Winter Dance Party Schedule

Thursday, February 2  2023 Event Schedule

Dance Lessons - 9:30am

Surf Ballroom Dance Floor
Fifties style dance lessons hosted by instructors Amy Hopkins, Margaret Majerczyk and friends - for singles and couples alike.
Admission: FREE for WDP Ticket holders; $5/person general public

Self Guided Memorial Site Tour

Take a self-guided tour to the farm field north of Clear Lake, Iowa where the ill-fated airplane came to rest. Visitors are encouraged to dress in warm layers - a 1/4 mile walk is required. This outdoor memorial is located just under 1/2 mile from the road along the fence row in a field north of Clear Lake. There is a large pair of black rimmed glasses marking the trail head on Gull Avenue.
Admission: FREE, open to the General Public

Winter Dance Party Concert featuring John Mueller's Winter Dance Party; and, Holy Rocka Rollaz

Surf Ballroom, 460 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake
Doors open: 7:00pm
Admission: $40 advance; $45 door (tickets available for purchase by calling the Surf Ballroom at (641) 357-6151 beginning on Tuesday, November 22nd at 8am or ordering online at www.surfballroom.com)

Friday, February 3  2023 Event Schedule

The Legends Lunch - 11:00am

Best Western Holiday Lodge Diamond Ballroom, 2023-7th Ave N, Clear Lake
Previously known as the British Buddy Holly Society Luncheon, the Legends Lunch carries on all of the fun of this nearly 40 year old tradition!
Admission: $35/person includes lunch and live entertainment. Email: thelegendslunch@gmail.com to purchase tickets (tickets are non-refundable)
Advance reservations are required!

Rockin' Art of the 50's and 60's Tour - 1:00pm

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 303-2nd Street SE, Mason City
Guided tour of the local public arts center. While the 1950s were marked by overall conservatism and conformity in an attempt to return to post-war normalcy, the art scene, much like the music scene, began to blosom with emerging artists. The Museum holds a variety of work from these ground breaking artists.
Admission: Free, Open to the General Public

Wedding/Vow Renewal Ceremony - 3:00pm

Surf Ballroom Dance Floor
Rock and roll fans may get married or renew their vows at the Surf Ballroom

Live from the Red Carpet! - 7:00-8:30pm

Surf Ballroom Lobby
Each year, Winter Dance Party attendees have the opportunity to enter the Surf Ballroom via the Red Carpet runway in the Surf Lobby on Friday night. The Friday evening show histoically includes a dance contest and style show, with attendees dressing up in their best period clothing/costumes. Local hosts visit with event attendees, with the video fee broadcast locally through CL Vision.

Self Guided Memorial Site Tour

Take a self-guided tour to the farm field north of Clear Lake, Iowa where the ill-fated airplane came to rest. Visitors are encouraged to dress in warm layers - a 1/4 mile walk is required. This outdoor memorial is located just under 1/2 mile from the road along the fence row in a field north of Clear Lake. There is a large pair of black rimmed glasses marking the trail head on Gull Avenue.
Admission: FREE, open to the General Public

Winter Dance Party Concert featuring Shake Baby Shake; The Lovettes; Bill Haley Jr & The Comets; and, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Surf Ballroom, 460 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake
Doors open: 7:00pm
Admission: $50 advance; $55 door (tickets available for purchase by calling the Surf Ballroom at (641) 357-6151 beginning on Tuesday, November 22nd at 8am or ordering online at www.surfballroom.com)

Saturday, February 4  2023 Event Schedule

Ritchie Valens Family Luncheon - 11:00am

Best Western Holiday Lodge Diamond Ballroom, 2023-7th Ave N, Clear Lake
Admission: TBD
Advance reservations are required!

Self Guided Memorial Site Tour

Take a self-guided tour to the farm field north of Clear Lake, Iowa where the ill-fated airplane came to rest. Visitors are encouraged to dress in warm layers - a 1/4 mile walk is required. This outdoor memorial is located just under 1/2 mile from the road along the fence row in a field north of Clear Lake. There is a large pair of black rimmed glasses marking the trail head on Gull Avenue.
Admission: FREE, open to the General Public

Winter Dance Party Concert featuring Slim Jim Phantom Trio featuring Jennie Vee with Special Guests Albert Lee, Chris Montez & Hayden Thompson; and, Kenny Vance & The Planotones; Gary U.S. Bonds; Austin Allsup

Surf Ballroom, 460 N Shore Dr, Clear Lake
Doors open: 7:00pm
Admission: $60 advance; $65 door (tickets available for purchase by calling the Surf Ballroom at (641) 357-6151 beginning on Tuesday, November 22nd at 8am or ordering online at www.surfballroom.com)