La Crosse Winter Roots Festival

Presented by the La Crosse Center, La Crosse Local, and special thanks to The Remainders.


How many food vendors will there be?

Around six, announcing soon!

What kinds of drinks will be available?

Coffee, beer, soda, water, and cocktails.

Will there be any COVID-19 protocols?

La Crosse Center’s COVID-19 information is located here.

What do you get with General Admission Tickets?

Entry to the event, food and beverages are available for purchase.

May I leave the event and come back?

Yes, keep your ticket stub and wristband on for re-entry!

How do I get VIP tickets?

Sorry, they are sold out.


The La Crosse Center
La Crosse Local
La Crosse Local

Saturday February 12, 2022 | 2-11 PM | La Crosse Center

2:00 PM – VIP Entry (SOLD OUT) 21+
2:00 PM-7:00 PM – Driftless Maker’s Exchange (Free/All Ages)
3:00 PM – GA Entry ($25.00 DOS) 21+

La Crosse Winter Roots Festival

VIP (SOLD OUT) includes VIP Experience presented by the La Crosse Distilling Co.

Buy online or pick up tickets at La Crosse Center Box Office, Mon-Fri 11-5 PM.

Tickets include a $1.50 Hunger Task Force Donation + fees.

Day of Show 21+
Feb 12
GA- $25.00 (3pm Entry)
VIP- SOLD OUT (2pm Entry)

La Crosse Winter Roots Festival taking place Saturday, February 12th, 2022 is inviting visitors and locals to celebrate music, regional cuisine, artists, makers, and brewers and distillers (including a Special Tasting Hour). This event, hosted at the La Crosse Center in what will be the newly constructed Riverside Ballroom, nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Musical entertainment for the La Crosse Winter Roots Festival includes regional favorites Dan Sebranek and Company, American Idol contestant Reed Grimm, popular alternative Reggae band TUGG, La Crosse’s #1 classic rock band The Remainders, and country music band Gregg Hall & The Wrecking Ball. Closing the night will be the Trippin Billies, the nation’s most renowned Dave Matthews tribute band touring the U.S. for close to twenty-five years.

~Tickets are required for the musical entertainment~
3:00 PM – Dan Sebranek & Company
4:00 PM – Reed Grimm
6:45 – TUGG
8:00 PM – The Remainders
9:30 PM – Trippin Billies

Additionally, The Driftless Maker’s Exchange will be bringing in 20+ artists and makers from around the region! Vendors include The Blue Hippo, Katie Stevenson Art & Jewelry, Flying Cat Art Studio, the Quarter Mile Forge, Red Lantern Leatherworks, EATT Dried Goods, Kitchypoo, and more.

Mediums of work include textiles, felting, jewelry, acrylic, sculpture, woodworking, metalwork, and include a variety of makers focused on aromatics, botanicals, candle making, baked goods, and more.

2:00 PM-7:00 PM – Driftless Maker’s Exchange (Free/All Ages) 

La Crosse Winter Roots not only looks to celebrate the food and music culture of the La Crosse region, but also to support those in our area who are in need.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, who will be hosting various fundraising activities during the event including silent and live auctions. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item at entry. The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse is aiming to raise $10,000 and collect 5,000 pounds of food.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Learn more

The CDC is continuing to update its guidance for organizing large events and gatherings. The La Crosse Center is committed to the safety of its staff and visitors and will follow suggested guidelines brought forward by the La Crosse County Health Department and the CDC. It is hoped that by February of 2022 an indoor event will be able to take place safely and that visitors will be eager to celebrate winter indoors in a way that they were unable to during the 2020 pandemic. Learn More.

About The La Crosse Center
The La Crosse Center is in the process of completing a major renovation and expansion that is scheduled to be completed in late 2021. When completed the Center will have 120,000 square feet of multi-purpose space. The La Crosse Center plays host to state-wide conventions and sporting events, concerts, meetings, and more throughout the year and is a major driver in La Crosse tourism spending. The February date, while serving as a grand re-opening event, will also aid in bringing visitors to La Crosse during what is traditionally an off-season time of year for tourism spending in La Crosse County. The event will become an annual winter event aiding to bring more leisure visitors to La Crosse over the slow season year after year.

Meeting Planners
This La Crosse Winter Roots Festival will not only be utilized to showcase La Crosse County's elevated food and drinks scene to locals and leisure visitors but will also be used as an avenue to promote the new space to meeting planners and entities looking for a home for their events and conferences while wrapping it in an authentic celebration. The event will showcase the area’s food heritage, craft beer, and beverage scene. Interested meeting planners may reach out directly to Elizabeth Poh at 608-615-0296 or for more information.

About La Crosse Local
La Crosse Local is an arts, food, and entertainment podcast and publication for La Crosse County and its surrounding communities. Join us in supporting local arts. La Crosse Local works to be the voice of the La Crosse arts and dining scene. Highlighting the many talented individuals, and committed organizations that make La Crosse an exciting place to live, while giving our readers & listeners ideas of new experiences to explore and tastes to tempt them. Listen at or you can subscribe to "La Crosse Local" on your favorite podcast app.


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Jay Breier
Assistant Food and Beverage Supervisor
La Crosse Center

La Crosse Local
Amy Gabay
Media Director
River Travel Media / La Crosse Local

La Crosse Center

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