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Okoboji WINTER Dining and To-Go Guide

Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Take Out dining guide for all things tasty and comforting! Beach Club @ The Inn Hotel – Arnolds Park The Beach Club at the Inn Hotel is open for dine-in or carry out.  Order from the full menu. Outdoor dining available. Call 712-337-6402 to place your order between the hours: Read More »

water park

Boji Splash Waterpark & Arcade

Halloween Party

Halloween Party at the Gardens

Dj and costume contest at midnight!

Halloween Party

Fish Shack Halloween w/ Josh Quirin

Join us for our Halloween party featuring live music from the Josh Quirin band! Wear a costume & get your second drink FREE

Live Music

Terry Brooks Jazz Group

Live Music

Boon and Lambert

Bison Tacos served

Bridges Bay Resort

Winter Family Fun in Okoboji

Get out and Enjoy the Snow! Okoboji is the perfect destination in the winter!  We have hundreds of miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking and observing winter birds!  You’ll also find indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, or bundle up and head to the beach to build snowcastles! And don’t forget Read More »

trick or treat

Milford Business Trick or Treat

Inviting all ghosts, ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and creatures alike! Stop by the Milford Memorial Library on Friday, October 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to pick up some treats and show off your awesome costume.

Ice fish

Ice Fishing Frenzy

Just Fish What is one thing anyone and everyone can do in Okoboji all year long?  If you answered fishing you are exactly right! Believe it or not WINTER is one of the best times to fish in and around Okoboji.  Ice fishing opportunities abound in and around the Iowa Great Lakes and it has Read More »

Okoboji Barn

Wave Riders

Live Music

Ryan Sather

Live Music

Dave Rowley and Ryan Sather

Enjoy Savory Bison Pasta

Live Music

Damon Dotson

Enjoy Bison Burgers

Harper and Lee

Bison Pizza

ice fish

Shop with the Pros

The annual Shop With the Pros is back at Kabele’s Saturday, November 14!

ice fish show

Iowa Ice Show

INAUGURAL 2020 IOWA ICE SHOW & Fisherman’s Flea Market Two Full Days of SEMINARS & EXHIBITS • Check out the latest ice fishing products from dozens of manufacturers! • Learn from well-known ice fishing experts during our two days of seminars! • Buy or sell gear on-site at the Fisherman’s Swap Meet! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th: Read More »

The Inn Hotel

36 Hour “WOW” Getaway

Whether you are looking for a girl’s weekend, mother daughter getaway, or a chance to jump-start your holiday shopping Okoboji is the place to be November 13th and 14th . The Wow Okoboji Women’s Weekend is the premiere Holiday Kick-off shopping extravaganza. Here are some suggestions for a memorable Okoboji Wow Weekend! STAY Of course Read More »

trunk or treat

Trunk or Treat

It’s #spookyseason and we are here for it! Join us on Halloween, 2-5PM, for our very first Trunk or Treat event hosted by our amazing volunteer committee and fellow Halloween lovers. Our employees will be representing a Disney theme, but come in whatever costume you find most spooktacular! There will be candy, a chance to Read More »

trick or treat

Trick-or-Treat Halloween

Stop by for Trick-or-Treating & pick up a coloring contest to do at home! Return your coloring contest by November 24th. The winner will be displayed in-store and will receive a gift card to Oak Hill Outdoor!

Live Music

Halloween Party at the Gardens

Come out for a of night drinks, partying, and costume contests! I’ll be on the 1s and 2’s

Live Music

Portside Halloween Party Featuring DJ Spin X

Come celebrate Halloween at Portside Pizza! Music by DJ Spin X 🎵🎃

ice skate

Open Skate Costume Contest

Come to Lakes Ice Arena on Friday, October 30th, for our annual costume contest during open skate! Prizes include open skate passes and concession gift certificates. Open skate will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $6 with skates available for rent for $3. Masks are required in the lobby area and when Read More »

Trivia Night

A2Z Trivia Night

Gather up your favorite group of nerds and challenge yourself to a night of trivia! Questions will be primarily movie themed – focused around the featured films of the week. Team size limited to six members – FREE TO PLAY – Movie to follow (movie tickets available for purchase at www.milfordpioneertheatre.com). No time for dinner? Read More »

Live Music

Recharge (Remix)

Oct. 23-25: 4-6th Grade Nov. 6-8: 6-9th Grade Nov. 13-15: 6-9th Grade Nov. 20-22: 9-12th Grade ​ We’ve Remixed our Recharge weekends with safety in mind as we strive to offer an opportunity for teens to getaway this fall and enjoy camp! Recharges are weekend youth retreats at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp PACKED with fun, Read More »

Trivia Night

A2Z Trivia Night

Gather up your favorite group of nerds and challenge yourselves to a night of trivia with A2Z Trivia while enjoying the amazing brews of West O Beer! Team size limit: 6 players, FREE TO PLAY! Weekly prizes for our champions as well as bonus round prizes.

craft

DIY Interchangeable Door Sign

Join us for our Adult Craft Series on October 21, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m., on Zoom. Participants will be creating an interchangeable door sign. Contact MML to register. Pre-registration is required and the cost for each craft is $5. Craft Series Kits will be available for pick up the week of the event.

Fireside breakfast at The Oakwood Inn

Okoboji Couples Winter Escape

Winter is the perfect time for an Okoboji Couples get away!  Winter is a beautiful and much slower paced time to visit the Iowa Great Lakes while still finding plenty to keep you as busy as you want to be.  Rest & Relax Winter is a GREAT time to head to Okoboji to relax, refresh Read More »

shopping

Jingle & Mingle at Topside

Jingle, mingle and do some holiday shopping at Topside Saturday, November 21st from 10-3! Shop cozy sweaters, holiday decor, and gifts for the whole family + NEW exclusive (and hilarious) graphic sweatshirts and tees for the holidays!

shopping

Mary’s Holiday Open House

Our annual Holiday open house. Come explore the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Register for gift certificates and let the shopping begin.

Shopping

Homeology Holiday Open House

farmers market

Holiday Market

Join us for some holiday magic out on Lake Street! Amazing vendors, hot chocolate, good eats, sleigh rides, nativity scene, live music, holiday cocktails, and more! Full list of vendors and activities to be announced soon.

Shopping

Allure & Co. Holiday Open House

Deck the halls, cross off the Christmas lists and discover everything Allure & Co. has to offer on these two festive days! Shop extended hours on Friday the 13th from 10am-7pm and all day Saturday from 10am-5pm as we kick off the holiday season with our first event with the girls in The Lofts at Read More »

Yoga

Let It Snow Yoga

Christmas gift basket

Shop Okoboji This Holiday Season

We invite you to come HOME to Okoboji this Holiday Season! There is still so much to SEE, EAT and DO!  While you are here be sure to check out vast array of shopping venues to find the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list! Boat House Apparel reflects a lake lifestyle that is Read More »

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Wreath Make n’ Take

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Winter Planter Make n’ Take

Live Music

Storm Rising

Full moon

The Grove After Dark

Halloween isn’t complete without going to a hunted house.  The Grove After Dark will be even scarier than you can imagine.  From 8 until 10:30 pm on both nights we’ll equip your group with a GoPro video camera and send you off into the Grove’s wilderness, Blair Witch Project-style.  Are you brave enough to face Read More »

Live Music

The Grove After Dark

Halloween isn’t complete without going to a hunted house.  The Grove After Dark will be even scarier than you can imagine.  From 8 until 10:30 pm on both nights we’ll equip your group with a GoPro video camera and send you off into the Grove’s wilderness, Blair Witch Project-style.  Are you brave enough to face Read More »

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The Grove Costume Contest

Join in the fun for a costume contest!  People of all ages are welcome to participate! Open from 10 am – 6 pm every Saturday & Sunday from Sept 19 until Oct 31.  The Grove’s entry fee includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, Fort Tread ropes course, Trike Track, face painting, corn pit, Sheep Shed, Read More »

Live Music

Elliot Keane Jazz Group

Enjoy bison firsco burgers!

Live Music

Rock the Roof: Mr. V Tri w/ Iowa Rock n Roll All-Stars

Due to indoor COVID-19 precautions, face masks are required except when seated with your trusted friend group at your table or booth. Tickets $10 each, $80 for booth (seats up to four).

Live Music

Rock the Roof: Storm Rising

Due to indoor COVID-19 precautions, face masks are required except when seated with your trusted friend group at your table or booth. Tickets $10 each, $80 for booth (seats up to four).

Live Music

Rock the Roof: Interstate Cruisers

Due to indoor COVID-19 precautions, face masks are required except when seated with your trusted friend group at your table or booth. Tickets $10 each, $80 for booth (seats up to four).

Live Music

Rock The Roof: Surfin’ Safari

Due to indoor COVID-19 precautions, face masks are required except when seated with your trusted friend group at your table or booth. Tickets $10 each, $80 for booth (seats up to four).

Live Music

Rock the Roof: Galaxy

Due to indoor COVID-19 precautions, face masks are required except when seated with your trusted friend group at your table or booth. Tickets $10 each, $80 for booth (seats up to four).

shopping

Ferguson’s Holiday Open House

Join us for our Holiday Open House! Enjoy our warm greenhouse and browse our unique designs! Plus check out our open house specials and join us for our classes: 11am Winter Planter Make ‘n Take 2pm Floral Make ‘n Take Preregistration required.

Live Music

Rock the Roof: Mogen’s Heroes

We are very excited to announce our Fall Rock The Roof Schedule, starting this Thursday at 6 pm with Mogen’s Heroes! Due to indoor COVID-19 precautions, face masks are required except when seated with your trusted friend group at your table or booth. Tickets $10 each, $80 for booth (seats up to four). See you Read More »

live music

Elle-Shante & Kerry Duo

boji scare

Boji Scare Fright Night

Get ready for Boji Scare fright nights at Arnolds Park Amusement Park this October! Chilling thrills await you in the Haunted Mirror Maze, the Tormented Tipsy House, the red waters of Demon Falls, the Haunted Chamber, and the Terror on the Tracks. Come explore this new haunting experience in Arnolds Park for just $10 per Read More »

Shopping

WOW: Women’s Okoboji Weekend

Enjoy fashion, food, fun and thousands of dollars in prizes at WOW- Women’s Okoboji Weekend, November 13-14 at the Dickinson County Expo Building. Masks ARE REQUIRED for all who attend this year’s show for the health and safety of our shoppers and vendors.

Halloween dinner

Halloween Dinner and Concert

Join us for dinner and a ROCKIN’ good time! Reserve your table today for a fun filled Halloween eve at the Winery!Tables are available for parties of 2, 4 or 6. Each ticket includes your choice of main entree, garden salad, sweet potato puree, seasonal vegetables and Chef inspired dessert. In addition, you will receive Read More »

Vacation Okoboji Ad Thank You

Thank you for your advertising request for the 2021 Vacation Okoboji Visitor Guide. We will be in touch soon to finalize details.

2021 Visitor Guide Contract

2021 Visitor Guide Contract

shop

Iowa Great Lakes Shop Hop

SUPPORT Small Business by shopping the day away at these participating Antique/Upcycle businesses: Accent Studio & Boutique -Graettinger, IA Antiques Etc. – Milford, IA Antiques of Okoboji – Arnold’s Park, IA Back Porch – Spencer, IA Corn Fed Cricket-Hartley, IA Heartland Coop – Estherville, IA Laura’s Vintage Therapy – Sheldon, IA Mainstreet Mall Antiques – Read More »

Live Music

Itty Bitty Boji Band

Live Music

Adam Layman & Jacob Wittkamp

Savory Bison steak meal!

Live Music

Adam Layman

Bison burgers will be served!

Live Music

Charlie Leissler

Enjoy Bison Brats!

Live Music

A2Z Thursday Trivia

Gather up your favorite group of nerds and challenge yourselves to a night of trivia with A2Z Trivia while enjoying the amazing brews of West O Beer! Team size limit: 6 players, FREE TO PLAY! Weekly prizes for our champions as well as bonus round prizes.

wreath class

Fall Wreath Make ‘n Take

Get creative designing your own Fall Wreath in our Solarium greenhouse. We have plenty of space so you’ll be able to social distance and find your creative side. Choose from a large selection of silks and let Kim guide you to a beautiful wreath that you can hang on your door and enjoy 🍁 $45 Read More »

wreath class

Fall Wreath Make ‘n Take

Get creative designing your own Fall Wreath in our Solarium greenhouse. We have plenty of space so you’ll be able to social distance and find your creative side. Choose from a large selection of silks and let Kim guide you to a beautiful wreath that you can hang on your door and enjoy 🍁 $45 Read More »

Live Music

Adam & Jacob

Live Music

Rock the Patio with Dave Rowley

Live Music

Rock the Patio with Boon & Lambert

Santa's Village

Santa’s Village on Hill Avenue

Bring the Family and stroll the streets of historic downtown Spirit Lake for our annual Sant’s Village! Describe as a scene out of a Hallmark Movie – Don’t miss out on this fun filled day.  Visits with Santa, Sleigh Rides, Crafts, Shopping , Food and much more!  Keep up-to-date with the schedule and maps by Read More »

Window lighting

Downtown Window Lighting

Join us on Hill Avenue in downtown Spirit Lake to enjoy our beautiful downtown and the festive holiday lights!

Winter games

University of Okoboji Winter Games

For over 40 years, when the temperatures drop, things heat up on the frozen waters of Okoboji. This weekend is a winter tradition that bringing thousands of people to the Iowa Great Lakes Area for four days of fun. Events include: Softball, Bags Toss, Flag Football, Broomball, Cribbage, Chess, Bingo, Snowmobile Races, Chocolate Classic, Chili Read More »

Lakes Ice Arena

Lakes Ice Arena Open Skate

Open Skate is held most Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. As well as Sunday afternoons, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Check the Arena Schedule for time changes/cancellations due to hockey games or other special events. Admission is $6/person Skates are available to rent at $3/person Drinks and snacks available at our concession Read More »

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University of Okoboji Winter Games

For over 40 years, when the temperatures drop, things heat up on the frozen waters of Okoboji. This weekend is a winter tradition that bringing thousands of people to the Iowa Great Lakes Area for four days of fun. Events include: Softball, Bags Toss, Flag Football, Broomball, Cribbage, Chess, Bingo, Snowmobile Races, Chocolate Classic, Chili Read More »

Lakes Ice Arena

Lakes Ice Arena Open Skate

Open Skate is held most Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. As well as Sunday afternoons, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Check the Arena Schedule for time changes/cancellations due to hockey games or other special events. Admission is $6/person Skates are available to rent at $3/person Drinks and snacks available at our concession Read More »

Live Music

Derek Post

The Okoboji Barn

Live Music

Derek Post

Shopping

WOW: Women’s Okoboji Weekend

Enjoy fashion, food, fun and thousands of dollars in prizes at WOW- Women’s Okoboji Weekend, November 13-14 at the Dickinson County Expo Building. Masks ARE REQUIRED for all who attend this year’s show for the health and safety of our shoppers and vendors.

Live Music

DJ Nate T

Live Music

Jeremy Dewall Band

Live Music

Terry Brooks Jazz Group

Enjoy delicious Bison Roast!

Live Music

Tammy Hamlin

Enjoy a Bison Burger

Live Music

Clint Riedel

Live Music

Storm Rising

Live Music

Dave Rowley

Bison Burgers

Live Music

Boon and Lambert

Bison Pizza

paint class

Not All Witches Live in Salem

Another silly little reminder that there’s a little witch in all of us. No matter where we live! Join us in our Spirit Lake studio to laugh, dance, sing and paint! An evening of relaxation and fun is just what the witch doctor ordered! Just bring your favorite beer or wine and get ready to Read More »

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Personalized Pumpkin

This sweet little pumpkin is just waiting for whatever you’d like to add! Your last name, a welcome message, a reminder to kids to only take one piece of candy…the possibilities are endless! Join us in our Spirit Lake studio to create this fun addition to your fall decor! Just bring your favorite beer or Read More »

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Yes, I can Drive a Stick!

My, aren’t you a clever little witch… Yes, I Can Drive a Stick is a fun painting that’s easy to create! A great little addition to your whimsical Halloween decor! Bring your favorite witchy friends and your favorite wine or beer. Sit back, relax, cast a spell and create! Just message us to reserve your Read More »

Paint class

Welcome Pumpkin

A fall favorite!! Welcome Pumpkin will greet your guests at the door! It’s a fun and sweet addition to your fall decor! Colors are fully customizable as is the message YOU choose to add! Bring your friends, your family and your favorite wine or beer to the studio to enjoy while we paint and sip Read More »

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Fall Reflections

Come paint with us! This gorgeous painting is easier to make than you think! Let our amazing artist walk you through the process step by step. Bring your favorite wine or beer! Sit back, relax, sip and create! Leave with your very own masterpiece! Message us today to reserve your seat!

paint class

Dock of the Bay

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay… Watchin the Summer roll away!! Remember all the beautiful sunsets above West Lake by hanging “Dock of the Bay” on your wall! It’s always a long fall and winter in Okoboji as we wait until another season of magic begins! One glance at this painting will get you Read More »

Paint class

Autumn Funk

Stop! This is painting you’ve been waiting to sign up for! Autumn Funk is SO much fun to create! It can be fully customized with your choice of colors and it lets your imagination run WILD! This painting is also so much fun for kids! Bring them with! Bring the whole family! Our artists work Read More »

Paint class

Welcome to our Patch

Autumn officially begins on September 22nd this year! So let’s get our pumpkin patch on! This painting can be fully customized with your choice of colors, number of pumpkins, family names, words…the possibilities are endless! We are having this event in our Spirit Lake Studio, so make sure to grab your favorite wine or beer Read More »

vendor show

Festi-Fall Craft & Vendor Show

Join local small business owners and artisans for our annual Festi-Fall Craft & Vendor Show. Sip wine, beer or soda while shopping. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Free entry. Confirmed Vendors: •Sew Designed •Hers and Mine Boutique •Color Street by Jordana Runck •Tastefully Simple by Tam French •Scentsy by Tiffanie Van Wyk Read More »

Live Music

DJ JU!CE live in the mix at Portside Pizza!

It’s goin down this Saturday Night at Portside Pizza Pub / Nautical Okoboji  Catch Dj JU!CE live in the mix as he bring you all the hits that’ll keep you dancing and the party jumpin til 2 in the morning!

Live Music

Karaoke at the Gardens

cooking class

Luncheon with Instruction: Bubbles and Bites

Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month Choose between 12pm or 6:30pm sessions Fee: $35, Member $30 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

cooking class

Luncheon with Instruction: Bubbles and Bites

Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month Choose between 12pm or 6:30pm sessions Fee: $35, Member $30 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

cooking class

Luncheon with Instruction – Sushi Specialty Rolls

Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month Choose between 12pm or 6:30pm sessions Fee: $35, Member $30 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

cooking class

Luncheon with Instruction – Sushi Specialty Rolls

Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month Choose between 12pm or 6:30pm sessions Fee: $35, Member $30 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

food

Okoboji FALL Dining and To-Go Guide

Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Take Out dining guide for all things tasty and comforting! Beach Club @ The Inn Hotel – Arnolds Park The Beach Club at the Inn Hotel is open for dine-in or carry out.  Order from the full menu. Outdoor dining available. Call 712-337-6402 to place your order between the hours: Read More »

boji scare

Boji Scare Fright Night

Get ready for Boji Scare fright nights at Arnolds Park Amusement Park this October! Chilling thrills await you in the Haunted Mirror Maze, the Tormented Tipsy House, the red waters of Demon Falls, the Haunted Chamber, and the Terror on the Tracks. Come explore this new haunting experience in Arnolds Park for just $10 per Read More »

wine stroll

Sip and Stroll

 

Caio Boji

Ciao Boji! is Iowa Great Lakes newest premier Italian and Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar. -Chef Juliana hand crafts each dish fresh ingredients.

Oktoberfest

U of O Oktoberfest

University of Okoboji Oktoberfest originated 30 years ago with the bike ride.  With the leaves changing to their breath-taking shades of colors to the glistening waters of the lakes, Okoboji is definitely the place to be this fall!  Join us for a weekend of the classic bike ride, live music, food, drinks, games and activities.

Live Music

Dave Rowley and Ryan Sather

Live Music

Adam Layman

Bison Steak Night

Live Music

Damon Dotson

Live Music

The Mellow Dees

boji scare

Boji Scare Fright Night

Get ready for Boji Scare fright nights at Arnolds Park Amusement Park this October! Chilling thrills await you in the Haunted Mirror Maze, the Tormented Tipsy House, the red waters of Demon Falls, the Haunted Chamber, and the Terror on the Tracks. Come explore this new haunting experience in Arnolds Park for just $10 per Read More »

Bike Trail

30 Mile Ride Loop

One of the best thing about the bike trails in The Iowa Great Lakes are there are many great loop rides you can enjoy. This 30 mile loop ride can easily become a 40 mile or 50 mile ride depending on how many miles you are wanting to get in. This ride began in Milford Read More »

The Grove

The Grove

Where you’ll want to gather this fall. OPEN September 19th – October 31st Saturday’s and Sunday’s 10am – 6pm Located just West of Milford.   Iowa 2071 220th Street Milford, IA 51351

art class

Mini Michelangelos

Classes meet on Thursdays, families have two options for this age group. Our NEW Homeschool Session will meet in person at PLAC from 2:00-3:00 pm. Or choose the After School Session that will meet in person as well from 4:00-5:00 pm. When you register online at you can choose what session works best for your Read More »

art class

Teen Art (Grades 7 -12)

Families have two options for this age group. Our NEW Homeschool Session will meet in person at PLAC from 2:00-3:00 pm. Or choose the After School Session that will meet in person as well from 4:00-5:00 pm. When you register online at you can choose what session works best for your family. (http://boxofficex.printtixusa.com/plac/donate?w=Education) Fee: $16, Read More »

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Art Club: 3rd – 6th Grade

Art Club | 3-6 Grade Classes meet on Tuesdays, families have two options for this age group. Our NEW Homeschool Session will meet in person at PLAC from 2:00-3:00 pm. Or choose the After School Session that will meet in person as well from 4:00-5:00 pm. When you register online at (http://boxofficex.printtixusa.com/plac/donate?w=Education) you can choose Read More »

Live Music

Borderline Outlaws

Live Music

Adam Layman and Jacob Wittkamp

Live Music

Itty Bitty Boji Band

Live Music

Clint Riedel

Bison Frisco Burgers

Bike Trail

Classic West Lake Loop

This classic West Lake Okoboji loop ride will take you just over 18 miles around beautiful West Lake Okoboji. You can start at many points around the lake. This ride started at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji which has plenty of parking and is great launching point. You can head north or south from Read More »

museum

Okoboji Fall Couples Getaway

Whether you are a long time empty nester or experiencing it for the first time we can help you plan a fabulous Okoboji fall getaway to celebrate (or mourn) the empty nest!  Fall is a beautiful and much slower paced time to visit the Iowa Great Lakes while still finding plenty to keep you as Read More »

Live Music

Harvest Festival w/ Beyond Blue

Grape stomp at 4:00 pm Bring your lawn Chairs

Live Music

Harvest Festival w/ Charlie Leissler

Grape Stomp at 4:00 pm Bring your lawn chair

Live Music

Tammy Hamlin

Live Music

Whistling Hounds

Live Music

Emma Arndt

Live Music

Sunset Funset with Ryan an Dave

PMTT Logo

Guest Post: Musky Fishing Tips & Tricks

The Iowa Great Lakes Area is excited to welcome Musky Fishermen to our community August 29-30, 2021 for the PMTT Qualifying Tournament!  Our friends at Oak Hill Outdoor have put together some tips & tricks to help you find success and win the $20,000 first prize in this tournament!!! HUNTING THE LATE-SUMMER MUSKY ON THE Read More »

Live Music

Dave Rowley

Live Music

Itty Bitty Boji Band

Live Music

Boon and Lambert

flea market

Labor Day Flea Market

The annual Labor Day Flea Market will be held Sept. 5-7 on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at Treasure Village at Lake Okoboji, IA. Vendors are widely spaced to allow for social distancing. They will offer a wide variety of handy, decorative, delicious, wearable, or collectible items. A concessions trailer will offer a delicious menu for Read More »

kayak

Okoboji Fall GIRLS Weekend

Okoboji Fall Girlfriend Getaway Sometimes getting away as a family or a couple is impossible because of the “who will take the children dilemma”, or maybe you just need to relax with your people and invest in friendship, or celebrate a life event, or maybe you are retired and are looking for a guys or Read More »

The Grove

The Grove

Explore the pumpkin patch and so much more at this fall family destination filled with outdoor fun for all ages! Pick your own pumpkins, roast s’mores over a fire, compete on the trike track, and so much more! Open Saturday & Sundays from September 19- October 31,

golf

Okoboji FALL GUYS Weekend

Sometimes getting away as a family or a couple is impossible because of the “who will take the children dilemma”, or maybe you just need to relax with your people and invest in friendship, or celebrate a life event, or maybe you are retired and are looking for a guys or girls getaway! Whatever your Read More »

Okoboji Fishing with John Grosvenor

Fall Fishing!

Angling in the Iowa Great Lakes offers diversity. By Greg Drees People are drawn to water magnetically, spiritually. Anglers are among the most ardent to seek lakes of fortune. They come from near and far to the waters of Okoboji, lured by the legend of the fisheries, which are healthy, diverse and full of mystery. Read More »

Live Music

Vinyl Nights

Arnolds Park Lakeside Patio

Live Music

Mr. V Trio with All Star Friends

Live on Lake St

Bill Carpenter

Live Music

Terry Brooks Jazz Group

Bike Trail

Bike Okoboji

With miles of new trail and fresh asphalt overlays on existing tails, there has NEVER been a better time to bike in Okoboji! The Iowa Great Lakes has 60 plus miles of dedicated paved trails and bike friendly streets which equals numerous routes and rides for all ages and ability levels. The “spine” of the Read More »

Golf Okoboji

U of O Couples Golf Tournament

Play 3 area courses in 3 days during one of the area’s most fun tournaments! Friday & Saturday: 1:00 PM Shotgun Sunday Morning tee times from 8:30-10:00 Cocktail Party after golf on Friday for all players – Emerald Hills   Contact Emerald Hills Golf Club at 712-332-7100 for more information.  

Art

Artisans Road Trip

Self-Guided Open Studio Tour Saturday, October 2nd from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, October 3rd from Noon to 5pm — Professional artists will welcome guests into their studios to discover and purchase quality original works during the annual Artisans Road Trip (A.R.T.) during the first weekend in October. The free tour will includes many midwestern Read More »

ice arena

Lakes Ice Arena Open Skate

Open Skate is held most Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. As well as Sunday afternoons, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Check the Arena Schedule for time changes/cancellations due to hockey games or other special events. Admission is $6/person Skates are available to rent at $3/person Drinks and snacks available at our concession Read More »

ICE ARENA

Lakes Ice Arena

Public Open Skate Public skating is held most Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm and Sunday afternoons, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Check the Arena Schedule for time changes/cancellations due to hockey games or other special events. Admission is $6/person Skates are available to rent at $3/person Drinks and snacks available at our Read More »

bike ride

Sportsmans 7th Annual Tiki Bicycle Ride

Okoboji Bible Conference 2020

87th Annual Bible Conference

There is no fee or registration for the conference and all events and services are open to the public. Free-will offerings are received.

Big Nacho Karaoke

Big Nach Karaoke

Cars

University of Okoboji Vettes in the Park

Saturday, the annual University of Okoboji Vettes in the Park Cruise-in in Preservation Plaza at Arnolds Park Amusement Park.  View Checking our Facebook page and website for additional updates or major changes or cancellations.

Boat Show

Antique Wooden Boat Show

View these beautiful wooden boats on the docks at Arnolds Park Amusement Park throughout the day.  They will depart the docks and cruise the lake at approximately 3 pm.

Okoboji Fireworks

Okoboji Fireworks

Fireworks in Okoboji, Iowa have become a special tradition that families look forward to throughout the summer.  Fireworks can be seen over West Lake Okoboji each Saturday night through Labor Day Weekend.  As a result, many families plan to spend their Saturday nights watching the skies light up with color.  Fireworks typically follow the free Read More »

2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2020

Colton Baschke Memorial Golf Tournament

Individual 9-Hole Par 3 Challenge

9-Hole Par 3 Challenge

Okoboji Bike

Iowa Great Lakes Trails

The Iowa Great Lakes Trail winds its way around the lakes and through the Iowa Great Lakes region, including Spirit Lake, Okoboji, West Okoboji, Arnolds Park, Milford and Lake Park. The “spine” of the system is a 14-mile, hard-surface trail that accommodates two-way recreational traffic. Connecting to the spine trail are several other trails to Read More »

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Treasure Village Antique Flea Market

The annual flea market will be held July 3-5 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the tree-shade grounds at Treasure Village at Lake Okoboji, IA. Vendors are widely spaced to allow for social distancing. They will offer a wide variety of handy, delicious, decorative, wearable, or collectible items. A concessions trailer will offer a delicious Read More »

flea market

Treasure Village Antique Flea Market

The annual flea market will be held  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the tree-shade grounds at Treasure Village at Lake Okoboji, IA. Vendors are widely spaced to allow for social distancing. They will offer a wide variety of handy, delicious, decorative, wearable, or collectible items. A concessions trailer will offer a delicious menu for meals Read More »

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Patio Dining and Drinks

When summer finally comes we all want to be outside as much as possible! Here are 15, YES 15, great patios for outside dining or drinks! 1. The Beach Club Lounge at the Inn The Beach Club transports lake-goers to the northern Caribbean in its heyday. The Cuban-American menu caters to Havana hankerings for Cubanos Read More »

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Top 12 Okoboji Kids Activities

#1.  Arnolds Park Amusement Park  No vacation to Okoboji is complete without a day at Arnolds Park Amusement Park !  From the roller coaster to the log ride, you are bound to see smiles, hear laughter, and let out a couple screams! With many kid friendly rides, it is also a great place for all Read More »

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Okoboji GUYS Weekend

Sometimes getting away as a family or a couple is impossible because of the “who will take the children dilemma”, or maybe you just need to relax with your people and invest in friendship, or celebrate a life event, or maybe you are retired and are looking for a guys or girls getaway! Whatever your Read More »

Live Music

Live Music in Okoboji!

Okoboji LIVE! The live music scene in Okoboji has never been better! Okoboji offers a vast array of live music venues with an atmosphere and musical style to fit everyone!  Throughout the summer you can find live music 7 days a week!  For the most up-to date schedule check the EVENTS CALENDAR often.  Grab your Read More »

Bridges Bay Resort

Rainy Day in Okoboji: WHAT TO DO

The weather may not always be bright and sunny, but no worries! We have the perfect plan for an unexpected rainy day to keep you busy while having fun exploring Okoboji! Museums The personality of Okoboji has been shaped by its significant history. Our local museums can help take you on a trip through time Read More »

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Okoboji Girls Weekend

Sometimes getting away as a family or a couple is impossible because of the “who will take the children dilemma”, or maybe you just need to relax with your people and invest in friendship, or celebrate a life event, or maybe you are retired and are looking for a guys or girls getaway! Whatever your Read More »

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Okoboji – Just Beach it

Grab your towel and sunglasses and come explore Okoboji Beaches!   Arnolds Park City Beach   Arnolds Park City Beach is right in the middle of all the excitement. Just next to the bridge on Highway 71, you can walk or drive to the available parking lot after enjoying breakfast at the Dry Dock, lunch at Read More »

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Central Emporium Stores

Full of unique locally owned stores, come down and make your way through each store in the Central Emporium  located in Arnold’s Park!   Dellapina Dellapina is a family owned and operated business originating out of Peru. Owner and designer, Marcy Costello, offers her family’s homemade Peruvian jewelry and sterling silver jewelry right here in the Read More »

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A Weekend in Okoboji- What to Do

You have a weekend in Okoboji… What will you do to fill your time? Scroll to have your weekend timeline already planned out for you!   ARRIVE FRIDAY NIGHT You just reached your dream destination of Okoboji to have arrived at one of our beautiful lodges and resorts! After you drop of your bags, get Read More »

Yoga Okoboji

SUP YOGA CLASS

Yoga Okoboji

SUP YOGA CLASS

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10 Lakeside Dining Patios

What is more enjoyable and relaxing than enjoying an amazing dinner lakeside?  Yep, not much!  So here is a list of 10 Okoboji lakeside patio dining hotspots! 1. The Okoboji Store  With three levels of outside seating, a comfy couch mezzanine level and playground for kids The Okoboji Store is your ultimate lakeside dining destination. Read More »

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Okoboji Burger Passport

Ask for a passport at any of the participating restaurants. Try a burger at each stop. Earn your passport sticker, and win a prize.  You’ve got until the end of the year (or while supplies last).  Have fun & enjoy!!! Participating Restaurants: • The Beach Club Lounge • Bracco • Dry Dock Bar & Grill Read More »

The Common Tasting Room

The Common Tasting Room

FRESH & Curated Cocktails, Small Delicious Plates Outdoor patio seating, Fire-pits, Live Music. London Vibe. Plenty of Parking, Craft Cocktails and Small Bites

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We Welcome You to Okoboji!

Summer in Okoboji!  What could be better? Businesses in the Iowa Great Lakes area are OPEN with safety and hospitality in mind. Okoboji businesses are following recommended safety protocols from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health while creating a welcoming atmosphere for their guests. We ask for your PATIENCE and KINDNESS with business Read More »

Art on 16th

At Arts on 16th you can browse the remarkable original art by local, regional and national artisans, many with ties to the Iowa Great Lakes Area.  Many of these original handcrafted pieces are also available for purchase.  Open seven days a week in the summer and Wednesday – Sunday during the off-season.

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The Barefoot Bar

The Barefoot Bar located at Parks Marina on East Lake Okoboji is one of the region’s most popular family destinations. You can arrive by water or land with plenty of parking as well as docking for your boat. Featuring a full bar, great beach-fare food, pizza, and don’t miss Phil’s Famous Ribs and Seafood Boil Read More »

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Top 10 Things to do Outside in Okoboji

Being outside and active is a great way to stay mentally and physically healthy during this unprecedented time! Here are ten suggestions of how to do that in Okoboji this summer! 1. Bike, Walk or Run Paved Trails With over 40 miles of miles of dedicated paved trails and an additional 50+ miles of signed Read More »

Portside Pizza Pub

Portside Pizza Pub, part of the Nautical Family, is the new kid on the block in downtown Arnolds Park.  Serving delicious pizza with all natural and homemade ingredients, with a full line-up of domestic and craft beers. We have heard you will want to try and save room for dessert!

Screaming Burro Burgers & Fries

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Best Activities for Teens in Okoboji

Explore these teen friendly activities with you, your friends, and or family for any weekend or weekday in Okoboji! Arnold’s Park Beach Sand Volleyball Right on the beach, Arnold’s Park offers 5 sand volleyball courts that host league games and friendly competition! Grab everyone you can find to fill up the teams and courts!   Read More »

Burger and Co

Burger and Co.

Scrumptious Town Fresh + Quality Ingredients = SCRUMPTIOUS Brioche Bun + Burger = SCRUMPTIOUS Hot + Tot = SCRUMPTIOUS Milk + Shake = SCRUMPTIOUS Monster + Cookie = SCRUMPTIOUS You + Burger & Co. = HAPPY HAPPY

Okoboji Classic Cars

Simply Divine Wedding and Events

Simply Divine Weddings and Events in Algona, Iowa offers wedding and event planning, linen rentals, decoration rentals, wedding decorating and more. We have a passion to create the wedding, party, or other special event of your dreams. Our eyes are on the details that make each event a memory that lasts a lifetime. We proudly Read More »

Eventful For You

Planning a party or an event, whether it’s a fun Wedding or a Corporate Event, isn’t easy to do alone. That’s why we decided to open Eventful. We help plan amazing events for people who love hosting, but don’t have the time to hash out the details.

ABC Rentals

We are a rental store in Sioux Falls, SD that specializes in wedding and special event rentals, as well as equipment and van rentals. Between our two locations in Sioux Falls, SD, we rent almost anything!

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Camp Foster YMCA

Facility Rental (only available in off season mid August – mid May) Sheneberger Character Center Leadership Lodge Great Room Chapel: Dining Hall: Kitchen Surcharge: $370/day (Includes one camp staff to supervise kitchen usage) Special Events/Wedding Wedding Package $3,500 Damage Deposit- $500 Alcohol Surcharge- $500  

Okoboji Commons

Okoboji Commons Hotel

Accommodating Weddings, Special Events, Reunions, and Business Gatherings. Full Kitchen Facility and a Unique Bar spanning 15 liner feet. Culinary Trained Chef Jason Battern on site to prepare the most amazing dishes for your event and gathering.  

Round Lake Vineyards

The Round Lake Vineyards & Winery estate is nestled at the edge of the lake in Round Lake, Minnesota. Your guests will be in awe as they drive up to the gorgeous lake-front property surrounded by vines, Canada geese and the Minnesota country-side. Imagine your winery wedding with a panoramic view of rolling vineyards followed by a Read More »

Little Swan Lake Winery

Family owned and operated winery in business since 2002. Offer a variety of wines from sweet to dry all made on the premises with the best fruit we can find! Free wine tasting always available and free entertainment Thursday night from 6-8pm and Sunday afternoon from 4-6pm. Buffalo meat and gourmet cheeses available. Watch the Read More »

Emerald Hills

Emerald Hills Golf Course

Beautiful setting for a wedding or reception.  Seats 150 people.

Diamond Lady

Diamond Lady @ Okoboji Boat Works

For a truly memorable wedding and / or reception charter on private cruise on one of Okoboji Boat works vessels! Experience first-class accommodations aboard this 58-foot yacht with a large upper deck with built-in seating, along with a fully air-conditioned social area in the main cabin! The upper deck has the option of closing the Read More »

Miss Chievous Boat Cruise

Miss Chievious @ Okoboji Boat Works

For a truly memorable wedding and / or reception charter on private cruise on one of Okoboji Boat works vessels! Bow has wrap-around bench seating to accommodate approximately 8 guests with additional standing space. This space is open to sunlight. Remainder of the boat is covered/enclosed. Main cabin is air conditioned and has tables and Read More »

Dickinson County Expo Center

The largest of our facilities will accommodate the biggest events! 80′ by 200′ (16,000 sq. ft.) seats 800. Heated, A/C, high ceilings, electrical drops, concrete floors, overhead doors, restrooms galore, kitchen available for food service. Full beverage service available. Dances Trade Shows Christmas Parties Wedding Receptions Car Shows Gun Shows Auctions RV Shows

Dickinson County Community Center

The facility is 50′ by 100′ (5,000 sq ft.) heated, A/C, restrooms, a kitchen area is available for food service. Seats 275 people. Can be divided in half with a folding wall for a 50′ by 50′ (2,500 sq. ft.) room which seats 175 people. Full beverage service available. Wedding Reception Graduation Party Business Meeting Read More »

BJ Video Productions

Wedding Video memories

Campus Cleaners

Linen Rentals – table linens, napkins, drapes, chair covers, runners, sashes and overlays! Deliver to all of NW Iowa

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Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center

Let Us Make Your Event a Success. Looking for event space in the Iowa Great Lakes area? Our facility is adjacent to the lake and sits on a stunning 27-hole golf course. Our event staff can help you make any group event a success. From conventions and meetings to retreats and special occasions, we handle Read More »

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Arrowwood Resort

Indoor or outdoor wedding and receptions spaces available for groups from 50 -500 All weddings include: Personalized meetings with on-site wedding coordinator Menu tasting Reception hall rental for the day (10 a.m. to midnight) White linen napkins and tablecloths Staging for head table Decorative lighting under table skirting for head table and cake table Pipe Read More »

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The Oakwood Inn

All of your dreams will come true as guests arrive on the pristine grounds of The Oakwood Inn for your romantic Iowa wedding or elopement. The grand estate, located near Lake Okoboji, provides a picturesque backdrop for each unforgettable moment. Elegant and complete with beautiful gardens, this is the perfect venue for your Iowa outdoor wedding. We Read More »

Oakwood Inn

The Oakwood Inn

Executive Retreats The Oakwood Inn is a popular location for informal executive retreats, off-site staff meetings, or break-out sessions for companies. Whether it’s a one-day session or multiple day retreat, The Oakwood Inn has flexible and comfortable space to accomplish your agenda. Bridget employs her 20-year experience as director of hotel meetings and special events to Read More »

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The Waterfront Event Center

  Meetings with a view. Looking for a space to host a business meeting, conference, seminar, reunion or any group event? Place your event in a class by itself and present it directly waterfront on Lake Okoboji. Waterfront Meetings & Events Venue Features Receive your best attendance at your meeting or event at Bridges Bay Resort, Read More »

Waterfront

The Waterfront Event Center

Dare to dream. Whether you imagine a grand wedding ceremony and reception with hundreds of guests or something with close friends and family, the Waterfront Event Center is an impeccable, adaptable, lakefront venue for your wedding. Can you imagine a more elegant, breathtaking, one of a kind setting for your wedding ceremony, photos, reception, and Read More »

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Village West Resorts

SPACES AVAILABLE TO RENT: Convention Center-6000 Sq. Feet Main Event Bar & Eatery-1,750 Sq Feet Dining room #1/Queens Room-1,200 Sq. Feet Dining room #2/Okoboji Room-990 Sq. Feet South Hotel Meeting #1-870 Sq. Feet South Hotel Meeting #2-775 Sq. Feet South Hotel Meeting #3-1,540 Sq. Feet Courtyard, Social Club and Country Club FOOD & BEVERAGE All food, Read More »

The Bend

Event Barn and Bakery offering wedding and party venue in updated barn and bakery items including cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes and mints.