Will Run

Welcome to Will Run! The only 28-Furlong Race (that we know of) in existence. This is your chance for a personal best! Run 28 Furlongs (about the length of a 5K) with the GRSF Company and community in the Fourth Annual Will Run on July 16th at 8:00 AM around beautiful Lake Winona.  Sign up today!

Front Porch Events

We present our series of special events and symposiums to continue the conversations that begin in the theater, and continue into our daily lives. Below is the listing of our Season 14 Front Porch Events.

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

How many Minnesota native trees have you met? Join members of the WSU Arboretum Committee and Staff to take a tour of some of the Minnesota native trees on campus. You’ll be amazed at the variety of trees that call Minnesota home.

Tours will last about an hour and will begin at the Gazebo in the center of campus. Come with questions to be answered and leave with more information about trees you may want to add to your own landscape. Stretch your legs before the Front Porch Events and discover the beautiful WSU campus!

Where: Winona State University Gazebo

When: 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, July 22

The Tour of Trees will meet in Minne 105 for a virtual tour if it is raining on tour dates.

Free Concerts (and more) on the Green

All season long, GRSF invites you to enjoy an evening of free music from 5-7 p.m. 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.

June 23: Under Paris Skies

June 24: Les Fields and the Notables (Part of the Dixieland Jazz Festival)

June 30: McNasty Brass

July 1: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Jack Klatt

July 7: Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League

July 8: LASKA, Fruit Mouse

July 14: Mike Munson, Bud’s Brass Band

July 15: Simone Perrin, Anonymous Choir

July 21: Dalton Brothers Trio

July 22: Seven Rivers Jazz Band

July 28: Rachel Hanson, Them Coulee Boys

July 29: Ilika Ward & the Moonlight Riders

Are you iIMG_8089.JPGnterested in being one of the musicians featured in our 2017 Concert on the Green line-up? Contact us today!