Friday, June 19, 2015

AquaPalooza Returns July 18, 2015

AquaPalooza, the Lake's largest family-friendly boating and floating event, returns to Dog Days Bar & Grill at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

One of the most popular summertime happenings at the Lake, AquaPalooza,  brings in thousands of people to Dog Days Bar and Grill for a free event, which is equal parts concert-on-the-water and boating party. The festivities run from noon until 5:00 pm and feature live music, games, prizes and much more.

The music begins around noon, but on Saturday morning, spectators in boats and floats begin lining the cove outside of Dog Days, which is located at the 19 mile marker by water and 1232 Jefferies Road in Osage Beach by land, creating a colorful and  festive flotilla in front of the waterside stage to get the best vantage point of the live musical entertainment. Dog Days features a swimming area, boat slip rentals, as well as an impressive selection of delicious dining options and frozen concoctions, making it a one-stop-shop for an enjoyable day on and around the water.

"There is nothing else like this at the Lake," said Tim Jacobsen, executive director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau. "It's a really cool event at a great venue and it's totally free to come watch the different bands. It's awesome to see how many people come out to enjoy AquaPalooza."  Jacobsen credits Dog Days' General Manager Luke Hagedorn, along with local community members, including fire, law enforcement and ambulance services, for coming together to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all attendees.  "Dog Days Bar and Grill always does such a great job to make sure it remains a safe and fun event for everyone," he added.

Event organizers always go out of their way to book entertaining and energetic bands to make a fun and memorable day on the water. The 2015 lineup includes several fan favorites from across the state spanning a variety of genres. Members Only (pictured to the right) hails from Springfield, Mo. and plays chart-topping hits from the '80s. State Line Drive is an infectious country-pop band from Kansas City. Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs, also from Kansas City, will keep the crowd in a frenzy with up-tempo, funky disco hits. And, Double Vision, a Foreigner tribute band who also calls Kansas City home, will play all the classic songs from one of the best-selling bands of all time. But, the party doesn't stop there. The live music continues inside on Dog Days' interior stage as Pearl Nation plays from 5:00 -9:00 pm, followed by an unabridged encore performance by Members Only from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am.

AquaPalooza is a Benne Media production and this year's title sponsor is Budweiser. Additional sponsors include the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association, Hy-Vee, First State Bank Mortgage and Elite Roofing. As part of the Benne Media group, the Lake's Classic Hits station, Cool 102.7 FM, will broadcast the concerts live on air, in their entirety, and Mix 92.7 FM and KS 95.1 FM will be making live updates throughout the event. For more information about AquaPalooza and to register for a Yamaha VX Deluxe Wave Runner to be given away right before the last band takes the stage, go to the website at

For those looking to schedule a full weekend around AquaPalooza, the Lake of the Ozarks offers many different attractions and lodging options to fit all budgets and travel plans. From large, full-service resorts to smaller, family-owned resorts, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and RV parks, to chain hotels and independent motels, the Lake has it all. Many of the Lake's lodging properties also offer different discount packages, "shop and stay" packages as well as "stay and play" packages throughout the summer. For a complete list of lodging options, please visit the lodging page at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fun, Fireworks and Live Music at The Lake (2015)

Families looking to make their Fourth of July weekend one to remember need to look no further than Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. The holiday weekend provides ample on-the-water action, fun festivals, interesting and unique attractions, live music, lodging specials and, of course, lots of impressive fireworks.

The festive weekend gets started on Friday, July 3 with several resorts hosting family-friendly activities and large-scale fireworks displays. Old Kinderhook Golf Resort, located in Camdenton, will be featuring fun and fireworks on July 3 at their fifth annual Fireworks Fun Fest (pictured to the right) from 5-9 p.m.  Activities are free and include bounce houses, face painting, games and live music followed by fireworks at dusk.  There will be concessions and an all-American cookout and pig roast for just $12 per person. For more information, visit or call 573-317-3500.

Also on Friday, just down the road from Old Kinderhook, Windermere Baptist Conference Center will host a "Freedom Celebration" from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. This celebration features family-friendly entertainment, old-fashioned games, live music and a barbecue supper. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. For complete details, visit or call 573-346-5200.

Two of the Lake's largest full-service resorts, The Lodge of Four Seasons and Tan-Tar-A Resort, will host a weekend full of fun for their guests, including two of the area's largest and most impressive fireworks displays.

The Lodge of Four Seasons will host a festive weekend for their guests, as well as a barbecue, carnival and major fireworks display on Saturday, July 4.  Visitors who are not overnight guests at the resort can enjoy the fun and fireworks from 6-10 p.m. for $22 for adults and $12 for children over age 5.  Paid visitors must be on the property before 8 p.m.  For reservations and additional information, call 573-365-3000 or visit

Guests of Tan-Tar-A Resort can enjoy a weekend of fun that includes swim-up movies, live music, fun games, a scavenger hunt, mini-golf extravaganza, all-American barbeques and a parent/child golf tournament in addition to a brilliant fireworks display on the Fourth. To make reservations or for more information about the weekend's activities, call 573-348-3131 or visit

On Saturday, July 4, two Lake-area communities, Eldon and Versailles, host traditional Fourth of July festivals in their city parks.  Rides, concessions and fireworks at dusk keep the fun going all day long.  For more information on the Eldon festivities, contact the Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce at or call 573-392-2291. For details about the Versailles 4th of July activities, contact the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce at or call 573-378-4401.
Other resorts and entities around the Lake area will be lighting up the sky on the Fourth as well. Sonlight Christian Fellowship, Lake Valley Country Club and Captain Ron's Bar and Grill are offering a variety of activities and entertainment, including fireworks, which are open to the public. No advanced reservations are needed. Point Randall Resort, Mother Nature's Riverfront Retreat and Bear Bottom Resort also will host fun activities and fireworks for their guests' enjoyment. Advanced reservations are recommended. 

For on-the-water fun, there are three options for a chartered fireworks cruise. The  Tropic Island luxury yacht , which boards at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, is offering a fireworks cruise from 7:30-9:30 p.m. To book a cruise on the Tropic Island, call
573-348-0083 or visit The Celebration luxury yacht will begin boarding its two-and-a-half-hour Fourth of July cruise at 7 p.m. at The Lodge of Four Seasons. To make reservations, call 573-480-3212 or visit CruiseLakeoftheOzarks.comPlayin' Hooky Water Taxi and Charters, which boards at Millstone Marina in Gravois Mills, is offering a Fourth of July Fireworks cruise from 8:30-10 p.m. For more information, or to make reservations, please call 573-434-2627 or visit All three cruises fill up fast, so visitors should be sure to call ahead to make reservations.

For a complete list of activities and locations of firework displays, please visit

For those looking to add some live music to their holiday weekend, there will be several live concerts throughout the Lake area. At the newly opened Ozarks Amphitheater, located in Camdenton, the legendary Ozark Mountain Daredevils will perform all their classic hits on Friday, July 3. The great music keeps going further into the weekend with another spectacular show at the amphitheater on Sunday, July 5, showcasing '90s country music heavyweights the Kentucky Headhunters and Confederate Railroad. For more information, or to order tickets for the Ozarks Amphitheater, please visit or call 573-346-0000.

On Friday, July 3, Shawnee Bluff Vineyards, located near Eldon, hosts the Steeldrivers from Nashville, Tenn., while the Dog House Daddies entertain the crowds at the Shawnee Bluff Winery, which is located in Lake Ozark. On Saturday, July 4, Shawnee Bluffs Winery will host a double bill featuring Phillip Twitchell from 3-6 p.m. followed by Catfish Willie from 6:45 until 9:45 p.m. The winery is located on a bluff overlooking the Lake and will have a great vantage point of the myriad fireworks displays over the water. For a complete schedule of events, hours of operation and how to purchase tickets for Shawnee Bluff Vineyards and Winery, please visit or call 573-365-WINE (9463).  

For more information about all the fun activities, events and dining options at the Lake of the Ozarks, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 800-FUN-LAKE, or visit the CVB's award-winning website, Stay up-to-date with all the goings-on at the Lake by liking their Facebook page at

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lake Race 2015 Set for June 6 – 7

Watch the biggest and baddest powerboats from all over the country compete for big prize money and bragging rights at the Lake of the Ozarks during the 2015 Lake Race, June 4 – 7.  

"The Lake Race is a great opportunity for fans of boat racing to get an up-close-and-personal view of these awesome boats," says Tim Jacobsen, Executive Director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau. "There's nothing quite like watching these power boats reach top speed as they make their way around the course."

The lower area of the historic Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark will shut down to traffic and transform into the Lake Race headquarters on Friday, June 5. There will be a Lake Race Street Party at 6 pm, complete with a family-friendly race "village" where the public can meet the racers and check out all the impressive speed machines. Live musical entertainment starts at 7 pm with the Patrick Lentz Band from Kansas City.

The Lake Race gets underway on Saturday morning with the opening ceremonies beginning at 11:30 am at Beavers at the Dam restaurant. All the excitement comes to a climax when the race officially kicks off at noon as competitors thunder across the Lake to see who can clock the fastest four-mile time. Spectators will be able to watch all the high-speed action from prime viewing spots along Bagnell Dam as well as at many of the sponsoring establishments as boats run from the zero-mile marker to the four-mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks. The first day of racing comes to a close at 4 pm. There will be a celebratory Lake Race party at Beavers at the Dam with live music from Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs.

Racing continues on Sunday from 12 noon until 4 pm. The winners of the 2015 Lake Race will be announced at 5:30 pm at Beavers at the Dam.

The Lake Race is produced by the Offshore Powerboat Association and hosted by Beavers at the Dam and the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance.

For more information on the 2015 Lake Race and a full list of viewing locations and participating sponsors, visit  

For more information on other events, attractions, accommodations and dining options in the Lake area, please call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-Lake. Or, visit the CVB's award-winning website at