1–October Doll and Toy Museum Open—Fennimore. Doll and Toy Museum open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 608/822-4100.
1 Exhibits on Fort Crawford in the Civil War—Prairie du Chien. Fort Crawford Museum. Self-guided tour. Daily through October 31. 608/326-6960.
1 Antique Appraisal—Prairie du Chien. Fort Crawford Museum, 5–7 p.m. Nationally known antique appraiser, Mark Moran, will appraise items brought in by local people. Fee charged per appraisal request. 608/326-6960.
3 Smelt Fry—Jump River. Fire Hall, serving starts at 4:30 p.m. 715-668-5280.
3, 4 Rummage Sale—Holmen. Town of Holland Hall (W7837 County Road MH), Fri. 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–noon. 608/526-4424.
3, 4 Rummage Sale—Friendship. Adams Town Hall, Fri. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.–noon. Donations welcome. Pick-up service available for larger items May 1–2. 608/339-6687.
4 Bare Root Plant Sale—Eau Claire. Exposition Center. Lilies, irises, roses, more. 715/878-4585.
4 Farmers Market—Cassville. Riverside Park, 7–11 a.m. every Saturday through Oct. 5. Homemade baked and canned goods, home-grown produce and plants. 608/725-5855.
4 Historic Tours—Prairie du Chien. Villa Louis Historic Site. Tours on the hour 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily through October 31. 608/326-2721.
4 Quilt Show—Holcombe. United Methodist Church, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
4 Helicopter Expo—Neillsville. The Highground, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Military vehicles of all eras. 715/743-4224 or www.thehighground.org.
4 Half Marathon and 5K Race—Prairie du Chien. St. Feriole Island, race begins 7:30 a.m. Open to runners and walkers. 608/412-0156 or www.pdchalfmarathon.com.
4 NFAA-Style Field Shoot—Eau Claire. 2145 Murphy Ln., registration 7:30 a.m. and shotgun start 10 a.m. Food and refreshments. www.eauclairearchers.org.
4 May Membership Madness—Coon Valley Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free day’s admission, come see what they are all about. 608/452-3424 or www.norskedalen.org.
4, 5 Gun Show—Chippewa Falls. Northern WI State Fair Grounds, Building C, Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Buy, sell, trade, gun drawing each day. 715/289-5333.
4, 5 Antique Tractor Show—Boscobel. Khronshage Park. Featuring all makes/models antique trucks/cars. 608/739-4050.
4, 11 Bird Walk—Prairie du Chien. La Riviere Park, meet at park barn prior to 8 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing and foot gear. Binoculars and bird id book recommended. 608/326-2718.
5 Night of the Living Sculptures—Prairie du Chien. Mississippi River Sculpture Park, St. Feriole Island. An early evening full of mystique and tales of historical figures who are part of PdC’s lure. Live music, sculpture lure, TYO lawn chairs. Rain date is May 11. 563-880-9190.
9–12 Fur Trade Era Living History Event—Chippewa Falls. Allen Park. Highlights the signs and sounds of early Chippewa Falls during the 1700’s to the early 1900’s. Camps, food, games, performers. 715/723-0619 or www.thepastpassedhere.org.
9, 23 Wally Kempton at the Piano—Phillips. Friends of Fred Smith Studio at Wisconsin Concrete Park, 1–4 p.m. Enjoy free musical entertainment from the 1920–1960’s. 715/339-7282 or www.friendsoffredsmith.org.
10, 11 Area-Wide Garage Sales—Chili. City-wide, Fri. 7 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Maps and food available. 715/683-2865.
11 River to Ridge EcoFamily Fun Run/Walk—La Crosse. EcoPark. 608/784-0303 or for all details at www.mhecopark.org/play.
11 Hyde Blacksmith Territory Day—Hyde/Ridgeway area. Smithy, ropemaker, cobbler, horse drawn wagon rides, music, food, snakes alive with Phil Roberts, more. 608/924-6564.
11 FFA Plant Sale—Cassville. High School Greenhouse, 8 a.m. 608/725-5116.
11 Mud Chug—Merrillan. Doc’s Bunkhouse, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mud Chug is an extreme 5K race through military grade obstacles and muddy terrain. Vendors, beer garden, music, food, more. 715/284-4658 or www.mudchug.com.
11 River to Ridge Run/Walk—La Crosse. EcoPark. 608/784-0303 or www.imAthlete.com.
11 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration—Medford area. Perkinstown Winter Sports Area, 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Indoor and outdoor activities for adults and kids. Free. 715/748-3160 or www.chequamegonbirdclub.org.
11 Rivertown Reliques—Prairie du Chien. Fort Crawford Museum, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Tour several historic homes on “Silk Stocking & Cotton Stocking Rows”. 608/326-6960.
11 “Blessing” of the Animals—Wisconsin Dells. Timbavati Wildlife Park, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Wildlife shows, pig races, camel races, safari train ride. 608/253-2391 or www.timbavatiwildlifepark.com.
11 Plant Sale—Prairie du Chien. St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, 8 a.m.–noon. 608/326-8602.
11, 12 Little Britches Rodeo—Gays Mills. Crawford County Fairgrounds. Performances at 1 p.m. each day. Food available on grounds.
11–12, 25–27 Flea Market—Hatfield. Thunderbird Village. 608/989-2275.
12 Special Mother’s Day Mississippi River Cruise—Prairie du Chien. Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, 2-hour cruise departing at 11 a.m. Visit active bald eagle nests. 877/647-7397.
12, 28 Polka Variety Dance—Pound. Equity Park Community Hall, 1–5 p.m. Valenta Orchestra.
15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30 Wildlife Mississippi River Cruise—Prairie du Chien. Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, departs 11 a.m. with an additional cruise on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Runs every Wed., Thurs., Sat., and Sun. through October 19. 877/647-7397.
16 Best of the Region—Prairie du Chien. Dousman House, St. Feriole Island, 5–9 p.m. Showcasing the finest culinary creations, wines, brews, locally grown foods, art, music, more. Admission charged. 608/326-8555.
17, 18 City-Wide Garage and Sidewalk Sales—Fennimore. Fri. 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.–noon. More info. Available at www.fennimore.com or 608/822-3599.
17, 18 Thrift Sales—Thorp. Sales held throughout city, Fri. 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Maps and detailed description pages available at www.cityofthorp.com starting May 16. 715/669-7458.
17, 18 Rummage, Bake Sale, and Brat Fry—Big Flats. Zion Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 608/564-2008.
17–19 Fur Traders Rendezvous—Black River Falls. Lost Falls Campground, Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–noon. Pre-Civil War demos and displays. 800/329-3911.
17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Sunset Cruise on the Mississippi River—Prairie du Chien. Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, 2-hour cruise departs at 6:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. through October 19. 877/647-7397.
18 Benefit for Margaret Draeger—Rib Lake. Ice Age Pavilion, 2 p.m.–midnight. Deep fried chicken dinner, hot dog plates, raffles, music. Carry-outs available. All donations appreciated. 715/427-3603.
18 Evening with the Stars Gala—Shell Lake. Shell Lake Arts Center facility, 5:30–11:30 p.m. Food, live music in the new outdoor German Beer Garden, more. Tickets $35/individual and $60/couple. 715/468-2414.
18 Plant, Craft, and Bake Sale—Holmen. Lewis Valley Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Lunch available. 608/769-1509.
18 Plant Sale—Wautoma. Courthouse, 8–11 a.m. 920/787-4526.
18 Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen—Prairie du Chien. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Hands-on cooking workshop for adults. Reservations required. 608/326-2721.
18, 19 Quilt Show “A Symphony of Quilts”—Janesville. Rock County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. More than 200 quilts, daily bed turning, quilt appraisals, food. Admission: $5; 12 and under free. 608/752-8322 or www.rvqg.org.
19 Country Music Dance—Richland Center. Phoenix Bowling & Supper Club, 12:30–6 p.m. Two bands and jam band. 608/606-0009.
19 Car Show—Black River Falls. Riverside Auto, 8 a.m.–noon registration. Silent auction, raffles, food, music, more. 715/284-4525.
19 Unveil Historical Sign, Close Cornerstone, Readings of Early Settlers—Nelsonville. South New Hope Church, 2 p.m. www.southnewhope.org.
19 Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction—Lena. St. Anne’s Parish, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Includes beverage and pie. Adults: $9; ages 6–10: $5; under 6 are free. Carry-outs available. 920/897-3226.
24 Countryside Artists Gallery & Gifts Summer Opening—Phillips. Historic Fred Smith House Concrete Park, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.
25 Railroad Historical Museum Opens—Fennimore. Museum open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Miniature train rides on the weekends only $1. 608/822-6144.
25 Plant Sale—Wild Rose. Hospital Auxiliary on hospital grounds, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
25 Million Penny Parade and Anniversary Celebration—Woodruff. Festivities for the 60th Anniversary of Parade and Woodruff’s 125th Anniversary.
25 Not Your Average Triathlon—Nekoosa. The Lure at Barnum Bay Marina. Kayak/canoe, walk/run, bike. www.romepubliclibrary.org.
25–27 Pow-Wow—Black River Falls. Grand Entry, Sat. & Sun 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Mon. 1 p.m. Free admission.
25–27 Flea Market—Marquette, Iowa. 563-873-3521.
26 Barn Dance and Silent Auction—Spirit. Lind Farm (N1169 German Settlement Rd), 7 p.m.–midnight. 715/564-3340.
26 Spring Car and Motorcycle Show—Millston. Millston Park (I-94, Exit 128). Food, music, door prizes, horseshoe tourney, piston toss event, crafts/swap meet, more. 715/284-4884.
26 Marquette & Joliet’s Voyage of Discovery Mississippi River Cruise—Prairie du Chien. Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, departs 2 p.m. Features a local historian highlighting the history of the area. 877/647-7397.
27 Memorial Day Service—Fennimore. Downtown, small parade 9 a.m. with program following at the Memorial Building. 608/822-3599.
27 Fun Run Motorcycle Rally and Memorial Day Ceremony—Neillsville. The Highground. Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, 1 p.m. 715/743-4224 or www.thehighground.org.
27 Memorial Dinner—Jump River. Community Center, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Serving Chicken, polish sausage and kraut with parsley potatoes. 715/668-5280.
31 Walk for Hope—Janesville. Traxler Park, 5–9 p.m. A celebration of Hope for all whose lives have been touched by cancer and in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer. Everyone is welcome. Food available. Kids’ activities and balloon release.
31, June 1, 2 Galloway Daze—Galloway. Community Center. Events, live music, food, and fun all weekend long. 715/454-6460.