Festival Events

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.

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

unnamed-17Add 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.

Special Events

Will’s Opening Weekend gives audience and community members the chance to celebrate the opening of the season with the GRSF Company. Stay tuned for more information!

GRSF invites all students ages 10-18 to the theatre–for free! Chill With Will features free tickets and special student programming before and after the performance. Adult chaperones get a ticket discount, too!

Do you have a student younger than 10 who is interested in coming? Contact the Box Office for more information–some Shakespeare fans are ready to join is in the theater at a younger age!


Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 pm


Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 pm


Thursday, July 21 at  7:30 pm

NEW for 2016!

GRSF is thrilled to partner with Winona Park & Rec to provide free childcare (for children ages 3-12) while parents spend an evening at the theatre! Parents and children can kick off the fun by enjoying the free Concert on the Green on the WSU campus starting at 5:00pm. Food trucks are available, or bring your own picnic and enjoy yard games and live music. At 7:00pm, Park & Rec staff will supervise a “walking bus” from the WSU Green to Lake Lodge while parents head to the theatre for a performance of Georama (purchased tickets are required to attend the show). Meanwhile, at Lake Lodge, GRSF Education Team members will lead theater-based games appropriate for varying ages, and the Park & Rec staff will supervise & facilitate all sorts of fun and games. At 10:00pm, the walking bus will return to the theatre for parents to pick up their children following the performance. Space is limited. Pre-registration through the Park & Rec department is required.



Click here to register your child.

Click here to buy tickets to Georama.

The 3rd Annual Will Run is on Sunday July 17!

This 28 Furlong Run takes place in beautiful Lake Park, Winona, starting at 8:00 a.m. Check back soon for registration information.

The Will Run is part of the Mississippi Medley Run/Walk Series.

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.

Free Concerts