Upcoming Events in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire, Wsconsin
Like the rest of Wisconsin, the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire region love having fun. The Chippewa Valley is no stranger to concerts, festivals and any other type of events and activities. You will find something to interest you in the links below.
Every Thursday June through Mid-October, 12-6 pm. Join us for locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, as well as locally made baked goods, salsas, jams, jellies, honey, crafts and other handcrafted items, and more at the farmers market in Chippewa Falls every Thursday!
9/2/2018. 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Brian Bethke will be returning to River Bend once again to finish out their concert series! Brian Bethke is a local favorite, known for his silky-smooth voice and lasting impact on the hearts of his fans and listeners. Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon with some tunes in the vineyard with Brian and your favorite River Bend wines! Brian will be playing from 1:30pm – 4:00pm. If the weather is not cooperating, please check their Facebook page for any cancellations. For music events, seating is very limited so it is highly recommended to bring your own seating such as lawn chairs, blankets, etc.
9/6/2018 This program is targeted for our older nature lovers. This hike of an hour or so is led by a Beaver Creek Reserve naturalist and takes place on the Reserve trails. Explorers will document the changes taking place in the Reserve’s woods. The walk will be capped off with coffee, treats and further discussion about the changes and things seen on the trials. The program is geared for adults 55 and older. Hikers should expect about a mile long hike with uneven terrain and stairs to negotiate.
9/7 – 9/8 2018. The Fifth Annual Yellowstone Art Trail is a free self guided art tour consisting of 27 local artists at 9 locations displaying and selling artwork in their studios and participating businesses. The area is fortunate to have the historical Yellowstone Trail, the transcontinental auto route that went right through these communities back in 1915-1930, winding its way through our towns (currently County Highway X), creating the route for the Yellowstone “Art” Trail. It was named “Yellowstone” to draw tourists along it to the national park, a favorite attraction of the time. The art trail includes Cadott, Boyd and the eastern Lake Wissota area of Chippewa Falls in Wisconsin and is set for Friday and Saturday, September 7th & 8th from 9-5 both days.
9/8 – 9/9 2018.
It’s Fall Y’all! Bring your family and friends and join in for loads of fall fun September 8th and 9th of 2018!
Live Music will be performed by Feeding Leroy on September 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Feeding Leroy is an alt-country/folk band from Duluth MN. They play acoustic, original tunes as well as some choice covers.
On Sunday, September 9th live music will be performed by Ellie May Kay from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ellie May Kay is a 4 piece acoustic Nashville recording artist!
9/14 – 9/16 2018. A weekend celebrating our German Heritage. Four stages with live entertainment, amazing family fun and great food. Enjoy three days of music, food and fun!
7:30pm at the Heyde Center for the Arts- 3 S High St, Chippewa Falls. Regarded as one of the “superb brass ensembles in the USA” (Musicweb International) and praised for “remarkable musicianship and versatility” (International Trumpet Guild Journal), the widely acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet has maintained a position at the forefront of brass chamber music since the group’s founding in 1972. In addition to its regular concert series on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Quintet performs extensively throughout the Midwest and nationally, including appearances in New York at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.
9/22/2018 at 7:30pm at the Heyde Center for the Arts- 3 S High St, Chippewa Falls. From Branson to Europe to Las Vegas, Rock ‘n’ Roll showman Johnny Rogers will transport you back to a time when you went to your favorite malt shops and danced to your favorite bands. The Show is a tribute to the musical legends of Rock n’ Roll. It starts with Johnny’s uncanny portrayal of the late Buddy Holly, then goes on to pay tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, and many more. The show will climax with Johnny’s portrayal of the late Elvis Presley. This show is a crowd-favorite and appeals to just about everyone.
9/22/2018 12:00-5:30 pm. Grand Opening at Pablo Center kicks off with a day of free public performances – we wouldn’t have it any other way. Bring your families, make a day of it – explore the building, grab a bite to eat, visit the galleries, enjoy music and dance by some of the Chippewa Valley’s best. Most importantly, help us christen Pablo Center at the Confluence the way it ought to christened; with old friends, new surprises, and you…the people who helped make it all possible.
9/29/2018. Mountain bike racing: Open class participants can choose from ‘Long’ and ‘Short’ (you will make your selection on race day!). Junior class participants will either race in the ‘High School’ event or ‘Middle School’ (you will make your selection on race day!).
Trail run, 10K: Beautiful ski trails and singletrack running race.
9/29/2018. This unique fundraiser features 20 local men who prepare and serve samplings of their best dish. Guests are welcome to come and enjoy wonderful food, drinks, company, live and silent auction items, all to support the Boys & Girls Club – Chippewa Center!
9/30/2018, 8:00pm RCU Theatre. Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s and Thirteen Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned Sixteen #1s, Eighteen Top 10s and Twenty One Top 40 hits.
10/6/2018. 7:30pm at the Heyde Center for the Arts- 3 S. High St, Chippewa Falls
Backtrack is an a cappella powerhouse that has amassed over 7 million views and 75 thousand subscribers on YouTube since its founding in 2013. This year, the group won the 2016 YouTube Next Up competition and was described by Business Insider as one of the “up-and-coming YouTube stars you should be watching right now.” However, nothing can compare to experiencing their live performance in the cozy setting of the Heyde Center. The hustle and bustle of their home base New York City matches the ensemble’s energy, and just like New York, Andrew, Spencer, Melissa, Mallory and Jordan are a melting pot of cultures and heritages. This diversity is evident in Backtrack’s sound, where each member brings forth his/her own special element. Their repertoire comes from the top popular music hits of today including The Weekend, Sia, and Ed Sheeran and popular music from legends of the past including Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.
10/7/2018. The 19th Annual Chippewa Valley Stitching Pals Quilt Show will be held October 6-7, 2018. All quilters, new and experienced, are welcome. Any size quilt can be entered! Held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls.
10/13/2018. Join in Saturday, October 13th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. for live music with 58 Belvedere. 58 Belvedere is a trio performing original compositions by Dean Granros (guitar) and group improvisation. The raw edge of Granros’ guitar combined with the extraordinary drum and bass team of Dave Power (The Staves, Aero Flynn) and Pat Keen (Wei Zhongle, Humbird) provides a new and unfiltered take on the idea of the jazz power trio.
10/18/2018. Heyde Center from 4-6pm. Across the globe, the spoken word movement has reignited poetry as a force for artistic expression, critical dialogue, and community-building. As both a specific form (writing poetry that is meant to be shared aloud) and a deeper cultural practice (tracing its roots back millennia), spoken word creates space for all of us to tell our stories, make our values concrete, and speak up about the issues and ideas that matter to us.
This session mixes performance, dialogue, and some writing in order to explore why spoken word is currently resonating with so many. Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and has been featured on Upworthy, Welcome to Night Vale, Everyday Feminism, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and beyond. Garnering over ten million views online, Guante has also performed live at the United Nations, given a TedxTalk, and presented at countless colleges, universities, and conferences. Workshop registration cost $10.
Date: Oct 20 – Oct 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Held at the Northern WI State Fairgrounds
October 29, 2018. RCU Theatre at Pablo Center at the Confluence. On his last acoustic tour, critics across the US were raving about grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said, “Ray LaMontagne’s voice and its raspy, yet smooth tones paired with the simplistic live acoustics awakened the senses and made you feel … good. He gave you honest music filled with raw feeling, and it was amazing,” while The Cincinnati Inquirer claimed, “a Ray LaMontagne concert is like this: intimate and personal, as if you’ve infringed upon a private performance session.” Consequence of Sound said, “Hearing Ray LaMontagne perform live is a poignant and magical experience,” while The Boston Herald raved, “LaMontagne’s voice remains a marvel, quiet and reflective one minute and forceful and impassioned the next. It really is an amazing instrument.”
11/3/2018. 7:30 pm at the Heyde Center for the Arts- 3 S High St, Chippewa Falls
Roots Country Music, Born of Gin Halls and Juke Joints – Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their witty originals sprinkled in. They’ve been compared with the Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt). The WhiskeyBelles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline. They have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.
11/8/2018 6:00 pm Heyde Center for the Arts. Two floors of incredible food, drink and enjoying the company of friends! Many of the Chippewa Valley’s best culinary artisans come out to share their skills and talents all the while raising money for the Heyde Center. The funds raised will contribute to the Heyde Center’s mission to bring high quality, affordable arts to the Chippewa Valley. So help the Heyde Center while you sample these exceptional products, learn from the experts, browse the art galleries, and listen to live music.
Thanksgiving Night – January 1. The Chippewa Falls Christmas Village, in beautiful Irvine Park, is an impressive display of life size Christmas scenes reminiscent of the Victorian era and local historical replicas. It is set up during the holiday season along with a dazzling display of over 60,000 lights.
11/24/2018, 7:30 pm RCU Theatre, Pablo Center at the Confluence. Pianist Lorie Line once again will bring the true meaning of Christmas to town with her 2018 HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA. This year’s theme, Lord Of Lords, is a sequel to last year’s “best ever” show. Not to miss, Ms. Line will bring her Pop Chamber Orchestra and a guest vocalist along with her concert grand piano that will take center stage. Make plans now to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior with Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra!
12/1/2018. Join us for the Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade and enjoy over 50 illuminated musical floats, walking units, and animal entries as they light up the winter skies. Don’t miss this beautiful winter parade and beloved Chippewa Falls tradition!
12/7/2018. 7:30pm at the Heyde Center for the Arts- 3 S. High Street, Chippewa Falls. New York Times Bestselling Author, Humorist, Singer/Songwriter, and Intermittent Pig Farmer, Michael Perry, returns for another evening of tales, laughs, and insights on living in Wisconsin. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Michael Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wound up writing by happy accident. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he performs widely as a humorist. A guaranteed night of laughter and who knows what from humorist, author, and who-knows-what Michael Perry.
Sat, Dec 15, 6:30 pm | Sun, Dec 16, 2:00 pm Heyde Center for the Arts. When you want an old-fashioned Christmas, you know who to turn to — the musical, merry, menopausal members of the Looney Lutherans! These warm and witty women have created a brand new show of family-friendly comedy skits and songs to help audiences enjoy the spirit of the season, and maybe even create a new holiday tradition to boot. The idea for the “Looney Lutherans” was cooked up in 2006 when the founding members were appearing in the cast of the hit musical CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, MN. The company has since expanded to include four additional “Loonies”, but all of these talented women have been performing for years as professional actresses, writers, singers, and improvisers. Dinner by Sweet Clarisse Cateringwill feature your favorite Lutheran potlucks all rolled into one! A delightful selection of entrées, Wisconsin-inspired sides and desserts. Don’t forget to leave room for the jello mold.
1/18/2019 7:30 pm RCU Theatre at Pablo Center at the Confluence. EagleMania – The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band. That isn’t their slogan by mistake! EagleMania has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music of The Eagles. Since their inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the country with their stunning five part harmony and their uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of The Eagles. Their show consists of the Eagles’ greatest hits, as well as some of the solo work of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.
EagleMania has spent countless hours breaking down everything The Eagles recorded on their albums, and faithfully reproducing those unforgettable songs in the most authentic way possible. The audience is given a chance to experience the music the way it was meant to be heard, and it’s done live on stage night after night.
If you like The Eagles you will love EagleMania!
1/26/2019. Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and Grammy elected, Australian blues rock artist Michael Charles claims the stage with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty-five years and thirty five releases of his original music.
Leading off with an explosive blues number, the audience is soon captivated by well-rehearsed precision experiencing MC’s original blues, blues based rock, inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers. As in all of Michael Charles’ performances and recordings his guitar is kept forefront and is the driving force behind his music!
Festivals, Fairs and Celebrations
The Jig’s Up Ice Fishing Contest
2/9/2019. Lake Wissota State Park, 18127 County Road O – Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Join us for a day on the ice with food and drinks available for purchase. A ticket is required per fish caught and registered with no limit on the number of tickets being purchased. The Kids Klub will be available for all children under the age of 12. The 6th Annual Jig’s up Ice Fishing Contest is provided by UWEC Recreation, Blugold Athletics, and the Wissota Lions Club.
Celebrate all that is Spring. Great music, food, artwork, libations, entertainment, and much more at the Northern WI State Fairgrounds.
Four-day event at an outdoor amphitheater just over 15 minutes from Inn on Lake Wissota B&B. With performances from the leaders in country music of yesterday and today.
See exhibits, enjoy fair food, and watch performances on several stages.
German food and beverages, three stages with entertainment, and activities for all ages.
Four-day event at an outdoor amphitheater just over 15 minutes from Inn on Lake Wissota B&B. With performances from the leaders in rock music of yesterday and today.
Christmas Village and The Bridge to Wonderland Parade
The day after Thanksgiving Irvine Park becomes Christmas Village with over 45,000 lights, and the first Saturday of December people line the streets to watch the parade.