Here’s everything you need to know to start your weekend early at Thursdays on Main!

The Thursdays on Main season opener is May 30 and it’s going to be an absolute blast!  We are starting early this year, which means we have eleven weeks of fun for you to start your weekend early at the lake.

Join us downtown Clear Lake from 6pm to 9pm on summer Thursdays for an evening filled with fun, music, and a vibrant atmosphere that will make your kickstart your Clear Lake weekend. Our events team has an incredible lineup of activities and entertainment planned for you and your family this summer!

The Details

This Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce summer event series features live music, special interactive entertainment, “Mojo’s Main Ave Cruise-In” classic car show, bounce houses, strider bike course, extended retail store hours (see below for those details!), a huge vendor street market, food trucks, and so much more so let’s get to it!

Thursdays on Main is held downtown Clear Lake along Main Avenue and around City Park from 6:00-9:00pm.

Special Entertainment begins at 6:30pm on the SE corner of City Park (the VFW corner).  For our season opener, we are excited that the North Iowa Children’s Museum will bring their Creative Cargo trailer downtown! Activities onboard include a magnet board with water circuit and gears, giant light bright, wind tunnel, simple machines, and super fun distortion mirrors.

In addition to the North Iowa Children’s Museum for our first week, we have lined up a meet & greet with Bluey & Paw Patrol, the Clear Lake Robotics Club, Clear Lake Arts Center, Clear Lake Athletics & Wellness Center, Clear Lake Police Department, Clear Lake Band Drumline and even more fun activities and performances for you to enjoy this summer! You can find the full entertainment schedule on our website.

Live Music on the Main Avenue Stage from 7:00-9:00 PM: The Sweet Nuthins (60’s-90’s covers) are kicking things off for us this summer!

Explore our full music schedule featuring fan-favorites Betty & the Gents, Bear Creek Band, Come Back Buddy, The Mockingbirds, The Kurt Allen Band, Deja Blue, Dirty Champagne, Split Second Band, The Kraft Brothers, & County Line Drive.

Open Late Shop Local

These downtown businesses are getting in on the action every Thursday by expanding their business with a booth on Main Avenue or staying open late!

  • Studio B booth on Main
  • Clear Lake Bank & Trust Ball Drop at 7:15 PM
  • Rookies & TAP’d, expanding their service area onto Main Avenue
  • Elly’s Lounge, expanding their service area into the alley
  • Fizz Co. Sips & Sweets open until 8:00 PM
  • Larson’s Mercantile open until 9:00 PM
  • Lake Theatre, expanding their service area onto 4th Avenue
  • White Barn Picket Fence open until 8:00 PM
  • 14K Studio open until 8:30-9:00 PM
  • Charlie’s Soda Fountain open until 9:00 PM
  • Unique Boutique open until 8:00 PM
  • Mindful Methods open until 8:00 PM
  • Cookies, etc. open until 9:00 PM
Popping Up Downtown

These Chamber members are packing up and bringing their goods downtown just for you!

  • The Funky Zebras Boutique
  • O2 Laser Spa
  • Nash & Ivy
  • Blush Salon
  • Paws at the Lake
  • Estelle & Will Children’s Boutique
  • Summit Martial Arts
  • Midwest Construction
  • Midland Concrete Products
  • United to Serve with Passion & Purpose
  • Freedom Boat Club
  • Harrison Ford
  • Pritchards
  • Tupperware
  • MK Design Co.
  • Edward Jones
  • Clear Lake Rotary
  • Girl Scouts
  • Clear Lake Public Library
  • Trim & Company
  • The Pampered Chef
  • Rachel Smith Books
  • MJ’s Cheesecakes
  • Avion Azul
  • Lucky Wife Wine Slushies
  • Gyro Place
  • Mama Dee’s
  • Chad’s Pizza
  • Kona Ice
  • Big Brad’s BBQ
  • Cosmic Smash Burgers
  • The Wandering Brew
  • Smokin’ Manas
  • Mexican Flavor
  • Hubba Bubba Cuppa
  • Kona Ice
  • B-Lo Zero Sno Cones & Mini Donuts
  • Titanium Lunchbox
  • Lake Lemonade
  • Surfside


Thank you Sponsors!

All activities are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors making this a weekly community celebration like no other!

  • Cornerstone Sponsors: Rookies, Sevens Restaurant & Steakhouse, TAP’d, Pritchards, Curries/Assa-Abloy
  • Stage Sponsor: First Citizens Bank
  • Gold Sponsors: Clear Lake Bank & Trust, CL Tel, Mediacom
  • Silver Sponsors: Larson’s Mercantile, Kingland, Midland Concrete Products
  • Bronze Sponsors: Cookies, etc., Bergland+Cram, Farmers State Bank, Community Health Center, MBT Bank, Veenstra & Kimm
  • Bounce House Sponsors: Hall Realty & Lake Town Charlie Brown Childcare & Preschool
  • Band Sponsors: 173° Craft Distillery. If you would like to sponsor a band, reach out to Trish!


Mark Your Calendars

Circle Thursdays on your calendar from May 30th – August 15th and plan to join us downtown for the best weekly community festival in North Iowa!  On Thursday, July 4th Thursdays on Main will be on hold as we host our outstanding July 4th Celebration.