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Sun. Aug. 13

Pioneer Days 2017

The Pioneer Days is an event hosted by the Chippewa Valley Antique Engine & Model Club. Features historical displays of craftsmanship as well as steam engines, tractor pulls, flea market, silent auction, pancake breakfast, kids events,…

Pioneer Park
Hwy 37 & 85 Porterville Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: $7 GA; children 10 and under get in FREE

Sun. Aug. 13

Camp Wabi

Camp Wabi incorporates healthy living into the traditional camp experience in a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System to support youth with obesity. The information gained at Wabi is a life-changing experience for the whole family.

Camp Manitou
27960 137th Street
New Auburn

Age: Grades 6-10

8am-4pm Sun. Aug. 13

St. James the Greater Summerfest

Car show, polka mass, chicken dinner, silent auction, beer garden, children's games, bingo, live music, cash raffle.

St. James Catholic Church
2502 11th St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-10:30am Sun. Aug. 13

Calligraphy Workshop

If you’ve coveted some of the calligraphy pieces in store now is the chance to learn how the artist’s work takes form. Make and take home your own one-of-a-kind card or print. Enjoy a light breakfast while learning a new craft + meeting…

Red's Mercantile
224 N Dewey St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $30 (includes 2 take home pieces, 2 calligraphy markers & light breakfast)

Age: All Ages

9am-2pm Sun. Aug. 13

JBF Kids' & Maternity Sale

JBF is both consignment & a wholesale event with new & used items at discounted prices. Everyone is welcome to shop, sell & save. Consignors make 70-75%, Shop Early & access to online inventory.

Altoona Hobbs Sports Center
2300 Spooner Ave.

Cost: FREE (Donations to Local Food Shelf Accepted)

10am-5pm Sun. Aug. 13

US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship

The world's best carvers create one-of-a-kind sculptures during the four days with an award ceremony and auction on Sunday. Guest carvers create smaller pieces auctioned off daily. Kids' activities and food available for the entire event.…

Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum
1110 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: Thursday, FREE; Friday-Sunday, Adults, $6/one day, $12/event; kids ages 6-17 FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-4pm Sun. Aug. 13

51st Annual Buttercup Whitewater Slalom Race - Chippewa River

Class II whitewater slalom race. A citizen level race that draws competitors from across the United States and as well as abroad. Great spectator viewing from the foot bridge that crosses over the coarse or from the shore line. Practice day…

Old Hwy 178 Bridge
Hwy 178 North
Jim Falls

11am-4pm Sun. Aug. 13

Exotic Pet Fair

Indulge your love of pets by attending the Exotic Pet Fair. 100+ tables of vendors, making this the largest exotic pet fair in Wisconsin. As always, you'll find great deals on pet supplies as well as exotic pets from responsible breeders,…

Eau Claire Expo Center
5530 Fairview Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $3/adult, $1/child (ages 4-12), kids 3 and under free

noon-3pm Sun. Aug. 13

Beaver Creek Reserve's Butterfly House

Come out of your chrysalis and spread your wings. The Butterfly House provides an opportunity to see a variety of native Wisconsin butterflies in their natural environment.

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 Cty Rd. K
Fall Creek

Cost: Free for BCR members, Nonmembers: Adults $3, Kids (ages 2 - 15) $1

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sun. Aug. 13

East Meets West Art Exhibit

Enjoy paintings, drawings, watercolors, crystals, jewelry, prints, photography, sculptures and music from 50 juried artists influenced by Eastern and Western healing modalities inspiring fun and health by seeing beyond what exists and into…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Sun. Aug. 13

Carson Park Train Rides

Enjoy a scenic, half-mile train ride located in Eau Claire's premier Carson Park presented by the Chippewa Valley Railroad Association. A coal-fired steam engine pulls one train, a G-16 gasoline powered-streamliner pulls the other.

Carson Park
100 Carson Park Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: Under 2 years old FREE, ages 2-12 $2, ages 12+ $3

1-3pm Sun. Aug. 13

The Paint Shack

Enjoy a fun evening of painting made easy and exciting. A social artist will instruct you step by step through recreating the featured painting of the night. Paint on canvas, wood, bags, glasses, and more. Sing up by Facebook (via message) or…

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: Usually $35 check Facebook or website for more details

1-4pm Sun. Aug. 13

Small Wonders by Marcella Edmund

The art exhibit features sculptural containers of architectural form that reflect their function, to hold specific collections of tiny treasures mined from history.

Chippewa Valley Museum
1204 E. Half Moon Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE to members / $7 entry to museum

Age: All Ages

1-3pm Sun. Aug. 13

Paint at Cheers Pablo

Head to Cheers Pablo for one of many painting events, or a DIY sign class. No painting experience necessary, just come ready to have fun. More information about available classes online.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Kids Under 12

Age: All Ages

1:30-4:30pm Sun. Aug. 13

Live Music: Nick Foytik

Electric & Acoustic, Blues, Soul, & Rock n' Roll.

Jeremiah's Bullfrog Fish Farm
N1409 566th St

5:05pm Sun. Aug. 13

Eau Claire Express 2017 Season

Experience the excitement of live baseball as your hometown Eau Claire Express slug it out in historic Carson Park. June 3, at 7:05m vs. Mankato Moondogs June 4, at 5:05pm vs. Mankato Moondogs June 7, at 6:35pm vs. Rochester Honkers June…

Carson Park
100 Carson Park Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 general admission tickets, $11 reserved grand stand tickets, $14 reserved box tickets, $28 fan deck tickets | multi-game packages and group discounts available

Age: All Ages

5:05pm Sun. Aug. 13

Eau Claire Express vs St. Cloud Rox

Get to Carson Park to watch the Eau Claire Express take on the St. Cloud Rox.

Eau Claire Express Stadium - Carson Park
702 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 general admission tickets, $11 reserved grand stand tickets, $14 reserved box tickets, $28 fan deck tickets | multi-game packages and group discounts available

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:40pm Sun. Aug. 13

Maker Fun Factory Vaction Bible School

Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste. Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help…

Cornerstone Christian Church
310 W. Polk Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3-11

The Chippewa Valley Family calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire