CDG Announces 2022 List of Festivals

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Charitable Development Group (CCDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced the dates of several major festivals and events that will be taking place in Mount Vernon and Lisbon throughout Calendar Year 2022.

The CCDG partners with several organizations in both communities that create and manage community festivals and events in the Mount Vernon-Lisbon area. Almost all of the festivals listed below are managed by a large, dedicated team of volunteer committees. Help is always needed, and all are welcome to participate.

“Of course, we don’t know how COVID and its variants will impact our event schedule throughout 2022,” said Joe Jennison, director of Marketing and Main Street for the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Charitable Development Group (CCDG). “However, at this point, we are expecting a full season of festivals – volunteers and committees are already meeting and planning several events including Chalk the Walk in May, Heritage Days in July and a live, in-person Magical Night on Thursday, Dec. 1.”

More information is available at

2022 Major Events

  • MVLCT: “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    Feb. 25-27 & March 4-6, 2022
  • Portrayal of MV Plein Air Event
    April 9, 10
  • Easter Egg Dash
    April 16
  • Lisbon Clean-Up Day
    Mid-April TBD
  • Mount Vernon Clean-Up Day
    April 30
  • Chalk the Walk, Uptown Mount Vernon
    May 7-8
  • Cornell College Commencement
    May 8
  • MV and Lisbon HS Graduation
    May 22
  • Memorial Day parade, Mount Vernon, Lisbon
    May 30
  • Chocolate Stroll, Mount Vernon
    June 4
  • Mount Vernon-Lisbon City-wide Garage Sales
    June 11
  • MV-L Day at the Kernels
    June 26
  • Lincoln Highway Antique Nitty Gritty
    July 4th
  • Heritage Days, Mt Vernon
    July 8-9
  • MVLCT: “The Drowsy Chaperone”
    July 15-17, 22-23, 2022
  • Volunteer Appreciation Party
    August 16
  • Lisbon Movie in the Park
    August 17
  • Lisbon Sauerkraut Days
    August 18-20
  • MVLCT: Shakespeare in the Park
    Sept 8-11, 15-17 AT MEMORIAL PARK
  • Lincoln Highway Arts Festival
    Sept 17
  • Chili Cookoff, Mount Vernon
    October 8
  • Cornell Homecoming, Reunion weekend
    October 21-23
  • HalloweenTown, Lisbon
    Oct 31
  • MVLCT: “The Game’s Afoot”
    Nov 11-13, 18-19
  • Shop Small Saturday
    Nov. 26
  • Magical Night, Mount Vernon
    Dec. 1

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008, by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.

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