There are loads of events happening at the Lake of the Ozarks so if you find yourself wondering, “What are we doing at the Lake this weekend?” It’s because you didn’t read this first.

The boating season at Lake of the Ozarks may not be year-round. But for Lake of the Ozarks boaters, there’s something to enjoy as part of the boating lifestyle every month of the year. (Note: dates are subject to change, and some had not been set by the time of this publication. Always check the event’s website or social media before you go!)


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Father’s Day Brunch On The Water

You already know Dad’s favorite place is the Lake, so thank him for all his dad-jokes (and, you know, the more substantive things he contributes to the family!) with a trip to one of the Lake’s fabulous waterfront bars and restaurants.

Osage Howler Moonlight Paddle Race

Paddle or float your way down the Osage River by moonlight in this 61-mile race. Or enjoy all the fun without so much work in the 14-mile Fun Run. Both events support Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance. 

Troop Appreciation Day

This one-of-a-kind event thanks service members and their families with a free day of boating and fun on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Cigarette Rendezvous

A legendary meet-up of one of the most iconic powerboat brands that brings go-fast fans to the Lake of the Ozarks hosted by Performance Boat Center.

Canine Cannonball

Cheer champion and novice high-flying furry friends complete to see who can jump the farthest, swim the fastest, and fly the highest! It’s the Olympics for dogs.

Support our Troops Poker Run

Powerboaters roar across the Lake for a winning poker hand while supporting military families in their communities.


Independence Day Fireworks

Ditch the city crowds and check out one of the illuminating fireworks displays, reflecting on the water. It’s like getting to watch two fireworks shows at the same time!

Big Thunder’s BFD Fun Run 

Bajas, Fountains and Donzis buzz up and down the Lake in this 2nd annual go-fast event.

Aquapalooza – July 20

Dance, float and chill at the Lake’s largest concert on the water.

Three Rivers Fun Run

A fun run just for PWCs! Riders follow the Osage and Missouri River all the way to Mississippi River in St. Louis to support the Tri-County YMCA.


The Shootout – Aug. 24-25

The largest unsanctioned powerboat race in the country, along with a week of getting nose to nose with the hottest boats around, meeting racers and their teams and charity events for the community make the last weekend on August unbeatably awesome.


by Nathan Bechtold

Niangua Darter Fun Run

Enjoy the Niangua from a different perspective: float or paddle from the Whistle Stop Bridge to Ha Ha Tonka.

Fall In-Water Boat Show

Captain Ron’s hosts the best way to shop for boat, on the water! Browse the best from local dealers, all in one spot.

Kid’s Fishing Derby

Kiddos get their own fishing tournament at Captain Ron’s. Ages 2-14 are invited to this free event with fun and prizes for everyone.

Labor Day Fireworks

Nothing beats watching explosions of brilliant red, white and blue over the water on a summer evening.


Fall Big Bass Bash

An annual fall tradition with hundreds of chances to win and more than $250,000 up for grabs.

Alhonna Fall Classic Buddy Bass Tournament

A backdrop of warm autumn colors makes this 100% payout tournament an unbeatable way for anglers to spend a fall weekend.

Fall Harbor Hop

The unofficial end to the boating season, Fall Harbor Hop is your chance to eat and drink your favorite water bars and restaurants out of stock as they close doors for winter.


Missouri Invitation Fishing/Golf Championship

A unique spin on a fishing tournament, amateur anglers get the chance to fish and golf with Pro Fisherman.



Deck the Docks

Christmas on the Lake means holiday light bounces and sparkles over the water. See it all for yourself from the warmth of the Celebration cruise boat. 

Annual Winter Bass Challenge

Four dates between December and January gives serious anglers a taste of what they miss about summer.