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Upcoming Events:

Historic Downtown Day

Explore Historic Downtown La Crosse on October 8th for the 21st annual Historic Downtown Day. Throughout the day, you will find reenactors at The Pearl ice cream parlor, The Charmant Hotel, A Touch of Class, Grounded, Duluth Trading Company, and Le Chateau. 

Look . Live. Love . Celebrate!
Enjoy this fun family festival that marks the rebirth of our historic downtown.
Celebrate the history of downtown La Crosse, where activities are free and fun for the whole family!

  • 1860’s Shoe Shine Stand
  • Historical Exhibits and Tours
  • Historical Re-enactments
  • Building Tours and Open Houses
  • Children’s Paint a Pumpkin
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • State Bank Chili Cook-Off….and much more

You can find more information at the event website.


Things that matter ... in La Crosse history. Each week the La Crosse Tribune features an item which we provide from La Crosse's past in an ongoing collection of brief articles. You can view the collection HERE.

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