Featured Photo by Claude Bourbon

The Picks: La Crosse Distilling Co. Volume 4 of the Woodpecker Barrel Series Launch, Prairie Smoke’s 25th Anniversary Concert at the Pump House & More Weekend Picks!

April 22-24, 2022

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.

All Month

Celebrate Spring All April Long– Celebrate the arrival of Spring all April in La Crosse with our roundup of events, or by checking out local events like spring markets, performances, and specials. This weekend check out the Spring Open House in downtown La Crosse. 

All Weekend

Between The Bluffs Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival – The legendary Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival returns to La Crosse this weekend! Enjoy delicious regional craft beverages and specialty meats and cheeses from the La Crosse Region, Wisconsin, and the Midwest. Come out on Friday and enjoy the Between The Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Taster’s Eve event for live music, drinks, and more at a variety of participating vendors and establishments including Pearl Street Brewery, La Crosse Distilling Co., Monkey Business Food Truck, and more. Then attend the main event on Saturday at the Oktoberfest Grounds to try products from a variety of vendors and businesses! Grab your tickets soon.

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Spring Open House – Take a stroll through downtown La Crosse and support the amazing local businesses and shops with a Spring Open House presented by Downtown Mainstreet La Crosse. Participating retailers will be extending their hours and hosting special promotions for an evening of Spring fun and shopping.

Launch of Woodpecker Barrel Series Vol. 4 Sapsucker Salute – As a part of the Taster’s Eve for the Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival, La Crosse Distilling Co. will be releasing Volume 4 of their Woodpecker Barrel Series, Sapsucker Salute. The release, called Sapsucker Salute, is a whiskey barrel-aged chocolate stout aged in a maple syrup bourbon barrel with hints of caramel, vanilla and prune. You can sample it exclusively at the tasting room during the Taster’s Eve event, as well as try their house brewed beers and craft cocktails.

Leo & Leona’s presents “Claude Bourbon” – Make the short drive out to Leo and Leona’s and experience an amazing guitar performance by Claude Bourbon. Now a UK based musician, Claude Bourbon is a unique and talented guitarist known throughout Europe and America for his take on a wide range of musical traditions. From the Blues to Spanish and Middle Eastern stylings, Claude combines plucking, picking and strumming to create his inimitable style that brings listeners back again and again.


Prairie Smoke – 25th Anniversary Concert – Celebrate 25 years of Prairie Smoke at the Pump House Regional Arts Center. The American and Celtic folk music band is putting on a 25th Anniversary Concert featuring their best traditional American and Celtic folk music and original songs. If you don’t have your tickets yet, this show is unfortunately sold out.

Bonefire, Tantivy, and Malignant Hangover – Start your Saturday night off with a night of Heavy-Punk-Gothic-Metal at the Popcorn Tavern. Featured bands include Bonefire, Tantivy, Malignant Hangover, and Thundergoat. Music starts at 9pm with a small cover charge of $5.


La Crosse Wind Symphony Spring Concert – Enjoy a relaxing evening of music by the La Crosse Wind Symphony with their free spring concert at the new Trygve Mathison Fine Arts Center. The band is led by conductor Jeff Krauklis and the program features works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Samuel Barber and more.

Coming Up

Mid West Music Fest – grab your tickets for the upcoming Mid West Music Fest in Winona, MN. April 29-30th take a short drive across the Mississippi River and come out to celebrate music and community! The festival promotes music and art of all genres and mediums, and supports the connection of the community to our local music and art scenes throughout the area. Check out the first festival in Winona next weekend, and then come out for the second one in September in La Crosse, WI. Get your tickets for both dates now and get ready for two weekends of entertainment, music, and the arts!

Artspire – Coming up this summer, celebrate the arts at the 2022 Artspire Art fair and Sale. Presented and funded by the Pump House Regional Arts Center, Artspire is a free community event that fosters meaningful arts experiences within our diverse community. Plan to come and enjoy visual, interactive, performing, literary arts and dance in June of 2022.


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