Opening Weekend

Friday, June 29 @ 5:00 p.m.: The Lowest Pair

Saturday, June 30: Dixieland Jazz Festival

  • 12:30pm – The Southside Aces
  • 2:45pm – Seven Rivers Jazz Band
  • 5:00pm – Gate City Dixieland Jazz Band

Sunday, July 1 @ 12:30 p.m.: Patina

Tuesday, July 3 @ 6:00 p.m.: Don Harvey

Thursday, July 5 @ 6:00 p.m.: The Dust Settlers

Friday, July 6 @ 12:30 p.m.: Beef Slough Boys

Friday, July 6 @ 5:00 p.m.: Gentleman’s Anti-Temperance League

Saturday, July 7 @ 12:30 p.m.: Prairie Smoke

Saturday, July 7 @ 5:00 p.m.: Stand

Sunday, July 8 @ 12:30 p.m.: Northern Shoveler

Tuesday, July 10 @ 6:00 p.m.: Jami Lynn

Wednesday, July 11 @ 12:30 p.m.: Almighty American

Wednesday, July 11 @ 6:00 p.m.: Jaybone Bell

Thursday, July 12 @ 6:00 p.m.: Hemma

Friday, July 13 @ 12:30 p.m.: The Nunnery

Friday, July 13 @ 5:00 p.m.: Safe Passage

Saturday, July 14 @ 12:30 p.m.: Turkey Creek

Saturday, July 14 @ 5:00 p.m.: Burke Band/Patina

Sunday, July 15 @ 12:30 p.m.: Hurly Burly

Tuesday, July 17 @ 6:00 p.m.: Vaguely Suede

Wednesday, July 18 @ 12:30 p.m.: Bob Bovee

Wednesday, July 18 @ 6:00 p.m.: Jaybone Bell

Thursday, July 19 @ 6:00 p.m.: D Janakey

Friday, July 20 @ 12:30 p.m.: Luke Callen

Friday, July 20 @ 5:00 p.m.: Good Morning Bedlam

Saturday, July 21 @ 12:30 p.m.: Joel Ward

Saturday, July 21 @ 5:00 p.m.: Under Paris Skies

Sunday, July 22 @ 12:30 p.m.: Wing Dam Jammers

Tuesday, July 24 @ 6:00 p.m.: Don Scott

Wednesday, July 25 @ 12:30 p.m.: Luke Callen

Wednesday, July 25 @ 6:00 p.m.: Noah Short

Thursday, July 26 @ 6:00 p.m.: Humbird

Friday, July 27 @ 12:30 p.m.: Jake Manders

Friday, July 27 @ 5:00 p.m.: JBRL/Barbaro

Saturday, July 28 @ 12:30 p.m.: Jake Manders

Saturday, July 28 @ 5:00 p.m.: The Mayer Brothers Band/The Federales

Sunday, July 29 @ 12:30 p.m.: Mike Munson

Wednesday, August 1 @ 12:30 p.m.: Jake Ilika

Wednesday, August 1 @ 6:00 p.m.: Jake Ilika

Thursday, August 2 @ 6:00 p.m.: Joseph Hunt

Closing Weekend

Friday, August 3 @ 12:30 p.m.: Amanda Grace

Friday, August 3 @ 5:00 p.m.: John Smith/Almighty American

Saturday, August 4 @ 12:30 p.m.: H30

Saturday, August 4 @ 5:00 p.m.: Miss Myra & The Moonshiners/Mike Munson

Sunday, August 5 @ 12:30 p.m.: Mike Munson/Miss Myra & The Moonshiners

Front Porch Events

New for Season 15 – all Front Porch events are Pay-What-You-WILL!

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. All admission is pay-what-you-WILL and will be taken at the door.

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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.

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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