Magical Night 2023



Magical Night returns on Thursday, November 30, 2023
A wide range of events will occur along Mount Vernon’s Historic First Street.  The following events will be taking place at the First Street Community Center:

5:00 – 8:00pm
Hot Cocoa will be served by volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints inside the First Street Community Center in the lobby on the main floor.

5:00 – 8:00pm
Jackee Austerman Photography Studio will be offering “Fun Christmas Photos” inside the First Street Community Center for families throughout the evening.

5:00 – 5:30pm
The annual lighting of the First Street Community Center building. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as Santa pulls the BIG Switch to light up the building. Music teacher Sophie Walker from the elementary school will lead local children in song as part of the ceremony.

6:00 – 6:45pm
Elliott McNulty takes on the character of “Elfiott” to share music in the Uptown Theatre as a fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Elementary School Library.

6:45 – 7:15pm
Holiday Magic from Dance Arts Iowa at the Uptown Theater. Also, tickets will be sold onsite throughout the evening for Dance Arts Iowa’s full production of “The Nutcracker,” which will take place Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Community School District Performing Art Center.


Uptown Theatre Honors


Saturday, November 4 at 2pm

We will once again be honoring five amazing people who have made a difference, brought recognition, helped our young people and overall improved the quality of life for those of us who live and work in these communities.

This year’s Uptown Theatre Honors event will honor these five upstanding citizens who have made a difference:
Kristi Keast, Jackie Martin, Sue Coleman, Tim Kelley and Fred Burke.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door.


Joey Bravo Concert



Saturday, May 27, 2023, 7:00 pm at the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre
Tickets – $10.00

Enjoy the concert with your favorite beverage in the Uptown Theatre Cup – may purchase for $5.00 – free lemonade and popcorn!


Blame Not the Bard



March 26, 2023 – 4:00 p.m.
The Uptown Theatre


Blame Not the Bard is on a mission: to bring alive the songs and stories of Ireland.  With a lineup including Mount Vernon High School alumna Nikki Philbrick (’06), Blame Not the Bard expertly blends captivating storytelling and historical knowledge with fiery instrumentals and musical prowess.  Their high-energy show will get your hands clapping and feet tapping through an afternoon of down-to-earth entertainment you won’t soon forget!