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

Steamboat Days

Winona’s famous festival is finally here. If you haven’t been able to swing downtown to visit Steamboat Days in its new Levee Park location yet this week, take some time this weekend.

One exciting must-see is the Budweiser Clydesdales, who are stabled in the parking lot off of Second and Center streets and will be making an appearance at Sunday’s parade. With their popularity and busy schedule, they likely won’t be back in Winona anytime soon, so head to the tent and see them and their sweet canine companion, Bud, when you can. Visiting hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

If you want to head away from the downtown fray, Home and Community Options is presenting their annual musical, “My Fair Lady,” at Saint Mary’s Page Theatre as a part of Steamboat Days. Cast and crew members of all abilities are telling the story of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle with three performances you can catch this weekend: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m.

For auto and bike enthusiasts, the car show will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. on Third Street from Main to Franklin, and the BMX shows are at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Levee.

And as always, Sunday’s Grande Parade will kick off on Broadway at 12:01 p.m., followed by fireworks later in the evening over the Mississippi River. For the full lineup of events you can catch this weekend, including live music and lots of food, visit winonasteamboatdays.com.

Other events

Annual concert in the park, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Lake Park bandshell

Winona farmers’ market, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Merchants Bank parking lot

Taproom yoga, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Island City Brewing

KG 95.3 free pool party, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bob Welch Aquatic Center

The Art of Fine Furniture exhibit opening, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Winona County History Center

Pedal for the People community bike ride, 3 p.m. Saturday at Levee Park

Organ recital: Brian Williams, 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church, 161 W. Sixth St.

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

Live music


W.B. Bailey, 6 to 8 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe

Under Paris Skies w/ Chris Hand, 6 to 9 p.m. at Signatures Restaurant

Wing Dam Jammers, 7 to 9 p.m. at Blooming Grounds Coffee House

Treedome presents: Sleepy Gaucho, 8 p.m. to midnight at No Name Bar

Rod Hamdallah, 9 p.m. at Broken World Records


Wilki, 6 to 8 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe

Afflatus w/ Paper Parlor & the Transcranials, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at No Name Bar


Acoustic Jam, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe

Trapper Schoepp, 5 to 8 p.m. at Island City Brewing Company

Greenfingers, 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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