Clear Lake Events
Check out all the amazing annual events in Clear Lake!
The fun occurs all year round in the beautiful city of Clear Lake, Iowa. Join neighbors, family, and friends at incredible community events held throughout the year. Take a look at the major annual events in Clear Lake below. Click on the links for additional details.
The Jack Helgren Memorial Race is held every year in January at Clear Lake State Park. Enjoy snowmobile races (Lemans-style racing, radar runs, Kitty Kat, & 120 races) for all ages. Other fun events include the vintage sled show and awards banquet with live music.
Celebrate three of rock n’ roll’s greatest legends, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, at the Winter Dance Party at the historic Surf Ballroom in February. Along with incredible live performances from the best local and national musicians out there, enjoy a weekend filled with dance lessons, costume contests, family sock hop, record hop wedding and vow renewal ceremony, memorial site tour, British Buddy Holly Society luncheon, art exhibit, and so much more.
Come to one of the Midwest’s largest ice fishing tournaments in February at McIntosh Woods State Park. During the fishing tournament, do not miss the Saturday Night Ice Bash for dinner, seminars, product demonstrations, and more.
See the winter sky fill with color during this favorite festival in February. It is the Midwest’s largest winter kite festival with participants from all over the United States. Come downtown to check out the huge inflatable kites, dine on delicious food, and shop for a new kite.
Clear Lake takes great pride in our stunning natural environment and celebrate it every year in April for Earth Day. Enjoy a whole week of activities, including a community wide clean up, family activities and games, paper shredding and electronics recycling, Green Expo, OutdoorFest, 5K/10K race, and more.
Come to the Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning from 9:00 am till noon from Memorial Day weekend until the 3rd Saturday in October. Held in the Surf Ballroom parking lot, explore 25-45 vendors selling locally grown produce, home-baked goods, handcrafted items, artisanal products, and so much more. There is also music, children’s and educational activities, and food samples throughout the morning.
Relax in the always changing beauty of Central Gardens every Friday in June through August. Every week features seasonal goodies, fun activities, and educational experiences. There are great activities for children to get in touch with nature.
THURSDAYS ON MAIN
Head downtown Clear Lake every week from June through August. Stroll down Main Street to explore the 80 vendors selling crafts and food. Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and games, classic car show, Movie in the Park, and more.
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION
Check out Clear Lake’s largest annual celebration at the beginning of July. With a carnival and midway, open air vendor market, nightly live music, family fun day, Independence day parade, and Iowa’s best fireworks display, there is something for everyone at this favorite holiday event.
This full weekend in July is filled with bike races, live blues music, and delicious food. Enjoy free concerts in City Park throughout the festival. Participate in or watch the competitive time trials, Criterium Bicycle races, and 47 or 85 mile road races. Dine on incredible barbecue from local vendors. Check out the cycling related vendors, bike safety training, and more. During the festival, swing by the BrewFest Brews on the Beach to sample mouthwatering beers from 20+ Iowa craft breweries.
Sit lakeside in July as you listen to the Midwest’s finest storytellers. There are other fun storytelling events that occur throughout the fest, such as special boat cruises.
Check out this annual art event in July at City Park. Find unique, beautiful work created by 100 talented artists during this juried art show.
The last weekend in July features the best Dixieland jazz music in City Park. Enjoy free outdoor concerts all weekend long during this favorite music festival.
Check out incredible classic cars during the Clear Lake Auto Social Society’s annual event in August. See almost 1,000 cars cruise around the lake. Along with the spectacular car show, enjoy live music all weekend long.
Come to Central Gardens every Sunday evening in July through September. Bring a delicious picnic and enjoy live performances by magicians, musicians, and more local talent. This is a great family-friendly event.
ANTIQUES IN THE SQUARE
Discover unique antiques from 60+ dealers during this long running annual event held in September at City Park.
ARTIST STUDIO TOUR
Explore the studios of local artists around town during this self-guided tour held in September. Enjoy interesting demonstrations and purchase unique artwork for your home.
Celebrate fall every October on Main Street. Enjoy the open air vendor and farmer’s market, trolley rides, fun competitions, food trucks, live music, and so much more.
LIGHTS ON 5K
Get active in November during this annual race. Don your best holiday costume and lights and run or walk along the course.
CHRISTMAS BY THE LAKE FESTIVAL
Celebrate the holiday season with a full weekend of activities in December. Swing by the Festival of Trees to marvel at 100 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Children will love Breakfast with Santa, the Cookie Walk, Secret Shop for little folks, and more. Take a horse drawn carriage through downtown. Check out the annual parade and fireworks. Brave the cold and participate in the Polar Bear Dip.
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