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The Ultimate Guide to La Crosse Area Festivals & Celebrations

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The Ultimate Guide to La Crosse Area Festivals

La Crosse is regionally known for its vibrant community and rich cultural heritage. From its stunning natural beauty to its lively downtown, our city has something for everyone.

But what truly sets La Crosse apart are its festivals. Throughout the year, the La Crosse area comes alive with a dazzling array of events that celebrate everything from local traditions and music to food and the great outdoors. In “The Ultimate Guide to La Crosse Wisconsin Area Festivals,” we’ll outline the must-see festivals that make our region unique and exciting. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, get ready to mark your calendar and join in the fun!

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LA CROSSE AREA FESTIVALS

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Browse our festival descriptions below to find your new favorite celebration!  Festivals are organized by time of year, starting with the spring. To come back to the top of the descriptions, please click “Back to Top.”

FESTIVAL DESCRIPTIONS

Spring Gift and Craft Show

April 13 – 14, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Get ready to kick off the holiday season with a bang at the Annual Fall Gift and Craft Show at the Onalaska Omni Center! This beloved community tradition takes place on October 12th and 13th, featuring over 100 local vendors showcasing their unique handmade crafts, gifts, and home decor. With free admission, you can browse to your heart’s content for one-of-a-kind finds, enjoy kids’ crafts, and even sip on a festive beverage while you shop!

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BTB Beer, Wine and Cheese

April 26th, 2025 | La Crosse, WI

Get ready to raise a glass (or three) at the Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine & Cheese Fest! This legendary La Crosse event promises a delicious journey through the finest craft brews, wines, cheeses, and meats from the region and beyond. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast, a wine connoisseur, or just love a good cheeseboard, this festival is your ticket to a fun-filled day of sampling and savoring the best local flavors. 

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Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day, every year | La Crosse, WI

Join the La Crosse community in remembering and honoring our fallen heroes at the annual Memorial Day Parade. It features a procession of marching bands, military units, and local groups through downtown La Crosse, culminating in a memorial service at Oak Grove Cemetery. Come pay your respects and show your support for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Ho-Chunk Nation’s Traditional Memorial Day Pow Wow

Memorial Day Weekend, every year | Black River Falls, WI

Experience a vibrant celebration of Ho-Chunk culture and heritage at the annual Memorial Day Pow Wow in Black River Falls. Hosted by the Ho-Chunk Nation, this powerful event honors veterans and ancestors through traditional dancing, singing, drumming, and storytelling. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of the Ho-Chunk people while enjoying delicious food, browsing unique crafts, and learning about their fascinating history. The Pow Wow takes place over Memorial Day weekend and is open to all who wish to participate in this meaningful tribute.

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June Dairy Days

May 31 – June 2, 2024 | West Salem, WI

Celebrate all things dairy at June Dairy Days, a beloved community festival held in West Salem! This fun-filled event is a tribute to Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and features live music, kids’ games, tractor rides, a classic car show, a parade, fireworks, and more. Indulge in delicious food, enjoy family-friendly entertainment, and experience the charm of a small-town tradition at June Dairy Days!

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Butterfest

June 6 – 9, 2024 | Sparta, WI

Get ready to butter up your summer fun at Sparta Butterfest, a celebration of Wisconsin’s dairy heritage and community spirit. This iconic festival features a delightful array of events for all ages, including live music, carnival rides, a craft fair, a grand parade, and plenty of delicious butter-themed treats. Don’t miss the crowning of the Butterfest royalty, the exciting competitions, and the chance to indulge in all your favorite dairy delights. 

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Moon Tunes 

Thursdays, June – September | Facebook

Soak up the sun and local sounds this summer at Moon Tunes, a free concert series held most Thursday evenings at Riverside Park. Brought to you by the Valley View Rotary Club, this laid-back event is perfect for families and friends to enjoy live music, picnics, and community vibes. With a diverse lineup of local talent throughout the summer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Lobsterfest

June 7, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Lobsterfest is an annual event hosted by the La Crosse Rotary East that brings a bounty of fresh lobster and other delights to the Coulee Region. Feast on flown-in fresh lobster, delicious sides, and wash it all down with craft beer or a glass of wine. Enjoy live music while supporting a great cause, with proceeds benefiting the Chad Erickson Memorial Park. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or simply looking for a fun night out, Lobsterfest is the place to be!

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Artpsire

June 8, 2024 | Riverside Park — La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of creativity at Artspire, La Crosse’s family-friendly arts festival! This free, all-inclusive event transforms downtown into a dynamic hub of artistic expression, featuring live music, interactive exhibits, captivating performances, and inspiring art installations. Explore the diverse talents of local and regional artists, engage with interactive activities, and discover the transformative power of art at Artspire.

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Great River Shakespeare Festival

Summer | Winona, MN

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) in Winona, Minnesota, is a renowned annual event that celebrates the works of William Shakespeare. Held during the summer months, this festival attracts theater enthusiasts from across the country to the scenic town of Winona, located along the Mississippi River.

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Winona Steamboat Days

June 12-16, 2024 | Winona, MN

Steamboat Days in Winona, Minnesota, is a beloved annual summer festival that celebrates the town’s rich riverboat heritage and vibrant community spirit. The festival kicks off with a grand parade that winds through the historic streets of Winona, showcasing colorful floats, marching bands, and community groups. This parade is a highlight, drawing crowds of enthusiastic spectators.

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Juneteenth

June 22, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

The Juneteenth celebration in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a vibrant and meaningful event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Held annually on June 19th, this celebration is a time for the community to come together to honor African American history, culture, and achievements.

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Norskedalen Midsummer Fest

June 22, 2024 | Coon Valley, WI

Step back in time and celebrate the magic of the summer solstice at Norskedalen’s Midsummer Fest! Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Scandinavia with folk dancing, authentic food, captivating storytelling, and a festive Maypole celebration. Explore the historic buildings and beautiful grounds of Norskedalen while enjoying live music, crafts, and family-friendly activities.

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Strawberry Jamboree

June 22, 2024 | Trempleau, WI

Indulge your taste buds at the Strawberry Jamboree, a sweet celebration of all things strawberry! Enjoy mouthwatering strawberry shortcake, pies, jams, and other delectable treats. Explore the craft fair, join in the fun games and activities, and tap your toes to live music. The Strawberry Jamboree is a perfect way to savor the taste of summer with family and friends.

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4th Fridays

4th Fridays during the summer June 28, July 26, August 23 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Fourth Fridays is a monthly summer event series bringing food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, music, and fun to downtown La Crosse. Free for all ages to attend. Bring your blankets, chairs, and friends to enjoy Fourth Fridays in Riverside Park!

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Celebrate Onalaska

June 29, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Get ready for a day of fun and festivities at Celebrate Onalaska! This lively event brings the community together for a day of live music, delicious food, kids’ activities, a parade, and a dazzling fireworks display. Celebrate the spirit of Onalaska and make lasting memories with your family and friends at this unforgettable event.

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Riverfest

July 3 – 6, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Celebrate America’s birthday with a bang at Riverfest in La Crosse! Head down to Riverside Park this 4th of July for our city’s biggest and baddest summer bash. We’re talking a non-stop party with killer live music, drool-worthy food trucks, endless activities for the kiddos, and a jaw-dropping fireworks display that’ll make your heart skip a beat. It’s a multi-day celebration of all things La Crosse, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Country Boom

July 11-13, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Grab your cowboy boots and get ready to two-step at Country Boom, the Midwest’s premier country music festival! This three-day extravaganza features a star-studded lineup of today’s hottest country artists, along with plenty of food, drinks, and good times. From line dancing to camping under the stars, Country Boom promises an unforgettable experience for country music lovers of all ages.

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Catfish Days

July 12-14, 2024 | Trempealeau, WI

This jam-packed weekend festival is a local tradition, complete with a parade, car show, live music, and of course, delicious catfish sandwiches. Bring the whole family for fishing tournaments, kids’ activities, and a whole lot of small-town charm. Don’t miss this summertime celebration of all things Trempealeau!

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Driftless Music Festival

July 13, 2024 | Viroqua, WI

Celebrate the unique spirit of the Driftless Region at the Driftless Music Festival, a weekend-long celebration of music, art, and community. This intimate festival showcases a diverse lineup of local and regional musicians, along with workshops, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Driftless landscape and connect with fellow music lovers in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

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Youth Outdoor Fest

July 13, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Inspire a love for the outdoors in the next generation at Youth Outdoor Fest! This free event is designed to introduce kids to a wide range of outdoor activities, including fishing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, and more. With hands-on demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and exciting challenges, kids of all ages will discover the joys of nature and the importance of conservation.

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La Crosse Storytelling Festival

July 19-20, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in the magic of storytelling at the La Crosse Storytelling Festival, a celebration of oral tradition and the power of narrative. Experience captivating tales from renowned storytellers, participate in workshops to hone your own storytelling skills, and enjoy a weekend filled with laughter, tears, and the joy of shared stories. This festival is a must-attend for anyone who appreciates the art of storytelling and the connection it creates between people.

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Prairie Dog Blues Festival

July 25-27, 2024 | Prairie du Chien, WI

Get ready to boogie down to the blues at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival, a two-day celebration of soulful music and good times. This family-friendly event features a lineup of talented blues musicians, delicious food vendors, and a lively atmosphere. Bring your lawn chairs, kick back, and enjoy the sounds of the blues under the summer sun.

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Cheech’s Deecefest

July 26 – 28, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Join the legendary Cheech Marin for Cheech’s Deecefest, a cannabis and music festival celebrating art, culture, and community. Enjoy live music from a diverse lineup of artists, explore the world of cannabis through educational exhibits and vendors, and savor delicious food and drinks. This festival is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and the positive impact of cannabis on our society.

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Art on the Green

July 27, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Discover the vibrant arts scene of the Coulee Region at Art on the Green, a juried art fair showcasing the talents of local and regional artists. Browse a wide array of unique handcrafted items, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and more. Enjoy live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities while supporting the arts community and finding one-of-a-kind treasures.

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Onalaska Community Days

August 2-3, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Celebrate community spirit and summer fun at Onalaska Community Days, a four-day extravaganza packed with family-friendly activities for all ages. Enjoy live music, delicious food, a craft fair, carnival rides, a parade, and a dazzling fireworks display. This annual event is a beloved tradition that brings the Onalaska community together for a weekend of laughter, camaraderie, and shared experiences.

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Irishfest

August 9-11, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Ireland at Irishfest La Crosse, a two-day celebration of Irish music, dance, food, and heritage. Enjoy lively performances by traditional Irish bands, learn a few Irish dance steps, savor authentic Irish cuisine, and browse a wide variety of Celtic crafts and merchandise. Irishfest is a festive occasion that brings the spirit of the Emerald Isle to La Crosse.

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Kornfest

August 16-18, 2024 | Holmen, WI

Get ready for a “corny” good time at Holmen’s Kornfest, a four-day festival celebrating the community’s agricultural heritage. Enjoy live music, a parade, carnival rides, a corn-eating contest, and a variety of other fun activities. Sample delicious corn dishes, browse the craft fair, and participate in family-friendly fun. Kornfest is a unique event that showcases the charm and spirit of Holmen.

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Wild West Days

August 16-18, 2024 | Viroqua WI

Saddle up for an exciting adventure at Wild West Days in Viroqua, a three-day event that brings the Wild West to life. Experience the thrill of rodeo events, including bull riding, bronc riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy live music, cowboy demonstrations, a parade, and a variety of Western-themed activities. Wild West Days is a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the excitement of the frontier.

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Great River Folk Festival

August 23 – 25, 2024 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of folk music and arts at the Great River Folk Festival. This vibrant three-day event showcases a diverse lineup of talented musicians, workshops, jam sessions, and family-friendly activities. Celebrate the power of music and community as you dance, sing along, and connect with fellow folk enthusiasts in the heart of La Crosse.

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Ho-Chunk Nation’s Labor Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow

Labor Day Weekend, every year | Black River Falls, WI

Experience the vibrant culture and traditions of the Ho-Chunk Nation at their annual Labor Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow. Witness breathtaking displays of traditional dancing, singing, drumming, and storytelling. Savor authentic Ho-Chunk cuisine, browse unique crafts, and learn about the rich history and heritage of this proud nation. 

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Mississippi Mayhem Vintage Motor Festival

September 6-7, 2024 | West Salem, WI

Rev your engines for the Mississippi Mayhem Vintage Motor Festival, a celebration of classic cars and motorcycles from the pre-1977 era. Feast your eyes on hundreds of meticulously restored vehicles, enjoy live music and entertainment, and soak up the nostalgic atmosphere. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of vintage automobiles, Mississippi Mayhem is a must-attend event.

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Pride in the Park

September 7, 2024 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Celebrate diversity and inclusivity at Pride in the Park, a vibrant festival honoring the LGBTQ+ community. Enjoy live music, drag performances, art exhibits, food vendors, and a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can be their authentic selves. Pride in the Park is a day of joy, unity, and celebration, promoting acceptance and understanding for all.

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Applefest

September 20-22, 2024 | La Crescent, WI

Celebrate the arrival of fall and the bounty of the apple harvest at Applefest, a beloved La Crescent tradition. This festive weekend is packed with family-friendly activities, including a parade, live music, carnival rides, a craft fair, and of course, plenty of delicious apple treats. Indulge in apple pies, cider, caramel apples, and more, while enjoying the scenic beauty of apple orchards in full bloom.

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Boats and Bluegrass

September 26-29, 2024 | Winona, WI

Experience the perfect blend of music and nature at Boats and Bluegrass, a unique festival held on the banks of the Mississippi River. Pitch your tent, launch your kayak, or simply relax on the riverbank as you enjoy three days of world-class bluegrass music, workshops, and jam sessions. This family-friendly event offers a welcoming atmosphere where you can connect with fellow music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

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Oktoberfest USA

September 26 – 29, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

In La Crosse, Wis., this isn’t just a festival – it’s a way of life. Held the last weekend of September, raise a stein and join the legendary celebration of German heritage that’s practically woven into the city’s DNA. Savor authentic food, flowing beer, lively music, and festive dancing. Witness the spectacular Torchlight and Maple Leaf Parades that locals line the streets for every year, cheer at the Tapping of the Golden Keg, and see Miss Oktoberfest crowned. For visitors, it’s an absolute must-attend for a vibrant party and a taste of authentic German culture. But for La Crosse natives, Oktoberfest is a cherished tradition so deeply ingrained in the community’s heart and soul that missing it would feel like missing a part of themselves. It’s a time to reconnect with family and friends, celebrate shared heritage, and revel in the immense community pride that this unique festival inspires. Prost!

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Oktoberfest Race Weekend

October 2-6, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Experience the thrill of short-track racing at its finest! This four-day extravaganza features a packed schedule of exciting races, showcasing various classes of cars and drivers competing for glory. Feel the adrenaline rush as you witness high-speed action and intense rivalries on the track. Off the track, Oktoberfest Race Weekend offers a unique blend of racing culture and festive fun. Join the vibrant community of racing enthusiasts, explore the lively campground scene, and create unforgettable memories at the largest short-track racing event in the Midwest.

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Sandbar Storytelling Festival

October 10-12, 2024 | Winona, MN

The Sandbar Storytelling Festival offers a variety of events such as storytelling performances, workshops, and open mic sessions. Held in the picturesque town of Winona, nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, this festival brings together storytellers from various backgrounds and genres. It typically features a diverse lineup of performers, including local, national, and international storytellers who share their tales through spoken word, music, and other creative expressions.

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Fall Gift and Craft Show

October 12-13, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Get ready to kick off the holiday season with a bang at the Annual Fall Gift and Craft Show at the Onalaska Omni Center! This beloved community tradition takes place on October 12th and 13th, featuring over 100 local vendors showcasing their unique handmade crafts, gifts, and home decor. With free admission, you can browse to your heart’s content for one-of-a-kind finds, enjoy kids’ crafts, and even sip on a festive beverage while you shop!

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Rotary Lights

November 27 – December 31, 2024 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Rotary Lights, a dazzling display of over 3 million twinkling lights illuminating Riverside Park. Stroll through the enchanting light tunnels, marvel at the animated displays, and sip on hot cocoa as you create cherished memories with loved ones. This annual event has become a beloved tradition, spreading holiday cheer and raising funds for local charities.

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Frothbite Beer and Bites Fest

December 7, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Embrace the winter chill at the Frothbite Beer and Bites Fest, a celebration of craft beer, hearty food, and cozy camaraderie. Sample a variety of local and regional brews, savor delicious bites from local vendors, and warm up by the fire pits. This annual event is a perfect way to beat the winter blues and discover new flavors.

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Skyrocker’s New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve | La Crosse, WI

Ring in the New Year with a bang at Skyrocker’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Dance the night away to live music, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, and toast to new beginnings with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Watch the dazzling fireworks display over the Mississippi River and create unforgettable memories as you welcome the New Year in style.

 


 

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Spring Gift and Craft Show

April 13 – 14, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Get ready to kick off the holiday season with a bang at the Annual Fall Gift and Craft Show at the Onalaska Omni Center! This beloved community tradition takes place on October 12th and 13th, featuring over 100 local vendors showcasing their unique handmade crafts, gifts, and home decor. With free admission, you can browse to your heart’s content for one-of-a-kind finds, enjoy kids’ crafts, and even sip on a festive beverage while you shop!

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BTB Beer, Wine and Cheese

April 26th, 2025 | La Crosse, WI

Get ready to raise a glass (or three) at the Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine & Cheese Fest! This legendary La Crosse event promises a delicious journey through the finest craft brews, wines, cheeses, and meats from the region and beyond. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast, a wine connoisseur, or just love a good cheeseboard, this festival is your ticket to a fun-filled day of sampling and savoring the best local flavors. 

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Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day, every year | La Crosse, WI

Join the La Crosse community in remembering and honoring our fallen heroes at the annual Memorial Day Parade. It features a procession of marching bands, military units, and local groups through downtown La Crosse, culminating in a memorial service at Oak Grove Cemetery. Come pay your respects and show your support for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Ho-Chunk Nation’s Traditional Memorial Day Pow Wow

Memorial Day Weekend, every year | Black River Falls, WI

Experience a vibrant celebration of Ho-Chunk culture and heritage at the annual Memorial Day Pow Wow in Black River Falls. Hosted by the Ho-Chunk Nation, this powerful event honors veterans and ancestors through traditional dancing, singing, drumming, and storytelling. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of the Ho-Chunk people while enjoying delicious food, browsing unique crafts, and learning about their fascinating history. The Pow Wow takes place over Memorial Day weekend and is open to all who wish to participate in this meaningful tribute.

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June Dairy Days

May 31 – June 2, 2024 | West Salem, WI

Celebrate all things dairy at June Dairy Days, a beloved community festival held in West Salem! This fun-filled event is a tribute to Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and features live music, kids’ games, tractor rides, a classic car show, a parade, fireworks, and more. Indulge in delicious food, enjoy family-friendly entertainment, and experience the charm of a small-town tradition at June Dairy Days!

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Butterfest

June 6 – 9, 2024 | Sparta, WI

Get ready to butter up your summer fun at Sparta Butterfest, a celebration of Wisconsin’s dairy heritage and community spirit. This iconic festival features a delightful array of events for all ages, including live music, carnival rides, a craft fair, a grand parade, and plenty of delicious butter-themed treats. Don’t miss the crowning of the Butterfest royalty, the exciting competitions, and the chance to indulge in all your favorite dairy delights. 

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Moon Tunes 

Thursdays, June – September | Facebook

Soak up the sun and local sounds this summer at Moon Tunes, a free concert series held most Thursday evenings at Riverside Park. Brought to you by the Valley View Rotary Club, this laid-back event is perfect for families and friends to enjoy live music, picnics, and community vibes. With a diverse lineup of local talent throughout the summer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Lobsterfest

June 7, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Lobsterfest is an annual event hosted by the La Crosse Rotary East that brings a bounty of fresh lobster and other delights to the Coulee Region. Feast on flown-in fresh lobster, delicious sides, and wash it all down with craft beer or a glass of wine. Enjoy live music while supporting a great cause, with proceeds benefiting the Chad Erickson Memorial Park. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or simply looking for a fun night out, Lobsterfest is the place to be!

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Artpsire

June 8, 2024 | Riverside Park — La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of creativity at Artspire, La Crosse’s family-friendly arts festival! This free, all-inclusive event transforms downtown into a dynamic hub of artistic expression, featuring live music, interactive exhibits, captivating performances, and inspiring art installations. Explore the diverse talents of local and regional artists, engage with interactive activities, and discover the transformative power of art at Artspire.

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Great River Shakespeare Festival

Summer | Winona, MN

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) in Winona, Minnesota, is a renowned annual event that celebrates the works of William Shakespeare. Held during the summer months, this festival attracts theater enthusiasts from across the country to the scenic town of Winona, located along the Mississippi River.

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Winona Steamboat Days

June 12-16, 2024 | Winona, MN

Steamboat Days in Winona, Minnesota, is a beloved annual summer festival that celebrates the town’s rich riverboat heritage and vibrant community spirit. The festival kicks off with a grand parade that winds through the historic streets of Winona, showcasing colorful floats, marching bands, and community groups. This parade is a highlight, drawing crowds of enthusiastic spectators.

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Juneteenth

June 22, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

The Juneteenth celebration in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a vibrant and meaningful event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Held annually on June 19th, this celebration is a time for the community to come together to honor African American history, culture, and achievements.

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Norskedalen Midsummer Fest

June 22, 2024 | Coon Valley, WI

Step back in time and celebrate the magic of the summer solstice at Norskedalen’s Midsummer Fest! Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Scandinavia with folk dancing, authentic food, captivating storytelling, and a festive Maypole celebration. Explore the historic buildings and beautiful grounds of Norskedalen while enjoying live music, crafts, and family-friendly activities.

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Strawberry Jamboree

June 22, 2024 | Trempleau, WI

Indulge your taste buds at the Strawberry Jamboree, a sweet celebration of all things strawberry! Enjoy mouthwatering strawberry shortcake, pies, jams, and other delectable treats. Explore the craft fair, join in the fun games and activities, and tap your toes to live music. The Strawberry Jamboree is a perfect way to savor the taste of summer with family and friends.

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4th Fridays

4th Fridays during the summer June 28, July 26, August 23 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Fourth Fridays is a monthly summer event series bringing food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, music, and fun to downtown La Crosse. Free for all ages to attend. Bring your blankets, chairs, and friends to enjoy Fourth Fridays in Riverside Park!

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Celebrate Onalaska

June 29, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Get ready for a day of fun and festivities at Celebrate Onalaska! This lively event brings the community together for a day of live music, delicious food, kids’ activities, a parade, and a dazzling fireworks display. Celebrate the spirit of Onalaska and make lasting memories with your family and friends at this unforgettable event.

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Riverfest

July 3 – 6, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Celebrate America’s birthday with a bang at Riverfest in La Crosse! Head down to Riverside Park this 4th of July for our city’s biggest and baddest summer bash. We’re talking a non-stop party with killer live music, drool-worthy food trucks, endless activities for the kiddos, and a jaw-dropping fireworks display that’ll make your heart skip a beat. It’s a multi-day celebration of all things La Crosse, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Country Boom

July 11-13, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Grab your cowboy boots and get ready to two-step at Country Boom, the Midwest’s premier country music festival! This three-day extravaganza features a star-studded lineup of today’s hottest country artists, along with plenty of food, drinks, and good times. From line dancing to camping under the stars, Country Boom promises an unforgettable experience for country music lovers of all ages.

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Driftless Music Festival

July 13, 2024 | Viroqua, WI

Celebrate the unique spirit of the Driftless Region at the Driftless Music Festival, a weekend-long celebration of music, art, and community. This intimate festival showcases a diverse lineup of local and regional musicians, along with workshops, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Driftless landscape and connect with fellow music lovers in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

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Youth Outdoor Fest

July 13, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Inspire a love for the outdoors in the next generation at Youth Outdoor Fest! This free event is designed to introduce kids to a wide range of outdoor activities, including fishing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, and more. With hands-on demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and exciting challenges, kids of all ages will discover the joys of nature and the importance of conservation.

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La Crosse Storytelling Festival

July 19-20, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in the magic of storytelling at the La Crosse Storytelling Festival, a celebration of oral tradition and the power of narrative. Experience captivating tales from renowned storytellers, participate in workshops to hone your own storytelling skills, and enjoy a weekend filled with laughter, tears, and the joy of shared stories. This festival is a must-attend for anyone who appreciates the art of storytelling and the connection it creates between people.

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Prairie Dog Blues Festival

July 25-27, 2024 | Prairie du Chien, WI

Get ready to boogie down to the blues at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival, a two-day celebration of soulful music and good times. This family-friendly event features a lineup of talented blues musicians, delicious food vendors, and a lively atmosphere. Bring your lawn chairs, kick back, and enjoy the sounds of the blues under the summer sun.

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Cheech’s Deecefest

July 26 – 28, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Join the legendary Cheech Marin for Cheech’s Deecefest, a cannabis and music festival celebrating art, culture, and community. Enjoy live music from a diverse lineup of artists, explore the world of cannabis through educational exhibits and vendors, and savor delicious food and drinks. This festival is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and the positive impact of cannabis on our society.

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Art on the Green

July 27, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Discover the vibrant arts scene of the Coulee Region at Art on the Green, a juried art fair showcasing the talents of local and regional artists. Browse a wide array of unique handcrafted items, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and more. Enjoy live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities while supporting the arts community and finding one-of-a-kind treasures.

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Onalaska Community Days

August 2-3, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Celebrate community spirit and summer fun at Onalaska Community Days, a four-day extravaganza packed with family-friendly activities for all ages. Enjoy live music, delicious food, a craft fair, carnival rides, a parade, and a dazzling fireworks display. This annual event is a beloved tradition that brings the Onalaska community together for a weekend of laughter, camaraderie, and shared experiences.

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Irishfest

August 9-11, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Ireland at Irishfest La Crosse, a two-day celebration of Irish music, dance, food, and heritage. Enjoy lively performances by traditional Irish bands, learn a few Irish dance steps, savor authentic Irish cuisine, and browse a wide variety of Celtic crafts and merchandise. Irishfest is a festive occasion that brings the spirit of the Emerald Isle to La Crosse.

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Kornfest

August 16-18, 2024 | Holmen, WI

Get ready for a “corny” good time at Holmen’s Kornfest, a four-day festival celebrating the community’s agricultural heritage. Enjoy live music, a parade, carnival rides, a corn-eating contest, and a variety of other fun activities. Sample delicious corn dishes, browse the craft fair, and participate in family-friendly fun. Kornfest is a unique event that showcases the charm and spirit of Holmen.

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Wild West Days

August 16-18, 2024 | Viroqua WI

Saddle up for an exciting adventure at Wild West Days in Viroqua, a three-day event that brings the Wild West to life. Experience the thrill of rodeo events, including bull riding, bronc riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy live music, cowboy demonstrations, a parade, and a variety of Western-themed activities. Wild West Days is a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the excitement of the frontier.

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Great River Folk Festival

August 23 – 25, 2024 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of folk music and arts at the Great River Folk Festival. This vibrant three-day event showcases a diverse lineup of talented musicians, workshops, jam sessions, and family-friendly activities. Celebrate the power of music and community as you dance, sing along, and connect with fellow folk enthusiasts in the heart of La Crosse.

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Ho-Chunk Nation’s Labor Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow

Labor Day Weekend, every year | Black River Falls, WI

Experience the vibrant culture and traditions of the Ho-Chunk Nation at their annual Labor Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow. Witness breathtaking displays of traditional dancing, singing, drumming, and storytelling. Savor authentic Ho-Chunk cuisine, browse unique crafts, and learn about the rich history and heritage of this proud nation. 

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Mississippi Mayhem Vintage Motor Festival

September 6-7, 2024 | West Salem, WI

Rev your engines for the Mississippi Mayhem Vintage Motor Festival, a celebration of classic cars and motorcycles from the pre-1977 era. Feast your eyes on hundreds of meticulously restored vehicles, enjoy live music and entertainment, and soak up the nostalgic atmosphere. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of vintage automobiles, Mississippi Mayhem is a must-attend event.

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Pride in the Park

September 7, 2024 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Celebrate diversity and inclusivity at Pride in the Park, a vibrant festival honoring the LGBTQ+ community. Enjoy live music, drag performances, art exhibits, food vendors, and a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can be their authentic selves. Pride in the Park is a day of joy, unity, and celebration, promoting acceptance and understanding for all.

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Applefest

September 20-22, 2024 | La Crescent, WI

Celebrate the arrival of fall and the bounty of the apple harvest at Applefest, a beloved La Crescent tradition. This festive weekend is packed with family-friendly activities, including a parade, live music, carnival rides, a craft fair, and of course, plenty of delicious apple treats. Indulge in apple pies, cider, caramel apples, and more, while enjoying the scenic beauty of apple orchards in full bloom.

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Boats and Bluegrass

September 26-29, 2024 | Winona, WI

Experience the perfect blend of music and nature at Boats and Bluegrass, a unique festival held on the banks of the Mississippi River. Pitch your tent, launch your kayak, or simply relax on the riverbank as you enjoy three days of world-class bluegrass music, workshops, and jam sessions. This family-friendly event offers a welcoming atmosphere where you can connect with fellow music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

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Oktoberfest USA

September 26 – 29, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

In La Crosse, Wis., this isn’t just a festival – it’s a way of life. Held the last weekend of September, raise a stein and join the legendary celebration of German heritage that’s practically woven into the city’s DNA. Savor authentic food, flowing beer, lively music, and festive dancing. Witness the spectacular Torchlight and Maple Leaf Parades that locals line the streets for every year, cheer at the Tapping of the Golden Keg, and see Miss Oktoberfest crowned. For visitors, it’s an absolute must-attend for a vibrant party and a taste of authentic German culture. But for La Crosse natives, Oktoberfest is a cherished tradition so deeply ingrained in the community’s heart and soul that missing it would feel like missing a part of themselves. It’s a time to reconnect with family and friends, celebrate shared heritage, and revel in the immense community pride that this unique festival inspires. Prost!

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Oktoberfest Race Weekend

October 2-6, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Experience the thrill of short-track racing at its finest! This four-day extravaganza features a packed schedule of exciting races, showcasing various classes of cars and drivers competing for glory. Feel the adrenaline rush as you witness high-speed action and intense rivalries on the track. Off the track, Oktoberfest Race Weekend offers a unique blend of racing culture and festive fun. Join the vibrant community of racing enthusiasts, explore the lively campground scene, and create unforgettable memories at the largest short-track racing event in the Midwest.

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Sandbar Storytelling Festival

October 10-12, 2024 | Winona, MN

The Sandbar Storytelling Festival offers a variety of events such as storytelling performances, workshops, and open mic sessions. Held in the picturesque town of Winona, nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, this festival brings together storytellers from various backgrounds and genres. It typically features a diverse lineup of performers, including local, national, and international storytellers who share their tales through spoken word, music, and other creative expressions.

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Fall Gift and Craft Show

October 12-13, 2024 | Onalaska, WI

Get ready to kick off the holiday season with a bang at the Annual Fall Gift and Craft Show at the Onalaska Omni Center! This beloved community tradition takes place on October 12th and 13th, featuring over 100 local vendors showcasing their unique handmade crafts, gifts, and home decor. With free admission, you can browse to your heart’s content for one-of-a-kind finds, enjoy kids’ crafts, and even sip on a festive beverage while you shop!

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Rotary Lights

November 27 – December 31, 2024 | Riverside Park – La Crosse, WI

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Rotary Lights, a dazzling display of over 3 million twinkling lights illuminating Riverside Park. Stroll through the enchanting light tunnels, marvel at the animated displays, and sip on hot cocoa as you create cherished memories with loved ones. This annual event has become a beloved tradition, spreading holiday cheer and raising funds for local charities.

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Frothbite Beer and Bites Fest

December 7, 2024 | La Crosse, WI

Embrace the winter chill at the Frothbite Beer and Bites Fest, a celebration of craft beer, hearty food, and cozy camaraderie. Sample a variety of local and regional brews, savor delicious bites from local vendors, and warm up by the fire pits. This annual event is a perfect way to beat the winter blues and discover new flavors.

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Skyrocker’s New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve | La Crosse, WI

Ring in the New Year with a bang at Skyrocker’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Dance the night away to live music, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, and toast to new beginnings with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Watch the dazzling fireworks display over the Mississippi River and create unforgettable memories as you welcome the New Year in style.

 


 

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SUMMER

June Dairy Days | West Salem

June 1 @ 8:30 am - 11:59 pm
Friday May 31 Events Tappy’s Facepainting Gazebo:  Music by the Hwy 16 Band 5 PM  Kiddie Tra...

June Dairy Days | West Salem

June 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday May 31 Events Tappy’s Facepainting Gazebo:  Music by the Hwy 16 Band 5 PM  Kiddie Tra...

Sparta Butterfest

June 6 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Get ready for a weekend of unforgettable entertainment at the Sparta Butterfest Fest Tent from June ...

Sparta Butterfest

June 7 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Get ready for a weekend of unforgettable entertainment at the Sparta Butterfest Fest Tent from June ...

Lobsterfest | La Crosse, WI

June 7 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Welcome to Rotary East’s 8th Annual Lobsterfest! Proceeds will benefit improvements at Chad Er...

Artspire | La Crosse, WI

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Artspire is an all-inclusive, free community art event that attracts, engages, and connects our dive...

Sparta Butterfest

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Get ready for a weekend of unforgettable entertainment at the Sparta Butterfest Fest Tent from June ...

Bennett’s Block Party | Bennett O’Reily’s – South

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Please join us for a day outside at Bennett’s South! We will have an outdoor bar and grill set...

Sparta Butterfest

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Get ready for a weekend of unforgettable entertainment at the Sparta Butterfest Fest Tent from June ...

5Point Adventure Film Festival | Rivoli Theatre

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5POINT – On the Road Adventure Film Festival COMMUNITY THROUGH STORY Bringing the community to...

Juneteenth Movie Celebration: The Color Purple | Rivoli Theatre and Pizzeria

June 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:40 pm
Bring the family and friends for a fun evening of movie watching with 2 screenings of The Color Purp...

Juneteenth Movie Celebration: The Color Purple | Rivoli Theatre and Pizzeria

June 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bring the family and friends for a fun evening of movie watching with 2 screenings of The Color Purp...

Midsummer Fest | Coon Valley, WI

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us in enjoying folk art and heritage skills being demonstrated, various workshops, music, and f...

Berry Jamboree

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
MUSIC: Corey Wise, Jon & Jammin, Ryan Rodenberg Shopping: The Berry Market The Floral Market The...

{NEW LOCATION} Juneteenth Celebration | Logan Middle School

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Please join the La Crosse community as we celebrate the third annual Juneteenth celebration on Satur...

Explore La Crosse Day | La Crosse, WI

June 26 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Explore La Crosse Day is an annual bus trip to Milwaukee for a Brewer game. We are proud to be the l...

Celebrate Onalaska

June 29 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Celebrate Onalaska is a free All-American Celebration in Onalaska, WI. Celebrate with us on Saturday...

 

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Riverfest | Riverside Park

July 3 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm
Riverfest – established in 1983 to create and hold a family festival with “something for everyon...

Riverfest | Riverside Park

July 4 @ 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Riverfest – established in 1983 to create and hold a family festival with “something for everyon...

Riverfest | Riverside Park

July 5 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Riverfest – established in 1983 to create and hold a family festival with “something for everyon...

Riverfest | Riverside Park

July 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Riverfest – established in 1983 to create and hold a family festival with “something for everyon...

Patchouli – Concert in the Vineyard | Branches Winery, Westby

July 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Enjoy this recording and international touring duo’s soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and wor...

Country Boom | Maple Grove Venues

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Country Boom was founded in 2018 to provide an unforgettable experience in a few key areas: music, f...

Country Boom | Maple Grove Venues

July 12 @ 4:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Country Boom was founded in 2018 to provide an unforgettable experience in a few key areas: music, f...

Youth Outdoor Fest 2024

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Youth Outdoor Fest is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -Midwest Fisheries Center, La Cro...

Youth Outdoor Fest | Veteran’s Freedom Park

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Swing by the Youth Outdoor Fest for a wild time! Local pros will show kiddos the ropes of fishing, a...

Driftless Music Festival

July 13 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Driftless Music Festival is a family-friendly event in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Located in Eckhart Pa...

Country Boom | Maple Grove Venues

July 13 @ 4:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Country Boom was founded in 2018 to provide an unforgettable experience in a few key areas: music, f...

La Crosse Storytelling Festival

July 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin’s first storytelling Festival! The La Crosse Storytelling Festival was conceived in 200...

La Crosse Storytelling Festival

July 20 @ 1:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wisconsin’s first storytelling Festival! The La Crosse Storytelling Festival was conceived in 200...

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

July 25 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held annually on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississ...

Cheech’s Deecefest Family Music Festival

July 26 @ 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday Schedule G.E.C.U Stage 3-430-Flibbertijibbet 5-630- Maygen and the Birdwatcher 7-830- Howard ...

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

July 26 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held annually on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississ...

Art Fair on the Green

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us for our 66th annual juried art fair on July 27, 2024, at the Viterbo University Courtyard in...

Cheech’s Deecefest Family Music Festival

July 27 @ 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday Schedule G.E.C.U Stage 3-430-Flibbertijibbet 5-630- Maygen and the Birdwatcher 7-830- Howard ...

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held annually on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississ...

Cheech’s Deecefest Family Music Festival

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday Schedule G.E.C.U Stage 3-430-Flibbertijibbet 5-630- Maygen and the Birdwatcher 7-830- Howard ...

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Onalaska Community Days

August 2 @ 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Welcome to Onalaska Community Days, celebrating 20 Years. This year’s celebration will be at the O...

Onalaska Community Days

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Welcome to Onalaska Community Days, celebrating 20 Years. This year’s celebration will be at the O...

People Fest | Driftless Music Gardens

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Join us for three nights under the milkyway to celebrate sixteen years of People Fest. August 8th-10...

Irishfest La Crosse

August 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Irishfest in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Held the 2nd weekend of August. World-class Irish performers and ...

People Fest | Driftless Music Gardens

August 9 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Join us for three nights under the milkyway to celebrate sixteen years of People Fest. August 8th-10...

Irishfest La Crosse

August 10 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Irishfest in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Held the 2nd weekend of August. World-class Irish performers and ...

People Fest | Driftless Music Gardens

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Join us for three nights under the milkyway to celebrate sixteen years of People Fest. August 8th-10...

Irishfest La Crosse

August 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Irishfest in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Held the 2nd weekend of August. World-class Irish performers and ...

Coulee Con | La Crosse Center

August 16 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Our convention is focused on building a supportive and inclusive community that brings gamers togeth...

River Roast 2024 | Charmant Hotel

August 16 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mark your calendars! Our annual outdoor concert, River Roast, is coming to you live on August 16th, ...

Coulee Con | La Crosse Center

August 17 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Our convention is focused on building a supportive and inclusive community that brings gamers togeth...

Coulee Con | La Crosse Center

August 18 @ 9:00 am -