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Best Annual Event

1st Place: Chalkfest
2nd Place: Sounds Like Summer Concerts
3rd Place: Country Jam

As far as things that happen every year, it’s no contest for Chalkfest, with dozens of gorgeous chalk masterpieces created by artists from all over the area who gather in Wilson Park in Downtown Eau Claire. The weather held out this year, allowing hundreds (if not thousands) more people to take in the creations in the days following the festival. In second, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park is a favorite, with different bands every week and local vendors selling their wares. New additions to the concert series, such as bike parking courtesy of the Wisconsin Bike Federation, probably also helped. In third comes Country Jam, a favorite for those of you who like to camp out and boogie down. –Briana Bryant