Annual all-student juried show runs Feb. 23-March 8

A variety of artwork will be displayed during the All-Student Juried Exhibition at UW-La Crosse.

The exhibition includes: sculpture, painting, prints, photographs, metals/jewelry, ceramics, drawing, illustration, textile and mixed media work. A total of 65 students from a variety of majors submitted 145 works. The judges selected 56 pieces for the exhibition, representing 42 student artists. Fourteen works received special awards

Judges for this year’s juried exhibition were Winona State University faculty members Professor Anne Scott Plummer and Instructor Alessandra Sulpy. 

The exhibition opens in the University Art Gallery with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. An awards ceremony begins at 4:30. The gallery is on the first floor of the Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St.

The exhibition, which runs through Thursday, March 8, is supported by the UWL Department of Art, the College of Liberal Studies, School of Arts and Communications, Student Association, along with donors through the UWL Foundation.

Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, by appointment, and during events in the Toland Theater. All University Gallery exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Art Department at 608.785.8230 or visit www.uwlax.edu/art.

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What: All-Student Juried Exhibition

Who: UWL students  

When: opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m.FridayFeb. 23. Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and during events in Toland Theater. Runs through March 8.

Where: University Art Gallery, UWL Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St.    

Admission: All exhibitions and receptions are free

Coming soon:

The All-Student Juried Exhibition will be followed by “An Artistic Discovery:  Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition.” Exhibition dates areMarch 22–April 8. There will be a family/community reception and awards presentation at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 8, with awards announced at 1:30. This event will be hosted by Congressman Ron Kind and Tawni Kind.

IMAGE CAPTION: Jurors for the UW-La Crosse All-Student Juried Exhibition, Winona State University faculty members Instructor Alessandra Sulpy, left, and Professor Anne Scott Plummer, review work submitted for the show that runs Feb. 23-March 8.

 

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La Crosse WI 54601
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Badgerland Nationals Comes Back To La Crosse The annual Badgerland Nationals Wrestling Tournament is set to invade La Crosse on December 30-31, 2017 at Mitchell Hall on the UW-La Crosse campus. An estimated 750+ wrestlers from all across the country will...

Featured Photo Friday: Bagel, please.

Too many people look at the holes in their life and miss the bagel. Featuring a new photo shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use...

Fun for the Fam: December Itinerary

By: Sara Walters ‘Tis the season for tasty treats—and less activity. The holiday rush and the way-too-early setting sun can be a deadly combination for athletic-minded families who may find that they spend more time snacking than sweating. Luckily, the La...

Snaps Around Town: Divafest

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

Featured Photo Friday: Treat Yourself

We will be featuring a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I owe it all to little chocolate donuts. A photo posted by Mary (@maryesther19) on Jan 1, 2014 at 5:15pm...

An Accessible Adventure

Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Mississippi River Valley.  We have some great ideas to help you get outside and enjoy the best of nature in our area and have a truly accessible vacation. Upper Missisisippi U.S. Fish & Wildlife...

Figure Skating Club Announces Winter on Ice Spectacular

The Tri-State Toe Picks Figure Skating Club has taken the sport of figure skating to the next level in the Coulee Region. Skaters of this club competed at both State Games of America this Summer and the Upper Great Lakes Regional Champions this...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Rotary Lights

By: Anastasia Penchi Want a great way to get into the holiday spirit? Drive your vehicle or walk through the 23nd annual Rotary Lights display in La Crosse’s Riverside Park any night between the day after Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Millions of LED lights...

Drink of the Month: Bloody Mary

By: Sara Walters There are lots of bars in La Crosse and surrounding areas that are rumored to have the best Bloody Mary around.   One of the region’s top contenders is Rivers Rats on French Island. On the banks of the Mississippi, River Rats is a local...

Snaps Around Town: Mississippi River Bridge

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour

  Set for the first Sunday of December, the tour will feature beautiful homes, seasonal decorations and holiday treats and art. With the holiday season right around the corner, Lanesboro area innkeepers are preparing for the 2017 Christmas Inn Tour set...

Lights Over North La Crosse: A Holiday Season Tradition

Lights Over North La Crosse is a great event for the North La Crosse Community. The event takes place in Copeland Park and is a chance for family and friends to connect and kick off the beginning of the Holiday Season. Organized by the North La Crosse...

Fun for the Fam – November Itinerary

By: Sara Walters This month, get your family out of the house for some hands-on FUN! There are lots of ways for kids (and adults) to be creative in the Coulee Region. Make a craft for your home, try out a new skill, learn to cook a tasty new treat--the...

Snaps Around Town: Halloween

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

Featured Photo Friday: What a Hike!

We will be featuring a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the...

La Crosse Celebrates Global Initiatives Week Nov. 3– 10

A Week of Global Celebration! A group of businesses and organizations in the Greater La Crosse Region will come together to celebrate the fifth annual Global Initiatives Week Friday, Nov. 3 – Friday, Nov. 10. Organizers aim to showcase the community’s cultural value...

Snaps Around Town: Oktoberfest Race Weekend

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! This week is always a good one! Oktoberfest! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use...

Juilliard Composer to Visit UW-La Crosse

Performance is part of La Crosse New Music Festival A Mexican-born composer who is on the Juilliard School of Music faculty is coming to speak and perform at UW-La Crosse. Samuel Zyman, a 2017 Visiting Artist of Color, will give a pre-concert talk at6:30...

Featured Photo Friday: Different Point of View

We will be featuring a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an...

Deer Hunting in La Crosse County

Hunting: Buy your license with Passport to Pursuit (See More Videos) The La Crosse area’s abundant waterways, wooded bluffs, expansive meadows, and seemingly endless marshes and bottomlands all make it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts of every stripe, and that...

Fun for the Fam – October Itinerary

By: Sara Walters October is awesome for kids in La Crosse County. There are leaves to jump in, warm weather to enjoy and Halloween candy to eat. Parents looking to maximize the fun have plenty of options for their weekend itineraries. Friday Night A Screamin’ Good...

Drink of the Month – Mango Bubble Tea

By: Sara Walters A trip down Pearl Street in La Crosse can take you to a number of delicious places. If you’re looking for a refreshing, fruity beverage, stop in to Dim Sum Tea Shop for a Mango Bubble Tea. As the name suggests, Dim Sum offers a wide variety of teas,...

Snaps Around Town: Oktoberfest!

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! This week is always a good one! Oktoberfest! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use...

Snaps Around Town: Applefest

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Oktoberfest

SEPTEMBER 27–30, 2018 La Crosse, Wisconsin This classic German festival offers beer, food, parades, people, music and other family entertainment. No matter if you are an Oktoberfest regular or newbie, here are five things to look forward to: 1.The Tapping of the...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: 2017 Storytelling Festival

  By: Anastasia Penchi Once upon a time in a land that is not far, far away, there were two La Crosse lawyers who decided their community should have a storytelling festival. They wanted local families to hear great stories, and they wanted the public to be educated...

Snaps Around Town: Rockin’ the Docks

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

Oktoberfest Race Weekend Schedule Announced

Photo courtesy of Bruce Nuttleman The historic event, to be held October 5th-8th, is the upper Midwest's season-ending "special" for most asphalt racers. The weekend builds up with many different divisions, before concluding with the season finale of the...

Great River Landing Ribbon Cutting

The City of Onalaska is excited to announce the greatly anticipated grand opening of Phase 1 of the Great River Landing Project. There will be an open house and ribbon cutting on Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Great River Landing at 2:00pm City staff will...

UWL Gallery Season Features Prints, Paintings, Ceramics & More

Prints from China and U.S. artists will join sculptural paintings... Along with works by UW-La Crosse faculty and students — at the University Gallery during the 2017-18 season. The season kicks off in September with works on paper by Kansas artist Laura...

Featured Photo Friday: Paddlewheel Views

You can't be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river. Featuring a new photo shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: La Crosse Pride

By: Anastasia Penchi Many larger communities like New York and LA hold their Pride festivals every June to celebrate gay rights. La Crosse Pride has traditionally been held in September so area college students are able to attend, and in 2017 the La Crosse...

Snaps Around Town: Ashley for the Arts

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

Featured Photo Friday: Dog Days of Summer

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. Featuring a new photo shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Mississippi Mayhem

  By: Anastasia Penchi If the word “mayhem,” is involved – it has to be good. Mississippi Mayhem (a reference to the river – not the state) is a car show featuring pre-1965 cars and pre-1975 motorcycles that will be held at the La Crosse Interstate...

Kayak Fishing in La Crosse County (VIDEO)

  The Mighty Mississippi and it's beautiful backwaters have proven to be a high class fishery time and time again. The river has served as a host to several major fishing tournaments such as the Bassmaster Elite, several Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) events, and most...

Featured Photo Friday: Fish Finder

We will be featuring a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of...

Paddle Away! Popular Paddle Rentals in La Crosse County

La Crosse County is known for the bluffs but lest we forget about the other side of things. With the Mighty Mississippi and it's back waters, Lake Onalaska, Lake Neshonoc, the La Crosse River AND the Black River, we have plenty of opportunities for those who seek to...

10 Historic Places in La Crosse County

For all you history buffs out there... La Crosse is home to more historic places than most people realize! 10. Joseph B. Funke Company If you’ve previously visited La Crosse, WI and stayed at The Charmant Hotel, stopped in to grab a cup of locally brewed...

Snaps Around Town: Beer by Bike Brigade

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

Things to Know Before You Go: Coulee Con

By: Anastasia Penchi Is gaming your passion? Do role playing games get your brain spinning and your heartbeat thumping? Are you more interested in assisting as storm giant King Hekaton is tasked with keeping order among the giants or do you prefer to wield...

Featured Photo Friday: Fishing – Kayak Style

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend. Featuring a new photo shared with us on Instagram.  Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use...

Snaps Around Town: 4th of July

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: River Bluff Daze

  By: Anastasia Penchi When looking at the State of Wisconsin, Ferryville is hardly a blip on the map. The federal government counted only 176 residents during its most recent U.S. Census in this Crawford County community. Nestled at foot of the bluffs...

5 Favorites You Didn’t Know Were From La Crosse County

  Believe it or not, La Crosse County has a few claims to fame. Here’s a list of 5 things that stemmed from the area we know and love...in some way or another... #1- LaCroix You’re probably familiar with this bubbly brand. You may also know, or wouldn’t be surprised,...

Guided Tour on the Lake Onalaska Canoe Trail

Saturday July 22 at 10:00am The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy invite you to join for a leisurely canoe tour through the scenic backwaters of the Black River. Refuge Rangers will guide you along the...

10th Annual Three Rivers Roleo presented by KRICK, LLC

  Three Rivers Roleo will take to the water on the Black River at the Great River Landing in Onalaska, WI on Saturday July 8th for the 10th year. The event will be broadcasted on Fox Sports North & Fox Sports Wisconsin with the first airing being Monday, July 17,...

5 Famous People From La Crosse County

  This city is not only a great location to visit, but also a hometown to many well-known names. If you needed more reasons to visit La Crosse County take a look at who (or what) claims it as their birthplace... #5-Gottlieb Heileman Heilman is best known for founding...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: 2017 Three Rivers Roleo

By: Anastasia Penchi La Crosse County is at the epicenter of a sport that was started by lumberjacks... Timber in remote areas was transported to cities via river, and lumberjacks were tasked with stepping on the floating logs and kicking them loose. It wasn’t long...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Rotary Rock N Ribs

www.rotaryrocknribs.com By: Anastasia Penchi It’s the event you can find by following your nose. The La Crosse Valley View Rotary and the Holmen Area Rotary Clubs will host the 3rd annual Rotary Rock-n-Ribs BBQ on June 23 and 24 at the La Crosse Oktoberfest Grounds. A...

River City Water Ski Show Team

River City Water Ski Show Team Since the River City Water Ski Show Team was formed in 1972, it's main goal has been to promote water safety, perform shows during the summer, prepare skiers for competitive skiing, and to promote the sport of water skiing as a safe,...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Holmen, Wisconsin

Who's out enjoying the beautiful spring weather? 🙋🏻🙋🏼‍♂️ McGilvary Road/Bridges in Holmen offers a gorgeous walk through marshland of the Van Loon Wildlife Refuge.🦅🦆🐝🐢🌱 #getoutside #explore #nature #wildlife #hiking #wakingtrail #recreation #holmenwi #lacrossecounty...

Bird Walk with a Ranger

  Learn to identify various migratory and residential birds by using binoculars on a leisurely hike through the forest. Bring your curiosity and learn how size, shape, song, color, and behaviors help us to identify birds! Please dress for the weather and bring your...

Fourth Annual Artspire La Crosse is June 9 & 10

Artpire 2017 - the best year yet! Pump House Regional Arts Center announces the fourth annual Artspire will be the best year yet! While the first three annual Artspire events commenced on a Friday evening, 5:00 pm, and concluded the following Saturday at 5:00 pm, this...

5 Hidden Gem Restaurants in La Crosse County

Looking for a great dining experience when you visit La Crosse County? Check out these five hidden gem restaurants that are just as good as the popular places, or, dare we say it, even better. 1. The Mint This restaurant is a farm to table experience, with locally...

Eagle Owls in The Netherlands Program May 28th

The “Rat Man” of Maastricht, medieval tunnels where Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” and Jews were hidden during World War II, an enormous marlstone quarry and one of the largest owl species in the world converge in this program. Join Marjon Savelsberg from Maastricht, The...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Catgut Paddle

By: Anastasia Penchi Are you a water bug at heart? Do you get the feeling that none of the area’s many festivals are geared to folks who enjoy long-distance paddle sports? No more, I say. The first annual Catgut Paddle Canoe Kayak Race will be held in La Crosse on...

Know Before You Go: Spiritual Tours and Places in La Crosse, WI

MUSIC BY THE WEATHERED HEADS By: Anastasia Penchi Western Wisconsin is referred to as “God’s Country” for good reason. The endless landscapes featuring the splendor of the bluffs and coulees remind us of the highs and lows of life. These sights inspire goodness. We...

Castle La Crosse Bed and Breakfast is Now Open

One of the most famous La Crosse landmarks is now open to the public for the first time in it's 125 history! The Castle features five guest suites, for up to ten guests, who enjoy a large breakfast served daily in the grand dining room of the historic home.  Visitors...

Snaps Around Town: American Queen Steamboat

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed...

Sights of Spring in La Crosse County

International Friendship Gardens, Riverside Park La Crosse enjoys thriving relationships with sister cities, business partners, students and people from around the world. To celebrate the success of these partnerships, and build a tribute to the culture and traditions...

Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin

Get outside, get active, and enjoy Wisconsin's natural resources...for free!   The first full weekend of June is the perfect weekend to try a new outdoors activity or return to one you haven't tried in a long time. More info can be found at:...

2017 La Crosse Concert Band Schedule

Help celebrate the 100th season of the La Crosse Concert Band   Enjoy free outdoor Wednesday evening band concerts along the banks of the Mississippi, downtown La Crosse, WI, in Riverside Park (100 Block, State St.). Concerts take place June 7th - July 26th (not 7/5)....

4th Annual Best of La Crosse County Starts Monday May 15, 2017

In 2016, 10,000 people voted for their favorite individuals, businesses, and organizations. WKBT News 8 and Explore La Crosse is pleased to announce Best of La Crosse County 2017. For the fourth straight year, visitors and residents have the opportunity to vote for...

Midwest Tenkara Fest 2017

  Tenkara is an exciting, simplified style of fly fishing. Using collapsible, lightweight rods with no reel, the angler focuses on technique to achieve success. Since its recent introduction to America a decade ago, tenkara’s popularity has grown quickly among anglers...

Catgut Paddle Registration Goes Live!

  ABOUT THE EVENT Registration is now open for Catgut Paddle 2017! On July 22, 2017, the 1st annual Catgut Paddle, hosted by City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry will feature a 14-mile Canoe Kayak Race and a 4-mile Fun Paddle Sponsored by J.F. Brennan with...

River Revelry in La Crosse

La Crosse is known by locals as the place where three rivers meet... The superstar of these three rivers is the Mississippi, first made famous by Mark Twain and his novel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”   La Crosse has a population of just more than 50,000 people,...

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Video)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe began as a blessed and holy inspiration enhanced with the dedication and hard work of many generous faithful. It forever will be a spiritual destination for pilgrims all over the world, who yearn for peace, love, and compassion that...

5 Haunted Places In La Crosse, WI

While any town has rumors of “haunted” areas, La Crosse is home to some truly spooky terrors. Here’s a list of five can’t-miss places if you’re on a hunt for the haunt... #5- Bodega Brew Pub This pub is over 100 years old, which is enough to tell you it’ll be haunted....

Country Recording artist Joe Hall to perform at Riverfest

Joe Hall will open for Chase Bryant Monday July 3, 2017 Riverfest | June 30-July 4, 2017 The great state of Georgia has been a hotbed for producing some of the most highly acclaimed country music artists in recent years, and singer/songwriter Joe Hall is on his way to...

Discover Wisconsin : Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Video)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe will forever be a spiritual destination for visitors from all over the world. The Shrine is nestled in on over 100 acres of God’s Country in the Mississippi River Valley. In addition to the many beautiful chapels, statues, gardens,...

Sacred Architecture of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Video)

Mr. Duncan Stroik speaks about the inspirations and sacred architecture behind designing the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe will forever be a spiritual destination for visitors from all over the world. The...

Family Vacations in La Crosse, WI (Video)

Family vacations are always the most memorable, but finding activities for everyone to enjoy can sometimes pose a challenge. Every parent has faced the problem: how do you keep the kids engaged AND have it be fun for you, too? Will they be bored? Will they eat the...

Scenic Beauty in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Video)

The scenic beauty of Grandad Bluff has become not only a destination point for thousands, but also a symbol of this great Coulee Region. La Crosse’s recent renovation showed the importance and grandeur of Grandad Bluff to all who visit! Grandad Bluff is a city park...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: 2017 La Crosse Area Day

Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to Miller Park. Springtime means baseball, and there’s no better way to kick off the new season than by taking your friends and family along for La Crosse Area Day when the Coulee Region gathers to root on the Milwaukee Brewers...

Miranda’s Choice: 7 Can’t Miss Restaurants in La Crosse County

  The hardest choice to make while visiting La Crosse County is where to eat! There are so many delicious options, making the difficult choice a good problem to have. Lucky for you, we’ve made that decision easier. Here are seven places you won’t want to miss while...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: 2017 June Dairy Days

  It’s time to celebrate all things dairy. West Salem, which is located just 15 miles northeast of La Crosse, does its June Dairy Days up right, featuring a parade, lots of music, a classic car show, fireworks and more. So eat up those cheese curds. Pick out your...

Comedian Maggie Faris to Perform at UW-La Crosse

The Funniest Clip of the Year and Silver Nail Award winner, Maggie Faris, will perform at UW-La Crosse. Faris will take the stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Entertainment Café in the UWL Student Union. Faris has opened for big names such as: Daniel Tosh, Jay...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: 2017 Mid West Music Fest

MID WEST MUSIC FEST APRIL 14-15, 2017 La Crosse, Wisconsin www.midwestmusicfest.org It’s all about the music. The Mid West Music Fest started in Winona, Minn., seven years ago when an AmeriCorps volunteer decided to organize a music festival and ended up with more...

3 Breweries of the Past in La Crosse, Wisconsin

3 Breweries of the Past in La Crosse, Wisconsin Our craft brewing scene is roaring, with mainstay Pearl Street Brewery recently joined by upstarts Turtle Stack Brewery, Two Beagles Brewpub, and Skeleton Crew Brew. But let’s take a moment to remember the brewing giants...

Snaps Around Town: La Crosse in the Snow

We will be featuring a new ongoing photo series from Bob Good! Check back periodically! We also feature a new photo that is shared with us on Instagram. Your photo could be next! Just snap a photo and use #explorelacrosse I have photographed national...

Spiritual Tours and Places in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Video)

Did you know that the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the only Catholic Marian Shrine on the western side of the state of Wisconsin? Yet, visitors don’t have to be Catholic – all are welcome! The staff, friars, and volunteers want each person to feel welcome....

Silent Sports in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Video)

There might not be a better place in the world for silent sports than La Crosse, WI. With wooded bluffs topped by craggy sandstone outcroppings, vast marshes teeming with wildlife, pristine prairies and meadows, and rivers, lakes, and streams everywhere you turn,...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Zombie Bar Crawl

by Anastasia Penchi It’s the bar crawl where participants could literally crawl on the ground and still fit in. Zombies will be invading downtown La Crosse on Oct. 22, but it won’t be due to any virus, voodoo hex or special taping of the next season of “The Walking...

Third Annual Creepy Critters Special Event

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge La Crosse District N5727 County Road Z Onalaska, WI 54650 Contact: Hallie Rasmussen October 4, 2016 (608) 779-2392   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Are you ready for a howling good time? Anyone who dares to learn about...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: 2017 Historic Downtown Day

By: Anastasia Penchi   There are plenty of reasons for a community to celebrate a healthy downtown A city’s downtown is often where its commercial, cultural and civic activities are located. And in La Crosse, many of its downtown businesses are also owned by people...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Leif Erikson Day

by Anastasia Penchi It’s the local celebration you probably haven’t heard about before. But Leif Erikson Day is celebrated October 8 in Westby now, along with the community’s annual Syttende Mai festival every May. Both events are tied to the heritage of the settlers...

Plan a trip to Cashton – Wisconsin’s Largest Amish Community!

by Kathy Kuderer Plan a trip to Cashton~ Wisconsin’s largest Amish Community! Some things you should know before heading out… Hi!  This is Kathy Kuderer from The Village Shops at Down A Country Road and today I will share with you some things you may want to know...

Fall Drives in La Crosse, WI (Video)

This 132-mile fall drives loop explores the Great River Road to the south of La Crosse. Head down 35 enjoying majestic views as the highway climbs and winds it’s way through the 600-foot bluffs hugging the river. Enjoy historic and beautiful Prairie du Chien, just 60...

Fish Hook Festival September 9, 2016 with Bassmaster Elite Series

Explore La Crosse announces the first inaugural Fish Hook Festival Friday September 9, 2016, in collaboration with the Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament September 8-11, 2016. The Bassmaster’s Elite Series features 107 of the world’s best anglers competing on...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Storytelling Festival

by Anastasia Penchi Once upon a time in a land that was not far, far away, there were two La Crosse lawyers who decided their community should have a storytelling festival. They wanted local families to hear great stories, and they wanted the public to be educated...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Fish Hook Festival

by Anastasia Penchi The bass boats are coming. The Fish Hook Festival is a new celebration tied in with the Bassmaster’s Elite Series fishing tournament that takes place in the Coulee Region Sept. 8-11. The tournament allows locals who dream about getting paid to fish...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Larryfest

by Anastasia Penchi If you can picture the green, rolling hills of Vernon County, and can hear a fiddle, banjo and guitar playing in the background (maybe someone is even singing the bluegrass classic, “Pig in the Pen”) -- you must be thinking about Larryfest. This...

Dining in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Video)

Dining  in a town known for it’s beer can’t help but have great pub food, pizza, and of course that old Wisconsin favorite: cheese curds! You’ll also find top-quality fine dining, classic family diners and supper clubs, and a diverse array of ethnic restaurants,...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Tour de Pearl

by Anastasia Penchi What does a small, hometown brewery have in common with bicycles? They are the key ingredients to a La Crosse festival now in its fifth year. Tour de Pearl is a summer long beer and bicycling promotion where participants ride bikes, drink beer and...

Real Life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera

Special program at the International Owl Center: Real Life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera August 6 & 7 at 2:00 PM International Owl Center, Houston, MN First Victor evicted Wendell and Wheezy from their own territory. Then Wheezy got sick and died so Victor and Virginia...

Fishing in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Video)

Near La Crosse, the Upper Mississippi sprawls well beyond its main channel, creating hundreds of tiny islands, channels, and deep pools which harbor more species of fish than any other temperate-climate river in the world. Walleye is king in these waters, but you can...

Roaming with Littles: Rural Tourism for Families

Bikes & Barns: A Weekend Getaway by Sara Heaser Explore La Crosse’s Roaming with Littles: Rural Tourism for Families blog focuses on ecotourism in La Crosse County for adults and children alike. The bluffs, rivers, parks, beaches, trails, farms--and the people that...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Great River Folk Festival

by Anastasia Penchi Folk music is the original music of the working people. The term has been used to describe the music made by whites in the rural South, but it also includes the music of the Southern blacks, Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cajuns and others....

MVAC Archaeology Public Field School Open House is July 21

The public is invited to see what the MVAC Public Field School participants have been doing this summer. Stop by between 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Norskedalen Heritage Farm (Skumsrud) to see the ongoing fieldwork and collections of materials that have...

Festivals (Video): Family Fun, Art Lovers, Music, Food and Beer

Perhaps nothing says as much about a community as the manner in which it comes together to celebrate. Local festivals are the perfect way to learn about the culture of a place–its people, traditions, and values. Every area has its quirky small-town festivals, and La...

Ryan Hanifl Live at the Pump House – One Night Only!

La Crosse native Ryan Hanifl returns to the area to perform an intimate and engaging set, one night only, at the Pump House, Saturday, July 16, 7:30 pm. Ryan is a singer/songwriter/composer whose influences range from Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke, Antony Hegarty, and...

Know Before You Go: AAUW Art Fair on the Green

Sharon Christenson, Watercolor Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10am – 5pm Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10am- 4pm University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Campus Original Work Only  There will be only original art for sale. Some of the type of items you can...

River Fun in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Video)

Even if you know nothing else about La Crosse, you probably know it has rivers. The Black River runs 190 miles from Taylor County in north central Wisconsin to its mouth here in La Crosse, where it mingles with the nearly 8,000-acre Lake Onalaska and the mighty...

Down A Country Road

by Kathy Kuderer   Visiting Cashton Wisconsin’s Amish Community The Cashton area is home to Wisconsin’s largest Old Order Amish Community. A day trip to Amish Country can be fun and interesting, but sometimes it helps to know a bit more about the culture. Hi!  My name...

Historic Downtowns in La Crosse County (Video)

Founded by fur traders in the late-18th century, and further settled and incorporated by lumber barons in the mid-19th. Today, our communities are defined by so much more than a single industry: world-class medical facilities, three highly regarded post-secondary...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Riverfest

By: Anastasia Penchi If you spend the Fourth of July in the La Crosse area, it’s important to schedule a visit to Riverfest.   The annual festival, known for its food, fireworks and family entertainment, is based at Riverside Park in downtown La Crosse, and is held...

Norskedalen Annual Midsummer Fest 2016

Norskedalen Annual Midsummer Fest 2016: It’s time for Midsummer Fest! Jonsok, as it is called in Norway, heralds the beginning of summer and is one of the year’s biggest Norwegian festivals.  Celebrating the shortest night of the year with food, flowers and dancing...

Staying in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Video)

When staying in La Crosse you will find cozy B&Bs to expansive hotels and luxury suites, La Crosse County has something for everyone in every price range. Find a quiet, comfortable cabin in the woods or on the river, or book your room in the heart of downtown, close...

Driftless Music Festival | July 9, 2016

Driftless Music Festival July 9, 2016. Eckhart Park, Viroqua Viroqua will again be alive with the sound of great music when the Driftless Music Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary on Saturday, July 9. Gates open at noon and music plays from 1 to 10 p.m. in Eckhart...

The Buffalo City Loop on the Wisconsin Great River Road

by Sara Heaser The Buffalo City Loop is one-day road trip that begins in La Crosse, travels north on the Great River Road (Hwys 53 and 35) to Buffalo City, and returns on the Minnesota banks of the Mississippi, features charming small towns and their shops, wineries,...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Artspire La Crosse

by Anastasia Penchi Artistically-speaking, La Crosse has it going on. The city has a thriving theater force to be reckoned with, including entities like La Crosse Community Theatre and Weber Center for the Performing Arts – not to mention our local comedy troupe Heart...

Inaugural Fish Hook Festival kicking off September 9, 2016

Nationally recognized bands Pert Near Sandstone and Dead Man Winter featuring Dave Simonett from Trampled by Turtles to perform.   Explore La Crosse announces the first inaugural Fish Hook Festival Friday September 9, 2016, in collaboration with the Bassmaster’s Elite...

Golfing The Different Way At Pettibone

by Dylan Wevers Avid Disc Golfer I’d like to start by saying that overall the Pettibone disc golf course is one of the best free disc golf courses that I have ever played. The surrounding area has a few different disc golf options such as in Hokah, MN at Twin Creeks...

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: Butterfest

by Anastasia Penchi Spring has finally arrived, so it’s time to begin planning the summer festival season. Sure, everyone is familiar with Oktoberfest, but have you ever attended any of the area’s lessor known festivals? Kicking off the festival season is Sparta’s...

Bicycle La Crosse – May Newsletter 2016

www.explorelacrosse.com/bikefest   Bike Fest Spotlight -- New on this year's Labor Day Bike Fest Schedule :  Karma Class! On the third day of riding, you might want to take a break and join Root Down Yoga for a quick ride to their studio on Caledonia Street. There you...

1st Annual Canoe & Du

Canoe: Paddle, Bike & Run Triathlon OR Du: Run, Bike, Run Duathlon The 1st Annual Canoe and Du will take place on the beautiful La Crosse River and La Crosse River state trail along with the surrounding West Salem neighborhoods. This event is a great fit for all...

Pump House Announces 34th Annual Radio Auction

Pump House Regional Arts Center and WIZM Radio announce the 34th Annual Radio auction, April 23 and 24, 1 to 5 PM both days. Over 500 area businesses have been invited to participate. Auction items include four "one-day hopper passes" to Walt Disney World, hotel stays...

Bird Banding Demonstrations and Bird Walk

Celebrate the arrival of spring by joining us on Saturday April 30th for a bird walk through the forest! Refuge Forester, Andy Beebe, will share his knowledge about why certain birds are attracted to these habitat types, and Katie Burns from the Audubon Society will...

Mid West Music Schedule – Saturday April 16, 2016

Saturday April 16, 2016- Downtown, La Crosse   Tickets are still available online at www.midwestmusicfest.org/tickets and will be for sale the day-of at the Root Note (115 4th St. South) from 12:00PM to 10:00PM. There is a killer line-up across some amazing La Crosse...

2016 Festivals in La Crosse, WI

Win a 2 night stay during your favorite festival! Enter one or enter all! Everyone knows La Crosse has one of the nation’s premier Oktoberfest festivals. Well, on top of that we also have Irishfest, Riverfest, Artspire, the Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, & Cheese...

Bicycle La Crosse – April Newsletter 2016

www.explorelacrosse.com/bikefest   Bike Fest Spotlight -- The Bike Fest joins Beer By Bike Brigade this Labor Day weekend: Join several hundred of your closest friends for Beer By Bike Brigade, "a once-a-month summer bar hop for responsible and fun-loving adults. No...

Third Annual Artspire La Crosse June 10 & 11, 2016

Third Annual Artspire La Crosse is June 10 & 11 Pump House Regional Arts Center announces the annual Artspire La Crosse, June 10 & 11.  Already the largest arts celebration in downtown La Crosse, the third annual Artspire is growing twice in size from the past year....

Plano Signs On As Title Sponsor For Mississippi River Elite Event

Tackle storage magnate Plano Molding Co., Inc., has secured the title sponsorship of the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series season finale. The final event of the regular Elite Series season will take place Sept. 8-11 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. “We’re...

Designing Jewelers: A new look – Rich in La Crosse history

Designing Jewelers, located at 314 4th Street South, has gone through a complete transformation over the past 17 years. Al and Brenda, the stores owners, have made a commitment to restoring their space to its original look and feel, a commitment that is driven by the...

Grammy-nominated recording artist David Nail to perform at Riverfest

David Nail will perform Sunday July 3, 2016. ​ Nail is considered to have one of the most distinct and powerful voices in country music today, releasing his third album, I’m A Fire, to massive acclaim. I’m A Fire landed on many BEST OF lists including Rolling Stone...

Joshua Becker to share what he discovered through living with less

 Joshua Becker is a minimalist with a message. The author and public speaker will make the case for owning less at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Brian and Lori Hesprich Auditorium, in Graff Main Hall at UW-La Crosse. The event is sponsored by UWL’s It Make$ Cents...

Public TV to air UWL prof’s talk of 1890s bike path network

UW-La Crosse Associate Professor of History James Longhurst shares his research on late 19th century bike paths in an upcoming Wisconsin Public TV program.             Longhurst, who released his book “Bike Battles” last spring, explores the 1890s idea of sidepaths in...

Lynn Biddick Celebrates Album Release with Pump House Concert

La Crosse singer-songwriter and piano, harmonium, and mountain dulcimer player, Lynn Biddick celebrates the release of her new album "Everybody's Blue" with a concert, Saturday, February 27, 7:30 pm at the Pump House Regional Arts Center. Joining Lynn on stage will be...

B.A.S.S. Announces Expanded Bassmaster Elite Series Schedule For 2016

Sept. 8-11     Elite No. 9    Mississippi River    La Crosse, Wis. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Some of America’s top-ranked bass fisheries — plus a new wrinkle in tournament formats and an extra event — await the nation’s top professional bass anglers competing in the 2016...

Frederick Ndabaramiye at Frozen River Film Festival

  In 6-weeks, the Frozen River Film Festival will bring another round of dynamic programming to Winona, Minnesota. Frederick Ndabaramiye, a key highlight for the 2016 festival travels from Africa to speak of his experience during the Rwandan genocide. When Ndabaramiye...

Bicycle La Crosse new year, new routes!

It might be snowy outside, but that doesn’t mean that Bicycle La Crosse isn’t thinking about riding! With fat bikes, bike swaps, and planning for next year’s routes and events, winter can be a busy time for riders. New year, new routes! Bicycle La Crosse supports...

Winter Sports in La Crosse, WI

Winter sports and outdoor enthusiasts will love La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the wintertime. Six months worth of snowfall in our wooded bluffs, expansive marshes, and frozen bottomlands means some of the best skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling anyone could hope to...

UW-La Crosse named ” Bicycle Friendly University “

UWL is one of only five state campuses with the honor La Crosse, Wis. –  A national organization has recognized UW-La Crosse for its efforts in becoming a more bicycle friendly campus.             The League of American Bicyclists has recognized UWL with a...

WISCORPS PRESENTS THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHASE 5K RUN/WALK 2015

WisCorps is excited to hold The 6th Annual Great Pumpkin Chase 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, October 31st, 2015! The 2015 course has been moved to Upper Hixon Forest! The route is still entirely 100% off-road and promises gorgeous fall scenery throughout the forest,...

Spousal Tours & Activities

  Each year, La Crosse attracts more than one million visitors as people across the globe are attracted by the natural beauty and splendor of the upper Mississippi River area – including the region’s rich history, unique attractions and variety of great shopping,...

Halloween fun near La Crosse, WI

by Mikayla Peters Have some fun while getting your scare on or getting lost in a maze of corn. See the dead come to life before your very eyes, experience life behind a freak show, run for your life through a course of zombies, or follow clues to find your way out of...

Camper Village Opens for the 46th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend

(West Salem, WI) - The changing of the leaves isn’t the only reason visitors make the pilgrimage to the Coulee Region.  The rumble of cars around the 5/8-mile and ¼-mile ovals around La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway brings a long line of campers to make their home...

Global Initiatives Week: November 6 – 13, 2015

The La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the third annual Global Initiatives Week, showcasing the community’s cultural value and highlighting the economic and social impact of the Coulee Region’s global connections through food, dance,...

The Best Makes Oktoberfest Race Weekend an All-Star Event

   The Best Makes Oktoberfest Race Weekend an All-Star Event   (West Salem, WI) -  The 46th Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin will once again become the major hub of short track racing on October 8, 9, 10, and 11th. ...

Apple Orchards near La Crosse, WI

Apple Orchards & Patches by Mikayla Peters Have some down-on-the farm family fun while picking fresh apples and pumpkins at area apple orchards. Pick out your own jack-o’-lantern or find the perfect apple for your pies at the wide range of farms offered in and around...

The Three State Fall Color Loop: Prairie du Chien

by Dan Fisher Let’s start our tour by heading west over the Mississippi River Bridge on Hwy 16 to La Crescent. Enjoy the abundance of birds that are in their migration.  At least 60% of all North American birds use the Mississippi River Basin for their annual...

2015 First Ever – Twilight Tour & Farm To Table Dinner

2015 First Ever - Twilight Tour & Farm To Table Dinner September 13, 2015 at Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center Led by guides with lantern light, visitors will step back in time and meet live historical characters of the area's past. Norskedalen's history includes...

Bluff Bash, August 27th, 2015

The City of La Crosse Parks & Recreation Department is excited to present the Bluff Bash to take place August 27th, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at Upper Hixon Forest Park! The Bluff Bash is a celebration of everyone who loves local trails. The event invites trail enthusiasts,...

Pause. Reflect. Weekly Affirmation, Aug. 17, 2015

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking,...

Cooling off in the La Crosse River

by Ryan Johnson August marks the beginning of the Dog Days of Summer here in the Midwest. And there is no better way to combat the heat and humidity than to get out on the water. As a kayak tour guide for Driftless Adventure Company, the...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Rural Bar

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Art Space

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse 2015: Best College Bar

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Museum

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Indie / Alternative Band

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse 2015: Best Brewery / Brewpub

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Acoustic / Bluegrass Band

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Music Store

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Jazz Band

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Downtown Bar

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

Best of La Crosse County 2015: Best Cinema

We asked, and you answered. Over 1,800 La Crosse County residents and visitors nominated finalists for the Best of La Crosse County 2015, and more than 8,000 participated in the final voting. You weighed in on everything from auto repair to...

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