Front Porch Events

Season 16 Front Porch events will be posted in January 2019.

Join us Saturday mornings during the festival to hear from scholars, theater professionals, and community members about the places where art & life intersect.

All Front Porch Events will take place in the WSU Performing Arts Center.

Will Run

“I go, I go – swifter than the arrow from the Tartar’s bow!” -Puck, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Do you like running? Do you like beautiful scenery? Do you just want to see if you’re faster than an actor?

Whatever the answer may be, Will Run is for you!

Will Run is an annual race hosted by Great River Shakespeare Festival, usually during the month of July. Will Run is the only 28-furlong race (that we know of) in existence. 28 furlongs is just a little longer than a standard 5k, and follows the path around Lake Winona, offering competitors not only a fun race, but a beautiful view along the way! Company members usually participate, so you can try to outrun King Richard, or chase after that evasive sprite Ariel… don’t miss out on this unique event.

Pre-Show Conversations

Company Conversations

Narrated Set Changeovers

Tree & Garden Tours

30 minutes before each performance, GRSF teaching artists present an entertaining introduction to the world of the play, the characters, and Shakespeare’s language. Located outside on Performing Arts Center patio, moves indoors in case of inclement weather.

Join GRSF Company members every Thursday evening in the theater following the performance and every Sunday at 11am at Blooming Grounds on Third Street. Ask questions and find out their answers about the plays, what it’s like to work in the theater, and more!

Observe the GRSF Tech Crew as they transfrom the stage between the plays. Hosted by GRSF Technical staff, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the stage shift from one play to the next, and have all your technical theater questions answered.

Saturday, July 6th: Fruit and Nut Tree Tour

9:00-10:30 a.m.

                                    Meet at the WSU Gazebo

The Fruit and Nut Tree Tour of the Arboretum at WSU will feature some of the apple, cherry, chokecherry, crabapples, plums, oaks, buckeye, hickories, horse chestnuts, and walnut trees.   How big do the trees get at maturity? How fast do they grow? What are some of the advantages and drawbacks of having these trees in your yard? How much work will they be?

Saturday, July 20th: Gardens of Purpose Tour

                                    9:00-10:30 a.m.

                                    Meet at the WSU Gazebo

The Gardens of Purpose Tour will focus on the reasons for specific gardens in the Arboretum at WSU.  Are you looking for a place that features specific plants? Do you want a place to sit quietly and contemplate?  Is there some kind of historical purpose in your planting? Does the garden provide a physical benefit to your grounds or critters in your area?  Is there an educational reason for the garden? These are questions, among others, that will be answered as you visit different gardens.


Tours will last about an hour and a half and will begin at 9 a.m. at the Gazebo in the center of campus.  Come with questions-leave with answers for your own landscape. Stretch your legs before the Front Porch Events and discover the beautiful Arboretum at Winona State University.  In case of rain, we will meet at the Gazebo and move to an indoor site for a virtual tour.

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