Welcome to the La Crosse Storytelling Festival

   STORIES–It’s what we do!

                      19th Annual                       

Wisconsin’s first storytelling Festival

Friday, July 22th and
Saturday, July 23th, 2022
 Pump House Regional Arts Center   

 

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!

What is happening in the 2022 Festival?

Dates: Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 2022

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!

Our featured performers are outstanding.

  • Kay Weeden shares a variety of stories, some of which are English and Spanish
  • Jeff Doyle‘s stories will have you splitting your sides with laughter
  • Pippa White will take you through 75 years of the Women’s Suffrage and share Voices of Ellis Island
  • Friday night Tales of the Creepy and Scary
  • Free Saturday morning stories and songs
  • Music by Hans Mayer in the morning and Michael Caucutt in the afternoon
  • the Luna–a time for you to share your own stories

What a great FEST.                                Stories, It’s What We Do

 

LA CROSSE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL MISSION

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

  • Riverfest
    Several members of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners will be sharing stories on the Family Stage this July 4th weekend at Riverfest. On Friday at 1:00 Mary Lawrence and Terry Visger will be telling and Teri Wachuta will perform at 4:00. Tom Williams and Peter Petersillie will perform on Saturday at 1:00 and 4:00. On Continue reading →
  • Volunteering
    The Festival is in need of a few volunteers. If you would like to volunteer,  please go to: https://signup.com/go/AnVNva If you have any questions, feel free to contact Megan Zirgibel @ Mcsoc200@aol.com or 608-769-1021. We love our volunteers!!
  • A Wonderful Artspire
    The La Crosse Storytelling Festival and Bluff Country Tale Spinner members hosted a booth at Artspire again this year. The Artspire steering committee made the perfect decision to have the artist and non-profit booths in the nearby parking ramp. We stayed dry, met lots of people, and had a great day. Committee member Lori Portner Continue reading →
  • Area Events
    Members of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners will be sharing stories weekly at the Myrick Park Gun Shelter for the City’s Tot Camp. Through July, one or two tellers will share stories with the children on Wednesdays at 10:30. The BCTS have been telling stories to the children at this summer camp for over ten Continue reading →
  • Kids’ Days in the Park
    The Bluff Country Tale Spinners will once again be providing stories for school groups and young children at the Myrick Park Main Shelter. The BCTS tell stories for children PreK through fifth grade; the park performance dates are May 12, 13, 19, 20. Teachers are encouraged to contact Mary Lawrence, lawrencems1967@gmail.com,  to schedule a 30 Continue reading →
  • Celtic Stories
    The Bluff Country Tale Spinners’ Celtic Stories and Song was a great success!! We had a lovely audience at the Pump House who were ready for some Irish fun. The Celtic stories told by Amy Jo Vanarsdall, Steve Hardin, Teri Wachuta, Peter Petersilie, Terry Visger, Gwyn Calvetti, and Tom Williams were varied and fun. Adding Continue reading →