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About Eau Claire

A city for exploring

When you attend UW-Eau Claire, you join a vibrant community beyond the boundaries of campus. Eau Claire celebrates a thriving music and arts scene, miles of waterways and walking trails, an ever-expanding list of unique restaurants and much more.

From campus, you’re within walking distance of two popular shopping districts with coffee shops, art galleries, live music and parks. Movie theaters, athletic clubs and performing arts venues also provide plenty to do and see nearby. Take a look around and see what this city has in store for you!


miles of bike trails


Eau Claire population


restaurants in town

Explore Eau Claire

See what there is to discover beyond the UWEC campus.

Biker crossing the river on the bridge at Phoenix Park

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 throughout the seasons.

Trails to trek
Aerial photo of the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire.

Blue Ox Music Festival

Blue Ox Music Festival is one of Eau Claire’s most popular community events. Participate in a three-day, multi-stage experience featuring food trucks, visual art, over 35 musical artists and more.

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A display of veggies at the Eau Claire Farmers Market

Eau Claire Farmers Market

Just a short walk from campus in the beautifully renovated Phoenix Park district, the Farmers Market is one of Eau Claire's 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

Things to do in Eau Claire

There's always something to do here! Check out this event calendar from Volume One, a local organization that promotes and celebrates all things Eau Claire.

Explore Eau Claire

New in town

Sunset photo of bridge near Haymarket Landing and Pablo Center

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

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.

County Materials Complex

The County Materials Complex has a special place in the hearts of all members of the UW-Eau Claire community, made possible by a generous combined gift of approximately $80 million in land and money from UW-Eau Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag. Project partners include Blugold Real Estate, Mayo Clinic Health System-Northwest Wisconsin, the City of Eau Claire, Visit Eau Claire, and UW-Eau Claire. The County Materials Complex is set to have a major event center, a UW-Eau Claire student recreation facility and a Mayo Clinic Health System clinical location.

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