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The Picks: Downtown Art Walk, Granddad Get Down at Alpine Inn, PRIDE & More Event Picks!

The Picks: Downtown Art Walk, Granddad Get Down at Alpine Inn & More Event Picks!

June 2-8, 2023

New local picks every Thursday evening to get your weekend started! Check back each week to see La Crosse Local’s picks and to make sure not to miss out on events throughout the year.

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Photo by The Artsiders

Thursday 6/1

PRIDE at The Main – June marks the kick off of Pride Month, an entire month of events, festivals, and parades dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQ+ voices and culture, and the support of LGBTQ+ rights. Stop by The Main tonight from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm to celebrate PRIDE presented by The Artsiders and The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection. There will be local artists (highlighting LGBTQA+ artists), local drag and musicians!

Tom Wopat and The Midwestern All Star Band – Moon Tunes is back for the summer at Riverside Park! Come down tonight from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm for Tom Wopat and The Midwestern All Star Band. Enjoy this free community event with live music and great company!

Photo by Pump House Regional Arts Center

Friday 6/2

Artist Reception – Help the Pump House celebrate the current work in their galleries with an open house Artist Reception on Friday evening at 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and will offer the opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary snacks and wine. The artists and works include Imagination Deception by Chase Gentry and Flora by Kirsten Engel.

First Friday Downtown Art Walk – Support local art at the First Friday Downtown Art Walk on May 5th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Meet featured artists, exhibitions and new collections at various arts supporting locations in downtown La Crosse. These include River City Gallery, the Pump House, Fannin Counseling & Art Therapy and more.

Darcey May’s Country Jam – Come down to Pearl Street Brewery for Darcey May’s Country Jam with Branded Hot Country. The doors open at 6:00 pm, with the music running from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Dress in your most country outfit and grab your tickets today!

Photo by Billy Bronsted and the Loot

Saturday 6/3

Alpine Inn Presents: The Granddad Get-Down – Get ready for the Granddad Get-Down, a bluegrass and folk music festival this summer at Alpine Inn! The music starts at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 3 with a lineup featuring Bryce Thomaschefsky, Spine Stealers, Knee High July, Hemlock Chaser, Billy Bronsted and the Loot, and Joseph Huber. Tickets are $10 presale, and $15 dollars the day of the show.

Bacon Fest 2023 – Bacon Fest is back! Come down to Copeland Park on Saturday at 12:00 pm to participate in the festivities. Festival goers can sample area meat markets’ best bacon creations and local restaurants bacon inspired dishes, and vote for their favorite. The annual Bacon Eating Contest will be back this year for the second time, too, featuring 10 contestants and 2 pounds of bacon. Grab your tickets soon.

Photo by 608 Brewing Company

Sunday 6/4

Stacy Steven Hanson and Friends – Presented by Broken Wrist Records, stop by Leo and Leona’s this Sunday to see Stacy Steven Hanson and Friends live. The show will feature members of the local band Red Sky Warning, as well as Andy Hughes and Payton Eilers. The show runs from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

The Market at 608 Brewing Company – Another Green World plant shop and 608 Brewing Company present, The Market at 608 Brewing Company. A new local farmer and makers market starting in La Crosse this June and running through the summer. The first market will be on June 4th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and feature a range of local farmers and makers.

Photo by High & Rising

Coming Up

Artspire La Crosse 2023: 10th Anniversary – Artspire is back this June for their 10th Anniversary festival! Plan on heading to Artspire on Saturday June 10th and joining the Pump House Regional Arts Center for an all-inclusive, free, community arts celebration that showcases the power of the arts to create community. There will be music and performances, a fine art fair & sale, interactive arts, food trucks and a beer garden. Mark your calendars and purchase your tickets early!

Bonfire Music & Arts Festival – Buy your tickets now for the Driftless Music Gardens’ Bonfire Music & Arts Festival running June 8th-10th The festival in Yuba, WI will feature three days of epic music lineups, wellness activities and workshops, camping, and exploring the beautiful, natural outdoor amphitheater. With a focus on nature, art, and music, the Bonfire Music and Arts Festival is sure to be a fun addition to your summer plans.

Pearl Street Wine Run 5k – Sign up now for the Pearl Street Wine Run 5k on Saturday, June 10th presented by Pearl Street Brewery. The run/walk starts at 9:00 am and will feature the scenery and landscape of Pearl Street Brewery. Registration includes a range of items and a pour of wine! Register for the race today.

Cheech’s Deecefest – Cheech’s Deecefest Family Music Festival is back this summer on July 28-30, 2023. Located at the Bluebird Campground in La Crosse, WI, this family-friendly music festival is a great local event to enjoy this summer with music, food, drinks, entertainment, and friends. Deecefest features local and regional artists and is a great opportunity to support the thriving local music scene in La Crosse. Buy your tickets now!

Prairie Dog Blues Festival – Coming up this summer on July 27-29, 2023, make the trip down the river road to Prairie du Chien for the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. Held every year on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississippi River, the Prairie Blues Festival is a blues music festival. Blues and Roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast Jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill Country Blues, New Orleans horns and Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, Blues Rock; the festival makes for a great weekend of live music and entertainment. Buy your tickets now and make plans to camp!

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