May 4-October 31 (Daily): Historic Tours by costumed guides at the Villa Louis Historic Site, Take a trip back into the late 1800s while touring the home and lifestyle of a wealthy Prairie du Chien family. Tours on the hour 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Located on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.
May 4: Prairie du Chien Half Marathon & 5K Race, Race begins at 7:30 a.m., St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, open to runners and walkers, medals awarded, www.pdchalfmarathon.com, 608-412-0156.
May 5: Night of the Living Sculptures, An early evening full of mystique and tales of historical figures who are a part of Prairie du Chien’s lure. Live music, sculpture lure, BYO own lawn chairs, donations accepted, event held at the Mississippi River Sculpture Park, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 563-880-9190, (rain date is Saturday, May 11).
May 11: Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, Prairie du Chien, proceeds go towards the gardens, 608-326-8602.
May 16: Best of the Region, Showcasing the finest in culinary creations, wines, brews, locally grown foods, art, music and more, 5-9p.m., admission charged, held at the Dousman House, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien. Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, 608-326-8555.
May 18: Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, Hands-on cooking workshop for adults. Participants take a culinary tour of the late 19th century through the preparation and consumption of a Victorian breakfast - using the foods, utensils and technology of the time, family style breakfast served followed by tour of the estate, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., reservations required, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.
June 2: Visitor Appreciation Day, Celebrate the new season of the Villa Louis with tours of the mansion 10 a.m.-4 p.m., reduced admission, refreshments, Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.
June 7-8: Cajun Fest, Enjoy a “Taste of Louisiana” with authentic Cajun food, Louisiana Beers and music. Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Ball games all weekend, St. Feriole Island Ball Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2060.
June 13 – August 8 (Thursday Evenings): Free Summer "Concerts in the Park" series, Held each Thursday evening on the banks of the Mississippi River at Lawler Park's South Gazebo, Prairie du Chien, from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, snacks or blanket. Sponsored by Prairie du Chien Park & Rec, 608-326-7207.
June 13-16: Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous, Fur Trading era environment recreating life as it was in 1840's when Prairie du Chien was the hub of the fur trading, largest re-enactment in the Midwest, open to the public, free admission, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River. Jaycee Buffalo Burger Stands serving real buffalo. For participant registration information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail request to: Big River Long Rifles, PO Box 184, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.
June 14-16: Flea Market with over 200 vendors, St. Feriole Island along the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien. For vendor registration write: Prairie du Chien Jaycees, PO Box 341, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821. Or call 608-326-2280 and leave your name and complete mailing address for registration to be mailed.
July 13: Chamber of Commerce Annual Fireworks, At dusk, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8555.
July 13-14: War of 1812 Re-enactment, A historic encampment and battle re-enactment on Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield, now the lawn of the Villa Louis estate. Learn about the British assault on U.S. Fort Shelby in a battle scenario Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Tour the camps and learn about military life in 1814. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, admission charged, 608-326-2721.
July 26-27: Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Two stages in a park-like setting, international, national and regional blues bands performing. Camping on site. Event shuttle runs to motels in town. Food and beverage stands, vendors with hand-made products, 608-326-0085,