Welcome to the La Crosse Storytelling Festival

   STORIES–It’s what we do!

     21th Annual 

            We’ve come of age!                    

Wisconsin’s first storytelling Festival

Friday, July 19th and
Saturday, July 20th, 2024
 Pump House Regional Arts Center   

For tickets:  http://thepumphouse.org


Children's performance at the Festival

Fun during the children’s performances

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 Festival. And, as Wisconsin’s First Storytelling Festival, it continues to meet the initial objectives. Come and enjoy the magic of storytelling!

Join us for our 21th Fest!

Dates: Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 2024

Location: The Pump House Regional Art Center in the Art District of downtown La Crosse. 

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This year’s fest has it all!



             Stories, It’s What We Do



Photo of audience enjoying storytelling in the Festival's Main Tent.

Enjoying performances in the Main Tent

Our mission is 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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Latest News

  • Kevin Kling’s Workshop!
    Kevin Kling will be conducting a workshop on Saturday, July 20 at the Storytelling Festival. The workshop is: “Getting Started with a Story” When telling a personal story, how do we recall and then convey the details from an experience? In this workshop we will look at storytelling fundamentals, including the importance of a good Continue reading →
  • Almost Here!
    The storytelling festival is just a few weeks away–July 19 and 20. It is time to get your tickets for Friday night’s show featuring Kevin Kling and Lyn Ford. Tickets are also available for Kevin’s Saturday afternoon workshop and the Saturday Night Cabaret. Get tickets at 608-785-1434 or by clicking here: http://thepumphouse.org No tickets are Continue reading →
  • Stories and Puppets
    Stories at the Library…..And then Puppet making! June 1  Main Library-La Crosse 10 am                                                                                                                                                      June 8 La Crescent  10:30 am                                                                       Continue reading →
  • Storytelling and Puppet Making
    Members of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners will be sharing stories and helping to make paper bag puppets at eight local libraries in June and July. Folk and fairy tales will be told for about thirty minutes and then the children will have the opportunity to make a puppet. We will provide a large variety Continue reading →
  • Tales in the Castle Fundraiser
    Our annual fundraiser, Tales in the….., is in the Castle on Cass this year!  Castle hosts, Billy and Brandon, have graciously invited us to share our stories in their beautiful bed and breakfast home. The event is on Thursday, April 18 and will start at 5:30. Guests will be treated to music, wine, coffee, appetizers, Continue reading →
  • Celtic Stories and Song
    Irish or not,  you will want to include Celtic Stories and Song in your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. This event will be held at the Pump House http://thepumphouse.org on March 16. Doors open at 6:30. Join us for stories by members of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners, clogging by Clog Jam, and music with Dublin Continue reading →