As we quickly approach summer, I thought it’d be a great idea to gather a whole bunch of awesome things you can do in Eau Claire this summer. The Chippewa Valley is stuffed to the brim with really cool events, places, and activities to explore whether you’re a fan of nature, music, or learning.
There are a ton of great and exciting events that happen all throughout the summer. Start off your summer here at the library by exercising your creative brain at our annual Maker event, Dabble Day on June 2. After that you can hop on over to Altoona for their annual Cinder City Days from June 7-10. Later that month on June 24, get together with all your friends and float down the Chippewa River during the Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta (FATFAR) starting at Loopy’s, but remember this event is for those 21 years or older. The Northern Wisconsin State Fair, happening July 11-15, has been a staple event in the Chippewa Valley for years! If you can’t get enough of fairs, later in the month from July 25-29 you can check out the amazing Eau Claire County Fair (and it has free admission)! To see some absolutely incredible art, come out to ChalkFest on July 28, or better yet, participate yourself and show off your skills! If you’re getting hungry after all these fun events, check out the annual National Mustard Day Celebration put on by Silver Springs sometime early August.
Eau Claire has made a name for itself nationally for its amazing music scene, and with all the great music festivals, it’s hard not to see why. The music starts June 14-16 with the Blue Ox Music Festival where you can check out some of the best bluegrass, root, and Americana music in the nation. For something a little more heavy, rock out at Rock Fest July 12-14 with some great headliners like Godsmack, Disturbed, and Incubus. If you’re willing to travel a little bit south, Ashley for the Arts in Arcadia (August 9-11) has some great bands like Rascal Flatts and Daughtry, but best of all the proceeds go towards charity! You can get your country music fix with two staple festivals with Country Fest June 21-23 and Country Jam July 20-22. The relatively new Eaux Claires is entering its fourth year on July 6-7, where I’m sure you’ll fall in love with a band you’ve never heard before.
On top of all these big events, there are plenty of great recurring events over the summer. You can buy an amazing array of fresh and local fruits, vegetables, and other interesting food during the summer at the Eau Claire Downtown Farmer’s Market. Be sure to check out our BookBike while you’re there! More amazing music can also be experienced every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Phoenix Park with the Sounds Like Summer Series that features tons of amazing local musicians! For some amazing Blues music, head on over to Owen Park for Tuesday Night Blues, also at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the summer you can also enjoy some great local baseball at Carson Park where both the Cavaliers and Express duke it out against their respective leagues.
All these great events will keep anyone busy, sure, but you also need stuff to do during the downtime, and the Eau Claire area has you covered. Getting outside and enjoying the weather is definitely a must during the summer especially after the winter we had, and the beautiful parks, Big Falls being the most popular, are great spots to have a picnic, grill out, or just relax. There are also dozens of courses around the area to get both your golfing and frolfing fix. FATFAR isn’t the only time you can go tubing during the summer, as long as the Chippewa River is safe, floating is a great afternoon adventure. Lastly, just a little bit outside of town is the amazing Beaver Creek Reserve! For those really hot days, one of the best things you can do is cool off at the Fairfax Pool for the day.
For rainy days or after a day of getting maybe a little too much sun, Eau Claire has plenty of great activities and places to visit. If you have some young ones to entertain, the Eau Claire Children’s Museum has plenty of interesting things for kids and adults alike. The Chippewa Valley Museum and Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum are a fun way to learn about the history of Eau Claire and surrounding areas. If just want to game out with all your friends, Action City and Eau Claire Arcade and Games are both great spots! Last, but not least, you can stop on down to the library to check out a great book and sign up for the Summer Reading Program (kids, teen, and adult) and win great prizes just for reading/listening over the course of the summer!
Eau Claire is full of so many super fun things to do over the summer and I hope I suggested something to you that you hadn’t thought of doing yet! If you have any other suggestions or want to really say how awesome something I suggested was, please leave a comment!