Events

Throughout the year, the communities along the Wisconsin Great River Road National Scenic Byway host a number of one-of-a-kind festivals, fairs, concerts, historic tours and other events. Whatever the season, you’ll find a great reason for traveling along the Wisconsin Great River Road.

Prairie du Chien Half Marathon & 5K Race

May 3, 2014 , WI
Phone: 608-412-0156

Race begins at St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien. Open to runners and walkers. Medals awarded!

Rivertown Reliques

May 10, 2014
717 S Beaumont Rd
Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone: 608-326-6960

Tour early 19th century French-Canadian piece sur
piece log houses that were homes of participants in the War of 1812, walk the
grounds of the 1814 Battle of Prairie du Chien, and watch an archaeological dig
at the LaRiviere home. – All part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial celebration.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., admission fee. Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S. Beaumont Rd,
Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.

Mother’s Day Mississippi River Cruise

May 11, 2014
Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone: 1-877-647-7397

“Bald Eagle viewing on the River” will be the theme of this two-hour cruise departing from Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, Prairie du Chien. Ticket booth at Blackhawk & Main.

Fresh Art Tour, Spring Event

May 16, 2014  – May 18, 2014
Pierce & Pepin Counties , WI

The Fresh Art Tour is a self-guided road trip to 12 of the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River Valley areas of Wisconsin.  Offering a spring & fall tour each year, the event guides you to artists’ studios that are off the beaten track.  Yet this event is close by – just 20 minutes from Red Wing, Minnesota, an hour from Hudson, Wisconsin, and less than an hour and a half from the Twin Cities.

Cajun Fest

June 6, 2014  – June 7, 2014
Prairie du Chien, WI

Enjoy a “Taste of Louisiana” with authentic Cajun food, Louisiana Beers and music. Various ball games all weekend, St. Feriole Island Ball Park, Prairie du Chien.

Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous

June 13, 2014  – June 15, 2014
Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone: 563-873-3648

Recreating life as it was in 1840′s when Prairie du Chien was the hub of fur trading. Largest re-enactment in the Midwest, open to the public, free admission. St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River.

Minds in Motion Bike Tour

June 14, 2014  – June 14, 2014
Onalaska, WI
Phone: 608-781-9570

Festival Foods Salute to the Fourth

June 28, 2014  – June 28, 2014
Onalaska, WI
Phone: 608-781-9570

City Wide Garage Sale

July 19, 2014  – July 19, 2014
Onalaska, WI
Phone: 608-781-9570

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

July 25, 2014  – July 26, 2014
Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone: 608-326-0085, 888-567-1567

Two stages in a park-like setting, international, national and regional blues bands performing. Camping on site. Event shuttle runs to motels in town. Food and beverage stands, various vendors with hand-made products. Ticket hotline opens May 1, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien.

Legion Community Days

August 22, 2014  – August 23, 2014
Onalaska, WI 54650
Phone: 608-781-9570

Annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic

September 5, 2014  – September 7, 2014
Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone: 608-326-2721

The mid-west’s most elegant and lavishly appointed equine sport driving event. Some of the region’s finest horses and over 100 new and restored carriages compete in a variety of arena and cross-country events. Learn how this event descends from the Dousman era when the Villa Louis was known as the Artesian Stock Farm and
was home to one of the Midwest’s finest racehorse farms. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole, Island, Prairie du Chien.

Oktoberfest Car Races

October 2, 2014  – October 5, 2014
La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway
Onalaska, WI 54669
Phone: (608) 786-1525

Four days of racing to finish off the season.

Directions: Hwy 35 North to I-90. Take I-90 east to Exit 12, West Salem. Corner of Hwy 16 and County Road M.

Onalaska Jaycees Haunted House

October 4, 2014  – November 1, 2014
Clearwater Farm
Onalaska, WI 54650
Phone: 608-781-9570

“Shed of the Dead” Haunted House
Located at Clearwater Farm 760 Green Coulee Rd., Onalaska 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Tickets Available for General Admission 7:00 p.m. – Doors Open (Last 2 weekends) 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – “$5 Children’s Matinee”    $10.00 General Admission Tickets. $2.00 off with 2 non-perishable food items.

Fall Gift & Craft Show

October 11, 2014  – October 12, 2014
255 Riders Club Rd
Onalaska, WI 54650
Phone: 608-781-9566

“Droppin’ of the Carp”

December 31, 2014  – December 31, 2014
Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone: 608-326-8602

New Year’s Eve festivities, bonfire, entertainment, countdown at 11:40 p.m., St. Feriole Island,
Blackhawk Ave, Prairie du Chien.