The music lives on at the Surf Ballroom.
The historic Surf Ballroom is now an active, living musical museum that offers top notch musical entertainment. Those appearing at the Surf compose a who’s who list of music icons, and that entertainment tradition continues.
The Surf is known world-wide as the last venue played by famed rock and roll artist, Buddy Holly. The day the music died was February 3, 1959, when a plane carrying Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Richie Valens crashed five miles north of the Mason City airport. The Surf commemorates its Holly musical heritage each year on the first weekend in February with its famous Winter Dance Party. It offers exhibits on all three artists, as well as those who have performed at the Surf over the years.
A visit to Clear Lake is not complete without a visit to the Surf Ballroom. If you love music and Americana, you’ll love the Surf!
Come celebrate the Surf in Clear Lake!