LA CROSSE WI APRIL 13-14, 2018


By: Sara Walters

One of the area’s most notable music festivals is fast approaching.


Here are  things to know if you plan to attend Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) 2018.

There’s something for everyone.

If you like music, you’ll find a band you enjoy. MWMF is self-described as an “all-ages, multiple-genre, volunteer-driven festival.” This year, La Crosse will feature the Latin flavor of De La Buena while Charlie Parr’s country blues will entertain in Winona. You’ll also find area bands like TUGG and Them Coulee Boys in the mix.

There are events all year long.

Although the true “festival” aspect of Mid West Music Fest occurs in April, they actually provide music throughout the year at various local venues. Hosting acts that often make the spring lineup, you can catch MWMF’s favorite bands collaborating and performing at establishments like The Court Above Main.

This isn’t a small production.

Now on its ninth year, this 4-day event has a combined 15 venues and 120 acts. It also incorporates both of the historic river communities of Winona and La Crosse. Over 3,000 music fans attended in 2016, and the event continues to grow.

It supports local business.

One of many cool parts of MWMF is that you get to explore and support local businesses while listening. In La Crosse, the performances have previously been at places like Turtle Stack Brewery, The Charmant Hotel and The Root Note. In Winona, bands have graced the stages of venues like Ed’s No Name Bar, Island City Brewing and Acoustic Cafe.


Sara Walters


Sara Walters is a writer, mom and marketing professional. She lives in La Crescent, MN with her husband and two daughters, Caroline and Maggie. Visit Sara’s website at

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