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7am-6pm Sat. May. 11

8th Annual Chippewa Valley Ribfest Competition

A gathering of grilling enthusiasts with the intentions of sharing their passion for the art of Big Green Egg cooking all while smoking out hunger in the Chippewa Valley. Event includes grilling contest, bouncy house, lunch for purchase, live…

Swimrite Pools and Spas
5705 State Road 93
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8am-1pm Sat. May. 11

Menomonie Farmers Market

Features local produce, meats, breads, berries, herbs, desserts and baked goods, spices, handcrafted items, arts & crafts. Kids activities, hot lunches, and music performances.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op
814 Main St. East
Menomonie

Age: All Ages

8am-7pm Sat. May. 11

Over The Edge

Join the Children's Dyslexia Center in going Over The Edge for a great cause. Participants will rappel off the Banbury Building in support of Dyslexia. Funds raised provide free tutoring for kids and free training for tutors across northwest…

Banbury Building
Galloway St
Eau Claire

Cost: $85 to register

Age: All Ages

9am-6pm Sat. May. 11

16th Annual "The Past Passed Here" Living History Event

Experience the 1700s and 1800s through living history in authentic fur trade camps, and a mobile lumbering museum. Hands-on activities and games. Blacksmith, porcupine quill artist, beading and weaving artists, and more. Shop trader's row for…

Allen Park
S. Bridge St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $5 or $15 Family; FREE for 5 or younger

Age: All Ages

9am Sat. May. 11

Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk

Be a part of this amazing culminating event where all GOTR girls complete a 5k run/walk through Carson Park. It's exciting, fun and inspiring. Family Fun starts 9am. Race begins at 10am. Enjoy happy hair, face painting, bling your bib, and…

Carson Park
100 Carson Park Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $25, $15 (12 and under)

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Sat. May. 11

ACT Test Preparation

This holistic course provides a comprehensive review of the ACT test, but also focuses in on the specific subject matters that will be covered. Plus, this year they’ve added a section on overall test preparation based on feedback from past…

Cost: $199

9am-2:30pm Sat. May. 11

Babysitter Training

Prepares students in grades 6-8 safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who is choking and helpful information like what to do if…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $45, Community $70

Age: Ages 10-15

10am-4pm Sat. May. 11

31st Annual Spring Sale and Open Studio

A sale of wood fired functional stoneware and porcelain by Willem Gebben and Oil paintings prints and drawings and collages by Hjordis Olson. Veiw the studios and the two chambered wood fired kiln.

Wood Fired Pottery
N8751 county road A
Colfax

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Sat. May. 11

Pop Up Science: Filtered Light

Museum Playologists have several different fun and interactive science kits to break out with the kids and explore all things STEAM-related. This week's activity is experimenting with filtered light.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:30-11am Sat. May. 11

Story Time at Dotters Books

Guest readers will share two picture books with kids of all ages. Dotters will have donuts from Roadside Bakery and fresh brewed coffee for you to enjoy (donations for treats are welcome, but not necessary).

Dotters Books
1602 Hogeboom Ave.
Eau Claire

11am-5pm Sat. May. 11

River Prairie Festival

The River Prairie festival celebrates everything to love about the Chippewa Valley. There will be a photography contest, children's entertainment, Mother's Day Market, exercise classes, educational sessions, kubb & cribbage tournaments,…

River Prairie Park
1419 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11:30am-10pm Sat. May. 11

Together Farms Burger Nights

Explore the grounds of Together Farms while eating gourmet burgers made from 100% grassfed beef. Serving beverages like beer & wine and other goodies. Gluten-Free and vegetarian options available. Relax by the bonfire, explore the hiking…

Together Farms
W93 Norden Rd
Mondovi

Cost: $8-15

Age: All Ages

noon-1:30pm Sat. May. 11

Spring Wild Mushroom Class

Learn where to look for three choice wild mushrooms: Morels, Oyster Mushroom, and Chicken Of The Woods. Patrick will teach you how to harvest, prepare, and store your wild mushrooms, and will describe some poisonous mushrooms to avoid.…

Forage
930 Galloway St., Building 13, Suite 212
Eau Claire

Cost: $30

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sat. May. 11

Naked Flowers: Poetry Revealed

See inside X-Rayed Flowers; read a Poem Flower; enjoy abstracted and Americana flowers along with other floral inspired sights during their spring show.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-4pm Sat. May. 11

Fersk Floral Pop-Up

Surprise mom with fresh florals from local designer Fersk Floral Artistry. Choose from a limited amount of pre-wrapped bouquets or begonias. Looking for a personal touch? Assemble your own bouquet from a full flower bar - handpicked for the…

Red's Mercantile
224 N Dewey St.
Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

1-4pm Sat. May. 11

Fun at the Farm

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, come enjoy a Saturday afternoon at the farm. Children and parents can enjoy fun games, crafts, farm animal petting zoo (including baby lambs and Miniature Hereford calves), and a farm tour! Event will be…

Sandy Acres
2435 50th Avenue
Elk Mound

Cost: $5 each (Children under 2 are FREE)

Age: All Ages Welcome

1:30-4:30pm Sat. May. 11

Downtown Chippewa Falls Food & History Tour

A walking tour that includes stops at 7 downtown establishments where you will enjoy tastings of local food and beverages. You’ll spend approximately 20 minutes at each restaurant and hear about the history of Chippewa Falls and the…

Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
10 South Bridge St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $65/person

Age: All Ages

1:30-4:30pm Sat. May. 11

Downtown Eau Claire Food & History Tour

A walking tour that includes stops at 7 downtown establishments where you will enjoy tastings of local food and beverages. You’ll spend approximately 20 minutes at each restaurant and hear about the history of Eau Claire and the…

The Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters
205 N. Dewey St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $65/person

Age: All Ages

2-5pm Sat. May. 11

Live Music: Elsa Lee

In 2011 music brought Elsa to Minneapolis where she continued her education in performance, studio recording, and live sound. Wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase. Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event. No beverage…

Autumn Harvest Winery
19947 Cty Hwy J
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

2-5pm Sat. May. 11

Autumn Harvest Winery Outdoor Concerts

Autumn Harvest Winery hosts a wide array of local favorite and touring musicians at these summer concerts. Wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase. Feel free to bring a chair to this outdoor event. No beverage carry-in allowed.

Autumn Harvest Winery
19947 Cty Hwy J
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE to attend

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Sat. May. 11

Sean Jordan at Together Farms Burger Nights

An acoustic and electric guitar player, singer and Berklee College of Music graduate. Sean performs an acoustic take on modern pop tunes.. Burgers are made on the farm using 100% grass-fed beef. BYO chairs, tables, and blankets. Sides, beer,…

Together Farms
W93 Norden Rd
Mondovi

Cost: Food priced at $10-25

7-10pm Sat. May. 11

Spring Swing

Menomonie High School Jazz Bands and Alumni Band will be featured in a night of Jazz music and dancing. Doors open at 7pm, dance lessons at 7:15pm, featured bands from 8-10pm. Also included is a silent auction and decadent desserts.

Menomonie High School
1715 5th St. W.
Menomonie

Cost: $5 Students & Seniors, $8 Adults

Age: All Ages