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7am-5pm Sun. Aug. 11

Pioneer Days

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, chicken dinners, parades and an…

Pioneer Park
Hwy 37 & 85 Porterville Rd.
Eau Claire

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

8am-4pm Sun. Aug. 11

St. James Summer Fest

A big day packed with family fun! The day will shine with the excitement of a car show, games for kids, silent auction, bingo, live music by "The Thundermen" and more. Don't forget the famous chicken dinner.

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

Cost: FREE admission; Chicken dinner: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $4 kids, $30 family

Age: All Ages

11am-2:30pm Sun. Aug. 11

Annual Charcoal Chicken & Sweet Corn Dinner

Profits are being donated to the Playground & Pavilion Project at ELCB. All are welcome! Take-outs available.

English Lutheran Church of Bateman
20588 County Highway X
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $9 for a quarter chicken, $11 for a half chicken, $3 Hot Dog

Age: All Ages

noon-6pm Sun. Aug. 11

Wisconsin Baseball Association Regional Tournament

Teams from all around Wisconsin are coming to play in the WBA regional in Altoona for their chance to advance to the state tournament.

Cinder City Park
Spooner Ave and 10th St.

Cost: $5 GA, FREE for kids 12 and under

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Sun. Aug. 11

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 Sun. Aug. 11

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

1-4pm Sun. Aug. 11

Backpack Bash Event

The Back-To-School party of the year. Handing out backpacks and school supplies to children in need. Bounce houses, face painting, DJ & dance floor, vision screenings, SNOWIE snow cones, fire trucks, storytimes, dance & karate demos, and…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place

2-6pm Sun. Aug. 11

Rockin’ the Chippewa Riverfront

Rockin’ the Chippewa Riverfront is an afternoon of live, outdoor music that everyone in the family will love from two of Chippewa Falls’ favorite bands – The Jerry Way Band and The Mark Healey & Jim Schuh Duo.

Riverfront Park
Bridge St. and River St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7pm Sun. Aug. 11

Free Park Yoga

Gather at Wilson Park in Downtown Menomonie for a one hour practice that is open to all levels. Yoga is a great way to stretch your muscles, relax & regroup your mind. Learn the benefits of a yoga practice. Bring your own yoga mat, blanket or…

Wilson Park
Wilson Ave and 8th St

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30pm Sun. Aug. 11

Ski Sprites Water Ski Show

A Wisconsin tradition, everyone should spend at least one night at the beach, watching the Ski Sprites perform on the water. Concessions available.

Lake Altoona County Beach
604 Beach Rd.

Cost: FREE event admission, but a $5/car Eau Claire county parking permit is required

Age: All ages