2024 event marks 15 years for Ashley for the Arts

ARCADIA, Wis. — Ashley for the Arts, the annual three-day music and arts festival, is set to take place Aug. 8-10 at Memorial Park here in Arcadia, Wis.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the festival is expanding its music, food, art and entertainment experiences with some of the biggest names in music including Journey, Old Dominion, The Script, Bret Michaels and more. In addition to main stage performances, the three side stages will host a music all day including local artists, family friendly shows and area school groups.

Additions to the festival include line dancing lessons, a youth outdoor skills challenge, Xpogo Extreme Pogo Stunt Show and Dragoonies Flame Show. Plus favorite features return, including the Art and Craft Fair, an inflatable air park and the Timberworks Lumberjack show.

The 15th anniversary event will kick off with the annual Pursuit of a Cure Glow Run and foam party, raising money to advance medical research and help offset medical costs for cancer patients.

Ashley for the Arts was established in 2009 when Ron Wanek, founder and chairman of Ashley Furniture Inds., and Todd Wanek, president and CEO, were asked by community members to create a “social gathering” to bring awareness to the arts. Throughout the 15 years, Ashley for the Arts has grown into an annual music and arts festival attracting tens of thousands of fans throughout the three-day weekend and has donated more than $3.5 million for more than 70 participating non-profit organizations, including local schools, children’s charities and medical research.

“As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Ashley for the Arts, I am incredibly proud of the tremendous growth we have achieved over the years,” stated Cole Bawek, event director of Ashley for the Arts. “What started as a small community event has blossomed into a nationally recognized festival, bringing joy, inspiration and cultural enrichment to thousands of people.”

For event details, download the Ashley for the Arts app or visit the website.

See also:

  • Ashley for the Arts donates the 2022 Community Cares Grant to Eau Claire Area Economic Development
  • Ashley for the Arts raises nearly $650,000 for 70+ area non-profits

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