If you weren’t in Mason City, Iowa this past weekend you really missed out! From Friday Night Live to the Iowa Independent Film Festival, there was a was a lot of GREAT fun packed into the weekend…!
Starting with the Ethnic Lunch from 11am to 1pm with lots of vendors in Central Park. Followed by Friday Night Live from 6pm-10pm, beer and food for sale, inflatables for children and a live band – The Chocolate Crackers, And Man, they rocked! Below is a picture of the main vocalist – who stopped by the Visit Mason City selfie station before taking the stage!
Lead Vocalist (The Chocolate Crackers) stops and take a selfie at the Visit Mason City’s Selfie Station before his performance at Friday Night Live
While the town was celebrating the Great River City Festival, the Iowa Independent Film Festival was being held just next door at the Historic Park Inn on Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18. Public screenings of 30 new feature-length, documentary, short art films, and student productions were shown. Tanna Frederick was present with her cutting edge virtual reality film which earlier this year was screened at the Sundance festival in Switzerland.
Saturday was filled with fun – family activities from 10am-4pm with live music all day, a craft show, photo-booth, root-beer floats, prizes and more!
The annual Craft Beer Shindig and Street Food Fair made for an enjoyable afternoon for many. Lots of craft beer, ciders and fried food for all!
For someone who is not a HUGE fan of craft beer, I enjoyed the event- as there were many ciders that I liked! My favorites were ‘The Grand Mimoso’ and the ‘Pineapple Hulu’ – YUMM!
Downtown was thriving Saturday Night and the street was packed with people. The Quarry and Lorados also had a great turnout out on the Plaza!
If you missed this weekend for whatever reason, be sure to put it on your calendar for next year. Typically, this event is held the third weekend of September.