Lakes Area Gamefest

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Event Category: Children & Family, Classes & Workshops, All Events, and Sports & Recreation

  • Profile

    Lakes Area Game Fest is an annual “open gaming” convention for new and experienced gamers, families, and individuals of all ages to learn and play contemporary board & card games.

    The event is hosted by the Lakes Area Board Gamers, an open group of board-gaming enthusiasts in Northwest Iowa. Our convention welcomes attendees from across the Midwest (and beyond!) to take part in a full 24 hours of gaming over the course of two days.

    Attendees will have access to our Convention Library of more than 200 popular games which can be checked out for free use within the event space. The library will also include a selection of Play to Win games – simply check out and play these games for a chance to win them! Guests are also encouraged to BYOG (Bring Your Own Games) to enjoy with others.

    Open gaming is available for the entirety of the convention, but plenty of programming is also featured, including:

    • Scheduled gaming
    • Scheduled playtesting of local game designs
    • Envoy Herald game demos
    • Mini tournaments
    • Used Game Garage Sale (bring your own games to sell!)
    • Local vendor sales
    • Giveaways, and more!

    This is an opportunity to enjoy the tabletop gaming hobby in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

    Where is it?

    The Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center is located at 1405 US-71 in Okoboji, IA. Visit the Venue page for more information, including a special guest rate on our block of rooms!

    When is it?

    Doors open on Saturday, January 5th at 10:00 am, and the gaming area will close for the night at 2:00 am on Sunday, January 6th. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Sunday and close out the convention at 5:00 pm that evening. A grand total of 24 hours of gaming!


    Early registration discounts are now available!

    • Full weekend: $20 online / $30 on-site
    • Saturday only: $15 online / $20 on-site
    • Sunday only: $10 online / $15 on-site

    We expect the event to sell out (and our seating capacity is strictly limited) so please purchase your badge now to save some money and secure your spot!

    Click here for more details on the Lakes Area Gamefest.