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Sandbar Storytelling Festival Day Passes Now Available | Culture & Leisure

The Sandbar Storytelling Festival (SSF), presenting its first fall lineup of storytellers on October 14 and 15, goes on sale with day passes starting Tuesday, September 6. In addition to two-day passes ($120 for 10 events), customers can now purchase separate passes for Friday and Saturday. The Friday pass is $50 (four events) and the Saturday pass is $80 (six events). Individual event tickets ($15 per event) go on sale October 1. Passes and individual tickets will also be available at the door. However, the number of places is limited, so buy your tickets now on

Once a day pass is purchased, pass holders will be prompted to select each event they wish to attend that day. The Koo Koo Kanga Roo concert on Saturday, October 15 requires a separate ticket ($15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-16, and free for children under 5), also available at .

Located on the beautiful campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, SSF offers storytelling events by nationally and internationally acclaimed storytellers. Festival activities also include a storytelling competition for students, a storytelling workshop and a storytelling session for children (9 to 14 years old). The weekend will also feature music and a variety of food trucks – fun for all ages.

The purpose of the festival is to present storytelling performances that celebrate and preserve the power and fun of our diverse cultural traditions and human experiences and to promote the art of storytelling for all ages. Festival events include:

friday october 14

2:30 p.m. – Storytellers: Bil Lepp and Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, Page Theater

4:00 p.m. – Storytellers: Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., Regi Carpenter and Alton Takiyama-Chung, Page Theater

5:00 p.m. – Little Warriors Drumline, Gazebo (free event)

5:30 p.m. – Winona Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting, Page Theater (free event)

6:00 p.m. – Mettalarks: Mariah Ciangiola and Noah Short perform Halloween music, Page Theater

7:00 p.m. – Ghost Night (The Five Storytellers), Page Theater

Saturday October 15

9:00 a.m. – “How to Tell a Story” workshop by Bil Lepp at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse (free, but limited to the first 50)

9:00 a.m. – “How to Tell a Story,” workshop by Alton Takiyama-Chung at Blooming Grounds Coffee House (free, but limited to first 50)

10 a.m. – Storytellers: Regi Carpenter and Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, Page Theater

11am – Storytellers: Bil Lepp and Alton Takiyama-Chung, Page Theater

1:00 p.m. – Storyteller: Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., Page Theater

1pm – Regi Carpenter, Kids Session (for ages 9-14), Figliulo Recital Hall (free event)

2:30 p.m. – Storytellers: Alton Takiyama-Chung and Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, Page Theater

4:00 p.m. – Storytellers: Bil Lepp and Regi Carpenter, Page Theater

5:00 p.m. – Bellhouse Trio (local musicians), Gazebo (free event)

5:30 p.m. – Koo Koo Kanga Roo (Children’s Party Band), Winona Middle School Auditorium (separate fee)

5:45 p.m. – Wing Dam Jammers (local musicians), Gazebo (free event)

7:00 p.m. – Fun Night (winner of the college competition and the five storytellers), Page Theater

WNB Financial sponsors free childcare during morning and afternoon storytelling sessions. Parents with event passes can bring kids (ages 4-7) for age-appropriate activities at the Studio Theater Friday 2-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For a full list of festival events, as well as the link to purchase SSF passes and tickets, go to For more information, email [email protected], [email protected] or call 507-703-6001.

This activity is made possible by Minnesota voters through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.