Make History with Us at the Best Dam Birthday Bash! 🎆🎂

Have you heard? Missouri is turning 200 years old and we are gearing up for the biggest Missouri Birthday Party in history! This summer, not only is Missouri turning 200, but Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks is turning 90 years old. It's going to be an entire summer of celebrating but in August, the Lake Area is hosting the BEST Dam Birthday Bash at the Lake of the Ozarks! Read on to get all the details for the party of the year! 

Birthday Celebrations Around the Lake! 

The entire Lake of the Ozarks area will be celebrating with multiple events taking place from June 12th - August 14th. Check out what events are in store for Missouri's Birthday Celebration at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

Best Dam Kids Photo Contest

Presented By: Studio T Images Presents Best Dam Kids Photo Contest

Age Groups:

  • Up to 11 yrs
  • 12 yrs. to 14 yrs.
  • 15 yrs. to 17 yrs.


  • Landscape/Waterscape: yard, park, lake, river, stream.
  • Insects/Wildlife: pets, or other interesting creatures.
  • Family/People:  friends, neighbors, sports.

About The Images

  • Must be capable of being printed in a 4 x 6 format.
  • Digital images must be JPEG format
  • Must be your original work.
  • Must not contain nudity, copyrighted material, or illegal content. (G Rated is perfect!)
  • 1 entry per category per photographer. (limited to winning 1 category)

To learn more visit


GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Attempt for the Largest Boat Parade

When: June 12th, 2021.
Time: Parade will begin at 9:00 AM

Currently the record for the Largest Boat Parade is held in Malaysia with 1180 boats. Our goal is to beat this record to not only bring the World Record to the United States but to Lake of the Ozarks Missouri.

MHQ-Mortgage Headquarters has sponsored to be the Grand Marshall and will lead the parade.

Click Here For Registration Information

Best Dam Car Show

When: July 31st, 2021
Location: Seven Springs Winery

You will love the planned festivities, there will be live music, specialty vendors, food, fun for all. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful hot rods, classics, restomods, and many more.​

Pre-registration is open to cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all types. Be sure to register today!

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Best BBQ Birthday Bash

When: August 6th & 7th, 2021
Where: Laurie Fairgrounds
Sponsored by: City of Laurie

Download BBQ Application
Download Sponsorship Opportunities

Best Dam 5K Fun Run/Walk

When: August 7th, 2021. Registration begins at 7:00 AM. Race runs from 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Where: Old Kinderhook Resort
Price: $25.00 (Complimentary to all Breast Cancer Survivors. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the American Cancer Society.)
Cash or Checks Payable To: American Cancer Society
Sign Up: FB Event “Best Dam Birthday Bash” or contact Jasen Jones at 314-401-5518 or at

Join us for Missouri’s Bicentennial 5K Fun Run/Walk in honor of Missouri’s Bicentennial 200 years. This will be a leisurely run or walk around the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks at Old Kinderhook Resort. No official times will be recorded, so run or walk at your own pace.

Best Dam Motorcycle Ride

When: August 7th, 2021. Ride begins at 9:00 AM
Where: Zack Wheat Post 624 American Legion in Sunrise Beach.
Sponsored by: Zack Wheat Post 624, American Legion Riders

Celebrate Missouri’s 200th Birthday Celebration with a FREE Lake of the Ozarks Bike Ride. Breakfast and shirts will be available for a small cost. For more information reach out to Zack Wheat at the American Legion.

Best Dam En Plein Air Art Festival

When: Monday, August 9th – 14th, 2021

Unique event sites will be featured each day during the festival at a variety of locations from local lodges, on the lake restaurants, wineries, historic sites, and surrounding towns. Artists will be spread out at 20 different venues around the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Lake Fine Art Academy & Galleria will be the initial registration site. The gallery will be open daily throughout the Best Dam En Plein Art Festival, as the registration and information center. On Friday, August 13th, the artwork will be delivered to a site (TBD) to be displayed for the Saturday Art Show/Sale/Gala/Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The public is invited to observe the artists at work at the various events, vote on viewer’s choice awards and to view the art throughout the week. Please refer to or the gallery’s Facebook page for more information.

Register today at:

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Missouri’s Ice Cream Day

When: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

The ice-cream cone is Missouri’s official dessert. Celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial with some ice cream at your favorite local ice cream parlor. Make sure you post your photos on our Facebook page.
Best Dam Fireworks Display

When: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021
Where: Lake Wide

Enjoy an amazing firework show from all over the lake!

Best Dam Birthday Bash

When: Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 – Shinedown
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Where: Ozarks Amphitheater
Missouri Bicentennial 200th Birthday Party-Best Dam Birthday Bash Hot Summer Nights Car Show

When: Friday, August 13th 5:00 PM – 10:00PM

Hot Summer Nights Cruises has provided auto enthusiasts and spectators a fun, safe and family friendly setting while re-creating the nostalgic “American Graffiti” atmosphere that the Bagnell Dam Strip area is so famous for! It is all free and no registration is required! Just come and enjoy our down to earth Lake Ozark hospitality!

Free Geocaching Tours

Explore Lake of the Ozarks with a FREE personal tour! With GuidiGO you have a choice between the Dragon Lake Tour which has different landmarks across the Lake Area or you can choose the Lore and Legends of Ha Ha Tonka. If you have time, do both! They are fun and will entertain the entire family!
GuidiGO is your personal tour guide to the world!
Download the free Guidigo App
Use any smartphone or iPad
Search for these tours:
The Dragon Lake – View Preview
Lore and Legends of Ha Ha Tonka – View Preview

Summer 2021 at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

We are gearing up for another fantastic summer her at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you are coming to the Lake of the Ozarks to celebrate Missouri's Birthday or to make history at the longest boat parade, make sure to put Bridal Cave on your must see and do list! We can't wait for one of the BEST summers yet at the Lake of the Ozarks! 
One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

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Camdenton, MO 65020
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