An Expert’s Guide to the Best La Crosse, WI Events

We love being so close to these La Crosse, WI events, and we know that you will enjoy them too!  La Crosse is a fascinating and beautiful city with wonderful arts, culture, festivals, and other fun events, plus delicious dining options.

For more information on La Crosse, WI, events and other local activities, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. And check out some of our other blog posts on local summer festivals, fall festivals, and other great places and events in La Crosse to visit.

The Best La Crosse, WI, Events

La Crosse’s Oktoberfest

You won’t be able to tell if you’re in Munich or Wisconsin during Oktoberfest, one of the most popular festivals in the nation. With parades, authentic food and drink, carnival rides, and a wide range of entertainment options, this event might make its way onto your yearly “do not miss” calendar. While lots of American cities might have Oktoberfests these days, they can’t compare to La Crosse’s Oktoberfest.

Norskedalen Heritage Center Threshing Bee

This fun event is a blast from the past, where you can see how pioneers used to get things done before large farming equipment. There’s also lots of fun in store for the kids, including wagon rides and a scavenger hunt. Some of the homemade treats you can get here are the best around, so don’t skip the bake sale. The Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center hosts a wide range of other events as well.

La Crosse Irish Fest

Enjoy your favorite beverage (Guinness, anyone? It is Irish Fest, after all!) while indulging in traditional Irish meals, participating in games, contests, activities, and enjoying the performances of Irish bands and dancers. There are even special games and activities for the kids. This is truly an event the whole family will enjoy!

Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, and Cheese Festival

If you weren’t already sold just based on the name of the event (we were!), here’s some additional info: you’ll have the opportunity to taste beers from over 200 breweries, 45 different wines (many are local), and gourmet cheeses, meats, and other goodies – all of the best Wisconsin has to offer. This event gets more popular every year, so be sure to buy your tickets early. They do sell out!

La Crosse Bicycle Fest

Not all Wisconsin festivals center around beer … we love the La Crosse Bicycle Fest because bicyclists from around the country have the opportunity to enjoy some of the fabulous views and scenery in the Driftless area! Each day there’s a 30-100 mile featured road ride, as well as mountain bike rides and historical tours. Some of the rides are shorter and guided, making this a great for families and easy riders as well! For racing, check out the La Crosse Omnium!

More Fun In La Crosse

For concerts coming to La Crosse, check out the La Crosse Center for the most up-to-date information on tickets and dates. For a complete list of all the happenings, be sure to take a look at the La Crosse, WI events calendar. And don’t miss all the great dining in La Crosse, like the Waterfront Restaurant, Piggy’s Restaurant, and many others!

Nearby Events

It’s so fun to get out to neighboring towns and cities to see what they have to offer as well, so here’s some of our favorite unique events in the area:

Gays Mills Apple Fest  

Cesky Den – Czech Fest

Wild West Days

Vernon County Fair

Viroqua Farmer’s Market

Driftless Music Fest

Bluegrass and Gospel Fest

Warrens Cranberry Fest

Syttende Mai Norwegian Fest

Westby Snowflake Ski Jump


Plan Your Stay at Westby House Inn

Our central location makes us a hop, skip, and a jump from all of the fun, food, and music these La Crosse, WI, events have to offer. And after playing all day, we invite you to come home to Westby House to relax. Our beautiful rooms are luxuriously appointed and comfortable, giving you the rest you need to continue to enjoy the Driftless area. And our delicious gourmet breakfast will energize and refresh you for wherever your travels are taking you.

We know you’ll enjoy all that we have to offer, as well as all the events in the La Crosse and Driftless area, so be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide to find out more! We hope to see you soon!