The Winona Originals Story

Perhaps it’s something in the water that gives Winona creative moxie, or maybe it’s just that greatness loves company. But this is a city that has birthed incredible festivals – unique, original festivals that celebrate art, theater, culture, and music – and people flock here by the tens of thousands to savor them.

Shakespeare with a national cast, classical music from the world’s best musicians, bands that last for days, internationally acclaimed films, the Midwest’s bluegrass and Dixieland royalty, and celebrations of the Mississippi River’s rich indigenous-people and paddle-wheeler legacies – these are the Winona Originals, each a festival like no other and each one born in this beautiful river city.

Our festivals are so hot that several feature preview events in cities around the region. Check them out for a taste, then head here for the Winona Originals experience.


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