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Great River Folk Festival

40th Annual  ::  August 28 – 30, 2015  
Riverside Park  ::  La Crosse, Wisconsin

Construction near entrance to Riverside Park.

Enter park from Front Street, south of the park and south of State Street. (Access Front Street from King or Jay streets. See parking map.)

Friday Night Concert

Susan Werner

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String Ties

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Friday, August 28
7:30 p.m.
Riverside Park, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Festival grounds open at 5:30

Volunteers Needed for Festival Weekend

For Great River Folk Festival Volunteer opportunities, follow this link to go to our SignUpGenius Page:

Volunteer Page
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Volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

  • Beverage Service
  • Food Area
  • Front Gate Ticket Sales
  • Grounds and physical arrangements
  • Security
  • Product Sales
  • Beverage Ticket Sales
  • Craft Area Assistance
  • Volunteer Information

Visit our Interactive Volunteer Page for volunteer job descriptions and to reserve a volunteer spot. (You will need to set up an account on the site to reserve a spot.)

All volunteers will be given a "Day Pass" for the fest on whatever day(s) they serve.

2015 Performers

Peter Ostroushko & Dean Magraw

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Peter Ostroushko has come to be regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan. (Read more. . .)

Cory Chisel

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Cory Chisel is an old believer. You can hear it in his music – there’s a wisdom beyond his years in that voice. You can see it in his story – the son of a preacher, sheltered from pop music, raised on hymns and Johnny Cash. “Mom played piano and organ, my dad did the preaching, the thing that my sister and I could add to the service was to sing.” As fate would have it, the kid was born to do it. (Read more. . .)

Jillian Rae

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Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment. (Read More)

More performers

Check out the Performers page.

More 2015 updates:

2015 Performers Schedule

2015 Children's Area Schedule

2015 Crafters

2015 Volunteer Opportunities

2015 Songwriting Contest Finalists

Donate to the Folk Fest

Your donations help us hire top-notch national and regional performers and help keep this all-volunteer festival moving forward!

Festival Sponsors

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People’s Food Co-op
La Crosse, WI
Rochester, MN
Viterbo University
La Crosse, WI
Pearl Street Brewery
La Crosse, WI
Wisconsin Public Radio

Major Sponsors

Rick-Thompson-Drywall-Logo_100 (18K) Hanson and Associates elmaro-2_100 (12K) LaCrosse Radio Group
Win Craft Channel 8 Wettstein Brothers Electric Queen-logo_100 (9K)
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