Below are the free concerts from Season 14 (2017). Season 15 concert listings will be added as they come available.

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!

Front Porch Events

New for Season 15 – all Front Porch events are FREE!

No reservation or tickets required. Join us Saturday mornings during the festival to hear from scholars, theater professionals, and community members about the places where art & life intersect.

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.  Information about Will Run 2018 will be posted in spring of 2018.

To view race results from Will Run 2017, click here.

Pre-Show Conversations

Company Conversations

Narrated Set Changeovers

Tree 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.

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!


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

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