In a city where downtown has taken shape with economic development, the city of Eau Claire is a great place to live, work and play, whether you're joining WQOW's team or as a seasoned professional on the way up. Eau Claire is home to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College, a wide range of eclectic community events year-round, biking and walking trails and navigable rivers, as well as the Pablo Center at the Confluence downtown to showcase Eau Claire's arts community.
Located 75-miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Eau Claire is neighbors to Altoona, Lake Hallie, Chippewa Falls, Elk Mound, Town of Union, Town of Washington and Shawtown. Because of its close proximity to the interstate (Highway 94 and U.S. 53), getting to and from Eau Claire can be done with ease.
Eau Claire is home to a variety of indoor and outdoor venues for recreational and sporting events, such as soccer, football, baseball fields, tennis, skating and hockey. Deemed as the Kubb capital of North America, Eau Claire hosts the annual U.S. Kubb Championship at the Eau Claire Soccer Park.
During the summer, locals and visitors alike, enjoy water sports, including kayaking, paddleboarding and tubing on the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers. Hometown baseball teams, including the Eau Claire Cavaliers and Eau Claire Express step up to the plate at Carson Park.
Taste the Eau Claire flare
A hub for music festivals in the summer to cultural, entertainment and sporting events, Eau Claire has something for everyone. Music festivals in the Eau Claire area include the Blue Ox Music Festival, Country Jam, Country Fest, Rock Fest and Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival.
A trip to downtown Eau Claire brings you a steady stream of avid shoppers to the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market, summer music concerts and other family-oriented events throughout the summer and winter months.
The city prides itself on a wide range of local and chain eateries, restaurants and craft breweries. From Wisconsin dishes, including cheese curds and burgers, to fine dining and Asian cuisine, you won't be short of opportunities to sample the local fare.
Celebrate the Eau Claire arts
With the Pablo Center at the Confluence now open, Eau Claire is home to a wide variety of performing arts centers, summer cultural festivals in downtown and outdoor music concerts.
Enjoy your family
Raising a family in the Eau Claire area is a treat. You'll find safe neighborhoods and health care options. A 20-minute ride north to Chippewa Falls brings you to Irvine Park and Zoo, where tigers, bears and dozens of animals can be seen at the zoo during the warm, summer months. During the winter, a free Christmas Village with a light show that more than 100,000 lights don the park through the New Year.
Live an active life
The Chippewa River State Trail spans 30 miles in length from downtown Eau Claire to the City of Durand for bikers, walkers, skaters and outdoor enthusiasts. Area lakes and rivers in the area are perfect for swimming, paddleboarding, fishing and ice activities in the winter. Eau Claire hosts the annual Eau Claire Marathon, which is a Boston Marathon qualifier, and several other running/sport-related events.
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