Top Spring & Summer Activities
Annual Bluff Country Art Studio Tours (April)
Visit artists in their studios and galleries and purchase original one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
Winona Earth Day (April)
An outdoor celebration on the Mississippi River with live entertainment, food and educational vendors, and workshops.
Mid West Music Festival (May)
Three day music festival that presents music in various venues in the downtown area.
Steamboat Days (June)
Entertainment, food, beverage garden, concerts, crafts, parades and fireworks.
Dixieland Jazz Festival (July)
Local and regional groups showcase their talents at this outdoor music festival.
Great River Shakespeare Festival (July/August)
Three plays in repertory. Festival includes concerts on the green, Front Porch speakers, and other educational events.
MN Beethoven Festival (July)
Professional performances by various classical artists in different locations in Winona.
Outdoor Recreational Activities
Rock climbing, paddle boarding, log rolling, sailing, bicycling, hiking, fishing, canoeing, golfing, horse-back riding, geo-caching, disc-golfing, camping and wildlife watching. Farmers market on Saturdays and free bandshell concerts on Wednesday nights.
Garvin Heights Vineyard
Specializes in growing cold climate grapes. Tours and tastings offered.
Top Fall & Winter Activities
Garvin Heights Overlook
Spectacular views of the Winona area and Mississippi River Valley from this park 545 feet above sea level. Don’t forget your camera!
Great Dakota Gathering (September)
Dakota culture and history at the Learning Tent, moccasin tournaments, entertainment, food and crafts.
Boats and Bluegrass Festival (September)
Family- friendly festival on the Mississippi River. Camping, kayaking, canoeing, and live music all weekend long.
Voices from the Past Cemetery Discovery Walk (October)
Journey into Winona’s colorful past as volunteers portray some of the city’s interesting residents who are now buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Tundra Swan Watch (November)
Join our guides from the Upper Mississippi Wildlife & Fish Refuge on a day trip to view the tundra swans in their favorite spots.
Winona Art Walk (November)
Visit various studios, galleries and stores in town to visit with artists and purchase their arts and crafts.
Visit the MN Marine Art Museum, Polish Museum, Watkins Museum, Winona County History Center, African Safari Exhibit, Pickwick Mill, and Rollingstone Luxembourg Heritage Museum.
Candlelight House Tour (December, Even numbered years)
Beautifully decorated homes are open for viewing as a fund-raiser for the Winona County Historical Society.
Frozen River Film Festival (February)
This event features films, speakers, workshops and vendors with a focus on environment, adventure, extreme sports and world culture.
Fall Recreational Activities
Winona’s bluffs are ablazed with color amidst the scenic hiking trails surrounding our city. Wildlife-watching, horse-back riding, turkey and deer hunting, and apple-picking in nearby orchards are popular in the Fall.
Winter Recreational Activities
Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, snowshoeing, are just a few winter activities. For those who prefer being indoors, enjoy plays, concerts, lectures and visual art exhibits at the campuses and venues in town.
Trester Trolley Christmas Lights Tour
Enjoy a ride on the trolley for a city tour of Christmas lights during the holidays.