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Spring Bucket List 

Locals are out walking the streets, browsing through local shops, enjoying restaurant outdoor patios, and exploring the best parts about spring in Eau Claire. So, it's time you get in on some of this too with a getaway to Eau Claire! It's a beautiful time of year and a new sense of happiness begins to sweep the city, so you won't want to miss out. Here is a list of some of the things you MUST do this spring in Eau Claire! 

1. Run in the annual Shamrock Shuffle

Girl running the Shamrock ShufflePhoto Credit: UWEC Recreation 

Whether you like competing or would rather stroll along with the fam, this 5k race is the one for you! Ease into your 5k race season with the Shamrock Shuffle hosted each year and sponsored by UW-Eau Claire’s University Recreation & Sports Facilities Department. In 2022, the race will be held on March 12 starting at the McPhee Strength and Performance Center on campus! There's no better way to appreciate the first warm days of the year than a walk/run outside. Find more event details for this year's race here.

2. Get your walking/running gear from Blue Ox Running

Sales associate helping a women try on shoes at the Blue Ox Running Store

Blue Ox Running is located in downtown Eau Claire and is the ideal shop to go for runners/walkers who are looking for the right shoes for every step of their way. Warmer weather calls for more opportunities to get active outside so you want to make sure you are equipped with the right gear. You are guaranteed to get quality expertise and premium products because the owners and operators of the store are runners themselves who definitely know a thing or two. 

3. Run the Eau Claire Marathon

Runners getting ready to start for the Eau Claire Marathon

Okay, okay - we promise this is the last time we'll talk about running. However, this is one event you'll want to mark your calendars for whether you're running or not. Eau Claire Marathon Weekend will take place April 30-May 1, 2022, and will feature 6 different runs. Learn more about the weekend's schedule of events here, register, and start training! If you're more of a "cheer from the sidelines" kind of person, we need you here too with your cowbells, posters, and positive vibes! 

4. Watch March Madness games in a local bar & grill

A Bloody Mary served with pickle, olive, mini donuts, hard-boiled egg and bacon at Northern Tap House

Calling all basketball lovers! March Madness time is here! This is the tournament that means spring has sprung. Witness your favorite NCAA teams take on competitors at your favorite local bar and grills. Don't stress about where to watch March Madness; we got you covered! Pick one or multiple bars & grills from the following list to have your taste buds taken care of while you focus on the games. Some iconic Eau Claire places to catch the game are Amber Inn Bar & GrillBig T's SaloonCourt'n House Bar & GrillThe District Pub & GrillDooley's PubGalloway GrilleThe LiveryMogie's Pub & Restaurant, Cowboy Jack'sStella BluesNorthern Tap House or 44 North.

5. Go Fishing

Man bass fishing on a kayak in the river

Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May. Grab your rods and bait and head out fishing in Eau Claire to celebrate a new fishing season! Now you're probably wondering the best places to go for certain kinds of fish and maybe have some other questions too. This fishing page will show you everything you need to know to make your day out on the water a successful one. 

6. Celebrate Earth Day 

Putnam Park Trail

There's a special day dedicated to celebrating the earth, but in reality, every day should be Earth Day. April 22 is the official day to show some appreciation for Mother Nature and all that it does. Home to several unique and beautiful parks and trails, Eau Claire is the perfect place to be when you want to enjoy the earth's offerings. This Earth Day, promise yourself to spend some time in our great outdoors and discover some of the best views wherever you go.

7. Dine Outside

Cowboys Jack's at River Prairie in Altoona, WI

Enjoy the nice weather by dining outside at one of the many restaurants or bars that have outdoor seating options. Soak up the sun while enjoying the delicious food the area has to offer. Plus, some places even allow you to bring your furry friend

9. Explore The Downtown Sculpture Tour

Sculpture Tour of Eau Claire

Every May, the sculptures placed all around the city that are featured in the Eau Claire Sculpture Tour get replaced by brand new ones. A great way to start off the season is by taking a walk around Eau Claire and admiring all of the new public art that lines the streets. Of course, it is sad to see the old ones go, so make sure to vote for your favorite one to stay. The sculpture with the most votes becomes a permanent structure in Eau Claire. Did we mention that this is the second-largest sculpture tour in the nation?!

10. Do some bird-watching

A black bird perched on a tree branch

If there's anyone that loves warmer weather and spring more than us, it's the little critters that inhabit our city as well! Eau Claire is certified as a Wisconsin "Bird City" meaning that we officially recognize the importance of birds as living components of a healthy community. Not only is Eau Claire certified, but so is our neighboring city of Altoona, WI. Head outside this season and see how many different bird species you can spot! Read this blog to discover some of the best spots to do some bird watching in the Chippewa Valley.

Face painting at River Prairie Festival

11. Go to the River Prairie Festival - Celebration of Art

The River Prairie Festival - Celebration of Art is slated to take place on May 7, 2022 at River Prairie. While you're here, you can celebrate Mom too as it will be a fun thing to do during Mother's Day weekend. Expect live music, an artist market, food trucks, yoga in the park, face painting and SO many more activities for kids of any age and families of any size. Learn more here and mark your calendars!

BONUS!

Dad and son holding a baby goat

This event is TIME SENSITIVE so, plan accordingly! Each Spring, Govin's Farm in Menomonie, WI, just a short drive from Eau Claire, hosts their "Lambing Barn & Baby Farm Animals" event! You can hold/pet sheep, goats, baby goats, piglets, alpacas, and so much more! If you're lucky, you may even get to watch the miracle of labor right in front of your eyes! This event is only available the last two weekends of March and the first two weekends of April (Sat.-Sun.) from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. You will not want to miss out on this; it's pure cuteness overload!

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