Celebrate spring

Road trip to Chippewa Falls for a weekend of music, foodand family fun.

Springfest celebrates all things spring 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls. Find fun for everyone with live music, kids’ activities, exhibitors, a 5k and Fun Mile, a classic car and show vehicles show, food and more. At the gate, admission is $15/3-day pass, $8/single-day pass, kids 12 and under are free. Advance purchase 3-day passes are $12 online www.facebook.com/ChippewaFallsRotary (click on events).

For more information go to www.springfestchippewafalls.com; or phone 715-723-8192.

Let One World Taiko captivate you with their traditional Japanese drumming performance 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. One World Taiko brings creativity to the tradition of festival drumming with drums ranging from the shimedaiko, the size of a snare drum, up to a 4-foot-by-2.5-foot odaiko. A section of their performance includes audience members being invited on stage to try drumming. Tickets, available at the door or online, are $10/adults, $9/seniors, $5/youth, and $25/family (2 adults, 2 youth).

For more information and to buy tickets: www.cvca.net/events/one-world-taiko; or phone 715-726-9000.

Round off your weekend with the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers 2 p.m. April 30 at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. The dancers from Stoughton High School bring traditional Scandinavian folk dance, authentic Norwegian bunads, humor and fun to their performances. Tickets, available at the door or online, are $13/adults, $12/seniors, $6/youth.

For more information and to buy tickets go to www.cvca.net/events/stoughton-norwegian-dancers or phone 715-726-9000.

Sturgeon Bay shipyard tours

Set a course northeast to tour two Great Lakes shipyards and a working waterfront 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 during Sturgeon Bay Rotary Shipyard Tours. Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services, both located on First Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, are open to the public for guided walking tours of their ship repair and new ship construction facilities. Admission includes both shipyards and is $15/adults; $6/students ages 11 to 17; and free for children 10 and under. Tickets will be available at both shipyard entry gates and at Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay, the day of event.

Tour the Chicago Fire Boat and a United States Coast Guard (USCG) decommissioned 41-footer originally stationed in Sturgeon Bay at the Door County Maritime Museum, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6. Walk along the working waterfront and see the Selvick fleet of working tugboats and the John Purves — a big red ocean-going tugboat. Receive half off the price of the museum admission and/or John Purves tour when you show your shipyard tour ticket!

Stop by Graham Park, between the Oregon Street Bridge and Pennsylvania Street in Sturgeon Bay, for free guided tours of the 140-foot USCG Cutter Mobile Bay 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6.

Free shuttles will run 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. between both shipyards, the museum and Graham Park. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase at Bay Shipyard.

For more information go to www.dcmm.org/event/2017-sturgeon-bay-rotary-shipyard-tours, phone 920-743-5958 or email Keith.Mutchler@yahoo.com.

— Robyn Norton


Robyn Norton is a features assistant for the Wisconsin State Journal.