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Welcome to the La Crosse Storytelling Festival

Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival!

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 La Crosse Storytelling Festival. And, as Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival, it continues to meet the initial objectives. Come and enjoy the magic of storytelling!



It is the mission of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival 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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La Crosse Luna 4: Fools!

La Crosse’s fourth LUNA story slam (like karaoke but with stories) will be Saturday, April 1st, at 7:00 p.m. (Stories starting at 7:10) at the Pearl Street Brewery Company, 1401 Saint Andrew Street. The theme is Fools!, so if you have a story about April Fools Day, or anything foolish, come join us to share your story. Stories should be 5 minutes or less, and will be judged by friendly audience members. The winner will be invited to share his/her story at the 15th Annual La Crosse Storytelling Festival on September 9th, 2017. Listeners are needed, also. Join us for a fun evening! (Admission $8; $5 for anyone prepared to tell a story.)  Check out the flyer!


Our longtime friends and supporters, Arla and John, wrote the most lovely words following our 2016 Festival.  Here is a portion:

The 14th Annual La Crosse Storytelling Festival was a success...We so enjoyed Pippa White.  We purchased her CD “Far As The Eye Can See” and will share it with some of our grandchildren.  

We thought the Luna Winner, Jeff Burns, was another highlight...It was a funny story to begin with, then dramatic and suspenseful, and finally the ending with ‘his life was changed’...He looked like a clear winner of the contest.

We have known Tommy Oricco for many years...so glad he can be a part of all this.

We also want to give Michael Scott some praise.  We love his mosquito story.

We try to spread the word every year, and the people who do not attend miss so much.  It was a great ‘tent show’ and we applaud all of you that did so much work to put it all together.  In this world of cell phones, fax machines, emails, and all other electronic devices, it is great to hear the resonance of the voice!

Thank YOU, Arla and John, for your continued support.  It is always great to see you at our Festival!

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