Our community is active with festivals, community events, sporting events, high-class entertainment at our La Crosse Center, and a wide variety of outdoor activities from fly-fishing and boating to hiking and so much more. Our partner organization, Explore La Crosse, our Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, hosts a robust website detailing all there is to do in our area. Below we capture highlights and encourage you to visit explorelacrosse.org.
La Crosse and the surrounding areas have long been passionate patrons of the arts. You’re never far from a community play, symphony, local band, or a large national touring production.
From big concert venues to more intimate locales, from world-renowned artists to local musicians, you’ll find a thriving night scene with great music. Enjoy blues, pop, rock, bluegrass, country and more. And, don’t forget the many free summer concert series in our area parks.
With seemingly endless options for restaurants, the La Crosse area delivers something for everyone. Find your new favorite spot below.
King Street Kitchen
Burrachos Fresh Mexican Grill
famousdaves.com (La Crosse)
pizzaranch.com (La Crosse)
Lindy’s Subs & Salads
Big Al’s Pizza
Pettibone Boat Club
Ardie’s Flipside Pub & Grill
Schmidty’s Bar and Grill
David Reay’s Modern
Diner and Tavern
4 Sisters Wine & Tapas
Ciatti’s Italian Restaurant
Red Pines Bar & Grill
La Crosse Club
From charming, hometown shops in downtown La Crosse, to national brands, the La Crosse area is a regional hub for shopping for any style.
Valley View Mall
Downtown Mainstreet, Inc.
Village Shopping Center
Three Rivers Plaza
Crosseroads Shopping Center
La Crosse is proud of its commitment to local music and community events. Throughout the year residents and visitors can enjoy several festivals and fairs in the area—including the famous La Crosse Oktoberfest celebrations.
For more festival and event information, visit explorelacrosse.com
Nov. 26 – Dec. 31
Between the Bluffs Beer,
Wine & Cheese
June 30 – July 4
La Crosse Interstate Fair
July 14 – 18
Sept. 30 – Oct. 3
La Crosse Area
Mid West Music Fest
La Crosse is… simply put… a wonderful place to raise a family. Through every season, you’ll find something fun to do with your kids, both outside and indoors.
Check out some of our favorite family-friendly places, events, and resources.
Enjoy three stories of non-stop, hands-on fun right in Downtown La Crosse.
The City of La Crosse features three… yes three!… public libraries. The County Library system also features 5 additional libraries in our area. Enjoy access to books, media, and robust programming for all ages!
lacrosselibrary.org | lacrossecountylibrary.org
With 8 public pools, 3 public beaches, and the YMCA facilities in the surrounding area, it’s easy to find a place to make a splash.
A favorite community resource for parents, The Parenting Place offers access to resources on child development, childcare, toys, playgroups, and much more.
Coulee Parenting Connection
Whenever you’re looking for family-friendly events, check out Coulee Parenting Connection. Their family fun calendar lists a wide range of events and opportunities, such as camps, playgroups, and the arts.
Local festivals abound in Greater La Crosse! A few family favorites include Riverfest, Artspire, La Crosse Storytelling Festival, Dairy Days, and Rotary Lights. Throughout the summer, you’ll also find local county fairs and small-town events celebrating what makes this area so unique.
Enjoy movies and live theatre at these local venues.
Let your kids’ creativity flourish through art classes offered at area businesses.
Creative Canvas and Board
Enjoy many opportunities for free outdoor music. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the sounds of local musicians.
La Crosse Concert Band
Holmen Concerts in the Park
Keep your kids occupied all year long with robust programming in sports, the arts, and adventure camps.
La Crosse Parks and Recreation
La Crosse area locals are proud of the traditions, history, and stories that make the area what it is. Dive into local history, culture, and fun at local museums and cultural attractions.
The La Crosse County Historical Society
Dahl Auto Museum
La Crosse Area Heritage Center
The Driftless Region offers an environment like no other to enjoy the great outdoors any time of the year. From hiking or biking hundreds of miles of trails, to boating, fishing, and skiing on the river or local lakes, to enjoying the colors changing on the bluffs in fall, the La Crosse area is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities.
Learn about some of our popular recreational activities at
Outdoor Recreation Alliance
Mt. La Crosse Ski Area
La Crosse Loggers
Mississippi Valley Mayhem
La Crosse Fairground Speedway