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

Public library hosts WinCon 2019

Celebrate your favorite comics, anime, fantasy and science fiction stories with a free event at the library this weekend.

The Winona Public Library will host WinCon 2019 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a Doctor Who panel, a lesson on how to build a droid, a visit from the Ghostbusters and a Stranger Things escape room.

There will be crafts for kids in the youth services department, a cosplay costume contest to enter and food trucks outside the library with food for purchase.

And it wouldn’t be a library event without a few great authors and artists: Authors Kathryn Sullivan and Terri Karsten, as well as comic book illustrator Gordon Purcell, best known for his Star Trek work, will be in attendance.

Winona’s annual Dixieland festival

Put a little jazz in your weekend at Winona’s 32nd annual Dixieland festival.

Held Saturday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on the green on Winona State’s campus, near the Performing Arts Center, the event will feature the Blue Ox Jazz Babies from Mankato, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band from Minneapolis and Winona’s Gate City Jazz Band, playing throughout the afternoon. Parking and admission are free, food and drinks will be available and attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.

Women’s Resource Center garden tour

Check out some beautiful blooms for a good cause as part of the garden tour this weekend, put on by the Winona Women’s Resource Center.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. attendees can visit six local gardens to view their flowers and plants. Addresses can be found on the event’s Facebook page, and tickets for the event can be purchased at any of the gardens themselves. All proceeds from the event go to support direct services offered at the Women’s Resource Center.

Other events

Free pool party with WNB Financial, 12 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Bob Welch Aquatic Center

GRSF: Cymbeline, 2 p.m. Friday at WSU’s Performing Arts Center

Big Bub’s Comedy Show: Mary Mack, Tim Harmston, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at Bub’s Brewing Company, lower level

GRSF: Macbeth and No Child... 7:30 p.m. Friday at WSU’s Performing Arts Center

River City Championship Wrestling: Honky Tonk Man, 8 p.m. Friday at Island City Brewing

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

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Second Saturday: Storytelling, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum

GRSF: Servant of Two Masters and No Child... 2 p.m. Saturday at WSU’s Performing Arts Center

Organ recital by Daniel Lewis, 4 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 161 W. Broadway St.

River City Championship Wrestling LeveeMania, 6 p.m. Saturday at Levee Park

GRSF: Cymbeline and White Rabbit Red Rabbit, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at WSU’s Performing Arts Center

Bass Bash: Ramble, Rusker, 210, Sleepless Dragon, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at No Name Bar

GRSF: Macbeth and No Child... 2 p.m. Sunday at WSU’s Performing Arts Center

Live music


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

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

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

Karate Chop, Silence // The Bad Man, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at No Name Bar

Nathan Kalish, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Broken World Records


Luke Smith, 6 to 8 p.m. at Acoustic Cafe

Gentleman Speaker, Greentop, Wyatt Moran, 7 to 10 p.m. at Island City Brewing

Trapper Schoepp, 7:30 p.m. at the Big River Theatre in Alma

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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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