THINGS TO DO IN PRAIRIE DU CHIEN

October - Saturdays: Farmers Market, Downtown Prairie du Chien.

October - Daily through Oct. 23:  Mississippi River Tours, Open boarding on Maiden Voyage, 10 a.m. daily and additional tour at 2 p.m. Saturdays, leaving McGregor's riverfront, "The Day of the Hunter-Gatherer", 563-586-2123.

October - Saturdays: Market in the Park, Saturdays, Ferryville, WI, 608-734-9406.

October 21-22: October 29-30: Hoffman Halls of Terror Haunted House, 1600 S Wacouta Ave, Prairie du Chien, 7-10 p.m. each night, Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Dept., 608-326-7207.

October 22: Haunted River Cruise, Join us onboard for a spooktacular two hour  cruise, as we share haunting tales of Riverboats and Lore. We provide the “treats” as well as the “thrills.” Families welcome…..Costumes optional. Heated boat! Departs at 4:30 p.m., Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, Prairie du Chien, 1-877-647-7397. Ticket booth at Blackhawk & Main.

October 22: Victorian Trick and Treat, Learn about the origins of American Halloween customs, play seasonal games of the period, enjoy apple cider and other seasonal treats, and more. Held at the Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2721.

October 22: 12 Hour Movie Marathon, Scary flicks will be shown all night long at Hoffman Hall Gym from 8 p.m. - 8 a.m. Bring sleeping bag & pillow. Pre-register by calling 608-326-7207. Admission is charged.

October 22-23: Fall Foliage Cruises, Heated boat! Two hour Mississippi River cruise departs at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. both days, Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, Prairie du Chien, 1-877-647-7397. Ticket booth at Blackhawk & Main.

October 28-29: Hoffman Halls of Terror Haunted House, 1600 S Wacouta Ave, Prairie du Chien, 7-10 p.m. each night, Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Dept., 608-326-7207.

October 29: Hole in the Sock Gang 1880 Street Theatre, The Old West comes alive in downtown McGregor, IA, with a reenactment of action-packed bank robberies, cowboy shootouts and saloon girls, free show, 800-896-0910.

October 31: Spooktober, Children will trick or treat in downtown businesses for a safe, fun Halloween experience.  Enjoy a costume contest for ages 0-12, free trick or treat bags, wagon rides, pumpkin coloring contest, games, goodies and prizes.  Blackhawk Avenue Business District trick or treating (3-5 pm), Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien, co-sponsored by PDRI and Blackhawk Junction, 608-326-7374.

November 5: Tastes, Toasts & Tomfoolery, Join us for Prairie du Chien’s gala event of the year.  Appetizers, desserts, beer and wine tasting, live music, dancing, food, live action & raffle items, Prairie du Chien Revitalization, Inc. fun(d)raiser, sponsored by PDRI, 6 pm-midnight, admission charged, 608-326-7374.

November 5-6: Iowa Wine Trail, Food, fun and wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Marquette, IA, 563-873-2509.

November 12: Servants Supper, An afternoon hands-on adult cooking workshop for adults that takes place in the Mansion Kitchen and Preserve House. The menu will reflect the ethnic diversity of the servant staff. Villa Louis Historic Site, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien, reservations required, 608-326-2721.

November 12-13: Great River Road Wine Trail, Food fun & wine tasting, Eagles Landing Winery, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Marquette, IA, 563-873-2509.

November 18: Annual Chili Cook-off, Sample free homemade chili by last year’s champion & new chili contenders, watch live-radio contestant bantering, sell past-champion’s famous chili & refreshments, Santa Claus visit, Co-sponsored by PDRI & Blackhawk Junction, 0608-326-7374.

November 18: Blackhawk Avenue’s Fallfire Art Gallery, Regional artisans display & sell their works of art, meet some of the artists, wine & cheese party, Historic Knowlton House at 109 W Blackhawk Avenue, 5-7 pm, Co-sponsored by PDRI, 608-326-7374.

November 19: Holiday Craft & Gift Fair, 10 a.m. - 3p.m., Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta Ave, Prairie du Chien, 326-7207.

November 19-20: Home for the Holidays, Sample warm mulled wine 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-2509.

November 24: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Three mile run/walk, Hoffman Hall, 1600 S Wacouta, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-7207.

December 2: Holiday Parade, Downtown Prairie du Chien along Blackhawk Ave beginning at 5:30 p.m., 608-326-8555.

December 4: Holiday Open House, Effigy Mounds National Monument, N of Marquette, IA, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 563-873-3491.

December 10-11: Holiday Open House Weekend, Holiday kick-off weekend, extravagant lights displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, retail open houses & more! Marquette and McGregor, 800-896-0910.

December 10 - January 1: Trail of Trees, lighted Christmas trees encircle the Fort Crawford Hospital and Museum grounds.  Open house December 11 with holiday cookie sale and shopping in the Museum Store. Fort  Crawford Museum, 717 S. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, 608 326-6960.

December 22-23: Home for the Holidays, Sample award winning warmed mulled wines 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eagles Landing Winery, Marquette, IA, 563-873-2509.

December 26-Jan. 1: Carp Fest, Week long family orientated activities including lighted sledding hill, torchlight ski/hike, skating party, bowling, snow bowl football, ice fishing and more. Event cumulates with the annual Droppin’ of the Carp. For a list of activities contact the City Parks & Recreation Dept., 608-326-7207.

December 31: "Droppin' of the Carp", New Year's Eve festivities, 9 p.m. bonfire, entertainment, countdown at 11:40 p.m., St. Feriole Island, Blackhawk Ave, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-8602.