Culture in Monmouth
Monmouth features many cultural events and activities throughout the year. From live music events to festivals and fairs, there is something for everyone! Take a look at the Shops of Monmouth website for current musical and cultural information.
Fly-In Breakfast. This long running event takes place on every 4th of July at the Monmouth Municipal Airport. Hosted by the Monmouth Flying Club as their main fundraiser, this event brings in pilots and planes from all over the Midwest. There is a fresh-cooked breakfast and a performance from the Monmouth City Band.
Maple City Street Machines Cruise Night. Held the first Friday of August every year, this event brings in thousands of classic and restored cars and hot rods to the downtown area. Tens of thousands of visitors flock the streets to see the collectable cars, listen to live music and enjoy great food cooked right on the Square.
BaconFest. This new event is hosted by the Monmouth Business Council and takes place in mid-August. The Square is shut down to cars, and regional restaurants set up booths to showcase unique dishes made with bacon. There is live music and great activities for children. Visit on Facebook.
Prime Beef Festival. The Prime Beef Festival starts on the Wednesday after Labor Day every September with a large parade down Broadway. The event takes place from Wednesday through Saturday at Monmouth Park and features carnival rides, games, food, live music, demolition derbies, a strong-man competition and a Princess pageant. Visit on Facebook.
Music and Entertainment
Maple Leaf Community Concert Series. This music series brings in singers and musicians from all over the country to perform at the Monmouth College Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Tickets are available from the Buchanan Center for the Arts.
Market Alley Music Days. This is a summer music and lunch event put on by the Monmouth Business Council. It runs from late May through early August on the second and fourth Wednesdays. The event takes place in Market Alley, just off the Public Square, from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. The music is free and local restaurants sell boxed lunches.
Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival. This day-long music festival is held on the last Saturday in October. It brings in some of the world’s finest blues musicians to perform at the Rivoli Theater on South Main. Chef Eddie B sets up a smoker on the street and slow smokes barbecue ribs for the event as well.
Buchanan Center for the Arts. The Buchanan Center for the Arts is housed in an historic building on the square in downtown Monmouth. Their gallery features 2,400 sq. ft. of exhibition space, artisan gift shop, and a large studio for classes, meetings, and other arts-related and community events. For more information, visit their website.
Len G. Everett Galleries. The Len G. Everett Galleries are located on the upper level of the Monmouth College library. Gallery 203 displays a distinguished collection of art and antiquities. Gallery 204 is the larger of the two galleries. It showcases student artwork and exhibitions of regional and national artists.
Wells Theater. Monmouth College’s Wells Theater is a $1.8 million state-of-the-art theater space that opened in 1990. It features computerized lighting control, a counterweighted fly system, large scenic and costume studios, a design studio with a CAD system and plotter as well as several Mac computers, and computerized front-of-house operations. Crimson Masque, the department’s drama society, involves well over 100 students each year in four faculty directed productions.
Fusion Theatre. Monmouth College’s Fusion Theatre in downtown Monmouth is a versatile space with a black-box auditorium which can seat up to 150. The theatre—opened in 2014—can be configured into arena, thrust or many other types of staging. Included in the complex is a large classroom, two dressing rooms, a library, a large art gallery, box office, scene shop and control room. The Fusion is shared with the whole community of Monmouth, making it a gathering place for many groups.
Warren County History Museum. Located at 238 South Sunny Lane, the history museum features many exhibits of local history and agriculture. Closed during the winter months.
Warren County Virtual Museum. The online Warren County Virtual Museum project seeks to make the past come alive through rich media and broadband content delivery, creating both an exciting regional educational opportunity and a dynamic historic resource to enhance citizen participation in the past story and future civic life of our regional communities. The museum can be found online.