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Posted on Thursday September 19, 2019

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Events occurring September 19-26, 2019

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.


September 20, 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 20, 2019

Ethnic Luncheon - Central Park, N. Federal, Mason City (641-494-0003) - Join the North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team on Friday, September 20th for the 16th Annual Ethnic Luncheon by Central Park in downtown Mason City. Event begins at 11:00 Purchase tokens at the NIDAT table located at W. State & N. Federal or at 1st St. & N. Federal before visiting your favorite ethnic vendor. NIDAT Tokens are currency during the event and is the only way to purchase items during the Ethnic Luncheon from our vendors.  Tickets are $1 each.

Enjoy cuisine from around the world created by local organizations and eateries, cultural exhibits, genealogy and more! And back by popular demand, Cucho Madero, playing his Peruvian Flutes!


September 20 & 21, 2019

Fall City Wide Garage Sale - Neighborhood sales all over the Mason City Area. Visit for locations.


September 20 – November 16, 2019

Center Space Gallery – Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303 2nd St SE, Mason City (641-421-3666)

The New to the Collection exhibition features the newest additions to the Museum’s Permanent Collection.  The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s collection of American artworks grows each year through donations, bequests, and designated monetary gifts.  New to the Collection highlights additions to the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Permanent Collection from the past five years.  These recent acquisitions include a winter scene painted by Ann Mary “Grandma” Moses, a Native Inuit Basket, a colorful print by Jim Dine and other amazing new artworks.  Museum hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The MacNider Art Museum is free and open to the public.


September 20-22, 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 21, 2019

Prairie Ridge Wellness 5K & Celebration – Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, 320 N. Eisenhower Ave (641-456-2365). Join Prairie Ridge in celebrating 50 years of providing services to the community through our Wellness 5K and Celebration. The race will start at 8:30am and all are welcome to participate. Registration is $30 prior to September 17 and $35 after. Shirts are only guaranteed before September 17. In addition to the 5K, there will be games, a bouncy house, and face painting for children. To purchase tickets visit>


September 21, 2019

Live Music: Betsy & Tom Kirby, Fat Hill Brewing, 17 N. Federal Ave. (641-423-0737).  Betsy and Tom Kirby of local fan favorite Betty and the Gents will be joining us in the taproom on September 21 to entertain you after work!  There will be something for everyone during this cozy acoustic show.  Event time: 7 pm.  No charge for admission, must be 21+. Event time: 7pm-10pm.


September 21, 2019

Live Music: Bryce Kai – Brix Wine & Whiskey, 107 S.  Delaware, Mason City (641)-450-1660.  Bryce Kai is a young singer/songwriter from the Des Moines area with an acoustically driven sound. He blends pop, folk and alternative music with a single guitar and vocals. In 2018 he released an EP titled “The Mess That I Am” and is releasing a record called “Words that Built our Home” in August 2019.  Event time: 7 pm, Free Admission.


September 21, 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 21, 2019

LaLa PawLooza Dogfest – North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th SW, Mason City (641-423-3811)

Event time:  10am - 2pm. Family friendly dog themed activities a photo booth, face painting, and a chance to talk with a groomer or vet about any questions you may have. There will also be treats for humans and canines alike on site during the event and a silent auction with a variety of dog goods throughout the day.  The $5 admission fee will go to support the various programs that The Salvation Army provides throughout the year for children, adults, and families in need. To enter your dog in the Runway Show or volunteer to be part of our event team contact Sandy at


September 22, 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 2p.m., hot laps at 3:30 p.m. 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. As a special treat, the USRA Modifieds will headline the show.


September 22, 2019

The Humane Society of North Iowa’s Fall Festival – National Guard Amory, 1160 19th St. SW (641-423-6241). This fun family event includes a silent auction, bake sale, concession stand, kids’ activities including horse rides and bounce house, and much more! Adoptable animals will also be on site. Event: Noon – 4:00pm.


September 22, 2019

BIG BAND SERIES: Hunter Fuerste & His American Vintage Orchestra - Surf Ballroom, 460 N Shore Dr. Clear Lake (641-357-6151). Hunter Fuerste & His American Vintage Orchestra will perform at the Surf Ballroom as part of their Summer Showcase Series. Doors open at 5:30pm, dancing from 6pm-10pm. All shows are between $10-$15 per person. To order tickets visit:


September 22, 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 23, 2019

After School Special – The Remarkable Reptiles – Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd, Mason City (641-423-5309). Back by popular demand we welcome Jim Gerholdt and his Remarkable Reptiles presentation. See a variety of live turtles, lizards, and snakes up close and personal at this hands-on program. Event time: 4pm.  Registration is required – call 641-423-5309. Space is limited so call soon! Funded by River City Kiwanis.


September 23, 2019

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space E Shifters - Surf Ballroom, 460 N. Shore Dr. Clear Lake (641-357-6151). Robert Plant at the Surf Ballroom, with special guest Lillie Mae! Doors open at 6pm. Tickets: $65 advanced/ $70 at the door.


September 24, 2019

Teen Movie Night: Night School - Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St SE, (641-421-6371). 

Teens and tweens, come and unwind at the library and watch Night School starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. A group of high school dropouts are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school. Rated PG-13.  Teen events are FREE. Event time: 5 pm Questions? Call 641.421.6371.


September 24, 2019

Lunch & Learn: Introduction to the Fiber Art of Quilt-making - Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303 2nd St. SE (641-421-3666). Bring your lunch and an open mind to learn not only about art, but also the inner working of the Museum and art world. Lunch and Learn is held every last Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


September 24, 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 25, 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 26, 2019

Harvest Wine Tasting Journey – Market 124, 124 N. Delaware, Mason City (641) 423-0929.  Join April as we journey through 12 different wines. She will tell you a bit about each one as you taste, dip sampling and door prizes too!  $15/person, registration required.  Event time: 6 pm. 


September 26, 2019

Live Music: The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League - Fat Hill Brewing, 17 N. Federal Ave (641-423-0737). The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League is a swing sextet from Minneapolis, MN.  A melting pot of hot jazz, swing, and Latin rhythms, brought to a boil by soaring vocals and endless energy. Their second album, "Masquerade" was released in 2017. GATL's second full-length album is a masterful mix of old-time hot jazz and latin rhythms, held together by modern songwriting and layered stories. No charge for admission, must be 21+. Event time: 7pm-10pm.


September 26, 2019

Biggest Little Farm – Film Showing – Historic Park Inn Ballroom, 7 W. State St., Mason City (515-337-2445). Join Healthy Harvest, as we witness a couple through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm, in the film Biggest Little Farm.  Local popcorn and recipe samples will be served. Event time: 7 pm.  Free admission.  Online registration requested by clicking the following link.


September 26, 2019

Gov’t Mule - Surf Ballroom, 460 N. Shore Dr. Clear Lake (641-357-6151). Gov’t Mule never lost sight of where they began. During a break from The Allman Brothers Band in 1994, Haynes and original bassist Allen Woody formed Gov’t Mule with drummer Matt Abts, with whom Haynes played alongside in the Dickey Betts Band. Doors open: 7pm.  Tickets: $32 advanced/$37 at the door.


Now Showing at Cinema West Theaters

(641) 421-1617 /  / Movies starting Friday, September 20 – Thursday, September 26, 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.


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Thurs: 6:30pm



Fri – Sun: 1:00pm, 4:00, 6:50, 9:40

Mon – Thurs: 4:00pm, 6:50, 9:40



Fri – Thurs: 3:45pm, 9:30



Fri – Sun: 12:10pm, 6:35, 9:35

Mon – Thurs: 6:35pm, 9:35



Fri – Sun: 12:40pm, 3:55, 7:00, 9:30

Mon – Thurs: 3:55pm, 7:00, 9:30



Fri – Sun: 12:20pm, 6:40

Mon – Thurs: 6:40pm



Fri – Sun: 12:30pm, 3:40

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Fri – Sun: 12:50pm, 4:00, 6:55, 9:35

Mon – Thurs: 4:00pm, 6:55,9:35



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

Mon – Thurs: 4:20pm, 6:45, 9:30



Fri – Sun: 12:00pm, 3:40, 7:10, 7:30, 8:50

Mon – Thurs: 3:40pm, 7:10, 7:30, 8:50



Fri – Thurs: 3:50pm



Fri – Sun: 1:10pm, 4:25, 6:30

Mon – Wed: 4:25pm, 6:30

Thurs: 4:25pm



Fri – Sun: 11:50am, 2:00pm, 4:10, 7:20, 9:40

Mon – Thurs: 4:10pm, 7:20, 9:40

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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