Riverside Park - La Crosse
How It All Started...
Moon Tunes is in its 11th season at Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI. This event was started as a way of offering a free Concert Series to the public while raising donations and awareness of the breathtaking bandshell renovation and other added amenities to the Riverside Park area.
Friends and families can bring their lawn chairs, beverages and snacks and hear music from some of the greatest musicians in our area for free. The Valley View Rotary does pass around donation buckets at intermission for a goodwill donation, if you'd like to give.
Theme concerts are prevalent throughout the Series and there are always surprise performances that just happen on stage as we celebrate summer in God's Country!
Thanks to the musicians, concert goers, businesses, sponsors and countless volunteers who make Moon Tunes what it is today!
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The Bandshell Story
According to co-founder Terry Bauer, Moon Tunes was created to help build this beautiful bandshell. Terry was also Co-Chair of the La Crosse Bandshell Consortium.
The simple 1930s Modern design shows skyscraper-influenced towers. The bandshell, or amphitheater, was dedicated to the memory of Wendel A. Anderson, former mayor and founder of the city's park system.
The newly renovated La Crosse Bandshell at Riverside Park was built with special materials local to our area. Six whole oak trees behind Mondovi Dairy Systems in West Salem were used as part of the structure for the new Bandshell.
“We have a history in La Crosse of logging along the Black River with saw mills. So, it ties into historic downtown La Crosse. It’s going to be illuminated at night, and it’s going to be a jewel in Riverside Park,” said Bauer.
The renovation was completed in 2020.
Feel The Vibes!
We want you, your family, and friends to have a very enjoyable night at Moon Tunes! We offer a wide variety of music throughout our Summer Concert Series. We also are so blessed to have so many talented musicians who grace our Stage each year entertaining our large crowds.
This is a free Concert Series, but our Rotarians do pass a bucket down the rows during intermission. Give if you want and those funds go to projects to enhance the Park and the area's quality of life.
Check out our Concert Series Schedule and pick the nights you want to join us. We look forward to having you be part of Moon Tunes 2023!
parking & seating
There are many options for parking around Riverside Park. Choose from Parking Ramps or the nearby parking lot areas that are set up for area Fundraising efforts for School programs. A nominal parking fee is charged and the funds go to their programs and projects.
You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs to set up near the bandshell area. There is plenty of room and a great way for larger groups to set up their own area to enjoy the music.
There are a few rows of metal seats near the stage area. These are permanent seats and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
food & drinks
You are welcomed to bring your own carry-in food and drinks. We ask that you clean up your area before you leave and drink responsibly.
We do have food trucks on site each week and they are very popular! Each offers unique menu items and specials.
Drinks are offered at the food trucks and beer from Pearl Street Brewery.
sponsors & supporters
We couldn't put on Moon Tunes without all our great Sponsors! We have been so enriched with business support over the past 11 years, that we've been able to offer this free Summer Concert Series to all our Moon Tune Fans and Performers!
There are SO many Supporters of Moon Tunes that help us out behind the scenes. Many people don't know about all they do. We do, and we can't thank them enough for their dedication, passion and love for making Moon Tunes the best experience it can be for everyone!