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Posted: December 11, 2017 Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. Announces 2018 Signature Events

Eau Claire, Wis. – Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. is excited to announce the dates for their 2018 signature events.

“We’re really excited to plan and host so many great events,” said Mike Schatz, Executive Director of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. “These major events will bring thousands of visitors to Downtown and showcase the amazing businesses and community we all love. This would not be possible without the support of the community, so we hope businesses and individuals will join us as sponsors and volunteers.”

For more information on these events, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please visit


10th Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards

Thursday, February 22nd

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. presents The Downtownys! Save The Date for Downtown's most glamorous event celebrating our best and brightest!


Amazing Eau Claire Cleanup

Saturday, April 21st  

We’re proud to partner with City of Eau Claire’s Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department to present Downtown’s largest community service project! Hundreds of volunteers spend the day cleaning up local river trails, roads, gardens and city lots.


Creative Economy Week

Saturday May 12th - Saturday May 19th    

Join us for events throughout the week celebrating and furthering Eau Claire's creative economy! Presented in partnership with Arts Wisconsin, Creative Economy Week is your chance to support and contribute to our local creative economy. Events will be presented in partnership with the cities of Eau Claire amd Altoona, as well as other local partners.


2nd Annual Family Day in Downtown

Saturday, June 30th

Centered in Phoenix Park, the festival will highlight family life in Downtown and the City of Eau Claire. Activities will include live music, sports, demonstrations, vendors, and a family fun zone. We’re excited to partner with Beaver Creek Reserve again this year for the Outdoor Zone!


Prex Claires 2018

Thursday, July 5th

Prex Claires was a smash hit in 2017, so we’re bringing it back for a second year! Taking place just before the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Prex Claires is a celebration of local music and art in venues throughout Downtown Eau Claire. We’re proud to partner with Blugold Radio 99.9 FM and Volume One for the great new tradition!


5th Annual A Grand Evening on the Bridge

Wednesday, August 22nd

A unique community experience, providing the opportunity to dine and socialize on the Grand Avenue Footbridge. Featuring food and drinks from some of Downtown’s finest establishments. Don’t miss the opportunity to show your support for Downtown at our signature fundraiser. This year’s event will be on the newly upgraded and widened bridge!


30th Annual International Fall Festival

Saturday, September 29th

Now in its 30th year, we look forward to renewing the emphasis on Eau Claire’s international culture, language, food, and music. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, and we hope you’ll join us for Downtown Eau Claire’s largest and oldest festival!


Jump-Start Downtown Awards

Tuesday, October 2nd  

Jump-Start Downtown is a business competition for entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Downtown Eau Claire. Any type of business is eligible, from high tech offices to gift shops. Through the competition, we help to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and encourage the start of your favorite new Downtown small businesses.


Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Eau Claire

Wednesday, October 31st

Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly trick-or-treating in Downtown Eau Claire. Businesses in the Water Street, South Barstow, North Barstow and West Grand Districts will be handing out treats.


5th Annual Let It Glow! & Clearwater Winter Parade

Friday, November 30th

A huge event for Downtown that attracts thousands to the lighting ceremony, fireworks, and parade. And many more return throughout the winter to enjoy the warm glow of Phoenix Park.


17th Annual Christmastime in the City

Saturday, December 1st

Downtown’s signature Holiday event, featuring a visit with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa for all and cookies for all kids, and the lighting of Downtown’s Christmas Tree. All activities are free to the community! We’re excited to host the 2018 event in the newly completed Haymarket Plaza!


About Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development of business, housing, cultural resources, and activities within downtown Eau Claire. Our vision is to be the premier civic alliance that creates a vibrant downtown everyone recognizes, appreciates, and enjoys. For more information contact or visit



Kyran Hamill

Communications & Promotions Coordinator, Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.



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