Blue Water Festival in Okoboji

Iowa lakes and waterways are the main stars during this conservation education event in Arnolds Park. Photo: Travel Iowa

For a day of fun and environmental education, head to Arnolds Park for the Okoboji Blue Water Festival this Saturday, Aug. 12. The free festival raises awareness about water quality in the Iowa Great Lakes through activities, exhibits and speakers. Plus, there’s live music.

At the expo, you’ll find more than 30 conservation groups promoting strategies to improve water quality, including wetland and prairie restoration projects, and protect lakes and rivers from invasive species. There also will be educational activities for all ages, including a seminar on fishing. National Geographic journalist and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster plans to deliver a keynote address at 2 p.m.

During the free evening concert, catch Grammy-nominated country rocker Elle King and bluesy singer AJ Croce. Find the full schedule online.

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