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Homeschool Ed-Ventures

Every other month starting in January on the 3rd Thursday at 10:30 am All day Ed-venture April 21st 8 am – 3 pm

Nature Center

Kenue Coffee Hour

Adult Program: Coffee and a Chat

Birding on the Green

Birding on the Green

All Ages welcome!  Always the 1st Monday of the month May – September.    

Nature Center

Saturday Morning Stories

Come join one of the Naturalists for Nature Story time, the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:30 am.

Family Nature Night

Family Nature Night

All ages are invited to these family-friendly events held at 5 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Call 712-336-6352 to pre-register your family! We will be offering two-time slots to accommodate more families while still practice physical distancing. Please call to register for either a 5-6pm or 7-8pm timeslot.

Live Music

Love Makes a Difference

Join us for a free-will concert on November 7th! Featuring: First to Dance!

Movie

Free Family Movie

Free Family Showings are back! Join us for a free family showing of Scoob! This is a free community event by CineMagic Theatres!

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat with Hy-Vee

Visit us in-store for our FREE event and receive a reusable Trick Or Treat bag with fun size candy! Decorate a mini pumpkin, frost and sprinkle your own sugar cookie and use your imagination with themed coloring sheets!

Trunk or Treat

Grapetree Trunk or Treat

Join us for our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat event hosted by the GrapeTree Volunteer Committee! This is a family-friendly event where you will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat through our lineup of vehicles, vote for your favorite trunks, and snap a picture at our photo booth. Our trunks will be representing this year’s “classic Read More »

Trunk or Treat

Calvary Trunk or Treat

Join Calvary Saturday, October 30th! Trunk or Treating from 1 PM-4 PM in the Calvary United Methodist Church parking lot. If you would like to reserve a space in our parking lot to hand out candy call us at 712-332-2447, message Calvary or email calvarylovesall@gmail.comcreate new email

Candy Walk

Downtown Spirit Lake Candy Walk

Downtown Spirit Lake CANDY WALK is this Saturday! (October 30th 2-4pm) Get those kiddos dressed up and come see us Downtown Spirit Lake!

Nature Center

Howlin’ Halloween

Join us Friday, October 29th for our Howlin’ Halloween event! Please register prior to the event. We hope to see you there!

Sip n' Stroll

Homeology Sip ‘n Shop

Join us for a wine tasting with Round lake Winery from 2 to 4 PM. All wine and drinkwhere is 20% off during a winetasting tasting!

Sip n' Stroll

Homeology Sip ‘n Shop

We’ll be kicking off WOW weekend with a wine tasting from Little Swan Lake winery. All drinkware and wine accessories are 20% off during the tasting!

Homeology

Wow Weekend – Homeology Holiday Kickoff

Join us all weekend during WOW! We will have many in-store events going on including a wine tasting Friday, door prizes, cider & sampling, and a chance to win $100 in gift certificates

Homeology

Homeology Holiday Open House

Join us Friday and Saturday for Holiday Open house! Cider, sampling, and door prizes!

WEST O

Music Bingo

It’s time for MUSIC BINGO inside the tasting room! Test your music knowledge and grab a slice of Portside Pizza, while enjoying the most delicious, local craft brews from 7-9 p.m.

FALL FESTIVAL

Iowa Great Lakes Fall Festival

We will be handing out candy to everyone that comes into the stores! So put on your best costume and start your trick or treating off right at the Great Lakes Mall boutique stores! Or just stop in and get some candy while you shop around!

TRICK OR TREAT

Trick or Treat

We will be handing out candy to everyone that comes into the stores! So put on your best costume and start your trick or treating off right at the Great Lakes Mall boutique stores! Or just stop in and get some candy while you shop around!

MADDIE POPPE

Maddie Poppe’s Acoustic Christmas

Tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 15. Season 16 winner of American Idol, from Clarksville, Iowa – Maddie Poppe is returning to the Roof Garden for her 2021 Acoustic Tour. Quoting Maddie, “I’m so excited to be back on the road again this year. Last year’s Iowa Christmas Tour was so much fun that we decided Read More »

Winter planter

Winter Planter Make & Take

Message us or call us to reserve your spot! Thinking of a private group? Call us to reserve your group class for 5 – 25 people! We also do custom designs, let us know if you’d like to be added to our list

comedy

Matthew Broussard

Born in New Jersey, raised in Atlanta, and the 2012 winner of Houston’s Funniest Person, Matthew Broussard is not exactly sure where he’s from. Matthew earned a degree in Applied Mathematics and had a job as a financial analyst before moving to West Hollywood to pursue stand-up comedy full time. His brand of playful, witty Read More »

Live Music

Rock 4 Vets w/ Galaxy

Join us for a great Veterans Day dance! Veterans get in free and also can enjoy a free meal, courtesy of Arnolds Park. All others $10 admission and dinner available for a charge. Dinner starts at 6, music and dancing starts at 7

Live Music

Jazzed Up Christmas

Jazzed Up Big Band is excited to present our 3rd Annual Jazzed Up Christmas in the Roof Garden Ballroom at Historic Arnolds Park! You’ll enjoy holiday classics such as Glenn Miller’s Yuletide Medley, Michael Buble’s Let It Snow, Diana Krall’s Jingle Bells, Oh Holy Night, Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby, Stan Kenton’s Adeste Fideles, and Harry Read More »

Round Lake

Oktoberfest Celebration Dinner

Dig out your lederhosen and dancing shoes for this toe-tapping Oktoberfest Celebration! Enjoy German-inspired buffet and the polka musical talents of The Bendringer Band.

Round Lake

Dream Wedding Bridal Show

Calling all brides to be…join us for a spectacular afternoon at the Winery featuring florist, photographers, cake makers, DJ’s and much more. We will have everything to make your day special.

Ladies Corn maze

Ladies Moonlight Corn Maze & Cider Tasting

Test your navigation skills at this ladies-only full moon maze party! There will be appetizers, dessert and samples of Chris’s hard cider. | $20 | RSVP appreciated.

Oak Hill Outdoor

Christmas at Oak Hill with Santa

Santa Clause is coming to town and he’s making a stop at Oak Hill! Stop in and have some hot chocolate and s’mores while you get a picture with Santa and enjoy some fun family activities!

Oak Hill Outdoor

Sip & Charcuterie

Join us for our first Oak Hill ladies night! Bring your friends and come sip on a drink after work while Lakeside Charcuterie demonstrates how to build your own charcuterie board! The holidays are right around the corner and charcuterie boards make for an easy, great item to take and share with the family. Your Read More »

Oak HIll Outdoor

Trunk or Treat @ Oak Hill Outdoor

Join us on Halloween for our very first Trunk or Treat event! Oak Hill employees will be decorating their trunks and handing out candy

Live Music

Jazzed up Sixtet

Buffalo Pasta

Live Music

Jeff Paul Trio

Buffalo Burgers and Potato Salad

Live Music

Alex Trevino

Live Music

Beyond Blue

Burgers and Fries

Live Music

The Senders

Live Music

Dave Rowley & Ryan Sather

Enjoy Bison Shepherd’s Pie

Live Music

Lauren and the Drifters

Allure

Holiday Open House at Allure

Join us for our Holiday Open House November 12th – 13th from 10-5! Enjoy a cocktail as you get inspired to decorate, shop and dress for the holiday season.

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

Come join us in our annual Holiday Open House starting Thursday, November 4th. Experience our candlelit evening on Thursday 5:30-7:30. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Sample gourmet foods and enjoy a glass of wine on us! Hours will be: Thursday – 9:30am – 7:30pm Friday – 9:30am – 5pm Saturday – Read More »

Haunted Lab

The Haunted Laboratory

Join us for a spooky night of arts, games, and ghost hunts for all ages.  Free admission.  Costumes and flashlights recommended for the best experience.

lakeside charcutarie

Paired Up! @ West O

Enjoy a large grazing style charcuterie table, arranged by Lakeside Charcuterie, filled with cured meats, a variety of cheeses, fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, crudités, sweets, fun crackers and breads, and more. Sip on a flight of 4 perfectly curated beers from West O, while you enjoy live music from She’s With Us! Each ticket Read More »

Trivia Nigh

West O Trivia Night

It’s TRIVIA NIGHT inside the tasting room! Assemble your team, test your knowledge and grab a slice of Portside Pizza, while enjoying the most delicious, local craft brews from 7-9 p.m. See you then!

trick or treat

Trick or Treat with Milford Businesses

Inviting all ghosts, superheroes, and creatures alike! Stop by the library along with other local businesses for some yummy Halloween treats and to show off your amazing costume.

paint night

Milford Library Paint Night

Join us on Tuesday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m., at the Arnolds Park Library, for a fun night of painting, fellowship, and snacks provided by the three local libraries. Any skill level is invited to recreate a painting following step-by-step instructions from the original artist. All of the supplies will be provided by the libraries. Read More »

adult craft

Adult Craft Series

MML’s Adult Craft series will be creating Halloween Ribbon Wreaths on Wednesday, October 13th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Milford Memorial Library. This craft also comes in kit form. The kit will include: ribbon, pipe cleaner, metal hoop, and instructions. The cost for this craft is $5.00 and registration is required. You can Read More »

kids craft

Building Bookworms: Halloween

This week’s program focuses on Halloween with the craft being a handprint ghost. All ages and abilities are welcome to join MML’s Youth Librarian, Miss Becca, for Building Bookworms. This program features stories, songs and rhymes, coloring and activity sheets, a simple craft or activity, and local presenters on a variety of themes. There is Read More »

Milford Library

Mysterious Creatures of the Midwest

Join us via Zoom from anywhere you wish, or watch Chad’s presentation on the big screen at the Milford Community Center. This program is brought to you by the Friends of the Estherville Public Library in partnership with the Milford Memorial Library.

Silver and Gold

Pumpkin Spice & Sparkle

Hey ladies, you’re invited to our Pumpkin Spice and Sparkle Party happening during the Great Lakes Mall, Fall in the Mall! Get ready for a fun night out with your girls enjoying all of the Fall trends, new inventory, and of course lots of sparkle with a dash of spice… Pumpkin Spice! While you browse Read More »

Clover Kids

4-H Clover Kids: Pumpkin Exploration

This month’s stories and projects allow youth to learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade are encouraged to join MML’s monthly 4-H Clover Kids. This program features fun hands on STEAM activities that connect with literacy and standards from the Iowa Core. The primary goal of Clover Kids Read More »

Bingo

Halloween BINGO

This month’s program allows youth to play and win prizes in Halloween BINGO. Students in Preschool through 4th Grade are encouraged to join MML’s Youth Librarian, Miss Becca, for different monthly themed stories, coloring and activity sheets, and a simple craft or activity. There is no pre-registration or cost, and everything is provided by the Read More »

ice skate

Ice Skating

Admission is $6/person Skates are available to rent at $3/person Drinks and snacks available at our concession stand during most open skate times. Dress warm–it’s chilly in here! Arena Rules SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK Rink staff has the authority to remove any skater from the ice or the building if staff deems it appropriate. Read More »

fright hike

Fright Hike

Take a walk on the wild side at Fort Defiance State Park! Dare to be scared on a half mile hike through the haunted forest. 6-7pm is our less scary Lights on Hour followed by fully scare from 7-9:30pm.

Ice show

Iowa Ice Show

2021 IOWA ICE SHOW FEATURING: Check out the latest ice fishing products from top manufacturers! Reps available from these vendors to answer questions and provide demos on their products: Crystaleyes, Roadside Minnow, JT Rods, Clam Ice Shack, Rapala, and Otter Staff, guides, and ice fishing experts available to answer answer any questions you may have! Read More »

Craft Show

Festi-Fall Craft and Vendor Show

Join local small business owners and artisans for our annual Festi-Fall Craft & Vendor Show. Sip wine, beer or soda while shopping.

Live Music

Halloween Party @ The Fish Shack

Live Music at 5 and Costume Contest at 8 Best Costume wind four Shake the Lake tickets for 2020

Arnolds Park, Iowa

The Gardens Costume Party w/ DJ Spin X

Most Creative Costume wins $150 plus gardens swag

Live Music

Tim Horsman

Shopping

Holiday Vendor Show

Shopping

Holiday Market

wine dinner

Sparkling Wine Comparison

December 9 – Let’s Celebrate! Sparkling wine region compaison Class size is limited to 20 people. Call today to reserve your spot, 712-332-7013. Additional classes are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month. About the instructor: Jennifer Tritle-Oitzman is a native of the Iowa Great Lakes. She has been in the Wine, Beer, and Read More »

Holiday Recipe

Dinner With Instruction | Celebrity Favorite Holiday Recipes

Dinner with Instruction Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month, choose between 12 pm or 6:30 pm sessions Fee: Member $37 | Non-Member $42 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

HOliday recipe

Luncheon With Instruction | Celebrity Favorite Holiday Recipes

Luncheon with Instruction Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month, choose between 12 pm or 6:30 pm sessions Fee: Member $37 | Non-Member $42 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

art

Working From Home Opening Reception

Pearson Biennial: Working From Home Opening Reception Join us for a glass of wine & to meet the artists in this show. Weaver Lobby and McIlrath Landing Galleries Our Juried Exhibition, the Pearson Biennial, is designed to further the art center’s mission by supporting and exhibiting contemporary art from the greater Midwest. Open to artists Read More »

art

Working From Home Exhibit

Pearson Biennial: Working From Home November 11th through March 5th, 2022 Weaver Lobby and McIlrath Landing Galleries Our Juried Exhibition, the Pearson Biennial, is designed to further the art center’s mission by supporting and exhibiting contemporary art from the greater Midwest. Open to artists 18 years of age and older, this exhibition traditionally brings together Read More »

cooking class

Dinner With Instruction | Continental Favorites

Dinner with Instruction Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month, choose between 12 pm or 6:30 pm sessions Fee: Member $37 | Non-Member $42 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

cooking class

Luncheon With Instruction | Continental Favorites

Luncheon with Instruction Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month, choose between 12 pm or 6:30 pm sessions Fee: Member $37 | Non-Member $42 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

art show

Up In Smoke Pottery Exhibit

Up In Smoke Pottery from November 4th through February 26th, 2022 An exhibition from a single pit fire. All pieces, all one of a kind, all from the same firing – including the shards – the almost necessary casualties of such a process. Each piece becomes evidence and documentation of the creative process utilized by Read More »

art show

Up In Smoke Pottery Opening Reception

An exhibition from a single pit fire. All pieces, all one of a kind, all from the same firing – including the shards – the almost necessary casualties of such a process. Each piece becomes evidence and documentation of the creative process utilized by Up in Smoke Pottery of Sioux Falls, SD. Up in Smoke Read More »

Live Music

Dave, Ryan, and Damon Holiday Show

On November 20, 2021, at 7:30 pm in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre, we once again will see Damon Dotson, Dave Rowley, and Ryan Sather join forces to sing in the holidays! This fun show is always a favorite to get you in the Christmas spirit!

wine class

Discover the Wines of Italy

November 4 – Discover the wines of Italy! Class size is limited to 20 people. Call today to reserve your spot, 712-332-7013. Additional classes are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month. About the instructor: Jennifer Tritle-Oitzman is a native of the Iowa Great Lakes. She has been in the Wine, Beer, and Spirits Industry Read More »

Live Music

Leonid & Friends

In just three short years, Moscow-based LEONID & FRIENDS have blown the minds of legions of fans with their uncanny ability to capture the spirit, musicality, and fire of American supergroup Chicago. Leonid Vorobyev’s goal was a studio project in dedication to Chicago under the motto “musicians for musicians”. Their first video went viral, but they really Read More »

Art class

Art Club | Grades 3-6

Tuesdays, 3-week course | Afternoon: 2:30-3:30 pm OR After School: 4-5 pm Fee: Members $36, Non-Members $48 Register 1 week prior to course September 7, 14, 21: Wheel Thrown Vessels Students will learn the basics to wheel throwing in this 3-week course, with a focus on centering and cylinder forms. Once pieces have been created, Read More »

art

Teen Art | Grades 7-12

Wednesdays, 3-week course | Afternoon: 2:30-3:30 pm OR After School: 4-5 pm Fee: Members $36, Non-Members $48 Register 1 week prior to course September 8, 15, 22: Teapots Create your very first teapot on the wheel in this three-week wheel throwing course! Students will explore creating the body, spout, lid, and handle of a teapot Read More »

art

Mini Michelango’s | K-2nd

Thursdays, 3 week Course | Afternoon: 2:30-3:30 pm OR After School: 4-5 pm Fee: Members $36, Non-Members $48 Register 1 week prior to course September 9, 16, 23: Motorized Car Art Use unusual art materials in this 3-week course… such as a motorized car! Students will experiment with pencils, pens, colored pencils, and even paint Read More »

art

SatARTday Class: Harvest Clay Pumpkins

Fee: $10/ $8 Members, per person Register for a time slot of 10-11 am, 11 am-12 pm, or 1-2 pm, 45-minute project Learn how to hand-build your very own harvest clay pumpkin! Learn to use the slab roller, add texture, slip/score to attach details. Pumpkins will be left to dry and be bisque fired in Read More »

art

Broken China Mosaic Workshop

October 29th Time: 10 am-4 pm with a lunch break Fee: $55/ $45 Members, per person Register by October 22nd Following your artistic instincts, create a piece of abstract mosaic art in a supportive, creative, and relaxed environment. Using the direct method, begin with a simple line or shape inspired by broken pottery, stones, or other Read More »

art

Selections from the Collection

The Pearson Lakes Art Center’s collection features a variety of media and artists, acquired as gifts or through the center’s Collection Fund. This show will feature recent purchases from artists Bruce Morrison, Katie Plucker, and Milt Heinrich; selections from the recent gift of artworks by Patricia Hubbell Ingham Davis will also be included. The focus Read More »

cooking class

Dinner with Instruction: Boozy Basics

Dinner with Instruction Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month, choose between 12 pm or 6:30 pm sessions Fee: Member $37 | Non-Member $42 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

cooking class

Luncheon with Instruction: Boozy Basics

Luncheon with Instruction Instructor: Chef Susanne Bicknese Second Wednesday of Each Month, choose between 12 pm or 6:30 pm sessions Fee: Member $37 | Non-Member $42 Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to class

wine class

Double Blind Tasting

Double-Blind tasting – Time to test our skills! Class size is limited to 20 people. Call today to reserve your spot, 712-332-7013. Additional classes are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month. About the instructor: Jennifer Tritle-Oitzman is a native of the Iowa Great Lakes. She has been in the Wine, Beer, and Spirits Read More »

Snowmobile

Okoboji 100

Cor PowerSports Race Series is returning for a second year! The entire course will be run on East Okoboji Lake in front of Parks Marina. The entire Okoboji community is excited to bring this snowmobile tour to the community, within just a few miles from the race location are numerous hotels and restaurants. This will Read More »

Live Music

Paper Moon

Live Music

Jerry Behnkendorf @ The Beach Club

Live Music

Mikayla Larson @ The Beach Club

Schmidt Brothers

The Schmidt Brothers

Check out The Schmidt Brothers! https://schmidtbrothersband.wixsite.com/ https://www.facebook.com/schmidtbrothersband/

Derek Post

Derek Post

Emerald Hills Golf Course

4-Person Fall Classic

We will re-institute the Ugly Sweater theme with some prizes for the Ugliest sweaters.  The Fall Classic is the Event where we do some fun little extra’s like playing Hole #6, the Island Hole, as a Par 4 (you must hit to the island on your tee shot), some multiple cup holes, 8 inch cup Read More »

Emerald Hills Golf Club in Arnolds Park, Iowa

Three Person Best Shot

Tee times between 10:00 and Noon.  Mary & Shawn will have this year’s version of their fantastic Chili between nines, lots of flights and prizes.  Divisions for 3 gals, 3 men and mixed teams.  Member entry fee:  $35 per person, Non-member entry: $60 per person.  Call to sign up your team.  Play 3-somes, a pretty Read More »

Dickinson County Museum

Wizard of Spirit Lake

Fred Gilbert, born in Spirit Lake in 1865, became an internationally famous trap shooter with records still held today. Join John Smeltzer, local Fred Gilbert expert, as he shares about Gilbert’s life through stories and photos at the Dickinson County Museum. An L.C. Smith gun, used by Fred Gilbert in competition, and other Gilbert memorabilia Read More »

Lakeside Lab

Science on the Menu

Our next Science on the Menu has been set! Join us October 19th at 5pm to welcome Chérie haury-Artz from The State Office of the Archaeologist. Chérie will be presenting her current research on fauna from the Late Prehistoric Mill Creek site in Plymouth County, emphasizing hunting and harvesting of bison. Please RSVP for the Read More »

the grove

The Grove Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin patch, corn maze, Fort Tread, corn pit, launchers, trike track, train rides, giant slides, Sheep Shed, yard games, more! Admission prices: Under 2: Free Ages 2-11: $8 Ages 12 and older: $10

Milford Library

Milford Library Paint Night

Join us on Tuesday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m., at the Arnolds Park Library, for a fun night of painting, fellowship, and snacks provided by the three local libraries. Any skill level is invited to recreate a painting following step-by-step instructions from the original artist. All of the supplies will be provided by the libraries. Read More »

Milford Library

Building Bookworms

All ages and abilities are welcome to join MML’s Youth Librarian, Miss Becca, for Building Bookworms. This program features stories, songs and rhymes, coloring and activity sheets, a simple craft or activity, and local presenters on a variety of themes. There is no pre-registration or cost, as well as all of the materials and services Read More »

Milford Library

Lessons of the Holocaust with Brad Wilkening

Join member of the Iowa Holocaust Council and educator Brad Wilkening as he talks about Lessons of the Holocaust at the Milford Memorial Library on Thursday, September 16, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wilkening will address how people can apply lessons of the Holocaust in today’s world where immoral acts are still happening. Wilkening Read More »

Live Music

She’s With Us

Live Music

Scott Larsen

Live Music

Mikayla Larson

Live acoustic music by Mikayla Larson at The Beach Club. *Located inside The Inn Hotel.

Boji Scare

Boji Scare

Prepared to be frightened!  This spooktacular experience in Arnolds Park is back for a second year beginnings at dark on Fridays & Saturdays  in October.

The Whiskies

The Whiskies

The Whiskies are a Twin Cities acoustic fronted band. Whether it be the two man show, trio or full band, the acoustic guitars lead the charge. The Whiskies play everything from rock and blues to pop and current country. Along with this pure sound, they bring two, three and four part harmonies and unbelievable acoustic leads Read More »

Devon Worley Band

Devon Worley Band

Pay Attention. The country music World is changing. The days of bro-country and bubble gum, pop-influenced country songs are meeting a slow death on country radio. The current country fan is ready for something more aggressive, soulful and edgy. Meet the band that defines that movement. www.devonworley.com

Some Cover Band

Cover to Cover

Join us for back-to-back nights of live music by Cover to Cover

Sami has Diablo

Diablo Sammich

We don’t play let’s pretend! We do our job… deliver hard-hitting rock and roll as it was intended and put on a great show! We are: Vocals, Zach Klenk – Guitars, Steve Stuck – all that is drums. Can’t wait to see you all out! https://www.facebook.com/DiabloSammichOfficial/

Devon Worley Band

Devon Worley Band

Pay Attention. The country music World is changing. The days of bro-country and bubble gum, pop-influenced country songs are meeting a slow death on country radio. The current country fan is ready for something more aggressive, soulful and edgy. Meet the band that defines that movement. www.devonworley.com

Band

Jake Gill

2 nights only!!! Country / Rock takes the stage with great food and drinks specials

She’s with us

She’s With Us

Barefoot Bar

Jeremy DeWall

Hope to see you all there for Oct-Tiki-Fest at the Barefoot! A late summer event on Lake Okoboji!

Boon & Lambert

Patio Party | Boon & Lambert

Little Swan Lake Winery

Jeremy DeWall

Live Music. Pizza.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Charlie Leissler w/Abby Soul & Four Way Suite

Beatles & Crosby, Stills & Nash Show.  $20 cover.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Sounds Fishy

Live Music.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Dave & Ryan

Live Music. Steak Night.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Storm Rising

Live Music. Burgers.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Mark Lair

Live Music. Tacos.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Jacob & Rebecca

Live Music. Shepherd’s Pie.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Boon & Lambert

Live Music.  Burgers.

Little Swan Lake Winery

Adam Layman

Live music.  Frisco Burgers

Dickinson County Museum

Past Times

“Past Times” conversations EVERY Wednesday at 10:00. The coffee pot will be on – just bring yourself, a friend, and your stories!

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 »

Little Sioux Orchard

Little Sioux Orchard

We are open for the 2021 season – try out the new corn maze challenge and pick some delicious apples. Our local vendors have been busy making awesome one-of-a-kind items, and we have baked goods this year! Check the Facebook page for any changes in hours due to the weather.

Little Sioux Orchard

Little Sioux Orchard

We are open Saturday and Sunday for the 2021 season – try out the new corn maze challenge and pick some delicious apples. Our local vendors have been busy making awesome one-of-a-kind items, and we have baked goods this year!  Open other times by appointment. Check the Facebook page for any changes in hours due Read More »

Minerva's

Fall Okoboji Dining and To-Go Guide

Enjoy this comprehensive Lakes Area Dining Guide for all things tasty in Okoboji!  Please be patient with our dining establishments, they are very short staffed.  We try to keep this as updated as possible but hours are changing all the time so call ahead or check Facebook for the most updated hours for each establishment.   Read More »

Clay County Fair

Clay County Fair

Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 325,000 guests each September for nine-days of world-class entertainment, competition, Read More »

Live Music

Tonic Sol Fa

Tonic Sol-fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest but also one of the most successful independent acts in America. In addition to substantial album sales of its own independent releases (2,000,000 copies sold), the group has toured extensively throughout the US and abroad, building their financial base Read More »

Live Music

The Johnny Holm

Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as “the pied piper” notices a lag. “Never a dull moment” was never a more true description. Read More »

Live Music

The Trip

MORE ROCK, LESS SHLOCK! You will be entertained by a high-energy, genuine rock band that takes you on a fun-filled musical journey through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s … as well as today’s Top 40 and rock hits. The Trip – California Cover Rock Band is one of the most popular booked bands in Read More »

Live Music

Jacob and Adam

Live Music

Lauren and the Drifters

Okoboji, Iowa

University of Okoboji Winter Games

Mark your calendars! Broomball. Flag Football. Softball. Bags Tournament. Chili Cook-Off. Chocolate Classic. Polar Plunge. Fireworks. Burning of the Greens. MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Art class

Artisans Road Trip

Professional artists welcome guests into their studios/local galleries to discover and purchase quality original works during the Artisans Road Trip weekend, held annually in October.  This is a free event to meet artists and enjoy one-of-a-kind original artwork. Click here for a  brochure. Saturday, October 8th 9am-5pm & Sunday, October 9th Noon-5pm, 2021

car show

8th Annual Black Knights Car Show

Registration is from 9 am – noon • $20 fee • Awards are at 3 pm • To have your car judged, you must have the hood up and the trunk open • Dash Plaques to first 100 cars • If you have a car, we have a class! • Trophy to Top three places Read More »

Okoboji Dough Company

festival

Okoboji Blue Water Music Festival

Join us for Iowa’s premier water quality event. More than 30 exhibitors – lake protective associations, non-profits and conservation organizations will be at the event from 9 AM to 3 PM. A panel of statewide clean water experts will speak to the public under a large tent in the green space at 1 PM, followed Read More »

BOji Brew fest

Boji Brew Fest

5th annual Boji Brew Fest hosted by the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary, Okoboji Brewing Company and West O Beer. The event will be held at Arnolds Park Central Park overlooking West Lake Okoboji on Saturday, August 14th, and will showcase craft beer tastings from regional breweries, wineries and distilleries. VIP tickets ($45) get you in Read More »

burger and co

Okoboji Family Vacation

Okoboji is nestled in the northwest corner of Iowa along the Minnesota border.  The chain of lakes were formed by a glacier thousands of years ago, and now welcome generations of families to the crisp clean water and beaches! We are excited to welcome your family to create life-long memories in Okoboji (and get a Read More »

fireworks in Okoboji, Iowa

Big Spirt Lake Fireworks

Fireworks over Big Spirit Lake began with the SLPA sponsorship in the early 1980’s. Initially, SLPA funded the entire fireworks display through the SLPA membership fees and any other donations received. In early 2013, the SLPA created the Pancake Breakfast at Mini-Wakan to help raise money for the fireworks, and this annual event becomes more Read More »

Fireworks

Okoboji Fireworks

Watching fireworks over the lake with your family is a tradition in Okoboji!  The Iowa Great Lakes Area offers you weekly options for watching fireworks throughout the summer! #OkobojiFireworks

okoboji dog

Furry Friends Welcome in Okoboji!

Want to bring your furry best friend on vacation to Okoboji with you, but you don’t know what places are pet-friendly? We’re here to help! Whether you’re looking for lodging or dining options, we’ll find options that will give you and your pet(s) the best Okoboji experience!   Pet-friendly Lodging Looking for a place to Read More »

Fireworks

4th of July Fireworks

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the annual 4th of July Fireworks celebration on Sunday, July 4, 2022. For over 40 years, with additional help from many generous business owners and private citizens, the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has funded and produced the annual 4th of July Read More »

okoboji Store

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! With three levels of outside seating, a comfy couch mezzanine level and playground for kids The Okoboji Store is your ultimate lakeside dining destination. The Okoboji Store kitchen Read More »

Tennis Classic

University of Okoboji Tennis Classic

The 2021 University of Okoboji Tennis Classic is July 10-11. Have fun playing/watching tennis and then take in the clear blue waters of Lake Okoboji! Enjoy the many great restaurants, shops, Arnolds Park Amusement Park with “The Legend” roller coaster, and numerous locations with live entertainment!

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. (Arnolds Park)-The Classic Boat Show will be held on Saturday, KUOO’s Becky Thoreson has details: The Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique & Read More »

Live Music Okoboji Iowa

West Lake Okoboji Fireworks

Enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over West Lake Okoboji following the Live at the Lake concert in Arnolds Park Preservation Plaza.

Fireworks

West Lake Okoboji Fireworks

Enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over West Lake Okoboji following the Live at the Lake concert in Arnolds Park Preservation Plaza.

Beach

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 »

Minerva's

Okoboji Dining and To-Go Guide

Arnolds Perk is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am – 1:30 pm.  Start your day the Perky Way with fresh coffee, pastries or the Power Breakfast Sandwich made with fresh baked bread, an Okoboji favorite.  The Perk offers a nice variety of gluten free items as well.   Inside The Beach Club Lounge at Read More »

Discovery House

selfie spot

In Search of the Hidden Selfie Spots

Have you ever wondered where some of the best selfie spots are in Okoboji – even the most hidden ones? Well, now you can find them one by one and take memorable selfies as you go! You can pretend to be pirates looking for the treasured selfie spot next to the Mini Queen at East Read More »

Cafe Esteam

Fresh Coffee. Scratch made baked goods + toasts. Real smoothies + bowls.

Swim

University of Okoboji Point to Point Swim

26th Annual U of O open water swim August 6th 2022 at 7am 3.2 mile swim from Gull Point State Park to Pikes Point State Park. **Each Swimmer ois responsible for having their own escort/kayaker. If you need this service you may rent a kayak from us for $25 (Only 6 available) You are required Read More »

Lake

Okoboji Writers’ Retreat

The Okoboji Writers’ Retreat is open to amateur and professional writers. It will feature award-winning  authors, newspaper editors, columnists and motivational speakers. There is a story in everyone. You’ll learn how to get yours started or improved. Read about last year’s retreat: okobojiwriters.substack.com/p/im-back September 19, 20 and 21. Location: Maser Monarch Lodge, Okoboji More details Read More »

Game

Top 12 Okoboji Kids Activities

 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 ages to let out their Read More »

Bike ride

Sportsmans 8th Annual Tiki Bicycle Ride

Sportsmans 8th Annual Tiki Bicycle Ride. 40 mile and 16 mile routes. August 6th, 2022 9am- 8:00pm. Proceeds to the Trails. More details to come!

minnie queen

Okoboji: All Things New

The most asked question every spring in Okoboji is, “So what is new this year?”  There is so much to talk about this year! So let’s jump right in! EAST LAKE PARK Arnolds Park Promenade  Maser Monarch Lodge Located right next to the Dickinson County Nature Center, the Maser Monarch Lodge is the area’s newest meeting, Read More »

Okoboji Gas Company

Krafty’s Meat Market

The Iowa Great Lakes Premier Meat Market.

TOPOG Coffeehouse

A refined, relaxed environment for guests to dine-in or carry-out while enjoying a full menu of coffee, fresh-baked bagels, bakery goods, hand-dipped ice cream, grab-and-go lunch options and artisanal desserts. Your place on the map!

Boji Boardwalk Bar & Grill

Boardwalk Bar & Grill will be taking over the old Godfathers location at Historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park in Arnolds Park, Iowa. Boardwalk will be looking to open its doors for business in May 2021, before Memorial Day Weekend! Patios coming soon!

Prime Boji

Prime Boji offers the finest Steaks and Seafood available. Come dine with us while enjoying an unbeatable view overlooking West Lake Okoboji!

Kettleson Hogsback

Kettleson Hogsback

Connect with Nature! by Rebecca Peters This week I explored the trails at Kettleson Hogsback Wildlife Management Area. The weather is getting beautiful, and it’s a great time to get outside to watch the plants come back to life.  I’ve heard there are great birdwatching opportunities at Kettleson Hogsback, with over 270 different bird species Read More »

Okoboji Disc Golf

Okoboji Gold Disc Golf

Keep Your Disc Level! by Rebecca Peters This week I learned to play disc golf at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course at Kenue Park next to the Nature Center.  This course offers a fun, yet challenging 18 holes that winds through a Burr Oak Savannah and over a glacial kame between the Westport Schoolhouse Read More »

Arnolds Park Pass Giveaway

Spend the day at Arnolds Park with your family! Register to win 6 day passes to Arnolds Park Amusement Park for 2021 season. First Name Last name Email Mailing Address City State Zip Learn more about the family fun you can have in Okoboji & start planning your trip today. Vacation Okoboji Disclaimer ELIGIBILITY: The Read More »

Live Music

Quiet Riot

QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health. Their followup album Condition Critical went double platinum and the band continued to record and tour. QUIET Read More »

Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum

So Many Wooden Boats! by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum and gift shop.  The museum is full of fascinating artifacts that tell a story about our community in years past.  It is free to visit, but donations are accepted. The gift shop is filling up with toys, trinkets, Read More »

The Beach Club

The Beach Club Lounge

Shake! Shake! Shake! by Rebecca Peters This week I sampled several cocktails at The Beach Club Lounge in The Inn Hotel.  Not only did I get to try a few of the unique drinks they serve, but they also put me behind the bar to make some cocktails!  I didn’t realize my arms were going Read More »

The Throwing Post

The Throwing Post

Bullseye! by Rebecca Peters This week I honed my skills to become an expert ax thrower at The Throwing Post in Arnolds Park!  Spoiler!  I am still not an expert ax thrower!  The Throwing Post is an ax throwing bar on Allen Avenue in Arnolds Park.   They have multiple ax throwing lanes, which you can Read More »

Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga

I Was Floating Upside-Down by Rebecca Peters This week I tried aerial yoga at Studio Yoga & Barre in Spirit Lake.  There are very few instructors or studios in the Midwest that offer this type of yoga.  Silks, or large slings of fabric, are hung from the ceiling.  You can really enhance your stretching by Read More »

Riddle Me That

Riddle Me That

My Brain Got A Workout! by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Riddle Me That! Riddle Me That is an escape room in Arnolds Park. Get a group of friends (or coworkers) together and plan for a challenging hour solving a series of riddles and puzzles to escape the room and win! This week’s Read More »

Bike Trail

50 Mile Ride

This 50 mile challenge ride is fun, safe, and winds through the beautiful trail system, while also giving you some safe wide open county roads to test your speed. You can begin anywhere along the route, but this ride started at The Milford Trail Head.  From there you shoot up a county road and jump Read More »

Spillway Drive In

Fireside breakfast at The Oakwood Inn

Okoboji Couples SPRING Escape

Ready to Travel?  Looking for a Spring getaway? Come see us in Okoboji!  Spring is a fun 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 Spring is a GREAT time to head to Okoboji to relax, Read More »

Graettinger Grill

A casual sit down restaurant on the north side of Robins just before you get to the railroad tracks.

Dickinson County Nature Center

Pollinator Paradise by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Dickinson County Nature Center!  They have recently extended their hours to be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.  It is free to visit and enjoy all of the educational exhibits. Most of the special programs they offer are also free, but registration is required.  They are limited Read More »

Craft Brewery Tour

I’ll Take One of Each by Rebecca Peters This week I did a local craft brewery tour and visited Okoboji Brewing Company and West O to taste their local brews and enjoy the unique vibe each brewery has to offer.  The Iowa Great Lakes Area brews delicious beer!  Both breweries offer something for everyone’s taste, Read More »

Kurio Kastle: Pottery Painting Palace

I Painted Up A Storm by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Kurio Kastle Pottery Painting Palace.  It is a great destination if you’re looking to creating something uniquely “you,” or want to escape your thoughts for an hour or so. The Kurio Kastle is located on 16th Street just off Hill Avenue in Read More »

Pearson Lakes Art Center

I Explored Art by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Pearson Lakes Art Center.  I explored the multiple visual arts galleries, classrooms, performing arts theatre, and gift shop filled with original artwork from local artists.  Then, I went back later in the day to take the Wine 101 culinary arts education class! Holly, the Read More »

Okoboji Classic Cars

Okoboji Classic Cars

A Step Back In Time by Rebecca Peters This week I visited Okoboji Classic Cars, an incredible experience unique to the Iowa Great Lakes Area!  If you’ve never visited, what are you waiting for?  Okoboji Classic Cars is a car dealership featuring cars spanning 100 years. It’s a full restoration shop.  It’s also a paradise Read More »

food

Okoboji Spring Dining and To-Go Guide

  The new kid on the block is ready to serve you up a scrumptious gourmet burger or sandwich, with some tantalizing sides and a cookie or malt for your sweet tooth fix.  For carry-out orders call 712-336-4161. Monday:CLOSED Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday:11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Ciao Boji! is Read More »

Bridges Bay Resort

Spring Break Okoboji

    Okoboji is a perfect Spring Break destination! Bridges Bay Indoor Waterpark The only indoor waterpark in the area, Bridges Bay, is a great way to spend Spring Break in Okoboji!  You can float along the lazy river, jet down the tube or body slide, hop across the lily pads or sail the high Read More »

McCreary’s Creative Catering

Boji Breeze Face and Body

Custom spray tans, natural results. Get beautifully bronzed skin without the damaging effects of UV Rays. Special Event/Wedding Makeup Services. Book your appointment online through our website

Butterfly

Dee’s Bee & Butterfly Festival

Dickinson County Conservation’s largest event of the year celebrates pollinators with butterfly tagging, crafts, activities, entertainment and more!

family nature night

Family Nature Night

All ages are invited to these family-friendly events held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Call 712-336-6352 to pre-register your family! We will be offering two-time slots to accommodate more families while still practice physical distancing. Please call to register for either a 5-6pm or 7-8pm timeslot. November Read More »

nature center

Nature Tots

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month for ages 2-5. Call 712-336-6352 to pre-register for this free program. We will be limited to 6 families/session so please call to register! Additional 9 a.m. programs added June-August November 9 and 10: What do you with a tail like that December 7 Read More »

Hank Hall

Hank Hall Exhibit

What If? From Hank Hall’s Point of View from August 24th through October 30th When local artist and retired Spirit Lake art teacher Hank Hall won Best in Show at the Pearson Lakes Art Center Biennial in 2019, he also won a solo exhibition at the center! We are excited to have an opportunity to Read More »

Okoboji Sailing Center

Camps, Classes, and Lessons “OH MY”

Kid’s Own Vacation! Whether you are a weekly Okoboji visitor, here for just a few days, or a local looking to keep the kids busy this summer, there is a camp, class or lesson to appeal to all kids! (Added bonus, it keeps them off of electronics!)  While the kids are having a blast learning Read More »

The Okoboji Barn

mary's Gift Shoppe

Mary’s Gift Shoppe

Tent Rentals – Milford Kiwanis

Kelly’s Catering

Salon of Okoboji

Midwest Modern

Be Radiant

Pioneer Days

Milford Pioneer Days

More details to come!

Bike Ride

University of Okoboji Campus Bike Ride

The University of Okoboji Campus Ride is neither a race nor a test of stamina. It is intended that all participants ride at their own pace and in a Safe and Responsible manner. Limited to the first 4,000 participants. Ride leaves Saturday morning from Florence Park

Terril Community Center

Vintage Pinball

Vintage Pinball Adventures by Rebecca Peters This week I visited the Arnolds Park Museum to try my luck at some of the newest additions, the vintage pinball machines. The museum is filled with items that will bring a smile to your face and remind you of great times in Arnolds Park. I did a lap Read More »

Hot Power Yoga

Adventures with Hot Power Yoga by Rebecca Peters I’ve taken Gentle Yoga classes at Yoga Okoboji in the past, but never attempted the Hot Power Yoga.  The room was as the title of the class describes, a hot 98 degrees, and it didn’t take long for my face to match the red color of my Read More »

Spirit Lake Chamber

Santa’s Village

More details coming soon.

Spirit Lake Chamber

Holiday Window Lighting

More details coming soon.