Cinder City Days 2015

Cinder City Days is a community event in Altoona for all ages, with live music, a carnival, a parade, a softball tourney, a dart tourney, a bean bag tourney, charcoal chicken, a car show, an annual craft and vendor sale, and more.

Have a Blast Exploring the Antique Emporium

My wife, Hayley, and I plan family time dedicated to spending quality time with our two children each week, but we also know it’s important to dedicate one-on-one time with each of our kids. It’s essential to children’s emotional development ...

Props for the "S" Bridge

Check it out – Travel Wisconsin put together a list of "11 Unique Wisconsin Bridges You Have to See" and the very first unique Wisconsin bridges you have to see is Eau Claire's own Soo Line "S" Bridge, making for a wavy crossing of the Eau Claire River near Banbury Place. They say …

The Valley Gets a Taste of the Wild Wild Steampunk West

at the Chippewa Valley LogJam, all Playtrons (patrons who play along) are welcome

Imagine an event where Paul Bunyan meets Bonanza meets Doctor Who, and you’ll be at the first-ever Chippewa Valley LogJam Wild West Fest and Steampunk Spectacular. The new event, to be held the first three weekends in June in Chippewa Falls, received a joint effort ...

Summery Screenings

themed nights, big movies at UWEC’s Summer Cinema

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means; it’s time to stop freezing our bums off and take part in our favorite summer activities. Going to the beach, playing a little disc golf, enjoying a picnic with the family, or maybe watching a movie. Don’t think watching a movie is a summer activity? It is when the big screen is outside ...

Big Changes for Chalkfest 2015

annual summer chalk art event relocating to UWEC campus, adding amenities

This summer will see an entirely new approach (plus a new date and new location) for Chalkfest, Volume One’s classic chalk art event in downtown Eau Claire which thousands of people have been attending since 2008. To take the event to the next level and build its strength ...

29th Annual Fido & Friends Fun Run

The 2015 installment of the annual Fido & Friends Fun Run happened on Saturday, May 16 in Eau Claire's Carson Park. All proceeds go to the Eau Claire County Humane Society.

Lowes Creek Mountain Bike Trail Ranked Most Popular in Wisconsin

Break out your wheels and head over to Lowes Creek Trail, mountain bikers. Singletracks – a blog and online discussion forum for mountain bike enthusiasts — has declared Lowes Creek Trail of Eau Claire the most popular mountain biking trail in Wisconsin ...

Sounds Like Summer: The 10th Season

this year, our little concert series turns 10 – and kicks off with our 100th concert

It’s a special year for the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, because of some notable milestones. The 2015 season of Sounds Like Summer is its 10th, and our kickoff concert on Thursday, June 4, is officially our 100th summer show in Phoenix Park. We’ve got loads of amazing (and local!) musical acts lined up for every Thursday night this summer, including The Gentle Guest, Them Coulee Boys, The Millenium, Pit Wagon, Michael Perry and the Long Beds, Meridene, JE Sunde, The Dust of Men ...

5 Curious Roadside Attractions Full of Wisconsin Character

Summer is soon upon us and that means one thing for me: road trip season. It's time to get out there and see some of our state's local sights – and character. What do a Tesla-inspired sculpture, taxidermy dioramas, trolls, a viking ...

8 Quirky Wisconsin Museums

Whether it’s mustard, accordions, or angels, Wisconsinites have a unique way of taking a hobby and turning it into an exhibit hall. Our state is home to an eclectic mix of museums that go beyond the ordinary and are the product of a passionate person with a vision: a vision so ...

7 Great Local Mountain Bike Trails

we don’t officially have mountains around here, but we’ve definitely got mountain biking – so steer off the asphalt and find your thrills in the dirt

Sure, the Chippewa Valley has plenty of paved recreational trails and hundreds of miles of streets, roads, and byways where you can pedal to your heart’s content. But what if your heart isn’t content with smooth asphalt and cement? What if you ...

A Tale of Canoeing Customs

kayaks and speedboats may be faster, but there’s no better way to relax and explore Wisconsin waterways than a good old canoe

Canoeing the rivers of Northern Wisconsin has been a tradition for children in our family since the 1930s. I have a tinted picture of my dad and his cousins swimming in the Cedar Falls Rapids of the Flambeau River in the 1930s when they were ...

6 Great Chippewa Valley Hikes

What's that you say? You'd like to get outside? You'd like to suck some fresh spring air right into your lungs? Well, OK, then. Here're some great places to do that. And some of them are right in Eau Claire. Just make sure to check if the trails are thawed and open!

U.S. Winter Log Rolling Championships 2015

As part of the Special Olympics' annual Polar Plunge event, professional log rollers competed for cash and bragging rights on a frozen, sub-zero Half Moon Lake – in Eau Claire on Sunday, Feb. 22.

Northwest Wisconsin Winter Fest and Games 2015

A massive winter recreation celebration took place January 23–25 on the frozen surface of Lake Altoona. It featured an ice fishing contest, auto ice racing, Fat Bike Race, broomball, softball tournament, cribbage tournament, ATV/motorcycle race ...

Intro to Snowshoeing @Beaver Creek

On Saturday, Jan. 17 an introduction to snowshoeing class took place at Beaver Creek Reserve. The class included a history of snowshoe's, the different styles of snowshoes, and how and where to use them. After a brief classroom time indoors ...

Winter After Hours (Jan. 15, 2015)

The Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department along with Volume One again presented "Winter After Hours" at Boyd Park on Thursday, Jan 15th. Events included ice skating, snow shoeing, winter kubb, a fire pit, music, and hot drinks. Snowshoe and ...