Artspire 2023: Your Ultimate Fest Guide

Artspire 2023 is just around the corner, and if you’re excited to immerse yourself in a world of creativity, community, and artistic expression, you’ve come to the right place! In this quick guide, we’ll provide you with all the essential information and tips you need to make the most of your Artspire experience. From navigating the festival grounds to discovering captivating performances and our local arts community, we’ve got you covered.

Festival Basics

Dates and Location: Artspire 2023 will take place June 10th, 2023 at the fest grounds in downtown La Crosse by the Pump House Regional Arts Center. Familiarize yourself with the festival grounds and plan your visit accordingly.

Tickets: Artspire is an all-inclusive, free community art event; buying a ticket or wristband is not necessary. Visit the official Facebook Page or the Pump House Regional Arts Center website to help the festival stay inclusive and free by donating if you are able. Artspire is looking for $10 donations from 100 people for a total goal of $1,000.

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Must-See Performances

Headline Acts: Discover the artists and performers headlining Artspire 2023. From musicians like Nicholas David, Charlieboy and High & Rising to local dance and theater groups, be sure to catch these captivating acts. The cultural performances are an important part of the festival’s commitment to diversity, so be sure to make time to see performers like Duniya Drum & Dance, Sana Illahe, and more.

Navigating the Festival

Festival Map: Find one of the large festival maps spread out throughout the fest grounds and familiarize yourself with the layout. Identify the stages, exhibition areas, fair vendors, food vendors, and other key points of interest.

Schedule Highlights: Plan your day by checking the festival schedule. Note the timings of your favorite performances and any interactive art events or projects you’d like to attend.

Signage and Information Booths: Look out for clear signage and information booths scattered throughout the festival grounds. They will provide directions, answer questions, and offer assistance when needed.


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Engaging with Art

Fine Art Fair & Sale: Take part in exploring over 50 different artists and art vendors at the 2023 Fine Art Sale & Fair selling a range of fine arts including pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculptures, and more. Be sure to bring cash to ensure you can purchase any piece that catches your eye!

Interactive Installations: Engage with interactive art installations scattered around the festival. These installations encourage audience participation and provide unique sensory experiences. Artspire 2023 interactive art installations include The Little Heart Project, Soul Box Project, and the Paperback Rider mobile library.

Community Art Projects: Join in collaborative community art projects where festival-goers can contribute their artistic touch to a collective piece. Connect with others and leave your mark on Artspire by participating in the Pump House Artspire Interactive Art Project: Tie Dye, crafts by the La Crosse Public Library and Chalkfest with the La Crosse Arts Initiative.

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Food and Refreshments

Food Vendors: Explore the diverse food stalls and trucks offering a wide range of delicious cuisines. Located right on the festival grounds, you’ll have easy access to local favorites and sweet treats.

Hydration: Stay hydrated throughout the day by locating the festival’s beverage vendors. Fill up your water bottle regularly to keep energized and ready for all the festivities. And stop by the Beer Garden with craft beverages from local breweries around town.

Capturing Memories

Photography and Videography: Capture the vibrant moments and breathtaking performances at Artspire. Share your experiences with friends and on social media, using dedicated hashtags to join the festival’s online community.

Respectful Photography: Be mindful of others’ privacy and ask for permission before taking close-up photos or videos of performers and artists. Respect any signage or guidelines regarding photography restrictions.


Artspire 2023 promises to be an unforgettable celebration of art, music, and creativity. With this quick guide, you’re now equipped to navigate the festival grounds, discover entertaining performances, and engage with the vibrant La Crosse artistic community. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Artspire this June!


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