La Crosse, Wisconsin Festivals

La Crosse, Wisconsin Festivals


Since 1983 Riverside Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin has been host to a patriotic celebration lasting five days. From July 3rd through July 7th, the park celebrates the Nation’s independence with carnival games, competitions, arts and crafts, outdoor movies, and many more forms of entertainment.

Not only is Riverfest a lot of fun, but they annually manage to raise over $60,000 for charity. To top it all off, Riverfest has a spectacular fireworks display every year at the end of the festival. Entertainers include an impressive array of local bands and dance troupes and nationally recognized entertainers.


Get as close to Munich as you can without crossing the Atlantic at La Crosse, Wisconsin’s annual Oktoberfest! Since 1961 the festival has been a community favorite, and you can even buy your own commemorative stein. Participants will enjoy local music, food, and beer along with many beloved German traditions.

Mardi Gras

Established as a fund raiser for local Catholic schools, La Crosse’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is an event you can enjoy with the entire family. Drawing from the tradition of the famous New Orleans carnival, attendees will enjoy delicious food, spectacular performances and an annual talent show.

A costume ball is among the festivities. Those who wish to attend can purchase tickets through the website in advance. The money from the ball not only helps with tuition to Catholic Schools, but also funds the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.

Great River Jazz Fest

Experience Jazz along the Mississippi. Nationally established jazz artists gather for the La Crosse, WI Great River Jazz Fest in August. During the four day festival, you will hear jazz of every kind coming from the riverside tents. You can even take part in one of the free jam sessions.

AAUW Art Fair on the Green

The American Association of University Women hosts an annual art fair on the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse campus to raise money for scholarships. At the art fair you will find scores of artists touting their wares. Everything from pottery to paintings will be on display and available to purchase. Glass blowers, wood carvers and jewelry makers galore turn up to support the AAUW foundation.

Delicious fair food choices make this festival a great outing for the entire family. Tickets are only $4 dollars and are good both days.

Great River Folk Festival

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse is home to a yearly celebration of Folk music. If you love a good finger-picking guitar riff, you will bask in the glory that is the Great River Folk Festival. With children’s activities, music, dancing, demonstrators, crafters and food vendors, the Great River Folk Festival is truly an outing for the entire family.

The festival is host to special guests like Charlie Maguire, Pop Wagner and Tony Glover alongside many, many others of both local and national acclaim. It lasts for three whole days in the balmy month of August and takes place come rain, or come shine.


For three days in August, La Crosse is home to the La Crosse Irishfest. Lads and Lassies of all ages gather to celebrate Irish heritage and have fun. There are concerts, workshops, games, and food, all paying homage to Irish tradition.

For the kids there’s everything from slides to sand sculpting. For those with a creative (or competitive) streak, there are competitions ranging from the categories of kilt to mashed potatoes. Last but not least, for music lovers, the Irishfest boasts an impressive array of Irish-themed musical guests.

Winter Rec-Fest

We are all tempted to let chilly temperatures slow us down when seasons change from fall to winter. The community of La Crosse, Wisconsin has come up with a novel concept to ward off winter laziness. Taking place over a number of weeks, the Winter Rec-Fest is full of sports events and teams for community members young and old to participate in. Even fair weather favorites have been given wintry make-overs so you can still play kickball, even when the ground is covered in snow.

Sand on the Riverfront

Riverfront is a non-profit organization in La Crosse, Wisconsin that supports individuals with disabilities. Every year in August, they hold a big fund raiser called Sand on the Riverfront. People are invited to support the cause, take part in the themed sand sculpture competition, and enjoy the various activities each year’s fund raiser has to offer.

Rotary Lights

Each year in November, the city of La Crosse lights up in a spectacular way. In anticipation on the holiday season, the Rotary Club creates a fantastic holiday parade and light display, known as Rotary Lights. They distribute the money and canned goods collected for admission to local food shelters. The parade even features Santa being pulled by live reindeer. Rotary Lights is the perfect way to begin the holiday season with your entire family.

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