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Events are subject to change, please call ahead to confirm.

JANUARY 2016

January: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities.

January 1: New Year’s Day Brunch, Prairie du Chien Rotary Club fundraiser, 608-326-5488.

January 8-9: Follies Again - Community-wide talent show to benefit the Marianne Labuche sculpture, held at Prairie du Chien High School Little Theater, admission charged. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 608-326-4326, www.statuepark.org.

January 9-March 28: Winter Film Festival, Special displays and movies shown Saturdays and Sundays on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Mondays at 1 p.m., admission free, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

January 16-17: Snowball Fest, Free wine tasting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

January 16-17: Wisconsin Winter Free-Fishing Weekend, State residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy free fishing.

FEBRUARY 2016

February: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities.

February: Winter Film Festival, Special displays and movies shown Saturdays and Sundays on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Mondays at 1 p.m., admission free, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

February 6-7: Annual Fisheree, Ice fishing competition on waters near Prairie du Chien, outing for the entire family, fishing prizes, and evening entertainment, (Fisheree WILL BE HELD - ice or no ice), 800-732-1673.

February 13: Progressive Dinner, Meal and tours in McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.

February 20: Prairie Rod & Gun Club Deer Show, Display of deer head mounts and racks, raffles, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 608-326-2718, National Guard Armory, Hwy 35 N, Prairie du Chien.

February 20-21: Cabin Fever Weekend, Free wine tasting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

February 26: A Night of Astronomy, 6-8 p.m., Driftless Area Wetland Centre, Marquette, IA 563-873-3537.

February 27: Shine On, Local youth art exhibit and reception, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., select pieces for purchase. The Planted Tree, downtown Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8733.

February 26-27: Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Live Bald Eagle and raptor programs, educational programs by birding experts, exhibits, outdoor viewing of Bald Eagles through spotting scopes, life-sized Bald Eagle nest, activities for children.  Free Friday evening educational programs at local hotels. Saturday programs run 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and are held at Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien.  All programs Friday and Saturday are free and open to the public. This is a fun educational event for the whole family. For details on the event call 800-732-1673 or visit the web site http://prairieduchien.org/?q=visitors/eagles, The event is co-sponsored by Effigy Mounds National Monument and the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council.

February 26-27: Villa Louis Eagle Appreciation Weekend, Join Villa Louis and area attractions and businesses as they celebrate our national bird! Villa Louis will open each day at 10:30 a.m. with tours at the top of the hour starting at 11 a.m. and the last tour at 4 p.m. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

February 27: Special Bald Eagle Museum Exhibit, See examples of the Bald Eagle as it appeared on military insignia, 9 a.m.- 4 pm., admission charged, Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.

MARCH 2016

March: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities.

March: Winter Film Festival, Special displays and movies shown Saturdays and Sundays on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Mondays at 1 p.m., admission free, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

March 5: Bald Eagle Day, Programs and activities, Ferryville Village Hall, Ferryville, WI, visitferryville.com, 608-734-9077.

*Change of Date* March 11: Villa Louis Behind the Scenes, Tour will give visitors a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum and will highlight the care and keeping of a unique object from the Dousman collection. Reservations required. Tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., including visits to the nooks and crannies of this restored mansion. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

March 12: Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Come enjoy the celebration of the green, 10 a.m. parade with festivities to follow at many local businesses, downtown Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8555.

March 12: Shamrock Shuffle 5K, 3.1 mile fun run/walk. Registration from 7-7:40 a.m. Race starts at 7:45 a.m. Held at Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien. Contact Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.

March 19-20: Leaping Leprechauns, Free Wine Tasting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Eagle Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

March 26-April 30: Timberdoodle Dance, Courtship of the American Woodcock, La Riviere Park, 62036 Vineyard Coulee Rd, Prairie du Chien, various evenings during these dates, call for information or guided tours, 608-326-2718.

APRIL 2016

April: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities.

April: Timberdoodle Dance, See March 26 listing for details.

April 7: Best of the Region, Showcasing the finest in culinary creations, wines, brews, locally grown foods, art, music and more, 5-8 p.m., admission charged, held at the Barn Restaurant, Prairie du Chien. Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-326-8555.

April 1-2: Quilt the Day Away, *DATE CHANGED FROM VISITOR'S GUIDE LISTING* Largest quilting event in the Tri-state area. Get together to share quilting techniques, socialize and have fun! Held at Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien. Contact Janet Paulson, 608-326-2526.

April 10: Granny Basketball Game, Hoffman Hall Recreation Center, Prairie du Chien, Free admission, donations welcome to support improvements for Hoffman Hall, 608-326-7207.

April 15-16: Villa Louis Behind the Scenes, Tour will give visitors a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum and will highlight the care and keeping of a unique object from the Dousman collection. Reservations required. Tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., including visits to the nooks and crannies of this restored mansion. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

April 15-17: Prairie du Chien City-Wide Garage Sales, maps available two days prior at the Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News, 405 N Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2457.

April 16: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults. Participants take a culinary tour of the late 19th century through the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time, family style breakfast served followed by tour of the estate, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reservations required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

April 17-25: National Park Week, Special film on April 20, call for times and info, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

April 16: Indoor Flea Market, *DATE CHANGED FROM VISITOR'S GUIDE LISTING* Over 40 vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hoffman Hall, Prairie du Chien, sponsored by Park & Rec Department, 608-326-7207. Fundraiser for Hoffman Hall and PDC Skateboard Park.

April 23: National Junior Ranger Day, special hike as well as Junior Ranger Day activities, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

MAY 2016

May: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmer's markets, and more.

May 1: Prairie du Chien Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast, Bluffview Elementary School, serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, apple sauce, coffee, milk, and juice from 7 a.m.-noon, free will donation.

May: Banding of the Hummingbird (Date to be determined) Wyalusing State Park, call for more information. 608-996-2261.

May 6-8: Spring Festival, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4341.

*EVENT CANCELLED* May 7: Prairie du Chien Half Marathon & 5K Race, Race begins at 7:30 a.m., St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, open to runners and walkers, medals awarded, www.pdchalfmarathon.com, 608-412-0156.

May 7: Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-noon,St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, Prairie du Chien, proceeds go toward the gardens, 608-326-8602.

May 7: Mother & Daughter Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for mothers and daughters ages 12-18 years. Participants take a culinary tour of the late 19th century through the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time, family style breakfast served followed by tour of the estate, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reservations required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

May 7: International Migratory Bird Day, Bird Walks held at two locations: La Riviere Park, meet at the park barn prior to 8 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing and foot gear. Binoculars and bird identification book recommended. 62036 Vineyard Coulee Rd, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2718; and Effigy Mounds National Monument, meet at 10 a.m.,  Hwy 76, N of Marquette, IA, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

May 7: Spring Bird Migration Hike, Area birding experts lead hike at Sugar Creek Bluff, hosted by Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Ferryville, meet at the Ferryville Village Hall at 7:30 a.m., 608-734-9077.

May 9: Unlock Revelation, Seventh-day Adventist Church of Prairie du Chien, Beginning of a 10-part Bible prophecy series, 7:00 p.m. at the AmericInn Conference Room. For more information please call (608) 326-2772.

May 14: "Journey Through Time", Tourists and locals can tour over 10 historic buildings, churches, museums, and interesting sites with period-costumed volunteer guides in downtown Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area. Begins at 10 a.m. Email questions to mainstreetpdc@gmail.com.

May 14: Bird Walks held at two locations: La Riviere Park, meet at the park barn prior to 8 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing and foot gear. Binoculars and bird identification book recommended. 62036 Vineyard Coulee Rd, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2718; and Effigy Mounds National Monument, meet at 10 a.m.,  Hwy 76, N of Marquette, IA, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

May 14-September 25: Froelich 1890's Village Tours, Home to the first gas propelled tractor-1892, tours 6 days a week, closed Wednesdays, admission charged, 24397 Froelich Road, McGregor, IA (four miles east of Monona, IA) 563-536-2841.

May 20: PdC UnCorked, Prairie du Chien wine tasting event, limited tickets available, 5-8:30 p.m. Contact Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce for more information, 608-326-8555 ext. 10 or 12.

May 20-21: Rummage Along the River, 70 mile garage sale along Highway 35 including the communities of Stoddard, Genoa, De Soto, Ferryville, Lynxville, Seneca, and Mt. Sterling, WI, 608-734-9077.

May 20-21: Villa Louis Behind the Scenes, Tour will give visitors a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum and will highlight the care and keeping of a unique object from the Dousman collection. Reservations required. Tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., including visits to the nooks and crannies of this restored mansion. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

May 20-Oct. 23: Mississippi River Cruises, Open boarding Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Sunset cruises run Fridays and Saturdays in the early evening. Departure times vary by month. Refer to the attraction listing page for details. Mississippi Explorer Cruises, 563-586-4444. Passengers board at St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien.

May 21-22: Uff Da Fest, Celebrate Norwegian Independence Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sample Uff Da wine, free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA,  563-873-1905.

May 27-October 22 (Mondays through Saturdays): Mississippi River Tours, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours, two-hour river cruise leaving McGregor’s riverfront at 2 p.m., 563-880-8970.

May 28-30: Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Various handmade arts and crafts, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.

May 28-30: Flea Market, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3735.

May 28: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 p.m., Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

JUNE 2016

June: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmer's markets, and more.

June 4: Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, Achenbach Farm, 92945 State Highway 27, Eastman, WI, 6-10 a.m., 608-326-8555 ext. 12.

June 3-August 26 (Fridays): Friday Night Music on the River, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours at 7 p.m., leaving McGregor’s riverfront, 563-880-8970.

June 4: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 p.m., Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

June 4-5: Wisconsin's Free Fun Weekend, State residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy free fishing, free admission to state parks and trails, and free ATV riding on public trails.

June 9-July 28 (Thursday Evenings): Free Summer "Concerts in the Park" series, Held each Thursday evening on the banks of the Mississippi River at Lawler Park’s South Gazebo, Prairie du Chien, from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and snacks. Co-sponsored by the Jaycees and Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.

June 11: Junior Ranger Program, Program/hike for children at 1 p.m., Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76. 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

June 11-September 5: Ranger/Interpreter Guided Programs, Hikes, walks, and talks presented daily. Call for the day's activities and schedule, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

June 16-19: Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous, Fur Trading era environment recreating life as it was in 1840’s when Prairie du Chien was the hub of the fur trading, largest re-enactment in the Midwest, open to the public, free admission, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River. Jaycee Buffalo Burger Stands serving real buffalo. For participant registration information call 563-873-3648 or mail request to: Big River Long Rifles, PO Box 184, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.

June 17-19: Flea Market with over 200 vendors, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien. For vendor registration write: Prairie du Chien Jaycees, PO Box 341, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821. Or call 608-326-2280 and leave your name and complete mailing address for registration to be mailed.

June 17-19: Soldiers Grove Dairy Days, carnival, tournaments, live music, dancing, tractor pull, food, and more, Soldiers Grove, WI, 608-624-3264.

June 18: Annual "Pies-A-Plenty" Pie Auction at the Rendezvous.  Over 40 homemade fruit, cream, and dessert pies are offered at auction.Sponsored by Prairie du Chien Historical Society/Fort Crawford Museum. Auction held on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608 326-6960.

June 18-19 Annual New Wine Release Weekend, Be the first to sample new wines, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., live music in the wine garden Saturday from 1-4 p.m., free wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

June 24-25: Villa Louis Behind the Scenes, Tour will give visitors a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum and will highlight the care and keeping of a unique object from the Dousman collection. Reservations required. Tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., including visits to the nooks and crannies of this restored mansion. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

June 25: Annual Lazy River Beer & Wine Festival, A premier wine & beer tasting event featuring handcrafted wine from Iowa wineries and handcrafted beer from breweries, food vendors, live music throughout the day. Marquette riverfront, noon-4 p.m. Must be 21 to attend. For tickets call 800-896-0910.

June 25: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 p.m., 563-873-2387.

JULY 2016

July: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmer's markets, and more.

July (Thursday Evenings): Free Summer “Concerts in the Park” series, Held each Thursday evening on the banks of the Mississippi River at Lawler Park’s South Gazebo, Prairie du Chien, from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, and snacks. Co-sponsored by the Jaycees and Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.

July (Fridays): Friday Night Music on the River, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours at 7 p.m., leaving McGregor’s riverfront, cell 563-880-8970.

July (Daily): Ranger/Interpreter Guided Programs, Hikes, walks, and talks presented daily, Call for the day’s activities and schedule, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

July 2-4: Marquette 4th of July Celebration, parade Saturday at 2 p.m. along with live music, food stand, and fireworks at dusk; flea market all three days, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3735.

July 4: 4th of July Celebration, Eastman, WI, 608-874-4361.

July 9: Chamber of Commerce Annual Fireworks, At dusk, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8555.

July 9: Rowdy's D&D Annual Fireworks Celebration, Fireworks following the Chamber of Commerce display, live music to follow, 301 W. Blackhawk Ave, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2232.

July 9: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 p.m., Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

July 10: Garage Band Reunion, Gathering of Prairie du Chien Garage Bands playing rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s, 1 pm.-?. Admission charged, held at the Dousman House, Water St., Prairie du Chien. Sponsored by PDC Historical Society and Fort Crawford Museum, 608-326-6960.

July 14: Artist Reception, Refreshments, live music, door prizes, 5-7 p.m., The Planted Tree, downtown Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8733.

July 16-17: War of 1812 Reenactment, A historic encampment and battle reenactment on Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield, now the lawn of the Villa Louis estate. Learn about the British assault on U.S. Fort Shelby in a battle scenario Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tour the camps and learn about military life in 1814. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, admission charged, 608-326-2721.

July 16: Five Mile Run/Three Mile Walk, Wacouta Aquatic Park, Prairie du Chien, co-sponsored by Crossing Rivers Health and Parks & Rec Dept, 608-326-7207.

July 16: Junior Ranger Program, Program/hike at 1 p.m., Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76. 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

July 16-17: Wine-A-Rita Weekend, Free wine tasting 10 a.m.-5 p.m., live music in the wine garden Saturday 1-4 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

July 20-24: Crazy Days in Prairie du Chien, Take advantage of fantastic bargains as the merchants in Prairie du Chien get crazy with prices!

July 20: Went to a Garden Party, Taste and tour of St. Feriole Memorial Gardens, Business After 5 Chamber of Commerce, 5 p.m. to dusk, public invited, 608-326-8602.

July 23: River Bluff Daze, Tractor pull, Market in the park, fireworks, Ferryville, WI, 608-734-9077.

July 23: Sugar Creek Bluff Nature Hike, Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the boat landing, Mississippi Valley Conservancy experts lead hike, Ferryville, WI, 608-734-9018.

July 29-30: Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Two stages in a park-like setting, international, national and regional blues bands performing. Camping on site. Event shuttle runs to motels in town. Food and beverage stands, various vendors with hand-made products, 608-326-0085, www.prairiedogblues.com, online ticket/camping orders begin May 1, ticket hotline opens June 1,  888-567-1567, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien.

July 30: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 p.m., 563-873-2387.

July 30: Dino Day, Learn about dinosaurs at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, 1 p.m., Marquette, IA, 563-873-3537.

AUGUST 2016

August: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmer's markets, and more.

August (Fridays): Friday Night Music on the River, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage Tours at 7 p.m., leaving McGregor’s riverfront, 563-880-8970.

August: Banding of the Hummingbirds, (Date to be determined), Wyalusing State Park, call for more information. 608-996-2261.

August-Sept. 5 (Daily): Ranger/Interpreter Guided Programs, Hikes, walks, and talks presented daily, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be special talks/demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call for the day’s activities and schedule, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

August 4-6: Country on the River Music Fest, National acts as well as regional and local bands, four miles south of Prairie du Chien on Hwy 18. Tickets available online or call 855-989-7323 or for general information 888-353-7554. Camping available on the grounds for a fee. www.countryontheriver.com

August 6: Kids Archaeology Day, Kids learn about archaeology through hands-on activities from 1-3 p.m., Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

August 6: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 p.m., Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

August 10: Culpepper & Merriweather Under the Big Top Circus, St. Feriole Island Park, Showtimes are 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Prairie du Chien, Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, for more information call (608) 326-8555. 

August 13: Smokey Bear’s 72nd Birthday Bash, Help Smokey celebrate his birthday, parade through Wisconsin Ridge Campground, various other activities and refreshments, event begins at 6 p.m., Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

August 20-21: End of Summer Blast -Wine-A-Rita Weekend, Free wine tasting 10 a.m.-5 p.m., live music in the wine garden Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

August 20: Junior Ranger Program, Hike at 1 p.m., call for details, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

August 24-28: Crawford County Fair, Gays Mills, WI (608) 735-4379.

August 25: National Park Service Birthday (Founders Day), Celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service- August 25, 1916. Program at 1 p.m., Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

August 26-27:  Villa Louis Behind the Scenes, Tour will give visitors a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum and will highlight the care and keeping of a unique object from the Dousman collection. Reservations required. Tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., including visits to the nooks and crannies of this restored mansion. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

August 27: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 p.m., 563-873-2387.

SEPTEMBER 2016

September: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmer's markets, and more.

September 1-5 (Daily): Ranger/Interpreter Guided Programs, Hikes, walks, and talks presented daily, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be special talks/demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call for the day’s activities and schedule, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

September 3-5: Flea Market, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3736.

September 3: Annual Labor Day Parade & Festivities, Downtown McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.

September 9-11: Annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic, Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly appointed equine sport driving event. Some of the region’s finest horses and over 100 new and restored carriages compete in a variety of arena and cross-country events. Learn how this event descends from the Dousman era when the Villa Louis was known as the Artesian Stock Farm and was home to one of the Midwest’s finest racehorse farms. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole, Island, Prairie du Chien, www.carriageclassic.com, 608-326-2721.

September 9-11: Prairie du Chien City-Wide Garage Sales, maps available two days prior, at the Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News, 405 N Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2457.

September 10: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 p.m., Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

*EVENT CANCELLED* September 17-18: Cannons at the Fort, In celebration of the Bicentennial of Fort Crawford. Military encampments and demonstrations of cannon firing. Held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Various cannons from 1820 through the Civil War will be on display. Admission charged. Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Rd, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.

September 17: Prairie du Chien Fire Department Chili Supper, Serving Firehouse chili, chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and dessert. Held at the Prairie du Chien Fire Station, 720 East Blackhawk Avenue, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free will donation (soda/adult beverages sold separately). Raffles, auction, and much more!

September 17: Mississippi Mud Run, Approximately four miles of mud and obstacles guaranteed to challenge the avid runner as well as the beginner. This is a family event for children and adults of all ages, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien. 608-996-2107.

September 17: Railroad Days, Telegraphy demonstration, Hole in the Sock Gang shootout, children’s rides, caricature drawings, food, and raffle, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1200.

September 17-18: Grape Harvest, Sample award winning wines 10 a.m.-5 p.m., live music in the wine garden Saturday 1-4 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

September 17-18: Driftless Area Art Festival, Celebrating the visual, performing and culinary arts, free admission, Beauford T. Anderson Memorial Park, Soldiers Grove, 608-624-3600.

September 17: Fall Fest, Arts & crafts, Farmers market, Sugar Creek Park, Ferryville, WI, 608-734-9077.

September 17: Kickapoo Brave Ride, Bicycle ride through the scenic landscapes of the Driftless area in Crawford County. Event starts at Riverside Park, Gays Mills, 608-326-6658.

*RESCHEDULED to Oct 7-9* September 23-25: Gays Mills Apple Festival, Parade, carnival, art & crafts, food, music, flea markets, Gays Mills, WI, 608-735-4341.

September 24: Luminary Walk Along the Bluff, Pumpkin carving begins at 3 p.m., walk will begin at Peterson Shelter, 6 p.m. Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

September 24: National Public Lands Day, Call for activities for the day, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

September 24: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880s Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and more, free show 1 p.m., 563-873-2387.

September 24-25: Froelich Museum Fall-Der-All, Two day celebration of old-time demonstrations, tractors, and hit-miss engine displays, museum tours, kids fun zone, 24397 Froelich Road, Froelich, IA (four miles east of Monona, IA) 563-536-2841.

*EVENT CANCELLED* September 28: Celebration Belle Captain's Dinner Cruise, Come aboard the Celebration Belle for their popular Captain's Dinner & Dance Cruise! The dinner cruises offer a special night out on the mighty Mississippi River, while traveling in style on the Celebration Belle. Enjoy a fabulous three-entree buffet meal including their famous prime rib, fabulous entertainment, and enjoy the beautiful scenic view! For reservations call (800) 297-0034. Boarding at 6 p.m. and cruise from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

*EVENT CANCELLED* September 29: Celebration River Cruise from Prairie du Chien to Dubuque, IA, Take a cruise down river aboard the Celebration Belle to Dubuque, IA. The day will start at 10:00 a.m. and end in Dubuque at 6 p.m. During the day, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as the Celebration Belle cruises through the beautiful Palisades and along the tower bluffs. Enjoy a full hot lunch buffet, their famous prime rib dinner, fabulous entertainment, and a narration from the Captain. An experience to remember! When you arrive at the dock in Dubuque, the crew will be waiting there to take you back to Prairie du Chien. For reservations call (800) 297-0034.

OCTOBER 2016

October: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities such as river cruises, historic tours, wine tasting, cave tours, museum and garden tours, outdoor recreation rentals, farmer's markets, and more.

October 1: Astronomy Program, Huser Astronomy Center, 8:30 p.m., Wyalusing State Park, WI, 608-996-2261.

October 1-31: Iowa Archaeology Month, Special programs, call for details, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, Hwy 76, 563-873-3491 ext. 202.

October 1: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults. Participants take a culinary tour of the late 19th century through the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time, family style breakfast served followed by tour of the estate, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reservations required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

October 1: “Visiting Our Ancestors”, Costumed interpreters guide a tour through Prairie du Chien’s historic cemeteries.  The tour begins with the Old French Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in existence in the upper Mississippi Valley, and ends at the Brisbois Cemetery atop a bluff overlooking Prairie du Chien.  Admission fee. The tour starts at 1 p.m. at the Fort Crawford Museum, 717 South Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608 326-6960.

October 1-2: Shihata’s Orchard Fest, Visit the Apple House with 19 varieties of apples, jams & jellies, award winning cider, pumpkins, Wisconsin wine, cheese and sausage. Weekend outing of family fun with wagon rides in the orchard, U-pick apple, Country Fun Park, and The Pumpkin Patch. Free samples of many Apple House products, six miles north of Prairie du Chien on Hwy 27, left on Limery Rd., 608-326-2785.

October 1-2: Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, various handmade arts and crafts, music, food, Triangle Park, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.

October 1-2: Flea Market, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3736.

October 1-2: Froelich 1890s Village Museum Tours, Home of first gas propelled tractor-1892, open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., admission charged, 24397 Froelich Road, McGregor, IA (four miles east of Monona, IA) 563-536-2841.

October 8: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults. Participants take a culinary tour of the late 19th century through the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time, family style breakfast served followed by tour of the estate, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reservations required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

October 8: HawkWatch, 9:30-9 p.m., Co-sponsored by Upper Iowa Audubon, Upper Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Refuge, and Driftless Wetlands Centre (563-873-3537). Event is held in part at the Driftless Wetlands Centre, Marquette, IA.

October 8-9: Leaf Arts & Crafts Festival, Various arts & crafts, music, food, Triangle Park, McGregor, IA, 563-873-2186.

October 8-9: Flea Market, food stand, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3735.

October 8-9: Froelich 1890s Village Museum Tours, Home of first gas propelled tractor-1892, open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., admission charged, 24397 Froelich Road, McGregor, IA (four miles east of Monona, IA) 563-536-2841.

October 14-15: The Haunted Halls of Terror, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 7-10 p.m. each night, Sponsored by Scream Extreme, www.HallsofTerrorpdc.com.

October 15: Oktoberfest, Celebration to show the German Heritage of the area, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., German food, drink, games, Color Run, music and more. Parade held at 10 a.m. in downtown Prairie du Chien. Celebration held at St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8602.

October 15-16: Oktoberfest Celebration, Food, fun and festivities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free wine tasting, live music in the wine garden both days from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

October 21-22: The Haunted Halls of Terror, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 7-10 p.m. each night, Sponsored by Scream Extreme, www.HallsofTerrorpdc.com.

October 28-29 and 31: The Haunted Halls of Terror, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 7-10 p.m. each night, Sponsored by Scream Extreme, www.HallsofTerrorpdc.com.

October 29: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880 Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts and saloon girls, free show 1 p.m., 563-873-2387.

October 30: Prairie du Chien Day, Villa Louis says thank you to its friends and neighbors. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for residents of Crawford and Grant Counties in Wisconsin and Allamakee and Clayton Counties in Iowa. Donations will be given to the Crawford County Couleecap. Villa Louis tours run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Villa Louis Historical Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

NOVEMBER 2016

November: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities.

November 5: Fall Bird Migration Day, Birding experts from the Audubon Society will be at the River View Park/Observation deck 9-11 a.m. in Ferryville, WI. View migrating swans, white pelicans, ducks and more, 608-734-9077.

November 5: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults. Participants take a culinary tour of the late 19th century through the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time, family style breakfast served followed by tour of the estate, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reservations required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

November 5: Fall Fire Art Gallery, 5 p.m., Driftless Area Wetland Centre, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3537.

November 12: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults. Participants take a culinary tour of the late 19th century through the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time, family style breakfast served followed by tour of the estate, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reservations required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

November 19-20: Home for the Holidays, Sample warm mulled wines, free wine tasting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

November 19: Holiday Craft & Gift Fair, Largest craft fair in the tri-state area, over 50 vendors, music throughout the day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta Ave, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7207.

November 24: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Three mile run/walk, 8 a.m., Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7207.

DECEMBER 2016

December: Click here for the attractions listing of daily activities.

December 2: Holiday Parade, Downtown Prairie du Chien along Blackhawk Ave beginning at 5:30 p.m., holiday lighting program at St. Feriole Gardens following parade, 608-326-8555.

December 3: Open House and Jewelry Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Planted Tree, 200 W Blackhawk in historic downtown Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8733.

December 10-January 1: Christmas at the Fort, Lighted Christmas trees and special programs celebrate the holidays. Open house December 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with holiday cookie and candy sale and shopping in the Museum Store. Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6960.

December 10: Christmas at the Wetland Centre, 1-4 p.m., Santa Claus, hot chocolate, and children activities. Hosted by the American Legion, Driftless Wetlands Centre, Marquette, IA, 563-873-3365.

December 17-18: Home for the Holidays, Sample warmed mulled wines, free wine tasting, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-1905.

December 26-31: Carp Fest, Week-long family related activities including illuminated sledding hill, torchlight ski/hike, skating party, bowling, snow bowl football, ice fishing, Hoffman Hall Dollar Days, and more. Event comes to a close with the annual Droppin’ of the Carp. For a list of activities contact the City Parks & Rec, 608-326-7207.

December 31: “Droppin’ of the Carp”, New Year’s Eve festivities, 9 p.m. bonfire, entertainment, countdown at 11:40 p.m., St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8602.