Local Events this Summer in Okoboji, Iowa

Local Events in Okoboji

Are you looking for an unforgettable summer getaway filled with art, adventure, and excitement? Look no further than Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes Region. From vibrant art centers to thrilling outdoor activities, this destination offers a range of experiences for not only tourists but also locals. Let’s dive into all the local events awaiting you in this enchanting corner of the Midwest. You can also visit our Lifestyle Page or Vacation Okoboji for more information.

Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture

Step into the world of creativity at the Lake Pearson Art Center. Here many classes, exhibitions, and shows await you throughout the summer months. Delve into your artistic passions with their local events of culinary classes, clay studios, and painting workshops. Their classes are designed for both adults and children. Explore the diverse range of exhibitions, including the mesmerizing ceramic works of Kelly Devitt, the evocative paintings of Jessie Rasche, and many more! Don’t miss the iconic Art in the Park festival on August 3, 2024, a celebration of fine arts and crafts set in Preservation Plaza at Arnolds Park. The Okoboji Summer Theatre also is a great place for theatre performing arts with shows all throughout the summer! Visit our Arts & Culture page for more information.

Set Sail on Scenic Cruises

Embark on a journey of discovery with Okoboji Boat Works. They offer private and public cruises that showcase the breathtaking beauty of the Iowa Great Lakes. Experience the laid-back charm of the Barefoot Dock Hop, where you can unwind and soak in the serene ambiance of the lake. Join the festivities aboard the Millers May Yacht Parties and Shake the Lake on the Fish Shack for an afternoon of fun and relaxation. Whether you’re seeking a family-friendly excursion or a late sunset cruise, Okoboji Boat Works has an itinerary tailored to you. Visit Cruise Okoboji – Okoboji Boat Works for more information.

Groove to the Beat of Live Music

Prepare to be enchanted by the vibrant music scene that happens along the shores of Okoboji. Indulge in the unique performances at Barefoot Bar, The Okoboji Store, Captain’s Getaway, and The Gardens. This is where live music sets the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening. Explore local events like Little Swan Lake Winery and Oak Hill Outdoor for a taste of local talent and toe-tapping melodies. With a diverse lineup of musicians and venues, there’s always some new music to discover in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. For more information check out our Nightlife & Entertainment page.

Experience Thrills at Arnolds Park

Satisfy your craving for adventure at Arnolds Park, a beloved destination for thrill-seekers and families alike. Take a whirl on the iconic rides at the amusement park or test your skills at Pirate’s Cove mini golf. Browse through the charming shops lining the streets, or participate in children’s activities and yoga sessions on the pier. Don’t miss the live music that takes place there as well within the indoor Rooftop Garden and also outdoors at the Preservation Plaza all summer long. Visit our Amusement & Mini Golf page or Arnold’s Park for more information.

Tee Off at Premier Golf Courses

For golf enthusiasts, the Iowa Great Lakes Region boasts an impressive selection of courses set amidst stunning scenery. Challenge yourself at Emerald Hills in Arnolds Park, Brooks in Okoboji, Indian Hills in Spirit Lake, and Okoboji View in Spirit Lake. It does not matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice player. Each course offers a unique blend of challenge and beauty that will leave you eager to return. They also offer tournaments open to the public throughout the summer. For more information visit our Golf Courses page.

Explore Local Markets and Fairs

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the region by exploring local markets and fairs. You can find them brimming with artisanal goods and farm-fresh produce. Browse through the Farmer’s Market in the Park at Arnolds Park or venture to the Lakes Area Farmers Market at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. They offer a diverse array of offerings, from handmade crafts to mouthwatering baked goods. Experience the eclectic charm of the Makers Market on Hill in downtown Spirit Lake, where you’ll find an array of one-of-a-kind creations and culinary delights. If you enjoy flea markets, Vick’s Corner in Spirit Lake and Treasure Village in Milford host them around the holidays throughout the summer. Visit Vacation Okoboji – Shopping, Antiques, and Farmers Markets for more information.

Plan Your Perfect Summer Getaway

Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, the Iowa Great Lakes Region offers plenty of local events for everyone to enjoy. For a full list of local events happening throughout the summer season, visit visit our Lifestyle Page or Vacation Okoboji. From scenic cruises to captivating art experiences, your summer adventure awaits in the heart of the Midwest. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create lifelong memories at the lakes this summer!