Yes it's true we have a love - hate relationship with August!  We love it because there are so many great summer days, nights, and events to enjoy AND we hate it because it's the last full month of Summer!  So let's all try to put that bad news out of our minds and revel in the fact that we have a FULL month of FUN in the Sun to be had in Okoboji.

If you are an Okoboji Summer Regular then you have heard of or seen a Marilyn Maye performance.  Maye is turning 90 years old and is celebrating with two Okoboji performances August 14th and 15th at The Pearson Lakes Art Center. The award-winning Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After one of her appearances on The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson remarked, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.” You will NOT want to miss this iconic grammy winning singers stop in Okoboji!

Marilyn Maye

The weekend of August 17th would be the perfect time to cram in all the things on your summer to do list that you have not done!  Start the weekend early with Rock the Roof, a summer favorite of vacationers and locals alike, hosted by the Rock N Roll music association every Thursday night from 6:00-8:30pm. Cost is only $5, come dance the night away at the Roof Garden.  If you have been waiting all summer to try a paddle board do it now while the water is nice and warm just in case you fall in! You can take a class or rent one at one of our many water-sport rental businesses. There is also no time like the present to take a afternoon or sunset cruise on the Queen II.  Click HERE for the cruise schedule.  You will not want to miss country recording artist Tucker Beathard on Preservation Plaza Saturday night, followed by fireworks.  Sunday night multi-platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith will be playing on Preservation Plaza.  During Michael’s storied career, he’s not only been honored with three Grammy Awards, 45 Dove Awards, an American Music Award and has sold more than 15 million albums.  Click here for tickets: $27.15/each

Photo Courtesy of Iowa Rock n Roll

The British are Coming, The British are coming!  The final Saturday in August Preservation Plaza will be rockin with the Brits, a tribute band, who will play songs from the Beatles, The Who, Herman's Hermits and more!  The concert begins at 7:30 and fireworks to follow.  Sunday August 26th The Barefoot Bar Full Moon Party is the place to be as crowd favorite The Johnny Holm Band will be playing from 7 pm -11 pm. You will not want to miss this!

The Brits

August evenings are a beautiful time to boat to your favorite watering hole or dinning destination.  Lakeside dinning and beautiful sunsets can be enjoyed at Dry Dock, Bob'sThe Gardens, Hi-Point, Okoboji Store, The Ritz, Bracco, and The Waterfront.  Contact Rebecca or Laurie at  OKOBOJI TOURISM with any questions or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Make reservations NOW so you can soak up the fun before the sun sets on another beautiful Okoboji summer!