2023 Update

SummerFest 2023 was held on August 13 after rescheduling from August 6 due to much needed rain in the area. Nearly 700 people visited the campus and enjoyed more than a dozen inflatables, face-painting, rock-wall climbing, Tubs of Fun, a bike helmet giveaway (courtesy of Safe Kids Linn County), light snacks, bingo (prizes awarded), guest magician Eric Michaels, and live music from New Life’s worship bands. Guests could choose to provide a financial donation to our featured local non-profit, Safe Families for Children.

New Life Community Church’s first SummerFest was in 2021, to help celebrate a one-year recovery from the 2020 derecho. Now, we hope that SummerFest will be an annual day of family-friendly fun!

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Update: More than 800 guests attended SummerFest on a partly cloudy afternoon. We were able to provide more than $3,000 of financial support to Chains Interrupted.

SummerFest 2022 is right around the corner! Free fun for the family kicks off at noon on Sunday, August 14. This year will feature all the great Spacewalk inflatables from 2021, plus the addition of a GIGANTIC obstacle course. Also returning is the rock-climbing wall from H and H Fun Rides, plus the addition of a teacup style ride. Area food trucks will be available from noon to 2 pm and again at 5 pm. Area-favorite coverband Full Circle will entertain from 4-7 pm.

While admission to all rides, carnival games, and most snack foods will be free, any voluntary contributions will be 100% donated to Chains Interrupted. As in 2021, the event is fully funded by New Life Community Church for the enjoyment of our neighbors in the Marion metro and beyond. See for more information!


New Life Community Church is excited to bring the inaugural SummerFest celebration to the Marion area. SummerFest is a family-friendly, free event featuring inflatables, carnival games, bingo, live music, and food trucks.

  • Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021
  • Time: Noon – 8 pm
  • Location: 275 West 29th Ave. Marion
  • Cost: Free to attend, additional cost for some food options

Beginning at noon, Moy’s Food From the Street and Smiley’s will open their mobile kitchens, with food trucks from Willy’s BBQ Shack and One More Bite, serving from 5-7 pm. Top off your lunch or dinner with free soft serve ice cream provided by New Life Community Church, and hard-scooped goodness from Scoopski’s Uptown Creamery.

Throughout the afternoon enjoy Spacewalk inflatables and a rock-climbing wall from from H and H Fun Rides (225 pound maximum weight). Looking for a break from the heat? Step inside and enjoy a game of bingo or make a bid on a Silent Auction Item. Throughout the day, a variety of old-fashioned carnival games will be ready for your enjoyment, and a face-painting booth will transform your cheeks into works of art.

From 5-8 pm the neighborhood will begin to rock as local fan-favorite cover-band Airwaves takes the stage.

New Life Community Church is providing the event free of charge to the community, but attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and financially support three local non-profit organizations. Marion Cares provides advocacy, connections, and services for children and families. Families Helping Families helps provide loving foster-care homes for families in need. And Safe Families for Children partners with other area agencies to provide support for families experiencing crisis. All monetary donations collected throughout the day will be given to these great organizations.

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