Events

On the top portion of this page you will find information on our upcoming annual Gallery La Crosse events,

& on the lower part you will find the many annual special Historic Downtown La Crosse Events.

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Visit with us  on Facebook, for more Gallery La Crosse Events.

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Find Extra Hours announcements & more on our Facebook Page.

We can sure use your help to keep alive the Mission of our Gallery La Crosse project...

We've set up a GoFundMe to help; keep our Mission going, to aid in the transition to a Non-Profit Co-op, and to achieve several targeted projects (upgrades & energy savings) for our Gallery.

We're hoping that maybe, somehow, a few hundred people who like what we're doing will each give $5 to $10.

Our GoFundMe Appeal For Help .

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Events  For  Gallery  La Crosse

First Fridays
FREE   Public  Reception   6 - 8 p.m.
&  Enjoy  10% Off   Everything,   All  Day,
on  the  First  Friday  of  Every  Month

The first Friday of every month, we remain open to at least 8 PM, with a very casual Artists' Reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

These Receptions are FREE, & welcoming the public is very important to all of us here at Gallery La Crosse.

All of our exhibiting Artists & Artisans are very strongly encouraged to attend for at least one of the two hours.

An opportunity for exhibitors & the public to enjoy a "meet & greet".

Whether it turns out to be a large gathering or small, a First Fridays Downtown is always a very pleasant way to start your weekend.

Light refreshments are served.

One or more of our exhibiting artists may elect to do live demonstrations of their skills during these Receptions.

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We do this to help Local people meet & support our Local Artists.

In 2017:

September 1, October 6,  November 3,  December 1

In 2018:

January 6,  February 3,  March 3,  April 7,  May 5,  June 5,  July 7,

August 4,  September1,  October 6,  November 3,  December 1

Ides  Of  March  Show  2018
Annual Open Fine Arts & Crafts Show & Sale

March 15 thru April 15, 2018

Reception on the Ides of March
Thursday, March 15, 2018    6 - 8 PM

Works inspired by, or the Artists' interpretation of,a very well-known work of Art which is in the public domain.

>> Theme Pending Selection <<

>>about the theme work<<.

More Details in the Call for Artists & Entry Form

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Call for Artists & Entry Form will be posted SOON...

Other than the dates & theme, information from the 2017 Ides of March shows will be essentially the same for the 2018 show.

Ides Of March 2017 Call for Artists         Ides Of March 2017 Entry Form

6th Annual Remedy Show For A.R.C.W.
Benefit Arts & Crafts Show & Sale
April  21 ~ May  13, 2018

Check back here SOON for the 2018 Call For Artists & Entry Form.

Theme for 2018 is "Kindness"

The Aids Resource Centers of Wisconsin provide support for Local & Regional HIV/AIDS patients & their families.

Increasingly, HIV/AIDS has become an infection which is affecting heterosexual families.

Call for Artists

Arts & Crafts Classes

For Adults & for Children, visit our "Classes" Page,

by clicking on "Classes" at the left side of this page.

Art Classes & Craft Classes are held year-round, offered by our exhibiting Artists & Crafters, and are added to the webpage as soon as the Instructor sets up the Class.

So, some Art Classes are scheduled months ahead of the class date, and others only a few weeks ahead.

Please, check often to be sure you don't miss your favorites.

We welcome requests & suggestions for Classes.

Holiday Hours & Special Dates

Visit our "Special Hours" Page for details...

& be sure to check our Facebook Page for Events.

Special Extended Hours All of December

Every year we join in with the multitude of wonderful Downtown

businesses in providing Special Extended Hours during December.

Our Extra Hours in December:

Sundays ~ Open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th,

Mondays ~ Open 3 - 6 p.m. on the 4th, 11th, & 18th

Tuesdays ~ Open 3 - 6 p.m. on 5th, 12th, & 19th

Wednesdays ~ Normal 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursdays ~ Open to at least 7 p.m. on the 7th, 14th, & 21st.

Fridays ~ Open to at least 8 p.m. on the First Friday, with Reception,

& Open to at least 7 p.m. on the 8th, 15th, & 22nd

Saturdays ~ Open Early 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

on the 2nd, 9th, 16th , & 23rd

We will have tables set up with generous Gifts With Purchase to thank you for supporting our Local Artists.  (while they last, unique items donated by our Exhibitors)

Enjoy FREE Treats & Hot Beverages while you visit with us in December.

Gift Wrapping is always FREE.

We will Close Early on Christmas Eve, at 3 p.m., and are Closed on Christmas Day.

These dates will also be posted on our Facebook Page.

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Please, note that we are normally closed on Sun, Mon, & Tues.

For these special extended hours, our closing time is not set in stone, could turn out to be much later, so, if you are in our shop just before closing, just take your time & enjoy your shopping experience...

except for Christmas Eve, when we will certainly try to close at 3 PM to be with our family.

Sunday Openings

Sometimes we do open for several hours on a Sunday...

If you have a group planning a trip on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday; we will be happy to hold Special Open Hours to provide a very special shopping experience for you.

Please, see Link to our Facebook Page at top of this Page.

Thank you.

"Chocolates & Chatter"
September 18, 2017 ~ Monday Evening 5 - 8 March 26, 2018 ~ Monday Evening 5 - 8

This Is A Special Event Just For Our Current & Former Exhibitors.

These are our only "Closed" events... a Private Party, twice each year...

Fun & very casual evening for all of our Exhibitors to get better acquainted, share ideas & experiences, and enjoy some good chocolates.

To attend, you must be a Current Exhibitor, a Former Exhibitor in Good Standing, or the personally escorted Guest of one of these (call your Artist friend & ask hem to bring you).

Plan on bringing an item of Chocolate to share on the table, & the beverage (any you enjoy) of your choice.

Hot Chocolate will be provided, with some warming beverage mixing goodies on the side.

Local Artists who wish to join us for these events may contact us in advance, in order to be our invited Guest.

Please, contact Ann for more information.

Brief group explorations of Main, Pearl & 4th Streets will occur spontaneously at least twice during the evening.

Why we cannot share this event with the public; the City of La Crosse & State of Wisconsin have very strict rules about the serving of alcohol, and the only way a business like ours can have such beverages served is by sharing together at a free and closed private party.

Upcoming Live Artist Demos

Watch for our sign out front on the sidewalk... "DEMO TODAY", which

we put out whenever an Artist pops in on a whim to do a demo.

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(visit our Facebook Page for more)

Upcoming Special Exhibits

All Special Exhibits are now listed on our "Special Exhibits" Page.

All of our exhibitors have the opportunity to hold Special Exhibits of two weeks duration, up to twice each year, as may fit with our overall calendar of events.

Artists'  Surplus  Supplies  Swap  Sale

Originally, we set this up as an event 3 times per year for a couple of weeks.   Well, it got to be so very popular with both our Exhibitors & our Customers, that this is now a Year-Round Feature down in our sassy fun Rustic Cellar !

Our Exhibitors bring in those various Art & Craft Supplies & Tools & Displays & Equipment items which need to move on to someone else's Studio or Workshop... and, our Artists may add more items at any time.

Downtown Main Street
La Crosse Events

These are events are in Calendar Order...

Spring Fling

Historic  Downtown  La Crosse's  Annual  Evening
Celebration  of  the  Arrival  of  Spring

Friday,  April 20, 2018  ~~  4 to 8 PM

Explore Historic Downtown La Crosse & the many very unique small family-owned Specialty Shops filled with wonderful wares you cannot find anywhere else in the region.

Many businesses offer really great Specials & light Refreshments.

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Our Special Features will be 10 % Off Everything,& Gift With Purchase of $10 or more, all day on Friday, and all day on Saturday & Sunday as well.

Downtown  Sidewalk  Sales  Daze
On the 3rd Thursday & Friday & Saturday of July

Sassy Fun event, all through the Downtown...

Entertainment for families...   And bargain shopping galore.

Three full days to enjoy & explore !

Watch for store staff & entertainers in Krazy costumes all throughout our very fun Downtown.

Enjoy great deals during our annual sidewalk sales, featuring music, specials and fun for everyone!

Dance the night away Friday night on Pearl Street with the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra.

OktoberFest
September 28 thru October 1, 2017

Probably the largest OktoberFest celebration outside of Germany...

With renewed Family-focus over the past few years; parades, Heritage events, & lots of happy goodwill...

Find a wonderful experience in our river town, fun for all ages.

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At Gallery La Crosse, you will find a great selection of souvenir arts & crafts, including some really fun Jewelry created by Local Artisans...  made with delightful little Pretzels, Beer Steins, and of course, Maple Leaves

We are located only a few blocks from the Southside Festgrounds,

between 3rd & 4th Streets on Main Street.

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Our OktoberFest Opening Weekend Hours

Thursday Open 11 AM to 6 PM (Torchlight Parade Night)

Friday Open 11 AM to 7 PM

Saturday Open 10 AM to 4 PM (Maple Leaf Parade Day)

Sunday Open 10 AM to 4 PM

This adjustment in hours for the Weekend is to be Open for a few extra hours over the weekend to serve Festing Families...

and, to avoid the issues which arise every year on Saturday afternoon due to a few very intoxicated individuals.

Historic Downtown Day
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Explore living History in our Downtown, from the Riverfront to the Masonic Center, in this family-friendly Historic Downtown La Crosse Annual Event.

These are just a few things you could experience...

Have you ever worn a beaver tophat ?  Or wondered about riding a high-wheel bicycle ?   How about all those structural layers of garments women wore under their dresses to be considered properly dressed back in the 1800's ?   Enjoyed ice cream from a late-1800's soda fountain ?

Every year the experience is just a bit different, & always a lot of fun.

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Here at Gallery La Crosse, we always feature a variety of Artists

doing Demonstrations of Traditional Arts from 10 AM to 5 PM

( we're Open 10 - 6 )

Downtown Trick 'R' Treat
Saturday, October 28, 2017
   11 am to 3 pm

The Annual Downtown Trick 'R' Treat is always so much fun.

You'll find treats for the kids in businesses throughout the Downtown area, and special savings at many of the same businesses to treat the parents, too.

Look for oodles of people in costume,

& enjoy a safe day Downtown with your family.

Downtown Holiday Open House
Friday, November 10, 2017
4 to 8 p.m.

The most popular of the various annual Downtown events !!!

Back again, with more stores than ever before participating.

Be sure to wear comfy shoes & either doll-up or dress-down for an evening of fun & frolic & SHOPPING.

Specials & Treats in just about every business in our Downtown.

Our Special will be 10 % Off Everything,

all day on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday...

And, drawings for Gift Certificates & other prizes !!

Visit our "Park Near Us" webpage for information on how you can park closer to us & other favorite downtown stores than is ever possible at the various malls.

(Hint ~ less than a block away for FREE parking !!)

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We will also be open Many extra hours & days in December,

for your Holiday Gift shopping convenience.

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FREE    Gift Wrapping

Link to Downtown Mainstreet Inc.

Click Here to Link to the Downtown Mainsteet Inc. website

Rotary Lights Parade
Santa Claus Comes to Town
Friday, the Day After Thanksgiving  At  5:00 PM

Every year, the La Crosse Rotary Lights in Riverside Park are turned on at the end of this parade. Starting near 6th & Main, the parade continues down Main St. to 2nd, then north one block before turning into the park on State St.

A magical family evening event... Santa in his sleigh travels the route,

then switches on the lights in Riverside Park before settling in to visit with the kids in his warm little house in the park.

Make a Family Evening of it...

The parade, dinner out on the town, a little Gift shopping in the many unique Downtown shops, and of course the visit with Santa for the kids to make their wishes (& for you to remember the experience with photos).

Volunteers from many dozens of local organizations & businesses help out with the Rotary Lights event through New Year's Eve.

Every year, this event collects thousands of pounds of food donations for the local food pantries, along with many thousands of dollars to help those in need in the greater La Crosse area.

Warm Up With Us Before & After The Parade

Visit with us at Gallery La Crosse and enjoy complimentary

Cookies  & Hot Cider, Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate

We'll be open to at least 7 PM,

and Gift Wrapping is always FREE.

In December

Experience the Magic of Downtown on week-ends in December. 

Find charming shops, cafes, entertainment, extended shopping hours, holiday caroling, open houses, window displays, Santa Claus, storytellers, and lots of festive family fun !

Enjoy downtown La Crosse before or after the Rotary Lights !

Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus in their workshop at 400 Main St.

(inside the Historic Doerfling Building)

December 1-23; Thur. thru Sat. 2-7, and Sundays 11-5.

Find more Downtown information at; www.lacrossedowntown.com

Community Group Meetings

We do share our gathering space here at Gallery La Crosse with a variety of small community groups in need of an intermittent meeting site.

Please, feel free to contact us about your meeting needs.

FREE for Non-Profit Community Groups.

For Party-type Sales events, only a very nominal fee, which may be waived, please inquire for details.

Historic Downtown La Crosse

Visit most any Downtown business to pick up your FREE copy of the "Experience Historic Downtown La Crosse" booklet published by Downtown Mainstreet, Inc..

In the booklet is a self-guided Historic Architectural Tour, with histories of the many beautiful structures in the heart of our Historic Downtown.

Well worth time to do when you visit La Crosse;

fun for families,

and very romantic strolling for couples of all ages.

While you are here, be sure to visit the many family-owned

small specialty shops & fine restaurants in

Historic Downtown La Crosse.

In our Gallery...

We have a Kids' Corner, with Arts & Crafts activities and reading books for our youngest guests to enjoy while visiting with us.

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Remember, you'll always enjoy FREE Gift Wrapping

here at Gallery La Crosse,

one of the most welcoming Galleries in Wisconsin.

Some of our exhibiting Artists

might be doing live demos of their skills.

Watch for the "LIVE ARTIST DEMO TODAY" sign out on the sidewalk.

Visit in our street level main Gallery

& step down into our sassy fun Rustic Cellar to see what's new...

from Granny's Kitchen to the Man Cave ~ you'll find Antiques & Vintage mixed in our many themed areas with great Crafts.

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