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Event:
Great River Folk Festival
Start:
August 24, 2018
End:
August 26, 2018
Category:
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Organizer:
Phone:
608-784-3033
Updated:
August 28, 2015
Venue:
Riverside Park
Phone:
608-784-3033
Address:
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100 State Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601, United States
Great River Folk Festival, La Crosse

The 43rd annual Great River Folk Festival is a family-friendly weekend features outdoor contemporary and traditional folk music right in La Crosse’s beautiful Riverside Park. Along with the music, you can enjoy demonstrations of traditional crafts and plenty of craft items for sale from artists across the spectrum, ethnic food and children’s activities. Check out the full music schedule below. Ticket prices vary from $8 for a Saturday Day Pass to $45 for an All Events Pass or $100 for a “Friend of the Fest” tickets, which includes admission to all events plus a 2018 t-shirt – and part of it is tax deductibe. Get details here.

Riverside Park is a beautiful space along the Mississippi River on the west edge of downtown La Crosse. Along with the festival you’ll find historic and contemporary statutes, beautiful views of the river and bluffs, access to riverboats, restaurants, hotels, the Turtle Stack Brewing Company, and plenty of hotels to spend the night – all within easy walking distance.

U.S. 14, 53, and 61, as well as Highways 16, 33, 35, and I-90 all bring you to La Crosse, which has plenty of other fun things to check out, too!

Great River Folk Festival Address:

Riverside Park
100 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 784-3033
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Great River Folk Festival Music Schedule:

Friday, August 24

Adult Open Mic
5:00 – 7:00 in the Food Court Area before Friday’s Concert.
Sign-up will start on site, shortly before 5:00. Each performer will be allowed 2 songs.

Friday Opening Concert: 7:00 pm, Riverside Park (Rain or shine) with Pert Near Sandstone and Them Coulee Boys

Saturday, August 25
Saturday Daytime Activities: 10:00 – 5:00
Riverside Park (Rain or shine)

  • Traditional arts and craft fair
  • Craft demonstrations
  • Children’s activities
  • Food from a wide variety of vendors
  • Music Performances and Workshops at three stages

Daytime Performance Schedule
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Children’s Crafts
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Main Stage Favorites: Them Coulee Boys, Tom Draughon, Andy Hughes
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Site A Originals, Dead Horses, Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Pat Ferguson
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Site B Dulcimer Demo Forum, Erin Hussey
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Children’s Storytelling, Bluff Country Tale Spinners
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Main Stage Stories & Ballads with Pert Near Sandstone, Them Coulee Boys, and Dead Horses
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Children’s Juggling with Nick Langseth of the Amazing Budabi Brothers
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Site A Fun & Witty with Five Letter Word, Pig Town Fling, Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Site B Great River Folk School Family Concert: Jordan Tice
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Site B Great River Folk School Family Concert: Tom Draughon
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM Site A Peace & Love with Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson, Five Letter Word, Pat Ferguson, and Jordan Tice
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Site B International Dance: Winona International Dancers
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Children’s Juggling with Nick Langseth of the Amazing Budabi Brothers
5:00 PM Saturday Evening Concert, Riverside Park (Rain or shine) with Dead Horses, Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson, Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, Five Letter Word, and Pat Fergusen

Sunday, August 26
Sunday Daytime Activities: 10:00 – 4:00, Riverside Park (Rain or shine)

  • Traditional arts and craft fair
  • Craft demonstrations
  • Children’s activities
  • Food from a wide variety of vendors
  • Music Performances and Workshops at three stages

Daytime Performance Schedule
10:00 AM – 10:50 PM Site B Yoga with Sara Mae
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Children’s Crafts
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Children’s Art Factory: Parenting Place
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Site B Rhythm & Beat with Pig Town Fling, Luke Callen, and Laura Joy
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Main Stage Favorites: Five Letter Word, Jordan Tice, and the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Site A Songwriting Contest: Contest Finalists
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Children’s Family Concert: The 3 Dads
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Site B Sing Along: Liz Rog
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Children’s Magic: Nelson Magic
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Main Stage Traditional with the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, SistaStrings, and Laura Joy
1:45 PM – 3:15 PM Site B Square Dance with Prairie Smoke, Sue Hulsether, and Caller
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Children’s Family Concert: The Parrishes
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Site A Travel Songs with Peter Mulvey, Luke Callen, and Andy Hughes
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Children’s Old School Variety Show, Jr. (Kids open mic!) with Michael Scott
Sunday Farewell Concert: 4:00: Peter Mulvey with SistaStrings & Nathan Kilen, and Laura Joy
Plus, the Winner of the 2018 Songwriting Contest