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Events

activities • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

7:30am-1pm Sat. Oct. 12

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

8-9am Sat. Oct. 12

Momma Strong Bootcamp

Variable intensity bootcamp style class focused on all levels of fitness for expecting, current, or future moms. Targeted towards toning muscle, reducing body fat, and loaded with nutrition and fitness advice from a certified nutrition and…

Lake Wissota Family Chiropractic
107 N Bridge Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10 drop-in or 6 classes for $50

Age: 18+

8am-1pm Sat. Oct. 12

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-1pm Sat. Oct. 12

The Oz Run

The Oz Run is a family friendly race event including a half marathon, 5K, and Munchin Mile. A party in Emerald City will follow the race with live music, a petting zoo, food, and other activities.

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
225 Edward St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Varies per race

Age: All Ages

8:30am-6pm Sat. Oct. 12

"Outdoor Stuff" Men's Sale

Stuff included at the sale: Yard/Garden, Hand Tools, Building Materials, Hardware, Automotive, Fishing/Hunting, Sporting goods, Paints/Brushes, Camping Stuff, Water Toys, Outdoor Furniture, etc. All proceeds will be donated to the…

English Lutheran Church of Bateman
20588 County Highway X
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-9:30am Sat. Oct. 12

Little Artists

Participants will create works of art as they learn and practice techniques such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. This program will introduce several concepts in a fun, hands-on, age-appropriate way, including color, form, texture,…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members

9am-noon Sat. Oct. 12

ACT Prep

Help your student ease their worries and get better prepared by signing them up for an ACT prep course. This holistic course provides a comprehensive review of the ACT test, but also focuses in on the specific subject matters that will be…

UW Eau Claire Centennial Hall Room 1204
1698 Park Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $199

9am-noon Sat. Oct. 12

Open Play

Kids - bring your parents, grandparents or caregivers in and spend some quality time being creative, imaginative and just plain having fun and making memories!

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9:15-10am Sat. Oct. 12

Kids Make Music

Classes are filled with songs, musical activities, and instruments to stimulate your child's natural response to music. Families learn rhymes, songs, games, and dances to build developmentally appropriate skills in a fun and engaging…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $59 per month

Age: Ages 2 to 4

10-10:30am Sat. Oct. 12

Pop Up Science: Smelly Baloons

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 smelly balloons.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-noon Sat. Oct. 12

Friends of the Chippewa Falls Public Library Book Sale

Friends of the Chippewa Falls Public Library will hold their autumn book sale. Books and Audio-visual materials for all ages as well as teacher materials will be available. A bag sale will be held on Saturday.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-6pm Sat. Oct. 12

The Pumpkin Patch at Valley Pasture Farm

Bring the whole family to the farm and participate in over 25 engaging activities to celebrate fall including wagon rides, corn maze, farm animals, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and more!

Valley Pasture Farm
E7631 N County Road E
Elk Mound

Cost: $9/person - save $1 with a non-perishable donation for our local food pantry

Age: All Ages

10-11:15am Sat. Oct. 12

Saturday Morning Playgroup at FRC

Play 'N' Learn family playgropus are a free, fun, interactive experience that children and their parents or other caregivers can enjoy together. Saturday morning playgroups are held the second Saturday each month. Space is limited.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 0-5

10am-4pm Sat. Oct. 12

Pick of The Patch

Outlaw Farms opens up to the public to enjoy the animals and purchase fall items. Items available for purchase are fall mums, pumpkins, squash, gourds, straw, and much more.

Outlaw Farms
E16755 Scenic Drive
Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

10am-5pm Sat. Oct. 12

16th Annual Western Wisconsin Model Train Show

The show will feature operating model trains in many sizes for all ages to see. There will be vendors selling model trains, accessories, toys, railroad theme hats and shirts throughout the event.

YMCA Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $6 Adults, $3 School Age Children, FREE for Children 5 years and under

10am-noon Sat. Oct. 12

Centershot Youth Archery

No prior archery experience is needed and bows are supplied. If you'd like to enroll your archer or want to to help as a staff member, contact the church office.

Chippewa Valley Bible Church
531 E. South Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 10+

10:15-10:35am Sat. Oct. 12

Family Storytime

For ages two to six, but can be enjoyed by the entire family. All storytimes feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:30-11am Sat. Oct. 12

Story Time at Dotters Books

Guest readers will share two picture books with kids of all ages. 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

Cost: FREE

10:30-11:30am Sat. Oct. 12

Grisly Demises: East Lawn Cemetery Walking Tour

A walking tour of the East Lawn Cemetery. These walks are only rescheduled in extreme weather conditions, so come prepared with walking shoes, light jacket, and/or an umbrella; whatever the weather requires.

East Lawn Cemetery
East Lincoln Street/Highway 12 and East Street
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11-11:45am Sat. Oct. 12

Toddler- Caregiver Movement Class

Help your toddler move through the developmental stages of movement and increase their capacity for learning. The class will tire their bodies and allow them to move creatively. For Ages 5 and under with a participating adult.

Anandaworks Wellness Education Center
320 Putnam St Ste 123
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 5 and under with parent

11am-5pm Sat. Oct. 12

HCC Walk-In Eggroll Sale

Hmong Christian Church is hosting its annual walk-in eggroll sale. Frozen, pre-cooked (packaged in vacuum seal, air tight bags) and hot-ready-to-eat eggroll options for sale that day. Cash or check. Proceeds will go toward kitchen expansion…

Hmong Christian Church
2749 70th Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $15/dozen

Age: All Ages

11am Sat. Oct. 12

Eau Claire Children's Theater: Spookley the Square Pumpkin

When he is shunned by the other pumpkins, Spookley is befriended by three hilarious spiders who convince him that, square or not, he, too, could be the Pick of the Patch. When a mighty storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm, Spookley realizes only…

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Admission information online

noon-8pm Sat. Oct. 12

Ukiyo-e: Floating Fleeting Worlds

Discover the similarities and connections between three floating fleeting worlds: Japanese Edo Art, Art of and inspired by our night skies, Rockwell Kent's drawings for Walt Whitman’s poetry

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-2pm Sat. Oct. 12

Musical Pumpkins

Come to the orchard and pick the perfect pumpkin. Stay and paint or carve it while listening to the traditional bluegrass music of the River City Ramblers.

Leffel Roots Apple Orchard
W2369 Maple Road
Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

1-2:30pm Sat. Oct. 12

WriteLab

This all-new program for middle school students allows for collaboration and idea-sharing as this group will help each other through the creative process by providing ideas and opinions while participating in fun and challenging writing…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $20 members, $30 community

Age: Ages 11-16

1:30-4:30pm Sat. Oct. 12

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. Oct. 12

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

2-4pm Sat. Oct. 12

Day of the Dead Shadowboxes

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is vibrant and festive holiday in Latin America celebrating life and remembering those who've passed on. Join us for Shadowbox crafting in honor of this holiday! Bring a photo of a loved one, if…

The Broom & Crow
106 E. Grand Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $20

Age: All Ages

2pm Sat. Oct. 12

Menomonie Theater Guild: Newsies

Based on the real Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
205 Main St. E
Menomonie

Cost: Ticket information online

2:30-4:30pm Sat. Oct. 12

4-H Discovery Day

Do your kids like to "do" things? Come see some of the projects your child could participate in as part of 4-H. A variety of hands-on activities will be available, demonstrated by youth and adult volunteers.

Eau Claire Public Library, downstairs
400 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: grades K-13

3-5pm Sat. Oct. 12

First Jobs 101

Class participants will learn a number of things, from where to look for opportunities, to how to fill out an application or craft a resume, to how to set an appropriate pay rate, to interview tips for landing the job, and so much more.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $30 YMCA members, $45 community

5:30-6:15pm Sat. Oct. 12

Kids Rock Band

Students learn specially composed songs while receiving instruction on playing guitar, keyboard, and drums, as well as singing. All materials provided. Amazing concerts, t-shirts, posters, and more. New students are invited to set up a free…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $99 per month

Age: 4 to 6

6-10pm Sat. Oct. 12

Night Corn Maze

Bring your flashlights for fun in the night maze. Weather Permitting (check the Facebook page for updates). Last entrance at 9pm.

Leffel Roots Apple Orchard
W2369 Maple Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $7 for ages 13+; $5 for Ages 5-12

Age: Ages 5+

7-11pm Sat. Oct. 12

Ski Sprites Haunted House

The Ski Sprites are hosting their annual Haunted House. A scary walk-thru with interactive haunts, changing scares and a thrill around every corner. Not for the timid.

Ski Sprites Haunted House
415 S. Dewey St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 at the door, $9 with a non-perishable food donation, $8 in advance

Age: All ages, 12+ recommended

7pm Sat. Oct. 12

Live Music: Davey J & Friends

Davey J & Friends brings a rotating cast to the stage, performing originals, rock, Americana, and folk like no one else can. Stop by for rollin' rhythms, good times, and songs to remember. 20 years of performing brings a uniquely freewheeling…

Acoustic Cafe - Eau Claire
505 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7pm Sat. Oct. 12

Cadott Schools Presents: James and the Giant Peach

"Peachy-keen" enjoyment at Cadott High School with the amazing tale of a boy who takes an extraordinary trip across the sea in a peach that is home to lots of amazing creatures.

Cadott High School
426 Myrtle St.
Cadott

Cost: $12-Adults, $8-Students, 5 and under are FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Sat. Oct. 12

Menomonie Theater Guild: Newsies

Based on the real Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
205 Main St. E
Menomonie

Cost: Ticket information online

7:30pm Sat. Oct. 12

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling and heartwarming adventure story featuring an unforgettable young hero.

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

Cost: $15 adults, $14 seniors, $8 youth