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Events

activities • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Aug. 8

Ashley For the Arts

Ashley for the Arts was established by Ashley Furniture to entertain and inspire the entire family, promote the works of artists from across the globe, and raise funds to support humanity. Lots of live music, hot air balloon launch, car show,…

Memorial Park
Arcadia

Cost: $10 for 3 Days

9:30-10:15am Thu. Aug. 8

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. Aug. 8

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-1pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

10am-5pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

10:30-11:15am Thu. Aug. 8

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. Aug. 8

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. Aug. 8

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. Aug. 8

Dollar Swim Day: Feed Our Community

Anyone who brings in one non-perishable food item pays $1 admission.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $1

Age: All Ages

1-3pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

1-3pm Thu. Aug. 8

Teen Lounge Grand Opening

Celebrate the new Teen Lounge with activities and snacks. Paint bookends to help decorate the new teen space, munch on pizza, and enter to win door prizes.

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

Age: Grades 6-12

1:30pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

3-5pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

5-8pm Thu. Aug. 8

Sports Camp

Bible lessons and songs are paralleled with spiritual lessons that are reinforced in sports. Sport Options: Basketball, Dance, Flag Football, Outdoor Recreation – Fishing, Soccer, and Team 45 (sports skills for 4-5 year olds). Sports Camp…

Menomonie Alliance Church
502 21st St. N
Menomonie

Cost: $15 for the week

Age: Ages 4-12

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 8

Burger King Classic Car Show

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

Burger King - Downtown Chippewa Falls
228 W. River St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

5:30-6pm Thu. Aug. 8

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. Aug. 8

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. Aug. 8

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

6-9pm Thu. Aug. 8

Lake Wissota Garden Club Small Flower Show

The Flower Show will be held during Pure Water Days and coincides with the Sesquicentennial of the city. There will be three divisions being judged during the flower show: the Design Division, the Horticulture Division and the Educational…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:15-7pm Thu. Aug. 8

Pigskin Pals

Bring your little ones to learn the basics of flag football. We will go over throwing, catching, kicking, punting, hand-offs, positions and much more in a fun and laid back atmosphere.

Cinder City Park- Hagen Field
2300 Spooner Ave.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $30; Non-Resident $35

Age: Ages 3-5

6:15-6:45pm Thu. Aug. 8

One Day Wonders- Thomas the Train

Toot! Toot! All aboard! Create art inspired by the famous blue steam engine. 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. Aug. 8

Free Family Movie

Bring the whole family for our Free Family Movie Series this summer provided by River of Life at the Old State Theater in Menomonie. Free popcorn.

River of Life
639 Broadway Street South
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 8

T-ball Game Play

Have your children gain even more t-ball experience in this short two week game play program. Players will be split into teams and will play a t-ball game the entire hour. This program will focus on all aspects of a t-ball game including…

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $15; Non-Resident $20

Age: Ages 5-8

6:35pm Thu. Aug. 8

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. Aug. 8

Eau Claire Express vs Bismark Larks

The Eau Claire Express play against the Bismark Larks.

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

7-8pm Thu. Aug. 8

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

7-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 8

Music Over Menomin: Yata, Sinz and Orfield

Yata (guitar/vocals) , Randy Sinz (bass/vocals) and Sue Orfield (sax/vocals) have teamed up to make a unique trio that features their original material.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Thu. Aug. 8

The Swampers: “Today in the Valley”

Celebrates all that is new and exciting in the Chippewa Valley. Amanda Tanzer Schafer, Rob Kuchta, Judy Brist, Tim Danielson, Kathy Danielson, and Jerry Way sing and play original Swampgrass ballads interspersed with stories of the uniqueness…

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

Cost: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Youth $6, Family $32