Art And Music Line Streets Of Mount Vernon

Artists will showcase their works at the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival. Photo: Mount Vernon Area Arts Council

Writer: Jeff Morgan
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

If you’ve ever wondered about the first transcontinental highway in the country, you may be glad to know the Lincoln Highway was dedicated in 1913 and stretches from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.

This month, highway traffic begins and ends Sept. 18 in Mount Vernon with the 15th Annual Lincoln Highway Arts Festival, where artists will line the streets for a fun-filled day. More than 40 artists are included in the festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features potter’s wheel demonstrations by Zach Wollert, children’s altered book activities, food from Bigs BBQ, magician Remington Haynes and more.

Mount Vernon also is home to a thriving pool of musicians and performers, and they’ll be pumping the crowd with energy throughout the day. Look for featured performances from The Better Haves, The Soul Mongers and Dance Arts Iowa.

Be sure to check out the entire Mount Vernon Cultural and Entertainment District, which includes performance spaces, arts and arts-related business, dining and lodging establishments. More than 20 specialty shops get in on the fun by hosting art-themed pop-up events and sales throughout the festival. Mount Vernon received the Cultural and Entertainment District designation from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in 2019.

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