In addition to having The Little River Band, Loverboy, The Righteous Brothers, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings and Bobby Rydell perform here, this ballroom is most famous for being the last place that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper played.

In the early morning of February 3, 1959, immediately after their show, they chartered a small plane to take them to Fargo, North Dakota. They never made it and that date has been known as “The Day the Music Died.”

A donation of $5/person is suggested for admission

Open year-round Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
Also on Saturdays from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Surf Ballroom

460 North Shore Drive
Clear Lake IA 50428
641 357-6151