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Events

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Thu. Jul. 25

Eau Claire County Fair

A youth and family-centered fair with animal judging, 4-H exhibits, low cost games and activities for children, educational exhibits and moderately-priced concessions including homemade pies. Check out antique tractors, cowboy mounted…

Eau Claire County Expo Center
5530 Fairview Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE Admission, FREE Parking

Age: All Ages

Thu. Jul. 25

Dunn County Fair

The Dunn County Fair provides entertainment, rides, live music, tractor pull, races, demo derby, and 4-H events for all visitors.

Dunn County Fair Grounds
620 17th St.
Menomonie

Cost: $1/person; $2 after 4pm on Fri & Sat; $10 for season pass; free parking

Age: All Ages

Thu. Jul. 25

Music Over Menomin: Jim Herrick and Friends

Jim Herrick and Friends is a band from Colfax, WI. Their specialty is the Blues, and they cover a wide range of musical styles. Members include Jim Herrick, Scott Housenga, Tom “Fred” Wittek, Mike Mullen, Josh Entzminger, and George…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-1pm Thu. Jul. 25

Discovery Day: Let's Go Camping!

Hang out in a tent, play a fishing game, look for animal tracks or enjoy a camp craft. Older siblings are welcome.

Family Resource Center for Eau Claire County
4800 Golf Rd., Suite 450
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Kids 0-5 and their grown-ups

9:30-10:15am Thu. Jul. 25

Little Kids Make Music - Class

Children and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments in this class. Solo singing is encouraged to develop listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Concepts such as high and low, soft and loud, up and down are explored.…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2 to 4

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 25

Play & Learn

You and your child will enjoy free play, songs, dancing, stories, crafts & snacks. Here you will find playing & learning go hand in hand. Come & experience learning through the eyes of your child.

River Source Family Center
403 High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth to age 5

10am-5pm Thu. Jul. 25

Ebb and Flow – Water

The 16 artists artists are a mix of some of the most recognized local artists and some new to the area.

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-1pm Thu. Jul. 25

Book Bug

Program includes time for games, reading, computer use, and much more. Stay for a short time or the whole thing, attendance will earn each child a free book to keep.

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 11 and under

10-11am Thu. Jul. 25

Let's Get Cooking: Bread in a Bag

Learn about healthy snacks and basic food prep skills! You'll be able to take the tasty treat you create home with you, along with the lessons learned. This week's recipe is bread in a bag. Drop in anytime during the one-hour window.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:15am Thu. Jul. 25

Little Movers Storytime

For babies that love to move. All storytimes feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required. Also includes parachute play, bubbles, and play group.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Babies

10:30-11:15am Thu. Jul. 25

Little Kids Make Music - Class

Children and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments in this class. Solo singing is encouraged to develop listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Concepts such as high and low, soft and loud, up and down are developed…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2 to 4

noon-8pm Thu. Jul. 25

Sense of Place: THERE - Song of Myself

Galaudet Gallery takes you THERE, where you can experience local and global artists exploring questions about politics, rule breaking and self. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry and more in realism, figuration, abstraction,…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Jul. 25

Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market

Seasonal, locally grown vegetables and fruits, plus baked goods, dairy products, meat, honey, maple syrup, flowers, and more.

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Age: All ages

noon-7pm Thu. Jul. 25

Dollar Swim Day: Rubber Ducky Day

Anyone who brings a rubber duck pays $1 admission. Rubber Ducky Derby begins at 1:30PM ($1 per duck).

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $1

Age: All Ages

1-3pm Thu. Jul. 25

Kid Kraft Day

A variety of classes will be taught by local artists on Thursdays this summer. Drop ins welcome. Limit of 12 participants.

Valley Art Gallery & Gifts
304 N. Bridge St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: 6 and up

1:30pm Thu. Jul. 25

Incredible Bats

Discover the fascinating world of bats with live Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats. Tickets are required for entrance. Free tickets are available one week in advance of the program.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30pm Thu. Jul. 25

In the Dark

Discover what the darkest (or nearly darkest) places hold with experiments and activities.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: School age

2:30-3pm Thu. Jul. 25

Pop Up Science: Orbiting Objects

Museum Playologists have several different fun and interactive science kits to break out with kids and explore all things STEAM-related! This week's activity is learning about orbiting objects.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

3-5pm Thu. Jul. 25

Dabble Box Makerspace Lab

Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather craft, make music, create art or play games, the Dabble Box makerspace has something for you. Self-guided exploration with staff on hand to answer questions.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-6pm Thu. Jul. 25

Quick Start Tennis 2- Session 2

This program is designed to continue the on form and fundamentals taught in QS1. Players will also begin to learn basic rules, to keep score and develop sportsmanship. There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: 6-7

5:30-6pm Thu. Jul. 25

Quick Start Tennis 2- Session 1

This program is designed to continue the on form and fundamentals taught in QS1. Players will also begin to learn basic rules, to keep score and develop sportsmanship. There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: 6-7

5:30-6pm Thu. Jul. 25

Quick Start Tennis 1 - Session 2

This program is designed to teach 4-5 year olds the very basic fundamentals of tennis in a fun and engaging atmosphere! There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: Ages 4-5

5:30-6:15pm Thu. Jul. 25

Tball For Tots

Tball for Tots will focus on the basic skills of running bases, hitting and throwing as well as many fun games. This is a great chance for 4 year olds to have fun learning in a non-competitive environment.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $30; Non-Resident $35

Age: Age 4yo

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 25

Burger King Classic Car Show

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family.

Burger King
4800 Golf Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Jul. 25

Quick Start Tennis 3- Session 2

This program will continue to develop the skills learned in QS2 while spending more time learning to play and apply rules of individual or doubles play. We will also continue to use and develop sportsmanship skills.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $35; Non-Resident $40

Age: 7-13 or proper skill level

6-8pm Thu. Jul. 25

Community Building: A Library Open House Event

The needs and wants of the Eau Claire community are growing and changing, and the library is expanding its collections and services to meet them. Have a firsthand look at some of the ways the library helps people to overcome barriers and…

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6pm Thu. Jul. 25

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Ghost in the Good Thing + FMDown + LASKA

Ghost in the Good Thing crafts catchy folk punk tunes with high energy hooks and heartfelt lyrics. FM Down is loud, unabashed rock and roll. Pure and simple. From the heart of Eau Claire. LASKA crafts music with a blend of intricate vocal…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:15-6:45pm Thu. Jul. 25

One Day Wonders - Monstrous Monsters

Eeek! Monster! Monsters don't have to be scary. These monstrous crafts will show the fun and silly side of monsters. Parents bring your child and enjoy some bonding. During this time you will read a story, make a craft and have snack time.

Altoona City Park Recreation Center
2303 Garfield Ave.
Altoona

Cost: Resident-$8; Non-Resident-$10

Age: Ages 2-4

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 25

Sounds like Summer Concert Series

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is Volume One's Thursday night gig in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park. Local bands play to crowds each night on the banks of the Chippewa River in June, July, and August. Enjoy a pre-show set from area…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

6:35pm Thu. Jul. 25

Eau Claire Express 2019 Season

Catch a local baseball match featuring the Eau Claire express. Full of activities for kids, food, beverages, and more. Check out their website for details about nightly promotions.

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

Cost: $9 GA, $11 Reserved Grandstand, $14 Reserved Box, $28 Fan Deck; Season Tickets Available

Age: All Ages

6:35pm Thu. Jul. 25

Eau Claire Express vs Waterloo Bucks

The Eau Claire Express play against the Waterloo Bucks.

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

Cost: $9 GA, $11 Reserved Grandstand, $14 Reserved Box, $28 Fan Deck; Season Tickets Available

Age: All Ages

7pm Thu. Jul. 25

Races at Red Cedar Speedway

The Red Cedar Speedway is a WISSOTA sanctioned track with weekly stock car races. The events are cash-only. Check out the 40th Annual Punky Manor Challenge of Champions 3-day tournament in September.

Red Cedar Speedway
1700 block of Stout Rd., Dunn County Recreation Park
Menomonie

Cost: Pit: $30 GA or $25 with membership, Grandstand: $15 for adults, $10 for students/60+; FREE for kids 12 and under

Age: All Ages

7-8pm Thu. Jul. 25

Colfax Music in the Park

Rain location is the Colfax Fairgrounds building on Railroad Avenue. Bring your lawn chair. Popcorn and root beer floats will be sold at the concerts. Annual pie sale by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group on August 15.

Tower Park
Main Street and Highway 40
Colfax

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Thu. Jul. 25

Self Defense - Session 2

Learn how to subdue your opponent and gain compliance in a self defense situation. Classes will cover situations including: front attacks, rear attacks, and striking defenses, as well as kicks, punches, open hand strikes and more.

River Prairie Park
1419 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $20

Age: Ags 8-15