Special Events

 Special Events


General Policies:

Family Ice Fishing Day
Kid's Karnival
Easter Egg Hunt
MC Earth Day Festival
Free Teen/Women's Self-Defense Seminar
Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet
Lefty Lewis Memorial Fishing Derby

Summer Band Concerts

Amusement Parks Tickets
Cannonball Day
National Night Out (NNO)
Touch A Truck
Halloween Treats
Lunch with Santa
Santa Calls

2020 Winter Family Ice Fishing Day:
Saturday January 11, 2020
Lester Milligan Park (Blue Pit) 

The Mason City Recreation Dept. and Iowa Department of Natural Resources would like to invite children & their families to attend the Family Ice Fishing Day! The IDNR will be stocking rainbow trout at 11:30 a.m. the day of the event to encourage family participation in the sport of Ice Fishing. The MC Recreation Dept will provide refreshments to those in attendance. There will also be IDNR volunteers on hand to answer questions and help where needed. The event is free, but anglers must be properly licensed! If adults have a valid fishing license & trout fee, children under 16 years of age, fishing with that adult will be covered and together their daily limit is five trout. Children under 16 years of age need a trout fee only if not fishing with a licensed adult. The daily bag limit for trout is five trout per day. Participants should bring appropriate ice fishing gear. A limited amount of poles and tackle will be available to those who do not have any!!

2020 Kids Karnival:
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Southbridge Mall

Carnival activities including crafts, games, door prizes and entertainment!!

Bring the family to Southbridge Mall for lots of indoor fun from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.!


2020 Easter Egg Hunt: Cancelled

Sunday, April 5
North Iowa Area Community College

The Easter Bunny will join us for a morning of fun and hunting for Easter Eggs! 
Bring your own Easter Baskets!! This is a FREE event!

AGES: 4 & Under, 5-6 year olds & 7 - 10 year olds

TIME: 11:30 a.m.


2020 Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet:
We will not be having a track meeting this year - 2020
Boys & girls 7 to 14 years of age can jump, throw and run!
Local winners advance to the State Meet in June
Age groups: 7&8, 9&10, 11&12 and 13&14
Age as of December 31, 2019
Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.
Meet starts at 5:00 p.m.
***We will need birth certificates for runners to compete
Entry Form


2020 Virtual Fishing Derby = 2020 Lefty Lewis Memorial Fishing Derby:

Saturday, June 6
 East Park
For more information
Grab those poles and fine some bait!   Prizes will be awarded in various age groups. 

Time: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Free - Need to Register online or call the Recreation Office @ 641-421-3673

Held rain or shine!!!!

2020 MC Earth Day Festival: Cancelled
Saturday, April 25

Lime Creek Nature Center

Clean Up: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Festival:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. @ Lime Creek Nature Center

Clean up teams can register for an area @ City Hall - Call Volunteer Coordinator @ 421-3372

2020 Free Teen/Women's Self-Defense Seminar Cancelled
Saturday, April 18

Willowbrook Mall

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Seminar will include tips & techniques to help keep you out of danger and easy techniques to employ if you get into harm's way.  Goals are to help promote a safer community & education is one of the keys to keeping citizens safe.
There will be refreshments and gifts. Registration not required!
Sponsored by: Mason City Community Policing Advisory Board
Co-Sponsored by: Mason City Police Department

2020 Summer City Band Concerts: All Concerts Cancelled

The Mason City Municipal Band will be performing on the following dates:

Thursday, May 21 @ 6:30 p.m. @ Southbridge Mall

Thursday, May 28 @ 7:30 p.m. @ Southbridge Mall

Thursday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m. @ Southbridge Mall
Thursday, June 11 @ 7:30 p.m. @ Southbridge Mall

Saturday, June 13 @ 9:00 a.m. at MacNider Art Museum

Thursday, June 18 @ 7:30 p.m. @ Southbridge Mall

Thursday, June 25 @ 7:30 p.m. @ Southbridge Mall

Friday, July 3 @ 9:00 p.m. Mohawk Stadium

Thursday, July 9 @ 7:30 p.m. @ Southbridge Mall
Dates and times are subject to change.
Contact Russell Kramer for more information!


2019 Amusement Tickets: Cancelled

Contact the office for ticket availability 641-421-3673

Tickets available for the following amusement parks!

Lost Island - Waterloo= Gate: $29.75 Recreation Office: $24.50   3 & Under - Free

Valley Fair - Minnesota= Gate: $53.00   Recreation Office: $38.50 2 & Under - Free
Adventureland Tickets sold on their website!

2020 Cannonball Day:
Saturday, August 29
East Park
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Many activities for kids of all ages!!
Opening Day -May 9 Closed till further notice

2020 National Night Out:
Tuesday, August 4

Mason City Multipurpose Arena

Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Contact or the Community Policing Advisory Board @ 641-420-3414 
For more information
Free Fun-packed "Family Affair:
Activities for children!!

2017 Halloween Treat & Craft
Saturday, October 28
Recreation Office: 326 4th St NE
Join us between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. for some Halloween Fun!!
Make a Treat and a Craft to take home!
4 to 6 year olds - adult must accompany
7 to 10 year olds - adult must stay
Fee: $5 per child resident ($6 day of)
Fee: $7 per child Non-resident ($8 day of)
Pre-registration is preferred!

2019 Lunch with Santa:

Sunday, December 15
Recreation Activity Room

Join Santa and his elves at 11:30 a.m. for a very special lunch at the Recreation Office on Sunday, December 16.
Lunch will be served by Santa's helpers, with a special holiday craft to follow.

Site: Recreation Office (326 4th St NE, St 1)

Fee: $ 10 per child   $5 Adults
Time: 11:30 a.m.

Each child must be accompanied by an adult


2019 Santa Calls:

Wednesday, December 18
North Pole

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Santa's operator will call your home during the time you choose on your Santa Calls Form and Santa will come on the line to speak to your child and wish him or her a "Very Merry Christmas!"

Deadline - 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18