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Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend

Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend is an art extravaganza offering fun for all ages at four Wausau locations the weekend after Labor Day. Art in the Park at Marathon Park; Festival of Arts and the Center for the Visual Arts, both in downtown Wausau; and Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum comprise Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

  • Art in the Park, organized by the Wisconsin Valley Art Association, brings together more than 120 exhibitors in the East Gate Hall and Exhibition Building in Marathon Park. Pottery, paintings, prints, art glass, jewelry, woodcraft and carvings, furniture, and wearable art are available for purchase. Free admission. Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 9am–4pm.
  • The Festival of Arts, held on the Third Street corridor and 400 Block in downtown Wausau, presents for purchase work by over 120 juried artists in a variety of mediums: ceramics, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metals, painting, paper, photography, sculpture, wood, and more. Free admission. Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm.
  • The Center for the Visual Arts, just east of the 400 Block in downtown Wausau, hosts the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association State Art Exhibit, featuring over 200 Wisconsin artists, during its first trip to central Wisconsin. Free admission. Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm.
  • Opening weekend of Birds in Art brings the opportunity to see 120 or so all-new, original artworks. On Saturday morning, meet exhibiting artists from throughout the world and see artists in action demonstrating varied techniques in the sculpture garden. Always-free admission. Opening weekend hours Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm.

Free, handicapped-accessible shuttle buses run every 15 minutes or so between 10am and 4:30pm from designated locations, easing travel between the weekend’s events.

Visit Extras

Audio Tours
Enriching audio tours on an iPod touch offer insights into selected changing exhibition artworks.
Activity Guides
All ages explore exhibitions via fun, interactive exercises in printed in-gallery activity guides.
In-gallery videos expand on exhibition themes.
Available for purchase.

Artist Residencies

See video of visiting artists.


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Tues–Fri 9am–4pm
First Thurs of month 9am–7:30pm
Thurs during Birds in Art
Sat–Sun Noon–5pm
Closed Mon & holidays

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700 North 12th Street
Wausau, WI 54403
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