Friday, April 5, 2019

2019 Lake of the Ozarks Events You Don't Want To Miss

Spring in the lake area is just the beginning of a season full of fun on the water! Sure, there are lots of cool things to do and see year-round, but summertime takes the excitement up a notch. 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina realizes that many of you come from out of town, so it's important to know dates for the best events ahead of time. That way, you can be sure to snag one of our lakefront vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks before they're all booked up. 

Currently, we do have a lot of dates filled, but there are a few here and there that are still available. You can check availability online for the Red House and the White House from our website. Here's a look at some of the most popular lake events. Find a few you like (most likely all of them!) and head on over to our website to see if those dates are still open for you. Weekends always fill up quickly, but don't forget, weekdays at the Lake of the Ozarks are pretty awesome too! 

April 12-14
LOMDA Spring In-Water Boat Show
Dog Days Bar & Grill
The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association (LOMDA) will fill the docks at our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, with the newest watercraft for the 2019 season. They always promise "More dealers, more boats, more brands, more vendors, and more fun!" You can get an up close and personal look at fun "toys" to take out on the water, and on land, there will be booths set up featuring all the accessories you could possibly need for being a boat owner.  

April 27-28
Spring Big Bass Bash
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
This huge fishing tournament is aimed at the amateur angler, offering prize payouts totaling over $250,000, with $100,000 going to the winner! Unlike most fishing tournaments where prizes are based on total weight of all catches, in this competition, it only takes 1 fisherman just 1 big bass to win it all. 

May 3-5
31st Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals
Bagnell Dam Strip
All makes, models, and years of show vehicles will take over the historic Bagnell Dam Strip for this massive show and legendary weekend. The entire area is closed to traffic during show hours so you can wander and wonder at the magnificent cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display. Some say it's like being on the movie set of American Graffiti! 

May 4
22nd Annual Spring Harbor Hop
This annual poker run on the water is a great way to kick off the boating season. There are over 40 participating locations to visit all over the lake area (including yours truly, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina!) Visit at least 7 stops, picking up a card at each one to complete a poker hand for prizes. When you stay in our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental, you can fill up at Short Pants Marina in the morning, "hop" all day, then pick up your final card at Shorty Pants Lounge & enjoy the rest of your evening with us.

May 5
4th Annual Homegrown Festival
Dog Days Bar & Grill
The decks and pool area will be lined with Missouri's own breweries and wineries offering tastings. The stage will be filled with an excellent variety of local musicians. This event is free and the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon after a very event-filled weekend.

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend

May 30-June 2
Lake Race
The Lake Race Invitational Power Boat Racing is presented by Performance Boat Center. This year the race has been moved to Camden on the Lake rather than it's past location near the Bagnell Dam Strip. It's an event that attracts the fastest and most powerful boats in the world to compete on the Lake of the Ozarks.  

July 4-7: 4th of July Weekend

July 20
Dog Days Bar & Grill
This lakeside concert is the lake area's largest family boating event. The cove will be packed full of boaters enjoying the concert stage facing the lake, and the restaurant & bar will be packed full of people enjoying the music as well. This year's concert lineup includes: 
  • Dirt Road Addiction
  • Chris Weaver
  • Dope Ass Sneakers
  • Machine Gun Symphony

August 24-25
31st Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout
The top powerboat racers and off-shore racing power boats from across the country will do their best to beat the clock for the best times. This is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest with more than 100 racers and 100,000 spectators! Proceeds benefit Lake Area Rescue Teams and many other local charitable organizations. All kinds of fun activities will be going on all over the area during the week leading up to the big race weekend too.

That is more than enough to get your summer plans started, but don't forget, soon after all of those annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks, fall will bring us another Harbor Hop, the Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, and more! (It's not too early to book the Red House of or the Glass House for those dates right now!) 

No matter whether you are traveling from afar or live right here in town, hopefully, you'll get to attend many of these exciting events and swing by Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina while you're at it. We'll keep the fun going for you even after the events are over.    

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