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The 17th annual La Crosse Storytelling Festival is Friday & Saturday, July 19-20. This is the only Storytelling Festival in Wisconsin; we are proud to bring national storytelling talent to the La Crosse area.  The festival is a family-friendly event featuring several storytellers, kids activities, food, silent auction, story slam, bookstore, and jugglers.  You don’t want to miss this event!

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The 17th Annual La Crosse Storytelling Festival is planned for Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, 2019.

We are super excited to host the festival at our new ‘home”, the Pump House Regional Arts Center in downtown La Crosse. This partnership changes the festival in many ways!  We look forward to better sound/acoustics, comfortable seating, exciting new talent/storytellers, fewer mosquitoes, and air conditioning!

The La Crosse Storytelling Festival is the only Storytelling Festival in Wisconsin and is proud to bring national storytelling talent to the La Crosse area.  The festival is a family-friendly fun event including stories and activities for people of all ages.

Friday night (July 19) will feature Tales of the Creepy and Scary from 6-9p.m. All ages are welcome in the early evening but after intermission at 7:30, the stories will be a bit scarier! Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag or blanket to sit on and imagine they are listening to stories under the stars. We’ll actually be indoors and protected from mosquitos, ticks, and rain!  YEAH!

The festival continues on Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. (Doors open at 10:30 a.m.) This year will feature national storyteller Michael Reno Harrell. Also performing will be storytellers Megan Wells and Teju, and jugglers Miller and Mike. For additional information about each teller, click on their website below:

There will be food, silent auction, and a bookstore.  The children’s area will feature crafts, Storyteller – Teju, and jugglers – Miller and Mike.  They performed at the festival several years ago and we are pleased as punch to have them join us again. You don’t want to miss their show!

Saturday afternoon at 5:45pm will feature a story slam similar to the popular Luna events hosted throughout the year by the Storytelling Festival and Bluff Country Tale Spinners.  The Luna story slam provides a venue for anyone to tell a 5-minute story.  Prospective tellers are encouraged to prepare a 5-minute true(ish!) story and submit their name for a chance to tell on the Cabaret Stage later in the evening. A box will be available at the entrance to the Pump House for interested tellers to submit their name and intent to tell at the Festival Luna.

Tickets for the Storytelling Festival are available for purchase at the Pump House website, https://www.thepumphouse.org/about/tickets-box-office/  Buy your tickets in advance and save a few dollars! Invite friends and family to join you and make the Storytelling Festival YOUR summer tradition in downtown La Crosse!

Additional information is available at www.lacrossestoryfest.com

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Event Options

Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 – AFTERNOON/Children's Performance, Saturday, July 20 – CABARET, VIP PASS

Age Groups and Discounts

Adult, Children, Library Card Discount, Family Pass