Winona’s original festivals

Aficionados flock to Winona for unique annual events

We call them the Winona Originals – festivals created, nurtured, and grown in Winona, some of them with national and international acclaim. Whether you’re into the delicate staccato of classical music or boot-stomping bluegrass, Indie bands or parades, Shakespeare or modern documentaries, Winona is the place to visit. The vibrant river-city arts scene spans music festivals, film festivals, art festivals and theater festivals that are truly world-class, one of a kind, and worth the drive from just about anywhere.

Great River Shakespeare Festival

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears
This nationally recognized festival draws audiences from across the Midwest and professional actors from across the country.

June 18-July 31, 2022


Frozen River Film Festival

Warm up with independent documentaries
Thousands flock to the annual four-day showing of both local and internationally acclaimed screen productions at the Frozen River Film Festival.

February 2023