Clear Lake Events

Thursday, April 11 – Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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Save the date! Thursday, April 18 Green Expo & Market

Clear Lake Green Expo & Market

Two popular perennial spring events have combined to blossom into an even larger celebration for North Iowans in April.
The Clear Lake Earth Day Committee and Healthy Harvest of North Iowa have partnered to launch the North Iowa Green Expo and Market from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.
This jam-packed event will feature a variety of local food producers selling their food and vendors representing outdoor adventuring, solar, smart homes, conservation, wellness, healthy business products, sustainable services, plus other topics and non-profit organizations.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be food samples and a cash bar.


Clear Lake Earth Day Nature at Play Photography Show
The public is invited to stop by the Clear Lake Arts Center during their regular business hours during the month of April to enjoy the work of our talented local photographers.  This is a juried show with prizes given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorary Mention winners. Free admission.
Exhibit runs through May 3. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Visit the Art Center’s Website
Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S 4th St

Cards & Creativity
Cards & Creativity meets every Thursday that the library is open at 1:00 p.m. This is a weekly opportunity to meet up with others to play games or engage in your creative outlet of choice. You can work on fiber art, writing, music, drawing, or anything else that inspires you! We’ll provide light refreshments as well as coloring supplies and games for you to use! Free!
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Visit the Library’s website
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

Business After Hours Hosted by the Clear Lake Public Library
You’re invited to a Business After Hours hosted by the Clear Lake Public Library and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce First Mates. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the Library and connect with fellow professionals. Join us for a special Business After Hours during National Library Week with literary-themed appetizers and beverages, a scavenger hunt, and more. We promise there won’t be any shushing.
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
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Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St Open to Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce members. No RSVP required.

Escape the Titanic
Escape From Titanic is an Escape Room – Dinner Theatre – Adventure! Join us for an adventure aboard the RMS TITANIC on the concrete shores of Ventura. We will “sail” from the Ventura Community Center on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Boarding will begin at 5:30 pm, and the adventure will launch promptly at 6:00 pm. A chair will be reserved for you in the first-class dining saloon on the D deck. The cast and crew of the Titanic will regale you with facts and clues while you enjoy a marvelous 5-course dinner. Each table of four will work together to ESCAPE! Teams will be given clues to solve – but you must work swiftly before time runs out. Icebergs have been sighted! The first table to ESCAPE will win four fantastic prizes! All funds from this event will support the mission and vision of Crisis Intervention Service.
Because of your generous support, CIS can continue to help weather the storms we cannot avoid and avoid the storms we cannot weather!
Thursday, April 11, 5:30 P.M – 8:30 P.M.
Purchase tickets online
Ventura Community Center, 4 Weimer Street, Ventura
Tickets are $50

Youth for Christ Comedy Cafe
Step into a world where laughter meets inspiration with Derrick Tennant! Secure your tickets now to experience a unique blend of humor, motivation, and unforgettable stories that will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness Derrick’s transformative journey and learn how to turn obstacles into opportunities — choose your seats today for an evening that promises to be as enlightening as it is entertaining.
Thursday, April 11, 6:00 P.M – 9:00 P.M.
Reserve your tickets online
Surf Ballroom, 460 North Shore Drive
The event is free, but registration is required.

Brave New World Book Club: The Fifth Season
Dystopia is an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice. Usually these imagined states end up ominously reflective of our own society. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin: Essun’s husband has murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, Sanze, the world-spanning empire, collapses as most of its citizens are murdered. And worst of all, across the cast continent known as the Stillness, a rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Visit the Library’s Website
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

NOW PLAYING: Dune: Part Two (PG-13)
Duke Paul Atreides joins the Fremen and begins a spiritual and martial journey to become Muad’dib, while trying to prevent the horrible but inevitable future he’s witnessed: a Holy War in his name, spreading throughout the known universe.
Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 PM
Purchase tickets online
Lake Theatre, 4 N 4th Street
$5 adults, $4 children 12 & under

Lake Time’s Trivia Thursday
Join us for Trivia Thursdays! Come enjoy your favorite craft beer while you compete with your friends to win prizes and bragging rights!
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visit Lake Time Brewery on Facebook
Lake Time Brewery, 801 Main Avenue

Karaoke @ TAP’d
For over a year straight we’ve brought ya the best karaoke service we could find, Mojo Productions All Star Karaoke! Jared & his crew are constantly updating their song book & coming up with new on stage effects to make it so much fun! Whether you love to sing or just want to watch, karaoke night is a hoot! Open @ 4 to pregame for karaoke @ 8!
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 8:00 PM – midnight
Click here to visit our Facebook Event
TAP’d, 313 Main Avenue

NOW PLAYING: Arthur The King (PG-13)
Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light (Mark Wahlberg) and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. Based on an incredible true story, ARTHUR THE KING follows Light, desperate for one last chance to win, as he convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes (Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Ali Suliman) for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefines what victory, loyalty and friendship truly mean.
Friday, April 12 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14 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

Giggles ‘n’ Guac
Community Health Center of Mason City is excited to announce our second annual fundraiser “Giggles ‘n’ Guac” on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. Join us for a fun night including dinner, comedy hypnotist, silent/live auctions and dessert dash. Professional Entertainer Randy Andrews is one of the Midwest’s favorite performers because he creates an exciting, memorable, and unique experience at every event he performs. His comedy hypnosis show is one you will not want to miss! Guests can volunteer to participate or just sit back and enjoy the show. Randy has been entertaining audiences of all sizes for over 20 years. He brings a blend of high energy and unique talents to every event and he is going to be putting the FUN in our Giggles ‘n’ Guac FUNdraiser for Community Health Center of Mason City.
Saturday, April 13th 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
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Best Western Holiday Lodge, 2023 7th Ave N

Live Music @ TAP’d
Robbie Michael makes his way back up to TAP’d from DSM for a Friday show! Robbie has been performing for 20 years sharing the stage with Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Big and Rich and Brett Michaels to name some big ones! Robbie takes the stage at 9 playing you just about anything you want!
Friday, April 12, 2024, 9:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M.
Click here to visit the Facebook event
TAP’d, 313 Main Avenue

Live Music @ 173° Craft Distillery
Kickstart your adventure at 173° Craft Distillery with Jeff Reinartz, a singer/songwriter from Austin, Minnesota. He’s been performing live for over 30 years and is a veteran of several bands.
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visit 173° Craft Distillery’s website
173° Craft Distillery, 306 1st Avenue North

Live Music @ TAP’d
Jason Kincel is making his TAP’d debut to play us some Saturday tunes! Jason makes his way from the DSM area to play us some country, rock & pop tunes! Jason loves to cover artists like Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Jason Aldean, and Garth Brooks!
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Click here to visit the Facebook event
TAP’d, 313 Main Avenue

Trash Bash Community Cleanup
The Trash Bash community clean up is an annual Earth Day event happening all week long from April 15-20. This event offers an opportunity for Clear Lakers to make a difference in their community and show their commitment to sustainability by picking up trash in their neighborhoods, parks, and public spaces. Individuals, families, and groups can register for their favorite cleanup site(s) and compete for the coveted “Green Jacket” by collecting the most trash and recruiting the most volunteers. The Trash Bash is an important way to promote environmental stewardship and community involvement in Clear Lake, and is a great way to make a tangible impact on the health and beauty of our town.
April 15-20, 2024
Click here to sign up

Grow Clear Lake Shop Hop
Join us in celebrating Earth Week and help us “Grow Clear Lake.”
From April 15-22, shop local and help nurture our community, grow our economy, and preserve the charming character of our neighborhood.
How It Works: Grow Your Garden: Stop into any of the 13 participating stores and receive a free packet of seeds to start your beautiful garden. Win Gift Cards: Complete the retail checklist by visiting each shop throughout the week, and you’ll be entered to win a grand prize gift card basket filled with $20 gift cards from each store (valued at $260).Let’s come together to support our local businesses and make Clear Lake bloom! Participating businesses & seeds offered:
Cabin Coffee Company, 303 Main Avenue: Just BEE Happy and Have Fun Seed Packets
Goodnature’s Work Stop, 520 US Highway 18 East: Snapdragons, Forget-Me-Nots & Cosmos
Grace and Strength, 20 North 8th Street: Cilantro and Lettuce
Holistic Harmony, 313 North 8th Street: Serenity Seeds – peppermint, lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, and echinacea seeds
Images Photography and Fine Art, 606 Buddy Holly Place: Believe in Tomorrow Pollinator Seed Packets
Monijo’s Olive Oil Co & more, 16A North 8th Street: Daisies
One Vision Thrift Store, 830 US Highway 18 West: Dwarf Sunspot Sunflowers
Paws at the Lake, 850 US Highway 18 West: Catnip
Skips Kicks, 308 Main Avenue: Asters
The Funky Zebras, 210 Highway 18, Suite B: Sunflowers
The Red Geranium, 301 Main Avenue: Zinnias
Unique Boutique, 415 Main Avenue: Marigolds
White Barn Picket Fence, 408 Main Avenue: Zinnias
April 15-22, 2024
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Writing Group
Bring a pencil and some paper 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 6:00-7:00pm on Monday nights.
Monday, April 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Visit the Library’s Website
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

Book Chat: Hudson Bay Bound
Book Chat meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 12:00 pm in the library meeting room. April’s selection is Hudson Bay Bound by Natalie Warren. Unrelenting winds, carnivorous polar bears, snake nests, sweltering heat, and constant hunger. Paddling from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, following the 2,000-mile route made famous by Eric Sevareid in his 1935 classic, Canoeing with the Cree, Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho faced unexpected trials.
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Visit the Library’s Website
Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

Navigating Cottage Kitchen Compliance
Navigating Cottage Kitchen Compliance: Requirements, Policies, and Regulations Unveiled. This free online seminar is designed for home-based kitchens and farmers market vendors in Iowa. The state of Iowa has specific laws and regulations related to food that is prepared at home and sold direct to consumers. Make sure your home-based business is up-to-date and up to scratch! Dr. Shannon Coleman of the Iowa State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will guide you through the key requirements, licenses, and inspections your home-based kitchen business needs to know. Registration is required.
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Click here to register
Online via Zoom

Iowa’s Sandhill Cranes
Iowa’s sandhill cranes are making a comeback after nearly a century of extirpation. A collaborative study is gathering information about these remarkable birds and their return to modern day Iowa. After a brief overview on the history and biology of sandhill cranes we will provide a description of the research and share preliminary results. Orrin Jones is a waterfowl biologist with the Iowa DNR’s Wildlife Bureau.
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N 4th St

ZZ Top: The Elevation Tour
“That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” has been at it for well over a half century, delivering rock, blues & boogie on the road & in the studio to millions of devoted fans. With iconography as distinctive as their sound, ZZ TOP is virtually synonymous with beards, hotrod cars, spinning guitars & that magic keychain, which transcend geography & language.
As a touring entity, they’ve been without peer over the past 5 decades, having performed before millions of fans on four continents & have been the subject of their own Grammy-nominated documentary titled That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. The band’s line-up of the bearded Gibbons and Hill and Beard, who ironically is clean shaven, remained intact for more than 50 years until Dusty’s passing. When Dusty temporarily departed the tour in the summer of 2021, it was a given that Elwood would be the perfect choice to stand in for Dusty until he could return. But Dusty’s return was not to be, & Elwood continues to handle the bass duties for the band now & into the future.
The elements that keep ZZ TOP fresh, enduring & above the transitory fray can be summed up in the 3 words of the band’s internal mantra: “Tone, Taste & Tenacity.”. They have sold hundreds of millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & have been referenced in countless cartoons & sitcoms. They are true rock icons &, against all odds, they’re really just doing what they’ve always done. ZZ TOP abides!
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, Doors open at 7:00 PM
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Surf Ballroom, 460 North Shore Drive Tickets are $72 in advance / $77 at the door

Morning Brew presented by NIACC CEO Club
Morning Brew presented by NIACC CEO Club The Grind: Turning a Passion into an Opportunity The NIACC CEO Club invites all entrepreneurs, small business owners, and career-oriented students to join Morning Brew on April 17, 2024. Featured speakers are entrepreneurs and innovators Molly Angstman of Three Bells Books and Jayson Ryner of ReEnvision Ag, discussing branding and the entrepreneurial journey. Registration is required. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Click here to register
Three Bells Books, 14 S Commercial Alley, Mason City

BINGO @173° Craft Distillery
Kickstart your adventure at 173° Craft Distillery! Savor expertly crafted cocktails, mingle with others, have fun, and win prizes!
Wednesday, April 17, 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.

Books on Tap: Hudson Bay Bound
Books on Tap meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the library meeting room. April’s selection is Hudson Bay Bound by Natalie Warren. Unrelenting winds, carnivorous polar bears, snake nests, sweltering heat, and constant hunger. Paddling from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, following the 2,000-mile route made famous by Eric Sevareid in his 1935 classic, Canoeing with the Cree, Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho faced unexpected trials.
Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Visit the Library’s Website
Lake Time Brewery, 801 Main Avenue