A look at what’s going on in and around Winona this weekend:

Chocolate, Shakespeare and champagne

The 2019 summer festival season is almost upon us, and with it comes a chance to eat some decadent desserts and catch a preview of some Shakespeare.

The Winona County Historical Society will host its summer fundraiser event Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the history museum, providing chocolate desserts and champagne for guests. Attendees will also be able to mingle with the cast and crew of the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s 16th season, which will take the event back to Roman times to represent their show “Cymbeline.” In keeping with the theme, the evening will be set to harp music.

Tickets are $30 or $25 for historical society members, and are available in advance or at the door.

Trinona weekend

The battle for the bluff is on.

The “world’s biggest little triathlon,” Trinona, will unfold this weekend in town. It begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at Saint Mary’s University with the Kids’ Tri, a beginner-friendly triathlon for children ages 5-13. On Sunday the adults hit the lake and the trails, choosing either the sprint course (0.25-mile swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1 mile run) or the international course (0.93-mile swim, 24.85-mile bike and 6.2-mile run). A “king and queen of the bluffs” will be crowned for the first man and woman to climb up Garvin Heights during the international race.

Other events

Dress to Impress karaoke, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday at Island City Brewing

DJ Rhumpshaker & DJ BPSJ, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at No Name Bar

Winona farmers’ market, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Levee Park

Drop-in DIY: Natural bug spray, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Bluff Country Co-op

Nature knowledge hike with Happy Dancing Turtle, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Holzinger Lodge

Second Saturday: Gardens, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. $1 admission.

Book event & signing: Cecelia Collett, “Gaslighted,” 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Paperbacks and Pieces

Inaugural Winona alumni pub walk, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in downtown Winona

Nature hike at Merrick State Park, 7 p.m. Saturday at the state park’s nature center

Patchouli, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Big River Theatre in Alma

Campfire Concert Series: The Potluck String Band, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Island Campground

The Brewery comedy tour, 8 to 9:45 p.m. Saturday at Island City Brewing

Family movie night: “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” 9 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park in Goodview

St. Martin’s Strawberry Fest, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sinclair Park

Open house event with Right Side Up, 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Briggs Outdoors, 27171 Cty Rd 9

Mike Munson “Anthem” album release, 5 p.m. Sunday at Treedome, 164 E. Third St.

Drum circle, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Winona Arts Center

Comedy with Mary Mack and Tim Harmston, Happy Camper Tour, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Big River Theatre

Live music


Mackenzie Moore, 6 to 8 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe

Rogue the Wolf, 6 to 8 p.m. at Island City Brewing

Swing Inc., 6 to 9 p.m. at Signatures Restaurant

Terry Gray, 7 to 9 p.m. at Blooming Grounds Coffee House


Stephen Fleet, 6 to 8 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe

Hemma, Elour & Joe Kopel, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., No Name Bar

The Uncles, 10 p.m. at Broken World Records

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Madeline Heim covers K-12 & higher education in Winona. A 2018 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she previously interned at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the suburban community arm of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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