Winona Festivals

WINONA IS A CITY OF FESTIVALS- 

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Boats And Bluegrass

Boats and Bluegrass is a family-friendly festival held on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota. We pride ourselves in providing a fun, safe, and friendly festival environment. If you are looking for a laid back festival with none of the large fest hassles, this is your place. With camping just 50 yards from the festival grounds, it does not get any easier. 


Dixieland Jazz Festival

Though Winona’s at the opposite end of the Mississippi from the birthplace of jazz, monthly jazz band performances, our Dixieland Jazz Festival, and even our own Mardi Gras celebration keeps the toe-tapping music alive here year-round.


Driftless Dance Festival

The Driftless Dance Festival, presented by the Page Series at St. Mary’s, is a weekend of performance by national, regional, and local dancers as well as artist talks, master classes, workshops, and events that offer festival goers the opportunity to interact with visiting artists, develop skills, and build community.


Frozen River Film Festival

The Frozen River Film Festival offers programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, adventure travel and sports, and diverse cultures while showcasing the art of documentary film. Our films often explore issues, concerns, and life’s successes that are usually not covered in the local media.

We connect our viewers with people at the heart of current events, organizations at the forefront of social change, and distinct cultures in an increasingly global community.


Great River Shakespeare Festival

 Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional Equity theater company in Winona, MN dedicated to dynamic, clearly spoken productions of Shakespeare’s plays which enrich people’s lives, extensive community education, and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training. Great River Shakespeare Festival offers spectacular performances as well as a variety of free and educational events


Great Dakota Gathering

The Winona Dakota Gathering Homecoming & Powwow is an annual event for families of indigenous and local populations around the region. It is held in Unity Park at the East end of Lake Winona usually the second weekend in September.

The reason this event is so important is because it directly facilitates friendships and one-to-one interactions. Descendants of people who were at war 150 years ago, are not to blame for what their ancestors did. However when people suffer by each other’s hand, historical trauma is real to the descendants on all sides. Simple acknowledgement of the trauma, based on knowledge of the truth of the past, may reduce fear and discomfort and trigger the beginning of friendships and understanding. 


Mid West Music Festival

Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) is a multi-stage, multi-genre music event that showcases some of the upper Midwest’s best acts playing original music. Over the years, up-and-coming acts from all over the country have joined the annual event and contributed to a rich vein of networking and community among musicians, music industry folks, and a constantly evolving audience. In 2016, a multi-stage, multi-genre companion weekend of the festival in the area river town of La Crosse, WI was established.

Mid West Music Fest covers two weekends on either end of Summer and includes more than 100 acts on well over a dozen stages between the two historic cities. MWMF Presents concerts occur in both towns and throughout the Midwest during the year.


Minnesota Beethoven Festival

The Minnesota Beethoven Festival is an annual, three-week classical music festival in Winona, presenting nationally and internationally recognized artists in performance each summer. Since 2007, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival has celebrated the music and legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven, in an unequaled environment of performance, discovery, and community, nestled in the quaint bluffs of southeast Minnesota. Masters like Yo-Yo Ma, the Vienna Boys Choir and the Minnesota Orchestra have all paid homage to Beethoven in this premiere festival, which transforms Winona into a classical music Mecca each summer.


Shut Down Third Street

Shut Down Third Street is an annual downtown music and arts block party. This event features dozens of musicians and artists from across the state, with a focus on bringing new experiences to the area while bringing the community directly in touch with downtown businesses.  

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Steamboat Days

Winona’s annual community-wide celebration! Enjoy five days of carnival, live music, boat races, a grande parade and fireworks. Join us for a week full of fun! Steamboat Days includes a Carnival, Beverage Garden with entertainment, Kid Fishing Contest, Kid Pedal Pull, Kiddie Parade, Grande Parade, Fireworks and a whole lot more.