MacNider Arts Festival

The 2021 MacNider Arts Festival date is June 12!

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is pleased to announce the in-person return of the MacNider Arts Festival and Outdoor Art Market.  This year’s “Growing With Art” garden and insect theme will encourage children to use their imaginations while creating fun crafts on Sat., June 12 from 9 am – 5 pm. Arts activities for children, an Art Market of talented artists, and musical entertainment will all be part of the fun. 

All events are on the lawns of the Museum and the adjacent Mason City Public Library at 303 2nd Street SE in Mason City. Please note that the Museum is taking COVID-19 precautions and asking all volunteers to wear a mask and/or face shield during their shifts. The wearing of masks or face shields by attendees is highly recommended while outside at the event. Anyone entering the Museum is required to wear a mask. Unfortunately there will not be a pancake breakfast this year due to COVID-19 safety precautions. The Museum will sell pre-made food for festival goers to purchase throughout the day.  Proceeds of the food sales benefit the festival and Museum programming.

Children’s activities will be offered from 9 am to 5 pm, and are free. Four crafts, including flower seed bombs, yard art CDs, clothespin butterflies, and fruit bookmarks, will be available for with volunteers on hand to assist. Steps are being taken to reduce crowding at craft tables and volunteers will sanitize craft supplies between uses. There will also be live musical entertainment throughout the day, including the Mason City Municipal Band (9-10 am), the Mercury 3 (10:30 am-12:30 pm), Sam Crosser (1-3 pm), and 3 Wheels and A Flat (3:30-5 pm).

The Art Market will be open from 9 am – 4 pm with many fine artists and crafts persons.  This is your opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pottery, jewelry, sculptures, glass, and much more.  By purchasing work from these artists you are not only supporting local talent, you are purchasing quality unique art.  Participating artists are: Elizabeth Long, Sharon Smith, Bruce Litterer, Mickey & Dan Johnson, Susan Roskens, Rebecca Counts, Peggy Cornick, Tasia Hart, Anne Ferguson, Terry Ferguson, Doug Adams, Rory Mattson, Laura Ross, Shelly Laffe, Lori Biwer-Stewart, Tom Sack, and Jenny Levernier.

Area citizens are being recruited to volunteer during the Festival.  If you are interested in volunteering during part of this event, contact Mara at the Museum at 641-421-3666 or mlinskeydeegan@masoncity.net. More details about festival will be posted on the Museum’s website at www.macniderart.org and its Facebook site as they become available. 

Sponsors include Principal Foundation, Iowa Arts Council (via operations grant), North Iowa Eye Clinic, Central Park Dentistry, Clear Lake Bank & Trust, Cutting Edge Investments, Dental Center of North Iowa, Good Shepherd, Hank’s Plumbing, Kristy Marquis Insurance, Metalcraft, Pamela Little Inc., Raymond James Associates, Router 12 Networks, Schupick & Associates, & the generous people of North Iowa. Sponsorships such as these help insure the festival remains free for the community. 

2021 Sponsors
Principal Foundation, Iowa Arts Council (via operations grant), North Iowa Eye Clinic,
Central Park Dentistry, Clear Lake Bank & Trust, Cutting Edge Investments, Dental Center of North Iowa, Good Shepherd, Hank’s Plumbing, Kristy Marquis Insurance, Metalcraft, Pamela Little Inc., Raymond James Associates, Router 12 Networks, Schupick & Associates, & the Generous People of North Iowa!


The 2020 MacNider Arts Festival, Art Market, & Puppet Show were online!

Tutorial Videos:

Art Market Videos:

Music Videos:

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is excited to announce that the 2020 MacNider Arts Festival and Outdoor Art Market will be online events this year. The online events will be on August 27, 28, and 29 starting at 5:30 pm daily.

The art projects the MacNider Arts Festival has become known for will be continued this year, but in a different way. Festival Kits will be available for pick up at the MacNider Art Museum and several other locations starting Aug. 24. There is no charge for the kits and project tutorial videos will be posted as part of the online content. Kits are first come, first served. Please take only what you need and leave the rest for others. Kits will also be located at: Clear Lake Public Library, Rockford Public Library, Rockwell Public Library, Manly Public Library, Nora Springs Town Hall, Mason City Public Library, and Mason City City Hall. Hours open vary by business, so you might want to call ahead for hours/kit availability before stopping by.

There will also be twelve Art Market artists sharing their fantastic work with you. Please look over their wonderful artwork and contact them for purchase if interested! Help support our artists!

As for additional entertainment we will have Joe & Vicki Price performing on Thursday, Kris Karr on Friday, and the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company will put on “Little Red Riding Hood” for us on Saturday.

2020 Sponsors:

Principal Foundation, Bertha Stebens Charitable Fund, Cargill Kitchen Solutions,
Burgmeier Dentistry, Central Park Dentistry, Clausen Plumbing & Heating, Clear Lake Bank & Trust, Country Meadow Place, Cutting Edge Investments, Dental Center of North Iowa, First Citizens Bank, Good Shepherd, Hanks Plumbing & Heating, Kristy Marquis Insurance, Metalcraft, North Iowa Eye Clinic, Pamela Little, Inc., Raymond James, Router 12 Network, Schupick & Associates, and the Generous People of North Iowa