Everyone knows La Crosse has one of the nation's premier Oktoberfest festivals. And the Irishfest, Riverfest, the Deke Slayton Airfest, Artspire, the Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, & Cheese Festival . . . the festivals go on. You'd be hard-pressed to find a time of year when there's not some kind of fest in the works.
La Crosse Oktoberfest is celebrating 50 + years of the best family activities, including the Maple Leaf Parade, carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German entertainment, national entertainers, children's acts, as well as local and regional country, pop, blues and rock groups. With events scheduled throughout the weekend, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival is a fun event that has grown to be a local favorite. Visit their website for this year's entertainment and activities. Tasters Eve bus shuttles and shuttles to and from participating area hotels the day of the event. Listen to your local radio stations for your chance to win tickets. Designated driver wristbands available. Must be 21 or over to attend. VIP ticket holders gain access to the event two hours prior to general admission and access to the private VIP tent.
Transportation to and from the game via motor coach with restroom. Tailgate party, featuring “Made in La Crosse” products-Bakalars hotdogs, Festival Foods Oktoberfest Brats, Kwik Trip Kwikery Bakery Buns, Pepsi-Cola soda and water and Kul Lite from La Crosse Beverage, LLC. Luncheon served by the La Crosse Moose Club Family Center
Coulee Con is a convention focused on bringing gamers together in the Coulee region. Gaming is interpreted broadly as including board games, collectible card games, tabletop role playing games, miniatures, live action role playing, and video games.
The Viroqua Bluegrass Gospel Music Festival is held the second weekend in July in beautiful Viroqua, Wisconsin at the Vernon County Fairgrounds. A family friendly event with great food and great music. This three day festival has plenty of nearby lodging and there is camping available right on site. First come first serve at the Vernon County Fairgrounds Campground.
Westby is a town steeped in the Scandinavian culture and celebrates Leif Erikson Day each fall to honor the first European to have landed on North America, nearly 1,000 years before Columbus.
Celebrate Onalaska will be held June 24 through the 26th. The weekend will have live music, great food and events, including a craft fair, Big E Inflatables, Rock N Ribs, the Rugged Run, and Festival Foods Fireworks.
La Crosse Pride – Pride in the park, is held every September in Riverside Park, La Crosse. The event is dedicated to promoting human rights, celebrating the diversity within our community, challenging discrimination, and working towards full equality for all families, while fostering a safe and welcoming environment.
Rail Fair takes place the third Saturday in July in Copeland Park, La Crosse WI. Rail Fair hosts vendors from six states, offering over 200 tables of railroad items. It has become one of the premier summer railroad events in the Mid-West! All proceeds from Rail Fair are used to maintain and restore the La Crosse Short Line Heritage Museum in Copeland Park.
The Westby Snowflake Ski Jump has been taking place annually since 1961. Each February, Westby draws athletes from around the nation to it's Olympic sized hill; it's one of only a few in the United States and only 25 miles south of La Crosse. At Timber Coulee athletes hurl themselves off a scaffold and down the 118-meter hill. And it's not just the jumping action. A lot more goes on at the Ski Jump, including live music and dancing.
The Three Rivers Roleo Logrolling tournament takes place each July at the Great River Landing in Onalaska, Wisconsin. The event features professional athletes from around the nation, and is currently televised by Fox Sports Wisconsin and Fox Sports North. Join us this year on Saturday, July 9th at the Great River Landing on the Black River for one of the Coulee Region's largest sporting events!
A weekend of getting to see artists in action during the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour. Art enthusiasts can find exciting treasures in the hills and valleys of Bluff Country during this annual studio art tour. Visit their website for maps and a list of participating artists.
AAUW (American Association of University Women – La Crosse) has been presenting Art Fair on the Green, the largest art fair in the area, for over 50 years since 1958. It is held the last weekend in July on the grassy, tree-lined campus of UW-L. Over 90 artists participate in this well attended, professional art fair. Proceeds from the art fair go toward scholarships for area high school and university students.
Mid West Music Fest is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to promote music and art activism in the region. Creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse educational resources for artists, community members, and children.
Let the staff of the International Owl Center help you unravel the mysteries of owls as you meet the Center's feathered ambassadors up close and personal. Touch owl feathers, learn to identify owls by the sounds they make, explore children's owl art from around the world, and take pictures of perfectly mounted specimens of nine species of owls illustrating typical owl behaviors. We're lucky to have the only owl education center in the United States so close!
The La Crosse Storytelling Festival, always the weekend after Labor Day, is the only storytelling festival in Wisconsin. It is a fantastic family weekend with scary stories on Friday night and family and children's stories and activities on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night is the adult cabaret where the stories are geared for those eighteen and over. The festival brings in high level National Talent every year while continuing to highlight local and regional tellers. With two stages and a full schedule of tellers and musicians, the La Crosse Storytelling Festival also has a silent auction, book store, jugglers, face painting, and the state's best fest food. Come and enjoy the magic of storytelling!
This nationally recognized festival, which draws audiences from across the Midwest and acclaimed actors from all over the country, fills each Winona summer with a full slate of wold-class entertainment. Great River Shakespeare Festival's season is built around three professional productions, educational opportunities for all ages, free concerts each weekend and more, as well as unique programming throughout the entire year. Groups are welcome and encouraged! Since 2004, GRSF, a non-profit theater festival, has presented clearly spoken, dynamic productions to diverse and enthusiastic audiences from far and wide in addition to extensive education and community outreach programs.
Hidden Trails Corn Maze is La Crosse's agri-tainment venue. Open daily Sept 1 – Nov 1, Hidden Trails offers 4 corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, weekend wagon rides, farm animals, and fall decor and more! Get lost in over 5 miles of paths in a 12 acre corn maze. The 2015 maze features Wisconsin's own Bucky Badger!
Riverfest prides itself with providing family friendly entertainment. The area south of State street features the family stage remains free of charge and features everything from clown performances to juggling acts and a family movie. They also feature other acts on stages like a hyptonist and rotating yearly events in the Center Park stage that are family friendly. Generally later evening groups will be more adult centered but families are still welcome to attend.
Rotary Holiday Lights has over 3,000,000 lights in its inventory, you can imagine the breadth and depth of this holiday display. And remember, it's FREE. We ask for food and cash donations to help our mission of feeding the poor and hungry in the Coulee Regio
Great River Folk Festival is an American & Folk music and arts and crafts festival in LaCrosse, WI. The festival has been providing the community and surrounding states with a fun musical weekend for over forty years. The weekend event includes many types of music, a songwriters contest, dancing, children's activities, music workshops, crafts, ethnic food and local microbrewery beer.
A festival for the whole family with Irish & Celtic music from all over Ireland, Scotland, and the U.S,. including local musicians. Wee Folks area with games and activities, sheep shearing, bagpipe demonstration, Irish dogs, puppet theater, music and contests; Cultural tent with traditional music, Irish dancers and cultural exhibits; Arts Tent with baking demonstrations, speakers on Irish history, bodhran, tin whistle, and Irish language lessions. Irish food menu, Kilt run/walk, Highland games and more.
Prairie Dog Blues Festival is a regional, national and international blues bands performing on two stages in city park on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississippi River. Camping on site & shuttles run to most motels & marinas. Plenty of good food, beer and vendors selling hand-made items.
During Sparta Butterfest come and visit the “Bicycling Capital of the World” for this great festival! Activities include: arts and crafts, free entertainment stage, carnival, car show, huge parade, food and music on the grounds all weekend long. Be sure to check out their website for a complete schedule of events, music and button sale information and outlets.
The Houston Hoedown celebration is always the last FULL weekend of July. Starting on Friday afternoon with the Kiddie Parade, the celebration attracts crowds late into Sunday night after the last band closes it show at the Hoedown Grounds.
The La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway has NASCAR Racing every Saturday night April-September. The ASA La Crosse 300 in August and the Oktoberfest Races in October.
The Oktoberfest Races are the speedway's biggest event with 17 divisions over 4 big days. Providing fans with one of the finest stock car racing events in the Midwest! Many fans camp at the grounds for the event. Over 500 cars, 1,000 campers and 1,200 laps of total racing!
From the Pumphouse Regional Arts Center to the La Crosse Center and the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, La Crosse has some of the region's finest venues for experiencing visual and performing arts. Home to the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Community Theatre, and top-tier arts, music, and theatre programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University, there is no shortage of opportunities for a night of cultured entertainment.
The Pump House Regional Arts Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1977. Housed in a re-purposed municipal waterworks structure, the organization offers a wide range of visual and performing arts opportunities that utilize the venue's theater, 3 art galleries, classroom, pottery studio, and meeting areas. Twin vaulted wood ceilings and historic woodwork accent the remodeled interior of the fully accessible cultural center.The Pump House Regional Arts Center is home to award winning concerts, drama, exhibits, comedy, films, classes and more.
The Weber Center for the Performing Arts is a collaborative venue supporting the missions of La Crosse Community Theatre and Viterbo University. The Weber Center serves as a performance and administrative center for La Crosse Community Theatre, providing opportunities for creativity and personal growth; serves as a performance and learning center, expanding and advancing Viterbo University's regional and national arts reputation; and provides a beautiful community asset for events through cooperation and sustainability.
The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra provides the greater La Crosse area with 14 symphonic concerts each year. We are a non-profit corporation providing quality music, educating people in symphonic repertoire, and encouraging development of all musicians. We have several fundraising events including the Valentine Ball.
La Crosse Community Theatre creates productions and projects that enhance the theatrical literacy of our audience members, volunteers, students, and staff. We provide opportunities for creativity and personal growth in a fun, collaborative environment. As a community, we celebrate human connections through communication and interaction.
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