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The Picks: Oktoberfest La Crosse, Local Music and Art, & More Weekend Picks!

The Picks: Oktoberfest La Crosse, Local Music and Art, & More Weekend Picks!

September 29 – October 5, 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.

Photo by Oktoberfest – La Crosse WI

All Weekend

Oktoberfest 2022 – La Crosse’s 61st Oktoberfest starts this Thursday evening with the Torchlight Parade and heads into a full weekend of events, festivities, entertainment, and fun for all! The much anticipated annual events return this year like the Tapping of the Golden Keg, live music at the Fest Grounds, the YMCA Maple Leaf Walk Run, and the Maple Leaf Parade. But there are plenty of other exciting events and happenings around the La Crosse area to help you celebrate this weekend. Get your tickets now or at the Fest Grounds, and prepare for a fun weekend of festivities in downtown La Crosse all weekend long.

Photo by Pump House Regional Arts Center/Jane Michalski


Current Pump House Regional Arts Center Exhibition – Join the Pump House Regional Arts Center in supporting their currently featured exhibition, which will be on display from September 14 – November 5, 2022. The exhibition features the works of Jane Michalski in Enduring Earth, and the unique group project Drawn Together by a large group of artists, including Jeanne Arenz, Lynne Burgess, Lynnae Burns, Julie Chamberlain, Margaret Ewert, Lori Ehlke, Joan Gunderson, Lynn Hobart, Chris Johnson, Pam Knutson, Pat Gund, Jill Rippe, Ann Schedivy-Tollefson, Marti Schwem, Colleen Shore, Laura Siitari, Marianne Stanke and Marcia Thompson.

Shoeless Revolution at the Popcorn Tavern – This Friday night at 10pm Reed Grimm and the rest of Shoeless Revolution return to the Popcorn Tavern for a live performance like no other. The band is known for their exciting and entertaining shows, and it is sure to be a great night to help you kick off your weekend fun!

Photo by Taqueria Pato Azul


The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Planetarium Public Performances – This October 1st the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Planetarium will bring back its Public Programs that are available to school groups, private groups, and the public. These programs are presented at 1:00pm on Saturdays, and there are 6 monthly Public Programs per month during the school year in October, November, December, February, March, and April. The programs will include a talk about the current evening sky and then a multimedia audiovisual presentation on an astronomical subject. The October program, “Explorers of Mauna Kea,” will be at 1:00pm on Saturdays, which include October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.


Taqueria Pato Azul Grand Opening! – Come down to 4th Street in La Crosse on Monday, October 3rd for the grand opening of a new authentic Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Pato Azul. Located in a historic building in downtown La Crosse, Taqueria Pato Azul comes from the creators of Bleu Duck Kitchen and serves to give visitors an authentic Mexican culinary experience. You can find a sneak peek of their menu and some of the delicious dishes they will be offering on their Facebook page.

Photo by David Huckfelt

Coming Up

Pieta Brown & David Huckfelt LIVE at the Pump House – Get your tickets now for Pieta Brown and David Huckfelt who will be performing at the Pump House Regional Arts Center on October 6th. Pieta Brown is an internationally known singer and songwriter who first came into the spotlight after her self-titled debut album in 2002. David Huckfelt is a singer/lyricist/activist, as well as the founding frontman of the indie-folk band, The Pines, who are based out of Minneapolis. He will be presenting his new solo work on the albums Stranger Angels and Room Enough, Time Enough. It is sure to be a lovely night of music and entertainment at the Pump House.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Presented from October 7th to October 23rd, come down and see the La Crosse Community Theatre’s rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical based on the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl. Opening night is Friday, October 7th at 7:30pm at the Lyche Theatre. This performance is perfect for families and kids of all ages, but it will be a treat for anyone who goes to see it. Featuring an original score, the musical will be new to all, even those who have watched the movies based on the same novel. But you may recognize some songs from the 1971 movie like “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and “Pure Imagination.”

Alpine Inn Fall Rock Fest!Alpine Inn invites everyone 21+ to get their duff up the bluff for their final music festival of the year on Saturday, October 8th! Starting at 2pm and rocking until late evening, you can come to see Jen Wilder, Overplayed, and the Greedy Volunteers. The outdoor bar will be serving drinks, there will be lawn games, and there will be a free shuttle running to Bennett O’Riley’s every hour starting at 2 pm. Come out for a fun evening of great music, company, and entertainment.

Photo by Overplayed

Sandbar Storytelling Festival – Start looking forward to the Sandbar Storytelling Festival, a three day storytelling event held in Winona, Minnesota in October. The festival will bring exciting storytelling performances and chronicles, food, and workshops to Winona from October 14th to 15th. The performances will celebrate and preserve varied cultural traditions and human experiences, while promoting the art of storytelling for all ages.
Phantom Of The Opera (1925 Silent Film) Featuring: The Mighty Moller Organ – Presented by the Cappella Performing Arts Center, come and see the Phantom Of The Opera, the 1925 silent horror film on October 31st at 7:00pm. The film will be accompanied by the Mighty Moller Cappella organ played by Peter Krasinski. A film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, The Phantom Opera stars the Phantom played by Lou Chaney who haunts the Paris Opera House in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star.

Photo by Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Sandbar Storytelling Festival

The La Crosse Chamber Chorale Presents Come to the Woods – Join the La Crosse Chamber Chorale for their fall performance of their 2022-2023 season, Awake My Soul. The fall performance is called Come to the Woods and will feature both old and new music that reflects the beauty and serenity of nature. The La Crosse Chamber Chorale is a volunteer, community-based choir that was founded in 1986, and the choir singers, staff and board of directors are committed to bringing professional and creative programming to the region. The fall performance will have two performance dates, Saturday, November 5th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 6th at 3:00 pm.

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