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Signature Festivals

Aficionados flock to Winona for unique annual events

Whether you’re into the delicate staccato of classical music or boot-stomping bluegrass, Picasso or parades, Shakespeare or modern documentaries, Winona is the place to visit. The vibrant arts scene spans music festivals, film festivals, art festivals and theater festivals that are truly world class and worth the drive from just about anywhere.

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Steamboat Days

The pride of Winona

A highlight of summer in Winona is the week-long Steamboat Days celebration that culminates with a Grand Parade and aah-inspiring fireworks. Rounded out with a classic car show, a carnival midway, boat races, and music galore, the festival brings together a community that loves to celebrate its steamboat heritage.

June 17-21, 2015

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Great River Shakespeare Festival

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears

This nationally recognized festival, which draws audiences from across the Midwest and acclaimed actors from across the country, fills each Winona summer with a full slate of world-class entertainment. With plays, music, speakers and celebration events, the Great River Shakespeare Festival is the cornerstone of Winona’s reputation as an unmatched destination for cultural events.

June 24- August 2, 2015

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28th Annual Dixieland Jazz Festival

Dixieland tradition

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

June 27, 2015

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Minnesota Beethoven Festival

The bluffs are alive… with sound of sonatas

The Minnesota Beethoven Festival fills salons, auditoriums, and a majestic outdoor band shell with the delicate refrains of history’s most important classical works, performed by some of its most celebrated names.

June 28 – July 19, 2015

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Boats and Bluegrass Festival

Find your roots

For a knee slapping, boot-scooting good time, Winona’s legendary Boats and Bluegrass Festival has no rival. Held along the shores of the Mighty Mississippi River, the family-friendly music festival offers free camping, canoe trips, food, a variety of musical stylings and a guaranteed good time for all.

September 24-27, 2015

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Frozen River Film Festival

Warm up with independent documentaries

With a full embrace for winter in Minnesota, thousands flock to the annual four-day showing of great screen productions at the Frozen River Film Festival. Indulge in local artisan goods while attending internationally acclaimed films guaranteed to leave you looking at the world differently.

February 2016

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Mid West Music Fest

Come one, come all

Each spring, music lovers of all ages and bands of all genres collide in a city-wide celebration of music that rocks for three days and rolls from every venue in town. From indie to punk, folk to blues and everything in between, this one-of-a-kind festival has put Winona on the map as a hub where music lovers and musicians come to see and be seen.

April 2016

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