Festival Events

Special Events

Will's Opening Weekend

Celebrate with the Company

Will’s Opening Weekend (WOW) marks the official opening of GRSF’s season! Special events, concerts and parties before and after the shows bring out Shakespeare fans of all ages.

Tickets to WOW events will be available at the door–$5 entry with your ticket stub or $10 without. (This year there will be no WOW Buttons.)

Friday, June 26: Opening night of Much Ado About Nothing at WSU Science Atrium. Cash Bar, Music by The Old Fashioneds.

Saturday, June 27: Dixieland Jazz Fest at WSU Green all day. FREE and open to the public. Food trucks available.

Friday, July 3: Opening night of Romeo & Juliet at Winona National Bank. Cash Bar, Music by Rachael Ryan Dahlgren.


Attending a play is only the beginning

Held after select performances, After-Will Events allow theater-goers the chance to connect with other audience members and the GRSF company. Check back soon for 2015 information.

4th of July

Celebrate Independence Day with GRSF

Celebrate Independence Day with GRSF! Free Concert on the Green and special activities for all ages.

At 11:00 a.m. Tim Forrester will present on “The Magna Carta” at a FREE Front Porch Event in Stark 103 in the Science Atrium on WSU.

At 2:00 p.m. take in Much Ado About Nothing at the matinee performance.

Stay after the performance from 5-7:00 p.m. for a FREE Concert on the Green featuring the music of Corpse Reviver and Shannon Murray, as well as special Independence Day readings and presentation by the GRSF Company!

Chill with Will

Free Shakespeare for students.

Yes, you heard right! On Chill With Will performance dates, students (up to age 18) get to see GRSF productions free of charge, with special before and after show programming tailored just for them.

Will Run

Anyone can do a 5K. Run with GRSF in the world's first and only 28 Furlong.

Sunday | July 19 | 8am | Lake Winona

Free Festival Events

Pre-Show Conversations

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.

Company Conversations

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!

Generously sponsored by Home Federal.

Narrated Set Changeovers

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.

Will Reads

Join GRSF for Will Reads each week leading up to the festival season!

Will Reads returns with a new twist–each evening of Will Reads will feature selected scenes from one of the Season 12 plays. Discussion will intertwine with reading, and all are welcome. You can come to listen or take on a reading role–no experience necessary!


Tuesday, June 9: Much Ado About Nothing at Mugby Junction, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16: Romeo & Juliet at Blooming Grounds Downtown, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23: The Glass Menagerie at Acoustic Cafe, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 8: King John at The Book Shelf, 7:00 p.m.

Tour of Trees

Add a little bit of the outdoors into your weekend! Each Saturday at 9:30 am gather at the Winona State University Gazebo and join in the Tour of Trees. WSU’s campus boasts each species of tree native to Minnesota. Stretch your legs as you tour the beautiful campus and learn more about Minnesota’s natural history. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

Free Concerts (and more) on the Green

All season long, GRSF invites you to enjoy an evening of free music on the Winona State University Green in front of the theater. Giant yard games, food trucks, and great company are the perfect way to spend an evening before or after taking in a GRSF show.

Pre-show Conversations

30 minutes before each performance, GRSF teaching artists present an entertaining introduction to the world of the play, the characters and Shakespeare’s language before the curtain ever goes up!

Free Concerts

Front Porch Events

We present our series of special events and symposiums to continue the conversations that begin in the theatre, and continue into our daily lives. Join us Saturday mornings from 11am to 12:30pm. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Check out all the regional events that GRSF will be a part of, and join us!