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About Eau Claire

A town for all

Eau Claire is recognized among the top 10 cities in the nation. When you come to UW- Eau Claire you join a community beyond campus. Our partnerships with business, industry and local organizations provide internship, job and volunteer opportunities for you. Some 67,500 residents live, work and play in Western Wisconsin’s largest city. From campus you’re within walking distance of two popular shopping districts with coffee shops, art galleries, live music and parks to explore. Movie theaters, chain restaurants, athletic clubs and performing arts venues provide plenty to do and see nearby.

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Eau Claire Bike Trails

Set down the books and get outside. Eau Claire is home to hundreds of miles of biking and walking trails for you to enjoy.

Trails to trek
Crowd watching performance at the the Eaux Claires festival

Eaux Claires Music Festival

Eaux Claires Festival is one of Eau Claires most popular community events. It brings people from all over the country to participate in a two-day, multi-stage experience featuring live music, performance art, visual art, food and more.

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A display of veggies at the Eau Claire Farmers Market

Eau Claire Farmers Market

Just a few minute walk from campus in the beautifully renovated Phoenix Park district, the Farmers Market is one of Eau Claires finest. With local vendors selling fresh vegetables, flowers, and foods you’ll be sure to get a taste of the community feel.

Home grown fun
UW meets EC

100 Things to do in Eau Claire

Whether you live here or you're visiting, Eau Claire is the place to be during the summer. We've compiled a list of 100 things you can do here this summer, and it barely scratches the surface.

You better get going


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Eau Claire population


restaurants in town

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Eau Claire downtown landscape shot

New to Eau Claire

Eau Claire is constantly growing and improving. With a brand new performance facility and another complex in the works, we are excited to welcome these changes for our university and community to enjoy.  

The Pablo Center at the Confluence sits on the banks of the Chippewa River in the heart of downtown Eau Claire. This $51 million building is a state-of-the-art venue for visiting shows and provides new rehearsal, teaching, and performance space for students in the Music + Theatre Arts program at UW-Eau Claire. To see show schedules or to learn more about upcoming performances visit the Pablo Center site.

The Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex has a special place in the hearts of all members of the UW-Eau Claire community. Made possible by a generous gift of approximately $10 million in land and money from UW-Eau Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag, the project's partners are the Blugold Real Estate Foundation and Mayo Clinic Health System. It is set to have a major event center, UW-Eau Claire student recreation facility and Mayo Clinic Health System clinical location.

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