Clear Lake Events

Wednesday, June 5 – Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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Featured Artists
Clear Lake Arts Center Featured Artists for June include: Mike Hassig- Paper Collage, Craig Kienast- Photography, and Jennifer Ostrander- Photography. View their works through June 29.
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Visit the Clear Lake Art Center website
Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S 4th St

The Faces I’ve Seen Exhibition
View “The Faces I’ve Seen,” a stunning exhibition of 167 oil paintings by Karen Cooper, showcasing captivating everyday expressions in the Hanson Gallery through July 6.
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Visit the Clear Lake Art Center website
Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S 4th St

Messy Art
Grab some old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and join us in the meeting room for Messy Art! All ages, toddler to adult, are invited to spend some time creating their own masterpieces. Crafts will fit the Summer Reading theme of Read, Renew, Repeat. Some paint shirts in select sizes are available to borrow. Drop in event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Visit the Library’s website
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

Dockside Night with Spenser Rahm
Sit back and enjoy a relaxing evening on the Lady of the Lake Dockside! Feel the fresh air on your face, sway to the music, and relax into the lake lifestyle. Cash bar opens at 5pm. No cover charge. This week Spenser Rahm performs!
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Visit the Lady of the Lake on Facebook
Lady of the Lake, docked downtown at the Seawall

BINGO @173° Craft Distillery
Kickstart your adventure at 173° Craft Distillery! Savor expertly crafted cocktails, mingle with others, have fun, and win prizes!
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Visit 173° Craft Distillery on Facebook
173° Craft Distillery, 306 1st Ave N
Game card available with purchase of food or drink.

Surf Sounds: The Sweet Nuthins
Join us on June 5th, 2024, for The Sweet Nuthins as we launch our Surf Sounds summer series!  Originating from North Iowa, this dynamic pop ensemble brings the best hits from the swinging ’60s to the rad ’90s!  Best part? It’s a free event, thanks to our wonderful sponsors!  See you there!
.Wednesday, June 5, Doors open at 6:00 PM
Visit the Surf Ballroom’s Website
Surf Ballroom, 460 North Shore Drive
No cover charge, donations accepted.

Stand Up Comedy Open Mic Night
Every First Wednesday @ The Boulevard Bar & Grill in Clear Lake Iowa, enjoy an Open Mic for Stand-Up Comedy hosted by Matthew Douglas! Sign up before 7pm before the open mic or anytime online.
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Click here to sign up
The Boulevard, 1311 Bayou Road

Karaoke @ TAP’d
Karaoke has been moved to Wednesday nights! We’ll still be bringing you the best, MOJO Productions All Star Karaoke! Jared & his crew are constantly updating their song book & coming up with new on stage effects make it so much fun! Open @ 4 to pregame for Karaoke @ 8!
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 8:00 PM – midnight
Visit our Facebook Event
TAP’d, 313 Main Avenue

Songs & Stories
Connect storybooks with instruments, singing, movement and more in this fun class for 4-7 year olds! Parents/supervisor must be present. Drop ins welcome, or register by calling 641-357-6161.
Thursday, June 6, 10:00 AM-10:45 AM
Visit the Surf Ballroom Music Enrichment Center’s Website
Surf Ballroom Music Enrichment Center, 509 Buddy Holly Place
$5 registration fee

Renewed & Recycled
Turn what would be trash into new treasures! We’ll turn empty spice jars into sensory bottles, miscellaneous puzzle pieces into collage art, and we’ll even create some cool art using old plastic eggs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Visit the Library’s website 
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

Thursdays on Main
Start your weekend early at Thursdays on Main! This Chamber summer event series features live entertainment, “Mojo’s Main Ave Cruise-In” classic car show, bounce houses, extended retail store hours, vendor street market, and more! Check out the Ultimate Guide to Thursdays on Main for details and extended store hours!
Main Avenue activities are 6:00-9:00pm
6:30pm Special Entertainment SE corner of City Park: Clear Lake Robotics Club demos and Chicken Poop Bingo
7:00-9:00pm: Live Music on the street stage: Kurt Allen Band (blues, funk, soul, jazz and rock)
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visit our Facebook event 
Downtown Clear Lake

NOW PLAYING: Unsung Hero (PG)
Based on a remarkable true story, Unsung Hero follows David Smallbone as he moves his family from Down Under to the States, searching for a brighter future after his successful music company collapses. With nothing more than their seven children, suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives. Helen’s faith stands against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs. With their own dreams on hold, David and Helen begin to realize the musical prowess in their children, who would go on to become two of the most successful acts in Inspirational Music history: five-time GRAMMY Award®-winning artists for KING + COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James.
Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 PM
Purchase tickets online 
Lake Theatre, 4 N 4th Street
$5 adults, $4 children 12 & under

Live Music @ TAP’d
TAP’d is your official Thursday’s on Main Afterparty spot! For Night #2 we get to bring back Mr. Entertainment David Watson! David makes the trip up from Des Moines to play you a nice mix of rock and country from the 70’s to today from artists like Cheap Trick, Journey, Johnny Cash, George Strait, just to name a few. David will have you entertained for the entirety of his show!
David takes the stage at 8!
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Visit the Facebook event 
TAP’D, 313 Main Avenue

Free Fishing Weekend
Sport fishing license requirements have been waived for residents of Iowa by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources the weekend of June 7-9, 2024.
Friday, June 7- Sunday, June 9, 2024
Click here for the weekly Fishing Report 

City Wide Garage Sales
Families, clubs, and organizations are invited to participate in Clear Lake’s City-Wide Garage Sales.  This community event is fun for collectors, families and bargain hunters from around the area. Find good bargains! Shop the Citywide Garage Sale! Map and listings will be in the Clear Lake Mirror Reporter.
2024 City Wide Garage Sale Weekends are June 8 & July 20
Visit the Mirror Reporter’s Website

Fresh on Friday
Savor Friday mornings in the Garden! Select from a number of beautiful garden fresh bouquets put together by a talented group of volunteers. Enjoy complimentary coffee and refreshments on the patio and sample veggies and herbs picked straight out of the Bee Happy Discovery Garden! Kids activities abound! Our youth group, Gardeners of Tomorrow, will be selling a wide variety of organically grown veggies and herbs! Come join us for this popular event!
The Bee Happy Discovery Garden buzzes with excitement each Friday morning as kids of all ages connect with the garden, community and each other! Taste what’s growing, explore, help out, and observe using all one’s senses! Magnifying glasses, watering cans, art materials and books help kids connect with the garden at their own pace. Each Friday features special garden activities and community visitors. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
Friday, June 7, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Visit Central Garden’s website 
Central Gardens of North Iowa, 800 2nd Avenue North

Social Media Power Hour
This month’s topic: Online Presence Optimization Optimize your presence across social media platforms, Google, and Chamber membership directory
Join us for our FREE monthly workshop series, the Clear Lake Chamber’s Social Media Power Hour, designed exclusively for Chamber members! Each month, join Marketing & Communications Specialist Maddie Anderly and Tourism Director Libbey Hohn as we dive into a variety of topics aimed at equipping you with the latest social media tools and strategies to elevate your business to new heights.
Here’s what you can expect:  Practical tips and actionable insights from industry experts, collaborative sessions for networking and idea sharing, optional Social Media Audit offering personalized feedback for your business. Plus, it’s not just about learning – it’s about growing together as a community of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whether you’re looking to boost your brand’s visibility, drive more traffic to your website, or connect with your target audience on a deeper level, the Social Media Power Hour has something for everyone. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your social media game to the next level and unlock new opportunities for your business!
Friday, June 7, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Visit the Facebook event 
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 205 Main Avenue
Limited seating, RSVP to manderly@northiowacorridor.com to secure your spot

NOW PLAYING: Garfield (PG)
After Garfield’s unexpected reunion with his long-lost father, ragged alley cat Vic, he and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered lives to join Vic on a risky heist.
Friday, June 7 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Purchase tickets online 
Lake Theatre, 4 N 4th Street
$5 adults, $4 children 12 & under

Live Music @ TAP’d
We have some amazing country talent coming back over from Fort Dodge in 2023 Midwest CMO “Maverick of the Year Nominee”, Jesse Wilson! Jesse has some originals to share with us to go along with some great rock and country covers!
Friday, June 7, 2024, 9:00 PM – Midnight
Visit the Facebook event 
TAP’D, 313 Main Avenue

Yoga by the Lake
Join us for an energizing and serene experience at Yoga by the Lake! ‍♀️ Every Saturday June through August, head down to the Seawall in downtown Clear Lake at 7am. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking sunrise over the picturesque Clear Lake as our certified instructors guide you through a revitalizing yoga session. No pre-registration needed, making it ideal for weekend visitors. Just bring your mat, wear comfy clothes, and enjoy this drop-in class. Discover the perfect blend of relaxation and invigoration amidst a truly unique setting. Don’t miss out!
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 07:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Visit the event website 
Downtown Seawall $2 per session

 Farmers Market
Come out to the Clear Lake Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings! With 50+ vendors each week, you’ll find fresh produce, baked goodies, meats, handmade crafts, coffee, lemonade, and more. Grab a bite from food trucks, enjoy live music, and let the kids have a blast with fun activities. It’s a great way to support local and have a good time!
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit the Farmers Market on Facebook  
Surf Ballroom Parking Lot – 460 North Shore Drive

 Meet a Machine
Meet a Machine is a unique event geared towards the kid in all of us! We will be showcasing a wide variety of vehicles, trucks & equipment for kids to touch, feel & explore! A special guest will be arriving at 11am, You will not want to miss this!! Food Trucks, demonstrations, Lions Den, and the Wind Tunnel will also be available for the kids to play!
.Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Visit the Facebook event
Clear Lake Athletics & Wellness Center Parking Lot, 115 N 20th St

 Jeff Giesman Memorial Take a Kid Fishing Day
Bring your kids for a fun day of fishing, food, and prizes for all. Hot dogs, chips, and water served at final weigh in. All State regulations for Clear Lake apply. DNR is there prior to tournament start time to go over rules, regulations, and fishing tactics. Fun filled family day for free for all kids. Come enjoy this awesome event the Clear Lake Fishing Club has been putting on for years. It is also free fishing weekend for Iowa residents, fishing license requirement is waived for residents of Iowa.

Saturday, June 8, 9:00 AM
Visit the Clear Lake Fishing Club on Facebook 
Ventura Grade Parking Lot, 309 Park Drive, Ventura

Live Music @ TAP’d
Clear Lake’s own Jonquil Mallard Run Band make their debut appearance at TAP’d for a Saturday night show! The band consists of Beau Bonner & Colby Dickes who can’t wait to country your socks off! While also playing rock, they will cover artists such as Willie Nelson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, The Foo Fighters! JMRB takes the stage at 9!
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 9:00 PM – Midnight
Visit the Facebook event 
TAP’D, 313 Main Avenue

Iowa Muskies Inc. Chapters’ Challunge
The Heartland Chapter will host the 8th Annual Muskies Inc. Iowa Chapters’ Challunge muskie fishing event on Clear Lake. You must be a current Muskies Inc. member of Iowa Chapters 10, 29 or 55 to participate. Following the Challunge Awards Ceremony at about 4:00 pm, a barbeque will be held for all participants at the boat ramp parking lot shelter house.
. Sunday, June 9, Check in 6-7 AM, Challunge 7AM-3PM, Awards 3:30 PM, Barbeque 4:00 PM
Visit the Heartland Muskies Inc. Chapter 10 Club on Facebook 
McIntosh Woods State Park, 1200 East Lake Street, Ventura

Church in the Park
Whether you’re a lifelong Christian or just exploring faith, everyone is welcome. Held at the bandshell in Clear Lake’s City Park, services run every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Come and experience a message of truth, life, and community in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Sunday, June 9, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Church in the Park’s Website
City Park

Municipal Band Concert
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon concert brought to you by the Clear Lake Municipal Band. Bring your lawn chair and relax in City Park as they strike up the band! The weekly concert program is printed in the Clear Lake Mirror Reporter.
Sunday, June 9, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Clear Lake City Park Bandshell

Starlight Story Time
Join us in the meeting room for a special story time talking about the night sky. Designed for ages 2-6 but all are welcome!
Monday, June 10, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Visit the Library’s website 
Clear Lake Public Library Meeting Room A, 200 N 4th St

VFW BINGO Night
Besides the good fun, the veterans and auxiliary volunteers will donate all proceeds from the games to community charities and veteran causes. Everyone wins at VFW BINGO! Must be over 21 to play. BINGO Night at the VFW is the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month.
Monday, June 10, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Visit the VFW on Facebook 
Clear Lake VFW: 219 Main Avenue

Writing Group
Bring a pencil and some paper (or grab your laptop) and join a community of writers. Use the time to work on a project or join in on the prompts and games provided. The group meets from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Monday nights whenever the library is open.
Monday, June 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Visit the Library’s website 
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

Line Dancing with Mary Jo
Free Line Dancing is back at Central Gardens! Join instructor Mary Jo Kennan for a free hour of instruction every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 at the Fountain Plaza inside the main gates. Anyone wanting to have fun and get some exercise is welcome, regardless of skill level or age. Bring comfortable shoes, a water bottle, and a smile!
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (weather permitting)
Visit Central Garden’s website 
Central Gardens of North Iowa, 800 2nd Avenue North

Out of the Box Kids Camp!
Unleash your child’s creativity this summer at the Clear Lake Arts Center’s Out of the Box Kids Camp! Designed for kids aged 7-13, this camp offers a unique blend of art and fun. Over the course of the camp, participants will explore various art forms, engage in hands-on projects, and discover their artistic potential. For more information and to apply for scholarships, contact the CLAC directly.
Tuesday, June 11-Thursday, June 13 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Visit the Clear Lake Art Center website
Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S 4th St $125 per child (scholarships available)

Conservation Chat
Join us at the library for six different presentations throughout the summer that coincide with this year’s summer reading theme, “Read, Renew, Repeat.” Together we can gather the tools, resources, and knowledge needed to become a more conservation-minded community. Check the library website for more information about each of these wonderful presentations!
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visit the Library’s website 
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St