RED WING -- While some folks might hide from the world during the cold months of January and February, Big Turn Music Festival is working to show people how great winter can be .

“It’s kind of an epic music festival of sort with multiple venues, over 100 bands, spread over two days in Downtown Red Wing,” said Chris Warrington, a staff member of Big Turn.

Big Turn is planned for Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, throughout Red Wing.

This year’s festival will comprise 23 venues and 208 bands. Currently, 2,000 attendees are expected, a jump from last year’s 1,350 festival goers. Granted, the 2019 event occurred during a blizzard.

Sam Brown, the creator of the festival, stressed that despite the blizzard the people who attended the event had a great time.

“They’re adventurers now,” he explained.

Brown created the festival three years ago. He told a reporter: “The vision for the festival is to create an atmosphere of fun and creativity where everyone can be themselves and have an amazing time while doing so.”

Currently one and two-day passes are online at the Big Turn’s website:

Tickets will also be available at the Sheldon Box Office from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22.

Warrington stressed that “coming out to support the Big Turn Music Fest is a great way to support the local community, the arts as well and businesses.”

If you go ...

What: Big Turn Music Festival 2020

Where: Throughout Downtown Red Wing

When: Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22

Cost: $75 for an all weekend pass, $40 for a single day pass

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