Chippewa Falls. This beautiful, fun Wisconsin city of 15,000 is known for everything from Leinenkugel Brewing Company to being the real birthplace of Seymour Cray, inventor of the supercomputer, and the fake birthplace of Jack Dawson from Titanic (and let’s face it, there was room for him on that large piece of wood in the ocean, but we digress…)
Located along the Chippewa River where U.S. 53 and Highway 29, 124, and 178 meet up, Chippewa Falls is celebrating its sesquicentennial (aka, 150 years) in 2019, and the height of their celebration is this weekend! The 150th anniversary celebration coincides with Pure Water Days, and Riverfest Thursday, August 8th through Sunday, August 11th.
For the Sesquicentennial Birthday Bash Weekend, you can enjoy four days’ worth of events, many of which are free!
Thursday & Friday, August 8th & 9th: Check out The Swampers – “Today in the Valley” Heyde Center for the Arts/Chippewa Valley Cultural Association at 7:30pm each night. Tickets here.
Friday, August 9th:
Chippewa Falls 150th Birthday Bash with a free concert at Riverfront Park
4-10:30pm with Music, Food Trucks, Beer Tents, and Fireworks
The lineup includes:
5-7pm: Them Coulee Boys
8-10pm: Phil Cook
Fireworks at 10:15pm
Saturday, August 10:
Pure Water Days Parade, 1-2pm
Riverfest at Pure Water Days is a free Event at Riverfront Park from 2-8pm with music, food trucks, an antique car show, kids’ games, inflatables, Kubb, arts and crafts, and more!
Riverfest Music Lineup:
Chippewa Falls 150th Birthday Bash Pure Water Days Music Celebration at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair
Also Saturday, 5pm-Midnight
Admission is $20 (Tickets)http://ow.ly/1bIm30o1WmV
Parking is FREE, Food Trucks will be on site
The Leinie’s Beer Garden will be open and serving beverages
8pm-10pm: Arch Allies
10:30pm: Chris Kroeze
As the city celebrates all year, you can also enjoy special events at the upcoming Oktoberfest and other fun events through the rest of 2019. GO Chippewa Falls has details!
There’s plenty else to enjoy in Chippewa Falls, from Irvine Park & Zoo to the Cook-Rutledge Mansion and great shopping and restaurants downtown. Quaff great local beers, wines, and spirits at Chippewa River Distillery & Brewster Bros. Brewing or Riverbend Winery. Explore nearby Lake Wissota State Park or take that scenic drive up Highway 178 or along the historic Yellowstone Trail. We cover plenty on the city and its surroundings with Jackie Boos from GO Chippewa Falls in this State Trunk Tour Podcast!