Posts tagged with "Independence Day"

Luciela via Carlos Hernandez for use by 360 Magazine

Luciela

“Luciela,” an incredibly moving short film about a young girl who gets reminded how her family has been torn apart on her favorite holiday, premiered today on the PBS Short Film Festival running from July 12-23. The film, directed by Erin Ploss-Campoamor, is available now on all PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and the PBS Video App and is a co-production of Mare’s Hoof Production and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).  Click HERE to watch Luciela. The short tells the story of a fiercely independent Mexican-American girl who loves the 4th of July because every year her Papi throws a huge party. He does one of the best firework shows in Lincoln Heights, their immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles which delights all. But this year he can’t, because he’s been deported. So Luciela decides to set off a few sparks of her own. 

“I first conceived of this story a few years ago. A friend invited me to her home in Lincoln Heights, to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. If you are not familiar with Lincoln Heights, it is a mostly Latinx, mostly immigrant neighborhood, up in the hills of Los Angeles,” shared filmmaker Erin Ploss-Campoamor. “It felt especially poignant that I was experiencing this in a predominantly Latinx neighborhood, knowing that immigrant rights were actively under threat and xenophobia was on the rise. I loved that this community was celebrating our country’s Independence Day so loudly and proudly. Filling the sky, saying, “See us! Hear us! We are here! From that experience, the seeds of this story were planted.”

“Luciela” represents the experiences of many children whose families live in the shadow of deportation,” shares Sandie Viquez Pedlow, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting. “Sadly, this is an unfortunate reality in our country. Latino Public Broadcasting is proud to work with Erin Ploss-Campoamor to bring films such as “Luciela” to the forefront and hopefully create a better understanding of these divisive issues and the consequences to our young children.” 

The festival features 25 short-form independent films presented in six categories: culture, family, humanity, identity, race and society. And for the first time in the festival’s history, all 25 films will be presented in virtual reality, accessible on any VR device. Audiences can also use a computer without a headset and still look around 360 degrees.

About The PBS Short Film Festival

The PBS Short Film Festival is part of a multiplatform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country and amplify the voices of diverse content creators. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been presented under the festival’s banner. The 2021 festival carries the tagline “A Decade of Being Seen” as a reminder that the festival has always striven to amplify the untold stories of America.

Starting at midnight on Monday, July 12, audiences can watch and share all 25 films. In addition, a panel of nine jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the Juried Prize. Jury members are respected professionals in independent film and public media and were invited by PBS to participate.

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M RESORT SPA CASINO FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

M Resort Spa Casino will host their Fourth of July fireworks and partnership with the City of Henderson’s Star-Spangled Sky 2021. To honor and celebrate the Henderson community and neighboring Las Vegas locals, the resort will offer spectators an extended 15-minute firework display choreographed to music on Independence Day, Sunday, July 4 beginning at 9 p.m.

The 2021 Star-Spangled Sky fireworks will be choreographed to music broadcasted locally from four iHeartRadio stations including Sunny 106.5, 95.5 The Bull, 93.1 The Mountain and Real 103.9 FM. Patriotic music can be heard live on air as well as via stream from the iHeartRadio app available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

While free public viewing of the fireworks will be available from many areas inside and surrounding the resort, M Pool Deck will offer a special reserved firework viewing area offering pool access for guests starting at 8 p.m. through the conclusion of the fireworks. Admission for the M Pool Deck reserved area is priced at $10 a person with limited availability and seating will be first come, first serve the day of the event. Swimming is permitted with proper swim attire.

M Resort became Henderson’s only resort on the famous Las Vegas Strip when it opened its doors in 2009. This place was also recommended by top gambling review sites and listed by best online casinos in New Jersey as one of the most promising gambling venue of the year. Now celebrating its 12th year, the award-winning property is a pillar of the Henderson community and the Official Team Headquarters Hotel of the Las Vegas Raiders.

About M Resort Spa Casino

M Resort Spa Casino, the Official Team Headquarters Hotel of the Las Vegas Raiders, is a Forbes Four-Star resort located on more than 90 acres on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, nine restaurants and bars including the all-new Raiders Tavern & Grill, the Forbes Four-Star Spa Mio, a modern fitness center with floor to ceiling windows overlooking M Pool, the resort’s 100,000 square foot pool and events piazza. M Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

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Independence Day Must Haves

Tangy Floral Spritz

The biggest birthday party of the summer is right around the corner and Cavit Wines knows the perfect way to celebrate! Toast to America with a refreshing cocktail that sparkles and shines like the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Below you will find a super easy recipe featuring Cavit’s bright and fruity Prosecco that can be made in under 5 minutes!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) Chase Elderflower Liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) Cavit Prosecco
  • 2 grapefruit wedges
  • 2 edible flowers

How to mix:

Divide grapefruit juice and liqueur between 2 glasses; fill glasses with ice cubes; top with Prosecco. Garnish each serving with grapefruit wedge and an edible flower.

Tip: Edible flowers can be found in gourmet food markets in the produce section with herbs or can be ordered and purchased online.

Cavit Wines' Tangy Floral Spritz via Kayleigh Dietz at Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

1800 Coco Swizzle

With the summer solstice right around the corner on Sunday, June 20th, cocktail enthusiasts will be looking for delicious, interesting new cocktails to pass the time on the longest day of the year. Fortunately, 1800 Tequila offers the perfect mix of summer tequila cocktails made with their 1800 Silver, 1800 Cristalino, and 1800 Coconut expressions – ideal for unwinding during long summer days, whether enjoyed on vacation or kicking back after a long work week! Please find below three solstice-ready 1800 cocktails and links to purchase 1800 Silver (Drizly & ReserveBar), 1800 Coconut (Drizly & ReserveBar), and 1800 Cristalino (Drizly & ReserveBar).

  • 2 oz. 1800 Coconut
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • 6-8 muddled fresh mint leaves 
  • 2 oz. club soda

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves before adding the remaining ingredients (sans club soda) and shaking with ice. Pour into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

1800 Coco Swizzle 1800 Tequila image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

Soul Insole Gel Insoles

Who says adorable sandals or flip flops can’t provide foot support? Say goodbye to foot pain and hello to comfort thanks to Soul Insole. This company which makes memory gel insoles that are designed to relieve foot, back and other body pain and gently guide the foot into proper alignment.

You can’t even see these insoles in sandals or flip flops, as they stick to any surface and are clear. They can easily be removed and washed too. Soul Insole gel insoles are perfect for summertime footwear. For more info, please visit Soul Insole’s website.

Soul Insole image via Lindsay Jorgenson for use by 360 Magazine

Absolutely Gluten Free’s Snacks

Absolutely Gluten-Free’s new look and feel across all products better reflects the new and delicious line of sweet and savory items that hit the market. The new line includes an assortment of scrumptious, sweet, and savory snacks that are 100% Certified Gluten-free, all-natural, OU certified kosher, grain-free, free of corn and rice, vegan, and made with only clean and wholesome ingredients. 

Whether you choose a gluten free lifestyle for health, lifestyle or wellness reason, the gourmet, innovative and flavorful Absolutely Gluten Free line of snacks and treats are perfect every gluten-free occasion.  Stock up for Independence Day with the line of Absolutely Gluten Free, which includes crackers and flatbreads, Coconut Chews, and macaroons. For more info, visit their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Absolutely Gluten Free snacks image via Stacey Bender at Bender PR Group for use by 360 Magazine

E.Cuarenta’s Sparkling Tequila Sunrise

This refreshingly delicious cocktail is great to sip on at cook-outs and picnics. The Sparkling Tequila Sunrise starts with Bay area rapper Earl “E-40” Stevens’  E. Cuarenta tequila mixed with orange juice, then topped off with prosecco and Grenadine. The cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day. 

Sparkling Tequila Sunrise:

  • 2 oz of Tequila
  • 3 oz of orange juice
  • ¼ oz of Grenadine
  • Earl Stevens Selections Prosecco

Method: Add tequila and orange juice into a shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour into a champagne flute and add grenadine slowly. Top with prosecco. Garnish with orange slice.

Walden Farms

Walden Farms just relaunched their amazing zero calorie, zeros fat, zero sugar and zero carbs products. These products sound too good to be true, but Walden Farms has found a way to deliver healthy and delicious dips, spreads, sauces, dressings, condiments, syrups, and coffee creamers.

For those looking to replace their favorite unhealthy dressings with guilt-free alternatives, try Walden Farm’s new Ranch Dressing, Thousand Island, or Honey Dijon. Other tasty options include their BBQ Sauce for grilling, Caramel Dip for dessert, and Alfredo Sauce, which is perfect for healthy family dinners. Walden Farms helps customers find nutritious options that don’t compromise taste.

product images via Stacey Bender at Bender PR group for use by 360 Magazine

Mighty Sesame Co. Tahini

Mighty Sesame Co. offers delicious, healthy, creamy tahini. Their newest launch includes the spicy Harissa tahini favor. Tahini can be used on and in so many recipes, such as in vinaigrettes, dressings, and truffles. With a variety of options– from organic tahini, to whole seed tahini to harissa tahini– customers are sure to love this nutrient-dense, high protein sesame paste.

For those looking to stock up on Might Sesame Co’s deliciousness, the company offers the classic Tahini tub. For no-mess meal prep and easy storage, squeeze-able tahini in a bottle is available. Mighty Sesame Co. ensures that their products are sustainably sourced from Ethiopia.

Mighty Sesame Co. product images via Stacey Bender at Bender PR group for use by 360 Magazine

Andrew & Everett Cheese

Andrew & Everett offers all natural, anti-biotic free, non-cloned sourced cheese. Their American cheese stands apart from other brands with it’s uncompromised quality and taste. Customers can order cheese shredded, pre-sliced, grated, or in bricks. The company also offers butter and seasonal cheese balls.

All of the milk in the company’s cheese is sourced from self-sustaining, family-run farms in America’s heartland– promising consumers with high-quality cheese from free range, grass fed cows. Andrew & Everett products are produced in a gluten free facility and contain no preservatives, binders, or fillers.

Andrew & Everett cheese product images via Stacey Bender at Bender PR group for use by 360 Magazine

Indigo Wild Clothing Biodegradable Apparel

Indigo Wild Clothing creates biodegradable clothing and swimwear that is revolutionizing the fashion industry. The brand‘s unique fabric decomposes in less than five years, while most swimwear sits in a landfill for 40–200 years. Indigo Wild Clothing’s fabrics leaves zero chemicals or microplastics behind. Their brand produces zero waste and uses only biodegradable packaging materials.

Indigo Wild’s bathing suits are made for those with active, on the go lifestyles. These handmade, Hawaiian suits are becoming increasingly popular, and were recently showcased at Miami Swim Week 2021. Indigo Wild Clothing’s suits are priced at $65.00, and consumers will feel good knowing that their money is going towards an innovative and eco-friendly brand.

Indigo Wild Clothing bathing suit image via Lindsey Hytrek at ChicExecs Brand Development for use by 360 Magazine
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The Murder of Fort Hood Soldier, Vanessa Guillen

By Emmet McGeown


“How can this happen on a military base? How can this happen while she was on duty? How can this just happen and then let it go under the rug like it was nothing?” These were the words of Mayra Guillen, sister of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, who has been missing for months and is now confirmed dead.  

On April 22nd, Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Hispanic Small Arms and Artillery Repairer, went missing. She was last seen alive at a parking lot at squadron headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. For months, Pfc. Guillen’s family held out hope that their beloved was still alive, yet the discovery of remains near the Leon River, north of Austin, has vanquished that hope. While the FBI is still awaiting a positive DNA analysis, the family believes that the remains belong to Vanessa.  

Yet, this story does not begin with her disappearance nor does it end with her death. Prior to her vanishing, Pfc. Guillen, according to her sisters, was having difficulties with sexual harassment while stationed at Fort Hood, outside Killeen, Texas. The attorney representing the family in the case revealed that Guillen had confided to her sisters and several other soldiers that a superior had walked in on her while taking a shower and that he proceeded to sit down and watch her. Other relatives and Pfc. Guillen’s boyfriend have noted on social media that something is “not right” and that Vanessa felt unsafe at the military base.  

However, during a press conference on Thursday, July 2nd, senior special agent for the Fort Hood Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Damon Phelps, reported that there was no evidence backing the claim that she had been sexually harassed. He affirmed that “there has been no information — and we have interviewed hundreds of people… There is no credible information about that.” Despite this rebut by CID, family attorney, Natalie Khawam said, in an interview with PEOPLE, that she believes Pfc. Guillens was sexually harassed by Spc. Aaron David Robinson.

Spc. Robinson was the leading suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance, and as authorities caught up with him on Tuesday evening, he shot himself. It has since been revealed that Robinson was, in fact, responsible for the murder of Pfc. Guillen’s. Guillen’s was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory where she worked, according to the family’s attorney. They made this discovery through an extensive investigation, in which witnesses divulged that they saw Robinson transporting a large box labelled “very heavy in weight.”

Then, after consenting to an examination of his cellphone records, court documents reveal, it was discovered that Robinson made several phone-calls to his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar on the night of Apri 22nd and into the early hours of the April 23rd. After being interviewed multiple times, Aguilar finally told investigators that her boyfriend had murdered Guillen. She also revealed how she and her boyfriend had met up and dismembered Guillen’s body together with a “hatchet or machete type knife” and, after attempting to set her corpse on fire, buried Guillen’s body parts in three different holes. Texas Rangers have since arrested Aguilar and she now faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  

The issue of sexual harassment within the Army remains a problem in this case, given that Guillen’s family, according to their attorney, claimed that Vanessa was planning on reporting Robinson the day after she was murdered, and had delayed over fear of reprisal and inaction. Yet the Army says there exists no credible evidence that she was sexually harassed before her disappearance, and in a statement from the Fort Hood Press Center, officials said that the criminal investigation “has not found any connection between sexual harassment and Vanessa’s disappearance.” They plan to continue their investigation in light of new revelations. 

Lupe Guillen, another sister of Vanessa’s, told NPR that her sister wanted to be in the military since she was a little girl, “she wanted to be a fighter. She wanted to be a hero. She wanted to be someone in life. … The military failed her.

The family is now pushing for legislation to create an independent agency for soldiers who are victims of sexual harassment and assault. 

After a year Vanessa’s fiancé speaks out claiming “They failed us,” see the full ABC interview here.

For more updated information and to read other statements from family and friends click here.

It has been a year since Vanessa’s body was found and her family members, friends, and fellow military members still have many unanswered questions. While it is assumed that Vanessa’s killer was one of another soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, Aaron Robinson, the army is still investigating. Her fiancé spoke to ABC last week, discussing his anger and frustration at the lack of answers and closure he, her family and friends have. Many are upset with how the Army handled the situation and investigation. Interrogating her friends instead of going after Robinson, who many suspected from the beginning.

Her family now hopes that the “I Am Vanessa Guillen” bill, which will make sexual harassment a crime in military law will be approved and help prevent other soldiers from being harassed while defending their country, and other families from feeling the loss they do.

Stay tuned to 360 Magazine for more updates and links to current articles and videos.

ABC will also be airing coverage every week until someone is convicted.

Defacing monument illustration

Controversy Over Monument Defacings

By Eamonn Burke

As the reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice in the United States continues, so does the demand for a change in how we view and represent our racist history. One target of such criticism has been statues of American “heroes” who were known to have owned slaves or were part of the Confederacy despite their prominent standing in our nation’s history.

Statues of Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, Ulysses S. Grant and many more are being torn down and defaced across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which represented a larger problem of systemic racism in the US. This comes with other reforms that have been under way, such as banning the Confederate flag from NASCAR races and renaming controversial brands like Aunt Jemima, as well as Military Bases.

“When I look at these statues of white supremacists, it is just a constant reminder of the struggle that my ancestors had to face,” said Kerrigan Williams, leader of the activist group Freedom Fighters.

The spray painting and toppling of monuments and statues has also been met with a fair amount of criticism, especially from our President Donald Trump. In an Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore (as well as on Twitter) Trump denounced the actions, and announced plans for a “National Garden of American Heroes” featuring statues of the founding fathers and other prominent Americans. Although there are much bigger problems at hand, Trump seems to be focusing his campaign on these “radical” protestors who are trying to “destroy America”. Republican senator Mitch McConnell played the good cop and expressed distaste with the protests in a more civil way: “The vast majority of Americans know full well that imperfect heroes are still heroes,” he said.

While some far-right Trump loyalists may rally under this, there is evidence that this is turning away more people than it is uniting for him.

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4th of July Violence Across America

By Eamonn Burke

This year’s Fourth of July, while stifled by the coronavirus concerns and pleas from officials to stay in, was still a violent one.

39 people were shot in New York City on the night of July Fourth, including three confirmed deaths. All three victims were in their 20s, and two were in Harlem; the other in Brooklyn. One of the deaths, a 23 year old man, was the result of a party and the product of much confusion amidst fireworks. “You didn’t know where it was coming from because they were running this way and that way,” said a witness.

Among the other non-fatal violence was a 34 year old woman struck by a haywire bullet while walking her dog in the Bronx, a group of four men and one woman shot in Manhattan, and a man walking in Brooklyn with a friend who was shot and killed. Additionally, there were 13 reported stabbings in the city that night. The violent night comes after an overall above average level of violence in the city throughout the month of June.

Chicago saw an even bloodier night, as 67 people were shot over the weekend, killing 13. Two of the dead were children, 7 and 14, prompting a statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

“As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.”

The death of the teen late Saturday resulted from the open fire that a group of four men unleashed on a large crowd, killing four people total. The 7 year old girl was shot in the head on the sidewalk outside a party at her grandmother’s house.

While LA seems relatively unscathed by gun violence over the holiday, the emergency services nevertheless had their hands full dealing with over 3,000 calls to the fire department, despite banning fireworks due to the coronavirus. The most severe of the cases was a fire that had engulfed an apartment complex in Northridge. The extensive use of fireworks in the city also lead to decreased air quality. It was one of worst firework cases the city had seen in years, according to air quality management executive Philip Fine.

Baltimore shootings over the weekend claimed the life of one in a double shooting, shortly after a quadruple shooting injured four more, and two other unrelated shootings, bringing the total injured to eight.

A family of five was shot in Detroit, killing the 39 year old mother and injuring four others. Two shootings injured four people in Philadelphia on Saturday night, and more violence followed on Sunday, including a six year old boy who died. A child is in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Louis, and an eight year old girl was shot and injured in Cleveland. A nightclub shooting in Greenville left two people dead and injured eight others.

So far, no arrests have been made in the wake of any of these shootings.

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Independence Day D’USSE Cocktails

D’USSE Cognac should be top-of-mind for the Fourth of July holiday. Below is the cocktail recipe for a refreshing summer sipper that’s perfect to make this Independence Day weekend, called the D’USSE Watermelon Spritz.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 parts D’USSE VSOP
  • 0.5 part Aperol
  • 2 parts fresh watermelon juice
  • 0.5 part simple syrup
  • 0.5 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part Sparkling Wine

Garnish

  • ​Watermelon ball skewer & orange peel

Method

Add D’USSE, Aperol, watermelon juice, simple syrup and lemon juice into a shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into an ice filled wine glass.  Top with Sparkling Wine.  Garnish with a watermelon ball skewer and orange peel.

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July 4th Food × Wine Pairings

Independence Day is right around the corner, and while it may look a bit different this year with socially distanced grill outs and get togethers, Cameron Hughes Wine has got you covered with a food and wine pairing menu that features some of their most popular wines:

Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($18)

If you plan on grilling chicken with herbs or have any potato-based sides, this is going to be your go-to pairing. A welcome accompaniment to pasta salads as well, but don’t forget our friends in the sea. This will be perfect for those grilling shrimp, scallops, halibut steaks or swordfish.

Santa Barbara County White Blend ($14)

Not everyone wants a red wine with grilled meats and veggies. This is the perfectly robust and rich white to save the day. Just as at home with Chicken as it is Steak, the fuller body on this white blend will mingle perfectly on the palate with that classic “grilled” flavor on anything.

Lake County Muscat Canelli ($12)

Let’s face it, some folks just like a sweet wine. That’s totally fine, so go ahead and serve them pulled pork with the classic vinegar and spicy Carolina BBQ sauce, paired alongside this gem, perfect for cutting the fat, sweetening the vinegar, and taking a bit of the edge off of the spice.

Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon ($24)

At CHW, this wine affectionately falls into a lesser-known category of Napa reds – “Pork Reds” to be precise – a category reserved for non-Pinot Noir reds that are excellent accompaniments to grilled bone-in pork chops. A nice rub of Montreal chop seasoning, grilled medium rare, makes for perfect company with this elegantly structured Yountville Napa Cab.

Mendocino Field Blend ($13)

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better partner to a burger just off the grill. Irrelevant of fixins on your burger, this is the perfect wine to enjoy alongside any twist on the July 4th classic.

Russian River Valley Zinfandel ($17)

This is a grilled steak Zinfandel. No matter if it’s NY, Ribeye, Filet, or Tri-tip, this will be your best friend, and you won’t need to break the bank opening some Napa Valley big boy wine. This’ll do just right by your grilled tomahawk and your wallet.

About Cameron Hughes:

Cameron Hughes is a California vintner who has hacked the code on sourcing expensive wines on the cheap. As a wine trader, Cameron Hughes doesn’t own vineyards or a winery — his focus is on purely sourcing the best wines and negotiating the best price. Once acquired, the wines are bottled under the Cameron Hughes label and then offered at a fraction of the original price.

Eau Claire 2018 Events 

2018 Events that Shout Midwest Indie: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

Silver Mine Ski Invitational,http://flyingeaglesskiclub.org/events

SILVER MINE HILL | JANUARY 19-21

Thrill to the sight of ski jumpers from all over the world lifting off at the Silver Mine Hill during this invitational. It’s not unusual for them to soar the length of a football field. Now in its 132nd year.

 

Powder Keg Snowshoe and Fat-Bike Races,http://chippewaoffroad.org/powderkeg/

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY EXPO CENTER | JANUARY 27

It wouldn’t be a Wisconsin winter without a snowshoe race. Each year, the Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association hosts snowshoe and fat tire bike races on the Lowes Creek County Trails.

 

52nd Street at Eau Claire Jazz Festival,http://www.eauclairejazz.com/events/52nd-street/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | APRIL 20

Downtown Eau Claire is transformed into a recreation of New York City’s historic 52nd Street, with the city’s bars and restaurants morphing into jazz nightclubs for this annual jazz festival.

 

10th Annual Eau Claire Marathon,http://www.eauclairemarathon.com/

EAU CLAIRE | MAY 6

Explore the trails, bridges and riverside views in an entirely new way. If you’re not running, cheer marathoners along as they log miles on the Chippewa and Eau Claire River route, or be the first to buy the “congratulatory” pitcher.

 

Blue Ox Music Festival, http://www.blueoxmusicfestival.com/

WHISPERING PINES CAMPGROUND | JUNE 14-16

The rich sounds of bluegrass plus music of modern string bands fill the outdoors in this family-friendly weekend festival, one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.

 

Country Fest, http://www.countryfest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JUNE 21-23

This fest is three full days of darn good country music, camping, Fest Olympics, giant games, food, drink, and photo-ops. Don’t overlook the side stages either, giving fest-goers more reasons to kick up their heels.

Fourth of July at Carson Park

CARSON PARK | JULY 4

Historic field, baseball, stadium food, games and fireworks. There’s not much more families looking to ring in Independence Day in classic style could ask for than this little slice of Americana.

 

Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival,http://eauxclaires.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 6-7

It’s as magical as you’ve heard. Taking place right along the Chippewa River, the diverse music, art installations, dance moves, and glowing smiles let first-time visitors know they’ve made the right decision. Now in its fourth year, this is the creative brainchild of Eau Claire native and Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon.

 

25th Annual Rock Fest, http://www.rock-fest.com/

CADOTT, WI | JULY 12-14

This festival has been rockin’ for decades. Featuring the best of active, classic and legendary rock musicians. Set on 320 acres of picturesque land with thousands of campsites. Considered the largest “rock and camping fest” in the U.S.

 

U.S. National Kubb Championship,http://www.usakubb.org/championship-info.php

EAU CLAIRE SOCCER PARK | JULY 13-15

Known as the Kubb Capitol of the U.S., Eau Claire is the home of the U.S. National Kubb Championships. For the unfamiliar, Kubb is a cross between bowling and horseshoes and is the game Vikings played. Join the “blockheads” as they compete for the Kubb King title.

 

Country Jam, http://www.countryjamwi.com/

FOSTER FARMS | JULY 19-21

The hottest country music stars converge in Eau Claire each year for this outdoor music festival. Rabid fans shell out for the VIP Experience to get the best seats in the house, then camp under the stars.

 

Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week

CHIPPEWA VALLEY | SEPTEMBER

Eau Claire is known for its Instagram-worthy dishes, so it makes perfect culinary sense that there be a celebration in honor of farm-to-table edibles and garden-to-glass libations. Special menus plus food-themed events that raise money for community causes are all part of this 10-day foodie favorite.

 

Light Up Eau Claire New Year’s Eve,http://www.visiteauclaire.com/lightupeauclaire/

DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE | DECEMBER 31

Replicated in honor of Australia’s “Lismore Lantern Parade” celebrating the winter solstice, Eau Claire brings a little bit of the outback to the Midwest with its own lantern parade to ring in the new year. Live music at a variety of stages. A flourish of fireworks caps off the night.