The Northwoods Blues Fest has been entertaining blues fans in the Spooner, Wisconsin area from 2012-2015. In 2017, the festival moved to the Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin fairgrounds. In 2019, the festival moved to the new Riverfront Park in Chippewa Falls. Chippewa Falls offers our patrons the attractions, plenty of hotel rooms and campsites along with easy access to our event.

It is our intention to operate one of the most successful Blues Festivals in the Upper Midwest.

Blues Music Scene

Today, the blues music scene continues to be alive and well. Many new, younger blues artists keep showing up as witnessed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The NWBF has had former IBC winners in its lineups. In 2017, we had two former finalists and one winner; Albert Cummings and Bernard Allison, son of one of the blues legends Luther Allison along with Duke Robillard who was the front man for the blues groups Roomful of Blues and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In 2017, the other headliner is Tinsley Ellis, famous for great vocals and his awesome electric blues and one of blues best Axe Men.

NWBF has been in the business of presenting some of the best blues entertainment in the Midwest for the last five years. NWBF is a sought after event for blues artists. In the summer issue of American Blues Scene Magazine, The NWBF was named one of the top five Best New Festivals in the nation in the summer of 2015 and is the only Midwest Festival to receive this distinction. Editor Matt Marshall states that The NWBF is “gaining great traction with fans”.

Chicago Magazine, in the June 2016 issue, calls the Eau Claire area home to an arising music scene. The area has an active Chippewa Valley Blues Society that sponsors Tuesday Night Blues all summer long.
“Nestled in the forests of western Wisconsin is an audio artist’s paradise, anchored by homegrown indie acts such as Bon Iver, S. Carey, and Field Report. Eau Claire—yes, Eau Claire—is home to a rising music scene, thanks to a constant influx of new talent from the local University of Wisconsin satellite (and its top-notch music program) and an industrious base of performers who broke big and never left”.


The Annual Northwoods Blues Festival will be held at the Riverfront Park in Chippewa Falls on Friday and Saturday June 17 + June 18, 2022. There are plenty of hotel rooms and parking is free in city municipality lots and on the street parking downtown Chippewa Falls. The arena will accommodate thousands of fans, so please join us for the best party in the Great North Woods.




Chicago, IL to Chippewa Falls, WI (4 Hours 39 Minutes)

Take I-90 W to I-94 W

Take exit 70 to merge onto US-53 N toward Eau Claire

Take exit 96 for Wisconsin 29 Business/County Highway X


Madison, WI to Chippewa Falls, WI (2 Hours 50 Minutes)

Take I-90 W to I-94 W

Take exit 70 to merge onto US-53 N toward Eau Claire

Take exit 96 for Wisconsin 29 Business/County Highway X


Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN to Chippewa Falls, WI (1 Hour 18 Minutes)

Take I-94 E toward Eau Claire

Turn right onto US-12 E/WI-29

Continue onto WI-29 E/WI-29 Truck E

Take exit 72 for WI-29 BUS E


Duluth, MN to Chippewa Fall, WI (2 Hours 17 Minutes)

Take I-35 S to US-53 S

Take exit 96 from US-53 S

Rochester, MN to Chippewa Falls, WI (2 Hours 10 Minutes)

Take US-52 N to MN-59

Get on I-94 from US Hwy 63 N

Follow I-94 and WI-29 BUS E

Take exit 72 from WI -29 E/WI-29 Trunk E

Fan Experience

Steve Keating

“I have been a volunteer at the Fest from the beginning and have far to many great memories, from Howard and Deb opening the show to all the fantastic acts that follow. I have also made some good friends over the years that I only see at the show. Looking forward to this years Fest and many more to come.”

Renee Hewitt

“Looking forward to Deb & Howard bring in the “BLUES”. They’re such an awesome start for the FEST”

Spike Stephan

“This is going to be a Freakin Blast”

Jimmi Langemo

“I can’t wait to play!”

Theresa Kummerow

“Looking forward to volunteering again and catching up with friends and listening to great music!”