Summer festivals in Manitoba

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Manitobans know how to party under the sun! We celebrate summer with many incredible festivals showcasing music, food, art, and the province’s rich history. Festival season starts around May lasting until the end of August. (Event dates, when indicated, are tentative and dependent on changes in MB Gov. public health restrictions/guidelines. Please check the links to the event page to verify. Stay safe everyone!)

Here’s a list of some of these incredible events happening all over Manitoba:

  1. Manito Ahbee Festival – (May 21-23, 2021). This is an annual celebration of Indigenous arts, culture and music. They featured a virtual powwow in 2020. You view it here: Manito Ahbee Broadcast Room
  2. Dauphin’s Countryfest – Countryfest features country music legends and upcoming artists. The event slated for July 2021 has been postponed but it will be back in 2022. Dauphin is a four-hour road trip from Winnipeg.
  3. Cube Stage Events – The home of various events like the Jazz Festival, Soca Reggae Festival, Fringe Festival, and many more. Check their site for exact dates and other summer events.
  4. Red River Exhibition– Red River Ex is Winnipeg’s premier amusement park. Enjoy rides, carnival games, a petting zoo, shows and musical performances, and many food vendors. Opens on June 18-27, 2021.
  5. Winnipeg Folk Fest – (2021 show cancelled. They’re planning to offer a live musical event on August 13-15, 2021 at Birds Hill Provincial Park). The Folk Fest is considered the summer festival in Manitoba. It is a four-day event of music, food, and other spectacles (like drum circles and fire dancers) usually held in July. The event features emerging and well-established artists. Thousands camp for the entire festival or just stay for the day.
  6. Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition – Dubbed as Manitoba’s only pro-rodeo, Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition will be held from July 22-25, 2021. Get ready for exciting bull riding, bronco-busting, tie down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, and team roping exhibitions. They also feature entertainment and activities for kids. This family-friendly event is held at Morris, MB, about an hour’s drive from Winnipeg.
  7. Canada’s National Ukrainian festival – Join Manitoba’s friendly and welcoming Ukranian community when they celebrate the National Ukranian Festival from July 30, 31 & August 1, 2021. Experience their vibrant and colorful culture through music, dances, food, and other activities great for kids and adult alike. The festival is held in Dauphin’s outdoors so you can enjoy fresh air, sunshine and an incredible view of the prairies.
  8. Fire and Water Music Festival – (August long weekend) This music festival has three stages for performances from up-and-coming Manitoban musicians as well as Canadian and international performers ranging from country to heavy metal. The festival is held at Lac du Bonnet, one hour away from Winnipeg.
  9. Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Fest) – There is plenty to see and enjoy at the Icelandic Fest whether you are an Icelander or not. There’s a fashion show of Icelandic garments, horse demonstrations, and reenactments of Viking weapon and warfare tactics. This is also your chance to see beautiful Gimli, located one hour North of Winnipeg. Islendingadagurinn will be held on July 30, 31, August 1-2, 2021.
  10. Folklorama – This is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world. Over 40 volunteer-run pavilions participate to feature entertainment, cultural displays, and ethnic cuisine. The festival is usually held in July-August but they are offering various activities online this year.
  11. Winkler Harvest Festival and Exhibition – This festival is fully packed with activities! You and your family can enjoy anything from carnival rides to agricultural exhibits, fitness events to rodeo riding, as well as musical performances at the Main Stage from major bands. The event is set for August 6-8, 2021 (tentative).
  12. Rainbow Trout Fest – This indie festival is held on the banks of Rosseau River, South of St. Malo (about an hour South of Winnipeg). It is a three-day folk fest featuring everything from rock, blues, jazz and everything in between. The dancing starts on August 20th until the 22nd, 2021.
  13. The Harvest Sun Festival – This is a grassroots prairie festival featuring Canadian musicians. Aside from musical performances, there are also activities and workshops for people of all ages. Harvest Sun will be from August 20-22, 2021 in Kelwood, Manitoba. Kelwood is located two and a half hours West of Winnipeg.
  14. Morden Apple and Corn Festival – Enjoy free corn on the cob, apple cider, entertainment, children’s events, and a parade. Shuttle bus service and parking are available. The Apple and Corn Festival is on August 27-29, 2021.
  15. Whoop and Hollar Folk Festival – From the group who organized the Hot Blizzard Folk Festival held in winter comes the Whoop and Hollar Folk festival in Portage la Prairie on August 27-28, 2021. Celebrate music, art, nature and community during this unique music and arts festival.
  16. Winnipeg Pride hosts Fierté Canada Pride – The is one of the largest celebrations of LGBTTQ culture which has evolved into a 10- day event. It has entertainment, concession stands, a parade, and various activities to celebrate inclusion, pride, activism, music, laughter and optimism. Due to the pandemic, it will be held virtually this year from September 3-12, 2021.

Article updated April 8, 2021.
Sources: Manitoba Hot (10 Summer festivals you can’t miss in Manitoba), Travel Manitoba.

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