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2018 North Iowa Band Festival

The 2018 North Iowa Band Festival marks 80 years the event has been held. The event is the largest free marching band competition in the Midwest. Tourism related expenditures contributed an estimated $78.6 million into Mason City’s economy last year. In Cerro Gordo County, tourism generated an estimated $191.37 million in visitor spending, a record for the county and the 11th highest County level in the State. Tourism related jobs employed nearly 1,500 people in Cerro Gordo County.

The 80th North Iowa Band Festival: May 24-28, 2018

(Memorial Day Weekend!)

For Visitor and General Information about Mason City, check out these websites:

Visit Mason City    -    Main Street Mason City    -    City of Mason City


Your guide to all of the community happenings during Band Festival weekend.

 View 2018 Schedule

Registration Forms

NOTE: If you are interested in entering a convertible to transport royalty, honorees, etc. in the parade, please contact Linda Johanns at the Chamber.

Parade & Park Info

View the parade route, parking and entertainment maps, and other information.

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Band Festival Royalty

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2018 Band Festival Sponsors

Drum Major Sponsors

For more information on becoming a sponsor, CLICK HERE.


John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation

David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation

Band Master Sponsors



Flag Corps Sponsors

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Brown, Kinsey, Funkhouse & Lander, PLC -  Casey's General Stores - CENT Credit Union - Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. -  Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Mason City Mason City Motor Company 
- Mercy Medical Center North Iowa - POET Biorefining-Hanlontown - REG -Mason City - Rieman Music  - Wal-Mart SuperCenter

In-Kind Sponsors

For information on how to become an In-Kind Sponsor, please contact us!

Alpha Media, USA  -  City of Mason City  -  Convertible Drivers  -  Culligan Water Conditioning  - Decker Sports -  Domino's Pizza  - Globe Gazette - Henkel Construction Co.  -  KIMT News 3  - North Iowa Broadcasting  - D & D Printing  -  Trinity Lutheran Church - Control Print Creative - Mason City RentAll

Sponsorship Information

Learn about how to become a sponsor of The North Iowa Band Festival.

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  • 2018 NIBF Entertainment

    Entertainment for the 80th Annual North Iowa Band Festival will include a variety of musical genres. To kick off the entertainment on Friday evening Betty and the Gents will entertain people...

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  • Friends of the Festival 2018

    Friends of the Festival Campaign Begins Thanks to generous financial contributions, the annual North Iowa Band Festival remains a free family event.  The North Iowa Band Festival Foundation recently announced its...

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