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.
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.
Every June, hundreds of athletes from around the country descend on Winona for Trinona, bill…
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
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