The Northern Wisconsin State Fair draws the masses to Chippewa Falls every July. In addition to offering the typical Ferris wheels and fried foods on sticks, this fair goes all-out, with camel rides, contests (pie-eating and hula-hooping to name a few), parades, "Swifty Swine" pig races, a beauty pageant, and a talent competition. Comedians and musicians travel to Chippewa Falls to perform for the event and, while the fairgrounds are in their prime mid-July, they are not deserted during the rest of the year. They host a number of community-oriented gatherings, like swap meets and hobby groups, so that friendships can flourish all year long.
Lounging with Leinenk
Wisconsin just is not itself without Leinenkugels beer, and Chippewa Falls is home to the company's original brewery, which has been in operation since 1867. This beer mecca is an institution in the town and an integral piece of its history as one of the oldest continually running businesses. The company is involved in a number of philanthropic efforts that engage Chippewa Falls residents in keeping their local waters clean, and it also hosts a summer fish fry and "family reunion" that offer residents the opportunity to connect over food, a cold beer, and good conversation. Free tours are hosted daily.
Art at the Heyde
Chippewa Falls is blessed with a tight-knit arts community that is bolstered by the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association and the Heyde Center for the Arts. As more evidence of residents' proclivity toward protecting and preserving historic buildings and community culture, the Heyde Center was once an abandoned school that locals rallied to save from demolition and subsequently turned into a space that artists could use for studio work or performance. These days, artists and musicians perform in the auditorium, while paintings and sculptures wait to be admired in the gallery space.