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Welcome to the La Crosse Storytelling Festival

Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival!

The La Crosse Storytelling Festival was first conceived in 2003 by two local attorneys, Keith Belzer and Ted Skemp. Through their efforts and backing, the first 3 Festivals took place at Pettibone Park in La Crosse. It was in these first years that groundwork was lain for all following Festivals: the Festival would be first and foremost a family event, the level of National talent would be of the highest caliber, the Festival would highlight professional local tellers, and the event would serve as a way to educate the general public about storytelling.

In 2006, the Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild took on the major responsibility for the La Crosse Storytelling Festival. And, as Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival, it continues to meet the initial objectives. Come and enjoy the magic of storytelling!



It is the mission of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival to be the premier storytelling event in the upper Midwest, celebrating the art of storytelling by edifying, educating, and entertaining people of all ages and walks of life.

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La Crosse Luna: What is it?

The La Crosse Luna is a story slam similar to the Moth on NPR. A story slam would is kind of like karaoke, but with stories instead of songs. Tellers create a five minute true (or mostly true) story using the theme as a base. The stories must be told, not read. Those wishing to tell put their names in a hat and ten are drawn. Five judges are chosen from the audience. They rate each story on a scale of 1-10. The top and bottom scores are tossed and the three middle are averaged. At the end of the evening, the teller with the highest score is announced the winner. It is a fun and very entertaining.  Listeners are as important as the tellers.

La Crosse Luna: When is it?

The next Luna is Saturday, July 16th, at 7 p.m. at Pearl Street Brewery.  The theme is: OOPS!  $8 for listeners; $5 for potential tellers.  Click here to see the ad!

Kids’ Day - THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of the kiddos, teachers, parents, and other volunteers who attended our Kids’ Day events.  We had another successful year, with good weather, attentive children, and fun!  Thank you!

WISTGET is back!

WIsconsin STorytellers GET together is once again being held in conjunction with our Festival.  WISTGET is “an annual gathering of Wisconsin tellers actively engaged in the art and practice of storytelling.” For more information on the WISTGET and the 2016 WISTGET events at La Crosse Storytelling Festival, please click here.