Nestled in the bluffs of the Mississippi River just outside of downtown Winona, Boats and Bluegrass is a unique, three-day music, camping and canoeing festival. Music begins Thursday evening and continues through Sunday morning, with a lineup that always includes some of Minnesota’s finest bluegrass artists. On Friday and Saturday of the festival, Winona State staff lead educational group canoe trips into the backwaters of the Mississippi, with all necessary equipment (canoe, paddles and life vest) included in the cost of a weekend pass. Pitch your tent at Prairie Island Campground, or canoe into the backwaters of the Mississippi to find a more secluded spot.
As vaccines and ongoing precautions like facemasks and social distancing help usher in the return of outdoor events, let southern Minnesota entertain you at its fairs and festivals.