Shut Down Third Street, an annual event put on by the wonderful people at Treedome Productions in Winona, MN, released their full lineup of music last week. It might actually be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life!
The three main attractions are Minneapolis acts Bad Bad Hats, Yam Haus, and Gully Boys, but the fun certainly will not end there. The Shackletons, Lydia Liza, Last Import, The Ultrasounds, Double Grave, Coyote Kid, Mike Munson, and Karate Chop, Silence are also on the bill, and that isn’t even half of the performers.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from Market to Center Streets on Third Street in Winona.
The free festival will close down three blocks of historic downtown Winona, bringing four stages, 32 bands, dozens of art booths, food trucks, family activities, and more into the downtown business district.
“We’re truly excited to grow this festival in Winona. Nothing is better than spending a day outdoors, taking in the best Minnesota has to offer while supporting downtown,” said Nathaniel Nelson, a Director at Treedome.
Last year, SDTS brought more than 2,000 people into the downtown business district. This year, the festival is a city-wide block party running from noon to 9 p.m. on September 21, with late-night entertainment from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at other venues.
The Main Stage is located at Market and Third Street. There’s also a smaller stage at Center and Third Street.
Island City Brewing Co. will support the event with live music and activities at their Front Street location. Many downtown businesses, such as Blooming Grounds and Public Launch, are also hosting entertainment and activities.
Like last year, admission is free to all stages and events, with everything before 9 p.m. open for all ages. “We believe music and art should be for the people, and not just a commodity, so we’re keeping the festival free,” Nelson said.
“It’s about the community coming together and giving back to itself, and the only way we can do that is by keeping the event open to everyone.”
In addition music, the street will be packed with 45+ artists, organizations, and a number of food vendors.
“We look forward to showcasing truly high-quality artists and vendors at this year’s events. Local artists and organizations will be highlighted alongside those coming to Winona for the first time, who will bring fresh perspectives to the area,” said Maggie Panetta, a lead organizer of SDTS and a Director at Treedome.
Coffee will be served by Cafe Steam of Rochester, in addition to kombucha from Big River Kombucha, who are looking to make their way into Winona soon.
Everyone will be able to find something they love on Third, which will include presentations by Great River Shakespeare Festival, Frozen River Film Festival, Black Sheep Poetry, and more.
For more information, you can visit Treedome’s website or the Facebook event page. Applications for artists, organizations, sponsors and food trucks are still being accepted here, or by contacting Maggie Panetta.