SOME STUDENTS BAIL IN THE SUMMER, heading home around the state and region. Those students must not know what they’re missing out on.

Rockfest, Country Fest, and Country Jam

MUSIC. AND LOTS MORE MUSIC

Between weekly outdoor music series like Tuesday Night Blues, Municipal Band Wednesdays, Volume One’s Sounds Like Summer Series on Thursdays, and major festivals like Eaux Claires, Blue Ox, Country Jam, Rock Fest, and Country Fest, there are plenty of tunes to be heard in an Eau Claire summer.


EAU CLAIRE EXPRESS BASEBALL

The Eau Claire Express play all summer right in Carson Park, featuring advanced college ball players from around the country – including some future pros. Games are dirt cheap and tons of fun.

You can find more info at eauclaireexpress.com.


TUBING DOWN THE RIVER

THE EAU CLAIRE SUMMER CAN BE A HOT ONE and there’s no better way to cool off than to hit the cool river on an inflatable inner tube. The lackadaisical jaunt from Phoenix Park to Putnam Rock takes at most a couple hours, perfect time to get some tan and catch up with friends.

TUBING TIPS

1 BUY TUBES EARLY

Many places around campus sell out or drive up the price closer to good weather.

2 WEAR SOME KIND OF SHOES

Whether they’re old sneakers, wet socks, or something else. The bottom of the river can be sharp with rocks and debris.

3 AVOID HIGH WATER

After the snow melts the river usually floods a bit, so beware of river condi- tions and check the City of Eau Claire’s Facebook page or website for warnings.

4 DON’T BE STUPID

Yes, you absolutely can get an under-age (drinking ticket) on the river. Yes, the rivers can be dangerous if you’re not paying attention. And no, you shouldn’t just litter.