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street festivals, jungle beasts, and choo-choo trains

International Fall Festival

Sept. 11• Downtown Eau Claire • 11am-5pm • Learn more online

Live music, food vendors and food trucks, art exhibitions, cultural performances. Music from Unity the Band, Collective Choir, and Klezmazel.


ECCT Presents Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

Sept. 17-19 • The Oxford Theatre • Learn more online

The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this FREE production to kick off ECCT’s 33rd Season. Based on the Disney classic cartoon, the musical follows the adventures of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera.


Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest

Sept. 17-18 • N. Wis. Fairgrounds • 11am-11pm • Learn more online

Enjoy German fun on four stages with a variety of live entertainment and plenty of scrumptious food, both German and American.


West Wisconsin Railroad Club Train Show

Oct. 9 & 10 • L.E. Phillips YMCA Indoor Sports Center • 10am-4pm • Learn more online

Little trains, big trains, historic trains, modern trains, steam trains, diesel trains, freight trains, passenger trains, high speed trains. Lots of operating layouts. New and bigger layouts.


Chippewa Valley Book Festival ‘Young Writers Read Showcase’

Oct. 24 • The Grand Theatre • 1-2pm • Learn more online

Selected students will read their winning entries. The celebration includes poetry and prose from students in grades 3-8, and each participant receives a gift certificate to buy a book of their choice from Dotters Bookstore.