Festival Events

Special Events

Will’s Opening Weekend

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.


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


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.

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.

After Will Events

Held after select performances, After-Will Events allow theater-goers the chance to connect with other audience members and the GRSF company. Information available at select dates.

4th of July

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

Free Concerts 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.


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!

Friday | June 26 | 5:00 p.m. WOW Opening Concert

Simone Perrin with Dan Chouinard

Accordion Songs & Sing-alongs

The Old Fashioneds at WOW

Vintage Rock 10:00 p.m.  in WSU Science Atrium (Admission)

Saturday | June 27 | Noon-7:00 p.m.

Dixieland Jazz Festival

Region’s Finest Dixieland

Friday | July 3 | 5:00 p.m.


Folk Singer-Songwriter

Alexandra Green


Rachael Ryan Dahlgren @ WOW

Solo Cello 10:00 p.m. at Winona National Bank (Admission)

Saturday | July 4 | 5:00 p.m.

Shannon Murray

Riot grrrrrl folk/punk out of the northwoods of Minnesota

Friday | July 10 | 5:00 p.m.


Twin Peaks Improv

Saturday | July 11 | 5:00 p.m.

The Beavers


Hot Cellars

Lo-fi Rock and Roll

Friday | July 17 | 5:00 p.m.

Ilika Ward Duo

Minnesota Americana

Adam Strelow & Friends

Alternative Country

Saturday | July 18 | 5:00 p.m.

Jack Norton


Rev. Eddie Danger

Global Loops

Friday | July 24 | 5:00 p.m.

Sam Miltich Trio | featuring Martha Larson

Gypsy Swing

Saturday | July 25 | 5:00 p.m.

Baby Gramps | with Special Guest

Steel Guitar Blues

Friday | July 31 | 5:00 p.m.

Ray Dretske Group


Saturday | August 1 | 5:00 p.m.

Farewell Milwaukee

Folk Rock

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.

  • Front Porch Events Upcoming
Front Porch Events Upcoming

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!

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.

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.

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