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10 Springtime Events In or Near the Chippewa Valley

Rachel Witthoft |

Those eggs are stuffed full of snow.
Those eggs are stuffed full of snow.

Ready to celebrate winter’s end? Peruse these upcoming festivals and events in the Chippewa Valley, or pick an out-of-town destination for a fun day trip. Sure, there's still plenty of snow on the ground, but that doesn't mean you can't pretend there isn't! Right? Right??

1. Chi-Hi Craft Sale

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

April 7 – The Chippewa Falls Senior High School will be hosting the Chi-Hi Craft Sale from 9am until 3pm. If you’re a fan of homemade crafts, this is the place for you! Go here for more information.

2. Spring Home, Garden, and Recreation Show

Amery, Wisconsin (1 hr 20 min from Eau Claire)

April 7 – Follow I-94 for a while and you’ll find a small town called Amery. The Amery Hockey Arena will be home to the 15th annual show, with exhibits on remodeling, financing, new cars, and more. 9am-4pm. Concessions will be available during the event. Find out more here.

3. Cat Show!

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

April 14-15 – Watch cats compete for various awards and titles. Maybe hold them a bit. Join the fun at Expo Hall A for a daily raffle, costume contests, and cat cuteness. Check out event information here.

4. Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration

Clear Lake, Wisconsin (1 hr 12 min)

April 21 – Travel to the home of the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord A. Nelson. Besides clean-up projects throughout the village, the Clear Lake Community Center will be joined by speakers to educate the audience on “green” topics. The free event, from 8am to 4pm, will also include a pancake breakfast and activities for kids. Visit this website to learn more.

5. Chippewa Valley Gem and Mineral Show

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

April 21-22 – Check out the Gem and Mineral Show at the Eau Claire County Expo Center. Saturday: 9am-5pm. Sunday: 10am-4pm. Enjoy mineral displays, activities for the family, a silent auction, and much more. Go here to see event details.

6. SpringFest Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin  April 27-29
SpringFest, Chippewa Falls, April 27-29

6. SpringFest

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

April 27-29 – SpringFest in Chippewa Falls offers food, music, and events at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Enjoy a classic car show and a 5k and Fun Mile run. Go to this website to find out more.

7. Springtime Polka Fest

Osseo, Wisconsin

May 4-6 – Polka all weekend to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota bands. Take a break from dancing and get yourself some food and refreshments. Polka Fest is at Palladium Ballroom, Stoddard Park. View the event here.

8. Festival of Nations

St. Paul, Minnesota (1 hr 22 min)

May 3-6 – For many years, the Festival of Nations has been a wonderful place to experience cultures from all around the world. Get tickets and see their hours of operation on the Festival of Nations website.

9. Cinco de Mayo

West St. Paul, Minnesota (1 hr 28 min)

May 5 – Join the West St. Paul community in celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year from 9am to 6pm. The scheduled events will include a parade, exhibits, contests, among others. Check it out here.

10. MayDay Parade

Minneapolis, Minnesota (1 hr 33 min)

May 6 – The 2018 MayDay Parade will feature hand-made puppets, music, and live performances. Grab a friend and head out to Minneapolis for this grand event! View details here.