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. The 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 21-24, 2021). This is an annual celebration of Indigenous arts, culture and music. They featured a virtual powwow in 2021. You can 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. It features rides, carnival games, a petting zoo, shows and musical performances, and many food vendors. It is usually held in June. Recently, they’ve opened space for year-round activities. Their Fall Fair is scheduled for August 27 to September 6, 2021.
  5. Winnipeg Folk Fest – (2021 show cancelled). 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 stay for the day.
  6. Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition – Dubbed as Manitoba’s only pro-rodeo, Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition is postponed for next year and will be held from July 21-24, 2022. This event features 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 – This festival is postponed for next year as well. The National Ukrainian Festival will be held from July 29 to 31, 2022. Expect to see their vibrant and colourful culture through music, dances, food, and other activities that are great for kids and adults 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 – (Cancelled for next year, 2022). 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. This year, they are offering various online and limited in-person events like a fashion show of Icelandic garments, horse demonstrations, and Viking weapons and warfare tactics reenactments. This is also your chance to see beautiful Gimli, located one hour North of Winnipeg. Islendingadagurinn will be held on July 30 to August 2, 2021. See a list of their hybrid events on the website.

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  11. Folklorama – This is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world. Over 40 volunteer-run pavilions feature dances, cultural displays, and ethnic cuisine. The festival is usually held in July-August, but they are offering various online activities this year. It will run from August 6-8, 2021. It will feature live-streamed performances, food delivery from partner restaurants, and a virtual marketplace where you can buy high-quality goods from local vendors. Check the Folklorama website for more details.
  12. Winkler Harvest Festival and Exhibition – Unfortunately, the festival originally slated for August 6-8 is cancelled this year. However, you and your family can look forward to various activities next year, ranging from carnival rides to agricultural exhibits, fitness events to rodeo riding, as well as musical performances at the Main Stage from major bands.
  13. 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. This year’s festival is cancelled, but they’re planning for an August 19, 2022 opening.
  14. 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. This year, pop-up concerts will be held all over Manitoba throughout July and August, 2021. These performances can also be streamed online (depending on current health restrictions/advisories). Follow their Facebook page for more information and updates on the performances.
  15. 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 slated for August 27-29, 2021 is postponed but the event will be back on August 26-28, 2022.
  16. 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. They will be introducing drive-in concerts this year.
  17. 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 July 23, 2021.
 
Sources: Manitoba Hot (10 Summer festivals you can’t miss in Manitoba), Travel Manitoba.

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