Post-Fourth Festivals: July & August Events


Photo Credit: Three Rivers Roleo July 14

By: Sara Walters

The fireworks may be over, but the festivals are not. There is still plenty of fun to be had!

Check out these area events that take place after the 4th of July.



Riverfest 4-7

Riverfest runs the gamut on entertainment options. Enjoy headliners on the main stage and family-friendly performers skilled in magic, dance, acrobatics and water skiing throughout the grounds.

Country Boom 13-17

Held at a former golf course in West Salem, this newly-formed festival boasts beautiful scenery in addition to its star-studded line ups. Camp out, get the VIP experience, and enjoy the perks of listening to big acts in a small town.

Three Rivers Roleo 14

Roll on over to Onalaska and watch some competitive log rollers get to work on the water. Spectators can also enjoy live music, yummy BBQ, and cold beer.

La Crosse Interstate Fair 18-22

This is everything you hope your county fair will be—good food, fun rides, cute animals, and lively entertainment. The best part? Admission and parking are both FREE.

Big Blue Dragon Boat Races  20-21

Held on the Black River in La Crosse, this event promotes healthy living through demonstration. Community members face off in a colorful rowing competition you won’t want to miss.

AAUW Art Fair on the Green 28-29

This well-attended professional art fair is one of the largest in the area. Browse and buy on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.



Irish Fest 10-12

St. Patrick’s Day a little too far away? Try Irish Fest, held on La Crosse’s Southside Fest Grounds each year. If you like Irish tunes and a good time, this is the place to be.

Kornfest 17-19

Chicken and buttered corn are the top treats at Kornfest, Holmen’s local festival. Also enjoy the fireworks, parade, carnival, and swap meet.

Great River Folk Festival 24-26

Artists unite for a weekend of crafts, bluegrass, and kids activities. Held annually at Riverside Park in La Crosse, folk fans and families should put this on the calendar.

Coulee Con 25-27

Calling all gamers! Coulee Con is your go-to spot. Check out vendors, tournaments and special events at the La Crosse Center. They’re related to all varieties of games—from board to video.

La Crosse Area Bicycle Festival 31-Sept 3

Whatever kind of bike you ride, you’ll find a friend at this festival. It’s a free, four-day event centered in downtown La Crosse. Join in on a ride of your choosing—they vary in both length and terrain. 

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Disclaimer: This is just my perspective on La Crosse County events, businesses and activities. I’m only one local opinion. Explore the rest of the site to learn more on those that I’ve missed.

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