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Red Wing River City Days

River City Days is Red Wing's premier summer festival, filled with FREE entertainment, delicious food and fun for all ages! River City Days is brought to you by the City of Red Wing and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce, many generous sponsors, and wonderful volunteers.

Red Wing Arts Association Fall Festival

100 artists and more than 10,000 visitors filled the downtown streets for the Fall Festival. The Fall Festival is a must-attend event. Once you have seen the variety of quality artwork, you'll want to come again next year. In 2016, the 50th Annual Fall Festival will be held Oct. 8 & 9. Save the weekend for a great time in Red Wing. People are already reserving their hotel accommodations for 2016! The Fall Festival is a juried event. Information about applying will be posted on this website by Feb. 15, 2016.

Anderson Center

163 Tower View Drive / 651.388.2009

Rich in historical significance, the Anderson Center features include a residency program, artist studios on site, rental facilities, a sculpture garden, a permanent art collection and ongoing events.


112 Bush Street / 651.388.4488

ArtReach is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities to explore and acknowledge the artist inside every individual by offering classes and open studio time to kids and adults in drawing, painting, sculpture and fine craft. Classes are also offered in digital photography, modeling, animation, digital art and design in the Computer Design Clubhouse.

Goodhue County History Center

1166 Oak Street / 651.388.6024

Red Wing Arts Association

418 Levee Road / 651.388.7569

The Red Wing Arts Association is committed to a focus on the visual arts and to creating strong support of and being a catalyst for an expanding and dynamic arts community in Red Wing and the surrounding area. Its offerings include gallery shows, a highly juried fine art festival each fall, a series of concerts Wednesday evenings during summer and a garden tour featuring both art and music.

Pottery Museum of Red Wing

240 Harrison Street / 651.327.2220

The Pottery Museum of Red Wing is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich and colorful story of Red Wing's clay industry.

Red Wing Shoe Company Museum and Store

315 Main Street / 651.388.8211

Display of world’s largest boot and corporate museum exhibits.

The Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre

443 West Third Street /

Red Wing's historic Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre showcases the best in arts and entertainment from Minnesota's heartland and beyond. It operates year ‘round presenting a broad range of touring events including music, theatre, dance, comedy, films, lectures and more. The Sheldon also supports the productions of local artists and performing arts groups including the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, Phoenix Theatre and The Red Wing Singers.

Red Wing Businesses

Red Wing Shoes

Red Wing Shoe Company, LLC is an American footwear company based in Red Wing, Minnesota that was founded by Charles H. Beckman in 1905.

Within 10 years of its inception, Red Wing Shoes was producing more than 200,000 pairs of boots per year and was the primary company manufacturing footwear for American soldiers fighting in World War I. Red Wing Shoes continued its tradition of producing footwear for wartime use by manufacturing boots for American soldiers during World War II.

Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery
Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery is an iconic name in the history of Minnesota. From the hard work of the early settlers to today’s creative and innovative employees, we are proud of our legacy, and intend to continue the tradition of providing the highest quality products locally, regionally, and nationally. We are committed to the continued vitality and growth of the art and craft of ceramics while maintaining a proud presence in our community and with our employees.

Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery currently operates at two locations, on West Main Street (on the site where the original Red Wing Stoneware building existed a century ago) and north of town on the east side of highway 61, where large scale production is taking place. Both locations have retail shops and potters throwing and firing beautiful pottery.

Riedell Ice and Roller Skates

Paul Riedell and his wife Sophie founded Riedell Shoes Inc. in Red Wing, Minnesota more than 70 years ago with one goal in mind – to produce and offer only the finest quality skates available in the market. Paul, a member of both the ice and roller skating Hall of Fame, also desired to make skating available to people of all ages and abilities by creating comfortable and affordable skates that still incorporated the same attention to detail and quality found in every Riedell product. As time has gone by, Riedell Shoes has continued to re-invent its product lines and hire only the most skilled and professional employees in the hope of achieving the very same perfection that inspired Paul Riedell when he set out to change the skating world forever.

Through extensive knowledge of skate fitting and advanced comfort and performance technologies, Riedell Skates has assembled the most complete and sophisticated line of figure skates in the industry. Riedell currently offers affordable recreational skates that come with standard heat-activated reinforcements for a superior custom fit, high-end competitive skates former and current champions such as Kurt Browning and Johnny Weir put their trust in, and everything in between. Riedell also offers the option to build a completely custom boot designed to your exact specifications for the ultimate in comfort, performance, and style.

To ensure unmatched performance on the ice, Riedell Skates offers Eclipse Blades™ that equal the quality, beauty, and precision of Riedell skating boots. Designed and made by master craftsmen in North America, Eclipse Blades are produced using the best combination of time-honored tradition and state-of-the-art technology for the most consistent skating edges available.

In the world of roller skating, Riedell Skates has no equal. For the truly demanding skater, Riedell offers the finest quality skating boot available with a comfort level to match. Riedell also offers complete color customization on most of their roller skating boots so you can own a pair of skates that match your personality. Whether you are interested in a comfortable skate that accentuates your style, or you are looking to gain a competitive edge, Riedell has the skate for you.

As the roller skating industry has evolved, so to has Riedell. Today, with the resurgence of Roller Derby and the increasing demand for highly specialized skates, Riedell is proud to offer a wide variety of Radar Wheels™, PowerDyne™ plates, and KwiK™ bearings. These premium brands are engineered to help you skate faster, skate longer, and, as always, look your best.

In addition to providing the best products possible to skaters everywhere, Riedell Skates is also committed to making sure ice and roller rinks across the nation are stocked with high quality rental skates. By using Riedell rental skates that are founded upon durability and comfort while still retaining competitive pricing, rink operators are offering their customers a product they will surely enjoy while keeping their own costs down. The next time you are considering purchasing a line of rental skates remember, “Riedell put the ‘R’ in rental.”

Today, Paul Riedell’s grandsons Bob, Dan, Scott, and Paul Riegelman carry on the Riedell reputation of quality. Along with over 100 skilled employees manufacturing Riedell skates and a friendly and knowledgeable service staff, they continue to take Riedell to new heights. Riedell is confident you will be satisfied with whichever product you select and would like to remind you, when you are looking for the best, look to Riedell.

Red Wing Healthcare Community

Red Wing Healthcare Community is located in historic Red Wing, Minnesota. It has roots dating back to 1950. The facility started caring for persons with brain injury and other complex neurological conditions in 1981. Today Red Wing Healthcare Community is a 145-bed skilled nursing facility that specializes in brain injury services, complex medical care and short-term rehabilitation in a small town atmosphere. We believe each person should be treated with compassion, dignity, and hospitality.

Red Wing Port Authority

Red Wing, Minnesota has been an industrial, manufacturing community for over 100 years. Since 1985, the Red Wing Port Authority has played an active role in helping businesses expand and relocate to this historic and scenic community.

As the economic development agency for the City of Red Wing, the Port Authority has the expertise, experience and resources to make expansion or relocation economically and operationally viable. The Port Authority's primary goal is helping companies take advantage of the opportunities to expand and grow in the vibrant economy of Red Wing.

Treasure Island Resort and Casino

Surrounded by picturesque views of rolling Minnesota prairies and the scenic bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley, lies a Caribbean getaway filled with sights, sounds and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Filled with thousands of slots, row upon row of blackjack tables, mouth-watering cuisine, top-notch entertainment and luxurious hotel accommodations, it’s no wonder Treasure Island Resort & Casino is the Midwest’s premier entertainment destination.Treasure Island Resort & Casino began as a one-room bingo hall in 1984 and has since grown into a bright economic opportunity for members of the Prairie Island Indian Community, who own and operate the casino.Located just forty miles from the Twin Cities outside the town of Red Wing, MN, some of the casino’s most unique offerings include a marina, golf course and 100-passenger cruise ship. With nearly 1,500 employees, Treasure Island is the largest employer in Goodhue County.

History of Red Wing

In the early 1850s, settlers from Mississippi River steamboats came to Red Wing to farm the lush fields in Goodhue County. They grew wheat, the annual crop of which could pay the cost of the land. Before the railroads crisscrossed the territory of Goodhue County, it produced more wheat than any other county in the country. In 1873, Red Wing led the country in the amount of wheat sold by farmers. The warehouses in the port of Red Wing could store and export more than a million bushels of wheat. Once the railroads connected southern Minnesota with Minneapolis and Saint Anthony, where the largest flour mills were built, the port at Red Wing lost prominence. In the last half of the twentieth century, the United States Army Corps of Engineers built locks and dams and deepened the channel in the river. These revitalised river traffic for shipping grain and coal.

The Aurora Ski Club in Red Wing, which was founded on February 8, 1887, was one of the first ski clubs to be formed in North America. Aurora club members introduced in the 1880s, what became known as “Red Wing Style” ski techniques, which was patterned after the Telemark skiing form. The term "Red Wing style" continued in use in America well into the twentieth century. The first North American ski jumping record was set by Norwegian immigrant Mikkjel Hemmestveit. His 37-foot flight in 1887 was established at the Aurora Ski Club's McSorley Hill.

The first settlers in town built small mills, factories, and workshops, similar to ones they were familiar with in New England from where many had come.Immigrants fromGermany, Ireland, Norway and Sweden were also skilled craftsmen. Some early industries were tanning and shoe-making, while other businessmen manufactured farm equipment, bricks, barrels, boats, furniture, pottery, and buttons. Consumables included beer and lumber. Service industries including stone-cutting, hospitality, and retailing.The St. James Hotel remains a working token of the earlier time.

Red Wing was once home to Hamline University, founded in 1854 as the first institution of higher education in the state of Minnesota. It closed in 1869 because of low enrollment due to the American Civil War. It was chartered in St. Paul in 1871 and reopened there in 1880.

Red Wing Seminary was a Lutheran Church seminary. Red Wing Seminary was the educational center for the Hauge's Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Synod in America, commonly known as the Hauge Synod. The Hauge Synod had opened the seminary in 1879. Red Wing Seminary was in operation until 1917.

Red Wing also was the home of Gustavus Adolphus College, a private liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). The college was founded in Red Wing in 1862 by Eric Norelius, but moved to East Union in 1863 before settling in St. Peter in 1876.

The Red Wing pottery and stoneware industry began in 1861 when county potter John Paul discovered the large, glacially deposited clay pits beds on the northwest of the city, close to Hay Creek. The first commercial pottery company, Red Wing Stoneware, was founded in 1877.[17] It used clay from the area of the Hay Creek headwaters, close toGoodhue, near a hamlet named Claybank. A railroad branch line was built to carry clay to Red Wing. The factory buildings remain, but only traces of the railroad, abandoned in 1937, are left.

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