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Posted October 03, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Autumn is here and that is the best time to come to Clear Lake!! The fishing and sailing is still terrific so don’t miss out on those two great things to do. We hope you will enjoy a day trip or weekend visit to Clear Lake.  Great shopping & dining is yours.   Here is a peek at some of what you can do this week. You can get more information of events & activities by just visiting:

UntitledHarvest Festival – October 4, 2014, 9am-5pm. This 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! Souvenir Bags go on sale July 1and are available at the Chamber Office or online. Downtown Clear Lake. Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

CL Fire Department Pancake Breakfast – October 5, 2014, 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Website: Volunteer Firefighters serve a pancake breakfast as a fundraiser for the department.  The menu will include fresh griddled pancakes from the firemen’s secret recipe, big and delicious sausage links, coffee, milk, and orange juice.  Breakfast is prepared and served by members of the Clear Lake Fire Department.  Tickets are available from any Clear Lake firefighter or at the door the morning of the breakfast.. Clear Lake Fire Station (Corner of 2nd Avenue and 8th Street). Clear Lake Fire Department 641-357-2613 (non-emergency) In case of emergency dial 9-1-1. $TBA adults, children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.

Clear Lake High School On the Road to All-State – October 6, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Website: In preparation for auditions for the Iowa All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus, members of the Clear Lake High School band and chorus will present a demonstration of their All-State preparations. Membership in the Iowa All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus is the highest honor an Iowa high school music student can achieve. These students are preparing for auditions that will be held on Saturday, October 25 at six sites throughout the state. Clear Lake students will be auditioning in Hampton. Clear Lake Arts Center 17 South 4th Street Clear Lake, Iowa 50428. Clear Lake Arts Center 641-357-1998 FREE.

Cool ways to enjoy Clear Lake during your visit:

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, The Other Place, District 619, The Anchor Inn, Half-Moon and many more for your dining pleasure

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.

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  Our website is  

Don’t let your autumn go by without visiting Clear Lake! You can shop here, visit our unique shops, and enjoy your summer vacation or day trip here. For more information on all Clear Lake happenings, visit our new website,, and check out our events calendar.

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