Festival Events


Front Porch Events

Front Porch Events

Free Concerts

Free Concerts


Front Porch Events

Front Porch Events

The front porch is where we gather to talk with our friends, family, and neighbors. We present this series of special events and symposiums to ...

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Free Concerts

Free Concerts

  Free concerts – come to the concerts even if you are not attending the show. Bring a picnic or purchase food on site. Here is the line-up ...

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Click below for a .pdf of the 2013 Festival Calendar.



An A-Z Listing of 2013 Festival Events

Ask the Company

Actors and directors gather to discuss the plays and answer your questions in the WSU Science Atrium. Sundays July 7 through August 4 at 11:00am. FREE


A noisy and entertaining event staged by the GRSF Company as a benefit for GRSF on Tuesday, July 30th – 5pm pre-show and picnic, 7pm performance.

Chill with Will

A student-focused opportunity to see Shakespeare plays at no cost with pre and post-show programming focused on teens and pre-teens.

Chocolate, Shakespeare and Champagne!

This annual event coordinated for and by the Winona County Historical Center. An annual fundraiser event and a sneak peak of GRSF’s 2013 season, click here for details.

Concerts On the Green

FREE live music on the green adjacent to Winona State University’s Performing Arts Center every Friday and Saturday night of the Festival from 6–7:15pm. Food available for purchase. We encourage guests to bring their own chairs to use on the green. Picnic, stay for the play, and make a weekend of it for the whole family!

Free Previews

GRSF has been committed to the accessibility and affordability of theater tickets since its inception. The free preview program, launched in 2012, offers the public the opportunity to see both Professional Company productions one time at no cost. There will also be a free preview of our Intern/Apprentice Project. Learn more here.

Front Porch Events

A film from the Frozen River Film Festival, Shakespeare Unlocked, Dr. Peter Saccio, Gale Childs Daly, and the Annual Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Reception — all held on Festival Saturday mornings at 10:30am. (Some events require tickets.)

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

GRSF is proud to feature its fifth annual sonnet contest. Call to those interested to come and read their sonnets. Poet Laureate of Winona Emilio DeGrazia will give some tips about writing sonnets.  It will be loud, noisy and fun.  Free and open to the public! The Sonnet Contest Tip-Off will be held May 29th from 7-9pm at Mugby Junction on Huff St. Winners will be announced at a reception to be held on Saturday, August 3 at 10:30am in the WSU Science Atrium. Learn more here.

Narrated Set Changeover

See the GRSF crews in action with a guide to answer your questions in the Performing Arts Center on the WSU Campus. Each Saturday in July and August 3 at 4pm. FREE

Preshow Conversations

An introduction to the play from the GRSF education staff. Offered at 7pm each Saturday in July and August 3. FREE (with a ticket to the show)

Tours of the Trees

WSU’s campus contains all the native trees of Minnesota. See them in this tour. Meet at the Gazebo. Offered at 9am each Saturday during the festival. — FREE

Visit Winona – Get Outdoors

Hike, bike, fish, kayak and more in the most beautiful corner of Minnesota. More at www.visitwinona.com.

Will’s Opening Weekend

The opening of Shakespeare plays and a series of related celebratory events. Click here for details.

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