Summer Festival

Mill Reserve Park by Winsted Lake is a popular place for kids of all ages during the Winsted Summer Festival.

Information updated February 2021

People in Winsted and surrounding communities look forward to the second weekend in August, because that’s when it’s time for the Winsted Summer Festival.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival did not take place in 2020. Organizers and community members are looking forward to having the annual event in 2021.

The 2019 event included fireworks, live music, a fun run, a parade, beanbag tournaments, a canoe race, pedal pull, raffle, and much more.

The 31st annual Bratbusters took place the first day of the festival. This event is an opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors while enjoying food and beverages at Mill Reserve Park by Winsted Lake. Activities for children include a fun run, treasure hunt, face painting, fun bounces, and a youth bean bag tournament.

Saturday morning of the festival always starts with the Winsted Run Around the Lake (about 4.2 miles). In 2019, there were 77 participants.

A children’s pedal pull also takes place during the Summer Festival. Participants work hard during the competition as family and friends cheer them on.

Each year, Winsted royalty are crowned the last day of the celebration. The 2019-20 Winsted Ambassadors are Emma Weege, Alexis Johnson, and Katelyn Waataja. There was no royalty program in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grand parade also takes place the final day of the festival, with area residents honored as grand marshals to lead the parade.

The Winsted Summer Festival committee is looking forward to hosting an event in 2021.

Anyone who would like more information about the upcoming celebration, or is interested in being on the committee, can contact Jeff Campbell at 612-554-7439 or