Live Music in Okoboji!

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Okoboji offers an array of different venues and atmospheres to fit with the incoming musicians around the lakes area. Throughout the summer, you can find live music 7 days a week! Grab your friends and come visit the following places:

Arnolds Park Preservation Plaza

Preservation Plaza concert
Preservation Plaza concert

With free concerts every Saturday night, this attractive area is perfect for friends and family to sit down in the green grass and soak in all the amazing music of the night. Just next to the amusement park, you will pass by and want to join in all of the fun! Pack your picnic blankets and lawn chair and make your way over next Saturday!

 

Barefoot Bar

Barefoot Bar
Barefoot Bar

Where else in Iowa can you enjoy live music under the shade of palm trees? With a wide variety of food and drink options, the lively atmosphere is a perfect place to dock your boat and dance with your friends as you listen to the awesome bands playing at Barefoot Bar! With a play and swim area for the kids and bar for the parents, it is a great place for all ages to enjoy their time on East Lake Okoboji! Every Thursday nights you can be the star of the show with Big Nacho Karaoke!

The Okoboji Store Bar & Kitchen

Okoboji Store from lake
Okoboji Store

Okoboji Store is home to Boatstock, Okoboji’s lake front music festival in addition to live music on the deck and down below at Zeke’s Bait Shop Thursday through Sunday for the entire summer. Grab a burger, a cold beer, enjoy the the view of boats passing between East and West Lake Okoboji, and relax to the live music at The Okoboji Store!

The Ritz

The Ritz from the lake
The Ritz from the lake

With a perfect view of the East Lake Okoboji, you can sit down to indulge in large variety of pizzas offered at The Ritz. Dock your boat because you will be here for awhile as you attend the live music entertainment played loud enough for the inside and outside tables to hear! Grab a group of friends and head on over to spend an Okoboji day under the sun and straight into the night!

Bracco

Overlooking East Lake Okoboji, Bracco World Café & Island Bar is a Lake Okoboji favorite. You will want to grab a spot on the upper or lower deck to try their unique food and drink options while listening to the variety of local artists perform!Bracco From the Lake

Captain’s Getaway

Captains Getaway stage
Captain’s Getaway Stage

With a Key-West themed bar & grill atmosphere, they offer an amazing seasonal line-up of new bands and artists around the lakes area. On the main strip in Arnold’s Park, you will have to witness the buzz happening all around these performance nights!  Be sure and go up to the rooftop for a drink and to catch a beautiful Okoboji Sunset!

The Gardens

The Gardens outdoor deck
The Gardens

On the lower lake level in the Emporium located in Arnold’s Park, you will find a bar and restaurant with a waterfront deck to take in the lake’s view. Enjoy Sunset Funset on the lakeside patio EVERY SINGLE night from 5-8! After enjoying great food and drinks, you can hop out on the dance floor and dance to dueling pianos on Thursday nights and live music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Pearson Lakes Art Center

Pearson Lakes Art Center
Pearson Lakes Art Center

The Pearson Lakes Art Center has always been home to not only painters and sculptures but musical artists as well. From classical music to your favorite contemporary pieces, you can find a variety of unique shows that may spark an interest. Check out their website to find out more of their upcoming shows.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Little Swan Lake Winery
Little Swan Lake Winery

Whether you are here for wine tasting or a relaxing day at the Little Swan Lake Winery, you can find a calming selection of musical offerings. Take a break and head on down to this charming rustic barn to relax for the day!

Okoboji Brewing Company

Okoboji Brewing Company
Okoboji Brewing Company

With a large assortment of locally brewed and imported beers, it is easy to get caught up in a good time with friends as you attend their weekly musical performances. Mark these events on your calendar to give yourself a break each week to enjoy this local brewery.

Beer Can Alley

Beer Can Alley
Beer Can Alley

This popular and newly arrived bar in Okoboji has been a hit amongst locals and tourists with their tasty beer and hosted musical performances every week. This large bar has an outdoor and indoor seating area that can hold every one of your friends! Come see what it is all about!

The Okoboji Barn 

Rolling Oaks Barn
The Barn at Okoboji

With an appealing atmosphere, The Barn at Okoboji is a two level bar that offers live music and hosts many local events (ex. graduations, weddings, parties). With plenty of seating inside and outside, bring all of your friends to grab a beer and indulge in the lively atmosphere!

The Roof Garden

The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden

The iconic Roof Garden – which became famous throughout the Midwest for hosting marquee swing and then rock n’ roll bands – is in the final stages of a rebuild.  The New Roof Garden will closely resemble the historic two-story ballroom that was demolished in 1987.  Set to open in August of 2019 check out the full line up of grand opening concerts HERE.

Table 316 Steakhouse

Table 316
Table 316

This restaurant perfectly fits the description of a ‘dinner and a show.’ To sit down and enjoy a juicy steak to charming dinner music makes the day all the more enjoyable. Make your reservation quick before all the seats fill up!

West O Beer

West O Beer
West O Beer

With a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, you and your friends can take in all West Okoboji Brewing Company has to offer in Okoboji: live music, a diverse selection of beer, and the ideal place for everyone to get together!

Wine Bar & Art Gallery

Wine Bar and Art Gallery
Wine Bar and Art Gallery

On the main strip in Arnold’s Park, the Wine Bar is the place to be when wanting a view to go along with your wine. The live musical performances enhance the beauty of the artworks located inside. After getting your glass of wine and taking a look at local pieces, the outdoor seating will allow you to watch the buzz all around Arnold’s Park.

Nautical

Nautical
Nautical

With an immense amount of seating and friendly smiles, it is the place to visit on your nights out. This bar invites local artists and bands to play for the people of Okoboji. With delectable food, perfectly mixed drinks, and ice cold beer, it is a must go place for you and your friends!