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.”

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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.