Raising public awareness of water quality issues in the Iowa Great Lakes and beyond.

The Okoboji Blue Water Festival supports the stewardship of clean water and other natural resources through participation, education and celebration. 

Come and share the experience that is designed for all ages. 

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Art Cullen
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Art Cullen
Longtime clean water advocate Chris Jones
Longtime clean water advocate Chris Jones

Cullen, Jones to speak at 2024 festival

Festival co-chairs Greg Drees and Julie Peterson are pleased to announce a stellar duo of speakers who will address water quality issues at the Okoboji Blue Water Festival on August 10. From the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative comes Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Art Cullen and longtime clean water advocate Chris Jones.

2024 Music Announced

X Ambassadors
& The Nadas

to perform at festival concert

All Free, All Day

The theme of the Festival is clean water. We are committed to bringing this event free to the general public to instill the importance of water quality.

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Kids & Family Activities

Milford Library Story Time
Water Tables
T-Shirt & Face Painting
Chalkstock & Inflatables
Fun Giveaways & More
Yoga

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Under the Big Tent

Fishing Seminar
Keynote Speaker
Workshops

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Exhibitors

Lake Protective Associations
Conservation Groups
Non-Profits

2023 Recap

On a postcard-perfect summer day, August 12, the Okoboji Blue Water Festival unfolded in Preservation Plaza at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park. The all-day family event continued to provide the public with a celebration of clean water while also addressing the challenges of water quality issues in the Iowa Great Lakes and beyond.