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Posted October 04, 2013 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

We hope you will enjoy this weekend in Clear Lake and start enjoying the fall with a day trip or weekend visit.  Here is a peek at some of what you can do. For more information of events & activities, visit www.clearlakeiowa.org.

Artist Studio Tour – October 4, 2013 – October 6, 2013. http://www.clartscenter.com. Ease on Down the Central Corridor, the North Central Iowa area, as you take a self guided tour and visit a variety of artists in their studios. Watch demonstrations, visit with artists and purchase unique gifts. The tour begins at the Clear Lake Arts Center, where you can pick up your brochure with maps locating each studio. Friday, October 4; 4-8pm; Saturday, October 5; 10am-5pm; Sunday, October 6: 1-4pm. For more information, contact the Clear Lake Arts Center 641-357-1998.

image001Harvest Festival- October 5, 2013.  http://www.clearlakeiowa.com. This 9th Annual Event offers an opportunity to stroll down a vibrant Main Street while enjoying wine samplings, seminars and artist demonstrations, shopping, fall decor, a huge farmer’s market, vendors, trolley rides, homemade salsa contest, grape stomp competition, pumpkin roll relay, waiter race, food, live jazz music and more! Pre-registration and purchase of a Harvest Festival Tasting Pass required to take part in wine samplings. Bags go on sale July 1, 2013 and are available at the Chamber Office or online. To be held in Downtown Clear Lake, 9am-5pm. For more information, contact the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 641-357-2159.To participate in the wine and beer tasting, you must purchase a Tasting Pass (“Harvest Bag”) which includes a keepsake wine glass, tasting tickets, notepad to take tasting notes, coupon book, and gifts and treats from local businesses. Additional tasting tickets are available at the chamber only for those who have purchased a bag. Only 1000 bags will be sold, plan ahead for this event that always sells out! All Tasting Pass sales are FINAL.

Don’t Forget B.B. King – at the Surf – this Saturday, October 5, at the Surf Ballroom.  Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door if available. For more information, call the Surf Ballroom at 641-357-6151 or go online at 111.surfballroom.com.

Other Points of Interest

Downtown Clear Lake – Visit our unique shops, offering a surprising array of items for you to choose from.  We have been told that our retail shops in Clear Lake are not only unique but outstanding.  Come to Clear Lake & see for yourself!!

Lakeside Restaurants – Clear Lake offers an abundance of great dining venues.  Here are several that are on the Lake: Ge-Jo’s by the Lake, The Landing, PM Park, The Muskie Lounge

Surf Ballroom & Museum – One of the most sought out places for visitors to Clear Lake. You can visit the historic Surf Ballroom during the week to see the location of where Buddy Holly & the Crickets, J. P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson, and Richie Valens performed their final concert, “the day the music died,” before their tragic plane crash five miles from Clear Lake on that fateful night in February, 1959.  The Surf still has numerous live musical performances and has been ranked one of the top 12 music venues in the United States for 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine. Plus it has a terrific gift shop and a Wall of Fame you can view. Guided tours for groups are available.  Visit the Surf for music history and great memories!

City Beach– rated as one of the top 50 beaches in the United States by USA Today. A little slice of heaven where beaches are concerned!!

McIntosh Woods State Park – a 60 acre mecca for campers, where you can also rent “yurts,” go fishing, swimming or boating or picnicking. Reservations are required, tool-free 1-800-427-2757.

Clear Lake State Park – another gem for camping (176 campsites), a beautiful 900-foot beach, great for picnicking, fishing or boating.  You can also use the day lodge for meeting or gatherings.  Reservations are required, 1-800-427-2527.

Golfing – Clear Lake offers three exceptional golf courses – the Veterans Memorial Golf Club, Oak Hills, and Arrowhead golf courses.  Experience golfing at its finest with three beautiful courses to choose from.

City Park – This is the location in downtown Clear Lake, right off of the Lake where most of the community activities and events are held.  It has playground equipment and a beautiful band shell as well as picnic tables and benches.  Come relax and enjoy our beautiful City Park, and then stroll through downtown Clear Lake for shopping and dining.

Central Gardens of North Iowa. Explore one of the most unique gardening experiences in the state of Iowa with a walking tour of our beautiful Central Gardens, open to the public and at no cost, located at 800 2nd Ave. in Clear Lake. For general information, call 641-357-0700, or email us at centralgardens@netins.net.  Our website is www.central-gardens.org.   

Come to Clear Lake during one of the most beautiful times of the year, autumn!!!  For more information on Clear Lake happenings and events, visit our website, www.clearlakeiowa.com, and check out our events calendar.





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