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Events

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Thu. Jul. 11

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Annual fair with food vendors, carnival, livestock exhibitions, crafts, homemaking and educational exhibits, and outstanding 4-H displays. More than a mile of midway thrills, great food stands, and free grandstand entertainment. Music events…

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
225 Edward St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Ticket pricing information available online

9am-9:59pm Thu. Jul. 11

Spacesuit and Saturn V Lego Rocket Display

Designed and built by UW-Stout Professor Dr. Alan Scott. The Public is welcome to take a closer look or take a selfie on the "Moon". This display is part of a month-long series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9:30-10:15am Thu. Jul. 11

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. 11

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. Jul. 11

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

10:15am Thu. Jul. 11

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. 11

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-5pm Thu. Jul. 11

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-7:01pm Thu. Jul. 11

Shelter Summer Sale

Stop by and shop new and gently used items. There will be tons of kennels, crates and small animal cages, aquariums, pet gates, pet supplies, toys, costumes/clothing, office supplies + much more. ECCHA summer apparel will be sold for 20% off.…

Eau Claire County Humane Association
3900 Old Town Road
Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Thu. Jul. 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

1-3pm Thu. Jul. 11

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. 11

Aliens: Escape from Earth

Come see how science experiments bring an intergalactic story to life! Presented by Science Tellers. 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. 11

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. 11

Pop Up Science: Ice Orbs

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 ice orbs.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

3-4pm Thu. Jul. 11

Let's Get Cooking: Rice Krispies

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 rice krispies. 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

3-5pm Thu. Jul. 11

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

4:30-6:30pm Thu. Jul. 11

Pie and Ice Cream Social Fundraiser for Community Table

Meal includes: BBQs, Beans, Chips, Pickles, Pie, Ice Cream, Beverage. Event is hosted by the St. John’s Luth. Community Table Team. It's our yearly fundraiser which provides us with the funds to continue serving meals at the Eau Claire…

St. John's Lutheran Church
1804 Highland Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $6.50 BBQ, Baked Beans, Chips, Pie, Ice Cream, Beverage or $3.50 Pie, Ice Cream, Beverage

Age: All Ages

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 11

Burger King Classic Car Show

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

Burger King - West Side
2833 North Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

5:30-6:15pm Thu. Jul. 11

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

6-8pm Thu. Jul. 11

The Late 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: 13+

6pm Thu. Jul. 11

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Savannah Smith + Humbird + Seasaw

Savannah Smith sounds more poised and sure of herself than ever on her new album “Leo.” Humbird stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected. Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski form an indie-pop duo…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:15-6:45pm Thu. Jul. 11

One Day Wonders- Barnyard Fun

Moo, Clack, Neigh, Oink, Cluck, Baaa! You'll be able to show off your animal voices after creating these fun barnyard animals. Parents bring your child and enjoy some bonding. During this time you will read a story, make a craft and have…

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. 11

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. Jul. 11

T-ball 2

This program is designed to teach 6-8 year olds the fundamentals of the game, increase hitting and fielding skills, and get in to some game play. Everyone will receive a schedule for his/her team on the first night of practice.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $55; Non-Resident $65

Age: Ages 6-8

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 11

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

6:35pm Thu. Jul. 11

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

7-8pm Thu. Jul. 11

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. Jul. 11

Music Over Menomin: Pit Wagon

Pit Wagon is friends first, band-mates second; they’re tight on stage and off. Pit Wagon established themselves with a collection of songs for drinkin’ and thinkin’ with a light-hearted touch.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9:30-10:30pm Thu. Jul. 11

Popcorn and Planets: An Evening of Stargazing

An evening of star-gazing on the first cloudless night on the library lawn. Several planets should be viewable in early July. A telescope will be available. Look for other prominent objects in the night sky. Bring a ground blanket or folding…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE