. Admission: Free; register for a free Basic Membership.
  • Prairie School Architecture Tour/Historical Walking Tour- Wright on the Park, 17 S. Federal (641-423-0689) Prairie School Tour encompasses 14 blocks & the Historic Tour is an additional 13 blocks. Walking tour guidebook is available for $5.00 at Visit Mason City, Wright on the Park, MacNider Art Museum & Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House.
  • River City Hunt – A set of adventures for all ages including puzzles, riddles, and clues that blend with the real world and the digital world using augmented reality. Designed to be fun and engaging, each adventure includes a theme and its own set of clues and puzzles.  Cost to Play: $10 per group.
  • River City Mini Golf – 100 S. Federal (641-583-5673).  Open year-round.  Hours: Thursday: Thursday: 3:45pm-8:00pm; Friday: 2:30pm-8:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am -8:00pm*; Sunday: 12:00pm -5:00pm.  Cost: $7 for 18 holes.                                                
  • 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.
  • Roller City – 600 2nd St NW (641-423-2000) - Providing safe, family-friendly skating experiences since 1978. Roller City offers a variety of open skate sessions throughout the week.  September – May: Friday 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday morning skate – 10 a.m.- Noon, Saturday afternoon skate – 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday night skate – 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday $8.00 per person, Saturday morning skate $15.00 per family, Saturday afternoon skate $6.00 per person, Saturday night skate $8.00 per person
  • The Music Man Square and Meredith Willson Boyhood Home- 308 and 314 S. Pennsylvania Ave. - (641) 424-2852. January – March: Tours by appointment only. Admission; $5- Adults; $5- students.  Admission includes The Meredith Willson Boyhood Home. Admission to the streetscape in Music Man Square is free.



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